Graco’s SnugRide Click Connect 35 is one of the lightest car seats available. At only 7.5 lbs, the SnugRide makes it easy to transport your baby in and out of your car.
It is not the easiest car seat to install, though. The LATCH connectors are simple hooks, rather than the clip attachments common in higher end car seats, and it has to be tightened in an uncomfortable spot on the side by hand (rather than using force-multiplying mechanism like the Chicco KeyFit 30 or the Britax B-Safe). It does feature level indicators and a simple adjustment dial that make proper installation clear. Luckily, it is pretty easy to install without the base in taxis or friends’ cars.
Like all car seats on the market, the SnugRide Click Connect 35 meets all of the federal safety requirements, and its sides are lined with energy absorbing foam to manage collision forces.
The seat comes with a removable newborn head support and retractable canopy to provide shade for the babe. Parents complain that the canopy and the handles collide when you try to put the canopy up, and as your baby grows they can reach up and grab the canopy and pull it towards their feet. This isn’t necessarily unsafe, but it is annoying. When the car seat gets dirty (which will happen), the cover can be thrown in the wash, but you have to unthread the harness to remove it.
Graco has a series of SnugRide car seats. A variation of the SnugRide Click Connect 35 includes a weather boot that helps keep baby warm in the winter. The other popular models are the 35 LX, 30 LX, and the 40.
To attach the car seat to a stroller, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 is compatible with all Graco Click Connect strollers, and other popular strollers from Baby Jogger, Uppababy, and others with an adapter that must be purchased separately.
The older version of this Graco car seat was called the “Classic Connect” and you may still find some stroller frames or adapters out there that are meant for that one. If buying on Craigslist or getting hand-me-downs, double check to make sure it’s all compatible.
An additional base can also be purchased to install the SnugRide in multiple vehicles.