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a graco party in my house

I need to tell you all how much I believe in rear-facing carseats: A whole lot. My 32 pound, 37 inch, 3 year old is still rear-facing and he will be until he reaches the 40lb rear-facing weight limit on his carseat. I’m fully sold out for extended rear-facing no matter that he sits cross-legged (it’s still safer) or how complicated it got when I was pregnant with OBrother.

Now that you know that about me, you can imagine how elated I was when my dear friend Heather of the Extraordinary Ordinary reached out to me with an opportunity to help launch Graco’s new SnugRide Click Connect 40 carseat - the first and only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Last week, Heather and I hosted 13 women bloggers (all mommies of littles) in my house for a ‘Get to know the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40′ shin-dig and it was lovely.

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We munched and chatted about knitting and babies and blogging. We enjoyed the decor and the beautiful velvet pumpkins that Love Feast sent over, then we got down to business getting to know the awesome Graco carseat that was the center of the party.

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Heather did a bang-up job of modeling all of the features of the carseat while I did my best to stick to my talking points. I was maybe a little nervous and a lot goofy.

Some of the highlights for me are the fact that the seat works for the entire first two years of a kiddo’s life – no more need to swap out a carseat that you feel like you JUST PURCHASED when your little one weights 22lbs or is one year old. I also liked the upholstery guard to prevent little (dirty) shoes from smearing the back of the seat, and my very, very favorite is the one-handed strap adjustment that means no more re-threading the straps every time your kiddo grows  taller (which is like, everyday it seems). I can personally say that I put off raising the shoulder straps because it is such a royal pain. So 2 billion points to Graco for inventing a way to make that a snap.

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“Friends! Look! One handed strap adjustment! Mind, blown!” 

It was pretty cool how after I shared about the features and awesomeness of the Graco carseat, we just naturally kept talking about it as a group. I don’t think I can over-emphasize how big a part of daily life carseats are for moms of littles. Graco is clearly on top of their game with all of the advancements they made with this seat and the party was buzzing. We went on and on about it, standing around and genuinely discussing the aspects of carseats and how much the SnugRide Click Connect rocks.

What happened next has me kicking myself still a week later. I had planned to have a photo booth up and running for the party. I had ordered a hashtag sign and Heather even spent a while cutting out props. BUT THEN I TOTALLY SPACED IT. Half the ladies had left when it dawned on us that we had forgotten, so I forced the remaining friends to stay for a little and be subject to my kind of silliness.

They were pretty accommodating and fun. Bless their hearts.

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For the final hurrah, each blogger/guest/friend that I’ve met now got to take home their very own Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 carseat!

BOOM. A playroom full of carseats for my friends:

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It was so fun to send each friend out the door with their very own SnugRide Click Connect 40 after spending the evening raving about them.

There was perhaps a wee snafu on the shipping company’s end (I may have cursed in front of sweet Heather. Ahem.) which resulted in my heroic father-in-law driving across town in his van to pick up a pallet worth of carseats in the nick of time. Thankfully, we had them in-hand in time to both demonstrate for the party and give out to attendees at the end. Which is awesome and was pretty generous of Graco (and my father-in-law) if you ask me.

In summary: I had lots of awesome blogging ladies over, we talked about carseats, forgot to do the photobooth, and then Heather and I sent them all home with a Graco SungRide Click Connect 40.

Disclaimer:

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.

9 Responses to “a graco party in my house”

  1. Hannah W.

    I think I want that car seat now. I really am not a fan of the one Paige is now in, although I do like my Chicco infant one for when another comes along. But I may just want to get this instead…. thanks for posting this!

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  2. Jessica

    This seat goes to 40 lbs rear facing, how high does it go front facing?
    I don’t see how they can claim this is the first and only seat that works from birth to two years. My Britax is Rear Facing from 5 lbs to 40 lbs, and then forward facing 20-70 lbs. Unless this Graco actually came out years ago, their claim that it is first is wrong. It’s also not the only one to do so, as they’re claiming on their website.

    Britax also has the one handed strap adjustment, no re-threading when they get taller.

    I think it’s great that more companies are advertising for ERF, but it’s a lie to say this is the first and only seat that can be used birth to 2 years RF, and that totally turns me off the company.

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    • Emily

      I thought the same thing at first, but I think it might mean that it’s the first carseat that snaps in and out of the base (while also being rear facing till 40 pds).

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      • AllisonO

        Yes. The line reads (and was carefully written to say): “the first and only INFANT car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old”. Infant carseats are often called bucket carseats.

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        • Jessica

          I just now had a chance to come respond.

          I still think it seems a little deceptive. If Infant = bucket, then call it a bucket seat – or maybe come up with a new word for the clicking into the base – because once it’s designed to hold a 2 year old 40 lb kid, what makes it an “infant” seat still?

          If it doesn’t go FF at all and only goes to 40 lbs max, you still have to buy a new seat at 2 years/40 lbs, so rather than doing it at 22 lbs you’re doing it at 40.

          I personally used an infant seat until my son could sit up on his own in the grocery cart, then we put the Britax in. So I clearly don’t mind buying two seats. But if someone is really concerned about spending the money on two seats and having to swap them out, it seems important to note that there are seats (not just Britax, there are other brands) that you can use for from infancy to 5 or 6 years or maybe longer if your kid is shorter/smaller in weight, some countries don’t have expiration dates on the seats. With the infant/bucket seats you usually end up having the infant seat, the forward facing seat, then a booster seat (until 80 lbs or 4’9). If someone is trying to save money depending on what set of seats they buy, maybe doing it as three seats is cheaper.

          I don’t have a problem with Graco or anything – I have a Graco portable high chair I love – and anything that encourages people to ERF is great. The “first and only” part just seems a bit too deceptive to me.

          Sorry to be a pooper on your party :-P I’m glad you guys had fun with it!

    • AllisonO

      Emily is right, It is the first bucket carseat that you can click in and out of the car – and into a travel system if wanted – which can be great when they’re peanuts and fall asleep in the car all. the. time. It does not go front facing. It is not a convertible carseat. It is an infant seat. I too, have britax seats for the boys that are 5-40lbs rear and 20-70lbs forward, but I didn’t use them when they were small because they don’t click out; they are not bucket seats. This is the first infant carseat that works up to 40lbs and 2 years of age. I think it’s pretty awesome!

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  3. Dawn S

    We haveto get a new carseat when Baby 3 comes along in a couple of years (#2 is still just 6mos), but I will definitely go for this carseat to avoid having to buy so many since the ones #1 passes to #2 now will all be expired by then!! Love it!!

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  4. Ashley L.

    Thanks for sharing! I think we would love this but I’m not sure I want to buy one for my 6 month old. At this point I might want to put her in something with a higher weight limit to get more usage, but this is definitely something to consider.

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  5. elizabeth

    J is still RF too! i think he and M are maybe the only 2 left that I know of! This seat looks awesome!

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