Product Type: Graco child car seats
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Graco Logico L High Back Booster Seat
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Graco Logico L High Back Booster Seat
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GRACO LOGICO L HIGH BACK BOOSTER
My daughter was 3 years and 6 months when we bought this car seat for her. She was looking quite cramped in her old Group 1car seat, which we had been using since she was about 10 months old, and even though the recommended age for this Graco seat is 4 - 12 years, the weight range is approx 15-35kg, which was acceptable for us because she was just over 15kg when we bought the seat. Despite her looking cramped for some time, we did wait until she weighed enough before upgrading, we did after all have her safety in mind! I have known many other people put their children in this stage car seat before they hit age 4, and I have even known some people to use them on their 2 year old (not something I would personally recommend).
We chose this particular seat because it was a decent price at the time (half price from £79.00); we paid just under £40 from Mothercare. Unfortunately, these are not actually on offer anymore! We also chose it because the seat part (where your child's bottom will be parked) was padded, and many other seats within this price range seemed unusually hard, and I could not imagine my daughter being comfortable on a long journey sitting on a piece of plastic covered with material. We had her comfort in mind, this one was nicely padded and this was the main pulling point for both my husband and I.
Other plus points included foam padding around the entire seat, on the head supports, arm rests etc, it is height adjustable, so can grow as your child grows, and the arm rests are also adjustable. And it has two retractable cup holders! Not sure why one child would need two drinks on a car journey, and we have yet to use this feature for drinks, my daughter likes to store little toys in there, so it is handy, although they are quite stiff to open and close, so I have to help her, but still it's a novelty for her.
The car seat itself is more of a support rather than a restraint, it does not have the 5 point harness as you get with seats for babies and younger children; it is just the seat belt from the car which hooks around to restrain your child. The car seat just provides support around the head, seat, and sides, it also has arm rests. It is surprisingly lightweight and very simple to install because it does not need to be fixed into position in your car, it just sits on the back seat (or front seat if you prefer) and the weight of your child plus seat belt holds the seat securely. And obviously if the worst was to happen, the car seatbelt would lock into position and child and seat would be suitably restrained. I was quite surprised at this because we have spent the last 3 plus years fiddling with feeding seatbelts around the back of car seats and locking into position with clips and hooks...this just seemed ludicrously simple. But it all made sense to me once I thought about it.
As soon as we sat her in the seat, it was immediately obvious that she was a lot more comfortable, had more room to move her arms and legs, and looked visibly more relaxed. She was also sat more upright with legs and arms free to move, rather than in a slightly reclined position with legs in the air, as with her old seat. I was really happy that we chose to upgrade her seat at this stage; it was the right time for her and she was definitely ready to move up to this stage seat.
She was also visibly pleased with her new 'big girl's' seat, because it meant that she was set apart from her baby sister as they were not in identical seats anymore, and she looked much more grown up. It is easier for her to climb into the car onto this seat because it is much lower down and she can get herself into position very easily. Once in, the seat belt has to be fed through a red clip just above her shoulder, which aids in keeping the belt from chaffing against her neck and it rests really nicely across hers chest. The red clip can also be adjusted to correspond with your child's height.
Since using this new car seat, we have been on several journeys, including a holiday, and she has never complained about being uncomfortable. To be honest we don't use the car regularly so car journeys are often a novelty, however, long distance is usually a trial, but we had no complaints on a recent 2 hour jaunt, so it's obviously a comfortable seat.
My daughter does not tend to sleep on car journeys either, so we have yet to use the recline function (apparently it has 2 recline positions), but saying that, she has actually had 1 sleep in this car seat and the head supports were adequate enough to ensure that she didn't get much head roll and she slept quite comfortably in the upright position!
We will never have to buy another car seat for my daughter now because this one converts into a booster seat, the high back section just unhooks from the base. So we don't have to make any more car seat decisions for this little lady.
I thoroughly recommend this car seat to anyone wanting to upgrade from a Group1 seat to a Group 2-3. It's relatively cheap, light weight, easy to install, comfortable, has good additional features and will last until they grow out of car seats! There really is no need to spend a large amount of money on this stage of carseat.
A few specifications I may not have mentioned in my review:
* Triple side impact protection
* 2 recline postions
* Suitable for 4 years to 12 years approx (15-35kg)
* Luxury foam (Graco-pedic) on the head support, seat, sides and armrests
* Raised seat and belt guides
* Back can be removed to leave a group 3 booster
* Dimensions L41 x W41 x H68-81cm
* Weight 3.96kg
Available from Mothercare, Halfords, and other online stores. Prices vary.
Summary: Graco Group 2-3 Carseat