Graco Nautilus Elite Car Seat - Aluminium
Fits car & kids well
I do believe extended rear facing is by far safer than forward facing, so I think this seat is great for age 2 and up. This seat installs easily into every vehicle I have tried, so far (vans, trucks, cars, all of it). I love the steel reinforced frame, the high top harness slots that accommodate my longer torso'd kids, the 65lb weight limit allows me to harness my kids until I really believe they are mature enough for a booster seat. My ds1 is 6.5yo and 40lbs on the 3rd harness slot; my ds2 is 4yo, 40lbs is also on the 3rd harness slot. This seat fits them both PERFECTLY even though one is lean/short and the other average. The high back booster adjusts very tall and also positions the lap portion of the seat belt low like it should. The open belt guides for the shoulder strap also help the shoulder portion retract properly so the belt stays snug even if the kids lean forward. It is heavy, especially for a booster, but if I recall correctly it can be top tethered in booster mode. Have not tested the low back booster separately, but I think it will be just fine in a few years when my kids OR their friends need it. I own 4 Nautilus seats... 3 regular & one Elite version. The Elite has 1 feature I NEEDED.. the lock-off, because I have a spot in my car where a lock-off is necessary for a proper install (seat fits like a dream, rock solid, but that seat-belts sliding latch-plate cracked and now I have to use a locking clip in that location to hold the belt securely) I also like that the elite has the adjustable head-wings; my 4yo still naps in the car and I have read that these wings have helped others with the sleepy-slump. :)
Note: I have studied car-seats for 6years: the best car seat is the one that fits the child, the car, and the wallet... and that gets used correctly 100% of the time.. The GNautilus meets those needs for me AND my kids LOVE them... especially the cubby spots and cup holder. Well done Graco, well done.
Riding in the car is the most dangerous thing my kids do, and they do it everyday.
September 13, 2010
We recently purchased this carseat in the Gabe style and we LOVE it! It was easy to put together, put in the car, and use. I love the 2 way adjustable headrest. I look forward to using this with my son as he continues to need a carseat and not have to purchase others. I have not had to take the cover off to clean it yet but it looks easy. Love this seat so far! We are currently using it with the 5 pt harness.
October 16, 2010