The Graco SnugRide Infant Car Seat is a great little infant car seat. As the name suggests, babies fit into it very snug, and the fabric and cushion make it comfortable in the summer and warm in the winter.
We got ours with the Graco Spree Travel System that came with the infant car seat, the stroller and the base. My wife ordered a second base because it didn’t specify whether or not it came with one, but it does. They do try to get you to get another base if you have multiple cars, but the car seat can be installed without the base.
The SnugRide is a rear facing infant seat designed for babies weighing at least 5 pounds to a maximum of 22 pound and 29 inches tall. It has a 5 point harness, an adjustable carrying handle, an adjustable canopy, a base that stays in the car so you can easily carry the baby to the pediatrician or the supermarket (where it fits nicely on the shopping carts), and it has EPS energy absorbing foam for reducing impact during a collision.
After getting the system, I read the entire manual and very slowly and methodically installed the Graco SnugRide into our old 1998 Nissan Altima. The Altima didn’t have the little hooks for the car seat attachment, so I tried to read as much of the manual that pertained to my circumstance as possible, but I admit I did a little improvising. Ultimately, I walked away proud thinking I had masterfully installed the device into our vehicle and we were ready to give birth at any moment.
Well that moment came and we experience the miracle of child birth, with our wonderful baby boy introduced into the world. It was an amazing and magical time for me and my wife, and we spent the next couple of days at the hospital eating horrible food and watching movies on our laptop in between nursing and caring for the boy.
On the third day I went down to get the old Nissan to bring my family home. As I pulled up to the entrance of the hospital, the nurses inspected my installation job then reprimanded me with vicious disapproval. I spent the next 20 minutes breaking a sweat on my bald head and trying to figure out the system without the manual. Eventually, I was able to install it correctly and with a sense of nervousness I asked for a reevaluation. It was approved!
As my wife entered the car and we strapped the baby boy into the Graco SnugRide for the first time, people outside of the vehicle laughed at us as we made the sign of the cross and slowly and carefully rode off into the brightness of the afternoon sun on our voyage to our tiny suburban home. It was a memorable and beautiful little moment in our personal human experience.
22 months later, both the Nissan and
the Graco SnugRide were there to greet our baby daughter. And this time I
managed to get the thing installed right! After my wife and I
personnally delivered her under urgent circumstances in a hotel room,
the ambulance got them to the hospital, and the SnugRide took her home
ninety miles away in our newer and bigger country home.