Friday, October 26, 2012

Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 & Me!

When I started this blog a few years ago, I had no idea how many ways I would use it. Most importantly it's been a great way for me to journal "out loud" and gain the benefit of others' wisdom on different subjects. It has allowed me to connect with people and be reassured that I am not alone in this crazy world of parenting.

And it has opened up some areas of opportunity for me as well.

For one, I was invited to assist in a demonstration at the #GracoSafety event in Monroeville, PA at Babies R Us last weekend. I was able to meet and help Tiffany of Home Grown Families while she demonstrated how the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 works and the benefits of having a rear facing car seat that fits your baby until he turns 2.

That's Tiffany on the right. She's so funny. Cracks me right up. She's one of those "real" moms that I love to meet!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends now that all little ones remain rear facing until they are at least 2. Tiffany's friend kept her child rear facing until she was 4! (I think my 4 year old daughter would revolt, but it really is safer!)

While Tiffany shared her knowledge and expertise on the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40, I snapped some pics with my trusty iPhone. 

While she demonstrated things like how the seat base adjusts, I looked the car seat and stroller over. The base is awesome in that it adjusts so that when baby is newborn, she can lay back more. There is also an insert to support baby's tiny little neck. As baby gets bigger and her neck muscles get stronger, the base adjusts to make the seat sit more upright. 

There is also a kick plate for their tiny little feet so they do not kick the back of the seat constantly. (I wish I would have had one of these!) And my fave feature (other than the safety factor, of course) is the washable liner. Seriously, whoever invented a car seat cover that has to be unscrewed to remove and wash must have never had children. This car seat cover UN-SNAPS for removal!! FINALLY, someone GOT IT! babies = messy = lots of laundry + a difficult to remove cover = irate parent wrestling with said car seat cover. 

I also love that with baby facing rear until age 2 the likelihood of whiplash is diminished. I worry every single time I strap my kids in the car that we could be in an accident. It's been said flying is safer than driving. And my knees knock getting on a plane. So, I love feeling that I'm keeping my kids that much safer when we drive. 

Not only did I get to meet Tiffany (someone I could easily see myself chatting with over many cups of coffee) I also met Alayna & Chanton.

Alayna is on the left.

If you'd like to learn more about the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40, CLICK HERE.

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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