The Graco Nautilus is one of the front runners in the Canadian market in terms of child/booster seats. For the average child it will harness to six or seven years of age, then makes a generally well fitting high back booster until nine to ten years, and then a backless booster lasting until the child reaches 100 pounds, 57 inches, or their ears extend beyond the vehicle head support.
Transitioning between the modes of this seat is simple and straightforward, changing from harness to booster use takes under 5 minutes and is well explained in the manual. Switching to backless booster is equally quick and easy. With its 10 year expiry the Nautilus can serve your family through multiple children making it an extremely economical choice.
Looking for a good booster seat that doesn’t take up much room and comes in a bag? Yup – a bag! The BubbleBum is a FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) approved booster seat that is inflatable, and small enough to fit in a bag. It is made from durable materials; similar to that used to make life vests and other life saving products. It has even passed standards in its deflated state in case it were to be punctured in a crash. It’s easy to inflate and even self inflates to a certain extent when taken out of the bag.
Requirements Age: 4-11 yrs Weight: 40-100 lbs Height: up to 57″
As a general rule, products sold separately from your child restraint should not be used, due to the fact that these products may affect the safety of your restraint in a crash. Even a seemingly minor change to your restraint could alter the way is designed and tested to perform in a crash, resulting in serious injury or death. There are, of course, gray areas and we wish to provide with the information you need to make an informed decision. Below we have listed some of the most common aftermarket products (AMPs), the concern the may pose, and our recommendations for safe alternatives when applicable.