Some parents opted for the Graco Grows4me 4 in 1 Car Seat after comparing it to the Graco 4ever DLX. For them, it seems to do the job, without the added bells and whistles.
5 to 40 pounds
Rear-Facing Height Limit:
head must be at least 1" below handle
22 to 65 pounds
Forward-Facing Height Limit:
up to 49"
High Back Booster Weight Limit:
40 to 100 lbs
HIgh Back Booster Height Limit:
43-57", at least 4 years old
Backless Booster Weight Limit:
40 to 110 lbs
Backless Booster Height Limit:
43-57", at least 4 years old
This is the first time I’ve seen the Graco official site enlist an inconsistent info with regards to weight/height limits. I’d usually rely on the official site of Graco and its manual for technical specifications.
However, this time around, it has been mentioned several times by Graco representatives in the Amazon FAQ that the backless booster limit is only up to 110 pounds. Checking the manual would also give you the same (110 lbs limit).
However, the Gracobaby site specifies that the backless booster weight limit is up to 120 lbs. I hope they’ll update which is which, but we’ll stick with the manual for now, 110-lbs backless booster weight limit.
The Graco Grows4me convertible car seat is a versatile option that can be used in many different types of vehicles. It has been tested in compact, mid-size, full-size, vans and SUVs from different manufacturers, so it should fit in your car.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using this car seat.
First, it's not for 3-across installation. Second, it can hit the back of the driver and passenger seat when you have it in the middle seat of a smaller car. Finally, when reclined rear-facing, the length depends on whether you pull up/push down the headrest of the car seat.
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?
Easy To Install Rear-Facing?
LATCH - Relatively
Seatbelt - Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing?
Easy To Uninstall?
The Graco Grows4me car seat has mixed reviews when it comes to ease of installation.
While some find it easy to install compared to other car seats, others claim that the latch hooks and seat belt do not seem to secure the seat securely, especially when in the rear-facing position.
Some have even followed all the installation instructions to the letter and made everything as tight as possible, but the seat doesn't stay stationary and can be shifted even when it's tightened.
Some say that installation is a bit complicated and time-consuming, while some find it easy to install after trying several times over.
Once installed properly, the car seat stays in position while driving.
The LATCH type for this car seat is referred to as "J Hook." It also doesn't feature a belt lock-off.
The Graco Grows4me 4-1 Convertible Car Seat can be difficult to recline in the rear-facing position. The button to release the straps is also very tiny, and there is a very tiny hole to try and stick your finger down in at an awkward angle and loosen it.
Country Of Origin:
Side Impact Tested:
Approved For Airplane Use:
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?
At least 3 parent reviewers mentioned the issue about the 5-point harness straps - they cannot get it to adjust properly. While it can be easy to put a child in and out of the seat, the shoulder straps won't stay on the shoulders, which is of course, not safe.
Good Convertible Car Seats Of 2023
Consider narrowing down your options by focusing on those made with EPP or EPS foam for impact management. Both materials meet government safety regulations, but EPP foam is more elastic and less brittle than EPS foam, making it better at withstanding multiple impacts and regaining its shape.
Keep in mind that any seat involved in an accident should be replaced, regardless of the foam type.
Good Convertible Car Seats With EPP Foam:
Good Convertible Car Seats With EPS Foam:
Is The Material Breathable?
Machine Washable Cover?
Comes With An Infant Body Support?
Easy To Remove Cover?
Comes With A Cup Holder?
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?
The majority seems to agree that it is very comfortable especially on long trips. However, for a chubbier baby, belt extensions aren't offered for this product. So, when the harness is fastened, it can hurt their waist and private area.
While it does not include "Rapid Remove" covers, it can be easy enough to clean - even with just wet wipes.
Some noted that there are gaps on both sides of the seat which can make it difficult to retrieve dropped toys or pacifiers.
Some also wish it had 2 cup holders instead of one.
The Graco Grows4me 4-1 Convertible Car Seat is a versatile car seat that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing, and in booster mode.
The car seat is relatively roomy and comfortable, although the 5-point harness straps in some cases may not fit properly.
The Graco Grows4me has mixed reviews when it comes to safety and installation. Some find it easy to use while others struggle with tightening the car seat properly.
The seat does come with 1 cupholder. The Graco Grows4me 4-1 Convertible Car Seat can be a good option for parents who are looking forward to buying just one car seat that can work in several ways.
Though the combination of quality features, safety features, comfortability, and low price may be what parents are looking for, there are also some features such as the not-so-easy tightening system that may give parents a hard time.
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