Car seats are often a necessary evil that comes hand in hand with having children, right down from the small seats for newborns to the booster seats that are legally required for elder kids. I say necessary evil advisedly as more than one of the three seats we own are a complete pig to fit. Some of this is we don’t have ISOfix fittings but a lot of it is down to poor design.
So when we received the good news that we’d been selected as one of the lucky 25 in the Graco competition and had a Graco Nautilus car seat winging its way to us, a certain amount of jumping around occurred.
We had of course already checked that the Graco Nautilus was suitable for at least one of our kids. Rather epically the Graco Nautilus covers 9 months to 12 years, so it actually covers both our 18 month old and our 3 year old. Fortunately our youngest Fifi wasn’t bothered so it didn’t lead to a massive fight over ownership. It will also free up another seat for a childminded kid.
I decided to give it the first test of usability and try and assemble it without the instructions. I did this for a very specific reason and definitely wouldn’t fit it to the car without checking, double checking and then getting someone to check it. That reason was to see how friendly the Graco Nautilus was. Once done and checked, it turned out all I had missed was a couple of clips to hold the elasticated seat on. And I still had all my fingers. Result.
I noticed whilst assembling the Graco Nautilus that it has certain features that would appeal to the boy- lots of cubby holes to hide toy cars and a drink holder that no doubt would hold a fruit shoot or similar generic unbranded fruit flavoured drink of your choice.
In part two we’ll see about fitting the seat and then fitting a child to the seat. Stay tuned!