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The Boy (7) has owned his Graco Junior car seat since he was 4. We paid about £40 for it from Argos if I remember rightly. It's currently available from there at approximately £48, although you may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.
I was asking the Boy what he thought about his car-seat while I was writing this review and he saw the picture of it and said:
"That's not my car-seat."
"Isn't it?" says I, confused.
"No, that one's really clean!"
Cleanliness aside, it is the same car-seat!
It's been a very good buy. It's a car-seat for groups 2 & 3: group 2 is children weighing 15 - 25 kgs (33 - 55 lbs) roughly 4 to 6 years, and group 3 is children weighing 22 - 36 kgs (48 - 79 lbs) roughly from 6 - 11 years.
One of the things that attracted me to it in the first place was actually the cup-holders that slide out of the base. No more would I have to pass drinks and food back and forth in the car, he'd be able to store them for when he needed them. It didn't quite work like that, of course, but the theory was good! The cup-holders are a little too shallow to hold taller cups or bottles securely, but they can store a surprising amount of sweetie papers!
The seat is padded, and the Boy finds it comfortable. You can remove the covers to wash or wipe them (although clearly I don't do that often enough!)
It is easy to put into the car. It weighs about 3 and half kilos, so it's fairly light-weight. The seat utilises the existing car seatbelt rather than having its own straps. It shouldn't be used in the front if you have an airbag (unless you can deactivate it). You just plonk the seat in position in the car and pass the seatbelt through the loop in the head-rest. When the child is seated, the lower part of the belt goes over the lap under the arm-rests and the head-rest loop means that the upper part of the belt is held so it passes over the child's shoulder, and the seatbelt can then be clipped into the socket. This means it's all very comfortable and safe.
Its headrest comes in useful during long journeys so if the child falls asleep, there's support for their head and neck. Recently we took the back off to use it as just a booster seat for him to go in someone else's car and we didn't put it back together for a while afterwards. The Boy was pleased about this (in public) as he thought it meant he was an even bigger boy, but later he confided he was glad to have the back part on again. It was for the extra comfort, especially when tired. The back is fairly easily detached - it's joined with interlinking plastic connectors. To put it back on, you marry the two together with the back lower than the base, then once attached you raise the back into position.
I have no complaints about this car-seat at all. It is durable, comfortable and safe. It is easy to adjust and light enough to be taken in and out as required. It cleans well. It isn't really bulky or wide, so if you are taking other people in the back seat, it takes up no more room than an adult sitting would. I have actually had three children in the back with two straight-sided booster seats and the Graco, all fitting in together.
My son can get in and out of it easily and now that he's older can do up his own seatbelt, so he just jumps in and manages for himself. I have no qualms at all about it lasting until he's old enough and big enough to no longer need a seat. (That is as long as the hooligan dog doesn't get to it again, as he had a little gnaw on one of the arm-rests. But it's superficial!)
I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy well-designed car-seat to last their child from 4 to 11 (or when they reach the right height).
The Boy says "It's comfy and I like it."
The Dog says "Tasty" (probably).
Additional information (as available from Argos):
" Group 2-3.
Suitable for children from 4 years to 12 years.
Suitable for children from 15 to 36kg.
Fits front and rear seats.
Only use in front seat if there is no active air bag.
For use with 3 point seat belts.
Side impact protection.
Seatbelt guide in headrest.
Multi-recline - 2 recline positions.
Adjustable head support.
Cup holder and armrests. "
Our daughter is 3 years old but she is tall so when we noticed her head was coming above her car seat we knew she would have to go up a level. I went into halfords and had a look at what was available, we had a problem that the seats in the rear of my car slope back quite alot so we needed one that had an adjustable back. In Halfords I found the Graco Junior and a Britax one which would both be suitable.
Never one to pay full price if I don't have to I went home and had a look on the internet to find the best price. At Halfords the seat had been selling for £59.99, then I found it for £40 at Tesco and Argos so was a bit happier with this and then I found that Mothercare were selling it at half price and as their selling price was £50 it meant I got the seat for £25 including free delivery so think I found a bargain.
The seat is a group 2-3 carseat and is front facing with side impact protection, the backrest has 2 positions and the height is adjustable for the growth of the child. The seat is advised for between 4 and 12 years and for childfen weighing between 15 and 36kg so for all our daughter wasn't old enough she was just to say in the weight range. The cover comes off the seat for washing and there are 2 retractable cup holders in the base, the back rest can also be removed for when the child is big enough to just have a booster seat. The seat is black, grey and red although you can also buy them in Disney Princess and a boys choice which I think is Toy Story.
The seat came in a large sturdy box in 2 parts, the 2 parts were easy to clip together and to adjust the backrest you simply push it back. Placing the seat in the car couldn't be simpler, the seat belt goes around the child as yours would and then there is a clip which you set at shoulder height to hold the seat belt so it doesn't rub on the childs neck.
My daughter loves her car seat and she has never compained of being uncomfortable, she has managed to sleep in it on journeys with ease and it was well worth the price we paid.
It is a great car seat from Graco. It is a stage 2/3 car seat suitable from 15kg/33lbs to 36kg/79lbs i.e. 4-11yrs
Different colours have different price. Black or grey coloured ones are usually cheaper than the red ones.
It's usual price is nearly £50 but i bought mine last year from asda for £25 when they had a baby and toddler event. Lot of shops/supermarkets sell these and many have offers on these, so it would be stupid to buy these for full price. Currently mothercare and asda have this seat for £25.
-Good value seat for £25
-Quite comfortable for the toddler to sit in.
-the headrest is adjustable, tilts back easily
-the best feature is its cup holders. great especially if your car doesn't have one. but in some car seats it becomes difficult to pull out the cup holder out because the child seat would be embedded in the seat.
-the seat covers are easily removable and can be washed.
-the backrest can be removed and converted into a booster seat.
-it is easy to put the seat in and out of the car too.
i have been using it for the past 11 months and haven't found any problems with it.
Most parents will be aware that it is a legal requirement for children under the age of 12 to use a car seat nowadays (unless they are over 135cm tall.) This particular car seat is a group 2/3 type which the manufacturers state is suitable for children from 3-12 years of age (approximately 15-36kg), as it converts from a forward facing car seat into a booster cushion when appropriate.
We've used this particular car seat, the Graco Junior Highback, since my oldest son was around four years old and he, at eight, he still uses this as a booster cushion. Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable using this for a child as young as three as both the seat and the child are held in place by the seat belt alone. My three year old is still using a car seat which has its own straps and this seems to provide extra comfort and protection for a child of his age. He also tends to sleep in the car and this type of seat doesn't offer much in the way of support to the side of the head. Based on our experience with this seat, though, I'd be more than happy to pass it on to my middle son in around twelve months time as it is still in excellent condition and has lots of life left in it.
When used as a stage two seat, this consists of two separate parts and the back rest simply attaches on to the cushion piece easily. The back rest features slots in the side to guide the seat belt into the correct position. The seat belt simply threads through this slot and straps over your child, just as you would usually use a seat belt. This type of seat is so much easier to fit and remove than car seats for younger children so it can be left in the car and quickly removed for any older passengers when necessary. It is also incredibly slimline and lightweight so it can be carried easily and stored in the boot or even slotted down the back of the front seats when not in use. This would be an ideal purchase for somebody who doesn't actually own their own car but wants a car seat for an older child for any trips out by road as it is so convenient to store.
The drawback to being so slim and lightweight is that it doesn't seem to offer much in the way of comfort for the child using it. The padding on the hard plastic base is negligable and there is only a thin covering of fabric over the backrest. Having said that, my oldest child has never complained about being uncomfortable in this seat even on long journeys. Like most car seats, the covering is removable and machine washable which is handy, especially if your child is prone to travel sickness.
Another handy feature is the pull out cup holders which slide in and out of the base. These tend to get used for all manner of rubbish such as sweet wrappers and the like but this is considerably better than ending up strewn across the back of my car! They are also a good place to put little toys and then forget about them - causing endless arguments and tears!
For an older child, the back rest simply clips off the base and the seat part then simply rests on the adult seat of a car. This raises the child up slightly which offers more protection in the unfortunate event of a crash. Thankfully, we've never had to put this seat to the ultimate test but, obviously, the seat complies with the appropriate safety requirements to safeguard a child using it.
Our specific version is the same colourway as shown here on Dooyoo, a rather sombre black and green affair, which is very practical as it hides any dirt or stains! It is also available in different colours which might be more appealing to children themselves. The Graco Junior Highback is currently available from Halfords online for £34.99, which is a similar price to the one we paid four years ago. This is a promotional offer, however, and the standard RRP is listed as £79.99 which seems expensive to me for what is essentially a plastic seat. It does have a good life span, though, and is likely to be in good enough condition to hand down to younger siblings, based on our experience so it would be a worthwhile expense as it will get lots of use. I'd certainly recommend this seat based on its ease of use and durability.
Well as we have two of these in our car and 2 in grandparents car I thought I would lend my voice to a worthwhile cause! We first purchased one of these when our son was 3 yers old and his legs were too long for the 2nd stage seat. Oh how easy this was to fit in the car and strap the child in! No more faffing behind the seat to get the seat belt strapped in correctly and at the right tension, just literally plug in and go!
So when we needed another for our daughter, we didnt hesitate to purchase another Graco junior. The original one is now our 3rd child's seat and is still going strong. There is hardly any wear or tear on the materials of either seat, despite being used every single day. Removeable armrest covers that are machine washable are an added bonus. The retracetable cup holders are excellent for little fingers to manage and having somewhere safe to put the juice bottles is a godsend, especially on long journeys.
Now for the most important reason why I advocate strongly the use of these seats! As mentioned above, we now have 2 permanently in grandma's car, but my story takes us back to the days when she only had the one. After a lovely day out, my parents were bringing our son back home to us along the A12. Doing a respectable 70mph, a driver came from a side turning without stopping and they hit him head on. Both my parents suffered broken ribs, severe external and internal bruising, whiplash, smashed knees etc, so you can imagine the severity of the crash - there was no bonnet/engine space left on the car! My son...... a slight graze t his shoulder where the seabelt rested! No whiplash or anything. To this day, I strongly believe the car seat saved him from far far worse. Needless to say, we did replace that seat, but with another graco junior!
I bought this car seat for my three year old daughter as she had just outgrown her current one.
I am very impressed with this seat. It was very easy to assemble and fit in the car. Basically the back support comes in two parts that slide together. This then attaches to the base using three "U" shaped hooks. Apart from doing this the only other thing to do is adjust the arm rest height if necessary which requires you to undo a screw and lift each one up and also fasten an elastic strap on the back for the seat cover. I was concerned that it didn't fix to my cars seat at first,but after a short test journey all my concerns were gone. The seat is basically held in place by your child and the cars seatbelt going around them.
My daugter loves that it uses the cars seatbelt to secure her in and that it has two cup holders for her drinks.It is nice and light and very easy to transfer to other cars if needed. I feel it fits very well in my car as you are able to tilt the back of the seat to suit the angle of your cars seat. The covers are also removeable for washing
i bought this graco car/booster seat for my 4 year old daughter who needed to upgrade to a big girls seat as she was getting to big for her old carseat.
i bought it from toys r us in the sale for 29.99 as the colour i got it in was being dis-continued. my daughter loves her pink flowery big girls seat!
it is quite a narrow seat, a bit smaller then other booster/ group 2-3 seats i had seen which was a bonus for us as we have to have three car seats in the back of our car! so this helps with squeezing all the seats in.
You can adjust the hight of the head rest as the child grows and take off the back when the child is old enough/tall enough and just have the seat bit as a booster.
There are cup holders on each side of the seat and the covers can all be removed for washing.
Easy enough to strap the child in, you just put the belt through the bit on the head rest (keeps the belt from their face) and then it goes across the body under the seat bit and clips in.
This seat has come in very handy. It's so easy to get in and out of a car (in 2 seconds) that you can send it with anyone who's taking your child for a drive. It uses the car's own seatbelt to secure your child and has 2 cup holders as well. My only real gripe with this seat is that it does not feel padded enough. We have, though, taken it on long journeys (1400kms in 14 hours) before without complaint from my daughter. But I'll still only give it 4 stars since I feel the padding can be improved.
i think the car seat is very handy as it comes with cup holder which comes with cup holders and my little one can use the head rests when he wants to go to sleep .the seat also lets the belt cross over his chests and not his neck. i think its much safer and a great material. i think its lots of great fun when thekids play with the cup holders.so it's recommended. have fun
We brought the Graco Junior Hi Back Booster chair because our daughter had just grown out of her new born car seat and needed to upgrade to my sons seat at the time. He therefore needed a big boy car seat that was more grown up but still safe for him to ride in the car in.
After checking all the safety features and narrowing the selection down to about three varieties of seats (and making sure they fitted in both our cars) we settled on this one simply due to the fact that it had a retractable cup holder on either side of the seat part and we knew that our son would find this really cool. As he suffered quite badly with travel sickness he would always carry a bowl and a bottle of water whenever we travelled anywhere so the cup holders were in fact very useful.
The seat is essentially made up of two parts, the seat and the back, and these can be separated from each other when your child is old enough to ride in the car with a straightforward booster seat. I think this is a great idea as buying car seats is an expensive business so if you can find one that transforms into an older version and therefore saves you money, it has to be a good thing. We havent got as far as using the booster seat on its own yet and still have the backrest attached.
This is also pretty versatile in that the headrest part can be made higher as your child grows. It is a very simple procedure to do this and can be great to aid comfort for your child. The edges of the headrest are curled round slightly to make a curved shape. I presumed this was to support the head if your child fell asleep in the car but in real life it doesnt work in that way because if your child falls asleep their head will roll forward slightly and totally miss the curved rest area. This is not a design fault in my eyes as the bit would have to be practically curled round the facial area for it to catch the head when asleep, so maybe it was meant more for resting while awake to maintain comfort than supporting while asleep.
I found it a bit tricky to figure out the way the seatbelt was meant to attach to the seat and into the plug. It uses the cars own seatbelt to strap the child securely into the car. Basically it loops through the clip on the edge of the headrest, which would be near the shoulder and then pulls across the childs body (as per normal seatbelt motion) going under the arm rest on the opposite side and clicking into the clip. It has a clip on both sides so the seat can be positioned on left or right side of the car. It might be worth mentioning that it does not strap into the car in any way, and is loose on the seat. It is the childs weight and then subsequent seat belt across them and the chair that holds it securely in place. This does seem to be very safe though and I had no concerns about stability after we had fitted it.
It is a forward facing child seat and falls in group 2-3 in car seat terms. This basically means that it is suitable for children aged between 3-11 years although I cannot really see a child fitting in it beyond about aged 7 or 8 to be honest. Unless they mean just by using the booster seat and then it would be fine for up to aged 11.
The seat covers are washable but we havent attempted to remove them for washing yet. The dark grey colour of the fabric means that most of the dirt is well disguised, and if you have kids you will agree that has to be a bonus, and you shouldnt need to try and remove them too often. The good thing is though that there are no straps belonging to the seat itself, as these are extremely difficult to clean. I really love that you use the cars own seatbelt system to secure the child.
Overall my son had a really good few years use out of this seat and we have just swapped again, giving this seat to my daughter and a proper booster seat for my son. This proves it is sturdy and hard wearing to be used for more than one child. My daughter has said she can feel the bumps in the road more in this seat, compared to her old Brittax one, so maybe Graco have skimped a bit on the padding, however this was a short lived complaint and is now relegated to the speed bumps at Sainsburys.
At £34.99 in Argos, this is a strong safe seat that I have found to be well worth the small price tag and I would not have any hesitation in .
Stage 2 to 3 forward facing. Suitable for age 3 to approx 11 years (15 to 36kg). Includes head support. Adjustable height armrests and 2 retractable cup holders. Removable back rest.