A few weeks ago, with a sudden need to change cars, my husband and I decided it was time to upgrade our little one into her big girl carseat i.e., from her infant car seat to a rear facing convertible car seat. After careful consideration, we selected the Graco My Ride 65 Convertible car seat in Coda. After months of daily use, short trips and long, we are taking a close look at the My Ride 65 via our review.
We selected this carseat for many reasons. The biggest two reasons being that we had used a Graco infant car seat and been really happy with it and my sister-in-law was already using the My Ride 65 model for my niece both of which gave us great peace of mind that our decision was the right one.
All of Graco’s car seats either meet or exceed the US safety standards in order to ease the minds of cautious parents like myself and the My Ride is no different. The seat is lined with EPS energy absorbing foam and soft plush fabric. In addition to the US safety standards, the Graco My Ride 65 has also been through rigorous side-impact testing to ensure your little one is safe from all angels in the event of a crash. Another interesting testing process to note is that the My Ride 65’s structural stability testing has also been conducted at both high and low temperatures since the temperature of your car conditions have an effect on your little ones safety. Of course, the My Ride passed with flying colors.
As true with all convertible car seats, the My Ride 65 adjusts to both rear facing (5-40 pounds) as well as forward facing (20-65 pounds). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be rear facing until the age of two or until they reach the maximum rear facing height and weight rating for their seat.
The Graco My Ride 65 features the LATCH system for simple and safe installation into most automobiles and has a useful balance ball indicator on the side where you can check for accuracy. We found the seat easy to install via LATCH and feel like the seat is secure and stable. As the child grows, the seat can also be installed using the lap belt. If you are using this seat for a larger child be sure to be aware that new car seat regulations for 2014 suggest that LATCH install should only be used up to 65 pounds which equals the combined weight of the seat + child. Note, the My Ride 65 weighs about 16 pounds so you can use LATCH for a child weighing up to 49 pounds. We will have lots more coming up on the new 2014 car seat regulations but thought it was worth mentioning since we were on the topic of LATCH install. Of course, you can always use the lap belt over LATCH – it is really a matter of personal preference.
One of my favorite convienence features of the My Ride 65 are the cup holders and machine washable seat pad. Sydney has begun drinking out of cups and picking up her own snacks. For trips when I ride in the back seat with her she has enjoyed putting her cup in cup holders or using them as a snack/toy holder. As mentioned the entire seat pad is removable and machine washable which is especially helpful in case snack time gets messy. The fabric of the My Ride 65 is soft and breathable and seems very comfortable for Sydney.
Another plus to this seat is the price. So many convertible car seats are upwards of $200+ and this great seat is less than $150! The icing on the My Ride’s cake is that our little girl is happy and most importantly, very safe riding in the seat. I know that we will have this seat for years to come and feel like it was a very wise investment.
After using this carseat for a while now, I can honestly say I do not have much negative to say. If I had to get picky, I would say that I have a little bit of trouble unbuckling the chest buckle- however I chalk that up to the angle I am coming at it and do feel assured that my little one is buckled in securely. The My Ride 65 is a little on the larger side so if you have multiple seats across the back or a smaller car you may want to measure before purchasing the seat.
All in all I think it is pretty clear we are fans of this seat and would definitely suggest it be considered when choosing a convertible car seat. Have you recently changed to a convertible carseat for your little one? Which model did you choose?