I take back all the mean things I said about Graco: The Snugride Click Connect 40

Graco has done something wonderful–they have made an “infant carrier” style carseat that accomodates big kids!  The Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 has a weight limit of 40 pounds and a “standing height” limit of 35 inches. That’s huge!  Most carseats have a 22 pound/29 inch limit, or 30 pound/30 inch limit. Sure, there have been “convertible” carseats that accommodate newborns to five year olds for simply decades, but none of those had a base or handle.

This is breaking news, folks!

A base is critical. It makes removing the carseat with the *hopefully* sleeping baby a breeze. The handle–well, so you can carry it from point A to point B with one hand free.

The fact that the Snugride 40 is also compatible with a travel system is terrific! This goes hand in hand with that whole “let’s not wake a sleeping baby” thing that I’m always talking about. Put the car seat in the stroller and do you errands or take a walk or whatever.

There has only been two convertible carseats available in the United States that have ever done this before: the Orbit Toddler seat and the Combi Corroco. The Orbit is insanely expensive and the Corroco only fits in a single stroller frame–no options for double or triple strollers. Therefore, both are extremely limited. Neither had a handle, and the Corroco didn’t have a base.  Le sigh.

The fact that Graco has taken the challenge and NAILED IT is tremedous.  Congratulations, Graco.  Now just come up some sleeker, lighter strollers, please.

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One Good Thing About Combi

Perhaps I gave Combi a hard time in the previous post, but they do have this one redeeming feature: they carry an affordable convertible seat which can be used in a stroller.

The Cocorro Flash is a stroller frame which accepts the Cocorro convertible carseat, which has a height limit of 40 inches and weight limit of 40 lbs.  Although it is small, for a convertible, if you have Big Butterball Babies like me, you can use it with newborns through the first couple years. The beauty of this system is that you can get that convertible carseat out without waking up baby, run into the store or get your hair done, and your little tyke never has to be disturbed.

Its only drawback is 1) it doesn’t have a a handle like infant carriers and 2) the Flash is only available as a single stroller. I have also read complaints from reviewers that is quite small, compared to other convertible carseats, so if you’re switching from an infant carrier to this seat, it won’t last you very long. On the up side, its narrow size means that you can fit two or even three of the Combi Cocorro into the back of a sedan.

As far as I know, the only other convertible carseat which can work with a stroller is the Orbit Toddler and it costs $360, plus the stroller, which is $750. Wow!  You’d think they’d at least inclue a decent underseat storage basket and some mommy-daddy cup holders with that.