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Spawn of Griffith | Review: Graco SnugRide infant car seat

Review: Graco SnugRide infant car seat

Tuesday April 11, 2006 | by Hugh Griffith | 0 comments

Before I begin I want to say that choosing a car seat is one of the most important purchases you will make for your baby. Take the time to learn as much about them as possible. And drive your car down to one of those car seat check clinics hospitals and fire departments offer, it’s worth it. Because odds are, you’ll put it in wrong.

As I’ve mentioned before, Consumer Reports is an excellent source for baby product reviews. When it came to time to choose our car seat we went for the best reviewed, but reasonable, seat they recommended—the Graco SnugRide.

The SnugRide is the type of seat that easily clicks in and out of a base unit (which I think is pretty common now-a-days). This is nice because once you get the base in your car you won’t have to take it out until your baby out-grows the seat. You can also buy the base separately for the other cars in your life.

Installation of the base is not so easy. Experts recommend that the base is near immovable. This means you will strain several muscles in your arms trying to make it so. I strongly recommend involving a second person or one of those “strongest men in the universe” guys you see on EPSN.

Odds are you will also need to use the metal belt clamp-thingy to keep the seat belt from shifting the base. Be warned, it’s so difficult to put on you will be tempted to throw it in frustration while screaming four letter words at the top of your lungs. (I don’t know who invented this thing, but they were clearly trying to piss off every parent they could.) Again, involve another person. A very patient person.

Aesthetically the SnugRide comes in wide range of colors and patterns. I believe they also match the cribs, playpens, and other stuff they make. So you can color coordinate to your hearts content.

Lastly, don’t forget the seat will be heavy with your baby in it. Though it’s highly mobile it’s not the type of thing you want to lug around the mall or for long stretches at a time. Consider a stroller or transfer your baby to a carrying harness.

(Disclaimer: This is merely the opinion of someone who has purchased the product and used it on a daily basis. I am by no means an expert reviewer.)