Thursday, November 1, 2012

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Review

As I've mentioned, we're having a baby. A baby boy in fact. If all goes as planned with this whole 40 weeks thing, sometime at the start of 2012 this boy who has yet to be named will be joining our family.

Since this is number three, it is pretty obvious that we've done this before. Twice. But it has been a while. Five years in fact. And five years seems like an eternity. Things change in half a decade. My last baby has gone from sucking down bottles to a kindergarten student in five years.

We've changed as parents since j was born nearly 9 years ago. Things I didn't know about or hadn't considered are things I'm looking forward to doing with this boy who has yet to be named. I'm excited to use wraps and slings that aren't the buckles and snaps bad for baby hips carrier that we got when j was an infant. I'm looking forward to using basic sign language after realizing how it changed our lives with a non-verbal toddler. I will be feeding this child from my plate because I'm not going to have another 3 year old that won't eat anything but macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

Babies and parents aren't the only things that change with time. Their stuff changes too. Our crib has a drop side, but I'm pretty sure someone has decided that drop side cribs are dangerous. We had a baby monitor we didn't use because our house is so tiny, but now you can get monitors that are video streams. Yes, your baby might not be making any noise, but you can still see them sleeping. Our pack and play was destroyed by a puppy and all of our infant car seats are expired. Needless to say, we're in the market for some new "stuff" for this boy who has yet to be named. 

One of the things that can't wait is choosing a car seat. You've got to have one before they'll let you and baby who has yet to be named leave the hospital. (Hopefully by the time we leave he'll be named.) Turns out car seats have changed a lot in the 5 years since we've had an infant, as well as the recommendations for how to transport kids. While I'd read blogs of mothers who chose to leave their children rear facing past the year that we left our boys rear facing, I had no idea that the American Academy of Pediatrics had altered their recommendations to officially say children should rear face until 2 years of age.

Truthfully, I would probably still be in the dark about that little fact if not for Heather, Allison and Graco. Last week Heather and Allison hosted a gathering of bloggers to introduce the newest car seat in the Graco line, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40. Graco was generous enough to gift our family with our very own for this boy who has yet to be named.

The SnugRide Click Connect 40 is the only car seat on the market designed to grow with and keep your child rear facing all the way up to two years/40 pounds. It is an infant carrier in the early months and like other Graco infant carrier car seats, clicks into a stationary base in your vehicle. Once you are past the in and out carrier stage, you click it in and leave it in. The base adjusts to different positions to give your growing child leg room and it even has a guard to protect your seats from wet and dirty shoes! Not only does the base adjust, but the straps and headrest adjust with a simple, one handed adjustment. No more fighting with hardware and rethreading straps every couple of months as your child outgrows the strap position.

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 is available at Babies R Us and is available in 2 patterns, Mena and Moonstruck. The image above is the neutral Moonstruck pattern, which I love. It is going to match my minivan perfectly!

While the boy who has yet to be named doesn't arrive for a few more months, I'm looking forward to bringing him home in a car seat that will keep him safe well into his toddler years and am grateful to Graco for the opportunity to do so. 


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.

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