The Graco Click Connect Snugride 40 promises to accommodate a child rear-facing for up to 2 years of age. It’s a bold claim knowing that many infant seats can only be used for as long as 1 year.
Aside from this tempting promise, let’s see what this seat has to offer and if it indeed lives up to its promise.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4 to 40 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 35 inches|
The Graco Snugride 40 seems to be more promising than the rest of the Graco Snugride Click Connect car seats. The 40-pound weight limit is so far only found in this infant car seat (at least as of writing this review).
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Will It Fit In My Car?
Expect to occupy more room in your car because of its dimensions. It leans towards the more bulky side when compared to most of the infant car seats nowadays.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No|
|Base: Easy To Install?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Click Into The Base?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Remove From The Base?||Yes|
Because the base comes with eight recline positions, you wouldn’t be needing a pool noodle when installing the base. The base has two pendulum level indicators on both sides which you can use to gauge if you have the proper recline before you start tightening the LATCH or the lap/shoulder belt.
Learn how to install the base of the Graco Snugride 40 from this video.
How To Install The Graco Snugride 40’s Base Using The LATCH Or Lap/Shoulder Belt
Even when installing the carrier without the base, it is easy to get the proper recline. The seat carrier has a red line in it that you should level with the ground to ensure good recline.
How To Install The Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 Without The Base*
*Installation procedures work for any Graco Click Connect and Classic Connect Models
|Country Of Origin:||China|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
Aside from the sturdy materials, the seat has a “head-wing” kind of headrest. It is intended for the added head protection of your child.
Buckling in and out your child in the seat is also a breeze as the buckles have an intuitive design.
|Length Of Canopy||
Extends a little more from the middle because of the visor
|Does It Get In The Way Of The Carry Handles?||Yes|
|Does It Stay In Place?||No|
|Is It Easy To Move?||Relatively (Can Get Stuck)|
This is probably where the downside of the Graco 40 is going to be.
First, the canopy doesn’t provide enough protection against the sun. Some parents say that it doesn’t stay up. There is also limited space for your hands to comfortably carry it around because the canopy is in the way.
The mesh netting on top of the canopy is not necessary when you are carrying the infant seat by itself. But I can see the use of it when you have the car seat clicked into a compatible stroller, where you make the canopy of the car seat and the stroller meet in the middle making it full coverage. That’s when the mesh netting can serve as a peekaboo window as well as allow some air to circulate inside.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Seat Weight:||9.6 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Yes|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
The seat material is of premium quality. It is comfortable for long rides as long as your child still fits in the seat.
Because of its weight, you would need a compatible stroller as your child gets heavier. It has the same weight as the Regular Chicco Keyfit 30 and Chicco Keyfit Magic, but it is definitely lighter than the two Britax B-Safe 35 seats.
You can wash the seat cover in a washing machine, but be sure to use a delicate cycle. You also should not use the dryer afterward and just let it drip-dry.
It comes with an infant head and body support for added protection for smaller babies. The shoulder harness pads that are included will prevent the shoulder straps from irritating the neck area because of constant contact.
And the best thing I like about this seat – the non-rethread harness. The convenience of not having to remove the straps manually and re-feed them to the next higher slot is indeed a time-saver as babies grow very fast.
Some parents find it very hard to figure out how to deal with the canopy strap when they want to wash the canopy. Here’s a quick video to show you how to do it.
How To Pull Apart A Graco Car Seat Canopy Strap
Most babies outgrow their infant seats height-wise first before they even reach the maximum weight limit. Just like the B-Safe 35 and the B-Safe 35 Elite, the Graco Snugride 40 has a tendency to become too cramped for your little one sooner than expected because of the headrest.
While the headrest that is supposed to be for added head protection is awesome – it is way too big and therefore makes the area for the head narrow. Accommodating heads of bigger babies then becomes a problem.
But genes of babies differ. Some children who are even more than two years old can still fit in the Graco 40 comfortably, just like this one on the video.
The question of why is it not the best infant seat yet is easier to answer now that we have tackled each and every aspect of the seat.
It can improve the length of the canopy as well as make more room for the hands to comfortably carry it. It would be good if the canopy is easy to move and stays in place.
The material of the seat can also be made more durable so that you can put it in a dryer and reassemble the cover back in the seat faster.
It can also shed off a little more weight without losing its safety features.
I cannot imagine taking this infant seat out of the car when my child is more than one year old. It would be too heavy by then considering the fact that it is already heavy even when empty. When your baby reaches six months old plus, they would be old enough to sit in most strollers, and I would just probably leave the infant car seat installed in the car.
It’s better like that instead of removing the Graco 40 out of the car and carrying the child car seat to click into the stroller every time. It would be way too funny to look at a one-year sitting in an infant car seat attached to a stroller when they are old enough to use the stroller seat, to begin with.
The inconveniences of the Graco 40 is minor, in my opinion. The fact that this seat’s safety has been rated with flying colors is a good enough reason to consider this seat. The weight can be dealt with by using a compatible stroller and the canopy coverage can be solved by draping over a car seat cover.
It’s a good, sturdy and safe seat until your child needs to transition to a convertible car seat.
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who got this seat to help you decide more.
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