Many of you know Baby C celebrated her first birthday a few months back. Our older kids are six years old and a lot has changed since they were babies. Back then, we were advised to keep our kids rear facing until they were one year old, which of course we did.
Now, this is still the law, but the advice is to keep them rear facing until the age of two. I must admit, there was a debate going on in our house that went a little something like this…….
“So when are we turning C around?” Mr. Deals and Steals
“Um, when it is safe to.” Me
“Um, she is one and it would be way more fun for her to turn around.” Mr.
“Yeah, but they say it is better to wait until she is two.” Me
“Who is ‘they’ and do ‘they’ know she is already heavier and taller than both the big kids when we turned them around? They don’t have any neck problems so it is probably OK.” Mr.
Don’t judge Mr. Deals & Steals too harshly. I honestly didn’t have a good answer, but we kept her rear facing so that I could do some research. Well – wouldn’t you know – just a couple weeks after this conversation I was invited to a Graco Safety house party where I learned exactly why ‘they’ (The American Academy of Pediatrics) advise keeping babies rear facing until 2 years old.
(This is the actual car seat we all brought home. Now I know that cuteness really should not weigh that heavily when it comes to decision making on car seats……… but they are top rated in safety, moderately priced, AND so stylish – gotta love that!)
We are familiar with Graco SnugRide. We had chosen this brand of car seat when we first brought her home, but the Click Connect 40 was a totally new concept – oh how I wish we had this beautiful car seat from the beginning! Here are some quick facts that make it unique and awesome!
- 4 – 4o lbs weight limit – up to 2 years old!
- Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for the most leg room of any rear facing car seat. (the argument is always that the kiddo’s growing legs are crunched up in other car seats. This is genius!)
- The Simply Safe Adjust harness system allows parents to adjust the headrest & harness easily without having to rethread (seriously – I tried it out at the party – so easy!)
- Click Connect attachment clicks right into a click connect stroller safely!
Here is a fun video that shows you how it works. Seriously – watch it – even Mr. Deals & Steals oohed & ahhed……..
We are not planning on any more little bitty babies coming into our family, but if they do – this is absolutely the car seat for us! If you are expecting; seriously check out this car seat! If you know someone who is expecting please forward them this article. I researched several other car seats before the party and after holding and using the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 – in my opinion – price, safety rating, comfort for the baby, and just plain cuteness it is the obvious choice.
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.
*Disclosure* This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.