This Christmas, give your children something special as well as practical which can make the car rides with you much more exciting and safe. Check out this Graco Tranzitions review for the specifications and features of the three-in-one combination car seat for children. It is absolutely among the best car seats you could buy today!
- These are features of the Graco Tranzitions
- A lifespan of up to seven years from the manufacturing date
- A no-rethread harness that has eight height positions
- An open-loop shoulder belt for high-back booster
- Cup holders that you may dismantle for more space
- Optional body cushions as well as harness covers
- Covers that are machine-washable
The Graco Tranzitions car seat has covers for the harness strap and also has a body cushion that is padded. As for the weight and height limits, there are no specified limits when it comes to using the car seat according to the manual.
Before we dive into the details, you should know that if you’re looking for a car seat, whether it’s a booster seat, or a convertible car seat with a latch system, or maybe an infant car seat, there are a lot of options. This applies both for manufacturers, and models too. For example, you have Chicco, and the Chicco Nextfit Zip, Chicco Nextfit, and the Chicco Keyfit 30, or Diono, with the Diono Radian. You can also choose between the number of models by Britax, such as the Britax Boulevard, Brutax Roundabout and Britax Marathon, or even Evenflo, and the Evenflo Tribute LX, Evenflo Triumph, Evenflo Symphony and Evenflo Symphony LX.
Installation of Car Seat with the Seat Belt
It has a smooth belt path. You don’t have to dig around or risk getting scratched. There is an option to raise or remove the headrest so you can make the car seat fit better with the vehicle seat.
You can install the car seat in the harness mode either with the shoulder/lap seat belt or the lap-only seat belt. Remember to utilize the top tether in installing the car seat in the harness mode.
When you use the car seat in booster mode, use the shoulder/lap belt.
Installation of Car Seat with LATCH
You can use LATCH in installing the car seat in harness mode. This can be for kids that weigh up to forty-five pounds. In installing it in harness mode for children that weigh more than forty-five pounds, you should install the car seat with the use of the vehicle seat belt as well as the tether. Here are some of the points you have to remember.
Remember to always use the top tether in installing the car seat in harness mode. You may have to raise or remove the headrest for the car seat to fit snugly to the vehicle seat. You can secure the car seat using LATCH in the high-back booster mode. This is when the child is secured using the seat belt.
When in booster mode, you can secure the seat with the seat belt or LATCH when it is not being used. This must be done as the car seat can be dangerous to the other passengers when the car suddenly stops or in the event of a crash.
The Graco Tranzitions may be utilized in the harness mode for children that weigh from twenty-two to sixty-five pounds and twenty-seven to forty-nine inches. The car seat fits well for smaller children, too. You have to remember though that kids that are under two years old ought to be rear-facing. When your children are already older than two years and have outgrown their car seats, the Graco Tranzitions are excellent seats for them, and it will grow along with them as well.
The car seat’s no rethread harness is also very convenient because it is not necessary to uninstall the Graco Tranzitions in order to move around the straps of the harness as your kid grows. You only have to squeeze the adjustment lever found at the seat’s headrest. The headrest can be raised or lowered. You can do the same for the heights of the harness strap and the side wings.
Another great feature of the Graco Tranzitions is the fact that it is narrow. You can have multiple seats in one row. This car seat is even more affordable compared to the high-end car seats that have a narrow footprint. The shell of the seat is at seventeen inches at its most narrow point while the interior width of the seat at its most narrow is at eleven inches.
High-back Booster Mode
For kids who are at thirty to a hundred pounds and at thirty-eight to fifty-seven inches, the Graco Tranzitions can be made into a high-back booster. The given height and weight are just the absolute minimum for when a child will be using the Graco Tranzitions car seat in the booster mode. As much as possible, use the five-point harness for your child as he or she will be safest with that.
How to Convert the Seat into Booster Mode
When kids have outgrown the five-point harness, you can easily change it into a high-back booster. To do this, do the following steps:
- From the seat’s back, unloop the straps of the harness from the splitter plate found on the harness adjuster strap.
- After that, unthread the straps of the harness from the seat’s back through the slots going to the seat’s front.
- From the two slots found near the hip areas when the child is seated, you can pull the metal H clips going through the hips and to the seat’s front.
- You can also remove the crotch strap when you pull the metal anchor from under the car seat to the seat’s top.
- You have to remember that there is no on-seat storage for such items. Do find a good place where you can store them for use in the future.
The Graco Tranzitions car seats also feature an open loop shoulder belt guide. It is bright red so you won’t have trouble finding it. It may not be very easy for the kids, but for adults, you won’t have any problems with it. The guide holds up the seat belt in its place when not in use. You can thread it for your child the first time and then when they can do it themselves; they can easily strap themselves for the car ride.
Converting the Car Seat to Backless Booster Mode
The minimum height and weight of the child using the car seat should be at forty to fifty-seven inches and forty to a hundred pounds, respectively. You have to keep in mind though that even if your child has already reached the minimum requirements, it does not automatically mean that they have to move into the booster mode already. It is still safest if your child uses the five-point harness for as long as possible. When your kid is ready, the car seat may be turned into a backless booster. Just fold the back of the booster downwards towards the ground and then lift the back from out of the seat gutter. This will transform the seat into a backless booster from a high-back booster.
By taking the back off of the car seat, it will make it deeper by two inches. This will be more comfortable for a long-legged child for extra support for their thighs. The Graco Tranzitions also have a shoulder belt positioning clip that is removable so you can make adjustments to the vehicle seat belt to make it more comfortable for your child’s shoulder and chest.
Cleaning and Maintenance of the Car Seat
Apart from the body cushions, all of the fabric parts of the car seat is made from a material that feels the same as that of a wetsuit. It is a very smooth fabric that you can easily wipe it clean.
For cleaning and maintenance, you just have to wipe it with a sponge or a wet cloth. The covers are also machine washable. Just take the fabric and put it in the washer. Just remember how to put the parts back on the car seat. It won’t be very difficult. There are just a couple of snaps that secure the main seat cover to the upper shell. And then there are two hooks that secure the seat cover to the seat shell. The fabric covers can be washed in the washing machine using cold water. Put it on a delicate cycle and then just drip-dry. Remember not to use bleach or to put it in the dryer.
These are the things that you need to know about the Graco Tranzitions three-in-one car seat. This car seat is one that you ought to consider when buying a car seat for your child. You will have a peace of mind as you drive your car knowing that your child is safe in the back seat with his or her Graco Tranzitions car seat.