Graco has four convertible car seats that are essentially the same seat: MySize, Fit4Me, Size4Me, and Head Wise (the Head Wise has the Safety Surround in the headrest). In this review, we’ll take a close look at the MySize but the features and measurements mentioned in this review apply to all four variations of the car seat.
CSFTL Quick Stats
- Rear facing weight limit: 4-40 pounds
- Rear facing height range: 1″ below adjuster button on headrest when fully extended
- Forward facing weight range: 22-65 pounds, up to 49 inches tall (the weight range in some older versions was 20-70 pounds; always follow the limits on your own seat)
- Forward facing height range: up to 49 inches tall (older versions were 52 inches tall)
- Lowest harness position: 7 inches (with insert)
- Highest harness position: 17.5 inches
- Shell height: 28 inches
- Expiration: 7 years
- Lower anchor weight limit: 45 pounds for seats made since fall 2014, 48 pounds for seats made prior to 2/27/2014, 42 pounds for seats made between 2/27/14-September 2014
- Note: the lower anchor weight limit can vary depending on your seat’s Date of Manufacture, please check the labels on your seat and your manual.
- No-rethread harness
- Removable comfort inserts
- Push button lower anchor connectors
- Early models had separate lower anchor straps for rear facing and forward facing
Initially, these seats had a 40 inch rear facing height limit, however that limit was revised in August 2012. The seat include a padded and comfortable-looking infant insert and harness strap pads (which are not shown here to better demonstrate harness position in relation to the shoulders of our minion models.)
The MySize, Fit4Me, Size4Me and Head Wise have a 7 year expiration. With eight harness levels and generous seating depth, these seats will get nearly all kids rear facing to 40 pounds quite easily, then grow with them in forward facing mode until they’re ready for a booster seat.
Contender vs. Size4Me/Head Wise/MySize/Fit4Me
|Separate lower anchor connectors for rear facing and forward facing||One set of lower anchor connectors. They move between and forward facing modes via the handy bar on the side of the seat.|
|Graco’s In Right™ lower anchor connectors, which has an easy to use push-button release for quick installation||Standard lower anchor connectors|
|Padded harness strap covers||None|
|A handle to switch between rear and forward facing.||A block that flips to switch between rear and forward facing. I found this as easy to use as the handle!|
No-rethread harness The Graco MySize seats feature Graco’s Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system which is a no-rethread adjustment system for the harness. All one has to do to change the harness level or to make the headrest higher is to lift on the red button and then move it up or down accordingly. This is a great feature to have if you’ve got two or more children who can use this seat.
Premium lower anchor connectors
These seats include the easy to use premium push button release lower anchor connectors.
Recline angle indicator
There is a ball leveler on the side of the seat to verify that the seat is at the proper recline for rear facing use. Depending on the vehicle seat’s slope, a pool noodle or rolled towel may be required to achieve the proper recline. The MySize also has a built in cup holder.
The MySize doesn’t offer a lot of leg room in rear facing mode, but it is enough for our 3 year old model, who regularly rides in this seat rear facing without complaint. Leg room isn’t a safety concern, and children with long legs can easily cross them or put them up on the seat. Our almost 2 year old model finds that there is plenty of leg room.
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.
Fit to Child
Bear Minion has a 7″ torso, which is around the size of an average newborn. He is a little rotund, but fits in this seat beautifully with the infant insert. The bottom insert is only required until the child can reach the bottom harness position without them and the insert by Bear’s head is not required at all and can be removed at any time. When the child Bear is on the first harness adjustment setting, he needs the insert, which will also be the case for most newborns since the harness has to be at or below the shoulders for rear facing.
9 Week Old
New for 2014 is our model: she’s 9 weeks old in this photo, weighs 10.5 pounds and is 23.5″ long. She’s an average sized baby, but she wears cloth diapers which bulks up her bum a little. Our MySize is reclined as much as it can be in the green zone, which is what I want for a baby this young since she doesn’t have good head control. This model fits in the MySize without the insert at the first harness setting, so technically it is not required for her and she does not need to use it.
However, because she’s so young, I like the added support that the insert gives. With the insert in, the second harness setting provides a better fit. While she did fit well in the MySize, she sometimes seemed uncomfortable. As you can see, she’s sleeping soundly in the photo above, so it was probably nothing to do with the actual seat, but just a change from her regular SnugRide 30. The MySize will probably be her regular seat in a few months, but now she’ll be using her rear facing only seat.
This model is 23 months old, she weighs 21 pounds and stands 32″ tall. Here’s she is on harness adjustment three without the infant insert. The straps are just at her shoulders. Even though she’s above the minimum requirements to forward face in this seat, because she is under two and does not meet the minimum recommendation to forward face, I have chosen to not take pictures of her forward facing in this seat for this review. We do not normally brush our teeth in the vehicle, however the toothbrush was necessary today to ensure a compliant and happy model.
This model is 3.5 years old, is 37″ tall and weighs 29 pounds. She regularly rides in this seat rear facing, and uses harness adjustment four. She has oodles of room to grow in this seat with an additional four headrest adjustments after this one. She’s nowhere near the 40 lb weight limit for rear facing because she’s petite.
Here is our 3.5 year old model. She’s 37″ and weighs 29 pounds. She’s riding forward facing in the Graco MySize, and she uses setting five when forward facing. The straps are just at her shoulders in this photo, with any growth she’d have to move up an adjustment. With 3 more adjustment settings after this one, we can see that this model has plenty of room to grow in this seat in forward facing mode.
This model is almost 6 years old, weighs 41 pounds and stands 46″ tall. Forward facing, he can use harness adjustment seven; the straps are just at his shoulder, but with a growth spurt he’d have to move up one to adjustment level eight, where he has some growing room. He’s wearing a size 6/7 shirt and this photo shows him using adjustment level eight.
Important Information: Where to Find
FAA Approval The FAA approval is on a label that’s tucked in the back of she shell of the seat, right behind where many popular travel carts attach to the seat. This makes it almost impossible to see the label if you’re asked to show it while boarding an airplane.
Manual Storage The manual is stored in a pocket on the back of the seat on the base between the posts of the labels mentioned above.
- Tall shell with 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
- Some people have had harness tightening and loosening issues, particularly on older models
Installation was very easy in both of our vehicles using either the lower anchors or the vehicle seat belt. I didn’t have to use a pool noodle or rolled towel to adjust the recline of the MySize in either of my vehicles. All of my human minions find the seat to be comfortable and we’ll continue to use it for our 3 year model for a long time since she has so much room to grow in it. The Graco Size4Me and other seats can be found on Amazon.com.
The Graco MySize is a relatively compact seat, which lends itself to installations in smaller vehicles. This is the third row of my Honda Odyssey with the second row captain’s chairs all the way back. It is not touching in this photo; there is space between the vehicle seat and the car seat.
Here, the MySize is pictured with the headrest fully extended in the back seat of a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. It fits beautifully, and there is plenty of leg room for the front passenger.
Updated Recall Information
Graco has recalled millions of child restraints, including the one found on older versions of the MySize. The recall relates to the oval and “signature style” buckles. These buckles can stick or be difficult to open. Graco is replacing this, and other styles of buckles with two different buckle styles. One of these new buckle styles is the square button buckle shown next to the oval button buckle, but there is also a new buckle with a circle button. Read more about the 2014 Graco buckle recall. The recall was expanded to Canada as well.
This recall included other restraints, several other convertible and combination seats such as the My Ride and Nautilus, and buckles are available directly from Graco. Replacing the buckle and buckle tongues is a very simple process and takes only a few moments. We strongly encourage all owners of the recalled seats to contact Graco and replace the affected buckle styles. One can contact Graco customer service at 800-345-4109 or e-mail [email protected] to order a new buckle. Below is a graphic of some of the recalled seats.
Although the Graco rear facing only seats were not included in the recalls mentioned above, Graco will send a replacement buckle to those with the recalled buckle styles. Contact Graco to receive a new buckle for your rear facing only seat.
65 is the New 70
Regulations about the maximum forward facing height limit for child restraints changed in 2014. Child restraints with certain forward facing limits had to fit a larger crash test dummy, the 10 year old dummy, or the restraint needed to have a lower weight limit. Because of this change, some restraints, including the MySize 70 and similar seats, lowered their inital maximum forward facing weight limit to 65 pounds.
At this point, we’d be suprised if there are any of these seats with the 70 lb weight limit still available.
The tall shell on the Graco MySize offers a lot of rear facing room. At a budget friendly $179 (MSRP) it is also a very affordable car seat. The seat rear faces from 4 to 40 pounds or when the child’s head is 1″ below the adjuster button. It can forward face from 22-65 pounds, and has a standing height limit of 49″ for forward facing. The top harness slots measure 17.5″. It should get pretty much all kids rear facing until 40 pounds, which is the weight of an average 4 year old, and does a good job of getting average kids to booster readiness. Since it can be used from birth for an average newborn, for many children it could be used from birth until a child is ready to use a booster seat.
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