|The Graco SnugRide |
Click Connect 40 Car Seat with Base
As a mother who breeds freakishly tall and skinny kids (thanks to my almost seven foot tall, very slender husband and my 5' 9" self - notice I did not mention slender) I was immediately a skeptic. Our oldest daughter was out of the infant car seat we had for her around 8 months old as she had already reached the height limit. And now at almost 3 years old she is only 32 pounds. How would I have any use for a infant car seat that could keep my youngest daughter (who is in the 99 percentile for height already at 11 weeks old) in it until she was 2? And what child would need the weight limit of 40 pounds in an infant car seat?
I decided to approach this review with an open mind though because I was really honored to be given the chance to review the SnugRide 40 in the first place! So here goes...
|The SnugRide 30 (with cover) next to the SnugRide 40|
My first order of biz was to install the SnugRide 40 into the car myself to see if I was right about it being too big. Right away I noticed some pretty awesome features on the base alone.
|The foot rest|
|Car seat installed without moving |
seat from current position. In #1 setting.
In order to reach the car seats full potential, and slide it all the way back to the tallest setting, I have to move the passenger seat up so far that my knees are jammed into the dashboard. As I said, I am a tall person at 5' 9" and I want to be comfortable in my own car, so this definitely won't work for us. The furthest we would be able to push the car seat back, with me sitting comfortably in the front seat, would be to setting #3. Again, that is in our family situation, with our current car, a Highlander. If we had a bigger backseat, and a bigger car, this wouldn't be an issue. Or if the car seat was installed in the center of the backseat I don't think this would be an issue either.
So on to the car seat itself. Visually it is the best looking car seat on the market if you ask me. It comes in two color options, Mena (pink) and Moonstruck (gray). I received the pink version, and have yet to see the gray in person. The pattern on the seat it a lovely, on-trend, pink damask and is featured on the removable baby inserts as well as the awning/visor. This was perfect for us, as we have two little girly girls at home. The fabric is an easy wipe fabric, as opposed to the soft cloth of the SnugRide 30. This is perfect for my "happy spitter" baby! I can't tell you how many times I have had to take the cover off the SnugRide 30 to throw it in the wash, and it is no easy feat, especially to put it back on.
One huge plus of this car seat is that it comes with the Simply Safe Adjust harness system that allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby's height as the baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience. This is an incredible feature, and a huge selling point for the car seat.
The SnugRide 40 also comes with much more side head support for infants. If you look at the photo of the two car seats side by side (above) you will see that in addition to the removable infant insert, there are permanent side-flaps to protect baby/toddlers head while in the seat.
|You can see how the visor on the SnugRide30 (left) is not |
attached at the back, but with the SnugRide40 (at right)
it is attached with velcro, therefore much harder to manipulate
I also found that the baby was much more reclined in this car seat, which is nice when they are young, like my 11 week old, but compared to my Britax Boulevard toddler seat, the SnugRide 40 has the child practically laying down. I can't imagine my older daughter having been in that position when she was over a year old. Sure this one can be easily removed, but with the weight of the car seat, and the weight of you 40 pound child, are you really going to carry them around in the car seat?
In summary, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 is a pretty amazing piece of equipment, but isn't the right car seat for my family and our current car. With a price tag of $219.00 it is priced on the high end of infant car seats on the market. As a mother who knows that her kids will max out height limits on car seats way before weight limits, this wouldn't be the right choice for my family. If I knew that my kids would be average height and weight, I would definitely consider purchasing this for my family. And if we had a different car!
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.