Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie – Reviews, Questions & Answers

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie
Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie features

  • 3 in 1 car seat with multiple modes for extended use through childhood.
  • The steel-reinforced seat has been engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed standards.
  • Suits children from 20 to 100 pounds and from 27 to 57 inches.
  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management and steel-reinforced frame for durability.
  • 1-hand height adjustable head rest and open loops at the top of the seat easily position your vehicle’s seatbelt.

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie

check-price-on-amazonProper fit is key, and the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat makes it easy with a fully height-adjustable headrest, an extended 5-point harness, so that your child can stay harnessed up to 65 pounds and between 27 and 52 inches. When your child is ready, the forward-facing car seat converts to a belt-positioning booster from 30 to 100 pounds and 38 to 57 inches, then to a backless booster seat from 40 to 100 pounds and 40 and 57 inches. The steel-reinforced seat has been engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed standards. It also features EPS energy-absorbing foam for effective impact energy management. The 5-point harness keeps your child safe even as they continue to grow. This is in keeping with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, which state that, when forward-facing, children should use a 5-point harness for as long as possible and until they reach the maximum height or weight limit for their seat. When it comes to attaining a proper fit in your car seat (essential to protecting your child best), it’s important that the headrest and head support are in the right position. The Nautilus features a 1-hand height adjustable head rest, a feature experienced parents love. The open loops at the top of the seat easily position your vehicle’s seatbelt, which makes it easier for your independent little (or big!) one to self-buckle when ready. Wide, padded armrests are extra-comfy for your child as he/she grows, and this seat has three different recline positions, so it’s simple to get the correct angle for proper installation and optimal comfort.

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie

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Q:Would you recommend using at 1 years, forwards? Now son is 10 months, 20lbs and 30in…I wonder how soon I could convert directly to this – thoughts?

A:No, absolutely not. Children need to be rear facing until a minimum of age two. Check out these links about why rear facing until two is imperative for your baby’s safety! https://csftl.org/why-rear-facing-the-science-junkies-guide/https://csftl.org/rear-facing-car-seat-myths-busted/…

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No, absolutely not. Children need to be rear facing until a minimum of age two. Check out these links about why rear facing until two is imperative for your baby’s safety! https://csftl.org/why-rear-facing-the-science-junkies-guide/https://csftl.org/rear-facing-car-seat-myths-busted/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gU9zzCGA8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssIsceKd6U

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Q:Does this have the new buckle after the recall?
A:Yes, has new buckle. Models produced after 8/19/2013 have new buckle.We purchased in Feb 2014. Seat was manufactured in Dec 2013 and had the new buckle. We ordered the recall anyway and the replacement buckle was identical.

Q:What is the padding like on the bottom, going for a 16 hour road trip? Thanks!
A:I wish the padding on my own seat was as good as the padding on the Graco Nautilus.

Q:will this Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat fit in VW Golf 4 door
A:Yes it will. It also has a reclining feature. Bear in mind tall passengers may be slightly crammed.Check your harness feature to ensure proper installation is available. Ie: there should be two metal connectors for you to fasten the Graco.

Q:Is it rear facing? some revies stated it was not.
A:It is not rear facing.

Q:Can this go rear facing?
A:No. It’s forward facing only.

Q:My concern is the bottom buckle that goes between the legs. How many positions is there to adjust it?
A:I believe there is two positions that will allow for the child’s growth. We have two children (2 & 4) , both using same model , and we have had no problems or complaints from either child.

Q:does anyone know if this ships with a seat belt locking clip or do i need to buy one separately? thanks!
A:It comes with the hooks that you clip between the seats for safety

Q:Can this seat be used for rear facing?
A:No. It’s fairly upright and there wouldn’t be leg room anyways. I highly recommend it for when your child has grown enough to be front-facing. It’ll be the last car seat you’ll ever need. By the time my daughter was ready to face forward, she had outgrown her front/rear combo seat.

Q:Graco’s website describes the Nautilus as having a depth of 22 inches. Is that correct? Because that would make it much deeper than the competition.
A:Yes it is! That’s another reason I like it so much because my son is a big boy and he is more protected in this seat!


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Q:Can I use the car seat on a car which does not have a latch system?
A:This car seat is equipped with dual auto seat fastener options. You can either use the latch or seat belt. I use both but either can serve individually.

Q:Can this seat use safety belt to connect?

A:Yes, the seat belt can be used to secure. There is a place on the back of the seat that the seat belt is run through, then attached to the seat belt buckle. Use the clasp that is imbedded in the back of the seat to prevent slipping. Because we used this seat in two cars, we found using this method was easier to move it…

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Yes, the seat belt can be used to secure. There is a place on the back of the seat that the seat belt is run through, then attached to the seat belt buckle. Use the clasp that is imbedded in the back of the seat to prevent slipping. Because we used this seat in two cars, we found using this method was easier to move it in and out of the cars. Hope this helps!

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Q:Can this seat rear face?
A:Nope. Front only.

Q:Does this seat come with a base?
A:No- no base is needed- this stays in the car.

Q:Am I interpreting correctly that this is not for rear-facing?
A:Forward facing only.

Q:Since this seat have been recalled to correct issues with the seat belt harness, how do I know I am getting the current “approved” seat?

A:If you want, you can go to the Graco website and order the replacement/revised buckle for free just in case (I did and it was a super easy fix). My assumption would be the buckle may not have been changed on many that are still in stores. In my opinion, I wouldn’t let the buckle deter my decision. Overall, it’s a great…

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If you want, you can go to the Graco website and order the replacement/revised buckle for free just in case (I did and it was a super easy fix). My assumption would be the buckle may not have been changed on many that are still in stores. In my opinion, I wouldn’t let the buckle deter my decision. Overall, it’s a great car seat.

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Q:How is the cleaning on this car seat? Easy cover removal?
A:Yes! The cover is fastened to the seat by hooks and some velcro. The headrest detaches and that cover is easily removed as well.

Q:is the head rest wider than the elite version?
A:The headrest on the Nautilus 65 and the Nautilus 80 Elite are the same size.

Q:Does this work well forward facing in a ford focus?

A:I can’t speak directly to a ford focus (though I suspect that it may depend on model), but I have mine in a similar sized car ( Mazda 3 ), and it fits fine. My kids can still kick the back of the driver seat, but that’s something I’m working on …. One suggestion that may ease your mind is to go to Baby R Us (or Buy…

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I can’t speak directly to a ford focus (though I suspect that it may depend on model), but I have mine in a similar sized car ( Mazda 3 ), and it fits fine. My kids can still kick the back of the driver seat, but that’s something I’m working on …. One suggestion that may ease your mind is to go to Baby R Us (or Buy Buy Baby etc), where they typically let you take a display unit out to your car to see how it fits — we did this with every seat we ended up buying online.

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Q:Isn’t it recommended by some organizations to keep infants rear facing until like 2 years old and 40lbs or something like that?
A:Yes some organizations urge parents to keep their kids rear facing for as long as possible (and they must be rear facing until 1 year of age or 20 pounds). Check this website: https://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html


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Q:Can I use this seat in airplanes ?
A:Yes, it is FAA approved and works well on airplanes. It may be hard to install because it’s quite wide though.

Q:what are the main differences between this seat and the graco argos seat?
A:Answer this question

Q:Contender 65 by graco?
A:Answer this question

Q:is this car seat have isofix ï¼?
A:No

Q:what is the crotch buckle depth/measurements?
A:Answer this question

Q:How easy is it to take off the cover to wash the seat lining? I see it says ‘washable”.
A:I haven’t tried to take it off yet, but from what I can tell it seems very easy.

Q:How is this seat for sleeping children? Do they double over or does it recline enough?
A:Answer this question

Q:can i adjust the car seat with the seat bell, with a lacth or both?
A:You can do either, the tighter the better. I was once at a car seat training where they said it’s generally not advised to use both at the same time though.

Q:Does it fit das auto touran?
A:Assuming the seatbelt system a 3 point like here in the U.S. yes.

Q:Does anyone know if this is any easier to install than the MyRide 65?
A:My husband thought so. It is so much more upright that getting the angle and such wasn’t as difficult, and it was easier for him to get tight, wheras with the MyRide 65 it seemed like it was hard to get it tight enough so that it didn’t move side-to-side.


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Q:will this fit in rio?
A:Yes

Q:Can a 4 year old buckle himself in? Or will it be too hard?
A:My son can buckle the top buckle, but not the bottom. Although I have made it a point not to show him, so he won’t unbuckle at the wrong time.

Q:Could you please indicate the delivery box dimensions?
A:It was big. Probably 30 by 20 inches.

Q:if I buy the chair can deliver in Marseilles Hotel (1741 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139) on December 3 when I arrival to the hotel?
A:Answer this question

Q:has anyone ever taken this on an airplane? We fly across the country a lot and I was thinking of purchasing this for plane sleeping purposes.
A:Answer this question

Q:can this be both rear and front facing
A:It is only front facing.

Q:When using it as a high back booster, do you still use the latch system or just the seatbelt?

A:Some car seats allow it, I would check your handbook. If it doesn’t have the answer contact Graco. The company will give you the best and most valid information on the seat. It is advised to always use the top tether though as it is much safer! Also, Forward facing Latch use is only advised when child plus seat is 69 …

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Some car seats allow it, I would check your handbook. If it doesn’t have the answer contact Graco. The company will give you the best and most valid information on the seat. It is advised to always use the top tether though as it is much safer! Also, Forward facing Latch use is only advised when child plus seat is 69 lbs and under on seats manufactured post Feb 2014

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Q:How many years does this car seat last before expiring? I’ve heard they moved up to 10 years but not sure how to know that for sure?
A:you can go to the manufacturers website and ask the question they will respond to you.

Q:can you use this seat rear facing as well as forward facing? i have a 5mth old
A:No. Forward facing only.

Q:Is this seat for infants also? Forward and rear facing?
A:Forward only ,it’s not for infants


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Q:What is the difference between Graco nautilus and the nautilus 65 lx harness booster?
A:Answer this question

Q:Is this car seat allowed in airplane?
A:Answer this question

Q:can a newborn use this
A:No child under the age of two years should use this seat. ~Child Passenger Safety Technician

Q:Is it foward and rear facing?
A:Only forward facing.

Q:does this car seat fit well with a compact car like a yaris (4 door)?
A:I’m not sure about a Yaris specifically but I drive a Camry and it fit great. Along with a convertible car seat and there was space in the middle for a person to sit. Hope it helps

Q:Are all parts of the seat cover removable and washable?

A:I have put all the cloth parts in the washer on gentle cycle and air dried them. Some pieces have plastic sewn into them but it still works in the washer. To answer your question…yes. To clean everything else I have done it two ways, baby wipes for simple things and full blast with the garden hose and 409 with a scru…

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I have put all the cloth parts in the washer on gentle cycle and air dried them. Some pieces have plastic sewn into them but it still works in the washer. To answer your question…yes. To clean everything else I have done it two ways, baby wipes for simple things and full blast with the garden hose and 409 with a scrub brush. If you go the garden hose route you need to rotate the seat several times to get all the water out of the cracks or shake it really good. If you want to feed kids in the car, this is a good seat.

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Q:Harness concerns. Does the 5 point harness grow enough to fit comfortably for toddlers or is it too tight?

A:Our son is two years, eight months and tall for his age. The straps in back do come out below his shoulders, but hook over pretty easily. There’s also a pad or two we haven’t removed. At some point the rest of the chair piece strips away so it’s just the booster seat, but so far we haven’t had any problems getting h…

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Our son is two years, eight months and tall for his age. The straps in back do come out below his shoulders, but hook over pretty easily. There’s also a pad or two we haven’t removed. At some point the rest of the chair piece strips away so it’s just the booster seat, but so far we haven’t had any problems getting him in and making sure he’s secure. If you’re insistent on having the straps higher than his shoulders, then you might want to try something else. As for being too tight, the straps easily loosen in front so he still has plenty of room to grow with it. The only slight issue is whether you want the straps “really snug” every time your child gets in. If that’s the case, you might have to loosen them, put him/her in, and then tug them every time rather than just slap the toddler in. Takes a few seconds, but some people prefer to plug and play! Hope this helps.

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Q:Can you use this rear facing since it is a 3-in-1 car seat?
A:No. You would need a convertible car seat for that.

Q:Is it so easy to unbuckle the top buckle??
A:Yes! So far we have no problem with it. It appears to be comfortable too.

Q:Can baby recline on this? My 2 yr old is not able to sleep because the car seat is upright and have started throwing up in long drives. what to do?
A:Answer this question


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Q:does it use a latch?
A:Yes it does

Q:My grandson has cast both his thights they called “spica” is this comparable to Hippo Car Seat retail at over $500. Any suggestions please!
A:With the thigh casts he will not fit in this car seat due to the arm bars. The hippo car seat is your best bet even though it is a little more pricy.

Q:when my baby is sleepign his neck falls with the car movement, did i made a bad choice or a seat bad position?, it does not enought recline
A:It actually is the car seat as I also have the same problem…. :( We have another car seat in our other vehicle which does not have this issue.

Q:does this seat recline any?
A:Do not know was bought as a gift

Q:difference between this and the Nautilus 3 in 1 Bravo?
A:I’m not familiar with the Bravo. Sorry.

Q:Is this car seat compatible with brica roll n go car seat transporter? it is basically a trolly system.
A:We are happy to assist you with this information. Unfortunately, we do not have compatibility information for another brand.

Q:Do you have to rethread the shoulder straps to adjust for child’s height?
A:Yes

Q:Will this car seat fit in a Mini?
A:I dont have a mini but i would be surprised if it fits in a mini. Its a bulky seat

Q:If it can be used in airplane?
A:Answer this question

Q:does it come with a warranty?
A:Yes


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Q:Is this product available for international shiping? Czech Republic
A:Answer this question

Q:Can this fit in the back seat (forward facing) with 2 booster seats in the back?
A:I would say yes, if it is a mid size car or SUV, but not a small car. Even though this is a more compact car seat than some, it is still a decent size.

Q:How do you know when this seat was manufactured?
A:There is a sticker on the seat with that information. You can see an example of the sticker here- https://secure.gracobucklerecall.com/recall2014/toddler-car-seats-affected-models.html?vs=ODUwOWM3YWItNjUzMy00NmY0LTgwNTUtZmFhNjVkMGRmZWY2OzsS1

Q:How much would be the postage for the package of one Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat to China PRC?
A:Answer this question

Q:What is width of car seat?
A:I’m unsure of the exact measurements. But in a standard size seat in a car, it is just as wide as a single seat. It’s pretty roomy.

Q:What is the difference between this one and the graco nautilus 3-in-1 car seat (which is currently the #1 convertible child safety car seat)
A:This Nautilus car seat has several options available. Some have LX padding or Safety Surround Protection. This is the most standard Nautilus. It goes up to 65 pounds in the harness where as some go to 80 point in the harness.

Q:could you do international shipping? if you could, how much for shipping fee
A:Answer this question

Q:How many years is this car seat usable before it expires?
A:6 years in harness mode and I believe an extra 2 years in booster mode.

Q:my baby is 9 moths old,about 30 inches, 21 lbs ,can he use this car seat? dose forward seat safe for my child?
A:I believe it is two big for your child. Your child should not be forward facing until he/she is almost 3. But I would check with the manufacture to get proper instructions. You should also check with your state’s laws.

Q:does it use a latch or the seatbell?
A:You can use the built in latches or seatbelt if your car does not have the harness points


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Q:if someone has quick knowledge…after quick review, this seat cannot be rear facing, would that be correct. TIA
A:Correct it can only face forward

Q:Can it fit with any graco stroller more specifically snug graco aire3 click connect stroller?

A:Thank you for your interest in our products. The Graco Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat is a forward facing booster seat. It is not able to be used withany of our strollers, including the Aire3 Click Connect Stroller.…

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Thank you for your interest in our products. The Graco Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat is a forward facing booster seat. It is not able to be used withany of our strollers, including the Aire3 Click Connect Stroller.For additional information for this model, we have downloadable manuals on our website:www.gracobaby.com

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Q:wha5 kind of latch does it have
A:Not Sure. I have to say, this was the most hateful thing I have ever installed in my life. The instructions were not helpful. I was finally able to get it installed after viewing installation on YouTube.

Q:I have this seat for my daughter and love it, but i really need to replace to cover, where can i get a new seat cover?
A:Amazon

Q:Do you think the nautilus is good on long trips for 2 1/2 year boy compared to the Britax Frontier 85

A:I don’t know how it compares to the Britax Frontier but I do know how the Nautilus fairs on long trips. We have used this seat since my son was about 2 1/2 and he is now almost 5. He had always been comfortable in it and often he sleeps for an hour or two while on a trip. We take a 4 1/2 hour car trip twice every other…

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I don’t know how it compares to the Britax Frontier but I do know how the Nautilus fairs on long trips. We have used this seat since my son was about 2 1/2 and he is now almost 5. He had always been comfortable in it and often he sleeps for an hour or two while on a trip. We take a 4 1/2 hour car trip twice every other weekend and he has never once complained. He does stop halfway through the trip but could make it further. If your child’s head slumps while sleeping in the seat then put it in the “recline” position before the trip and consider one of this neck pillows. Overall I think this is a great carseat for long trips.

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Q:what is the expiration date?

A:Thank you for your interest in our products. For additional information for your specific model, please contact:Graco® Customer Support is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm EST.…

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Thank you for your interest in our products. For additional information for your specific model, please contact:Graco® Customer Support is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm EST.800-345-4109Go to the Contact Us page on www.gracobaby.com if email inquiries are preferred.

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Q:Will this seat fit in the back seat of a dodge dakota club cab?
A:Answer this question

Q:Is this seat CSA approved for use in Canada or is this just certified for the USA
A:Answer this question

Q:Does this seat work for rear facing?
A:Nope.

Q:I read that this car seat airplane approved. do i need a harness or is the seatbelt on the plane enough to secure it? if i need a harness, what kind?
A:Answer this question


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Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Valerie

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