Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

Baby Car Seat  9/10


Graco Nautilus
Graco has already made a name for itself for its other baby care products, including strollers, travel systems, play yards, swings, high chairs and baby monitors, so moms can go on an established track record when comparing the basic Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 to other infant car seats. This forward-facing car seat is designed for children weighing 20 to 100 pounds. Children are particularly at risk in an accident, so the car seat has energy-absorbing foam to protect against impact and a five-point harness to keep the child secure. All moms know how much of a pain it is trying to figure out how to properly install an infant car seat, but the Nautilus has open-loop belt guides to take the guesswork out of positioning the seatbelt.

The base of this seat stays in the car to make it easier to latch it into place or lift it out from the back seat. It’s crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards, and maintains Graco’s reputation for safety and reliability. Depending on where it’s purchased the price for the Graco Nautilus is about $140, well within the affordability range.

Quick Specs

  • Forward-facing car seat holds children from 20 to 100 lbs.
  • 19.5 lbs.
  • 29 x 20 x 36.1 inches

Functions as a harnessed booster seat, highback booster, and backless booster—saving parents money in the long run

Headrest is adjustable to improve comfort

Features a built-in cup holder and storage pockets for convenience

1-year limited warranty

Graco is a well-known brand name that parents can trust, especially when it’s backed up by rigorous crash tests

5-point harness provides extra security


Some users complain that the crotch strap is too short unless they remove padding behind the back and move the strap to the second slot

Kids’ heads can slump forward when they’re sleeping because the head wings are close together




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