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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.
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.