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.

 

A Great New Baby Gift – Email & Domain

Okay, let’s face it…we are in a time where technology rules. Our kids will not grow up learning cursive or taking “typing” on a typewriter. They don’t talk on the phone, they text. Things aren’t stored in servers, they are in the cloud. Kids play video games with “friends” around the world. So let’s get into this century with our “new baby” gift giving. Let’s face it…every new parent ends up with a ton of blankets, way too many towels, and onesies up the a$$. Right?

Give a gift that well…a baby won’t grow out of. An email address and a domain.

I’m sure you think I’m crazy but an email address was one of the best gifts I received when my first daughter was born. A good friend of mine named Bryan set up a gmail address in my first born’s name the day she was born. It can obviously be done in advance if you know sex and name, but we didn’t find out the sex of our baby and kept our name options a secret. I was so excited and thought it was such a great idea. I even use the address to send out updates, pictures, etc.

It’s so great that we have her name secured and she won’t be lpd837374@gmail.com. When daughter #2 arrived, I made sure to secure her email as well and also did so for a friend of mine who just had her first baby.

So why stop with just an email? Secure baby’s domain name, twitter handle, blog addresses and anything you can get your hands on! If it is available, why not? Now, I know you have to “fudge” birth dates in order to do this….but hey, it’s worth it!

And the best part? The email address is free, and domains can be secured for very little investment.

Thanks Bryan for such a great gift…and sorry that I’m stealing it now for all my friends who are having babies!

5 Helpful Tips for Your Baby Registry

I am pregnant with my second child, and it just dawned on me that I do not get another baby shower. What a sad thought! I was looking the journal I kept when I was pregnant with my daughter, and I remember there being significant milestones during the 9 months that helped keep time moving quickly…because let’s face it…there are times during pregnancy when you think time is moving very slowly. I remember registering and having my shower as being two huge milestones that I was incredibly excited about.

Well, just because this is my second child and I don’t get to register again doesn’t mean there are not other first-time soon-to-be-moms out there that could use some help and tips. And I will admit, I did not follow most of this advice…I learned the hard way.

I dedicate this, my first blog post, to a good friend of mine who is pregnant with her first baby, due just over a month before I have my second.  Our family is so excited and happy for you!

  1. Don’t Believe the Hype: When you are ready to register, the first thing you do is check your baby book or online and find the “must have” lists for your registry. If you register at Babies R Us, they give you an entire book of “must haves.” There are many things on those lists that you do not need. Use the lists as guides, but talk to other moms for the real advice. I remember registering with my husband and we got the best advice from a couple we met in the stroller aisle of Babies R Us.
  2. Spend Wisely: For anyone that knows me and knows me well, I’m sure you are not surprised to hear I spent a fortune on my daughter’s bedding. And I regret it. We did not find out the sex of our baby until she was born. Her first few weeks at home, she slept in a Moses Basket, which had unisex bedding. But of course, as soon as we got home from the hospital, I began the search for the perfect. I bought sheets, a down toddler comforter and duvet cover, toddler pillows and pillow covers, bumpers and a bed skirt. I rationalized this by saying she’d use the sheet and bumpers immediately, and then we’d use the rest as she grew into her toddler bed…and considering she is a petite little thing, we assumed she could sleep in that until she was 5! Well, surprise surprise…our petite little thing has a mind of her own. At 19 months, she has already transitioned to a big bed…a queen-sized bed, not even a toddler bed that her crib turns into. We’ve always had a queen-sized bed in her bedroom as an extra for guests. One night as I was putting her down, she resisted and said “No, no night-night.” She would not go into her crib. I put her down and she ran over to the big bed and said “Night-night momma.” From that night, she’s has slept in the big bed…and her beautiful crib/toddler bedding has gone unused!
  3. Think Ahead: Will your child be going to day care? That sounds like a strange topic to consider when registering, but it is important…especially if you really want to make the most of your registry and get what you need. For example, bottles. I chose to register for glass bottles. I had researched different types and decided on this. But when my daughter started daycare, I realized they don’t allow glass bottles for safety reasons (which makes sense). Had I considered this before registering, I may have registered for less glass and a few plastic varieties. Sheets. When my daughter went to daycare, she was first in a crib, then a pack and play, then at age 1 on a mat for naps. I needed sheets for these different sizes to send to school with her. Plus extra blankets, lovies and the such to send to school with her.
  4. Take Hand-Me-Downs: I am the first to admit that I did not take all the hand-me-downs that were offered to me. I was a snob, and I was silly. People always tell you how quickly babies grow and move from stage to stage, but you don’t believe it until you experience it first hand. I did take a Moses Basket from a friend and we loved it. Our daughter slept in it for 6 weeks than was off to her crib. It was the best thing. After she was born, we realized we didn’t really have the right stroller, so we took another hand-me-down from the same friend. They gave us a Bugaboo stroller that was in great shape and we used basically every day, still! Some other friends dropped off bins of clothing. I was hesitant at first, and when I finally opened them, I found treasures! Gorgeous items that looked brand new! It all helps, and it is so kind of people to want to help. Use what you can, return what you can’t, or donated to charities or other friends. Keep the mom circle going.
  5. Keep in Mind the Gift-Givers: A registry doesn’t do you much good if no one buys you gifts from it! When I was registering, I wanted to register at some little shops in my area such as Isis Parenting and Magic Beans. They have high-quality, amazing items. However, I had to stop myself for a second and think of those who are giving me gifts. Most of my family is located in central Massachusetts, and these stores are no in that area. Many of my family members won’t order online. My husband’s family lives in the mid-west and west coast. So what good would those registries do for me if no one would buy from them? I had to concede and create a few registries at different locations. I will admit, I was anti-Babies R Us at first because the store is just overwhelming to me (still to this day). But I realized that 90% of those invited to my shower live near a Babies R Us and probably rely on it as the resource for baby things. So I registered for many of the basics that I wanted and needed there. I loved everything I saw online at Restoration Hardware Baby so I registered for a few items and gift cards to put toward the bedding that we picked out after the baby was born. I registered for a few things at some of the smaller boutiques, as well as Pottery Barn Kids. I spread it out, and I think in the end, it worked well for those who were invited to my shower. Stay true to yourself and your taste, but be aware of who is shopping for you. 

Like I said, I have learned from my mistakes and I just want to share what I have learned with you. Happy registering!