25 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain:
 10 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes and I’ve started wearing my husband’s t-shirts. They’re the only thing that are strangling my stomach.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleep is what I expected. I toss and turn a lot, but thankfully rarely get up until morning.
Best moment this week: 
Unpacking and washing baby clothes!
Miss Anything? Running. I had to stop at the beginning of the week due to crazy pains surrounding my belly.
Movement: Lots.
Food cravings: Asian noodles, fruit, and this popsicle (but I can’t find it any where!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still can’t handle coffee or dessert (same old, same old) and I’m feeling queasy just thinking about the glucose test soda. Ew.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks are becoming more frequent, back pain, and the urge to nest (haha…is that a symptom?).
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m a happy girl.
Looking forward to: Finishing our backyard fence!

25 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 25 weeks with baby #1:

25 weeks pregnancy comparision with baby #2 and baby #1 | crackersandcarrots.com

And look at Liam’s new thing! He gives kisses. :D

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24 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain:
 9 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes and exercise clothes.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Same old, same old. Normal aches and pains while pregnant, but definitely valuing every minute of sleep I get.
Best moment this week: 
Watching Liam become more independent. It makes knowing we’re about to add another family member a little easier knowing that Liam will be my helper!
Miss Anything? Me time.
Movement: Indeed.
Food cravings: Meatloaf, BBQ and tons of salad and grapes.
Anything making you queasy or sick: It’s the strangest thing feeling grossed out by dessert and coffee still. So weird.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Well, the OB has instructed I slow down on running and shift to more walking. Boo. Dumb pains surrounding my belly. I’m still having Braxton Hicks contractions and they’re getting more frequent.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy and pretty much have my emotions in check. Hallelujah.
Looking forward to: Putting up the fence next weekend. Yay for playtime in the back yard!

24 weeks with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 24 weeks with baby #1:

24 weeks pregnancy comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

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feeding a baby while traveling

The pros, cons and tips for feeding a baby while traveling. I’m honored to be a Similac Strong Moms Ambassador, a sponsored blog partner, this year.

It just so happened that my husband and I got adventurous while Liam was a baby. We traveled quite a bit that first year (at least more than I had imagined with an infant). We regularly traveled to Charleston from Columbia (2 hour drive each way) on weekends to visit family, took Liam to Asheville, North Carolina to see the fall colors and hike, I flew by myself with Liam to Dallas, Texas for a blogger conference, and made the long trek to Disney World for 4 days…all before Liam was one year old. Call me crazy, but we did it.

To top it all off Liam wasn’t a good car rider until he was older. He would scream until we let him out of the carseat. Really the only thing I could remember to get him to calm down was feeding him. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible while driving until we started supplementing his eating with formula. Boy, was that a life saver in the car!

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Let’s dive into the pros and cons of both breastfeeding and formula feeding a baby while traveling:

Breastfeeding

Pros

  • No clean up and as long as you’re with the baby, it’s instant mealtime.
  • Little supplies – Just need your nursing bra and possibly a cover if you’re in a public setting.
  • Brilliant for taking off and landing when flying. Keeps baby calm and their ears from popping.
  • You can go anywhere.

Cons

  • You can’t feed while driving. You must make those 20 minute stops to feed and then put said screaming baby back in the carseat.
  • May be challenging when flying to time breastfeeding with take off and landing, as well as doing it all in confined spaces.

Formula Feeding

Pros

  • You can feed while driving in the car.
  • The car rides will be quiet while the baby is eating. Ahh, real adult conversation!
  • Your spouse can help feed to give you a break.

Cons

  • You have to have a method to packing your formula, storing your leftover formula, retrieving warm water and cleaning bottles.
  • It may be challenging to find a warm, clean water source.
  • When flying, once your baby sees the bottle, they may instantly want it instead of waiting for take-off/landing. You also have to ask for warm water on the plane during a busy time when they typically don’t offer beverages.

As you can see, there are numerous pros and cons to both breastfeeding and formula feeding a baby while traveling. When I flew with Liam, I breastfeed him at take-off/landing and that helped a lot. But since it was a new environment and we were on the tiniest plane ever, it was very challenging to get him in a good position to breastfeed and not make my neighbor uncomfortable. Timing was also an issue too. Since latching on took a minute or two, due to distractions, you had to time it just right while you were taxiing, but before lift off. And if you’ve ever flown before, you know how unpredictable the duration of taxiing can be.

I’ll admit, when we were driving to travel, during the bulk of the trip, breastfeeding was really nice. There was no clean up and no prep work. However, during the car rides, it was lovely to supplement with formula like Similac and have a quiet and happy baby without having to stop. This is where being prepared helps a ton. I came stocked with a little kitchen in the backseat, with coolers and ice packs for leftover bottles, clean bottles, and formula either pre-measured and in small containers or just the big container and would measure right there.

Feeding a Baby While Traveling | crackersandcarrots.com

The biggest hurdle to overcome while driving and formula feeding is finding a warm water source to make the formula. We’d use our smart phones and find the nearest reliable fast food chain, where we’d go through the drive through and order a large hot water (the kind they use for tea) and another large cup of ice. We’d also order a little snack so we didn’t feel like we were using them for free. :) This way you’d have a pipping hot water source that would likely stay warm for a while. If you needed the warm water right then, I’d pour the warm water in and fill the bottle 3/4 the way. Test the temperature and add ice to cool it down to the correct temperature. Tada!

It all works out and whether you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding, you make it work while traveling.

Did/Do you had/have a preference of breastfeeding or formula feeding while traveling? Any good stories? Advice? Tips?

This post was sponsored by Similac and has partnered with bloggers like myself for its Strong Moms Ambassador program. As a part of this program, I have received compensation for my time, but all opinions are my own. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
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23 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain:
 8 pounds…I guess all this running I’m doing is keeping weight down from when I was eating all the carbs in the 1st trimester!
Maternity clothes? That’s all I wear.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleep is more aches in pains now, but thankfully the pregnancy pillow and massages from my husband are helping sleep better.
Best moment this week: 
One night Logan and I spent the evening talking about baby names! It’s so fun picking out two names (one for boy or one for girl)!
Miss Anything? The prepared feeling I had with baby #1. With buying a house and taking care of Liam, there’s hardly any time to get things straight! 
Movement: Totally…just like Liam was!
Food cravings: Give me salad and give me fruit and I’ll be happy girl.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I still can’t handle desserts, with the rare occasion that I enjoy a fruit dessert (specifically warm fruit pie).
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks still, but I’m trying REALLY hard to drink more water to help with these. I also have a feeling I’m going to have to stop running with the round ligament pain I’m experiencing after my runs.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, with a side of nervousness.
Looking forward to: Getting this house finished…haha…easier said than done!

23 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

And look who decided to join me in our little photoshoot!!! Who is this crazy curly headed boy! He’s getting SO big.

23 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

 

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 23 weeks with baby #1:

23 weeks pregnancy comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

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22 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain:
 8 pounds…yet again
Maternity clothes? Yes sir-ee!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Not sleeping as well as I’d like, but I’ll still take the luxury to try and have a full night’s sleep.
Best moment this week: 
Our ultrasound! It’s always such a neat thing to see your baby on ultrasound. We got a video of the little baby sucking their fingers in utero. So precious! Now if only my computer had a CD drive so I could show you all! 
Miss Anything? Being able to do everything I need to do, but am beginning to feel the affects of pregnancy when I go-go-go all day long.
Movement: We’ve got an active one in there again!
Food cravings: Lots of fruit, sloppy joes (we’re having them tonight!), yogurt.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yet again, I can’t handle coffee or desserts. Boo.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks every day (which my OB means I need to slow down a little), some leg cramps and back aches.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy. Feeling nervous we won’t get everything together in time.
Looking forward to: Finally getting the nursery together and (fingers crossed) transitioning Liam to a big boy bed.

P.S. I got my haircut yesterday and I’m not too stoked about it. Thank goodness hair grows fast when you’re pregnant! :-/

22 weeks with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 22 weeks with baby #1:

22 week comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

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half time review/giveaway

I’m honored to be a Stonyfield Organic ambassador, bringing you fun posts like this one.

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I’ve heard it’s normal for toddlers to be picky with their food, but in the back of my mind, I had always hoped that my toddler would be one of those weird ones that loved healthy foods. Well, I guess you could say I got fairly lucky in that he loves fruit and despises ice cream. I’ve heard of horror stories when trying to feed toddlers and all they want to eat is peanut butter and white bread.

Thankfully, Liam is a big fan of fruit and if he even gets a glimpse of the yogurt or applesauce pouches, we’re done for! All I’ll hear is ‘Ogurt’ and ‘App-pa-pa’ until he gets a pouch. I mean, I’m not complaining because they really are great snacks on the go and as far as nutrition goes, they have great benefits. At least it’s not candy or fried food, right?

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Well, now we just go through lunch time snacking. It’s not how I imagined it would play out and I try really hard to offer a well-balanced meal at the table for lunch everyday, but all I get is kicking and screaming and ‘Ogurt’ or ‘App-pa-pa’. Finally, I just give in and he usually eats some fruit, a yogurt or applesauce pouch, a protein bar (which he calls ‘cookie’) and sometimes plan wheel shaped noodles. Don’t even get me started on why he’ll only eat the wheel shapes. I digress.

In my attempt to expand his lunch snacking horizons. I jumped on the opportunity to review the new product called Half Time, which is a partnership made with Stonyfield, Annie’s and Applegate to bring a quick on-the-go lunch to kids that parents can feel good about. While it’s not raw veggies and fruit that I wish my toddler was eating, it’s a beautiful option for those days when you need something quick.

Each Half Time kit comes with:

  • Stonyfield YoKids Squeezer pouch
  • Annie’s fruit snacks or graham crackers
  • Applegate whole grain crackers, cheese and either turkey, ham or bologna

I did end up adding to the lunch because with just those three options on the lunch plate, it looks pretty bare. Just add your toddler’s favorite fruit and/or veggie to the plate and you’ll be on your way to a great lunch!

I just remember being in school growing up and all the ‘cool’ kids having Lunchables for lunch. Now these Half Time kits are a great no-artificial ingredients or preservatives, antibiotic- and hormone-free option for that ‘cool’ lunch. I’m sure in a few years when Liam starts bringing lunch to school, he’ll get a Half Time for lunch every now and then, because I’m a ‘cool’ mom like that. ;-)

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So, now to the fun part! It’s your turn to enter for a chance to win a Half Time kit prize pack of your own. If you win, you’ll receive the following:

  • All three varieties of HALF TIME: Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Cheese, and Bologna & Cheese
  • A draw-your-own lunch bag
  • A set of permanent markers
  • Coupons
  • Activity book

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21 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 21 weeks
Total weight gain:
 8 pounds still
Maternity clothes? Yes and a lot of loose clothing, like this awesome shirt from Catherine.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Having just gotten a pregnancy pillow, it’s taking me some sleepless nights to get used to it. Other than that, I’m sleeping well.
Best moment this week: 
I was picking up Liam from preschool in carpool this morning and while holding his teachers hand, he stopped at the top of the stairs. Then, he arched his back and let out the longest squeal I’ve ever heard. All the teachers and parents in the car pool line were laughing so hard! I was laughing so hard that I was crying! It was too funny. His excitement to see me was just the best.
Miss Anything? Time to myself during this pregnancy. I miss the ability to hop over to a prenatal yoga class the most.
Movement: Indeed. Little movements throughout the day and some even Logan can feel.
Food cravings: Greek salad, grapes, asian noodles.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Gah, coffee and desserts still.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I’m feeling pretty good!
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Definitely happy and sometimes irrationally flustered at my stress level, but besides that I’m good.
Looking forward to: Getting this house straight. It’s taking forever.

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The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 21 weeks with baby #1:

21 weeks pregnancy comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

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20 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 20 weeks (and 2 days)
Total weight gain:
 8 pounds
Maternity clothes? That’s the only thing I’m wearing anymore.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I’m sleeping surprisingly well!
Best moment this week: 
Having little moments with Liam. They’re especially sweet when we unpack his old baby gear and talk about the new baby. 
Miss Anything? My love of all things dessert. It’s rare that I’ll have a craving for anything besides fruit.
Movement: Little bitty movements every day. 
Food cravings: Salad, vegetables and fruit. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Coffee, chocolate, desserts…weird.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: The occasional leg cramps, but I’m pretty sure that’s from unpacking boxes all day.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Definitely happy. This is the least emotional I’ve ever been, so I’ll take it!
Looking forward to: Getting settled into our new house and feeling at home.

Notes about the first 20 weeks:
We found out we were pregnant when I was 6 weeks pregnant. At 7 weeks I was feeling the full-on nausea. I had morning sickness until I was 19 weeks pregnant. It slowly went to just being nauseous at the end of the day towards the end. I’m so thankful to have no nausea now and just moving into our new house. I can’t wait to nest my heart out to prepare for baby #2!

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Please excuse the bad hair and lighting, but this is the comparison between the two pregnancies:

20 weeks comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

20 weeks with Baby #1

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questions from a new mom

These are questions and the answers I had as a new mom about my baby’s feeding and nutrition. I’m honored to be a Similac Strong Moms Ambassador, a sponsored blog partner, this year.

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If I scroll back in my computer’s history, I practically searched the internet on a daily basis trying to find answers to all of my questions as a new mom. Is this normal? What do I do in this situation? The questions were endless. While I had my mom to reach out to for the general motherly questions, there were some that she didn’t even have the answer to.

No mother in my family had had a baby that weighed so little, projectile vomited all day long and had such a difficult time going to sleep. Of course, we regularly visited Liam’s pediatrician to ensure he didn’t have a more serious complication, but the other moments in early motherhood, I turned to the internet for answers.

Feeding and nutrition normalities were a the top of the list of questions:

  • Was it normal that Liam was spiting-up upwards of 7 times between feedings?
  • It’s no wonder that he weighed so little, am I not providing enough breastmilk?
  • How do I increase breastmilk production?
  • Should I supplement with formula? If so, what kind?
  • If I try bottle feeding, what bottle should I buy?
  • What if he starts bottle feeding and he doesn’t want to breastfeed any more? Will it cause nipple confusion?
  • When should we begin solid foods? What solid foods should we start with?
  • When do you begin weaning off of breastmilk? Do you wean to formula or milk?

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Here’s what I found from my pediatrician, the internet, my mother and my own experience:

  • Was it normal that Liam was spiting-up upwards of 7 times between feedings?
    This isn’t normal. I ended up taking him to the pediatrician and they did a series of tests to rule out that he didn’t have any intestinal blockages, that he didn’t have acid reflux and to make sure he was getting enough breastmilk. Thankfully, he was fine and he was indeed getting enough breastmilk…just spitting most of it up.Spit Up | crackersandcarrots.com
  • Am I not providing enough breastmilk? How do I increase breastmilk production?
    I tried everything from daily doses of fenugreek supplements, eating oatmeal, pumping between feedings and at night and cutting back on exercising. Nothing seemed to be increasing my milk supply. The pediatrician ended up setting up an appointment with a specialist where she weighed Liam before a feeding, watched him breastfeed and weighed him after the meal. This ensured that he was indeed getting enough milk. Of course, he spit up a few minutes after the meal and the specialist understood my concern right then and there.
  • Should I supplement with formula? If so, what kind?
    Every afternoon around 4-5pm, Liam would always get upset. I finally determined it was because he was hungry. At that point I was beginning to ‘dry up’ and not have enough breastmilk to feed him another meal before his final meal at bedtime. That’s when I broke down and had a giant heart-to-heart with myself and decided to supplement this meal with formula. “There is no right or wrong way to supplement, it’s really what works best for the mom and baby.” says Dr. Sue Hubbard. I can’t tell you how much this helped our family’s happiness. Liam was happy because he wasn’t hungry, I was happy because I now had enough breastmilk to feed him a nice meal before bed and my husband was happy because he got to experience feeding Liam a bottle. Here are some tips for choosing the right formula.
  • If I try bottle feeding, what bottle should I buy?
    I asked my fellow mom friends what bottles they used to make my decision on bottles. We ended up settling on a 3 pack of Dr. Brown’s bottles that worked like a charm all the way until we weaned Liam completely off of the bottle.
  • What if he starts bottle feeding and he doesn’t want to breastfeed any more? Will it cause nipple confusion?
    I was quite nervous about this and never really did find an answer. I just had it in the back of my mind and accepted that I would be okay if he decided to not breastfeed any more. We started slowly and only offered him one bottle a day. Liam never had any issues with switching back and forth. “Also, you may have to help your baby adjust to the taste of formula. One tip is to mix some of your pumped breast milk with the already-prepared formula. Just make sure that you don’t use breast milk in place of water and always follow the package directions when preparing formula.” – Dr. Sue Hubbard
  • When should we begin solid foods? What solid foods should we start with?
    Since Liam was underweight and only at the recommendation of my pediatrician did we start solid foods at 4 months old. Typically the rule of thumb is to begin at 6 months old. “Be sure to wait 3-5 days between introducing new foods so that you can observe any potential reactions to foods.” says Dr. Sue Hubbard. Despite beginning two months early, we started slowly and it helped tremendously with his weight gain and also helped the number of spit ups. “I typically start with infant cereal, which is iron fortified. Spoon feeding is initially about teaching your baby to put the spoon into their mouth and to begin experiencing new textures. Once your baby is enjoying spoon feeding it is easy to start adding pureed veggies, fruits and meats. The most important point about spoon feeding is that babies will typically eat almost any pureed or “mushy” food that they are offered, so now is the time to start healthy eating habits with a diversity of foods. Don’t be afraid to try new foods (kale, avocado, apricots, prunes), even things that you may not typically eat.” – Dr. Sue Hubbard We begin Liam on the rice cereal, but soon transitioned to trying different fruits and vegetables every week.
  • When do you begin weaning off of breastmilk? Do you wean to formula or milk?
    My goal was to always begin weaning Liam off of breastmilk around the one year mark. It just so happened that we were down to just a couple feedings a day and I had to go on a blogging trip for three days. I just knew I was going to be completely engorged and Liam would be upset, but it turned out that our bodies had weaned enough by that point that my milk completely dried up during those 3 days and Liam was perfectly fine having transitioned to a solid food and formula diet. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life; breastfeeding in combination with solid foods through at least 12 months; and continued breastfeeding thereafter for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.” – Dr. Sue Hubbard

I’m thankful that I could share my questions and answers with you. Thank you to Similac who encouraged me to share and to also include the wisdom from the nationally syndicated pediatrician, Dr. Sue Hubbard within this post.

This post was sponsored by Similac and has partnered with bloggers like myself for its Strong Moms Ambassador program. As a part of this program, I have received compensation for my time, but all opinions are my own. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
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Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review

This post is sponsored campaign with the One2One Network on behalf of Evenflo. Thanks for supporting companies I believe in and allowing me to create more unique content for you.

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

When we moved Liam from infant car seat to a convertible car seat, we spent hours at the store comparing before finally making a purchase. It’s a huge decision, with the everyday safety and comfort of your child at the heart of it. And when I was asked to review this Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat, I gave it my strictest evaluation.

Are you ready to see what I thought of the car seat and if I recommend it or not?

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

I prioritize safety first and foremost. With the side impact tested and protected cushions, I know my child will be as safe as possible in the unfortunate event of an accident. It’s like the car seat is hugging him in every direction, minimizing the effects of an accident on his little body. This makes me so happy!

In addition to the added protections, the car seat has a five point harness system, keeping the child snug and in place at all times. It also hooks into the car using the LATCH system, which all newer cars have. We have the LATCH system on our other car seats and it makes safe car seat installation fast and super secure. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

And as you can see, Liam loves his new car seat! It’s such a comfortable ride, I’m often jealous that I don’t get to sit in a seat as comfortable as the Evenflo.

It’s made with Evenflo’s new Gel Matrix™ Technology that is super comfortable and reduces pressure point build up. I’m not distracted by an upset and uncomfortable toddler and we have happy rides every time.

Gel Matrix Technology

Photo provided by Evenflo

I’m not going to lie. It’s not just the comfortable cushions that make my toddler happy during our car rides. It’s also the benefit of having cup holders.

I never thought I’d appreciate a cup holder so much. The cup holders are great for holding drinks, snacks or even toy cars for safe keeping.

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

After testing the car seat for a couple of weeks now, I’ve discovered just a couple of annoyances with the car seat. The first is the flap that covers the easy release button that loosens the straps of the car seat. I understand it needs to be hidden from the child to avoid accidental loosings, but because the slits in the flap only allow a quarter of the material to be pushed back to then stick your finger on the button, your finger gets scratched and I have a hard time even reaching it. Our other car seat has the same type system with the flap, but the stitching goes three quarters the way up in that square to allow your entire finger to reach the button.

Also, with our other car seat (which is actually another Evenflo brand), the red button that releases the harness pops the buckles out with ease and allows for quick exit from the car seat. However, the Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX’s red button requires you to push the button and assist the buckles to release, requiring two hands. This slows down the exit of the car seat in case of an emergency, and is also frustrating when you only have one hand available to remove your child from the car seat.

These two things are very small issues and wouldn’t deter me from continuing use of the car seat or even purchasing another one for our growing family. The safety, comfort and convenience of the car seat outweighs the couple negatives.

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

Another feature of the Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat is the buckle pockets located on either side of the car seat. It’s a rubber hole that holds the metal portions of the buckles, for easy retrieval when entering the car seat. It’s always such a pain to put your child in the car seat and then have to go digging for the buckles, causing the child to move position. With the easy buckle pockets, there’s no more digging!

Now, if I can only get in the habit of putting the buckles in the pockets when we exit the car seat. I’d be a lot happier when I put him back in on our next ride!

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

This car seat is almost identical in footprint to our current one and they both fit comfortably in the 2nd row of our Volvo XC60. It’s almost the exact same technology and I love them both.

Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat review | crackersandcarrots.com

With everything said, we’re now using the Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat as Liam’s primary car seat. It can accomodate children from 5 pounds to 110 pounds, too! I can’t recommend it enough for busy toddlers like ours.

We’re saving our other one for the new baby in February! Now, I have no doubt that both of my children will be riding in the safest car seats possible.

You can purchase the Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX car seat at Target!

This post was sponsored by One2One Network. I received compensation for this post and a car seat to review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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