We are all looking for the "safest" car seat in the market. Just when we thought we have found it, one safety concern would bother us. The Graco Extend2fit Convertible Seat (2-in1) - although praised in its highest glory by most parents who use it, has crucial flaws worth noting.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4-50 pounds|
|Rear-Facing Height:||Up to 45 inches|
|Forward-Facing Weight:||22-65 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 49 inches|
An additional 5-inch legroom has been added to the seat design so that you can have your kids stretch their legs comfortably.
This feature is also supposed to accommodate taller kids who haven’t yet reached the maximum weight limit of the rear-facing mode which is 50 pounds.
If you have a small vehicle, note that to extend the tray that is supposed to accommodate the additional inches of the passenger, the passenger seat would have to be pushed up way too far.
Good All-In-One Car Seats
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?||No|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
The Extend2Fit comes with a generous recline so you wouldn’t be needing a pool noodle to further recline it for younger babies.
Apparently, it is way easier to install in the rear-facing mode than in the forward-facing mode.
Also, once installed in the rear-facing mode, it is hard to alter the recline angle.
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|Country Of Origin:||China|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||No|
A car seat’s harness is tight enough when you cannot pinch the webbing at the child’s collarbone. If you can grasp and pinch it, it is still too loose.
Some parents who could not get the harness tight enough to pass the pinch test regard it as not safe.
The chest clip is hard to unclip. Is it a good or a bad thing? Your little ones would not be able to play with it and let themselves loose and be unsafe. But that would mean a major difficulty too when it comes to emergency situations when you have to quickly release your child from the seat.
A Reality For Some Parents: Because the head padding is not removable, it is difficult for the passenger to turn their heads to clear their airway.
|Is The Material Breathable?||No|
|Seat Weight:||18.5 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Body pads|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||No|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
|Leg Straps Has Pads?||No|
The Graco Extend2Fit is relatively light and compact compared to other convertible car seats in the market.
To extend the time your child is rear-faced is most of the time the main goal to ensure maximum safety. But the promise of this seat to accommodate a child up to 2 years old seems incomparable to parents' testimonies of other car seats such as Diono Radian 3RXT* which have comfortably accommodated their children to still sit rear-facing for up to 3 years plus.
For a relatively affordable convertible seat with limited height and weight capacity compared to other convertible seats nowadays, I think it would be best to keep looking for a seat that can really "grow" with your kids until they are ready for the car's seat belt. BUT if you are choosing between an infant car seat and the Graco Extend2Fit, the latter would definitely win by a few points since it can hold your little one from their first day until a little while longer than most infant car seats can.
What Do You Think?
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who already have this seat to help you further.
I'd love to know your thoughts in the comment section below!