Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car Seat Review

Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car Seat Review

When it comes to our family, both safety and comfort are very important things. Whether it is in our homes, offices and or vehicles we want an ease of mind when we think about our family's safety and comfort. So at homes and offices we take measures like getting a security system installed or putting additional locks. Beefing up security is important to ensure safety. When it comes to our vehicles, it is very important that we adhere to all the safety precautions, such as fastening our seatbelts and abiding by traffic laws. Before you fasten your seatbelt, it is important that you are seated comfortably. In the case of infants, it is imperative that the guardians or parents purchase a convertible infant car seat that is comfortable and provides proper security to the child. Most parents are familiar with a convertible infant car seats, it is a seat specifically designed to infants that can easily be fitted in the rear car seat with the help of a seatbelt and latches. There are many different car seats or boosters in the market, for most parents it is imperative that they get the best one. This is because comfort and safety of your child are two things that you can never compromise.

Keeping this in mind, we are going to review the Graco Mysize 65 Convertible Car Seat. Graco is a well-known brand in the convertible car seat business. Founded in 1942, the company has extensive history in the car booster seat business and pretty much has perfected the art of creating safe and secure car boosters. It currently has four different seat types, namely Mysize, Fit4Me, Size4Me and Head Wise, all of which meet the set safety standards of car boosters. The features and size of all the variations are pretty much the same and to provide extra comfort they all come with a comfy headrest.

The MySize™ 65 convertible car seat is a durable car booster that enables you to carry a rear-facing infant up to 40 pounds. If you prefer the infant to be facing you then its 5-point harness and exceptional support allow you to carry a child ranging from 20 to 65 pounds. The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system on the booster lets the seat “grow” with the child since it allows you to manually adjust both the harness and headrest heights. This convertible car seat for infant comes with a InRight™ latch system for one-second latch attachment. Making it easy for virtually anyone to use. That is why many parents prefer Graco, there is no complications to it and it provides exceptional support for children.

What is a latch?

When it comes to latches, the car seat and the car both come equipped with them. The two compliment each other for secure locking. The car has lower anchors and top tether anchors while the car seats tend to have a connecting hook which you can attach to the car latches. While some convertible car seat are secured with seat belts, the latching functionality is more secure as the lower anchor are used to safely place the car seat to the vehicle with the help of the top tethers. The latch system ensures the convertible car seat does not move around too much even on bumpy road, making the car ride smooth and ensuring the child stays in place on the car seat.

MySize 65 Features:

  • EPS foam
  • Head/body support that can easily be removed if needed
  • Three different reclining and two buckle positions to ensure both comfort and security for your child
  • Safe Seat Engineered seating with Side Impact Testing so you can rest assured your baby will be completely safe no matter what happens
  • Removable seat cushions so you can easily wash it when needed

That is not all, the Gracoy MySize 65 seat comes with:

No-rethread harness: Some harness systems can be a pain but not Graco’s Simple Safe Adjust. The no-rethread adjustment system allows you to change the harness level, lift the headrest higher, with a simple lift of the red button on the convertible car seat. All you have to do is lift the the button and then adjust the headrest up or down accordingly. This is a wonderful feature which allows the car seat to “grow” and be used for years as the child grows.

Premium lower anchor connectors: Latching the convertible car seat to your car is no longer tasking. MySize 65 comes with lower anchor connectors that are easily released with just a push of a button. Making it easy for you to latch on to your vehicle rear seat.

Recline angle indicator: To ensure the car seat is at the right incline level it comes with a ball leveler on the side. The leveler allows you to check the degree of incline and determine if you need to provide more incline or not. If you still require more incline for the seat then you can use a rolled towel to achieve the right angle. Not only that, it also comes with a built-in cup holder so you can easily fit the child’s bottle in the holder for easy access.

Leg room: When rear seat facing, this convertible car seat doesn’t come with exceptional leg room. However, for infants up to 3 years of age it provides ample room and should not be a concern for safety. Infants can easily move their legs around and sit in their desired position and older children can sit easily with their legs crossed in the seat.

Separate lower anchor connector straps: Earlier models of this convertible car seat were equipped with two sets of lower anchor connector: one for rear facing while the other for forward facing. Newer models come with just set of connector due to their slightly lower price. Which is not much of a problem and you can purchase according to your preference since most parents tend to choose one more over the other.

Why Buy the Graco MySize 65 Convertible Car Seat

The Graco MySize 65 is one of the premier car seats in a market filled with mostly mediocre car seats. You want to ensure your infant is completely secure and comfortable while you take them out for a ride. The ride itself may not be that smooth with bumpy roads and speed bumps but you want to ensure your child is seated in a car seat that provides absorption of the bumps and doesn’t toss your child around. The MySize 65 convertible car seat does exactly that. Your child will be completely secure whether you fit the seat using the latch option or with a seat belt.

At the price point of the car seat, which is fairly impressive compared to other car seats, you would think the seat doesn’t provide enough comfort to your child. You can press down on the seat for yourself and notice how firm yet soft it is. This allows it to absorb the bumps as you and your child ride around town. The seat has a nice bucket for your child to easily fit into and get cozy in. It also comes with a cup holder so you can leave a bottle for your child to have while out on your trip.

The seat can be adjusted as your child grows making it a great long term buy. It has a “life-span” of 6 years so you can easily use it for your child from infancy to as they become children. The reason why car seats have an expiration date is due to the fact that material wear down and it is recommended you get a new car seat as standard and other things change with time.

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

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

To assist you with the process of fitting Graco’s MySize 65 convertible car seat, we have a simple guide for you:

  • First thing you need to keep in mind is that the MySize 65 convertible car seat has the capacity to hold a child up to 40 lbs or 18 kg.
  • For safety, it is recommended that children and infants weighing less than 22 lbs (10 kg) should be placed in a rear-facing convertible 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.

Please note that 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

When installing the Graco Mysize 65 convertible car seat using the latch, you can follow the following process:

  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. Start off by 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.

Between the two types of fastening the convertible car seat to your vehicle seat we would recommend going with the latch option. That option is much more secure than the seat belt option and we found it to be much easier also thanks to the lower latch being easily accessible with the help of a button. You can try both the option to see for yourself which one you prefer over the other and which one is easier for you.

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

When fitting the car booster in a forward-facing position on the back seat you can do the following:

  • 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.

If you are looking for a reasonable yet reliable car seat for your child. We highly recommend the Graco MySize 65 convertible car seat. In a market of car seats that are made of plastic and do not provide enough support and comfort to children, especially infant. It is refreshing to see Graco live up to its exceptional standard and create a wonderful car seat in the MySize 65.

  • January 14, 2017
  • Baby

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