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As a first time mom to be one of my daunting tasks before baby arrives was to purchase a car seat and stroller. When I was presented with the opportunity to review the Graco Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System, I was ecstatic because I know the excellent reputation Graco has and that THIS is the travel system I had on my baby registry!
The Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System features the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 35 Car Seat and comes with a base for your vehicle, a car seat, and a stroller that all work for a child up to 35 lbs.
The first thing I love about this system was the ease in which I was able to assemble the stroller right out of the box. It quickly went together and came with very simple to understand instructions.
With my daughter still on the way I borrowed my ten month old nephew to try out the system in every day life. It was a breeze to fit the harness straps to his size. There are four size slots to choose from, to adjust the size you simply unhook from the back and select the appropriate height for your child, feed them back through the holes and reattach the hook to the back. Once your child is placed in the seat and secured by the harness belt, you simply pull the restraint tab at the bottom of the harness to tighten and make a snug fit. Loosening the harness is just as easy, push the button located at the bottom of the seat and pull up on harness to loosen.
The carrier is also very light and the handle is sturdy but thin so it is very comfortable to carry.
The car seat base has a convenient level on the side to let you know when the base is properly installed. Once secure the car seat simply clicks into place and you are ready to go.
The material for the system is offered in many styles and colors. The color pictured is Downton, which I love, and it’s made of a material that will be easy to clean but also hide dirt from use so that it always looks stylish.
The stroller for the system is very easy to operate. With a one button push the stroller pops up and is ready for use. There is no fighting and frustration that I have experienced with other strollers. When finished with the stroller it only takes one click to compress the stroller to put into your car. It takes up minimal room because it compresses down to only 12″ wide.
The backrest has three different positions, it can be laid completely down so that your child may sleep comfortably, be put into a reclining position or be fully in the upright position. The stroller has two cup holders and a spot for a snack so that they can have the freedom to get a drink or feed themselves without you having to stop and help.
One feature that I love is the adjustable footrest. It can be placed in multiple positions to accommodate a child’s growing legs. It’s a great feature for sleepy baby’s!
I’ve found that in the upright position it helps to catch falling toys and snippy cups from your child’s lap. That is genius, as it keeps you from constantly picking things up that fall on the floor through the leg holes.
The stroller has a great storage bin underneath to hold moms purse, shopping bags or babies necessities, and unlike other strollers I’ve used, there was no fighting to retrieve my bags from the bottom because of the tall open access to the bin.
The stroller also has two cup holders and a storage area by the handle for the ones in charge of pushing it. The storage compartment will easily hold a cell phone for safe keeping.
The only thing I would change about the whole system would be to add the little pads to the car seat straps that are on the stroller straps. They just look more comfortable for baby with the extra bit of cushion there.
I love this travel system for the ease with which I can go from the car to the stroller and back again with one click without ever having to disturb my child when she’s sleeping. The car seat with one click will detach from the base in the car and then click into the stroller securely and you are ready to go. As a first time Mom, I think the Graco Modes™ Click Connect™ Travel System will help ease my transition into motherhood because of how easy this system is to work with and I also will never have to be concerned with my child’s safety while riding in the car seat or stroller. I believe all mothers would love this travel system. As I mentioned, this is the system I had on my baby registry, so it’d make a great gift for the parent to be, whether for a baby shower or for Christmas!
Did you know that you can get the installation of your infant carseat checked by certified technicians? You can find a location close to you by visiting http://www.seatcheck.org/!