Review: Graco Nautilus Elite 3-in-1 Car Seat

05/23/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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Imagine being able to use one car seat from 20 lbs. to 100 lbs.

That’s now possible thanks to the new Graco Nautilus Elite 3-in-1 Car Seat ($239).

Not only is the headrest designed to adjust to different heights and widths, but it also easily converts to both a high-back and backless booster for bigger kids.

Check out our full review below.

Things We Like: This easy-to-install seat is made with EPS absorbing foam and comes with a 3-position recline, which makes it super comfy for long rides.

We also love the 2-way adjustable headrest because it gives every child a custom fit.


Need to keep baby’s must-haves handy? Just throw them in the roomy side storage pockets or the convenient cup holder.

Things We Don’t Like: Our only gripe is when you put your child in the car seat, you have to make sure the bottom buckle is placed forward first or you’ll have to dig under them to get it out.

Moms & Babies Rating:

We love the idea of a car seat that grows with your child. Not only is it convenient, but it’ll save you tons of money too.

— Nancy Horn


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Heather on

Like the original Grace nautilus, this carseat is made to use from 20 to 100 pounds, not from birth like this article says.

Elisabeth on

I agree Heather, just by checking Graco’s website it tells you this seat like the other Nautilus seats are to be used from 20 pounds and up. It’s not even designed to be rear facing which is one thing the seat would have to do if it was indeed a seat that could be used from birth.

I think it’s important when doing reviews of products that the instructions be read, there you will see that it is not a seat to be used from birth.

Child Passenger Safety Technician on

Please review the facts before writing a review. While the Graco Nautilus is a wonderful seat, it is not meant to be used rear-facing. Therefore, it is not the only seat a parent will ever need. A baby needs to remain rear-facing until one year and twenty pounds(legally) and SHOULD remain rear-facing until they have maxed out the height and weight limits of their convertible seats(typically between 3 and 4 years of age). Past that, the Nautilus is a great choice. And for what it’s worth, most kids should go through two to three carseats during their lifetime: an infant-only seat, a convertible seat, and then a dedicated booster.

elisabeth on

After the mistakes were brought to CBB’s attention things should have been changed. Maybe proofreaders were off that day.


That’s all you have to talk about? did they change the article after all this, because it does say “Imagine being able to use one car seat from 20 lbs. to 100 lbs.” Anything helpful to say about the seat for people that may want to buy it??