Child Passenger Safety Month | Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat With Safety Surround 20-100 lbs

Child Passenger Safety Month | Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat With Safety Surround

Disclosure: We were sent a Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat With Safety Surround for review purposes. All opinions are 100% our own.

September is child passenger safety month. It’s amazing how many people I see on the road that still allow their children to bounce around in the car. As a mother that has lost a child… I know how fragile life can be and I will do everything in my power to make sure my children are as safe as possible while in the car. From the safest car seats and booster possible to simply making it click.


In honor of Child Safety Passenger Month Graco sent us their Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 Car Seat With Safety Surround, perfect for Ethan. This particular seat is a forward facing only seat that protects your child from 20-100 pounds. It is top rated by leading consumer magazines and publications, it meets both Graco’s side impact testing as well as Europe’s side impact standard and is engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213 (Side-impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system,  New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – Peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard and  Extreme Car Interior Temperatures).


A few of the other features that make this seat a great choice are:

  • EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
  • 3-position recline helps keep your growing child comfy
  • One-hand, adjustable headrest easily adapts to your growing toddler’s needs
  • Contoured armrests with cup holder and storage pockets
  • Online videos help ensure proper seat installation


Right out of the box this seat is set up for the smaller side of the spectrum. Because my Ethan just turned 5 and is near 48” I needed to make some adjustments for him to use it. This included moving the harness height up. This is done from the rear of the seat. I unbuckled one strap at a time, pulled it through to the front, rethreaded it through the correct slot then up and over the red rolling piece and re-hooked it back into the metal clip. This adjustment went quickly and smoothly.


Adjusting the harness to fit Ethan when sitting was as simple as pushing the lever and pulling on the harness. To tighten it back up I pulled the strap coming out of the front of the seat until snug (snug as a hug we like to call it).

My biggest issue was moving the crotch strap to the front-most position. There are two slots for this and the seat arrives in the smallest/closest position for smaller children. To move it you tilt the clip underneath and push it through sideways and pull up. I had issues with this process and had to have my husband (who has very strong hands) do this for me. It took him several minutes to wiggle it through, but he was able to push it back through the front position easily and the seat was ready for Ethan.


Adjusting the height of the headrest was very simple. See the red button directly center above Ethan’s head? You grab and press that while pulling up… this allows you to slide the back up and down for correct positioning.


This seat is equipped with latch but because of the combined weight of Ethan and the seat exceeding safe limits for latch we installed it with a seat belt and a locking clip (older van without locking seatbelts). These limits are clearly written in the instruction manual and I strongly urge everyone to read and follow them. Yes, installing with latch is so much easier…. but the force of a larger child combined with the weight of the seat puts extreme stress on the latch system which can make it fail. A seat belt is the only true safe install with larger children.

The Nautilus not only functions as a forward-facing car seat / 5 point booster (20-65 pounds), but it also converts to a belt-positioning booster from 30-100 pounds (Ethan will remain in the 5 point harness until 65 pounds) as well as a backless booster seat from 40-100 pounds. This car seat is steel-reinforced for strength and durability, side impact tested and has EPF foam.  With the one-hand height adjustable head rest, 3 position recline and contoured arm rests (with cup holder and storage pockets for little treasures) I find this seat an affordable as well as great choice for children ready to face forward.

Buckle Up For Safety:

In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Month, Graco is sponsoring a “Buckle Up for Safety” event. For every pledge received Graco will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide until they reach their goal of 10,000 pledges!

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You can purchase the Graco Nautilus with Safety Surround at Target


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This giveaway ended at 11:59 PM EST on October 25, 2013.

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  1. Cynthia Notebaert says

    We have the original for our 7 year old daughter that she now uses as a no back booster in her daddy’s car. I would love to win this one for my 4 year old son. Thank you for the chance!

  2. Britney bissland says

    Great giveaway!!! Would love this awesome carseat. Thanks!

  3. Ashley Oakley says

    I love the design! The way the head rest is, the arm rests and cup holders, it’s such a nice car seat!

  4. I like the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat

  5. Adrienne Gordon says

    I like the myride 65.

  6. Amanda Alvarado says

    I like the Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove

  7. Cheryl O W says

    I love the placement of the cup holders.

  8. Jessica says

    I’ve been researching safety info for my here kiddos. I have a beanpole of a four year old who will definitely need to be in a five point harness for awhile. This would be perfect for him.

  9. Lisa B. says

    I just love this car seat 🙂 I learned the Graco makes monitors!

  10. Jaci says

    This looks like an awesome car seat. The sleek design is a plus!

  11. Tami says

    The new head cushions look like an added safety feature, but I’m not sure my son would like it.

  12. Jessica says

    I love the he Safety Surround technology

  13. Lora says

    I would love a UrbanLite Click Connect Stroller

  14. Carol says

    I like the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat.

  15. Nautilus 3 in 1 car seat

  16. nickie says

    I like the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat

  17. Kristin Miller says

    I love the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat. We currently have one for our little guy and would love an additional one for my husbands car as well.

  18. Jennifer says

    I love the new safety surround feature!

  19. Ashley wheeler says

    I love the cup holder, head rest, and safety features with this. Could really use this

  20. Kelly D says

    I want the True Focus™ Digital Video Monitor.

  21. Toby Ward says

    The website offers instructional videos for installation

  22. heather eg kaufman says

    True Focus™ Digital Video Monitor is something I could really use.

  23. Janet W. says

    I’d love to own the Quattro Tour® Duo Classic Connect™ Stroller.

  24. BeckyM says

    I like the Glider Swing

  25. D SCHMIDT says

    Visited and I like Ready2Grow™ Classic Connect™ LX Stroller

  26. This is an awesome, safe carseat

  27. I like that this seat offers multiple options for use and it converts to a booster when the child gets too large to use it as a regular car seat

  28. Jeanna says

    I like that you can order replacement parts if needed!

  29. athena.d says

    i really ejoy all their products, espeially all the safety aspects of their carseats. one of my favorite car seats is their My Size 70 Convertible Car seat. its perfect for our girl.

  30. Thomas Murphy says

    I want the FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller.

  31. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I also like the pack and play playard

  32. Elena says

    I like the Nautilus™ 3-in-1 Car Seat

  33. kim says

    I like “The AFFIX™ Highback Booster with Latch System helps safely transport your “big kid” from 30 to 100lbs and up to 57 inches tall ” You can do it with one hand I always have trouble with that part this is awesome

  34. Nicole G. says

    I like the Caraway Collection.

  35. Erin G says

    I like the myride 65

  36. Jennifer T. says

    I like the Simple Snuggles Bouncer.

  37. Kristy says

    I learned that it is extremely important to install car seats correctly and Graco is working to make sure that all of their seats are easy to install.

  38. Shawn McKim says

    Would love to give this to my niece !! Shes having a boy !

  39. James says

    I love that it is easy to install and has a secure harness system.

  40. brooke t says

    like the Backless TurboBooster® Car Seat

  41. Carrie Phelps says

    Because of the neutral colors I would also love to have the Pack ‘n Play® Silhouette™ Playard.

  42. Jammie says

    I also like their playyards!

  43. Maria Iemma says

    I love that the car seat is for children that weigh 80+ pounds. My grandson is a big boy.

  44. I would just like to have a convertible or forward facing car seat for my daughter.

  45. Fawn H says

    I like the Contempo Highchair

  46. I also would like the Glider Petite™ LX Gliding Swing!
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  47. Claire Rheinheimer says

    I would love to have the Quattro Tour® Duo Classic Connect™ Stroller. We need a double stroller so badly!

  48. Em Ma says

    I want the 1-Second Ear Thermometer

  49. Jennifer Fox says

    Love the length I can use it!

  50. Melinda says

    I also would like the Glider Petite™ LX Gliding Swing!

  51. Rebecca Parsons says

    I like the Comfy Cove™ LX Swing, the green pattern is so cute.

  52. Jennifer M says

    I also like the Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat.

  53. I really like the Highback TurboBooster® Car Seat with Safety Surround™.

  54. Gianna says

    The Quattro Tour.

  55. Bo says

    I love the Tablefit Highchair!

  56. Natalie S says

    Also loving the Blossom 4 in 1 seating system high chair!

  57. Jessyca says

    Id love to have the Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove.. Thanks for the chance.

  58. Jessica says

    I like the Pack ‘n Play® Playard with Cuddle Cove™ Rocking Seat

  59. Carolina Dhabolt says

    I want the travel system.

  60. Tonya says

    This seat looks great!!! I’d love to win one for my kiddo 😀 Thanks!

  61. Caitlin Schow says

    I am obsessed with the Gavit. I think it looks great and because it’s a 3-in -1 model, it will last.

  62. Amy C says

    I love the Argos!

  63. Maggie Smith says

    I like that Graco is top rated in safety features!

  64. Rosey says

    I also like the Graco Little Lounger. What a great concept to have the swinging vibrating lounger!

  65. Contest Kim says

    Love the cup holder!

  66. christine jessamine says

    I like the SnugRide® Click Connect™ 35 LX

  67. kelly says

    I like the myride 65

  68. I like the RoomFor2™ Classic Connect™ Stand & Ride stroller.

  69. Jessica Lodge says

    I have so many friends who use a fan or sound machine successfully for their kids, so the sweet slumber machine is something I would like.

  70. carey p says

    Sweet Slumber™ Sound Machine

  71. Angela W says

    I love the new safety surround feature also I like the backless turbo booster seat

  72. Maciek says

    This is great !

  73. clynsg says

    I like the looks of the Sweet Slumber Machine–my granddaughter seems to sleep somewhat better if there is some background noise in her room.

  74. Nicole says

    I like the fast action fold click connect stroller

  75. Stephanie Phelps says

    I would also love to have the Little Lounger™

  76. katherine d says

    I like the Little Lounger

  77. Jeanine says

    I like the AFFIX Backless Booster Seat with Latch System

  78. Natalie U says

    The duet rocker is so cool!

  79. Tammy Sigond says

    love the new duet rocker

  80. Faride says

    I like the My Ride™ 70 Convertible Car Seat

  81. Heather B says

    we currently use this exact seat in my car, would love to win another to put in daddies truck!

  82. I’d love the tablefit high chair.

  83. I love all Graco products, but particularly the car seats… they have so many features and varieties for everyone!

  84. Tiffany Greene Elliott says
  85. Stephanie Wilson says

    I love the way the seat is a 3 in 1 works until my child is 100 lbs.

  86. Kim says

    I love the Pack ‘n Play Playard with Cuddle Cove

  87. Jill Myrick says

    I also love the Graco Little Lounger.


  88. Daniel M says

    I like the True Focus Digital Video Monitor

  89. Rebecca Peters says

    I like the little lounger

  90. Christine Mayfield says

    I would like the my ride 70 convertible seat

  91. sarah says

    I like the Dynamo™ Lite Classic Connect™ Travel System

  92. love the safety surround feature

  93. Brittney House says

    I like the Glider Swing.

  94. Richard Hicks says

    woiuld like to have the Pack ‘n Play® Playard with Twins Bassinet

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  95. Jennifer says

    I love the safety features of this car seat!!

  96. Deb S says

    I would also like the Quattro Tour® Duo Classic Connect™ Stroller

  97. April Brenay says

    I love that this can grow with my son, he’s 6 and I know he would still be comfortable in this!

  98. Deborah Hogue says

    I really like the Little Lounger

  99. Melinda Stephens says

    I want the Modes™ Click Connect™ Stroller.

  100. Christina Strapp says

    I like the Glider LX Gliding Swing.

  101. Michael Lambert says

    I like the Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX Stroller.

  102. susan smoaks says

    i would love to get the sweet slumber machine.

  103. christina givens says

    I really like how easy it is to hook up. Some car seats are so complicated to fasten that I’m never confident that I have it fastened correctly.

  104. Joy Q says

    I like the Little Lounger™

  105. I like the UrbanLite™ Click Connect™ Stroller.

  106. Kelly E says

    Love the Duet Rocker

  107. Breanne says

    I like the TableFit Highchair.

  108. Judy Chapman says

    I love the little lounger , I would love to have it for my newborn grandson.

  109. Lisa L says

    The Secure Coverage Digital Monitor would be great to have!

  110. I love the Slim Spaces™ Highchair

  111. Francine Anchondo says

    I like UrbanLite™ Click Connect™ Stroller

  112. Karen Gonyea says

    ADORE the Jungle Friends 4 pc crib set 🙂

  113. Catherine says

    I liked the duet rocker with rock locks.

  114. Crystal Sell says

    I also really like the Tablefit Highchair!
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com

  115. Michelle Tucker says

    I like the Pack ‘n Play® TotBloc Playard

  116. Donna Kellogg says

    I like Little Lounger

  117. trixx says

    I’d love to have the SimpleSwitch highchair

  118. Casandra says

    I’ve been looking into a bunch of Graco products! I love the safety features. Every mom knows how important the little details are, I love the attention they put toward every little thing. I’d absolutely love this, it’d be perfect for my growing family:)

  119. David says

    Nothing can be worse than losing your child:( I would do anything in my power to make sure my child’s ok.. This looks like a great car seat!

  120. I love nautulias 80 elite car seat. My child just turn 3 this is the best car seat for him.

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