A week ago today, I was waking up with that nervous excited feeling. I was attending my first Maryland blogger event in the evening… and it was my first ever mommy blogger event! I was able to calm my nervous excitement by knowing that I would be arriving to Stephanie‘s house with my friend, Holly of Mama Bear Blogs. She was having similar feelings, so it was nice to be able to chat in the car and arrive together.
After introducing ourselves to each other (there were about 12 of us there), chit chatting, and enjoying some munchies, we were introduced to the star of the evening…
Only a mom or expecting mother would get excited over a car seat, right?
Here are the full Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 product details, but here are some stand out features to me:
- The only newborn-2 year infant car seat
- Helps protect rear-facing infants from 4-40 lbs – up to 2 years old
- Base adjusts with 8 recline positions to give infant more leg room
- Height adjustable headrest with no re-thread harness
- Adjustable footrest/seat protector
- LATCH-equippes stay-in-car base and seat belt installation option
- LATCH storage compartment
- Level indicator to help eliminate installation guesswork
The new Click Connect technology works with Graco Click Connect Strollers, which I believe we were told all the new strollers were going to have that technology. So, unfortunately for us, this car seat won’t fit into our stroller, but Xander is really past the point now anyway. Plus, since babies aren’t supposed to just be chillin’ in their car seats when it’s not necessary, it’s completely fine. We’re a baby wearing family anyway.
The other piece to point out is that I had to move the passenger seat forward in my car to make this car seat fit comfortable. Because of the adjustable base to give the baby more leg room while still rear facing, the car seat is a bit longer than our other one. This isn’t a downside to the product by any means, but I felt like it warranted me pointing it out.
I arrived home from the event around 9 pm and had a feeling that little minker would still be awake. If I recall, he woke up from a nap around 5:30! He was pretty excited about the big box and then even more excited when we pulled the new seat out. We didn’t need the infant support cushions, so we took those out (yes, they’re pink and I’m okay with him being in a car seat that has some pink). If you notice, the head rest in this car seat is awesome – I really like the side head supports on this seat (there’s a bunch of info on the testing that car seat went through on that link above as well about impact, etc).
We’ve been using the seat for a week now and I’m extremely pleased. I’ve been keeping it in my car instead of carrying Xander + the seat in and out of the house because that is just getting way too heavy. I’m so glad that we can use this seat until Xander is 2 years rear facing. I’ve been yammering on about this 2 years rear facing stuff, but I guess I should point out that 2 years rear facing is the new recommendation. One year rear facing is still the law, but the new recommendation is 2 years. So protect your kiddos… wouldn’t we rather them have a broken leg, than a broken neck? (And actually with this new car seat the baby has more leg room, so yay for decreasing your chances of a broken leg! <~~~this is me assuming, I have no idea if studies have been done on this yet).
We do have a convertible Graco car seat/booster waiting for us in our basement, but apparently we picked out one that doesn’t go rear-facing. We still need the seat though because it goes from 30-100 pounds. I really do like Graco products and this was a wonderful night to get out with fellow moms and learn about one of the most important products for baby. You can’t leave the hospital with your baby without a car seat!
The Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 retails for $219.99.
What type of car seat do you have? Did you know that the recommendation is now 2 years rear facing?
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 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 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.
Disclosure: I was invited to this event through Graco and SITS Girls. In exchange for receiving a complimentary Graco Snugride Click Connect 40, I agreed to blog about our night + the car seat. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.