Your Kids Like To Ride In Style Too

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Buying a child safety seat is one of the more important first purchases that you are going to have to make as a new parent. Of course you want something that is completely safe, crash tested, and secure. However, that does not mean that you have to get something that is an eyesore, is made of harsh materials, and is something you really don’t want other parents to see in your backseat.

The Graco 4Ever All In One is a perfect examples of a convertible car seat that excels in both form and function. It will protect your kids, but it is also something that brings with it a high end style. Your kids will love riding this safety seat and it is something that you will not mind looking at or using on a daily basis. Keeping your child safe has never looked so good. Whether you drive a Camry or a Cadillac, this is one seat that will you will enjoy using and have some peace of mind on the road.

Features

This particular convertible seat is packed with features that make it easy for parents to operate. It gets high marks for its installation, safety, and ease of use. You can read a full review of the Graco 4Ever, but we have a quick breakdown of this car seat’s best features below.

Rear-facing: Suitable for children with an average weight of between 5-40 pounds. For safety reasons your kid’s head should not reach past one inch beneath the top of the cushion (headrest). The shell of this seat can seat to 27 inches. There is no limit for a child height except the 1” rule.

Forward- facing: Ideal for children with a weight of 20-65 pounds. When it comes to height, he or she should be between 27 inches to 52 inches. Make sure that the tip of your kid’s ear is below the top end of the cushion.

High back booster: Suitable for children with an average weight of between 30-100 pounds. They should also have a height of between 38 inches to 52 inches. For safety reasons, your child should be at least 8-years old before they switch from forward facing to high back booster.

Backless booster: I deal for children with an average weight of between 40-120 pounds, and with a height of between 40” to 57”. This limit is usually ideal for children who are at least 57” or 4’9” tall, although the usual range is between 4’9” to 5’.

Other features include: steel reinforced frame, easy to read bubble-level indicator, energy absorbing EPS foam, no thread harness, and adjustable base.

Measurements

The Graco 4Ever convertible seat is 20” wide and 24” high. The seat is about 21.5” long. The seat has a weight of 23 pounds and comes with a 10 years lifespan. The lowest harness height is 7”, and the highest harness height is 18”. The highest booster height is about 19” and the internal rear facing height is 27.5” (1” below the cushion adjustment level which is 28.5”). Seating depth is about 12”, internal seating width is 13”, the widest point on the base is 15”, the broadest external seat breadth is 19.5”, and the narrowest point on the base both at the front and at the back is about 11.5”.

This seat is one of the easiest seats to install. The forward-facing and rear-facing installs well with the LATCH system for car seats. The paths of the belts are well labeled and color coded both in the manual and on the seat itself. The blue color is for rear facing, the orange for forward facing, and the green color is for boosters. The tether straps and the LATCH belts are very easy to remove or loosen when you want to, and they still stay secure.

Pros

  • Comes with a cover that is easy to remove
  • It’s very easy to install this seat with seat belt or LATCH
  • Can easily be converted to backless booster or high back mode
  • Enables one to use LATCH easily in high back mode
  • Ideal for small babies
  • You do not need to loosen or remove the harness when switching to booster mode
  • Comes with an easy to understand manual instructions
  • Has a lifespan of 10 years before it expires

Cons

  • Has some straps which are somewhat twisted
  • Doesn’t have a lock-off device for fitting with safety belt
  • When using a rear facing mode it can be tricky to tighten the harness

The Bottom Line

Graco is known for making great budget-friendly car seats. The 4Ever is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but with the ability to use only one seat from infant to toddler, it is a bargain. With plush, well ventilated materials, comfort features, and safety enhancements, this is one convertible car seat well worth consideration.

A Classic Jogging Stroller That Hasn’t Gone Out Of Style

Jogger with style

If you are a parent looking to get back into shape but find it hard to juggle your time while looking after your little one, then getting a jogging stroller can kill two birds with one stone.  Not only will you enjoy the experience of getting outside of the house and running, but it is something that just about ever kid loves to partake in as well.  This is where the BOB Revolution SE stroller can help.

While it has been around for years, the Revolution SE is still rated as the best jogging stroller by avid runners and kids.  With style, comfort, and safety features that are second to none, this running stroller continues to be a huge hit with owners.  Here is a quick preview of why you should get this stroller for your family.

BOB Revolution SE Features

Padded, adjustable reclining seat

You probably have come across the buggy seats in other strollers that look like 5 cushions sewn together. Not on this stroller. The seat on Bob revolution is 14.5 inches wide and around 23 inches high from the bottom of the seat up to the top of the canopy. This means that a three years old child can be easily accommodated.

The other notable feature about the seat on this stroller is the position of the seat. Many strollers have a sling seat positioned between the front and back wheels. Bob revolution seat is position across the widest part of the buggy. I.e. Over the back wheels of the stroller and the seat is reclined to the position of your liking. This means added comfort for your little ones.

Swiveling front wheels

Bob revolution is a three-wheeled stroller; two wide and sturdy rear wheels and one front wheel. All wheels are made of high impact polymer material with tubes that can take any terrain. The front wheel usually swivels to allow maneuverability. You can lock the wheels forward when going over tough surfaces to increase the stability of the stroller.

Multi-position canopy

The canopy on this stroller is super large and protects your little one from any weather element. The canopy can be adjusted into 5 different positions giving a wide range of coverage. There is a peekaboo window (85-square inch) that allows you to keep an eye on your child. You can fold the canopy all the way back at times when you do not need, say sun protection.

Storage

Having a large storage is imperative when jogging with your child. This stroller has lots of storage for your child essential as well as your stuffs. There are 2 interior mesh pockets, one big pocket on the seatback and a large basket hanging underneath the seat.

Suspension system

When pushing this stroller, you will notice that it feels smooth. This is because of the suspension system on it, which minimizes the bumps or uneven surfaces thereby providing a gentle ride for your child. The two-position shock absorbers are there to provide more comfort and reliability.

Handlebars

The handle height is around 40 inches which is a comfortable height for any parent. The handlebar is padded to give you extra comfort and comes with a wrist strap that allows you to secure the stroller when jogging.

Lightweight frame

The aluminum frame on Bob Revolution is light weight which makes folding very easy. You can fold it in just two steps that require two hands. The folding dimension is 36”length, 25.5” width and 16”H which typically means that it can fit nicely in any vehicle.

Pros

  • Good for both jogger and stroller since the child is safe and comfortable when you do both.
  • Durable. The material made of this stroller is durable and easy clean which means you do not need to buy another stroller before the child gets old enough or until he or she is 70lbs.
  • It’s fairly easy to fold. All you need to do is simply lift up the levels by handle bar, then collapse the handle bar.
  • Plenty of storage room for you and your child.
  • It’s very safe. The five harness keeps your little one secure, the seats keeps him or her comfortable, and the brakes allow you to keep the stroller in a lock position when you’ve stopped.

Cons

  • It’s not a one hand fold which means you will have to bend down and use two hands. It is however very easy to fold.
  • It heavy because of a wide frame, large wheels, large canopy, and the padded seats so it’s not something that you would like lifting on a regular basis. These features that add the bulkiness has their advantage, so you have to look it on both ways.

When it comes to joggers, BOB strollers are among the most highly rated on the market.  The Revolution SE’s price is high, but I can confidently tell you, that it is extra money if you are a regular runner. Remember that what is important to our children is safety leave alone the comfort, so get a jogger that focuses on safety more than anything else.  However, it also does not hurt to get something with a design and style that sets it apart from others in its class.