Checking out the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40

I was excited to be invited to an event sponsored by Graco to learn more about their new car seat, the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40. The event was hosted by Charlene of Charlene Chronicles and SITS Girls.

First off, I have to give kudos to an amazing event. As someone who has planned events as part of my “day job,” the event was well-done. The event was held at MiniLuxe Wellesley and it was the perfect spot to get a bunch of moms (some with little ones and others who are expecting) together to learn about Graco’s new product.

There was a chance for a little pampering…wine…and a chance to learn about the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40. I think all the moms who attended were very appreciative of the spa services, as well as learning about an awesome new car seat.

Now for the car seat. The Graco peeps are super nice to have given me a car seat to take home from the event. I wish I had photos or video of this happening…I carried it on my head, teetering to my car in my 4″ stiletto Louboutins. Working it all the way! Here is a picture of the car seat box in the back of my small SUV.

Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the 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. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to 40 pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow. You can learn more about the car seat by checking out the Graco Safety site.

I decided to take a video of me installing this new car seat in my car. So check it out:

I used the car seat all week and here are some of my thoughts:

  • I love the idea that Graco provides an option to help us keep our babies safe in a rear facing seat up to 2 years or 40 pounds.
  • It’s great to be able to get longer use out of baby gear, so to be able to keep baby in the same seat for 2 years is great. Then transfer to a forward facing seat!
  • It was very easy to install and figure out how to adjust the settings
  • There are eight (8) different recline positions to provide more room for growing babies…
  • HOWEVER, as you give baby more and more space, you lose more and more space for the front passenger seat. I have a small SUV and it was a TIGHT squeeze on the last recline position, and that is with the front passenger seat pushed all the way forward. If we are to use this seat going forward, we will need to put it in my husband’s car, since the front passenger in that car is usually little ole 4’8″ me!
  • I’d be shocked if you could put the seat in full extended mode in a compact or mid-size car
  • My 15-month-old seemed happy in the seat….I think ;)

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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.

 

The Tale of Two Pregnancies

As many of you may know, I gave birth to my second daughter on August 1st. I love her birthday and stats…born on 8/1/11, at 9:01am weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce. I should play those numbers in the lottery don’t you think?

During my pregnancy, everyone asked if this was pregnancy was different from my first. Most people asked so they could try to predict our baby’s sex since we didn’t find out in advance. Most people asked about the nausea, weight gain and how I was carrying,  as those seem to be some of the major predictors.

I decided to breakdown my pregnancies side by side. After reading the side-by-side-comparison, would you guess baby #2 was another girl?

We were so excited to welcome our second daughter into the world…and she is a carbon copy of her big sister. Our new addition is on the left, a baby pic of our 2-year old on the right. Can it be…twins 2 years apart?

Extreme Nesting: Pregnancy Edition, Part 1

I am in an extreme nesting phase right now. I’m scheduled to welcome baby #2 to the world on Monday and I can’t sit still. Yesterday, I began my day scrubbing some carpet stains. Awesome.

Since I’ve already been up since 5am today, I figured I’d get a jump on things early and started cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and the refrigerator. Not really sure why, but seemed like a good thing to do at 5am. I found some funny things that have reminded me of my journey over the past 9 months.

If you’ve been pregnant and have had cravings, you will understand. I had a lot of cravings. Not the pickles and ice cream type, but just something would pop in my head and I needed it. I had more with my first pregnancy, and they were for sweet items. This time around, I am craving saltier foods. But, I have to admit, I also have cravings when I am not pregnant. There have been many time when I see someone eating something, whether on TV or in person and I MUST have that same thing.

Anyway, here are some interesting items that I found when cleaning through the kitchen…many are not normal for my diet and our kitchen:

  • Spaghettios w/ meatballs – WOW…blast from the past. This was one of my cravings during my first pregnancy. And the “meatballs” made a big difference, gives it a totally different flavor, trust me. And look at the can…it has protein! I remember sending my husband to the store for these one night. He came home with one can. The next day I went back and got 10. I guess my craving stopped before I finished them all.


  • Nestle Nesquik Strawberry Powder  - you know, the stuff to make strawberry milk. My strawberry milk craving happened fast and furious one day as I was grocery shopping. I saw a little bottle of it in the dairy section, put it in my cart…but then finished it before I left the aisle. So I went back, grabbed another one and chugged it down. I went through the register paying for 2 empty bottles with my groceries. I got home and threw up pink liquid all over the place. The next day, I went and bought the powder so I could mix it at my leisure at home with skim milk. I threw that up too..but it didn’t deter me. I tired again a few days later and it stayed down. That started a daily trend for about a week.


  • Frozen Pretzels- You know what, I’m not apologizing for these…they are delicious, pregnant or not!



  • Luigi’s Italian Ice – Both the cherry and lemon flavors got me through some tough times during pregnancy #2. I’m not throwing these away….


  • Heluva Good Onion Dip – Just found a barely eaten tub of this buried in the back of the fridge. Way over its expiration date. Good thing or I may have just dug right in.


  • I also found frozen Brussel spouts and creamed spinach that sounded good at the time but I never touched.

Okay, now that my morning nesting is over, I’ll move on to another room! Did you have crazy pregnancy cravings? Let’s discuss!