Great design elements
May 18, 2015
We have 3 children, and this is the best car seat we have used for any of the kids! I understand that over time, products do get better, but this was a substantial upgrade from the last infant carrier we had purchased 5 years ago. First off, the ease of how the car seat clicks into the base and stroller is well engineered. I remember struggling with our middle child's infant seat in order to get it clicked in just right (it was a different brand, we purchased it because that year it had the best safety rating!) One of the most important things for me when buying a car seat is how safe the car seat is. This seat measures up and is highly rated when crash tested, but I really liked how simple it is to make sure that the seat is in proper position with the level indicator and the ease of adjustment with the base, because no matter how well the seat is tested, if it is not in proper position, the seat will not be safe period. The other thing I really liked about this car seat is the overall weight of the seat itself, very important for moms like me carrying baby in the car seat while running my other two children where they need to be. I do not feel like the car seat weighs me down like my previous seat did and I appreciate that the baby can safely be in this seat until he is 35 pounds, I am pretty sure we had to ditch my middle childs infant seat when he hit 30 pounds. I have not had a chance to use the cold weather boot that came with the car seat, and not sure that I will be able to before my baby grows out of this seat, but with the weather in Ohio you may never know! If we get a chance to reuse this seat ;), I will be able to review the effectiveness of the boot and how it keeps baby warm. It fits well over the bottom part of the seat, I just never had an opportunity where I neeeded to use it. One final saving grace of this car seat is the fact that the pad is very easy to take off and wash (again another vast improvement from the last seat we bought. Our youngest is the only baby that we have experienced GERD with, where he spits up so much more than my other two children. Because of the design of the pad, even my oldest child who is 10 can take off the pad and help me put it back on correctly after we have washed the pad. This is appreciated very much in the design of the car seat for us for this child. I was sent this car seat in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of the carseat. Although it was free to me, every car seat we will own now will be Graco based on my experience with this seat and the improvements that I have seen in the products (we had a graco snugride with my oldest child), from what I see the products keep getting better and better!
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.