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Graco Sequence 65 Platinum Convertible Carseat Review

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2018 Graco Sequence 65 Platinum/Sequel Convertible Carseat Review

Graco has had such success with the Extend2Fit (E2F) with its ability to install in compact front to back spaces that it has expanded the line to include many different models. Not all models include the leg extension tray or the E2F’s fabulous 50 lbs. maximum rear-facing weight limit, but there are other great features it passes along to its siblings. The Sequence 65 is the same carseat as the Sequel 65; they’re just sold at different retailers (known as an exclusive). We have a review of the Sequel 65 here.

Weight and Height Limits:
  • Rear-facing 4-40 lbs. AND child’s head is 1” below gray harness height adjustment handle
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less, at least 1 year old*

*We recommend following the American Academy of Pediatrics minimum guidelines of rear-facing to the limits of the seat before turning your child forward-facing. It’s safest to rear-face with a seat that has a high rear-facing weight and height limit, why not?

2018 ABC Show Updates

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Baby Jogger

Baby Jogger has a couple of new rear-facing only infant seats coming out. The City Go 2 is the updated version of the City Go and features upgraded soft goods and a new base. The City Go Air features the Graco SnugLock anti-rebound base with upgraded features such as a privacy drape and Euro belt path shoulder belt clip for use without the base. Like the current City Go, the new base with the SnugLock panel and anti-rebound bar is designed to fit the City Go seats only.

    

Britax

“Safe Wash”

We know you wash your covers in the washing machine out of desperation despite what the manual says, but Britax has a set of covers that actually allow machine wash and dry now without damaging the flame retardancy because the fabric is inherently flame-retardant without having extra chemicals (which could usually wash away) added to it. Instead of printing up new instruction manuals for each set of seats that allow machine washing and drying, the manuals will refer owners to care labels on the covers themselves. Currently, it will be available in the “Otto” fashion on the Endeavours, Advocate ClickTight, and Pinnacle ClickTight, and will add $10 to the price. These are available at local Brixy retailers.

Britax also showed other technical fabrics, such as their Nanotex, which wipes clean super easily, available at local Brixy retailers on the Endeavours, Boulevard ClickTight, Frontier ClickTight, and Highpoint; Cool Flow, which features a mesh for air flow on the B-Safe 35 Ultra, Boulevard ClickTight, Advocate ClickTight, Frontier ClickTight, Pinnacle ClickTight, and Highpoint; Dual Comfort, which features a fabric with cooling channels with wicking fabric on the side available at Target on the B-Safe 35, Marathon ClickTight, and Midpoint; and Cool N Dry featuring Thermo5, which is a sweat-wicking fabric, available at buybuyBaby on the Endeavours, Boulevard ClickTight, and Frontier ClickTight.

Britax Cool N Dry

We mentioned it on Facebook, but in case you missed it, Britax is now putting expiration dates on their labels, along with the manufacture date. Although the lifespan of the seat is noted in the manual, it’s not always easy to find, so this will give parents and techs a quick way to discover how much life the seat has left.

Britax expiration

Stroller side . . .

  • BOB is phasing out the Flex and going to the Flex 30 after the beginning of 2019. The Flex 30 has a more flip-flop-friendly brake, more storage pockets, a fully upright seat, and an SPF-50+ canopy, among other features.
  • Blaze is replacing the Iron Man.
  • B-Lively is travel system compatible.

 

Clek

Even though we devoted an entire article to their new rear-facing only infant seat, the Liing, we did spot a new quilted cover for the Foonf. It was actually pretty hard to miss since it was front and center in their booth and so lovely. It doesn’t have a name yet though. Maybe one of our readers can help them?

Cybex

Aton M

  • Weighs 10.9 lbs.
  • Wing-style linear side impact
  • Insert has more padding to help small babies fit better
  • New base is exclusive to the Aton M
  • Shortest load leg position is 8″ to fit center humps
  • SensorSafe chest clip will be available by mid-November

Eternis S

December 1 U.S. launch, March 2019 Canada launch

This seat is similar to the Sirona but has some features that set it apart. It’s a new all-in-one seat with a unique headrest that increases internal recline as the headrest is adjusted lower, and also enables an infant’s head to tilt back farther to help keep their airway open. As the headrest moves up for older children, it can tilt back for sleeping, like the Cybex boosters.

  • 4-50 lbs. RF
  • 22-65 lbs. FF
  • 33-120 lbs. booster
  • $379 SensorSafe version
  • $349 non-SensorSafe version
  • 1-4 RF reclines
  • 5-6 FF reclines

Cybex has also updated the SensorSafe app.

  • Parents will need to register the receiver and buckle to their phone (to keep them from accidentally picking up another seat’s information.
  • People can enter emergency contacts.
  • People can enter their vehicle type
  • The app will walk users through the set-up process instead of people needing to go into settings to make entries

Canadians: The Aton 2 heading to Canada in March 2019

Diono

Monterey 4DXT

The Monterey is on its 4th update and the sides and headwings are a little deeper. The Monterey has more styling now: The Vogue line is wool and has faux-wood outer panels, while the Sport line (with a laser-cut design on the sides) is the new regular line.

Nuna

No new news from Nuna except for some new covers. It’s always lovely to look at Nunas though, so have a gaze. (Like the Pipa, the Rava will now also have a flame-retardant free option.)

  

UPPAbaby

Clek has a new convertible and belt-positioning booster coming, but we’ve already covered them here. Did you know one of the hottest trends this fall is plaid? UPPA does and they’ve got you covered.

Preview of Clek’s Newest Addition: the Liing

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Clek officially unveiled their new rear-facing only infant seat, the Liing, at the 2018 ABC Kids Show after teasing us for a loong time and it was worth it.

Overview
  • 4-35 lbs.
  • under 32″
  • 17″ wide at handle
  • preordering at end of October for shipping in early 2019
  • $399 US/$499 Canada

The Liing installs with rigid LATCH or seat belt and has a load leg for crash force reduction. Both the rigid LATCH connectors and load leg have red/green indicators to show you when you have achieved proper installation.

If you can’t install with the rigid LATCH or want to use the seat belt instead (you won’t be able to use both at the same time, as you are with the Foonf), the lockoff is a true lockoff so you don’t have to worry about locking the shoulder belt retractor at all.

 

After you’ve installed the base securely, you adjust the angle of recline to one of 7 positions. It has a 15° range so it will fit in a variety of vehicles and allow newborns to keep their airways open easily.

Euro belt path anyone? The Clek blue pod-shaped lap belt guides on the outside of the carrier give easy access as does the blue shoulder belt clip on the back of the carrier.

The humongous canopy is customizable and starts off as a typical canopy going just past the handle. Unzip that baby and it clamshells to a bit more than ¾ closed. There’s a peek-a-boo mesh window up by the baby’s head too.

The padding is luxurious. The seat is lined with EPP foam while the cover has other energy-absorbing foams incorporated into it.

To help keep weight down on the carrier, the release mechanism is on the base and is an easy 2-step button-pushing process accomplished with one hand. Since Clek isn’t a stroller company, they’ve made the carrier compatible with Maxi-Cosi adapters to fit most stroller brands. Bonus is that it’s a one-handed release pull from the stroller!

We have more information straight from Clek in our video:

Belt-Positioning Boosters with LATCH

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2018 Booster Seats with Lower LATCH Connectors

Are you looking for a dedicated belt-positioning booster with lower LATCH connectors? When you are a brand-new parent, LATCH is one of the carseat features you treasure most. It’s drilled into you that you must use LATCH to install your carseat. As you become a more seasoned parent and learn the ropes, you learn that LATCH is really a convenience feature and has its own set of rules that may preclude its use, like weight limits, being unable to use LATCH and the seat belt to install a carseat, and being unable to use it in the center of the back seat in many vehicles. But, there are many scenarios in which you can use LATCH.

Did you know that some booster seats have LATCH? It’s true! Perhaps that’s confusing to you because of those LATCH weight limits—booster seats are for higher weight kids, after all—or because you can’t install a carseat with both LATCH and the seat belt. Well, you’re right. Let me explain how it all applies to booster seats.

  

Once a child is using a booster seat, the seat belt is restraining the child. The lower LATCH connectors are only holding the weight of the booster seat. They are considered a convenience feature so that the booster doesn’t become a projectile in a sudden stop or crash when the child isn’t riding in the vehicle (always read the manual because at least one manufacturer (Chicco) requires the booster to be buckled as well as LATCHed when the seat is not being used). Having the booster “installed” also makes it easier for the child to climb in and buckle up because the booster stays in place. Just because the booster has lower LATCH connectors doesn’t mean you must use them; you can put the connectors in their storage area and use the booster seat as you would any other booster that doesn’t have the feature.

Along with reading the booster seat owner’s manual, read your vehicle owner’s manual. At least one manufacturer (Tesla) doesn’t allow boosters to be installed with LATCH, though installing harnessed carseats with LATCH is approved.

What about Combination Seats?

Combination carseats are harnessed seats that convert to belt-positioning booster seats (sometimes called harnessed boosters or harness-to-booster seats). While some combo seats are able to be installed with their LATCH connectors when converted to a booster (check the owner’s manual in the booster section), I’m talking strictly about dedicated belt-positioning boosters here.

Is LATCHing a Booster Safe in a Crash?

Well, it’s complicated. There have been very few studies done on using LATCH with boosters. Rigid LATCH, shown in the pic to the right, keeps the booster tightly coupled to the vehicle and has demonstrated improved outcomes for dummies in side impacts, though flexible strap LATCH (the kind you find on most carseats) may provide better performance in terms of keeping the seat belt in place on the dummy. And it comes down to dummies not acting like human bodies—did I mention it was complicated?

Does this all translate to increased injury? Other passengers in the back seat help mitigate injury, where the impact occurs, and safety features of the vehicle all play a role. What we do know is there needs to be more research done because it’s still relatively new with few boosters having LATCH as a feature. As the research is conducted, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

The most important thing, whether or not you use a LATCHable booster or not, is to use a booster until your child can pass all 5 steps of the 5-Step test. By doing so, you lower your child’s risk of injury by 45% in a crash.

List of LATCHable Boosters​

Belt-Positioning Booster Name

MSRP

Britax Highpoint

$149.99

Britax Midpoint

$119.99

Britax Skyline

$99.99

Chicco KidFit

$99.99

Chicco KidFit Zip

$129.99

Clek Oobr

$299.99

Clek Olli

$99.99

Clek Ozzi

Clek Ozzi

$74.99

Diono Cambria

$79.99

Diono Monterey XT

$99.99

Graco AFFIX highback and backless

$79.99

Graco TurboBooster LX highback and backless

$79.99

Harmony Big Boost Deluxe

Maxi-Cosi RodiFix

$249.99

Nuna AACE

$199.95

Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120

$299.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle

$119.99

Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle Plus

$279.99

Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

$199.99

Updated 9/20/18