GracoModes 3 Lite Travel System


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The lightweight SnugRide infant seat pairs perfectly with the Modes 3 stroller: an affordable duo to carry you through the early years

About this Product
  • SnugRide car seat clicks into stroller
  • Three modes: stroller frame, infant stroller and toddler stroller
  • Easy one-hand fold
  • Huge, durable basket and large canopy
  • Lightweight car seat


This travel system from Graco offers one-stop shopping for your infant car seat and stroller needs. It includes the Modes 3 stroller and a Snug Ride Click Connect 35 infant car seat. Travel systems are designed to work together seamlessly. The stroller seat removes and the car seat clicks into the stroller frame during those early months—no adapters are needed. When your baby gets a little bigger, you can use the stroller without the infant seat.

Modes 3

The Modes 3 stroller is a lightweight, three-wheeled stroller with three different modes: you can click in the SnugRide right onto the stroller seat rear-facing; you can click the SnugRide on the stroller frame facing in either direction; or you can use the regular stroller seat front or rear facing. Since younger children like facing the parent and older children like facing the outside world, the stroller easily adapts to your growing child. The footrest is adjustable for when your child gets taller, too.

People love that the Modes 3 has a huge basket and a parent tray with two cup holders. There are also two pivoting child cup holders for drinks, snacks and treasures. The stroller is reasonably maneuverable thanks to a front-locking swivel wheel. For short distances you can even steer it with one hand.

The wheels are made of plastic, so the ride can be bumpy (this is not a jogging stroller despite its three-wheeled design). The canopy is a nice length, and if you combine it with the Graco infant car seat canopy you get 100% coverage. It has a one-handed fold, and the stroller is self-standing and locks when folded, with or without stroller seat.

SnugRide Click Connect 35

The SnugRide Click Connect 35 is one of the lightest car seats available. At only 7.5 lbs, the SnugRide makes it easy to transport your baby in and out of your car. It clicks securely into the Modes 3 stroller. In the car, your baby can ride rear-facing in the SnugRide from 4 to 35 pounds, and up to 32 inches long.

The seat comes with a removable newborn head support and retractable canopy to provide shade for your baby. Parents complain that the canopy and the handles collide when you try to put the canopy up, and as your baby grows they can reach up and grab the canopy and pull it toward their feet. This isn’t necessarily unsafe, but it is annoying. When the car seat gets dirty (which will happen), the cover can be thrown in the wash, but you have to unthread the harness to remove it.

It is not the easiest car seat to install, though. The LATCH connectors are simple hooks, rather than the clip attachments common in higher end car seats, and it has to be tightened in an uncomfortable spot on the side by hand (rather than using force-multiplying mechanism like the Chicco KeyFit 30 or the Britax B-Safe).

It does feature level indicators and a simple adjustment dial that make proper installation clear. Luckily, it is pretty easy to install without the base in taxis or friends’ cars.

Like all car seats on the market, the SnugRide Click Connect 35 meets all of the federal safety requirements. Its sides are lined with energy absorbing foam to manage collision forces to boot.

An additional base can also be purchased to install the SnugRide in multiple vehicles.


Modes 3 Stroller

  • Stroller weight: 19 lbs.
  • Child weight limit: 50 lbs.
  • Storage basket weight limit: 10 lbs.
  • Child height limit: 45”
  • Wheel filling: Plastic
  • Suspension: None
  • Removable seat pad for washing
  • Dimensions Unfolded: 41 x 40 x 21.75 in.
  • Dimensions Folded: 39” x 23.5” x 14”
  • To clean stroller frame and seat pad, spot clean using mild soap and warm water

SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat

  • Child weight range: 4–35 lbs
  • Child height limit: 32”
  • Car seat carrier weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Total car seat weight: 14.17 lbs
  • Car seat dimensions: 30.7” x 18.7” x 15.6”
  • Includes removable infant insert
  • Machine washable and air dry

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