Monday, 4 April 2011

Graco Nautilus Car Seat Review

One of the fabulous things about being a Graco Ambassador is that I get to try out items from their range of baby products.  Our latest product is the Graco Nautilus Car Seat.  The seat is suitable for stages 1,2 and 3 which means it can be used for children from approximately 9 months to 12 years old.  It can be adapted to suit your child's stage of development so it grows with your child making it a cost effective option.

The seat looks very smart with its Blackstone cover.  It has a cup holder which is just perfect for holding a beaker or bottle.  There is a recline handle for the seat if baby nods off, but it only reclines a little way from the upright position.  The five point harness is easy to use and can be adjusted with baby, ideal to tighten or loosen the straps depending on what baby is wearing  The straps are padded and height adjustable.  The mechanism on the harness is not fiddly, which is a real consideration when wrestling a wriggly toddler!  The crotch strap is adjustable and we moved it to the next position making it the perfect fit for Freddy at 20 months.  I liked that the straps were fully adjustable, it gave me confidence that it fitted him perfectly.

The seat is a good size and Freddy seems comfy in the padded seat. It is quite high giving him a good view out of the car window which he enjoys.  He sleeps in it quite happily, resting his head on the padded sides.  The seat fits really securely into the car and I feel very confident with its side impact protection.  It feels very sturdy, strong and safe.

Freddy is definitely testing out the Nautilus fully.  He enjoyed the dregs of my Starbuck's Chocolate Frappuccino seated comfortably in his seat and used the cup holder for his straw. Thank goodness the cover is fully machine washable!

This seat can be used without the harness by using the seat belt when the child weighs 15-18kg.  It will last Freddy for years!  The head rest is height adjustable and having a play with it I can see how it will grow with him.

Ian was really impressed with this seat.  He fitted it easily and it was very intuitive.  He said it felt "solid as a rock" and "would withstand impact". He said it made our former seat look "flimsy by comparison".  He definitely approves of this seat to keep his precious boy safe in the car!!

The Nautilus is available to purchase from Halfords, Toys R Us and Amazon and other good retailers.  Priced at £129.99 it is a really cost effective option that will last until your little one is no longer required to use a car seat!  It has a five star rating on Halfords website and is currently available at the great price of £99 (so be quick!).  So if you want a car seat that will last and is safe, comfy and secure...check out the Graco Nautilus!


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