Surviving Parenthood

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

by Mother of two

Graco Nautilus installed.

Graco Nautilus has 3 different positions.

I purchased a new Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat today for Little Lum.  I am home for the next 2 weeks watching him since his babysitter, i.e. Grandma, is vacationing in Vietnam.  I only have one car seat in my Honda for Little Wing since we use the Minivan as our main baby transporter.  My husband got tired of driving in my little Honda and has taken his Minivan back so I finally decided to buy an additional toddler car seat for my car.

In my new car seat, I am mainly looking at safety, comfort, price, and maximum height & weight limits (especially important with the new California Law).  The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat is rated at 4.5 stars with over 1000 reviews on Amazon.  I have seen the Nautilus in stores and it is one impressive car seat.  It looks and feels very sturdy and well made.  In addition to side head protection, it has two reinforced steel bars in the additive support.  It also has a cup holder (which Little Lum uses for toys, because daddy does not trust him with drinks) and two cubby holes to hide little toys.

The seat can be used as a traditional car seat using the Built-In Harness, without Built-In Harness (i.e. using your cars seat belt), and without Back Support (booster seat). Depending on the different configurations, it can potentially hold a 4’9”, 100lbs child.  This is perfect for us since we live in California.  Starting January 1st of 2012 a new law required all children under 8 years old and 4’9” be secured in a car seat in the back seat of a vehicle.

We were planning on buying the Graco Nautilus for Little Lum when he was old enough since his cousin has one and totally loves it.  Little Lum will definitely enjoy riding around town with mommy in his new car seat.  I will definitely hide some toys in his cubby hole as an additional surprise factor for his trips.

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