As you may know, we are expecting our new little arrival VERY soon! The last thing on my list to buy for the baby is a car seat and lucky for me I was invited to participate in a Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 event at a local Phoenix Babies “R” Us store. I had just discovered this car seat early in October, since it had just come out, and was excited for the opportunity to see it in person and learn more about it.
Having an audience full of expectant and new parents, it was fun to learn about the importance of car seat safety and what this particular seat has to offer to protect your child. You could tell a lot of thought has gone into the creation of this seat.
We had a lot of fun at this event showing off this new seat and giving away 2 different Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40, one for each session…I am totally jealous of the winners, but it was so exciting to see their faces when they won!
Everyone got a chance to see the car seat in person and check out some of the accessories, like the strollers that you can fold with one hand.
We had guests of all ages…some of them really cute and happy!
The faces of one of our winners on their first baby shopping trip for their first baby. So fun to see these surprised looks!
Since I went through 2 different sessions learning about the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40, let me share a little of what I learned…
- This seat is the only infant seat on the market that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- 4 – 40 pound weight limit— a full 2 years
- Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort
- The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to re-thread the harness for extra convenience.
- Click Connect™ attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”
- It comes in 2 different colors/patterns: Moonstruck (grays/neutral with a tiny streak of green on the canopy) and Mena (more girly). Both of these colors look even better in person.
- Retails for $219.99
- Only available for purchase at Babies “R” Us in store or online
What does this all mean? You will not have to buy another car seat until your child is two years old. Since, the American Academy of Pediatrics has already recommended children stay rear facing until 2 years old, I imagine, legislation is right around the corner to make this stick and if you have the right kind of seat, you will be prepared for it. It also means that you have an infant carrying seat with handle to transport baby as needed from car to store to wherever needed. And when they simply become too heavy for carrying around in the seat, you leave it in the car permanently as you would any other non-infant seat. There is also no need to remove and adjust the straps as baby grows. Gotta love that! I hated re-threading them on our last infant seat. The base will adjust to 8 different recline settings and the shoulder straps adjust up as needed, too.
As I have been looking at a variety of car seats and you know I am “thrifty” with my money, this seat caught my eye. The $219 price shocked me at first, but then I started looking at prices of the infant seats + another reversible seat that could hold my child. I discovered that they were pretty close to the same price if not cheaper with the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40. My first child was 23 lbs at 5.5 months and had outgrew the weight limit on his infant seat, so we had to purchase another seat capable of holding him rear facing for at least another 6 months. If this SnugRide 40 seat was available 6+ years ago, I would have been able to save myself a ton of research and stress of picking out a second seat!
I can not tell you which car seat is best for you, but I can tell you that it is worth a trip to your local Babies “R” Us store to check out this seat. I actually have this seat above and another infant seat sitting in my front room right now that I ordered before I knew about this Graco Event that I would be attending. I need to make my decision soon and learning more about it at the store and seeing it next to my 2nd choice has almost secured my decision.
The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.