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Favorite Things Friday Giveaway: Win a Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40!

Posted Nov 02 2012 3:59am

Last week, I attended my first-ever blogger event. Charlene from CharleneChronicles invited me and 12 other bloggers in the Boston area (all moms with little ones and/or who are currently expecting) to MiniLuxe in Wellesley to learn more about the new Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 … and enjoy a Mom’s Night Out, complete with manicures, brow threading, facials, wine and yummy treats from nearby Alta Strada .

Love this color – Essie “Merino Cool”

I’ve been blogging for about two months now, so I was excited to finally meet some fellow bloggers. As the “new kid on the block,” I wasn’t sure what to expect, but everyone was so friendly and sincere and welcoming. And I loved finally being able to match names and faces with their blog personas! I hope to cross paths – in person – with these terrific ladies again soon.

But let’s talk car seats …

I was very curious to learn more about this car seat because of the recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. At 16 months, Mimi falls into this age group, but at 33.5 inches long, the poor thing looks crammed back there in her seat. Her legs are permanently bent at an odd angle and I can’t imagine how that is comfortable for her. In fact, I have several friends who ignored the AAP recommendation for this very same reason and moved their children to forward facing before they turned 2.

The SnugRide is aimed at bridging that gap between newborns and 2-year-olds – it can safely (and comfortably) accommodate 4lb newborns to 40lb toddlers!

Graco SnugRide Click Connect

Here are some of the cool features:

Graco SnugRide Click Connect

Check out how the base adjusts for more leg room: 1=newborn; 8=Mimi

The base slides out to adjust as your child grows. So Mimi, at 16 months, would be at an 8 recline to give her the most legroom – all while staying rear-facing.

Plus I love the adjustable footrest.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect

The harness and headrest are also adjustable to accommodate a growing child – and they’re a piece of cake to adjust, too. I remember the older Graco travel system car seats we used with Buddy – to adjust the straps, you had to rethread them, which was complicated and time consuming. With this, I was able to adjust both the hardness and headrest in a matter of seconds – and with only one hand! A bonus, especially when you have a screaming baby and realize it’s time to move up one notch on the car seat.

While Mimi is much too big and heavy to cart around in the carrier, it is nice to have that as an option. There have been so many times when we’ve come home late and Mimi has fallen asleep in her car seat. But she always wakes up (and is usually pissed off!) when we have to unbuckle her to lift her out and bring her inside. Wouldn’t it be nice to lug the carrier (and I use the word “lug” with love; trust me, Mimi + carrier = heavy) into the house and maybe she’d stay asleep?

As you can see, Raggedy Ann is a big fan of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect too!

I will say that if you drive a Mini or another really small car, or if your regular passenger seat companion is very tall and requires lots of leg room in the front, you might run into some space issues, particularly as the child gets bigger and you have to keep extending the seat back. Also, it can only be used with Graco’s Click Connect line of strollers, rather than any of the generic snap-and-gos. So these are a few things you may want to keep in mind.

Thanks to the lovely folks at Graco, I am able to give a brand new, Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 (in a gender neutral “Moonstruck” pattern; “Mena” is pictured here) to a lucky Keeping Mommy Sane reader! This retails at $219! Instructions for entering (and how to earn extra entries) are below. Don’t wait: this giveaway ends at 12:01am on Friday, November 16. The winner will be contacted via email. Open to U.S. residents only.

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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