Riding Snug: Graco Safety

by tinysneakers

Apparently I’m one of the few that think a changing pad is just a decorative accessory for a nursery. According to Twitter, many of you are still using it 2 years later. Perhaps I just haven’t learned the art of baby wrangling yet.

On the other hand, many of you said you’d never thought about skipping the infant car seat before but would’ve gone right for the convertible if you’d known it was an option.

I definitely see the benefits of having the infant car seat option when you have more than one kid, especially if they’re close in age. You could use an extra 8 hands or so with one baby; I can’t imagine how many you’d need with more than one.

That makes me kind of wish this car seat had come out before we got ours {although I do love ours}.

graco snug ride 40 infant car seat

It’s an infant carrier that transitions to a convertible car seat. That means the Graco SnugRide weight limit goes from 4 pounds to 40 pounds and can stay rear-facing until 2 years old, which is the latest safety recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. {Car seat laws in NC dictate that children under 8 or 80lbs must be in a car seat or booster- it’s not just a baby thing!}

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Saturday I had the opportunity to play social media assistant at a Graco Safety event at BabiesRUs where we learned about the importance of car seat safety and how this new car seat, the SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40, helps achieve those important safety guidelines.

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Andrea of Lil-Kid-Things was the hostess with the mostess!

new infant car seat

Besides going from infant carrier to convertible car seat, there are some other pretty nifty things about this car seat: {you know, as nifty as you can get when you’re talking about car seatsWinking smile}

car seat weight limits 4 to 40

– No rethreading of the shoulder straps necessary- they just slide up as baby gets taller

– Comfy infant insert- this thing feels like a down comforter!

infant insert

– Adjustable headrest

– Pull out plastic footpad {so baby’s dirty shoes don’t ruin your seat}

car seat protector

– 8 position recline

reclining car seat

– Ability to use with or without the base

infant car seat base

– Compatible with any “Click Connect” stroller- right now Graco has 2 I believe

Speaking of strollers that work with car seats- I never even once looked at the travel systems {the car seat + stroller combo} because traditionally the strollers suck. The new stroller for this travel system rocks though- it has everything I love about my City Mini. 3 wheel design, one second fold, smooth steering, and a huge awning to keep baby out of the sun.

click connect stroller travel system

As part of the event, Graco gave away one of the new SnugRide 40 carseats at each of the two parties. Unfortunately I was ineligible to win since I was an assistant. Womp womp.

graco safety about car seat laws

The winners at our events were pretty happy to say the least though!

carseat winnerswon car seat

So yeah, now you know that’s how I spend my Saturdays these days…talking about car seats. Winking smile

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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Bonnie October 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

How can you speak so highly of a car seat you’ve never used? Are you going to ever post something that isn’t “sponsored” again?

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tinysneakers October 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’ve never used it but I learned about it in depth and the features I shared are things that I looked for when I was on the hunt for the car seat I do have.

Sponsored post opportunities tend to come in waves- a bunch at the same time, then none at all, and they each come with a specific timeline which is why many pop up at the same time. I always pick things that interest me in hopes that they interest you as well. I’ve written before why/how I chose to do sponsored posts: http://www.sideofsneakers.com/2012/03/08/why-im-a-sell-out/ {If you don’t feel like reading the basic gist is that I’m grateful we live in a time when I can make an income using the Internet and it’s awfully hard for me to justify not spending time with the babe to write a post, but it’s much easier when someone says “hey, you have to do this by Weds!” ;)}

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Caroline @ crackers & carrots November 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

I was going to go to that Graco event in Greenville, SC the other weekend, but we ended up staying in Asheville on our vacation a little too late in the day to make it. Oh well. Looks like you learned a lot! 😀

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tinysneakers November 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

I’d definitely pick staying in Asheville over learning about car seats 😉

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