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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Graco Baby Helps Me Get Around! {review}

My baby, Mikayla, has been here for just over 2 months now and I wanted to share with you a couple life-saving items I use as a mom of 3. 

Graco sent us a Quattro Tour Duo Stroller and the Snugride 35 car seat, both in the Flint pattern to try and I've been loving both of them from the start.

Let me show you some photos and share with you some of my favorite features of each product. Mind you, I put all of this together when I was about 8 months pregnant. You can safely assume it wasn't too difficult for me to handle. ;)

Getting the stroller ready to go wasn't all that difficult. All I really needed to do for it was put on the wheels and accessories like the cup holder and the snack cup for the front seat. The stroller does have a bit of weight to it but it folds down so nicely and is very easy for me to lift up into my van and out again. 

The Snugride 35 is SUCH a lovely seat. Not only is this seat ultra plush and constructed for safety, it also will be with us for as long as we need. You see, this car seat is made for babies from 4 pounds to 35 pounds. Yes, you read that right. This ensures me that my baby girl can use this seat comfortably until I can safely transition her to a forward facing seat. 

The dial on the car seat base makes leveling the seat very easy to do. I recall putting my first born's car seat in our car and using things like rolled up towels to help us make it level. Sounds pretty safe, no? {can you hear the sarcasm?} This time around, we were able to check the level on the side of the seat and simply turn the dial to raise it or lower it until it's positioned safely.

I also appreciate the easy  "squeeze and push" or "squeeze and pull" tabs on the car seat's handle to move it up for carrying or back for getting baby in and out easily. On the back of the car seat is the handle that unlocks the seat from its base or stroller simply pulling up on it. The words "quick and easy" come to mind when trying to describe the user friendliness of the Snugride 35 car seat.

 The Quattro Tour Double Stroller is just right for pushing around 2 of my three kiddos. There is A LOT of storage room on the stroller and it makes my life so much easier. 
By the handles of the stroller, there are 2 cup holders and a zippered pouch with a pocket on the outside as well. This means that I don't have to juggle holding my coffee and keys while pushing the stroller.  

 The front seat of the stroller can recline back to keep Eliana comfortable and the back holds Mikayla's car seat just right. And you see the large amount of storage on the bottom of the stroller, right? Shopping trip, here I come! ;)

Look at the back of the front seat for a second. Can you see the storage pockets? This is AMAZING to me because it means my Mikayla's toys, snacks, and so on can be stored right in front of her while we're on the go. No digging through anything to get what she needs. Phew!

 Another favorite feature is how the canopies match up to keep Mikayla completely covered. I can easily shield her from the sun, wind, rain, and snow.

When I want to set the brakes on the Quattro Tour Duo, I only need to push down on one side to lock both. This means I can handle what I need to handle quite easily, whether that's getting the kiddos in or out of the stroller or otherwise. 

For both seats, there are snack and drink holders. The back seat has these on a tray that goes across a child's lap while the front seat has them on either arm rest. Also, the tray on the back seat doubles as the place where Mikayla's car seat locks in to. 

Overall, I'm very, very pleased with the Snugride 35 car seat and Quattro Tour Duo Stroller from Graco. I've been getting plenty of use out of both items and my only wish is that the stroller weighed a tad less. However, I haven't had any problems getting it in and out of my van, if you're wondering. 

BUY IT:  You can purchase your Snugride 35 car seat for around $170 and your Quattro Tour Duo stroller for around $270 from select retailers. Please see the Graco website for more details.

**Thanks to the company or pr agency, who supplied the items to facilitate this review. I wasn't compensated in any way. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of the items mentioned. Others may have a different experience or opinion.**  



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