Graco Snugride 30

Posted by: , October 1, 2011 in 9:46 pm

Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat - Carlisle 8S01CSLAs soon as I found out that I was pregnant with our first child, I was inundated with baby gear hand-me-downs. Friends, family and neighbors I barely knew were dropping things off at my house daily- one would’ve thought I was running Ebay out of my own living room.

By the time I reached my second trimester, I had literally acquired five strollers; a jogging stroller, a lightweight snap and go, and three different travel systems all specializing in different terrains! I had hit the stroller jackpot and was covered for the next four years, at least.

So with all of these options for transporting my baby, I was still missing just one thing—a baby car seat to fit into not one, but ALL of these strollers! I began sweating at the prospect of having to give up one my fancy travel systems, or worse, the baby jogger, knowing fully well that I didn’t have the money to buy more than one car seat and assuming that finding one that would work for ALL of them was pretty much impossible.

Choosing the right car seat was imperative, so I began doing my research. Obviously safety was the most important thing to me but I also didn’t want to waste our money. The amount of weight that the seat could accommodate was a big factor- after all, if my baby leaned more toward the heavier side, I didn’t want him or her to outgrow the seat within a short amount of time. Another factor to be considered was the ease-of-use factor- like how hard would it be to take the seat in and out of the car as well as snapping it into a stroller? I was not an engineering major so I wanted it to be simple, something that I could do on my own without the help of my husband or a friend. Also comfort: I wanted a seat with plenty of padding as well as head and back support—I admit that I’m not the smoothest driver on the road, so the thought of my baby’s head bopping up and down freaks me out! Lastly, I really wanted to find a car seat that would fit at least two out of the five strollers I had received—more for the convenience factor of being able to swap strollers depending on where we were going, etc.

Hitting the Internet, I began typing in all of my “requests”, curious to see what other parents were saying about their car seats and what options I would find. As to be expected, there were several brands that had top ratings in safety and comfort, however, there was one car seat in particular that seemed to be totally universally compatible with almost every single stroller on the market; The Graco Snugride! As I began to type in the brands of my five different strollers, I was shocked to find that this car seat would literally fit every single one! On top of that, I couldn’t believe how reasonably priced it was compared to other brands, going for just $139.00. Wasting no time, I purchased my Snugride and eagerly awaited its arrival.

My baby girl is now three months old and has been a proud rider of the Graco Snugride 30. Whether she’s in the Baby Jogger, the Citi Mini, The Bugaboo or the Uppa Baby, she is one happy camper, and frankly, so am I. For so many reasons, this car seat has far surpassed my expectations and it is no wonder that it’s the most sought after car seat on the market.

From the minute I first put my baby in the Snugride, I had instant peace of mind. First off, all of Graco’s car seats have been rigorously crash tested and thoughtfully designed to provide complete protection for your baby. Built with an EPS energy-absorbing foam material, amazing head support and heavily padded seating, this seat provides ultimate protection in case the unthinkable happens. It’s as if the Snugride is a mini transportable SUV!

If you’re worried about how well your baby will fit into the Snugride, you can rest assured because it wasn’t named “Snugride” for nothing. The actual design of the seat has been cleverly constructed to give comfort to the different sizes and weights of babies! The Snugride comes in 30 lbs, 32 lbs and 35 lbs maximum models. Also, unlike most other car seats, the Snugride can hold an infant starting at just 4 pounds! With such variety in weight and size, your little one won’t outgrow this car seat for quite some time, giving you way more bang for your buck?

Aside from the high priority safety factor, there are several other reasons why I really love this car seat. To put it simply, the Snugride is just EASY. Everything from buckling your baby inside, to cleaning it, to transporting it from the car to the stroller, is completely uncomplicated and effortless. It’s as if this car seat was designed by an actual mother!

Here are some of my favorite features of the Graco Snugride ?

Buckling In: The seat was made with a brilliant 5-Point harness. With an easy to adjust frontal strap, along with a turnable knob, you’re able to secure your baby without all the fuss and complications.

Compatibility: Not only does the Graco Snugride fit into 90% of the strollers on the market, it can also fit into grocery carts!

Transporting from car to stroller: The Snugride comes with an ultra-convenient LATCH-equipped stay-in-car base, which can be installed within seconds and once in place, you’ll never have to touch it again! It also includes an on-base level indicator to further simplify installation so there is no need for complicated instruction manuals or special tools. With two quick snaps, you’re able to get your baby in and out of the car with ease—a huge perk!

Cleaning up: Worried about those nasty spit up stains? Crushed cheerios? Old juice spots? Don’t worry! Amazingly enough, the Snugride has detachable inserts that you can easily remove and throw in the laundry! How about that for painless stain removal!

Defense: With a 3-panel rotating canopy, your child will be protected from all of the elements, sun, rain, wind, etc.

For any parent out there who is in the market for a baby car seat, I would say you cannot go wrong with the Graco Snugride. There is nothing like buying a product for a reasonable price and getting the safety, the comfort, the ease and the peace of mind along with it. I am a huge fan!

Graco Snugride 30 Product Features:

* Helps protect rear-facing infants from 4-30 lbs. and up to 30 inches.
* Top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications.
* SafeSeat Engineering – Engineered & Crash Tested to Meet or Exceed US Standard
* Side Impact Tested* (*In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the SnugRide 30 has been side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system).
* New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – peak crash force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard.
* Extreme Car Interior Temperatures.
* Graco snugride infant car seat comes with at least 11 various colors, patterns and sizes.
* EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management.
* LATCH-equipped stay-in-car base with on-base level indicator hassle-free installation.
* 5-point, front-adjust harness helps you get baby in and out.
* Removable infant head support cushions baby’s head.
* 3-Panel rotating canopy.
* Compatibility with most Graco strollers lets you create custom-built travel systems.

(Retail value: $140)


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