4 Reasons to Consider an All-in-One Car Seat
4 Reasons to Consider an All-in-One Car Seat
October 26, 2020

4 Reasons to Consider an All-in-One Car Seat

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4 Reasons to Consider an All-in-One Car Seat.
4 Reasons to Consider an All-in-One Car Seat

Babies outgrow car seats almost as fast as they outgrow clothes. That’s why some car seat brands, like Graco, are finding ways to extend the life of your baby’s car seat, with all-in-one rides that can take your little one from birth through the booster seat years with just one seat. So what does that look like in practice? Here are a few key differences between Graco’s all-in-one car seats and other car seats that can make a big difference on your wallet and in your storage spaces:

Extended Fit for Bigger Babies

What it does: As babies get taller, their legs can start getting a little cramped in rear-facing car seats. So Graco created a car seat with a special extension panel that gives your baby an extra five inches of legroom, allowing them to ride rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Why you might want that: Rear-facing is the safest position for your baby to sit (and current AAP recommendations say to keep them that way as long as possible until they reach the rear-facing height or weight limit of the seat—even up to four years old). But you might be tempted to turn your kiddo around sooner than recommended if their legs start getting cramped. A car seat with more leg room like the Extend2Fit 3-in-1 can help them stay comfortably rear-facing for a longer period of time than they would in a traditional rear-facing car seat.

A Car Seat That Lasts For-e-ver

What it does: Many car seats are designed to last through one stage of your baby’s childhood—rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, highback booster seat and backless booster seat. But Graco’s specialty is combining three (or even all four) into an all-in-one car seat, taking you from birth to booster seat.

Why you might want that: Trading up your baby’s car seat every time they outgrow their current one gets expensive. And then you’ll have multiple car seats lying around the house. If you’re thinking about getting a convertible or all-in-one car seat instead of an infant one (more on how to make that choice here), car seats like Graco’s 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 car seat is a one-and-done option that will grow with your kiddo for 10 years. It’s minimalism meets budget-friendly.

Easier Installs

What it does: You won’t always know how user-friendly your car seat is until you’re trying to install forward-facing for the first time. So Graco packed a bunch of conveniences into their car seats to make for smoother (and safer) transitions between sizes. For starters, their SnugLock technology means you can install your car seat in under a minute using a seat belt or LATCH (with a helpful clicking noise that lets you know it’s installed securely).

Why you might want that: The safest car seat is the one you can install correctly every time. So Graco eliminates as much of the user error as possible with easy installs and adjustment tools. They’ve even considered what happens when you need to clean your car seat—for example, the cover on the TrioGrow SnugLock LX 3-in-1 car seat comes off without you having to remove the harness or uninstall the car seat.

A Little More Room to Grow

What it does: Convertible car seats aren’t always the slimmest option for your back seat. So Graco designed their SlimFit All-in-One car seat to save you an extra 10% of back seat space, thanks to special rotating cup holders.

Why you might want that: You’re not usually planning for your next baby while shopping for this one. But if you think you might want to expand your family in the future, you may want to consider how you’ll Tetris multiple car seats into your hatchback. Will everyone be able to squeeze into the back seat together? Or are you going to need to replace your current car seat with something smaller? A slimmer profile like you’ll find on the SlimFit can make it easier to fit multiple babies comfortably next to each other.

There’s a lot your baby will outgrow in their first few years of life. But a Graco all-in-one car seat isn’t one of them. You can compare the complete family of all-in-one car seats right here.

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