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The Dimensions 65 convertible car seat accommodates a rear-facing infant from 5-35 lbs., or a forward-facing toddler in its 5-point harness from 22-65 lbs. and up to 49 tall. It easily grows with your child with the Simply Safe Adjust harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and headrest height. A removable head and body support keep your infant comfy, while the one-hand, 8 position adjustable headrest easily adapts to a growing toddlers needs. UAS-equipped with an easy-to-read level indicator for a hassle-free installation, the Dimensions 65 also features a machine-washable seat pad and two buckle positions to help keep your growing child snug and secure. This seat is Safe Seat Engineered, which includes Side Impact Testing, and features EPS foam. Graco car seats - designed to help keep your child safe on all of your journeys together.
Graco Dimensions 65 Convertible Car Seat - Neto is rated
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So many features to love here!Graco has many tried and true favourites and this new convertible model takes all the things we love and makes them long lasting and user friendly! General Features: No-rethread Harness: One of the standout features for this seat is the no-rethread harness. It is designed so that you don't have to pull the harness loose before adjusting the head rest up. The harness could be at the newborn setting, and you just pull the handle at the top and slide it up without any resistance. The no-rethread is fantastic for anyone that has different age/size children that ride in their vehicle. Grandparents, social workers, day care providers, car poolers or just someone with several kids that may use different seats depending on who is riding in the vehicle at the time. Smooth Harness Adjustment: The harness tightens and loosens easily and smoothly. There is no struggling or tugging when tightening this harness. Quick Direction Change: The ability to change this seat from rear-facing mode to forward-facing mode is simple and quick. This is another great feature for the list of people that benefit from the no-rethread harness. The colour coded stickers are easy to read and understand. The recline foot easily flips from back to front, under the seat, and if using a seat belt install, that's it except for stowing or connecting your top tether hook as required. If using the lower anchor hooks the strap slides along a bar on the right side of the seat and thread through the appropriate belt path. This seat is relatively lightweight so easy to move from vehicle to vehicle and will make a nice travel seat. Detachable cup holders: I have a love/hate relationship with many cup holders. This one is easy to attach, can be used on either side of the seat and is at the perfect location for both rear and forward accessibility. It easily removes when that space is needed to install another car seat or have a person seated next to it. Easy To Read Manual: The manual is easy to read, well organized and has lots of great visual instructions. Fit to Child Rear Facing (5-35lbs and 18-43Û_) Originally the rear-facing height limit on these seats was 36"/91cm, but Graco has since amended the height limit to 43", which is fantastic news! Most kids will be able to use this seat rear facing well past their 2nd birthday, much longer if they are tall and slim. There are other seats on the market for kids who are heavier than average for continued rear-facing to 40-50lbs. The average boy (50th percentile) reaches 35lbs around age 3.75 and 43Û_ around age 5 while the average girl is 4 when she hits 35lbs and just over 5 when she is 43Û_. Even those long-torsoed kiddos will be able to rear face a good long while in the Dimensions as the shell+head rest is plenty tall. The minimum child size for this seat is 2.2kg/5lbs and 46cm/18". There are two crotch buckle positions. Newborn fit can vary, and the difference can be in torso length. Although a newborn may be within the lower limits of the seat, if the harness is above the child's shoulders, they are too small for the seat. The Dimensions fit our small newborn doll quite nicely. The head pad is optional, but the body pad must be used until the baby's torso is tall enough to fit the seat without it. Rear-facing there is ample leg room, even for kids at the top end of the height/weight limits! Forward Facing (22-65lbs and 27-49") The first thing I did when I received this seat was extend the harness to its full height. And I was very impressed! The harness height is around 18.5", rivaling a short list of convertible seats with tall harnesses on the market. This is also around the height of some combination (child/booster) seat harnesses, so this seat could be used until booster readiness for most kids. In addition to being tall, the harness also has a lot of length to it so even a heavier child would be able to have ample harness space. My oldest turns 7 next week, and is 48" tall and well under the max weight limit, so has 1" of standing height left before outgrowing this seat. She sits comfortably with harness room to grow. It is possible she outgrows this seat in standing height before her shoulders are above the top harness slot. Always a good reminder that kids fit seats differently and it's so important to try them in it rather than simply relying on listed numbers. The seat's shape naturally makes it reclined when forward-facing. My second child turned 5 last week. He loves it and looks like he's lounging in his favorite recliner when using it. Prior to the Dimensions arriving I've had several other harnessed convertibles and combination seats installed in our van, and he would oblige me with a single courtesy ride in them and then return to his primary, preferred seat. Not this time! I've had a hard time convincing him that other kids need to test it out. He has had to move back to his other seat a couple of times when we were carpooling and the other child was outgrown his abandoned seat, but fit in the Dimensions. Another 5 year old tester easily fell asleep in it on a long drive and was able to comfortably keep her head back. There was no forward flop and she reported that she liked it for sleeping (yet denied that she'd fallen asleep at all ÛÒ do your kids do this?!). Rear Facing: The rear-facing install has been great in many different styles of vehicles. One of the great things about the shape of the seat is that it creates a space ideal for using in vehicles with odd shaped seat bights, raised seat bights or with plastic hinges. Both belt paths are quite high and seat belt installs work well with many different styles of seat belt buckles, including those with long buckle stalks that can interfere with a good installation. The rear-facing belt path has a nice wide opening and is easy to route the belt through. You can also access the belt path by moving the cover out of the way to get better leverage when tightening the seat belt or lower anchors. The natural slope of the seat will work well behind vehicle seats with forward leaning head restraints. It is also a good bet for a centre install, leaving ample room for front seat occupants even at a newborn recline. Most vehicles prohibit use of lower anchors in the centre so unless you have a dedicated set of centre lower anchors you must use the seat belt. Rear-facing the seat fits very compactly front to back and works well in small vehicles. This seat is also very narrow, especially at the base and child's foot area and has worked really well in several 3-across situations I've tried it in, both rear- and forward-facing. It is an ideal choice next to booster seats due to its relatively high shell, and narrow base, leaving room not only for boosters to fit beside it but for young hands to reach down and buckle. We were easily able to install the Dimensions in several vehicles at the newborn recline level without any added rolled towels to increase the angle, but doing so is an option if necessary. The recline indicator on this seat is a roller ball that can be anywhere in the blue range for 3+ months, and within the light blue range for 0+ months (newborns). Make sure to park on level ground when installing, and recline as much as allowed for newborns to protect their airway. Forward Facing: One issue I can see is in vehicles with fixed head restraints, forward leaning head restraints and head restraints that may not be removed when installed forward-facing (always check your vehicle manual to know whether the head restraint may be removed when installing a seat). Since the Dimensions has a natural recline the headrest moves up and back, not simply straight up. When extended past the shell of the seat the headrest of the child's seat may be impeded by the vehicle's head restraint. The naturally reclined shape when forward-facing is a great comfort feature for kids with low muscle tone, for kids who are forward-facing earlier than we'd recommend, or for those who sleep a lot in the car and are otherwise inclined to flop their head forward. Those who like to sit more upright will not enjoy the recline. The forward facing belt path is closed, which makes it a great option for air travel since the aircraft seat belt buckle won't be running behind the cover along the child's back they way it does in many other seats. It weighs 16lbs, so not overly heavy. The narrowness of the seat's base should also fit well in an airline seat. Overall Impressions: Pros: -Narrow base and slim shell will fit 3-across in many vehicles -No-rethread harness adjusts up and down without loosening the harness -All parts attached except infant insert ÛÒ nothing to store or lose track of -Quick and easy switch from rear- to forward-facing -Range of install angles for rear-facing -non-twisty harness -UAS connector system is simple to change from rear- to forward-facing -Detachable cup holder works on either side of seat -Easy to read manual and seat stickers are clear, and are colour coded rear- and forward-facing -Rear/forward-facing flip foot is easy to use and is clearly labeled -TALL harness! Top Harness height ~18.5" from bum to shoulder -LOW harness! Adjusts small enough, ~7.75Û_, to fit the average newborn well -Small tether strap adjuster fits easily through truck tether loops and other small spaces -Shape when rear-facing makes a good fit for vehicles with plastic hinges and awkward seat bights -Naturally reclined when forward-facing (may be a "con" for you depending on your preference!); this may be a great seat for kids with low muscle tone Cons: -Lower (35lb) rear-facing weight limit -Naturally reclined when forward-facing (may be a "pro" for you depending on your preference!); kids who prefer to sit more upright will not enjoy this positioning -Not compatible forward-facing with fixed and/or forward leaning vehicle head restraints -Little choice in fabric colours ÛÒ I'd love to see some teal, green, orange, purple, pinkÛ_