Safety is as Safety Does {Giveaway!}

Blogging has brought me many things that I wouldn’t otherwise have the privilege of having in my life.

I’ve met people from all over the country.

People all over the world read my words.

I have made real friends who would have been inaccessible to me without the world of the written word.

I have flown across the country all alone to meet (and shack up with) women I only knew through avitars and words.

I have family pictures hanging in my house of friends in Mexico, Canada, and all over the USA.

Blogging has also brought me opportunities to save money for my children’s college funds, their Christmas and birthday presents, and other needs they have.

This past weekend blogging brought me to yet another place I would have never imagined.

Saturday I spent my afternoon in my local Babies R Us as part of a nationwide (50 cities!) product launch event for Graco referred to on social media as GracoSafety.  When did this become my life?!?

I was (am!) completely humbled to be chosen by SITS Girls to be a part of this huge event.

We kicked it all off at 1pm with our first of two sessions. With the help of the lovely Amanda, I did a demonstration of the new Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 car seat for a small, but super interested audience.  Amanda took lots of pics and tagged them with the #GracoSafety hashtag…along with all the rest of the participants in sessions all over the country.

Cort and I are big Graco fans, so to be part of this was awesome.  We already own the Graco Snugride 34, and so I felt super confident in my demonstration skills to show the new features on the Click Connect 40.

And I must say, by the time the day was over, I was super sad that this didn’t come out a year earlier while I was pregnant with Charlie.

Some of my favorite features include…

  • It is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to two-years old.  4 pounds up to 40 pounds.
  • The base has 8 recline positions so it can go from an infant carrier, to permanent rear-facing car seat for your child up to two years (40 pounds)
  • It’s super cute with it’s inserts to keep tiny babies cozy and comfy.
  • All the adjustments are simple and can be done with one hand: the harness, the head adjustment, even putting the seat in and out of the base.
  • There is no more re-threading of the straps as baby grows (my husband’s jaw dropped when he heard this since he is always on car seat strap adjustment patrol in our house).  It’s all done on the back of the seat.
  • it is light and easy to carry.
  • It’s unbelievably easy to use, so when you are running errands and in and out of the car with the baby, you won’t feel like your arms are falling off.

Honestly I was afraid that I would sound like a sales rep for Graco, but as a mom of two, I truly fell in love with this product.

The best parts of the day?  Giving away two of these seats!

I was totally jealous of the winners since Charlie is at that awkward age (7 months) where he is really too big for the carrier, but we don’t have another rear-facing car seat available (thanks to his brother being too young/small to graduate from the convertible seat to a booster) for him to switch.

Lucky for us, Graco has us covered there too.  I see a trip to the store in our future.

Anyway, back to the Click Connect.

It is the bees knees, and the next time we get a bun in my oven?  We will be trading in our old Snugride so we can get credit toward a new Click Connect 40 (because oh yes, Babies R Us has the trade in program!  Bring in your expired seat and get credit toward a new one).

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 is exclusively available at Babies R Us, so you know what I get to do?  Give one of you lucky peeps a $25 Gift Card to Babies R Us!

Aw yeah.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about how you would spend the $25 if you win.

That’s it. Easy peasy.

Contest is open from Thursday, October 25 at midnight EST until Thursday, November 1 at midnight EST.

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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.

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