We’ve gone through a lot car seats in our house. A lot. Each of our four girls has an infant bucket seat and then a convertible seat. And the older girls have now moved to backed boosters and then eventually they will have backless boosters. I’ve lost count. But, now, thanks to Graco, B has a Graco 4Ever™ 4-in-1 Car Seat and we won’t have to get another seat again!
If you are more of a video person, scroll to the end to see my video review!
Before doing anything with a car seat, I always check the instruction manual. Read it. Keep it. Check it!
The 4Ever will accomodate an infant from 4-40lbs in the rear-facing position. The recommendation is at least 2 years of age before facing forward and none of my girls have been close to 40lbs at a year, so I’m sure it will take us to 3 if not 4 rear-facing. Once your child hits at least 20 pounds (again, the recommendation is at least 2 years old), it converts to a forward-facing, five-point harness seat (up to 65 lbs.)
It then can be switched to a to a high-back, belt-positioning booster (30 – 100 lbs.) and to a backless, belt-positioning booster (40 – 120 lbs.). When you are ready to use the hit-back, belt-positioning booster, the integrated harness storage compartment holds the harness straps that are not in use.
The 4Ever has a the option to use your car’s LATCH system to install the seat. The LATCH is awesome and easy to use. The only setback is that the LATCH has to be moved on the seat around the base to convert between forward and rear-facing (I purchased the Graco Headwise 70 for E and it has two separate sets of LATCHes, one for forward-facing and one for rear-facing). Either direction, the InRight™ LATCH system with one-second attachment with an audio click cue to helps ensure a secure and easy installation makes installation.
It features a six-position recline keeps your child comfortable and making sure you can easily level the seat.
One of my favorite features is the Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System with a 10-position headrest. It allows you to seamlessly adjust the harness and headrest together, with no rethreading! Yay. No more uninstalling the carseat to adjust the harness! Because of this, I can use the seat for our 6 and 8 year old interchangeably without removing anything! (Yes, my 8 year old fits with the 5-pt harness!) Of course, the kiddos like the 2 cup holders they can put their stuff in and I like that I can remove them to rinse them out.
The 4Ever is side-impact tested for occupant retention solely with the built-in five-point harness system.
The all-in-one car seat is engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213. This standard includes New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) with peak crash force approximately two times the car seat standard, Extreme Car Interior Temperatures and Side Impact Tested.
EPS, energy-absorbing foam for effective impact energy management.
The seat cover is washable and thus is easy to remove without removing the harness. Anybody that has ever had to clean up a car seat after an illness or a potty accident knows this is crucial!
The girls that can speak said the seat is very comfortable and asked if it was their new seat. Alas, B gets to keep it and use it for many more years! I’m so thankful we’ve been able to test out the Graco 4Ever because I don’t have to worry about purchasing a seat for B again!
Check out the video to see more of the Graco 4Ever!