Graco Smart Seat with Safety Surround Protection All-in-One Car Seat Review

Graco Smart Seat

When I was shopping for my little one’s first car seat, I chose an infant car seat with excellent safety ratings from a brand I trusted.  The Graco SnugRide 30 was our very first car seat and we had a great experience with it.  At around 11 months, our son was noticeably outgrowing his infant seat (was approaching 30 inches in length) and we knew we needed to obtain a convertible car seat.  In hindsight, I wish I would have known about the multi-function, all-in-one Graco Smart Seat™!

I was sent a Graco Smart Seat featuring Safety Surround Side Impact Protection in the Stargazer Fashion to review:

Graco Smart Seat

The Graco Smart Seat is designed for children 4-100 pounds.  This is truly the only car seat you’ll ever need.  The unique design of the Smart Seat means that this seat transitions from rear facing infant/todder seat to forward facing toddler seat to belt-positioning booster for youths.  Besides it’s ability to to adapt to your growing child, the Smart Seat is the only all-in-one seat on the market that features a stay-in-car Smart Base™.

Let’s start by looking at the seat itself.  The Smart Seat comes with an infant body support to ensure a perfectly safe fit for your baby.  The infant support must be used if baby’s shoulders are below the lowest harness setting, and must only be used in rear-facing mode.  You should discontinue use of the body support once your child reaches 20 pounds.

Graco Smart Seat

The Smart Seat features a five point safety harness, with included harness covers.  The harness system is very easy to use.  Simply fasten the chest clips, then insert both tongues into the buckle.  No puzzle buckle to deal with.  The chest clip even includes a graphic that shows correct chest clip placement (at the level of the armpits).

Graco Smart Seat

The feature that attracted me most to the Smart Seat was the Smart Base.  I felt like our infant seat was so secure due to the base.  I loved hearing that click and knowing the seat was in place.  The Smart Seat is the only all-in-one car seat on the market with a stay-in-car base.  The Smart Base is specifically designed for the Smart Seat due to the pin guides that match up with stainless steel pins on the Smart Seat.  Simply guide the pins into the tracks, then use the lock knobs (pictured below, they’re red with the word PUSH on them) to lock the seat into the base.  The Smart Base has a wonderful lock identification window so you’ll know when your seat is securely locked in place.  Yellow means not locked, and black means locked.   Once you install the Smart Base, that’s it!  When your child is ready to turn from rear-facing to forward facing, you just turn the lock knobs, slide the Smart Seat off of the base and flip it around!  This is a really fantastic feature.  You can also purchase an additional base (or more) so your Smart Seat can go from vehicle to vehicle.  No need to purchase more than one seat if you’re a two car family.

Graco Smart Seat

There are five recline positions on the Smart Seat to ensure comfort and safety for your little one.  When he or she is rear facing, you’ll use the level indicator on the side of the seat to ensure proper positioning.  Of course, you’ll make sure the bubble is fully between the two lines, otherwise it’s not level (as pictured below).

Graco Smart Seat

Speaking of rear-facing, the Smart Seat allows for extending rear facing!  The current recommendations by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is that children be rear-facing until the age of two or until they reach the maximum rear-facing height and weight rating for their car seat.  The Graco Smart Seat is certified for use rear-facing with children up to 40 pounds (18.1 kg).  However, you must make sure your child doesn’t exceed the height requirements; the top of their head must be at least one inch below the top of the head support.

There’s a handy sticker located on each side of the seat, one in English and one in Spanish (shown below) so you can choose the proper recline position for your child.  To change the recline setting, just locate the recline handle on the front of the seat, pull it forward and the seat will slide forward or backward.  As mentioned above, when your child is rear facing, you’ll adjust the recline based on the level indicator on the side of the seat.  Once they are forward facing you can select a position for them.  Position 1 must always be used with children 40-65 pounds.

Graco Smart Seat

The Graco Smart Seat has excellent features to keep your little one safe, such as Safety Surround™ Side Impact Technology and EPS energy absorbing foam, to give your little one the most head protection at every stage.  There is no official U.S. standard on side impact testing, but Graco Engineers have developed a protocol to simulate the crash forces during government automobile side impact testing.  The Smart Seat meets both Graco’s side impact testing and Europe’s side impact standard.  The Safety Surround also offers the best head protection at each stage (more on that later).  The Smart Seat’s frame and base are also steel-reinforced for maximum strength and durability.  The weight of this seat and base is impressive at 33 pounds.  Personally, I appreciate the weight of the seat and feel like it’s keeping my little guy extra safe.  The Smart Seat has also been tested in extreme interior temperatures to ensure that their structural integrity remains despite both high and low temperatures.

The Smart Seat also has a few features that moms and babies will love for the pure convenience factor. It has an integrated cupholder that’s plenty big enough for bottles or sippy cups.  The arm rests also flip-up so you can get your little one in and out of the seat with ease.

Graco Smart Seat

Let’s talk about how this seat grows with your child.  I’ve already told you that the Smart Base stays in your car and when you’re ready to go from rear-facing to forward facing, you just flip the seat around.  Well, there are SIX head support positions for you to choose from.  There is a red adjustment handle on the top of the seat, just squeeze and pull the head support up with one hand until it snaps into one of the six height positions.  To lower, you’ll also squeeze the handle and just push down.  When your child is rear-facing, always use on of the bottom 3 height positions.  When they’re forward facing, always use one of the top 4 height positions.

Graco Smart Seat

Adjusting the head support will also adjust the harness system.  You will never have to rethread the harness.  Yes, you read that correctly – NO RE-THREADING!

The Smart Seat was designed for infants 4-40 pounds rear-facing in a harness, toddlers 20-65 pounds forward-facing in a harness and youth 30-100 pounds in a belt-positioning booster.  The Smart Seat features an integrated harness storage compartment which will hold the harness straps that are not in use while in the belt positioning mode.

Graco Smart Seat

Lastly, let me discuss installation. It was a BREEZE!  Normally, installing car seats and putting together gear is my husband’s territory, but I decided to give this a try myself.  Since my SUV’s lower LATCH anchors are too far apart, I can’t use the LATCH sytem in the center of the backseat in my car.  Since that’s the safest place for him, I install car seats using the seat belt instead.  There are built-in lock-offs on the Smart Base.  All I had to do was open the lock-offs and route the belt through the belt path and over the lock-off.  Then, I buckled the seat belt, pulled up on the shoulder belt while pushing down on the base (to get a nice tight installation), and closed the lock-off.  That was it!  I tested the base to make sure it didn’t move more than one inch in any direction and it didn’t.  There are even instructions for installation right on the base should you need them.  After I had the base installed, I locked the seat into place and used the integrated level indicator to make sure the seat was level.

Graco Smart Seat

Earlier, I mentioned that this seat weighs in at 33 pounds.  It’s also a bit wider than other car seats I’ve used.  The dimensions of this seat are: 20.5″ W x 21″ D x 25″ H.  You wouldn’t be able to fit three Smart Seats across any one row of seats, but that’s a trade off I’m willing to take considering this seat will last until my child reaches 100 pounds.  You can see in the photos below that in the rear-facing position, the Smart Seat does touch the back of the front seat in my small SUV.  It hasn’t been a problem for us thus far, but I don’t think I’d be able to recline the front seat.
Here is my little guy enjoying his Smart Seat!  He looks pretty comfy to me!

Graco Smart Seat

Overall, we LOVE the Graco Smart Seat!  There are so many wonderful features on this car seat and I love that it transitions and grows with your child.  I would recommend this car seat without hesitation to anyone looking for an all-in-one car seat for their child.

Connect: You can connect with Graco on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Buy it: You can purchase the Graco Smart Seat for $299.99 to $339.99 on their website, Target, or Diapers.com

Win it: One lucky person will win a Graco Smart Seat All-in-One Car Seat, valued at $339.99!

Open to the US only.  Ends 9/15/13 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received the Graco Smart Seat at no cost to facilitate this review.  All thoughts expressed are my own and may differ from yours.

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Hello! I'm Ruth, the main writer here at Viva Veltoro. I'm a 30-something year old wife to a great man, and mother to adorable toddler whom we call "the wubba". I love sharing our lives and blogging about products I love and places I love to go!

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  1. what a great review..this car seat is awesome..lot's of great features,would love to win this for my baby due at the end of september…thank you

  2. What an awesome carseat. Thanks for reviewing it. I've been looking for another car seat and had totally missed this one when considering what brands I would like.

  3. I love that this carseat is so versatile! Especially that it's rear facing until 40 lbs.

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  5. I love this carseat! My main concern is the safety features and this one looks very safe. And its stylish to boot! Thank you for all you do!

  6. I love the pack and plays!

  7. I love the seat goes to 100lbs so it will last as the child grows so we don't have to buy another seat for a very long time! It looks so comfortable too.

  8. I love that you can go through the different stages of growth for your child from infant to youth. It looks very comfortable and safe

  9. I'm a Child Passenger Safety Technician: It's a pretty great seat packed with features, it IS a really heavy seat, though, don't plan on moving this one a lot!

  10. thank you for such a great give away

  11. I'd love to also have the RoomFor2™ Classic Connect™ Stand & Ride Stroller for my grandsons!

  12. I like the Travel Lite™ Crib would be great for my sister who is expecting next month.

  13. I'd love the Trekko Classic Connect Stroller!

  14. I love how this car seat grows with the child, and it certainly seems to be one of the most safe seats on the market.

  15. I love that it can be used all the way up to 100 pounds.

  16. Graco Smart Seat with Safety Surround Protection All-in-One Car Seat looks awesome. I want something that will last for my son and this has all the safely features I am looking for. Great and informative review!

  17. Love this seat! It's the one I want to get for my new baby girl! I just have no money for it.

  18. We are in need of a new seat for my oldest and this is one that I want to get so badly!!!!

  19. This seat looks awesome! I have a Graco carseat for my oldest son which we love and would love to win this one for my youngest son! You wouldn't think it but the cup holder is so convenient!

  20. This seat looks great!

  21. I would love the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat in Blair!

  22. This car seat would be PERFECT for my little girl. I LOVE that you can have one seat for up to 100 pounds, much more conveinent! And you cannot beat GRACO for safety features!

  23. This looks like a fantastic carseat- safe, looks easy to use, high weight limit. If I won one, I'd want to buy another so both my girls can have a great seat. :)

  24. I love that this will easily grow with my little one. And it is gender neutral which can be hard to find these days. The great safety features make this top on my baby list!

  25. Graco is one of my favorite brands for baby gear. I already have a travel system with infant seat by Graco for our little one due in December. This would be a great second carseat, since it would last until he's out and riding in the regular car seat!

  26. I love that it changes to a booster :)

  27. I love that it grows with your baby. It looks comfy for your little one too.

  28. I am so happy to see that it has an infant body support system. Saves money by not having to buy two carseats!

  29. Thanks for letting me know about the glitch. I will re-enter. This is such a great car seat, with the ability to grow with baby, that I'd be crazy not to enter! :)

  30. Great review thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Love the fact that it can be used from birth and grow with the baby all the way to a backless booster. The fact that the harness does not need to ever be rethreaded made me reread it three times in disbelief and awe! lol

  32. I like the UrbanLite™ Click Connect™ Stroller

  33. I love the review for car seat so much great info along with pics..

  34. I love the fact that this seat has a base! Makes it so much easier to switch from rear to forward facing and seems easier to adjust their recline!

  35. This looks like a very comfortable and safe seat for my grandson! I love how it will grow with him as needed.

  36. The blossom high chair ;-)

  37. I'm in love with this carseat based on your review. Love the different positions that can be used, the all-in-one-ness of it, the flip up armrests, cupholders… all of it. Thanks for the great

  38. I love the huge weight range, the flip armrests and the stay in car base.

  39. My friend has one of these seats and its awesome how it grows with your child and you never have to get another carseat. I also like how the seat starts at 4 pounds since I tend to have little munchkins its nice to know they are protected even at their tiniest.

  40. thank you so mcuh for the review. shopping for a carseat is daunting, we’ve been out of the baby loop for 4 years! i love this very much, seems like it will last a while!

  41. I love how these grow with your kid. I love that your child can rear face until 40 lbs because my baby is in 90% for both height and weight so he would definitely be able to fit in this until 2!

  42. I love their pack n play with the cuddle cove!

  43. I like that the Graco Smart Seat has a unique design and that it can transition from baby to toddler to youth’s booster seat.

  44. I am just starting to look at baby gear for future knowledge and this seat looks amazing!

  45. This carseat look amazing. I could definitely use this. I love that it grows up with your little one. It also looks super comfy for babies and toddlers which is very important since we travel in the car a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  46. This carseat looks tough and safe. I love that it converts to grow with your baby. I definitely will add this to my registry.

  47. Great review. Very thorough & informative :)

  48. Great Review! this would be handy to win. Just went through the IVF program and hopefully we find out next week if we are ‘With Child’.

  49. My ride 65 convertible carseat is another product I am interested in

  50. This looks like a great car seat! We extended rear face so one that rear faces til 40 pounds is definitely added to my list to check out.

  51. That looks awesome! Love the built-in lock off for those of us who use a seatbelt.

  52. We love our Graco pack n plan and high chair!

  53. This car seat would be perfect for us right now. My daughter is just reaching the limits of her infant seat, and we haven’t decided on the next one yet. I like that it can be used for so long in different configurations.

  54. I love that it is has a level attached! My 8 month old is growing so quickly. We are in need of a new car seat and being a first time Mom I know nothing of these things so your reviews are very helpful!

  55. I would also like the Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat

  56. I’ would love to get my hands on the Stand & Ride double stroller. It gives so many options when strollin’ with 2 kiddos.

  57. I would want the Ready2Grow™ Classic Connect™ LX Stroller

  58. I love that it can stay rear facing up to 40 lbs!

  59. we really considered this car seat but the price point was a little more than our budget allows!

  60. Nautilus 3 in 1 carseat

  61. This looks like an amazing carseat. I’d love to be the lucky winner.

  62. What a GREAT, thorough review! I am excited to look into this car seat (if I don’t win) for my next little one. EDD 3/21/14! :D

  63. This is an amazing seat filled with all the safety features a new parent could ask for.

  64. This car seat has all the bells and whistles. I am particularly excited about all of the safety features.

  65. I’m in the market to buy one soon- my 5.5 month old is already 18 lbs! She hates her original car seat and cries on most car rides. I like that this one has arm rests and the cup holder. Can’t wait to win!

  66. I love how easy it is to foward and rear face this seat! Also, that you don’t have to rethread the harness as they grow!

  67. Nice and comfy. This one looks like a racing car seat! I like it.

  68. very helpful review! I am looking ahead towards getting a new carseat, because I know the infant one won’t last forever.

  69. I love that it allows for extended rear facing and tells you if it’s positioned correctly or not.

  70. Looks like a great all in one car seat. I love that it accommodates such a wide range of heights and weights and allows for the extended rear facing time!

  71. I love how it’s so safe and great for up to 40 lbs and turns into a booster just great :)

  72. Love it! With a 2nd one on the way, it’d be nice to have!

  73. I love this seat. It fits perfect with out lifestyle and my children. My son is so comfy in it.

  74. Thanks for the review – I love the seat – too many features to mention, but I like the level – to make sure it is correctly put in your car, I like that it grows with your child and it looks so comfortable.

  75. I like graco and the most trusted product since it has safety features and this product has more than that,I could not want more than anything that this product offers for a child and looks awsome for my son.

  76. i need this so bad! its just to adorable, im expecting! <3 fingers crossed!!!

  77. I love the sippy cup holder and the up to 100 lb. weight limit. My very tall 3 year old is nearly over his height/weight limit in his current car seat.

  78. I really like the Pack ‘n’ Play Modern Playard with Mat. It has a nice look to it and it vibrates and plays music to soothe the baby. You can remove the play mat and put the toy gym on top of it and it has a changing station built it!

  79. What a graco product and this has it all for a child to enjoy in car ..I like cup holder,weight management,turns into a booster,easy it is to foward and rear face this seat,filled with all the safety features. I also liked RoomFor2™ Classic Connect™ Stand & Ride Stroller

  80. I love the smart base on this carseat. Plus it looks really comfortable.

  81. I love the fact that this is the only car seat you’ll ever need. At this point I think we have a total of 4 (infant seat, convertible car seat, 2nd convertible car seat for other peoples cars and a booster seat).

  82. I want the roomfor2 stand and ride stroller

  83. I like the stand and ride stroller

  84. I have never seen an infant to booster seat before. I love the base idea with it.

  85. I love the concept behind this carseat! Great way to save money and trouble!

  86. The nautilus would be great for my son!

  87. How does using a convertable carseat work for bringing home baby? I like the concept of an all in one seat that grows with baby

    • Hi Claire! You’d just have to use the infant body support and make sure the seat is properly level and have the head support pushed all the way down on the lowest setting.

  88. I think it is amazing it shows that it is locked in properly. Safety features are amazing to keep babies safe.

  89. We love all of our Graco seat and we have been eyeing this one for our newest little one! It would be amazing to win one. Thank you!

  90. IF I don’t win this one (though my fingers are crossed!) we’ll definitely be buying another My Ride 65. My 2 year old is rear facing in hers and probably will continue to do so for at least another year! All 3 of my kids have Graco car seats, we love love ‘em.

  91. it’s nice that graco has come up with the unltimate convertible seat. From newborn to booster i’ll never have to worry about the safety of my little guy AND won’t have to purchase another seat. 5-100 lb covers the whole spectrum :)

  92. Awesome features! I would really like to win this for a friend who cannot afford a new seat for her son. I think the features would make it great because they have several caregivers, installation should be easy for them!

  93. I have thought convertible seats should have a base for years. Genius! Thanks for the thorough review.

  94. I have thought convertible seats should have a base for years. Genius! Thanks for the thorough review.

  95. Pack ‘n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove

  96. I love that it actually has a REAL level on it. I hate the guessing game we played with installing ours in rear-facing.

  97. I love the fact that it has a base so I can switch it between my car and my husbands with ease. It would also be nice for the grandparents because they'd only have to buy a base and not a whole seat.

  98. I love Graco!

  99. i also like the RoomFor2™ Classic Connect™ Stand & Ride Stroller

  100. This seat looks amazing! I like the level to know if I've got the angle correct

  101. If I can't win this seat, I'd love a Nautilus

  102. I love the head rest on this car seat!

  103. Thanks for the review – very helpful to me!

  104. I would love to have a Pack N Play from Graco

  105. I love your blog! It's so encouraging! and the giveaways are fun and useful items! I have truly been inspired by your posts!

  106. Thank you for the awesome review! I like all the pics you include, VERY helpful!!

  107. I love that this would be virtually the only seat I would need! Your review of it makes it very easy to understand. Thank you!

  108. This looks like a great carseat! I love how it grows with the child!

  109. I'd also like any of Graco's pack and plays!

  110. I am pregnant with my third baby and we very much need a new car seat. My second baby just grew out of the one that his brother used and we do not want to use the same seat! It is awful to thread and we can never get it tight enough!

  111. This is such a great car seat!

  112. I am going to have three kids all under the age of three. I definitely need the Quattro Tour Duo Classic Correct Stroller. Although it is most likely bigger than a regular stroller…it still looks pretty compact.

  113. This looks amazing. How did I not know that there was a car seat that would fit from birth on? I always thought that the infant seats like the snugride were the safest for little babies, but with this one having the different positions I think it would be just as safe. I'll be recommending this to friends and family!

  114. This carseat is perfect! One and done!

  115. This is awesome you ladies are giving this away! I love this car seat and want it so bad for my son! :)

  116. What a great an thorough review! Thanks for it!

  117. That seat is amazing! We have two in carseats here, and both have outgrown the ones they were using. We bought a booster for the 8 year old, but I hate it, I want him back in a safer seat. He could still use this one, he's only about 60 pounds.

  118. I really like the lock indication and the leveler. Both of those make for a great carseat!

  119. We need a new seat for baby #2 and this one looks like a great one! I would feel confident with my child in this seat!

  120. The level indicator is genius!

  121. I like that this car seat will be the only seat a child will need from birth to 100 pounds. It has a lot of features I’ve never seen, like the base that stays in the car and the non rethreading (just move the headrest). It seems like they thought of everything.

  122. I really like this carseat I like how it has so many features

  123. i really like this car seat, they have pretty much covered everything with this!

  124. I really like how my son fits in this seat! My only complaint is the latch system on the base is extremely difficult to fasten on our Pontiac grand prix. Strap is extremely short, but works great in corolla.

  125. We’ve been looking for a second carseat for our other car. This would be perfect!!! I love graco prodcuts and I love how versitle this carseat it. It also looks easy to adjust, which is a major plus in my book!

  126. THis seat looks amazing! i love that it goes up to 65 pounds with the harness! I love having my kids in a harness.. so much safer than a plain belt. The base fgeature is super cool.. one seat for 2 cars (just buy extra base?? i’m in!!) This seat is the future of all car seats!

  127. This looks like an amazing car seat! I love baby items that grow with the baby!!! :)

  128. I love the fact that this is the only car seat you will need for your child, no need to buy 2 or 3 different ones until the child can safely ride without a car seat! Also love the easy buckle system, i’ve seen too many where the buckle in system is totally confusing!

  129. I love everything that this seat allows for extended rear facing, and the leveler is great too. I also love the way the recline adjusts. So many awesome features the smart seat has!

  130. This is a great seat – I love that it grows with your child – since mine is just about 18-months and that it looks comfortable and safe, thanks!

  131. This seat looks awesome! Would love to use for our new addition in november!!

  132. I would love to have this for my daughter!

  133. This seems like such a great carseat! I would love to win it for my daughter.

  134. This looks like a fabulous seat! I am so excited for the opportunity to win it!

  135. This car seat would very handy to have in my car because I have a almost 3 year old growing out of the car seat she is in.

  136. I find myself looking to see if you've reviewed something I'm in the market for because you understand my needs as a mom. Thanks for the great review.

  137. This carseat is awesome! Everything all in one! And it is user-friendly.

  138. I really appreciate you taking the time to review each and every detail of this seat! It has helped me to totally understand this car seat and make me want one!

  139. Pack 'n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove

  140. This looks like a great seat! I’m excited!

  141. looks like a nice seat, would love to have one

  142. That lifting armrest is GENIUS. No more squashing baby against the roof of the car to get in RF! Love it. For lots of reasons but that's one of them LOL.

  143. Holy cow!! This seat sounds great for new moms and dads. No re-threading, color 'codes' so that you can be sure it's secure and bases that allow changing the seat easily between cars. The winner is getting a great gift!!! I wish it were me.

  144. Great review, this seat looks so safe and easy to use. I love the fact that it is convertible. So many great features on this seat.I would say that the person who designed it must really want children to be safe and comfortable.

  145. I love that it can hold a child up to 65lbs forward facing in the harness (its about time car seats go beyond the 40lbs so kids can stay safer) and I also love that the child can remain in seat in booster mode up to 100lbs. Up until I read this review I was frustrated with Graco and swore I would never use that brand. I'm now reconsidering and I'm glad they have raised their safety

  146. Looks like a great car seat!!

  147. Look really good, very good quality!

  148. I love that this seat really grows with baby, up to 100 lbs! I put this seat on my registry because of this review. There are so many options but this one seems like a great one.

  149. This seat seems incredibly versatile! I love that it lasts for so long and allows the child to be comfortable while completely safe at every stage.

  150. I love this car seat! everything about it. especially the lifting arm rests and how it can recline a few different ways so it fits kids of all ages!

  151. This would be so great for my great granddaughter Naomi!!!! Way back when I was a first time mother, we just put the babies on the seat next to us and drove…how times have changed and way more for the better today!!

    I would love to surprise my granddaughter with this gift so please enter me for sure!!

  152. I like the idea of a base for a big kid seat, would make using a nice carseat easier since it could be switched between my husband and my car. Seems like this seat has all the bells and whistles!

  153. The locking base system looks amazing, especially with the way you explained it!

  154. Great review. I'm a self proclaimed carseat cop, so I love all the safety aspects. Thanks for the chance!

  155. I like that the base seems like it would keep the baby's feet off the back of the seat longer when rear facing.

  156. I love how this carseat has a built in leveling device and multiple settings for your child as he/she grows. My name is chase smith my email is yamaharider422@excite.com

  157. Love the amount of pics you took. Makes it easy to see exactly what the seat offers so a good decision can be made.

  158. This car seat seems to be perfect for us!

  159. I really like the "smart base" design you mentioned. I think this carseat would be perfect for my 6 month old & I am so glad to see you're running a giveaway for this seat. I am entering & really hoping it's my lucky day!

  160. I love that it grows so much with your child!

  161. We put the FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System on our registry! Looks like the best jogger/infant seat combo available!

  162. I saw one of these seats at a baby expo and have been wanting one ever since. Its times to move my 9 month old out of his infant carrier and I would love to have this awesome seat for him!

  163. I like that the Graco Smart Seat has a unique design and that it can transition from baby to toddler to youth's booster seat

  164. I love this car seat! We have a small car so I love how easy it would be to adjust it!

  165. the classic connect stand & ride stroller for my boys.

  166. This car seat looks amazing. Tons of features and seems like it would grow with your baby making it very versatile and a money saver.

  167. I love flip up armrests. I'm a little late in the game. My youngest just turned 4, but we are looking for a booster/new seat because her old one is right flesh with the top of her shoulders..not much time left at all.

  168. I would also like to have the Graco Size 4 Me! Thanks!

  169. Wow, car seats have become very complicated! This car seat has so many wonderful features, to make sure that we can install it correctly. It looks great!

  170. Scribbles simple snuggle bouncer would be a very wonderful thing for my little one. :)

  171. wow! What an informative review! I love the way it lets you know it's locked, love the no rethreading, and love the weight limit! There's so much to LOVE about this car seat!

  172. I would also like the y ride 65 convertible carseat

  173. This looks like a really amazing seat for rear facing. Nice pictures with the reiview.

  174. I need to have this seat. Looks comfortable and super safe!

  175. I like that it has five recline positions

  176. I love that this car seat can be used for years, and that it holds up to 100 lbs. This would be the only seat I would need to purchase. I also like that it has five recline positions

  177. This would last forever! Love the weigh limit and I love Graco's brand…always high quality products!

  178. I'm loving the cup holder and all the head protection!

  179. This seriously sounds like the best seat I have read about in a while. Everything sounds so simple.

  180. This looks like a really nice seat. I didn't think about height for some reason and my baby girl is 11 months too. Maybe time to move her up from the baby bucket soon? this seat would be helpful.

  181. So glad you reviewed this seat. We have 2 expensive brand convertible seats for each car bc I didn't want to constantly reinstall one between the two. With another baby, we had borrowed am infant seat travel system but had to return it. Loved having a base to snap the seat into bc the click like you said makes you feel better but it's also easier to lift sn infant entirely out with the

  182. I like that it can be used for the same child for so long instead of having to get a new seat every time they hit the threshold for their current seat.

  183. I love how this carseat is like a one size fits all and can be used as a booster seat up to 100lbs. Your review has made me want this carseat! I really really need this and would love to win! Thank you for this review and giveaway!

  184. I also like the pack and play with cuddle cove rocking seat! This would've came in handy with my first.

  185. Love this carseat and the tilt function!

  186. Oh how I love this! Let me count the ways……5 point harness, Smart Base, reclining positions, it grows qith my child for use up to 100 lbs., it LOOKS great…..let's just say that I LOVE this!

  187. My favorite part is the straps – not having to completely disassemble is an AWESOME feature!

  188. The identification window if it is unlocked.

  189. Thank you for the thorough review. It was great to learn that this car seat is wide and you wouldn't be able to fit three in a row. Also quite heavy.

  190. This would be such a blessing to win this!

  191. Thank you for this review!

  192. I love that it has so many positions. This is the car seat that we need for my daughter.

  193. I really like their Play Yards, the Pack' n Play, Play Yard with Cuddle Cove is nice. I love the vibration feature!

  194. I would love to have the Trekko Classic Connect Stroller to get some exercise in without working around the little one :]

  195. thank you for the great review

  196. What a great review! I love the armrests and the level indicator.

  197. This seat just looks super comfortable with all of the padding. And I appreciate the no re-threading aspect because that’s a huge pain.

  198. I have been comparing convertible car seats for a while now and this has got to be one of the best I've seen, from safety to comfort I am sold!

  199. I love how it will grow with the child, also the padding looks comfy and like it will clean easy.

  200. I love that this seat is so versatile, I can use it rearfacing for my 9month old niece that I baby sit 3-4 days a week, and I can use it for my 5 year (who rides forward facing harnessed) and I can use it for my 9 year old who uses a booster. I LOVE that the base has a built in lock off so I don't have to use a locking clip when installing it in husband's car (which is where it would live)

  201. I'd love to try the new modes stroller

  202. I love this car seat. I got one for my daughter and now I need one for my son who has out grown his infant car seat. Thank You for a chance to win this car seat. Thank You!

  203. Thank you!! I got one of these car seats for my daughter and I love it. Now I need one for my son that has out grown his infant car seat. Thank You!!

  204. The features I find incredible are: the 100 pound weight limit and the Smart Base. FINALLY a company that gets it. I would absolutely buy an extra base and it would save so much time and hassle moving car seats from my car to my husband's car all the time. This would also ensure more safety if the base never left each car. And the weight limit is also incredible. You really could use this for

  205. What a fantastic give away! It looks so safe and comfy!

  206. I love the extended rear facing feature allowing the child to stay rear facing until 40 pounds.

  207. This seat looks great. I love that it can be used in three different modes— RF, FF, and booster! What an money saver. It also looks super plush and comfy, which my kid will love!

  208. I’d also love to have the Snugride 30!

  209. Wow, so many great features! I love that the arm rests fold up, no rethreading, and most of all, it handles 4 to 100 lbs.?! Why don't all seats do that?

  210. I can't believe it is designed for kids 4-100 pounds! Great that is grows with the child!

  211. This looks much nicer than our current car seat for my son. Your son does look very comfy! I couldn't tell for sure whether it has a handle for carrying when you go in someplace that you can use when the child is a baby.

    -Hannah Avery
    hannahavery85@yahoo.com

  212. I love the all black design, and It really does look comfy.

  213. I also really like how it grows with the kid.

  214. I really want to buy a great car seat for my 2 year old niece. Borrowing from others is such a hassle. Nothing like owning a great and safe car seat of my own.

  215. Installing and set up looks simple.

  216. I like the Martin car seat

    -Hannah Avery
    hannahavery85@yahoo.com

  217. I really like the smart base on this! It looks like something my baby would be comfy in.

  218. Oooooooh, love this! We're on the hunt for a car seat for baby #4 (the old one expired :( ), and this would be perfect for us, since I babywear most of the time anyway. Who wants to carry a ten pound baby around in a fifteen pound carrier/seat? This would be a great alternative.

  219. Id love to have this seat for my daughter.

  220. Graco is a great brand! and this is a great review on it. Would love to get this for my baby due in October. :)

  221. Thank you for this review and giveaway! I love the high rear facing limit of this car seat and hope I win it for my baby due in February!

  222. This looks like such a great concept for a car seat!

  223. I love how you can use it from birth all the way to the child is 10!!

  224. I love that this is the only car seat that'd we'd ever need! Looks comfortable, easy to clean, and real safe

  225. I love that it's so versatile! I've been looking at these recently & it's great to have a review on one of the ones I was looking at.

  226. What a great review! I love love this car seat,so simple and safe at the same time. Gotta love technology!

  227. I LOVE that this is the only car seat you would ever need!!! How practical?! :D

  228. That is by far the best car seat out there….so versatile

  229. I love that it has flip up armrests and a headrest that doesn't look like it pushes your child's head forward, and I love that it has a booster mode.

  230. We have always used Graco brand car seats. This review helps to show this seat multifunctional capabilities. Thanks!

  231. I would love to have the UrbanLite Click Connect Stroller

  232. I love how this will grow with my baby and thanks for all the information that u gave guys about everything

  233. Any word on how low the lowest harness slot is and how tall the tallest is? Thanks!

  234. would love to win this for my daughter

  235. After spending months researching a convertible carseat for our littlest one, I decided on a Diono RadianRXT. I like how narrow the seat is; I often have to sit in the back of our Chevy Colorado between two carseats for 6+ hours when we visit my in-laws. I would love a little extra room. I finally bought the RadianRXT this weekend only to discover that I cannot get a good fit using the

  236. I like the lock identification window feature on the car seat

  237. I also like their Mealtime High Chair

  238. This one is the best of the best!! I want to win this for my niece. Her husband is deployed and this would help her so much. I love this car seat !

  239. I love that it grows with your child!!!

  240. I absolutely love the fact that it connects to a base. While the idea freaked me out at first, I really like that it is so easily transferred from one vehicle to another.

  241. I would love to have the Pack 'n Play® On The Go™ Playard in Zuba. We have a Travel Lite Crib, but a full size pack 'n play would be awesome.

  242. This carseat looks amazing! My baby girl is soon going to outgrow her infant carseat so I am in the market for one. Honestly, I can't stand the infant seat and this one looks so much nicer!

  243. There are so many things to like about this card seat. The fact its convertible,all the safety features, and extras like the cup holder.

  244. I could really use a Pack -n- Play on the go.

  245. wow, looks like a great seat! I love how it grows with the child! I'm due w/ #3 in 8 weeks and this would be a great seat to have!

  246. I hope I win! This car seat is awesome!

  247. This is so convenient! We want to have a baby but financially having a hard time figuring out how, so I'm trying to get all the stuff I need to prove to my husband we can do it! :)

  248. I would love to have the Sweet Snuggle Soothing Swing (try saying that 5 times fast).

  249. I love that there's a base for this convertible seat! I loved having multiple bases with our infant seat and we only needed to buy one seat but could use it seamlessly with multiple cars! what a great idea!

  250. I'd love the Sweet Snuggle™ Infant Soothing Swing

  251. I love all the safety features of this seat. This would be perfect for my little girl. I also like the built in cup holder.

  252. This would be great for my daughter! Thank you for the chance.

  253. I absolutely LOVE this seat! I love that there is Side Impact Control.. it is one of the things that we as moms worry about. I also like that it is rear or forward facing and that it can fit my baby for so long! We have a 6 month old and a 3 year old but I would love to have this for our 6 month old :)

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

  254. thank you for this review! i love graco products and until now i had never even heard of this seat. we have a my ride 65 for our daughter (2 tomorrow) and im due in oct… i hope i win this for our son!! :)

  255. Any of the high chairs would be awesome! Thanks!

  256. Awesome carseat. Great review. Very thorough

  257. I am torn between this car seat the the My Ride 65 would love either one.

  258. Theresa Anne

    You have no idea how in awe I am that this giveaway happened today. I was literally in tears this morning over a huge car seat issue we were having. It was very unexpected and extremely disappointing when we thought we did our research. I actually messaged Fun with Four's, Heather to get suggestions and this is one she suggested. We will

  259. The other graco item we were looking at was the signature series classic connect 3 in 1 modular stroller!

  260. I also just noticed this…it ends on my Lila Lucilles' 9 month birthday!

  261. We have been looking for a car seat for our second car and this looks wonderful! I love how it grows with them :)

  262. What a great carseat! I love that you can purchase additional bases so we don't have to purchase 2 carseats – we can just move the one between vehicles (which is exactly what we do now with my son's infant carseat).

  263. Thanks for the thoughtful and very all-encompassing review. I think this would be a great seat for my granddaughter who will be outgrowing her current seat in my car w/in the next 6 mo.
    I love everything about it but it should prob be mentioned, if I just missed it I apologize, that the new regs for the LATCH system have weight limits of seat wt. + child wt. – and I actually don't recall

  264. Graco is awesome – I'd love to try the TableFit™ Highchair. ty! Robin Phillips-Knotts

  265. This is baby #3 for me, and car seats sure have changed! Would love this "upgrade" from Graco!

  266. Wow I have seen this seat before but up to now I knew next to nothing about it. Thank you for the detailed pictures and explanations.

  267. This car seat is brilliant. In retrospect I really regret having bought a Snugride 35; the thing was SO heavy and she was too long for it well before approaching the weight limit. This would have been a much better investment.

  268. I’d love the True Focus digital video monitor!

  269. This is a gorgeous seat. The level indicator is a lifesaver!

  270. It is so amazing to have a car seat that is so functional. It looks to be one of the safest out too! It would be super comfy for baby and I would love to win this for my first grand baby.

  271. I love the stay in car base! That would be a really great feature for switching cars between care givers. Glad to know you like it!

  272. 100 pounds seemsbig!

  273. I love the Smart Base, Lock Identification Window and the Level Indicator. As a FTM, I am deeply appreciative of all built in details that bring reassurance that everything is in place as it should be.

  274. great review! Love all the details and the fact it grows with child.

  275. Very Nice!

  276. We so could use this! Thank you for the chance.

  277. wish i had known about this to put on our baby registry! shes 2 months and already outgrowing her graco seat!

  278. i wish i had the Pack ‘n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove in rittenhouse to match all our other graco stuff!

  279. Wow, i’m very impressed with this car seat. I am a total safety freak so this seat is right up my alley. Thank you for the review!

  280. I would like any of the Pack & Play systems.

  281. I love how it is adjustable!! No need to keep buying another as they grow!

  282. I appreciate how thorough your review was!

  283. I really appreciate how thorough your review was

  284. Thanks for the awesome review! I love the levels and the lock indicator. As a first time mom features like that really help me feel better.

  285. I love everything about this carseat… especially that it grows with your child. But, I’m curious to know if it would fit in a small car?

  286. I love this car seat it would work your my youngest to my oldest. IF I could I would have five so each of my kids could have one.

  287. How absolutely fabulous that it reclines! Traveling with this type of car seat would be lovely.

  288. a 3-in-1 is awesome, I have had to replace the infant seat with the car seat 3 times… it would be AWESOME to not have to do that with this last child!

  289. I would like the Pack ‘n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove™ Rocking Seat

  290. This looks like an awesome car seat! I need something that will fit a small baby or an older toddler.

  291. I would also love to get a pack n play.

  292. I love that this seat will grow with the child through the years. It also seems to have a lot of safety and comfort features.

  293. I would love to have this seat for our new prince expected 11/12/13. I love the versatility and safety it offers to grow with him as he grows! Great review!

  294. These cars eats look awesome! They will grow with a child and you won't have to buy 2 or 3 different ones as he/she grows up!

  295. Looking at purchasing a 2nd carseat to go in hubby's vehicle. This is a great one that will grow with babygirl. I want it!

  296. I feel like you really covered all the awesome features of this car seat. After reading it I really hope I win this now.

  297. Trekko "classic connect"stroller

  298. wow, now this is a great car seat! The one I have currently is only good for 40lbs/30" my boy is going to outgrow it pretty soon!

  299. this is so neat that its one seat that you can use for so long. love it.

  300. Thank you for the review. I am very impressed with all the features of this car seat, safety, comfort and it saves money by adapting to your growing child, no need to keep buying car seats.

  301. I kove that the seat RF’s tp 40lbs & that you can FF until 100lbs! It’s a great looking seat!

  302. Very thorough review…thank you! I need 3 of these! I am in love with all the features.

  303. This car seat looks amazing!

  304. This looks like an extremely comfy car seat! Who ever wins this is an extremely lucky little boy or girl (:

  305. I love it!! We’re looking for one for my first grandchild (due Dec. 26) and this one would be perfect. We have looked at a lot of carseats, and this one seems the best.

  306. My son is a special needs baby who is about to turn one, and naturally, I want him to only use the safest of baby gear. I love that he could use this seat for so long and that I would feel at ease if he did, with all it’s safety features.

  307. I think the feature with the Smart Base is what I really like. I like how secure it sounds

  308. I love how versatile it is! My sister needs a new seat for her little girl and this would be so perfect! Thanks for the informative review!

  309. I've been looking for a new seat for my son, and this one looks Awesome!

  310. I love how easy it looks to install

  311. I love that this is a true all-in-one carseat, that even turns into a booster for older kids! No more buying new seats for a growing child!

  312. i love that it meets europe’s side impact guidelines. i’m not a carseat safety expert, but it seems like europe’s standards are generally more strict than the u.s. standards.

  313. i would love the Direct Connect™ Digital Monitor

  314. the car seat looks amazing!!! Would love to have it for my son!

  315. This seat looks awesome! I like how it changes for each age :)

  316. This is a nice looking seat and has so many safety features that I love.

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  317. I really like how the base can stay in the car!

  318. This is a really nice car seat and looks comfortable. I really like the base and I like the arm rest and cup holder.

  319. I really love the versatility of this seat. My daughter just reached the weight capacity of her seat for the 5-point harness, which if 40lbs, I really like that this one goes up to 65lbs, we could really use this one!

  320. I love Graco products, my son has the metropolis travel system now and has just about outgrown his infant seat. I would love to stay in the Graco family and replace his snugride with a smartseat!

  321. My son has just about outgrown his Metropolis snugride and I would love to switch him over to the smart seat. I love Graco products for their ease of use and safety features and want to continue using their products as long as possible.

  322. this seat looks great and super safe..I think this would make an awesome shower gift :)

  323. I also like the UrbanLite™ Click Connect™ Stroller

  324. I would also love the SnugRide® Classic Connect™ 30 Infant Car Seat!

  325. Very helpful review! I think the level indicator is awesome! From your thorough review there is so much about this car seat that I just love!

  326. I'm amazed that this seat can be used for infants but still convert to a booster seat for toddlers. Talk about one and done!

  327. Great review! I'm looking into different seats for registering next weekend and this one looks awesome! Safe and stylish! I also like that it will last a long time and I wont have to buy different seats for different sizes.

  328. I would like the Pack 'n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove™

  329. I love how the carseat grows up with the child.

  330. I’m impressed that this carseat can hold a child from 4-100 pounds!

  331. We are starting to look for the next car seat for our son and this one is in our top 3. I would like to keep him rear facing as long as I can so I have to make sure we get a good one because he is only 9m old and already wearing 18m clothing. We have a big boy on our hands. So thank you for finding this one for me to consider

  332. I love the fact that it has different positions so it can fit perfect in all cars. I like that it also fits from newborn to kid and is comfy for all ages.

  333. I love the fact that it has different positions so it can fit perfect in all cars. I like that it also fits from newborn to kid and is comfy for all ages.

  334. I love the fact that it has different positions so it can fit perfect in all cars. I like that it also fits from newborn to kid and is comfy for all ages.

  335. This looks like a great car seat to grow with your child. Looks easy to install and use and comfortable too!

  336. I love that it has a base that stays in the car. It is nice to see that with a larger carseat rather than only with infant seats.

  337. I really like the Pack 'n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove™

  338. I would love the Pack 'n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove. My good friend has one and it is so convienent.

  339. awesome, so nice n padded!

  340. So glad this seat makes installation 'idiot proof'!!! So many people post pics of their children incorrectly strapped in and it makes my heart sink.

  341. I like that it is an all in one. My son is growing like a weed and is tall and carseats arent cheap. I would love to win this.

  342. I also love the Blossom 3 in 1 high chair!

  343. Baby # 2 Coming this would be amazing! Great site keep up the great work!

  344. Baby # 2 Coming this would be amazing! Great site keep up the great work!

  345. Baby # 2 Coming this would be amazing! Great site keep up the great work!

  346. I appreciate your all-inclusive review about the features and how important each was to you. I really like the Smart Base; it's incredibly important to know that the infant seat is secure.

  347. Love the great design and convertible features

  348. Great review…car seats have come a long way just in the last 5 years!

  349. Would love to try a double stroller called the Ready2Grow Classic Connec LX Stroller!

  350. I wanted this one in the Jemma print for our youngest when she outgrew her infant seat. I would love this for our next little one. :)

  351. This car seat sounds amazing! I would love one!

  352. The car seat looks comfy! I LOVE the idea of being able to use 1 convertible seat for multiple vehicles just by buying additional bases just like with an infant seat. It keeps you from having to take the whole thing out and re-install it in another vehicle. It's convenient and saves money in the long run. I like the idea that I'd be able to ERF also. Seems like a great seat! I would

  353. It's hard to know what type to trust or buy, but a thorough review like this definitely helps! I love that this goes from 4-100 pounds, and also has so many different recline positions.

  354. Awesome features. True "smart" seat! Wtg graco!

  355. I'd love to have a car seat like this one for my husband's car, especially since it can be used for such a large range of ages and sizes.

  356. I learned that the Smart Seat was made for infants 4-40 pounds rear-facing in a harness, toddlers 20-65 pounds forward-facing in a harness & youth 30-100 pounds in a belt-positioning booster.

  357. Love this review! So detailed!

  358. This is the Cadillac of car seats. Wow!

  359. Ruth gave a very thorough review!

  360. I love everything about this carseat, especially that the 5 point harness goes up to 65 lbs, which is a long way away for my 3 1/2 month old who would be the lucky one to ride in it if we won :)

  361. Marcia Lee says:

    I like everything about the Graco Smart Seat. With the covers over the belt closure, they look like they addressed the problem that they had with earlier models of their car seat.

  362. Wow! I would love to be able to afford this! One of the biggest features I wanted when looking for a convertible seat was the base. I love the base with my SnugRide32, I’m sad we’re going to have to give it up when moving to the MyRide70.

  363. Virginia L Rogers says:

    What a great review, sounds like a great car seat love the convertable sizes and all the safety features, thank you!!