Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat Review
Converts from a harness booster to a high back booster to a backless booster that accommodates children up to 100 pounds and 57 inches tall
Extended 5-point harness allows children to remain harnessed longer
Price is very affordable in comparison to other convertible car seats
Comes in 6 colors
Seat cushion is machine washable
No rethreading required to adjust harness
Cannot be used rear facing or with children weighing less than 20 pounds.
Is fairly heavy (26 pounds) as a result of steel frame, thick foam, and other features.
In-between leg strap has been cited by some parents as being hard to position.
Keep in mind that this model is always to be used as a front-facing seat. To start off with, your little one will use this seat as a harness booster seat when they weigh between 22 and 65 pounds and are between 27 and 49 inches tall. Your child will be secured with the Simply Safe Adjust 5-point harness that can be adjusted as your child grows (no rethreading required). This seat also features a 3-position recline feature so that your child will always remain comfortable, even on the longest of car rides. Finally, the one-handed adjustable headrest is easy to reposition to adapt to your child as he or she grows. Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat harness seat
Once your child weighs above 30 pounds they may switch to using this car seat as a highback booster seat (no harness) until they weigh 100 pounds. Your child should also be between 38 and 57 inches tall. This seat features contoured armrests, as well as a cup holder and storage pockets to help keep drinks and other materials close by.
Finally, the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat can be adapted and used as a backless booster seat when your child weighs between 40 and 100 pounds, and is between 40 and 57 inches tall. When the seat is used like this there is no harness and no back support. Once children are above 57 inches and weigh more than 100 pounds, they should stop using this seat.
Keep in mind that these 3 intervals overlap, meaning you do not have to adjust the seat right when your child reaches the weight and height minimum. In fact, thanks to the extended 5-point harness system, children can remain harnessed until they weigh 65 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children in front-facing car seats should use a 5-point harness as long as possible, and this seat offers you just that capability.
Ease of use
What Customers are Saying
Thousands have commented on how easy the seat is to use: both to install the product and to adjust it to fit their child’s needs. Because this seat has been available for years, parents are raving that their seat has held up for years. The seat is durable, and the cushion is washable: a major plus for parents when buying any product for their child. Many parents have also noted that their children are always very comfortable in this car seat and also frequently use the cup holder and storage pockets for holding small toys and other items.
One complaint to note regards the leg strap of this car seat. Many parents have noted that this is too short and can be difficult to use. However, one parent notes that as the child grows to a larger setting on the 5-point harness you may remove the body support and also move the leg strap to the second position, giving you much more space. As always, check your manual and always follow height and weight limits when determining the right positioning for your child.