Graco Snugride 40 Review and Giveaway

Graco Snugride 40 Review and Giveaway

You hear it at the supermarket, at the doctor’s office, and anywhere a dewy eyed old lady sees you with your baby.

“They grow up so fast.” “Enjoy it! It goes so quickly.”"I blinked and my kids were grown up.”

The platitudes are annoying because they’re so true. With every single one of my babies, I cried when they outgrew their infant clothes. And then I cried even harder when they outgrew their infant car seat. I mourned the convenience of the bucket seat that could carry a sleeping baby anywhere, keeping that oh so precious nap going a little longer.

When the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that babies should now remain in a rear facing car seat until age two, I wondered how that would possibly work. My babies’ legs were all scrunched up against the seat by their first birthday. How would they be able to stay that way for another full year?

Sophie is now 14 months, and although she’s much smaller than her siblings, her infant car seat was getting uncomfortably snug. To keep the entertainment value of this post as high as possible, her big sister created a little Bollywood style video about life in the backseat of the minivan with Sophie in her old car seat.

As was plain to see in our Bollywood Minivan Baby Short, the dreaded transition away from the bucket seat was upon us. Just in time, the geniuses at Graco introduced a new car seat called the Graco Snugride40 that will be keeping Sophie comfortable and happy facing the rear until she’s two, but keeping her portable and not tied down to a convertible car seat. This in turn makes the entire family happy as it keeps her a willing subject for the budding movie producers occupying the minivan’s third row. This car seat is not cheap – it’s MSRP is $219.99, but as it keeps you using your infant car seat much longer, it seems like a good value. Here’s why the Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 is worth celebrating:

  • Portable car seat snaps in and out of base with one click for babies up to 40 pounds.
  • Portable. Yes this is so key that it needs a second bullet. You can still transfer that napping baby when the car ride is done!
  • Car seat moves back to 8 possible recline positions, keeping baby’s legs from getting scrunched up against seat as he/she grows.
  • Multiple inserts transition from infancy to toddlerhood.
  • Seat belt can adjust without needing to be re-threaded.
  • Attaches to Graco travel system stroller.
  • Sun canopy protects my baby’s eyes on rare sunny days in Chicago.

We received our Graco Snugride40 compliments of Graco for this review. You too might be able to keep your little one rear facing comfortably in the same seat from 0 to 2. Graco would like one of my readers to have the chance to win their own Graco Snugride40. The winner will receive their own car seat in the color of their choice, a $220 value.

To enter to win, please leave me a comment telling me who you would snuggle in your Graco Snugride40, if you were the winner. I’ll select the winner at random in two weeks on 11/14.

And there’s many ways to earn additional chances to win, just make sure to return here to leave comments for each additional entry. You can:


83 Responses to Graco Snugride 40 Review and Giveaway

  1. You can rear face a convertible seat — the Nuni was RF in her Britax until she was 4 (scrunched legs don’t bother them – you know how children sit – like their joints are made of jello). That said, Will is getting big for his bucket seat and I’m not ready to give it up yet!

    • chefdruck says:

      Kate, we rear faced in a convertible seat for our last three kids, but I’m loving being able to cart Sophie around in her car seat for a little while longer. As she gets heavier, it’s becoming a bit of an arm workout, but that’s not such a bad thing!

  2. Garima says:

    This looks really fantastic, with my second baby on wat, it seems like a perfect thing!

    • chefdruck says:

      Congrats Garima! This is such a great car seat from the moment you bring baby home from the hospital. So nice to not have to worry for 2 full years about a car seat solution. Good luck!

  3. Sara Johnson says:

    We rear face in a convertable seat. My almost 12 month old (how did that happen) is still fitting in there. Would snuggle baby #2 in the graco!!

  4. Terra Heck says:

    I’d love this for my little niece. Thanks.

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  7. Vicki Wurgler says:

    for my grandson

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  9. Milcah says:

    Well, for now I think mybaby would find this more comfortable than the built in seat in our van and then i’d pass it along to our baby due in February.

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  13. Christine Jensen says:

    I would snuggle my new niece or nephew that is on the way! (my sister is pregnant with her second baby and I know she could use a new car seat for the little one! I love that this one can face backwards and still give the little one some wiggle room for their little toes.)

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  17. Staci A says:

    My little guy is 14 months too, and I’d love to snuggle him in this seat!

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  21. michelle e. says:

    would love this for my daughter

  22. Jessica Hauk says:

    I would snuggle my baby girl due in just a few short weeks into this new seat! I LOVE the Mena color and love how safe this seat looks!

  23. Katie Casey says:

    I would snuggle my son Aaron into the Graco Snugride 40! :)

  24. Crystal says:

    I would snuggle my first born due in February! : )

  25. Elisabeth says:

    I would love to win this for when I have my goddaughter with me!

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  29. Dinorah says:

    I would love to snuggle my lil girl Kailyn due in dec1 :-)

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  31. rebekka spies says:

    I would snuggle my 1year old and baby #3 in it.

  32. Kimberly B. says:

    I would snuggle my new niece in the Graco Snugride40.

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  36. domestic diva says:

    I would snuggle my soon-coming baby.

  37. Sonya Morris says:

    I would snuggle baby number 4 coming in March in the Graco Snugride40!

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  39. Tiffany Winner says:

    i’d use it for my baby due in may

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  43. Jessica Hauk says:

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  45. Ashley C says:

    This would be for my daughter :) We are currently in the market for a new car seat for her!


  46. amy pugmire says:

    My best friend is pregnant and really needs a carseat.

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  49. mindy says:

    I would snuggle my new bundle in the spring in the snugride 40

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  52. Johanna says:

    I would snuggle my 10 month old, Max =)

  53. Robyn Galloway says:

    This would be for my little one due in just a few weeks!

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  56. Jessica Wiese says:

    I would love to win this for our baby. I love that it offers the convenience of an infant seat and the higher weight/height limits for extended rear-facing. We plan on keeping baby rear-facing until at least 3, so this will get us a good portion of the way there.


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  60. maria says:

    baby #1 due in feb! thanks!

  61. Taylor says:

    I would love to snuggle my 4 month old, handsome baby boy, Liam in the Graco Snugride40 :)

  62. leah says:

    I have been researching infant seats for awhile even though our daughter is 15 months old and we are not pregnant yet. Our daughter hated her infant seat and we had to use our my ride 65 seat a lot sooner than I wanted. I want to make sure I pick the right seat for our next child so when the time comes we are ready. I love that this seat is an infant seat but will last for so long. I like the convenience of the infant seat but don’t like that you only get one year out of them, but that’s not the case with this one and that’s awesome, more value for your money! And it looks really comfortable and safe, which is wonderful. Thank you!

  63. Priscilla Benavides says:

    I would love this for my baby due in April 2013.

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  65. Katie Buck says:

    This car seat would be for baby number two due in may

  66. Penelope says:

    My nephew is making his debut any day now! Fabulous that he could use 1 car seat for two years!!!

  67. VERITY says:

    I would use this for my son he is always trying to climb out of his seat it would make him safer.but i don’t know if you could choose me,i live in france! good work anyway!