I was sent a Graco Modes Stroller/ Travel System to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% my own. No compensation was received.
After having a couple kids, you sort of know what you like and don’t like. What you want and don’t want. What works best and what you totally want to pitch. With the first two, I used a giant travel system. It was bulky and heavy. Of course, overall all strollers and infant carseats are lighter and better 7 years later.
I knew with B I wanted to use an infant carseat and just a frame for her stroller. I have to walk the middle two into their preschool two days a week, and it’s super easy to pop the stroller into the frame and push B in while E and N walk in. So, when I was introduced to the Graco Modes Stroller, I was all over it.
Of course it didn’t come together in the box, but it was super easy for me to put together…even when I was hugely pregnant! It was mostly popping pieces together and pushing the wheels on. The hardest part was snapping on the parent drink console (hallelujah…all strollers need these!). That parent’s tray has a small covered storage and 2 deep cup holders.
You can also see how compactly the frame folds up. That’s it. It takes up almost no space, and it’s not much bigger when you add the seat (the thing on the left in the bag!)
The fabric is nice and soft, with a nice pattern and both the seat and stroller are very sturdy. B was a little over 7 pounds when she was born and fit very well in the carseat. Just a couple weeks after she was born (like 2), there was an event at our church honoring new parents…we had the newest baby and were allowed to bring her. I like that I can just take the infant seat out of the van and pop it right into the frame. With the Click Connect™ technology, there is only a one-step process that allows for a secure attachment of infant car seat to stroller
A recent addition is the on the handle bar. It features an adjustable height for comfortable strolling for parents, grandparents, siblings or any other stroller-pusher of all sizes. And two cup holders? Yes! Odds are you will need them. Especially if you have another child with you. One spot for you and one spot for them.
The seat can go rear-facing, forward-facing in just the frame only, or you can add in the seat to the stroller and use it as a full travel system (so baby can go into the stroller without the carseat). With just a quick button squeeze and handle rotation, the stroller/frame folds right up. The one-hand fold is the best!
It really is three strollers in one: infant car seat carrier + frame, infant stroller popped in over the seat and toddler stroller. And, it locks in both ways so baby can face you or face out to see the world around them.
Check out this amazing storage basket underneath the seat. It’s so big. This is our gigantic, two kids in cloth diapers backpack that we use as a diaper bag. It fits right in there and I don’t even have to fight with it. Even my older girls can help with accessing the storage basket and all of our goodies. They can even put their own things under there (so many coats during the winter. So. Many. Coats.) and they all fit.
And all the moms said, “Amen!”
At first, B wasn’t a fan of the carseat. Then again, she wasn’t a fan of many things. But now, with her paci (finally), and a blanket to play with, she can fall right asleep in it. Which is what she did just tonight while we had dinner out! The carseat holds an infant from 4 up to 35lbs and up to 32″. With the InRight™ LATCH system, it’s a breeze to install the car seat and base in the car for easy removal to the stroller, or popping back into the car.
Should you want to use the stroller for your infant without the carseat, it folds completely flat and you can use it at a proper carriage.
B isn’t sitting yet, but her cousin is. When we watched her two months ago, we had to get her back to the airport to get connected with her parents that were flying through. Mr. Serious used the Graco Modes Stroller as a toddler stroller. The removable / pivoting child’s tray and armrests allowed us to easily get her in and out of the stroller and also provided a place to put her toys and a snack (for later on). If she were older and we wanted to streamline the stroller even more, we could have removed the tray and bar completely so that it’s not in the way.
It was the first time Logan had been in a stroller facing out and she really loved it! She was smiling at everybody. I like the option to rear-face older kids too to decrease any stimulation. The only problem I had with that was that it was hard to fold up nice and small when the seat was in the forward facing out position. In this position, the seat also has a 3-position leg adjustment.
Since Logan is younger, she was harnessed in the stroller with a 5-point harness. But, as children get older, it is easily convertible to a 3 harness that grows with your child.
The toddler stroller can hold a child up to 50 lbs. You can adjust the leg rests in three positions to comfortably accommodate all sizes of legs and the child’s tray and armrests can be easily removed, so it’s super easy to get the kiddos in and out.
There are two stroller options. The traditional stroller and the sportier version with one set of wheels on the front instead of two. I actually prefer the sportier version of strollers for my family because I feel they are easier to turn and maneuver in small spaces.
I’ve been trying to think of things I don’t like and really the only thing I can come up with is that it doesn’t fold well with the rear-facing toddler seat and that the cup holders don’t hold all sizes of cups. But, overall, there are more likes than improvements needed!
Stroller Unfolded Dimensions:
Weight: 21.05 lbs
Stroller Folded Dimensions:
Weight: 21.05 lbs
Infant Car Seat Dimensions:
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Width: 18.7″ Height: 15.6″
We have been really happy with the Graco Modes Stroller, three in one stroller. It’s super functional and can be used from the teeny tiny, to up to a 50 pound kid (which in our experience is about 7 years old!).
Once baby is out of the infant car seat, (or if you just purchase the Modes Stroller), check out the Graco 4Ever seat I reviewed. It works on newborns and my 10 year old can ride in it! There’s a full video review there, too!