Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat
Weight of Seat: 15.8lbs
Dimensions: 26 H x 20.8W x 27D”
Baby Weight: rear-facing until 40lbs (longer than most!), front-facing 40-65lbs . 5-point harness useable until 65lbs.
Colors Available: black, brown, grey, pink, tan
Safety Features: 5-point harness, EPS, energy absorbing foam, crash-tested to meet or exceed US Standards
Front or Rear Facing: rear-facing until 40lbs, then front for 40-65lbs, LATCH equipped
Part of stroller system?: no
Extras: removable infant and toddler head supports, dual cup holders, online installation videos
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For parents who want to keep their little ones as secure as possible for as long as possible, the My Ride 65 Convertible is a real option. It is one of the only seats, of any brand, that keeps baby rear-facing until 40lbs, and then forward-facing but still in a 5-point harness until 65lbs.
Besides the My Ride 65 being a little bit bulky (you may have to move the passenger seat forward in smaller cars), there is not much to complain about. Most users rave about this seat and many wish they had bought it sooner. They say the seat is comfortable looking, the fabric is of good quality and that they LOVE having the two built-in cup holders in this Graco car seat!
There are a few users who have been frustrated by trying to tighten the harness straps when the seat is in the rear-facing position, but others find the straps easy. Most likely the ones with problems are those with smaller vehicles, so before you buy the My Ride 65, which IS a bigger seat, you would be wise take back seat measurements in your car.
The My Rode 65 sits up quite high off the ground, and has a natural incline, so many children may enjoy being able to look out the window as you drive along. If your baby does not like being reclined, however, think twice about this seat, as the inclined position is not adjustable. The advantage of the incline is that when your baby nods off for a little nap their head will not be dangling forward, but rather resting comfortably against the well-padded side wing cushions. Many other car seats for older babies are more upright, and parents are concerned when they look into the rearview mirror and see that the sleeping child’s head is hanging and lolling around uncomfortably.
Of the few users who do have complaints with this seat, they problems seem likely to be user error (expect for the size issue…size is not due to user error!). A handle of owners have problems tightening the straps, and others with installation. As with any seat, if you have installation problems, bring it to the local fire station and they will install it safely and correctly in a matter of minutes. The problem with the straps seems to be avoided by reading the instruction manual and learning how to operate the mechanism properly. Ten minutes of reading may save you months of getting angry at a car seat!
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