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November 1, 2012

A New Favorite

Graco Carseat
Last week, I was invited to participate in an event sponosored by Graco in honor of their newest carseat, the SnugRide Click Connect 40. A night out (with no diaper changes or ear-splitting shrieks from little people) was fantastic and being able to catch up with some of my favorite local bloggers was a real treat. Most of us didn't have our cameras out, but we were Instagramming up a storm as we learned about the new features that Graco is introducing (you can see photos here and here).

In the interest of all fairness and disclosure, when I accepted the invitation to go to the event, I was a little skeptical about a new carseat. We've been die-hard Chicco fans in this house for the past three years, but I was curious to see if Graco's seats could compare to our favorite brand.
Graco Seat
The short answer is that I was absolutely blown away by the features that Graco has come up with in response to the recommendation by the APA that children remain rear-facing in their seats until at least two years of age. To that end, Graco produced a car seat with eight seat positions along the base, giving the child additional room to move and grow from infancy through toddlerhood, and allowing them to use the seat until they are either 35 inches tall or 40 pounds.

To give you all an idea of where that puts us, Nathaniel is just about at forty pounds as a (nearly) three-year-old.

Not only does this seat allow for kids to stay safe for a longer period of time by remaining rear-facing until an older age, but it also includes features to simplify things for a busy mom too. Need to adjust the height of the straps? It's as easy as squeezing a lever. How about keeping your kids' muddy feet off of your seats? Simply raise the foot panel. No sweat, no mess, and no mudstains on your microfiber. A WIN ALL AROUND.

Needless to say, I was awfully impressed by this seat and the way that Graco has simplified things for parents, but what would my littles ones think about this new addition? As soon as it was home and out of the box, there may or may not have been a little scuffle regarding who got to sit in the seat first. (Spoiler alert: the baby won.) But after seeing their excitement, it earned a stamp of approval and, in our house, that means that we apparently have a new favorite brand.

Disclosure: 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. Product images were taken from the Graco website.


  1. I loved our Graco Snugrides (we've had 2, a 24 lb one and more recently the 30 lb one). Now Little Champ is in a convertible Evenflo Symphony, which is a breeze to install.

    I'm wondering if the new Snugride fits the old stroller frame...that's probably my favorite feature—so much more compact than a full-size stroller!

    1. The new Snugride does fit the old stroller frame, according to the information that we were given from Graco :)

  2. I can't even tell you how much I want this but we JUST BOUGHT Kenley's car seat not even 4 months ago.

    1. Julie, I had a similar experience after buying Nathaniel's convertible carseat. I loathe that thing and really wish we would've bought a different brand! Oh well, right?