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2017 Graco MySize 65 / Size4Me 65 / Fit4Me 65 Convertible Carseat Review

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The Graco MySize 65, Graco Size4Me 65 & Graco Fit4Me 65 are convertibles seats that all share the same platform. For this reason they are often referred to as the “Graco Clones”. The various models are available at different retailers but they are all very similar. The covers and inserts vary from model to model but the structure and features are the same.

Graco MySize 65 Specs:

  • Rear-facing 4-40 lbs.
  • Forward Facing 22-65 lbs., less than 49” tall

 

Graco MySize 65 Features:

  • No re-thread harness with 8 height positions
  • 2 buckle positions
  • 3-position base (1 for RF, 2 for FF)
  • Premium push-on LATCH connectors (LATCH weight limit is 45 lbs.)
  • EPS foam
  • Infant insert
  • Integrated cup holder
  • Some models have “Rapid Remove Cover” for easy cleaning
  • 7 year expiration

2017 Fashions:

  

   

  • Fit4Me Drexel (Walmart)
  • Fit4Me Plus (Walmart)
  • Fit4Me Matrix (Amazon)
  • Fit4Me Finch (Walmart, Amazon)
  • Fit4Me Lacey (Walmart)
  • Fit4Me Flip (Walmart)

 

Measurements: 

  • Lowest harness height (with infant insert): approximately 7″
  • Lowest harness height (without insert): 8″
  • Highest harness height: 17.5″
  • Crotch buckle positions: 4.5″, 6″
  • Internal rear-facing height: 27.5” (1” below the headrest adjustment lever of 28.5” )
  • Widest point: 19″ across
  • Weight: 19 lbs.

 

Fit-to-Child Comments:

  • Rear-Facing: The MySize/Size4Me/Fit4Me will fit many average-sized newborns, so you have the option to skip the infant seat if you want to go that route. However, these models don’t always provide an ideal fit on preemies or small newborns even though they are rated down to 4 lbs.  They are an excellent option for extended rear-facing for kids under 40 lbs. – these models are so tall that it’s impossible to outgrow them by height before reaching the 40 lbs. weight limit.

  

  • Forward-Facing: Tall top harness slots and generous weight limits mean most kids will be able to fit in this seat until 6-7 years old when they are old enough and large enough to safely transition to a booster seat. Almost all kids will outgrow these convertibles by height before reaching the 65 lbs. weight limit.

 

Advantages:

  • Good for extended rear-facing; won’t be outgrown by height before child reaches 40 pounds
  • Better than average rear-facing legroom
  • Tall max harness height for forward-facing
  • Enough shoulder room for older kids to fit comfortably
  • 8-postion no-rethread harness is easy to use
  • Easy-to-read ball indicator for recline level
  • Can be installed with Ford inflatable seat belts
  • EPS foam-lined head wings
  • Integrated cupholder
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration
  • Good value for the price

Disadvantages:

  • Lacks a built-in lockoff for seatbelt installations
  • Padding is minimal once infant insert is removed
  • Only 1 recline position on base for rear-facing. Recline angle may be increased, if necessary, by using a pool noodle or tightly rolled towel under base
  • Made in China

Summary:

These convertible seats are easy to install in most vehicles but discontinue installation with lower LATCH connectors and use seatbelt plus tether to install if child weighs more than 45 lbs. Since these seats lack a lockoff for seatbelt installations you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install these car seats with a seatbelt. All of these models should fit average-sized full term newborns well but may not be a good fit for smaller newborns or preemies. Excellent choice for extended rear-facing; almost all kids will be able to rear-face in the MySize / Size4Me / Fit4Me until they reach 40 lbs. because the seats are so tall. The 7 year lifespan before expiration will get the average child from birth to booster-ready age. The MySize, Size4Me, and Fit4Me are all FAA approved for air travel. There is a sticker label on the back of the seat with the FAA certification language printed in red letters.

2017 Evenflo Maestro 2-in-1 Combination Harness Booster Review

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Evenflo Maestro Quick Review

The 2017 Evenflo Maestro 2-in-1 Combination Harness Booster is a Stage 3 carseat that is most appropriate for preschool and school-aged children. It is safe, lightweight, budget-friendly and stylish. For all of those reasons, the Maestro has been on our list of Recommended Seats for years. It’s easy to install, easy to use properly and the tall top harness slots combined with the 50 lbs. weight limit means most average-sized kids will fit in the 5-point harness until they are the age and size to safely transition to booster mode. The 2017 Evenflo Maestro is a forward-facing only carseat for kids at least 2 years old. It can also be used as a highback booster for kids over age 4 who weigh more than 40 lbs.

Evenflo Maestro Specs:

With 5-point harness:

  • Weight: 22 – 50 lbs.
  • Height: 28 – 50″
  • Age: At least two years old
  • Fit: Child’s shoulders are at, or below, the top harness slots

As a highback booster:

  • Weight: 40 – 110 lbs.
  • Height: At least 43″
  • Age: At least four years old
  • Fit: Tops of child’s ears are at, or below, the top of the child restraint headrest

Maestro Features:

  • 4 sets of harness slots
  • 2 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • May be installed with LATCH to the full 50 lbs. harnessed limit of the seat
  • Converts to highback booster
  • Can use LATCH in booster mode
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Buckle pockets (on certain models) keep harness out of the way while loading and unloading child
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Dual cupholders
  • 6 year lifespan before expiration

Maestro Fashions:

2018 Graco Nautilus 80 Elite Combination Carseat Review

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Graco Nautilus 80 Elite Quick Review

The Graco Nautilus 80 Elite is Graco’s top-of-the-line forward-facing combination carseat. It’s the only Nautilus model with the 5-point harness rated up to 80 lbs. (all the other Nautilus models are rated to 65 lbs.) and it has extra bells and whistles like a lockoff for easier installation with seatbelt. This is a forward-facing only seat that can also be used as a highback booster and eventually as a backless booster too. They call it a “3-in-1” which can be a little misleading because many parents think a 3-in-1 carseat always means Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing/Booster. However, in this case it means Forward-Facing/Highback Booster/Backless Booster. This is a Stage 3 carseat that is most appropriate for preschool and school-aged children.

This review will focus on the 2018 Nautilus 80 Elite model. However, there are several different variations of Graco Nautilus models and you can compare their features with our chart below.

Graco Nautilus 80 Elite Specs:

  • 5-point Harness: Forward-facing only for kids 22-80 lbs, at least 1 year old, height 27-52″ tall (shoulders must be at or below top harness slots)
  • Highback Booster: 30-100 lbs., height 38-57″ (top of ears must be below the top of the head support)
  • Backless Booster: 40-120 lbs., height 40-57″ (must have adequate head support from the vehicle)

Nautilus 80 Elite Features:

  • No-rethread harness
  • 3 crotch strap/buckle positions
  • Standard hook-style lower LATCH anchor connectors (LATCH limit is 45 lbs.)
  • Lockoff for installations with seatbelt
  • Can be installed with Ford inflatable seat belts
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Fuss-free harness storage holds buckles out of the way during loading and unloading
  • Steel reinforced frame
  • Height-adjustable head support
  • 3 recline positions on base
  • Integrated cup holder and storage cubby
  • FAA approved for use in aircraft (with 5-pt harness)
  • 10 year lifespan before expiration

Nautilus 80 Elite 2018 Fashions:

Graco SnugRide Click Connect Infant Car Seat Model Comparison 2016

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Graco SnugRide - model comparison graphic

Are you confused about the differences between the various Graco SnugRide models? You are definitely not alone! In 2016 there are currently EIGHT different Graco SnugRide Click Connect infant seat models and each one is different in some significant way. Below we list each SnugRide Click Connect model (from lowest to highest MSRP) and explain the features. If possible, you want to avoid the least expensive models because they have a rear harness adjuster system which makes it very difficult to tighten and loosen the straps properly.

Graco click_connect_logo“Click Connect” refers to stroller attachment and compatibility. It has nothing to do with how the infant car seat snaps into the base. Click Connect Graco infant car seats are compatible with Click Connect Graco strollers and just as the name implies – the car seat clicks securely into the stroller. If you already own an older “Classic” Graco stroller or an older model “Classic” Graco infant car seat, it is NOT compatible with a new Graco Click Connect car seat or stroller.

(only available with certain LiteRider Travel Systems) 4-22 lbs., height 30″ or less; 4 sets of harness slots; no recline adjustment feature on base; no lock-off on base; hook style lower LATCH connectors; rear harness adjuster

4-30 lbs., height 30″ or less; 4 sets of harness slots; no recline adjustment feature on base; no lock-off on base; hook style lower LATCH connectors; rear harness adjuster. MSRP $99.99

4-30 lbs., height 30″ or less; 4 sets of harness slots; removable flip platform for base adjustment; no lock-off on base; hook style lower LATCH connectors; front harness adjuster. MSRP $129.99. Review here.

4-30 lbs., height 30″ or less; 4 sets of harness slots; 6-position base with knob adjuster; no lock-off on base; hook style lower LATCH connectors; front harness adjuster. MSRP $129.99

4-35 lbs., height 32″ or less; 4 sets of harness slots; 6-position base with knob adjuster; no lock-off on base; some new models have premium push-on lower LATCH connectors that Graco calls “In Right™ LATCH”; most models have the hook style lower LATCH connectors; front harness adjuster. MSRP $149.99-$189.99

4-35 lbs., height 32″ or less; no-rethread harness with 15 height adjustments; 6-position base with knob adjuster & lock-off for simple seat belt installations; some new models have premium push-on lower LATCH connectors that Graco calls “In Right™ LATCH”; most models have the hook style lower LATCH connectors; front harness adjuster. MSRP $209.99. Review here.

4-35 lbs., height 32″ or less; no-rethread harness with 15 height adjustments; extra EPS foam in headrest; base with lock-off for simple seat belt installations; hook style lower LATCH connectors; front harness adjuster. Target exclusive. MSRP $199.99

4-40 lbs., height 35″ or less; no-rethread harness with 15 height adjustments; unique base has 8 recline positions, some new models have nicer push-on lower LATCH connectors that Graco calls “In Right™ LATCH”; most models have the hook style lower LATCH connectors; lock-off on base for simple seat belt installations; best-in-class legroom for older babies and toddlers. MSRP $219.99. Review here.

 

Note: Older “Classic Connect” Graco models are either discontinued or being phased out in favor of the newer “Click Connect” strollers and car seats. Classic Connect Graco strollers are only compatible with Classic Connect Graco car seats but you need to strap the car seat into the stroller if you are going to use it as a travel system. It doesn’t automatically snap in and lock.

Classic Connect SnugRide Models (pictured below) are the original Graco SnugRide, Graco SnugRide 30 Classic Connect & Graco SnugRide 35 Classic Connect.

Graco SnugRide - original Graco Snugride 30 - classic connect Graco SnugRide 35 Classic Connect - Rittenhouse