Motherhood Monday

Motherhood Monday: My night with GRACO! (Premiering Graco Click Connect 40)

Mom Bloggers get together for one night to talk about Graco!
Last night, I was one of 15 Pregnant or New Mom Bloggers invited to the Country Inn & Suites to learn & test out the new Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40. The event was hosted by Mom Blogger, Meghan Cooper and catered by TGIF. The fact is, I haven’t had a child in 5 years so alot has changed.
One major change is the fact babies must now face backwards a whole extra year!
We learned the SnugRide Click Connect 40 is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to 40 pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect is available at Babies “R” Us (online & in stores). There are two fashion choices too: Mena & Moonstruck. 
We were all able to touch the carseat and experience the ease of use for ourselves. And every blogger invited was a given a BRAND NEW GRACO CAR SEAT! Can you say we were all smiling from ear to ear!
  • The ONLY Newborn to 2 Year Infant Car Seat
  • Helps protect rear-facing infants from 4-40 lbs. – a full 2 years
  • Base adjusts, with 8 recline positions, for most leg room
  • Height adjustable headrest with no re-thread harness
  • Click Connect technology offers a one-step secure attachment to Graco Click Connect™ Strollers
  • Easily create custom-built travel systems with any Graco Click Connect™ Stroller
  • 8-position, one-touch base adjustment for precision leveling
  • Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards
  • Safe Seat Engineered* (*safe seat engineering includes side impact testing, testing at 2x car seat   standard, and testing to extreme car interior temperatures)
  • Side-impact tested* (*In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 car seat has been side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system)
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • Convenient, LATCH-equipped stay-in-car base – with LATCH storage compartment
  • Base features integrated belt lock-off for easier seat belt installation
  • Easy-to-read level indicator helps eliminate installation guesswork
  • 5-point, front-adjust harness helps you get baby in and out
  • Removable infant head & body support cushions baby
  • Removable infant harness covers
  • Removable preemie body insert
  • Adjustable footrest/seat protector
    In addition to learning about the new products from Graco, we were also able to relax in style at the Country Inns & Suites in Buckhead (Atlanta). Before the meeting started, my family checked into our room to get settled before I headed downstairs. My children love anything related to a hotel so they were excited to be there. We were able to stay in a room with 2 queen beds, which allowed just enough space for us.
    I loved that when I walked into the room, there was this wonderful SWAG complimentary guest bag. It had slippers, a water cup (that I am using as I type this), a coffee mug, chocolates and body scrub! I loved it because it was so unexpected. The bed slept really well although I couldn’t really enjoy it because my daughter wanted to sleep with me. It was fine starting out, but if you have a young one you already know they will practically KICK YOU OUT OF YOU OWN BED!
    In the morning, we (my family) all went downstairs and enjoyed the complimentary breakfast. My children wanted to try everything from waffles, oatmeal, cereal and more! The staff was helpful and courteous. This was actually the first time I have ever stayed at a Country Inns & Suites but it will not be the last. We had nothing but a great stay!
    Funfact: Country Inns & Suites has 483 hotels operating throughout the world and 43 under development, primarily in te US, Canada, India & Mexico. Great rates with NO booking fees!
    From Graco:
    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 & Country Inns & Suites.
    The opinions and text are all mine.
    Thanks to:
    Meghan Cooper – Host
    Country Inn & Suites – Meeting Room & Overnight Stay
    TGIF – Dinner
    Graco – CarSeats & More….



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    • LA Lynn's
      October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Whoaaaa…. How awesome is this!!!!!! U go girl!!!! This was GREAT!! I LOVE a hotel stay with FREE BREAKFAST!!!!! Lol


    • Katherine Phillips
      October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      This sounds great!!! Sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time. Congratulations on your new carseat!!!! I hope you enjoy it!!!

    • ToshaDevon
      October 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!! This car seat looks very nice!!!!! I’m glad you and the family got to experience the hotel. And got a new carseat…that’s what’s up!!!!

    • Rochelle
      October 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      What a great mini-vacay for the fam and a nice bonus for you all!

    • Windy City Mama
      October 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      V so could have used one of those. Nice recap. Thanks for sharing.

    • Autumn Bradshaw
      October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      That was so much fun! It was nice meeting you there, Bernetta! I wish we could have spoken more, but I’m sure we will see each other again soon. Enjoy your new car seat, and congrats on the new little one!

    • Roxy Fashionista
      October 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing the event, it looks like it was very informative. That room also looks really sweet…congrats on the seat.

    • Alisha LAMPLEY
      October 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      What a great event! And I didn’t realize they wanted kids to stay turned around for 2 years. Glad you all enjoyed your stay and thanks for sharing. And I’m sure things have changed a great deal from when I had my daughter 3 years ago.

    • Maria
      October 31, 2012 at 2:18 am

      This sure was fun! Good seeing you and your beautiful, glowing self!