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ABC Kids 2012 ~ New For Graco

It is that time of year again when manufacturers are showing off their new collections.  This year at ABC Kids in Louisville Kentucky I have to say Graco really impressed me with a few of their new products.  For years we have been writing about some of the best, most innovative gear but sometimes those products are not priced to fit within the budget of the average family.

Many of the new items being introduced this year by Graco are not only feature rich, but they are priced perfectly.

This year Graco is improving their top rated SnugRide Infant seat. Called the Click ConnectTM 30, this seat is the lightest infant car seat, holding a baby from 4-30 lbs. The new Click ConnectTM technology provides an easy one-step secure attachment of the infant car seat to the stroller. Strollers that use Graco’s previous models will be called classic connect.

For the first time Graco is introducing a true Jogger to the market. The ‘FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect’ is designed for parents on the go with a multi-position reclining seat, convertible 3 or 5-point harness and large air-filled rubber tires for a smooth ride on any surface. It’s easy to use with a one-second, single step fold plus it automatically locks and is self-standing when folded. The lockable front swivel wheel offers an easy transition from strolling to jogging. It also includes an extra-large storage basket, trays for parents and baby, a smartphone cradle and even reflectors for low-light visibility for evening or early morning use. I like everything about this jogger.

New parents are going to LOVE Graco’s new motion line. Consisting of 4 products this new collection includes the DuetConnect LX Swing + Bouncer, DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker, Glider LX Gliding Swing, Glider Petite LX Gliding Swing.

The DuetConnectTM LX Swing + Bouncer doubles as a bouncer, giving parents the flexibility to move around the house while keeping baby comfy and close-by. Parents can customize the vibration (with two speeds), swing speed (with six speeds) and melodies (10 songs and five nature sounds) – so that their baby can swing and bounce to their liking. The swing also includes a mobile with soft toys for gentle entertainment. Also, the 5-point harness gives parents peace-of-mind that their baby is secure. Awesome right? And it is priced at $149!

The DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker was one my favorite products that Graco showed and I think it is going to dominate baby registries when it is introduced in January. Not only is it a multi-directional swing that doubles as a rocker so parents can have the ‘best of both worlds’. It has three different seating positions giving the option to sway side-to-side or swing front-to-back, whatever baby prefers. Even better, parents can customize the vibration (with two speeds), swing speed (with six speeds) and melodies (10 songs and five nature sounds). In rocker mode, the convenient carry-handle makes it simple to keep baby by parent’s side. The swing also includes a mobile with soft toys for gentle entertainment and the 5-point harness keeps baby comfortable while giving parents peace-of-mind that their baby is secure. Priced at $169.99

  • Swing: For babies from 5.5 – 30 lbs.
  • Rocker: For babies from 5.5 – 25 lbs.

The Glider LX Gliding Swing soothes baby with gentle gliding motion you use when comforting baby in your nursery glider. The ingenious frame design uses 40 percent less space than other leading swings, so it fits easily in any room in the house and parents don’t have to worry about squeezing it in among their furnishings. A roomy seat combined with plush body support and three recline positions, will ease baby into relaxation. This glider includes vibration with two speed settings, six gliding speeds and 10 classic melodies plus five nature sounds. It also includes a toy bar for an easy way for baby to play and a 5-point harness to keep baby secure. Priced at $129.99. For babies from 5.5 – 30 lbs.

The Glider Petite LX Gliding Swing also soothes baby with the gentle glider motion. The lightweight, portable frame, makes it easy to keep baby relaxed anywhere in the house. With a roomy seat, soft fabrics and plush head support, baby can stay cozy and comfortable. Parents can adjust the glider to six speeds. Plus, it plays 10 classic melodies, five nature sounds, has a toy bar and a 5-point harness to keep baby secure. Priced at $99.99. For babies from 5.5 – 25 lbs.

The Day2Night Sleep System offers a two in one option for parents.  This bassinet/Playard combo set gives new parents two sleeping options for their babies plus the ability to move your baby from one area of the house to the other while they are sleeping.

The comfy bedroom bassinet, with storage bins, keeps baby close overnight. The stand provides a secure, snug fit for portable bassinet and can also be folded and tucked away when not in use. The removable playard bassinet offers a cozy nest for baby to rest, with a cushioned mattress, attractive oval shape and soft quilted side panels

The playard canbe used on its own or with the portable bassinet docked inside on the left. The cushioned changer makes diaper changing easy and flips out of the way when not in use to reveal a storage area for diapers, wipes or a quick change of clothes. Baby can listen to soothing sounds with the portable MP3 speaker system. The MP3 unit also controls the two-speed vibration in the
playard bassinet to soothe baby – an extra plus. The playard folds compactly for easy portability and travel. Priced at $259.99

  • Portable bassinet for babies under 15 lbs.
  • Playard bassinet for babies under 15 lbs.
  • Changing table for babies under 25 lbs.
  • Playard for children unable to climb out, under 35” tall

Look for these items to be available in the new year.


About the author

Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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