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Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car Seat Review

Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car Seat Review

Safety and comfort are very important things, whether it is in our homes, offices and even vehicles. In our vehicles, it is particularly very important that we adhere to all the safety precautions such as fastening our seatbelts. Before you fasten your seatbelt, it is important that you are seated comfortably. In the cases where children are concerned, it is imperative that the guardians or parents purchase a convertible infant car seat. This is a seat that is strapped to the rear seat in a car and it is a seat that is specifically made for small children. There are many different car seats in the market and it is important that you get the best. This is because comfort and safety are things that can never be compromised, and especially when they involve young kids that do not know how to take care of themselves. In this article, we are going to review the Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car seat. Graco actually have four different seat types, namely Mysize, Fit4Me, Size4Me and Head Wise, which comes with safety surround in the headrest. Note that the features and sizes of the Mysize are the same for the other three variations as well.

The MySize™ 65 convertible car seat is made to carry a rear-facing infant from 4 to 40 lbs. It can also carry a front-facing child in its 5-point harness from 20 to 65 lbs. the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system lets the seat grow with the child since you can automatically adjust both the harness and head rest heights. This convertible infant car seat comes with a InRight™ latch system for one-second latch attachment.

What is a latch?

A latch is made of lower anchors and top tether anchors, which are built in to the car, and connecting hooks that are built-in to your car seat. Lower anchors are used in place of the vehicle’s seat belt to secure the convertible infant car seat to the vehicle. Top tethers are used in addition to the lower anchors or the vehicle’s seat belt to secure a forward-facing car seat to the vehicle.

MySize 65 Features:

  • EPS foam
  • Removable head/body support
  • 3 recline and 2 buckle positions to keep the baby comfortable and secure.
  • The seat is Safe Seat Engineered which includes Side Impact Testing.
  • Seat cushion is removable for machine washing.

No-rethread harness The Graco MySize 65 seats feature Graco’s Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system. this is a no-rethread adjustment system for the harness. To change the harness level or to lift the headrest higher, all that one has to do is to lift the red button and then move it up or down accordingly. This is a great feature especially if you have more than one child that can use the seat.

Premium lower anchor connectors The convertible infant car seat comes with an easy to use push-button to release the lower anchor connectors.

Recline angle indicator The car seat comes with a ball leveler on the side to verify that the seat is at the right recline angle for rear facing use. Depending on the car seat’s angle, you can use a rolled towel to achieve the proper recline angle. The MySize car seat also comes with a built-in cup holder.

Leg room: The MySize car seat doesn’t come with a lot of leg room when it is in the rear facing mode, but it is will do just fine for a 3-year-old who is rear facing without complaint. The leg room should not be safety concern, and the kids who have long legs can cross them easily or put them up on the seat.

Separate lower anchor connector straps Early models of these seats included two sets of lower anchor connectors: one set of lower anchor connectors for rear facing and another for forward facing. Newer models are at a slightly lower price point and only have one set of connectors.

What is the Height and weight limit of the Graco Mysize 65 convertible car seat?

  • The rear facing weight limit is 4-40 lbs.
  • The rear facing height range is 1″ below the adjuster button on the headrest when fully extended.
  • The forward-facing weight range is 22-65 lbs, up to 49″ (the weight range was 20-70 lbs for some of the older makes. It is important for you to adhere to these limits on your own seat.
  • The forward-facing height range goes up to 49″, while the older versions were 52″
  • The lowest harness position is 7″ (with insert)
  • The highest harness position is 17.5″
  • The shell height is 28″.
  • The expiration is after 7 years.
  • The lower anchor weight limit for seats made since the fall of 2014 is 45 lbs, 48 lbs for seats made before to 27th February, 2014 and 42 lbs for seats made between 27 February, 2014 and September 2014.
  • Please note that the lower anchor weight limit can vary depending on the date of manufacture of the seat, you can check the labels on your seat and your user manual.

Dimensions of the Graco MySize 65

  • Weight: 19.34 lbs
  • Overall Height: 26"
  • Width: 22.3"
  • Depth: 19.3"

Recommended Use

Rear-facing Mode

  • Weight: 4-40 lb
  • Height: head must be at least 1" below handle

Forward-facing Mode

  • Weight: 20-65 lb
  • Height: up to 49 inches

Installing the Graco MySize 65 Convertible Car Seat

  • 4-40 lb (1.8-18 kg)
  • Infants who weigh less than 22 lb (10 kg) must be placed in a rear-facing convertible infant car seat.
  • Place car seat rear-facing on the vehicle back seat.
  • Make sure latch strap or vehicle seat belt is routed through the rear-facing belt path marked with a blue label.
  • Install this car seat tightly in your vehicle. Car seat should not move at the rear-facing belt path more than 1”. (2.5 cm) from side to side, front to back.
  • Check recline level making sure the ball is within the blue area.
  • Harness straps need to be even with or just below the top of child’s shoulders and chest clip is at armpit level.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and NHTSA recommend that children should be rear-facing until they are 2 or until they reach the maximum rear-facing height and weight. This car seat can remain rear-facing up to 40 lb.

When reading the level indicator, check to see that the age is right as below:

  • If the ball is entirely in light blue, the restraint is level for infants 0+ months in age.
  • If the ball is in light blue and dark blue, the restraint is level for a child 3+ months in age.
  • If the ball is in RED, child restraint is NOT level. You must adjust your recline position.

Installing rear-facing with latch straps

  1. Store top tether strap attach tether hook to the plastic bar on either side of the car seat.
  2. Remove latch strap from storage location. Push the red buttons on the latch connectors and remove from storage position.
  3. Make sure latch strap is in the rear-facing belt path marked with a blue label if not.
  4. Recline the car seat and pull out the handle on front of child restraint and adjust to rear-facing position 1.
  5. Place car seat, rear-facing, on the back seat of the vehicle and center the car seat between the lower latch anchors. The base should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
  6. Extend the latch strap. For easier installation, extend the latch strap to its maximum length by pressing the grey button and pulling on the strap.
  7. Check the level indicator. The car must be on level ground. The ball must be completely in the blue zone. Readjust if needed. For infants 3 months and under, the ball must completely cover the light blue circle. If needed, rolled towels may be placed under the car seat at the vehicle seat crease, until the ball is completely in the blue zone.
  8. Attach latch connectors to the car’s lower latch anchors. The latch strap should lie flat and not be twisted.
  9. Tighten the latch strap. Press down firmly in the center of the car seat while tightening the latch strap. You may need to tighten through the rear facing belt path as shown.
  10. Test for tightness by grabbing the sides of the seat where the latch strap is and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back. If the seat moves less than 1”, (2.5 cm), it is tight enough.
  11. Check the Level Indicator. The vehicle must be on level ground and the ball must be completely in the blue zone. Re-adjust if needed. For infants 3 months and under, the ball must completely cover the light blue circle. If needed, rolled towels may be placed under the car seat at the vehicle seat crease, until the ball is completely in the blue zone.

Install Rear-Facing with Vehicle Seat Belt

  1. Store the top tether and latch strap. Attach the tether hook and latch connectors to the plastic bars as shown. Install rear-facing with vehicle seat belt.
  2.  Recline the car seat and then pull out the handle in front of child restraint and adjust to rear-facing position
  3.  Place the car seat, rear-facing on the back seat of the vehicle. The base should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
  4.  Check the Level Indicator. The vehicle must be on level ground. The ball must be completely in the blue zone. Re-adjust if needed. For infants 3 months and under, the ball must completely cover the light blue circle. If needed, rolled towels may be placed under the car seat at the vehicle seat crease, until the ball is completely in the blue zone.
  5.  Route the Vehicle Seat Belt - Thread vehicle seat belt through the rear-facing belt path (marked with a blue label) and out the other side. Buckle it. The seat belt should lie as flat as possible and not be twisted. Note: It may be easier to route the vehicle seat belt by lifting seat pad up to expose the belt path. Make sure the vehicle seat belt is in front of the buckle strap when the buckle is in the inner-most position, and in behind when in the outer-most position.
  6.  Lock Vehicle Seat Belt - In most vehicles today, slowly pull the shoulder belt all the way out and then let it go back in. You will hear a clicking sound. Slowly pull out on the belt and it should be locked.
  7.  Tighten the Vehicle Seat Belt - Press down firmly in the center of the car seat. Pull on the shoulder belt to tighten while feeding the slack back in the retractor.
  8.  Test for Tightness - Grab the sides of the seat where the vehicle seat belt is and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back. If the seat moves less than 1” (2.5 cm), it is tight enough.
  9.  Check the Level Indicator – the vehicle must be on level ground. The ball must be completely in the blue zone. Re-adjust if needed. For infants 3 months and under, the ball must completely cover the light blue circle. If needed, rolled towels may be placed under the car seat at the vehicle seat crease, until the ball is completely in the blue zone.

Forward-Facing: 22-65 lb (10-30 kg) 49 inches (125 cm) or less

  • Place car seat forward-facing on the vehicle back seat.
  • Make sure LATCH strap or vehicle seat belt is routed through the forward-facing belt path marked with an orange label.
  • Install this car seat tightly in your vehicle. The car seat should not move at the forward-facing belt path more than 1” (2.5 cm) from side to side, front to back.
  • Harness straps need to be even with or just above the top of child’s shoulders and chest clip is at armpit level.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and NHTSA recommend that children be rear-facing until the age of 2 or until they reach the maximum rear-facing height and weight. This car seat can remain rear-facing up to 40 lb.

Forward facing with latch straps

  • Remove LATCH Strap from Storage Location 3. Adjust the Car Seat Place car seat in the 2nd or 3rd recline position. For children over 40 lb. (18kg), you MUST use recline position 3. Install forward-facing with latch straps. Review your vehicle’s owner manual for latch location and use. Do not install by this method for a child weighing more than 45 lb. (20 kg).
  • Make sure the latch strap is in the forward-facing belt path marked with an orange label.
  • Unhook the top tether strap from storage. Unhook the tether and lay it in the seat.
  • Place Car Seat Forward-Facing in Back Seat of the Vehicle - Place forward-facing in vehicle seat and center the car seat between the lower latch anchors. The base should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
  • Extend the latch Strap - For easier installation, extend the latch strap to its maximum length by pressing the grey button and pulling on the strap.
  • Attach latch Connector to Vehicle’s Lower Latch Anchors - Latch strap should not be twisted.
  • Tighten the Latch Strap - Press down firmly in the center of the car seat while tightening the latch strap.
  • Attach Top Tether Strap Extend - the top tether by lifting up on the tether lock and attach. Consult vehicle’s owner manual for specific location.
  • Tighten Top Tether Strap - Remove all the slack.
  • Test for Tightness - Grab the sides of the seat where the latch strap is and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back. If the seat moves less than 1” (2.5 cm), it is tight enough.

Install Forward-Facing with Vehicle Seat Belt

  • Store Latch Strap - Attach the latch connectors to the plastic bars.
  • Adjust the Car Seat - Place car seat in the 2nd or 3rd recline position. For children over 40 lb. (18kg), you must use recline position 3.
  • Unhook Top Tether Strap from Storage - Unhook tether and lay it in the seat.
  • Place Car Seat Forward-Facing in Back Seat of the Vehicle - Place forward-facing in vehicle seat. The base should sit as flat as possible on the vehicle seat.
  • Route the Vehicle Seat Belt - Thread the vehicle seat belt through the forward-facing belt path (marked with an orange label) and out the other side. Buckle it. The seat belt should lie as flat as possible and not be twisted.
  • Lock the Vehicle Seat Belt - In most vehicles today, slowly pull the shoulder belt all the way out and then let it go back in. You will hear a clicking sound. Slowly pull out on the belt and it should be locked.
  • Tighten the Vehicle Seat Belt - Press down firmly in the center of the car seat. Pull on the shoulder belt to tighten while feeding the slack back in the retractor.
  • Attach Top Tether Strap - Extend the top tether by lifting up on the tether lock and attach. Consult vehicle’s owner manual for specific location.
  • Tighten the Top Tether Strap - Push the car seat back while tightening the top tether strap to remove all the slack.
  • Test for Tightness - Grab the sides of the seat where the vehicle seat belt is and slide the car seat side-to-side and front-to-back. If the seat moves less than 1” (2.5 cm), it is tight enough.

Securing Child 5-point Harness

  • Loosen the Harness Straps- Lift up on the harness release lever while pulling out on the harness straps at the chest clip. Unbuckle the chest clip and the crotch buckle. Place harness straps off to the sides.
  • Place the Child in the Seat - Make sure their back is flat against the car seat back. Avoid bulky or heavy clothing. Doing so will prevent the harness straps from being tightened properly. Place a blanket over the child after you have secured the child.
  • Place Harness Straps Over Child’s Shoulders and Buckle - You will hear a “click” when the buckle tongues are securely attached. Pull up on each buckle tongue to make sure it is securely attached.
  • Be Sure the Harness Straps Are at the Proper Height Rear- Facing -Harness straps should be at or just below the child’s shoulders. Top of head must be 1” (2.5 cm) below the headrest adjustment lever.
  • Forward-Facing - Harness straps should be at or just above the child’s shoulders. Top of child’s ears below top of headrest.
  • To Raise or Lower Headrest/ Harness Height - Squeeze the red adjustment handle and move headrest for the proper harness height.
  • Check the Buckle Position - The correct slot is the one that is closest to your child without being underneath them.
  • To Adjust Crotch Strap Recline the car seat and locate the metal retainer under the car seat shell. 8. Rotate Metal Retainer and Insert It Up Through the Shell and Pad From the top of the car seat, pull the crotch buckle out.
  • Insert Metal Retainer in the New Crotch Buckle Slot Reach underneath the car seat and pull the metal retainer through.
  • Pull up on crotch strap to make sure it is secured.
  • Buckle the Chest Clip - You will hear a “click” when the chest clip is securely buckled.
  • Pull All the Slack Out from Around the Waist - Pull up on the harness strap while pushing the chest clip down. Do this to both sides.
  • Tighten the Harness by Pulling the Harness Adjustment Strap = When you are not able to pinch any of the harness webbing at your child’s shoulder, the harness is tight enough. A snug harness should not allow any slack. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body into an unnatural position.
  • Raise the chest clip to the child’s armpit level.

Why Buy the Graco MySize 65 Convertible Car Seat

This is an affordable convertible car seat. It is important to keep your children safe while on the road, and that alone is reason enough to purchase it. It is also adjustable and grows with the child. It is also compact and will fit in even the smaller vehicles.

Pros

  • The shell has no standing height limit for rear facing
  • Easy to install
  • No re-thread harness
  • Recline for forward facing mode
  • Fits average sized newborns
  • Two crotch buckle positions

Cons

  • Some people have had harness tightening and loosening issues, particularly on older models
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