Graco and Car Seat Safety

I was recently asked if I would be the host for one of the many Graco Safety home parties happening around the country. Initially… I thought… I don’t have any children car seat age. But then again… I *love* hosting parties! So… I graciously accepted my role and the planning began! There are so many things I didn’t know about car seats. Actually… I almost felt like a bad mom for a minute! (But just for a minute… because… let’s face it… I’m an amazing mom)

Effective August 2, 2012… Arizona law requires children under age 8 and children under 4 feet 9 inches to be in a booster seat. What? I had no idea! This was a big topic at our #GracoSafety party. My girls are 6 and 8 and I haven’t had them in boosters since they exceeded the previous law’s height and weight requirement. Since the party… I’m happy to say that Allison is back in a booster and all is well.

The HOT topic was all about keeping your child in a rear facing seat until age two. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we keep our children in rear facing car seats until the age of two. CNN shared an article about it last year. The concern with many parents, was that their car seat couldn’t accommodate their toddler in a rear facing position until age two. The new Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only car seat that provides rear facing protection from birth to age two! It actually grows with your child! There’s a kick plate for when those little feet start to kick the seat… And… the harness and headrest extend without the hassle of having to rethread the harness straps. That. Is. Awesome.

The Graco party I hosted was in Phoenix. We had all 15 of our bloggers show up! I was amazed and thrilled! And I must give a huge shout out to Tryst Cafe for allowing us to reserve patio space during happy hour… Thanks so much Tryst for a great night out! (If you haven’t tried Tryst… you must! They’re an organic restaurant an amazing menu… especially for those with food allergies or gluten intolerance.)

Since I couldn’t use my car seat… I invited my friend Sara and her smiling baby boy. You can read her post here at Mom Endeavors!

Thanks so much to Graco for bringing these important safety issues to light. We had some great discussions and learned a lot in the process!

Does your state have any particular car seat safety laws? I’m so glad I looked mine up! I certainly want my kids safe and I certainly wouldn’t want a ticket… Yikes!

*Disclosure:

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.