Seattle Blogger Meet Up #GracoSafety

Last week I got to host a local Seattle blogger meet up and car seat review on behalf of SITS and Graco, and let me just say I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with so many pregnant women in my life. I loved it.

We gathered to learn more about the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 and I opened the conversation with something like “did you guys realize parents are now encouraged to keep babies rear facing for two years now instead of one?” They were quick to inform me that this is actually a very hot topic for parents who are passionate about infant safety. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics says toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car.

I have my own issue with car safety.

I don’t know why we are required to wear helmets on bikes at 6 mph, but in cars…no helmets? No helmets, because apparently all that glass and metal will protect us when we crash into each other at 60 mph on freeway. And yes, that is my way of saying I think we should all be wearing helmets in the car…and protective vests, knee pads, elbows pads, and perhaps our own adult sized car seats. I mean, if they’re THAT safe for our most precious cargo, why aren’t we ALL strapping into five point harnesses?

But we do take good care of our babies don’t we? We swaddle them and nurse them and adore them and now we keep them rear facing in a car seat that Graco designed to grow with a baby from infancy to age two. I’m kind of astounded by how far these car seats have come since my kids were babies. Everything moves and shifts with just one touch here and a squeeze there. The car seat snaps into a secure base, no re-threading of car seat straps, and the base reclines into 8 different positions.

For more information, take a look at this video that shares all the great details. It’s pretty much exactly what I looked like when I showed the car seat off to our group Seattle bloggers:

(video here)


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.



  1. Jennifer says

    Wow!!!! Wish they had this 2 years ago!!! We had a Graco snug ride, but my youngest out grew it and we upgraded to a Graco my ride 65. My youngest is still rear facing t 25 months old!

  2. says

    I would have loved one of these when my kids were small. It would have saved buying three different carseats just to get through to age eight.

  3. says

    The only thing with the whole 2 years rear facing thing is that it’s not any safer for a little one who’s feet touch the back of the seat. That’s dangerous in an accident too. That car seat does look sweet though :)

  4. says

    I went through 5 carseats for my daughter Sophie who has Cri du Chat syndrome because she is so petitte. Finding a suitable car seat was hard because she was so small but has very long legs. The problem with the rear facing position with my children was their long legs.