Six years ago, Joel and I bought what would be the first of several car seats. I was pregnant with Wyatt, and we decided on the Graco SafeSeat. Almost six years later, and having been used with all three of our kids, we're now a month away from that seat expiring. It has been a great seat, and held up great over the years. So when I was recently introduced to Graco's new SnugRide Click Connect 40 car seat, I first did some research on it. It didn't take me long to get excited about this seat and now I'm excited to share my experience with you!
Right around the time that Weston turned 2 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with the recommendation to keep kids rear facing in their car seats until age 2. Can you believe that children are more than FIVE times safer when rear facing? We switched both Wyatt and Weston to front facing at age 1, but with this information, I've been planning to keep Lola rear-facing until age 2.
A worry that I might share with some of you is where a child's legs are supposed to go when they're rear facing and not a small infant anymore. The SnugRide Click Connect 40's base actually adjusts to allow more leg room as your child grows, with 8 different recline positions. Genius. It also has a little "kick plate" that can raise up and protect your seat from any less-than-clean little shoes.
With this seat, I can still use it as a normal infant carrier (it can fit babies as small as 4 pounds). Considering it's made for kids up to age 2 and 40 pounds, I was concerned that it would be large and bulky compared to our old SafeSeat, but in fact it's actually even a hair narrower and very similar in size. When Lola's big enough that we won't be needing to carry her in the seat anymore, it can just stay in the vehicle.
One of my favorite features? The harness and headrest adjust with ONE hand on the back of the seat! No more re-threading the straps to raise the shoulder height as your child grows. So handy.
And on a less-important note, I really like the look of the Moonstruck model (it's also comes in Mena, a pink/brown pattern). It's so nice to have a car seat that's truly neutral. It's completely gray other than the hint of olive piping you see.
If you've been wondering about an easier way to keep your child rear facing longer (and keeping them happy at the same time), I recommend taking a look at this seat!
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.