The Only Car Seat You Need to Buy!
February 6, 2017
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. When shopping for our little ones, perhaps the most important baby product decision we can make is which car seat to buy. More than probably any other product, this is a product that we need to be both reliable but also to fit our needs. For my older child, we ended up going through several car seats throughout the last 9 .5 years, so for my daughter, we really wanted to choose just ONE wisely. I came up with a list of questions to ask myself in order to help figure out the right one- How long will it last- front facing? rear facing? Will it fit well in the car? Is it easy to install? Will it fit into my budget? Recently, I was able to put the Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit to the test: First and foremost, this is most certainly going to be the last car seat my three year old ever needs, and had we had it from infancy, it would have been the only one ever. I love that this fits infants at just 4 pounds, all the way up to kids weighing 120 pounds. Not only could both my 3 year old AND 9 year old use this seat (my oldest using as a booster, my youngest as a car seat), even *I* could actually fit in this seat too. I have no doubts that my daughter will remain in this seat until she is able to ride without one at all. For us, extended rearfacing is definitely a selling point. I loved that this goes up to 50 pounds for rear facing. At 3 years old, my daughter is only about 32 pounds, so she still has a ton of room to grow and still remain rearfacing. One argument I always hear against rearfacing is lack of leg room, so the extension panel was definitely a huge plus. I can see this being even more useful for kids with longer legs (unlike my more petite daughter). It is easy to adjust and truly does give your little one more room if needed. This does however bring me to my next point- fit in the car. Now, my husband drives a two door Jeep, so finding a car seat that fits well in his vehicle can most definitely be a challenge. Without the extender, this one fit great... a much easier in and out than other car seats we'd used in the past. However, we did discover that with the extender, it did not work in his vehicle. It would still fit great in a typical car seat, but for a more compact vehicle, you might find that you can not use this particular feature. To test out the installation, we decided to try both front facing AND rear facing, using the latch system. Both were incredibly easy. The instructions were easy to understand and follow and the installation itself was simple to do, I loved the easy to read level indicator to make sure you have the recline correct in the rear facing position. Now, we did not venture into converting to a high-back or backless booster just yet as we aren't close to those stages, but if it is as easy as other adjustments, it should be fairly simple I think. One of my least favorite parts of any new car seat is adjusting the straps to where they need to be. So often the instructions are complicated to understand, or it's just hard to physically accomplish. I again found this car seat very user friendly. I was able to quickly and easily adjust the straps as needed to better fit my daughter. This made me feel much more comfortable knowing she is getting the best fit to keep her safe in the event of an accident. And of course, the final question: is it budget friendly? Now, upon first glance the price tag may seem a little high, but when you consider that this TRULY is 4 car seats in one, eliminating the need to buy any additional car seat for the next 10 years, this really is a very budget friendly seat, saving you the expense over the years having to replace and upgrade. Overall, I am really happy with this car seat, and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a worry free car seat. Buy one, and done!
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.