As you may know, I’m kind of a fanatic about car safety. I do a lot of research to ensure that I have safe car seat options for my children, and I am passionate about helping others do as much as they can to keep their children safe in the car.
Last year, the American Association of Pediatrics changed their recommendation to encourage parents to keep their toddlers rear-facing at least until two years. This is great for safety, but not always great for parents’ wallets. With buying an infant car seat, in order to keep a toddler rear-facing, parents would have to buy a convertible seat for the time when a child was not old or big enough for a forward-facing seat. And we all know how expensive car seats can be!
But Graco has worked hard to bridge this gap for parents, and has recently introduced their newest car seat: the SnugRide Click Connect 40. This innovative seat is an infant carrier seat for babies as small as 4 pounds, but is also ready to handle a toddler up to age 2 (up to 40 pounds).
Graco asked me to review the new seat, which is currently available at Babies R Us. I went to the store to get it, and the man working in the car seat/stroller area was more than helpful. I had a lot of questions, and he was knowledgeable and friendly as he answered them.
Pros for the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40
1. Parents can save money. Instead of buying an infant seat, a convertible seat, and a forward-facing seat, they could just buy this one and a forward-facing seat. This will save money, and also be more eco-friendly.
2. Having this seat makes it easy to keep your toddler rear-facing. You wouldn’t have to switch anything or make a transition at all.
3. This seat is just awesome. It’s hard to pick my favorite part, but I think it is the way the height of the harness adjusts. You know how, when your baby grows taller, you have to make the harness go through the higher slot? You have to pretty much take the whole thing apart and quick-rethread-the-thing-before-you-forget-how-it-went-together. Yeah. There’s none of that with this seat. Take a look:
Here’s the headrest inside the car seat. The light gray part is the cushy (removable) insert for your newborn. The dark gray part is the sturdy headrest which is attached to the harness assembly.
Now, stay with me, and look at the next picture.
See the square-ish thing at the bottom of the picture with the red button on each side? That’s how you adjust the harness. This is on the back of the car seat, and all you have to do is squeeze the buttons together (really easy) and slide up or down to put the harness in exactly the right spot for your child. No more re-threading and having your living room floor be covered in Cheerio dust because you turned the seat upside down! And you only need one hand! Can you tell I love this feature?!
4. My other favorite thing about this car seat is the base. Just like other infant car seats, the seat itself snaps into the base so you can take your sleeping baby inside without taking him/her out of the seat. But this base is made so that it can be used for bigger children. To the left, you see a picture of the adjustment thing on the base. There is one of these on each side. To give your older baby more leg room, just push down on the red button on each side of the base, and slide the whole thing back. There are eight positions to help your child stay comfortable and safe.
Now, as much as I think this car seat is completely innovative and just plain cool, there are a couple of things to think about. Not even cons, really, but considerations.
Things to take into consideration
1. The size of the seat. While I was at Babies R Us, I compared the size of the Click Connect 40 with other Graco seats. Although I have a minivan, I know that other parents with smaller cars may not have as much space as I have. When the base is set for a newborn, the Click Connect 40 seems to be the same size as the SnugRide 35 (which is the seat I had for Joel and never was a problem). When the base is extended for an older child, it does extend the seat a bit. Here’s the thing, though. It’s not much! (Maybe two inches!) If this would be a problem for your car, I would encourage you to go to Babies R Us and ask the people to help you try the seat in your car. That’s really the only way to know if any given car seat will work for you.
On the plus side, the car seat weighs the same as the SnugRide 35 (9.75 lbs).
2. The Click Connect system. This car seat is only compatible with the new Graco strollers that have Click Connect. This means that if you already own a Graco stroller, you will not be able to use the SnugRide Click Connect 40 with it to create a travel system. Of course, if parents are buying this seat for their first child, this is not an issue at all.
If you would like to know more about the SnugRide Click Connect 40, check it out online. There are videos that show how it works, plus lots of pictures and information about the seat.
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As a member of Graco Nation, I was provided with a SnugRide Click Connect 40 to facilitate my review. Graco is also providing the winner with a SnugRide Click Connect 40. All opinions are my own.
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