Is there anything more daunting than that last day in the hospital? When all the forms have been signed, all tests have been completed, and mother and baby have been cleared to go home. You and your infant walk through those hospital doors and that feeling hits – Oh my gosh! They’re letting me take this baby home? Don’t they know I have no idea what I’m doing?! Perhaps your experience was different, perhaps you were more confident, more self-assured, but I remember that short 4 minute drive from our local hospital to our house as nerve-wrecking. Everyone seemed to driving so fast, so recklessly – couldn’t they tell what precious cargo we were trying to get home safely?

Which is why finding that ideal infant car seat is one of the most important decisions you’ll make – both for your baby’s safety and your sanity.

Safety 1st’s OnBoard 35 has been an excellent infant car seat choice for the last several years. With an incredible weight range of 4–35 lbs., a customizable head insert, a variety of harness heights and 17% more leg room than most other infant seats, the OnBoard 35 has been one car seat that will work well for preemies straight home from the hospital up to keeping 1+ year-olds rear-facing.

But now Safety 1st has gone and made the OnBoard 35 even better.

According to research, 1 in 4 car accidents involving children are side impact collisions comprising one-third of child fatalities with most due to head trauma. Though the OnBoard 35 infant seat has always contained a 5-point harness and energy absorbing foam to protect your little one, the new OnBoard 35 Air introduces Safety 1st’s new Air Protect™ technology which provides two levels of additional protection. First, the enhanced air-filled, side wings provide additional protection, support and cushioning for your child’s head during a crash. Second, during impact, the Air Protect™ system allows air to escape out of the side pockets, transferring the energy of the impact away from your child and reducing the potential for injury.

And that’s not all. The OnBoard 35 Air also boasts the following features:

• an ergonomically-designed handle for easier carrying

• easy installation via LATCH or seat belt

• lightweight but durable carrier (9 lbs. without the base; 16 lbs. with)

• 32” height limit

• two-position base recline

• harness heights from 5” to 10.75″

• good canopy coverage

• soft seat material available in 4 color choices as well as the SE model which includes premium fabrics with custom embroidery

Safety comes first when looking for an infant car seat, but Safety 1st goes above and beyond to make a seat that is not only secure, but easy and lightweight for parents to carry and comfortable for baby. The Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air is available for $179.99 at various retailers online and in store, but special for MWS readers….

GIVEAWAY! Win a brand new OnBoard 35 Air in the color of your choice. A perfect choice for summer travels or an upcoming baby shower. To enter, visit the Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air website and choose the color of your choice. Then come back here and leave ONE comment with the following two answers:

(1)  your color choice; and

(2)  If it’s your first child: “Besides a car seat, what’s one thing you’re packing for your delivery date?” OR

If you’ve already had kids: “What were your first thoughts when you left the hospital with your child for the first time?

Only one entry per person. Entries due by 11:59pm, Friday, July 2nd, 2010. Winner will be chosen by random and notified via email.


Note: Safety 1st sent a sample for this review.


  1. 1. I love the AOQ(pink)

    2. My first thought was pure relief from being released, but as we drove home reality began to set in and I started thinking, “Oh no, I’m responsible for this little girl!”

  2. Angela Winesburg says

    my color choice is: AOQ

    I’m bringing – my ipod and dock, thanks!

  3. Deborah R says

    My color choice would be AOQ. When we left the hospital with Christopher, there was a foot of snow on the ground and it was still snowing. My thoughts were in prayers that we’d get home safely.

  4. Lisa Naglowsky says

    I like the AOQ pink. My thought was wow I am responsible for this bundle of joy.

  5. 1. AJH

    2. I wondered if she’d ever stop screaming in the car seat!

  6. Monique Rizzo says

    I like the pink and my little one was born on the 17th of this month!!
    Thanks for the chance.

  7. I would pick the AQJ color. My first thought on leaving the hospital was that this was going to be different from just having to deal with babies for an eight hour shift!

  8. Kimberly says

    I like the AJH color. I will be packing my own clothes. For some reason, I’m weirded out by the hospital slipper socks.

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  9. I like the AJH pattern and I left thinking I look 6 months pregnant and I have 2 little people to care for!

  10. michelle robbins says

    We’re adopting so I’m not sure what I’ll need to bring (kleenex probably)

  11. Katie R. says

    1. I like AJH
    2. I’m planning on packing clothes and toiletries

  12. My color choice is blue (AQJ). My first thoughts when I left the hospital were that I was blessed to have a beautiful healthy girl.

  13. Amanda D. says

    Color choice: The all black one 22395AIN

    Thoughts when leaving the hospital with my first child: I have no idea what I’m doing and I can’t believe they are letting me leave the hospital with this child considering I have no idea what I’m doing!

    macd9900 at gmail dot com

  14. I would choose AJH (the brown and green one) ~ all I could think was “is she going to be ok” ~ she was jaundiced at birth, and we were worried she had Spherocytosis ( a blood disorder her father has). We found out at her 4 month check up she does have it, but knock on wood, it is a mild case, and she hasn’t needed any transfusions yet.

  15. I picked AJH for the color choice
    “How will our cats adjust?”

  16. I like AIN and my first thought was ‘what do i do now?’

  17. Amber Bond says

    1) AJH

    2) Our camera and video camcorder to capture what is to be the best day of me and my hubby’s life!

  18. Daniel M says

    like the ain

  19. OlyveOyl says

    My color choice is AJH.

    Our ride home from the hospital was slow, cautious and quiet. We discussed how our lives will never be calm any longer – no more sleeping in and the joys of being “grown up” with our first born – very exciting.

  20. catherine says

    1. MCK
    2. This was the scariest drive of my life and the slowest.

  21. 1. AJH color…
    2. We have a 16 month old and are expecting twins. The first time we thought WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW???

    And I am guessing when we come home this time we will think the exact same thing!!!

    farrah dot ritter at gmail dot com

  22. Jennifer says

    I like the AJH (green/yellow)
    We’re packing aromatherapy oils

  23. This is for my niece, so I think MCK is most practical, and I am sure she will have her cell phone so she can send pictures.

  24. 1) 22395MCK (black and gray)
    2) This would be for my SIL. She would most definitely be packing her digital camera.

  25. Nicole D. says

    1)I like AJH.
    2)I’m pregnant with my 2nd child, so I’m packing my bag a lot lighter this time, but nrusing bras are a definite item packed.

  26. Sherri B. says

    1. MCK
    2. What am I going to do with this baby????? HELP!!!!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

  27. 1. AJH 2. Our first thought ” What now…”

  28. I like the MCK. This is my first, so I am packing lots of nursing supplies.

  29. lilshuga2001 says

    I HEART the MCK!!!
    Due NEXT year 🙂 Flowers for my nurses!! 🙂

  30. 1. AIN!
    2. This is our first, and we’re definitely packing the digital camera! 🙂

  31. taylorbagels says

    AJH brown and green one I picked.
    I guess my frst thoughts were I need to get to the store to get formula

  32. Melissa B. says

    I like the AIN all black car seat. My thoughts were: What if I break her?

  33. I checked out their site and I would choose the first one, AJH….My first thoughts on leaving the hospital were, ‘Finally! I’m so sick of everyone bothering me, I can’t even get any sleep lol!’ I only stayed one day with my first and less than a day with my second, hospitals and people allover bug me!

  34. kathy pease says

    i like the
    onBoard™35 Air Infant Car Seat
    and my first time leaving the hospital was sheer terror i was so scared anything and everything would go wrong 🙁

  35. 1. MCK
    2. I’ll definitely be bringing my camera!

  36. susan smoaks says

    i will be packing our flip video camera and i would choose the AIN

  37. 1) MCK
    2) My wife will be doing all the hard work, so I’ll be packing an iPod loaded with her favorite songs

  38. Kathy Blair says


    This is what life is all about!!!

  39. I like the AJH color best

    My wife packed her cell phone on the first delivery. LOL!

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  40. I love the ACK, and the two things we will not forget to pack will be our iPad and a set of her favorite magazines and books for her to distract herself when necessary!

  41. AIN color
    I thought how excited I was to be bringing home a new baby! Last time I brought home twins!

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  45. AIN!

    I think I mostly wondered how things would work out after having a baby via emergency c-section!

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