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    New Graco Nautilus

    I have had the Graco Nautilus for about a week and really like it! My son is riding in it and he will be four in a few weeks. He was 42lbs a few months ago and is about 42 1/2 inches tall. It is currently installed in our 2005 Toyota Sequoia.

    The strap height is 18 inches (I measured it today), 19 inches at the widest point (the base) and 13 inches deep. It is easy to install.

    The headrest is adjustable in height which I love because it offers better protection. This picture is when the head portion is at the highest:
    http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...carseat004.jpg

    These pictures are how I currently have it positioned :
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    http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...carseat001.jpg

    It harnesses to 65lbs and then converts into a belt positioning booster to 100lbs and can even be used as a backless booster.

    It has a few features my son loves including a built in cup holder and side pockets which are currently storing snacks.

    I haven't had to remove the cover, but directions are included in manual. Adjusting strap height was easy.

    I will include more pictures with my son in the morning. He was napping when I took these. I will write a full review when I have a chance, but so far we are very happy with the product.

    Tasha, mom to Brendan, Colin and Brynn
    Brendan, 1/04, 68lbs monterey
    Colin, 8/07, 42lbs regent or radian
    Brynn, 11/08, 32lbs rearfacing in marathon

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    NICE! Those top slots look tall! I might have to hunt me down one of these and stick H in it.

    You should win some kind of award for being the first to post pics of this seat.
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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    They aren't in the stores yet, but I was told they should be arriving soon. I haven't heard what the price will be either. If I get more info I will post it.

    Tasha, mom to Brendan, Colin and Brynn
    Brendan, 1/04, 68lbs monterey
    Colin, 8/07, 42lbs regent or radian
    Brynn, 11/08, 32lbs rearfacing in marathon

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Looks like Graco might have a good HWH
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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by azgirl71 View Post
    Looks like Graco might have a good HWH
    agreed, especially if you can use it without head support from the vehicle seat.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan's Mom View Post
    They aren't in the stores yet, but I was told they should be arriving soon. I haven't heard what the price will be either. If I get more info I will post it.
    another poster saw one today in Wal-Mart for $149.

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Tasha (and anyone else who has seen them), were there different cover choices?
    11yo DD *69lb* Backless Turbo
    8.5yo DD *45lb* High Back Turbobooster/Pink Monterey
    6yo DS *43lb* Cowmoo Parkway SG/Lizards In Line Turbobooster
    2y4m DD*24lb*RF in an Alma MR 65 and Kathryn RA 55

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Oh la la!! New seat porn! LOL Thank you very much for the photos. Imagine suggesting to someone a Graco as a long term seat. And this one won't require headrests behind it. If it's got a decent price tag I think Dorel is going to see a huge hit against the Apex. Especially as this one becomes a low back and doesn't look anywhere near as wide. And it has full belt guides rather than just the tops of guides.

    Me likes. :-)

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Oh man, oh man.


    I like it a LOT.


    And Graco C/S just received a very irate email from a certain long time customer

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!

    I WANT to see this seat in real life!

    I also want to know how high those top slots are. PLEASE let them be at least 18". Please....


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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot201 View Post
    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!

    I WANT to see this seat in real life!

    I also want to know how high those top slots are. PLEASE let them be at least 18". Please....
    If you spot one, tell me where it is...! I'll keep a lookout, too.

    DS|2002|FF in Britax Frontier 85 and Graco TurboBooster
    DD|2007|FF in two Britax Frontier 85's

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    I think it looks yuk. JMTCW though.
    Has anyone got or seen the true-fit yet? I think it is being held up to NZ
    However the MA is doing just fine atm.

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureMom View Post
    If you spot one, tell me where it is...! I'll keep a lookout, too.
    Excellent!

    Sometime this week, I will try to make it to the three Wal-Marts that are closest for me (Burke, Fairfax, Sterling). I would call them to find out if they have it, but I have never had success with that strategy.


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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot201 View Post
    Excellent!

    Sometime this week, I will try to make it to the three Wal-Marts that are closest for me (Burke, Fairfax, Sterling). I would call them to find out if they have it, but I have never had success with that strategy.

    I'm heading to Springfield probably tomorrow morning so I'll check BuyBuyBaby...? They have great stuff, as you know, but they're not usually the first folks to get stuff in. Oh, I may can check the WalMart in Kingstown the same day.

    DS|2002|FF in Britax Frontier 85 and Graco TurboBooster
    DD|2007|FF in two Britax Frontier 85's

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Hi everyone!

    I went to bed early last night and woke to find an amazing response to the nautilus.

    I have to get my son to school so I only have a minute, but I will answer as many questions as possible.

    I don't know what patterns will be available. I hope graco will realize the need for fun patterns!

    The straps are not as thick as the radian and similiar to the regent. My son likes to buckle himself in and hasn't had a problem with the straps being twisty. They may have gotten twisted once or twice, but no more than the regent. We don't ride in the radian nearly as much so it is hard to really compare.

    The height of the booster appears to be 19 1/2 to 19 3/4 inches. We have a turbo booster we use for transporting our neighbor and I assumed it would be the same height, but when I measured the turbo booster it was 19 inches. I measured them both several times and kept coming up with those numbers.

    I haven't taken the cover off, but like I mentioned before there are instructions in the manual.

    I haven't used the latch because my son is 42lbs, but will play with it later today and let you know.

    I don't know about latch with the booster. It doesn't say anything in the manual, but will ask graco! I am not in booster mode yet....wouldn't that be nice to latch the booster!!!

    I hope I answered all the questions. Have a great morning and I will check in again later today. Tasha

    Tasha, mom to Brendan, Colin and Brynn
    Brendan, 1/04, 68lbs monterey
    Colin, 8/07, 42lbs regent or radian
    Brynn, 11/08, 32lbs rearfacing in marathon

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Youre so awesome Tasha.... I think you got everyones ?'s!

    Now, can you tell me if I should buy 1, 2, or 4? ;ţ

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Toyota doesn't have a LATCH limit, they say to just follow the carseat's manual. Unless Graco has a 40 pound limit, then it should be fine to install with LATCH (though, it's good to know the seatbelt works!)
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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    I really really like this seat, I never was a fan of the apex, but this seat I think is exactly what we have been looking for. definetly need to know when and where I can get one or two. I just might have to sell the como and get both dd's one of theses.

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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by joolsplus3 View Post
    Toyota doesn't have a LATCH limit, they say to just follow the carseat's manual. Unless Graco has a 40 pound limit, then it should be fine to install with LATCH (though, it's good to know the seatbelt works!)
    i thought that boosters that allow LATCH (e.g., jane indy plus) are "exempt" from the LATCH limits of the vehicle since the booster is not what is holding the child from the force of the crash (at least in a frontal crash); the seatbelt it. i don't remember where i read that, maybe i'm wrong. (but my logic would say this is how it should be).

    also, can the nautilus remain top tethered in booster mode?
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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
    i thought that boosters that allow LATCH (e.g., jane indy plus) are "exempt" from the LATCH limits of the vehicle since the booster is not what is holding the child from the force of the crash (at least in a frontal crash); the seatbelt it. i don't remember where i read that, maybe i'm wrong. (but my logic would say this is how it should be).

    also, can the nautilus remain top tethered in booster mode?
    She's using it installed and harnessed, so there's probably something in the Graco manual that says 'If the car doesn't specify, then you must discontinue LATCH when the child is 48 pounds in the harness'. If it could be LATCHed in booster mode, then yes you're right, weight limits do not apply, the LATCH is only holding in 12 pounds of seat, not 100 pounds of boostered child.
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    Re: New Graco Nautilus

    Very cool!! I am also curious if it is FAA approved.

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