Sunday, August 10, 2014

Graco Review

One of the most important items needed for a baby is a stroller.  You'll need a safe and reliable stroller to push baby around town easily.  Make sure you choose one that fits your needs best and is also lightweight.  Doing your research beforehand is essential in making sure you make the right choice.  There are so many styles and colors available these days that you'll have no problem finding the perfect fit for you and baby!





Graco is the headquarters for everything and anything you could need for baby.  This brand is surely one of the few that instantly come to mind when I think of baby products.  Graco's product line-up includes strollers, high chairs, pack 'n play, car seats, swings, and more. The best part about Graco is that their products transition with your child as they age and grow, so you really get years of use from them.  I've been recommended Graco strollers and travel systems by many parents over the past few months, and I can see why they love the brand so much! If you're attending a baby shower in the next few months or know someone who has recently given birth, a Graco baby gift makes the perfect present. 

As most readers of my blog know, I'm having a baby girl in December.  As my due date nears closer, I knew it was time to start getting prepared for baby.  I live in a neighborhood that is residential and close to a park, which is ideal for pushing baby around.  In the beginning, a travel system is essential transportation for newborns and infants.  A travel system is a full-size stand alone stroller that allows a compatible infant car seat to attach to the stroller if you're on foot.  Once you're in the car, the car seat fits perfectly into the backseat.

I did my research and knew that a travel system would be the perfect option for me.  Graco generously sent me the Graco Soho Click-Connect Travel System in the Presley pattern.
I'm ready to go, Mom!

This travel system is the lightest in its class, weighing in at only 17.5 lbs. The bundle includes the top-rated Graco Snug-Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat, as well as the stroller.  The stroller's instant motion fold allows you to fold it compactly and quickly, with just one hand.  It's extra comfy for baby, the seat reclines flat to create an infant carriage while the front swivel-wheels offer a smooth ride.  The extra large storage basket, parent's tray, and pivoting child's tray make this travel system extremely convenient.

I received this stroller recently and am very pleased with it so far.  When I received it, I wanted my husband to put the stroller together right away so it would be one less thing for me to deal with.  The stroller comes in pieces that can be assembled in about 10-15 minutes.  It may seem overwhelming at first, but the instructions are very self-explanatory.  The red and black Presley pattern is not overly feminine for my daughter but still stylish enough.  Not everything always has to be flowers and pink for a girl!  The stroller is made very well and seems to be durable and secure too.  I had no trouble clicking the car seat into the stroller base and giving it a quick test ride.  The travel system was easy to maneuver and very light-weight. 

Since I'm due in December, I can't imagine taking the baby on very many walks in the beginning since it will be so cold.  I think as the temperatures get a little bit more bearable, we'll certainly bundle up and go for walks around my neighborhood. It will be fun to go on walks with my dog Carolyn and the baby.  The car seat holds an infant from 4-35 lbs and up to 32" inches tall.   If you use the car seat in the car, make sure baby is rear-facing at all times! The car seat was easy to install in the backseat and clicked into the car seat base with ease.  I'll certainly be using the car seat a lot in the beginning when I take baby to the doctor frequently for well checks. 

What I like about the travel system most is that it grows with your child.  Once they outgrow the infant car seat, you can buy a compatible Graco car seat that is for more age appropriate for your child.  The stroller holds a child up to 50 lbs, so you will certainly be able to use it for a number of years.  The storage basket is convenient for keeping toys and snacks handy, and the child's tray allows them to enjoy a snack or play with their toys at a close reach. 

I'm very satisfied with the travel system and look forward to using it in the near future when baby is born.  I'm sure we'll be strolling around town soon enough!


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Graco for providing me with the travel system in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.




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