Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Graco Safety preview party for a brand new car seat, The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40. At the party we learned a ton about car seat safety and the AAP guidelines, and about this new car seat. I was so excited to receive one of the car seats to review for you. The Click Connect 40 is different from our old Graco SnugRide 30 for a variety of reasons, the biggest being that it can safely hold kids up to 40 pounds and 2 years old in a rear facing position. The SnugRide 30 only goes up to 30 pounds, and has much less leg room. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids stay rear facing until they reach age 2, and the Graco Safety campaign hopes to help parents reach that goal. Will the Click Connect 40 really hold a big toddler comfortably? We’ll find out.
The Click Connect 40 has 8 different seat settings from comlete recline for newborns to sitting up for big toddlers.
For The Bear to try it out we shifted to position 8 and put up the kickplate to protect the car.
The seat comes in 2 colors, Moonstruck and Mena. We received a Moonstruck seat, the more gender neutral of the two. Mena is beautiful, but has lovely pink swirls that aren’t little boy approved. You can see a glimpse of the Mena design above, modeled by our demo doll from the Graco Safety Party.
Here is the car seat set up for a newborn. It looks so squishy and padded, even more than the newborn pad I had to by when the Bear was new. I can’t wait to put Mini Bear in the seat in the spring!
The newborn pad snaps out easily, and the seat quickly adjusted to fit our tall toddler. Really, it took about 2 seconds..
We installed it in the car using our latch system. It seemed odd that the base hung off the edge of the seat by several inches, but that could just be our Honda Pilot. It still seemed secure. Please excuse my messy car. True Life: I’m a Blogger.
The major downfall of rear facing car seats is the loss of leg room in the front seat. This is a small price to pay for our kids to be 5x safer than front facing.
Does the Bear fit comfortably? Yes, he does. At 16 months old he is weighs about 30 pounds and is about 31 inches tall (it is difficult to get an accurate measurement on a wiggly toddler).