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better than radian or britax in my humble opinion,
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This review is from: Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix (Baby Product)So I did a LOT of reseach before buying this, read multiple message boards, then to the store to look at them, etc. This replaced a britax that was passed down to DD #2 for my rather large 4 yo girl(40lbs, 40inches)I want to keep her harnessed for as long as I can. I finally decided to go for it b/c of
1)price (though it really wasn't an object) but I am a big fan of bang for your buck,
2)sturdiness, i was never a fan of graco until i bought this seat. It's got a nice weight, sturdy frame.
3)comfort, memory foam! DD loves it, she sleeps very comfortably in it without slumping over like she used to.
4)size, not gigantic like the regent but large it enough to have a big kid sit in it
I was concerned about its looks but it's much better looking in person.
Finally, who can beat amazon's price!
I highly recommend it, I think it will last my DD until she's prob 7-8 yo (My average sized 8yo nephew fits!)
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2009 9:11:40 PM PDT
J. Confer says:
After reading this review I purchased the Graco Nautilus carseat. I am now trying to figure our how to return the carseat. I have two Britax carseat that I love, a Roundabout and a Wizard. The Graco seat is well constructed and I liked the feel and look of the seat but the straps are terrible. I used the carseat for two days and the straps kept getting twisted. The buckles would slide totally around the chest clip was always sliding down. The 5 pt harness was my reason for purchasing this seat, without it the seat is just a booster. I didn't want just a booster. I will probably go ahead and purchase the Britax Frontier.
In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2009 10:03:06 PM PDT
J. Weiss says:
I'm curious to know if you did indeed purchase the Britax Frontier and if so, how it is working out for you. I just bought the Britax Frontier and already LOVE it! More importantly, my daughter loves it. Installation is difficult... if you DON'T read the instructions. If you take the time to read them it's a piece of cake.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2009 12:48:27 PM PDT
Alexander Conde says:
Unfortunate you had such a problem. I have two of these Graco seats and rarely have a problem with the straps. In fact, much less of a problem than the Britax seat they replaced.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2009 5:49:02 PM PDT
I was about to comment on the straps as well: I navigated here after reading reviews on Frontier and Regent (both by Britax) first, and plenty of people there complain about straps twisting as well. It seems that if you WANT to not like a seat, you'll always find a problem with it to justify buying something more expensive.
Posted on Jan 18, 2010 8:33:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2010 5:34:33 PM PDT
Citizen John says:
The tangled straps were a problem in the carseats I previously bought.
I appreciate the research the reviewer put into this. Thanks everybody for these good inputs.
In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2010 8:47:48 AM PDT
Elena Elena says:
I bought it when my large (40inches/39LBS) 3 year-old grew out of her older car seat a couple of months ago. I did a lot of research and decided to go for the Nautilus. I really like it and she learned how to close the straps by herself, so that makes things a little easier. I just check if everything is ok after she buck herself up. She really like her car seat and can sleep well on it. I have a Britaix on my husband's car, but she often asks my husband to go in my car because she likes the car seat better. Now that my 8-mo-old is already over the limit for her Graco infant car seat I am thinking about buying a second Nautilus for both cars. So my older daughter can pass her older car seat to the baby. I am really happy with the purchase. I have no problem with the straps as some of you mentioned. So, I think I am lucky.
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Posted on Jun 27, 2010 2:52:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2010 2:53:16 PM PDT
lakeview mom says:
how long do you think she'll last in it height wise (ie inches)? my ds is 38 inches at just turned 2yo
Posted on Jun 27, 2010 2:54:01 PM PDT
lakeview mom says:
how long do you think she'll last in it height wise? my ds is 38 inches at just turned 2yo
Posted on Jul 6, 2010 2:00:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2010 2:01:49 AM PDT
Curious how this is better than a Radian (I see you mentioned in the title, but gave no specifics). I ask because among other things (and I did weeks and week and WEEKS of research before buying DS a new car seat), the Radian's straps don't twist (at least ours don't on our Radian80). There are special velcro tabs on the harness straps that velcro to a tab on the seat itself to keep the straps out of the way for when you're putting your child back in. The main selling point for me and for a lot of parents I saw, was that the Radians rear-face to 45 lbs!!-- the highest on the market (some Britaxes RF to 40 lbs. though). RF is MUCH safer than FF (forward-facing).. it's 500% safer. RF is also more forgiving than FF if you don't buckle your kid in 100% perfectly (i.e. chest clip isn't up near armpits, straps are twisted). Also, there's a huge risk of internal decapitation if a child sits FF and is involved in a crash. Basically, their body is strapped into the car seat, but their head continues to travel forward from the force of the impact of the crash and it can get lifted off their spine leading to paralysis or death! Yes, it's freaky and scary and has happened (google 'Joel's Journey' for more info and pictures). In Sweden, they typically RF to age 6, yep, AGE 6! Their car seats are made to hold a much higher weight and are made of much better quality materials. Their casualty-rate of kids dying in car accidents is something crazy like 2 deaths per year, while the US has 300-something. They're also 40 years ahead of most of the world as they started RF their kids decade ago when they saw how many lives it was saving (why we're so behind and other countries too; I have no idea..) People complain that their kid won't have foot room or they ask 'won't their kid's legs break in a crash?", but some car seats are positioned so that there's more leg room, there's been no documented case of anyone's leg ever breaking from RF and as doctors say: 'we can fix a broken leg easier than a broken head.' Anyway, if you want more info on Sweden's RF habits and safety there's an excellent blog/site written in english that has it all- http://www.carseat.se/ Its not a boring site full of statistics; rather its engaging and informative and he answers emails pretty quickly. There's also a great gallery of older kids that are RF. Like kids we'd never think would fit RF, but they do! Warning: you may start to drool over the selection of car seats he happens to offer (that's definitely *not* the main point of his site, but a nice bonus), but be aware that 1) it costs about $500 to import to the US 2) while it's not illegal to import a non-US car seat, it's illegal to use (the irony!).