Graco Snugride Installation Manual

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Graco Snugride Installation Manual

If the air bag inflates, it can hit the infant restraint with great force and cause serious injury or death of your child. Your child’s safety depends on you installing and using this infant restraint correctly on every ride. Even if using this infant restraint seems easy to figure out on your own, it is very important to FOLLOW THE OWNER’S MANUAL. You must register this restraint to be reached in a recall. Send your name, address and the restraints’ model number and date of manufacture to: Graco Children’s Products Inc. Attn: Customer Service 3 Glenlake Parkway. Look for this sticker on rear of infant restraint or on the base: MODEL NAME Date of Manufacture year month GRACO CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS, INC. ATLANTA, GA 30328 1-800-345-4109 Made in China. DO NOT let others install or use the infant restraint unless they understand how to use it. For a vehicle with a front passenger air bag, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual as well as these instructions for infant restraint installation.NEVER place carrier on edges of countertops, tables or other high surfaces. BE SURE handle locks into position before lifting carrier. NEVER place carrier on the top of a shopping cart. Your child MUST meet the following requirements: WEIGHT: 4-35 lbs. (1.8 kg-15.87 kg) HEIGHT: 32 inches (81 cm) or less in height. Whenever possible, secure the infant restraint in the center position of the seat directly behind the front seats. If you are unsure, consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call Graco at 1-800-345-4109. Please refer to vehicle owner’s manual for LATCH locations. DO NOT use any of the following systems to secure the infant restraint. Lap Belts with Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) This lap belt stays loose and can move until it locks in a crash or sudden stop. LATCH can be used in place of the vehicle belt system in designated locations. Please refer to vehicle owner’s manual for LATCH locations.

Tighten the belt by feeding the belt back into the retractor while pushing down hard on the infant restraint.Belt with Sliding Latch Plate This belt MUST be converted to prevent movement of the lap portion of the belt. You must use a locking clip (provided with the infant restraint) when using the infant restraint without the base unless Locking clip. If not visible, they may be marked with the symbol See your vehicle owner’s manual for exact locations, anchor identification, and requirements for use with an infant restraint. BOTH handle adjustment buttons must pop out to lock Carrying. To use, slide boot on end of seat and attach plastic flaps as shown. 5.4 Canopy Attachment Attach canopy by inserting canopy bow into slots in canopy mounts on both sides of infant restraint as shown Pull canopy over back of infant. Never allow body support to bunch or fold behind child. Make sure to check your vehicle owner's manual for LATCH seating positions. 2. For ease of installation, press button to extend LATCH to its MAXIMUM LENGTH 3. If it does not stay tight, try another seating position or contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109. 10. To remove LATCH, push button while pulling on the LATCH belt as shown 11. When reading the level indicator on base, view it directly from side of the indicator. Check the level indicator. You must look straight on at the indicator. The harness straps must be properly adjusted to fit your child according to the following instructions. Pull the shoulder straps out to loosen the harness B. From behind seat, remove the ends of the two shoulder straps from the metal junction plate C. From front, pull straps through the harness slots and then reinsert them through the appropriate slots. The ends of the straps must hang in front of the metal junction plate as shown, not as shown in CHECK that the loops are completely within junction plate slots. Re-insert clip through the front of seat pad into the rear crotch slot and seat as shown.

Crotch strap clip should remain flat against seat. Even when used only as a carrier, make sure the harness straps are properly secured. Make sure that you hear each tongue click into the buckle. DO NOT use the infant restraint if the buckle tongues do not latch in place. Call Graco at 1-800-345-4109. If using the infant restraint only, install following the same instructions as in an automobile. DO NOT USE BLEACH OR DETERGENT which may weaken plastic parts. HARNESS STRAPS may be spot cleaned or replaced.Periodically inspect and clean buckle to remove objects or debris that could prevent latching. 1. Turn restraint over, push clip through crotch strap slot 2. To clean buckle - place in a cup of warm water and gently agitate the buckle, press the red button several times while in the water. Attn: Customer Service 3 Glenlake Parkway. ATLANTA, GA 30328 1-800-345-4109 Made in China. NUNCA ponga el transportador en los bordes de mesadas, mesas u otras superficies altas.Llame a Graco al 1-800-345-4109. Please try your search again later.Can I find one online somewhere?The manual for the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat can be found on the link below: The Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat is FAA approved. When installing on an airplane using the base, install the same way as in an automobile with a lap only belt. If using the infant restraint only, install following the same instructions as in an automobile.The Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat is FAA approved. When installing on an airplane using the base, install the same way as in an automobile with a lap only belt. If using the infant restraint only, install following the same instructions as in an automobile. Notify the airline ahead of time that you intend to bring the seat on board. Use only in forward-facing aircraft seats. Follow the flight attendants instructions about infant restraint placement. Do not use this infant restraint if the airplane seat belt does not hold the infant restraint securely.

The Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat is FAA approved. When installing on an airplane using the base, install the same way as in an automobile with a lap only belt. If using the infant restraint only, install following the same instructions as in an automobile. Notify the airline ahead of time that you intend to bring the seat on board. Use only in forward-facing aircraft seats. Follow the flight attendants instructions about infant restraint placement. Do not use this infant restraint if the airplane seat belt does not hold the infant restraint securely. But it's packed in box tight. And a lighter box than I exspected. The base that comes with the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat is only compatible with any Graco Click Connect Infant Car Seats. We unfortunately do not allow other car seats to safely be used with bases. It's not over bulky like I have found in past carseats. I think my baby is very comfortable and save in it as well. Hope u find out if it will work for the plane. Safe travels Yes, you can install this car seat without the base. Please refer to user manual for installation instructions. Yes, this car seat can be installed without the base. Please refer to the instruction manual for installation instructions. The Graco SnugRide 35 infant car seat was manufactured in Dongguan, China. I normally sit on the base while installing to make sure my weight really locks it into place.I normally sit on the base while installing to make sure my weight really locks it into place. So I suggest that you sit on the base after you feed the belt through and then pull the seat belt all the way so it enables that lock feature and secure it that way. If installed correctly it is still an equally affective and secure base.I normally sit on the base while installing to make sure my weight really locks it into place.

So I suggest that you sit on the base after you feed the belt through and then pull the seat belt all the way so it enables that lock feature and secure it that way. If installed correctly it is still an equally affective and secure base. Graco joins this club with their newest offering — the SnugRide 35 Lite LX, part of their budget-friendly SnugRide Click Connect lineup. The SnugRide line of seats has been around for quite some time, they’re solid seats that are by and large easy to install and use correctly. Many of the CSFTL children took their first car rides in a SnugRide. This newest offering takes on the lightweight carrier challenge. We had a lot of questions around the “Lite” in the name and wanted to see how lite this lightweight seat really is. Having more than one slot can help keep both small and larger infants comfortable. The manual that came with our particular seat didn’t include any weight limits on either setting, it just stated that it is time to move to the outer slot when the child’s body is on top of the inner slot. However, this information is on a label on the seat and itself and is also included in newer versions of the manual. Thanks for making the manual update, Graco. Manual Rethread Harness Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX harness slots The harness adjusts by removing the straps at the splitter plate and rethreading the straps through the harness slot that’s at or below the child’s shoulders. In addition, there’s an inner loop at the bottom of the harness that can be used on the lower two harness slots. Moving the harness onto these smaller loops reduces the harness length to be short enough for the smallest babies. I found the wording in the manual about when to use which loops a bit confusing. Graco SnugRide Lite LX harness loop sticker Thankfully Graco included an awesome label on the back of the seat which shows that the lower two slots are to be used with the shorter harness length, and the upper two slots use the longer harness length.

Canopy The canopy is adequate for coverage from the sun, but it’s kind of noisy when it’s opened or closed. At one point, the noise of this canopy clicking into place woke up baby as I adjusted it in hopes of keeping the sun out of his face. The canopy, thankfully, can be removed. Some higher end Graco rear facing only car seats have a much quieter canopy. Infant Insert Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX newborn insert The extra padding for smaller infants can be used until the child weighs 12 pounds and does a great job of keeping little infants correctly positioned and comfortable. The head and body insert can be used together or separately, however neither can be used above 12 pounds. The head insert must be threaded through the harness slot above the harness straps. Adjustable Recline Foot Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX recline foot fully extended The recline foot extends to help with installing the seat at the correct recline angle via the push of a button and has an easy-to-read recline angle indicator on the side of the base. Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX recline foot stored This rather exaggerated angle helps the base fit a wide range of vehicle seat slopes, though in some vehicles pool noodles or a rolled towel may be needed to install the seat at the proper angle for a newborn. Multi-Age Recline Angle Indicator SnugRide Lite LX recline angle indicator Like many Graco rear facing only car seats, this seat has a recline range that allows the car seat to be installed at two different angles: more reclined for infants from birth or slightly more upright for children who are 3 months old and older. While these different recline angles are listed as options, we’ve found it fairly difficult to install this type of base at the more upright angle. Standard Lower Anchor Connectors Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX lower anchor connector The seat has standard, j-hook lower anchor connectors.

They store on the underside of the base and are released from the base by pushing the gray adjuster on the webbing. This type of adjuster is notoriously difficult to release once the seat it’s attached to is installed securely so we tend to recommend that caregivers use the vehicle seat belt for this type of base as most will find that less frustrating. SnugRide Lite LX lower anchor storage When the vehicle seat belt is used to install the base, the lower anchors store easily on the side of the base. Side Overhang Graco allows up to 20% of the base to overhang the vehicle seat, either front or side, which may make the SnugRide 35 Lite LX a good choice for jump seats in vans or smaller vehicle seating areas. Lightweight Carrier At just over 7 pounds, the carrier portion of this seat is definitely one of the lighter carriers on the market. One of our reviewers has a few rear facing only car seats available so we’re including an unofficial weight comparison for you. The SnugRide 35 Lite LX is noticeably lighter than the Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35 I had been using just prior to this seat’s arrival. It’s also quite a bit lighter than the Chicco Fit2 (which isn’t marketed as being lightweight) that I often use for travel. The Nuna Pipa Lite that I normally use is about a half pound lighter than this seat, which may not seem like a lot but it is a noticeable difference. We realize that mentioning all of these seats is a bit like comparing apples to oranges since they’re all more featured (and thus, priced a bit higher) than this seat. But we wanted to compare the weight in a meaningful way since we recognize that some families choose their baby’s first car seat based on weight alone. Base Compatibility Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX Click Connect base The carrier portion seat ships with the Click Connect base. That’s part of why the seat is so budget-friendly.

However, it’s also compatible with the more featured, easy-to-install SnugLock bases that we’re quite fond of. If it’s within your budget, we’d suggest considering a SnugLock base for the primary vehicle, then using the Click Connect base for any additional vehicles. Installation with the Base Graco SnugRide 35 LX Lite vehicle seat belt install This seat includes Graco’s basic Click Connect base. This base can be installed with either lower anchors or the vehicle seat belt but does not have a lockoff like the SnugLock series. SnugRide Lite LX base installed with seatbelt The base is very lightweight, just about 4 pounds, and I found that when installing with a locked lap-shoulder belt the installation required a firm hand on the base while tightening the seatbelt to prevent tilting. SnugRide Lite LX base installed with lower anchors That isn’t a safety issue of course, however with a tall driver or small vehicle that little extra bit can make a big difference up front. Note: this second recline position is an option on many Graco bases and we’ve almost never been able to install at that more upright angle correctly. Installation Without the Base: Standard and European Routing SnugRide Lite LX without the base using Euro Routing The SnugRide 35 Lite LX’s manual details how to install the seat using standard routing and also European routing. In European routing the shoulder portion of a lap-shoulder belt goes around the back of the car seat’s shell, stabilizing the seat and acting to use up the belt so that the car seat is snugly installed, even in the case of a lap-shoulder belt without a locking mechanism (which is common in Europe, but not in North America). SnugRide Lite LX installed baseless with Euro Routing Unfortunately, the labels don’t include both routing options, but this flexibility is something to keep in mind. I have found that whenever the vehicle belt is long enough, the European routing makes for an easier baseless installation.

SnugRide Lite LX level to ground line when installing without the base If the vehicle’s seatbelt is not long enough for the Euro routing to be a feasible installation, the SnugRide Lite LX allows the “standard” baseless installation as well. Simply route the lap portion of the shoulder belt through the baseless belt guides on the carrier, buckle the seatbelt, and engage the seatbelt’s locking mechanism. SnugRide Lite LX installed baseless with standard routing As always, check for less than 1 inch of movement at the belt path and when installed baseless the red line on the side must be level regardless of baby’s age. Compact! Graco SnugRide Lite LX vs Chicco KeyFit We noticed when installing the Graco SnugRide Lite that it seemed fairly compact, so we put it to the test beside another well-known compact rear facing only seat: The Chicco KeyFit. In this 2013 Mazda CX-5, our thinking proved to be correct. When installed at the most reclined angle allowed (for a newborn), the SnugRide Lite took up approximately 25.5 inches from front to back, while the KeyFit took up approximately 26.5 inches. At the most upright allowable reclines (for older babies with good head control), the SnugRide Lite took up approximately 23 inches front to back compared to 25.5 inches for the KeyFit. This fit will vary by vehicle, but if you’re on the lookout for a more compact rear facing only seat, the SnugRide Lite may be a good option. Fit to Child Preemie Doll Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX preemie doll with rolled wash cloth Our Huggable Images preemie doll, who is 4 pounds and 17 inches long, had a passable fit in the seat, using the insert and a rolled washcloth at the crotch buckle. Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX preemie doll with rolled wash cloth The straps were just barely below our doll’s shoulders, so this seat may not always be the best bet for the tiniest of newborns or preemies. We always advocate that caregivers check the fit on actual children before leaving the hospital.

Newborn Doll Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX newborn doll with rolled wash cloth The newborn Huggable Images newborn doll weighs 7 pounds and is 17 inches long. The doll fits very well in this seat. Their shoulders were above the 2nd harness slot with the insert, and still solidly above the lowest slot with the insert removed. Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX newborn doll We took photos of the newborn doll both with and without a rolled washcloth between the doll and crotch buckle. While we felt both were solid options, it would depend on how “slumpy” the actual newborn is whether or not the crotch roll would be required to improve the harness fit. Real Newborn Graco SnugRide Lite LX newborn Our newborn model is 10 weeks old, weighs 11 pounds and was measured at 23.75 inches tall. While she can still use the body pillow, we like her fit in the seat without any of the padding. The harness is threaded through the second set of slots and the inner loops are in use (required by Graco), and she fits in the seat beautifully. Her mom was very impressed by how lightweight the seat is and by how nicely it fit in the back seat of her 2013 Mazda CX-3. 13 Months Old Graco SnugRide 35 Lite LX 13 months old This model is quite small for his age: at 13 months he is 19 pounds and 28 inches tall. He fits well in this seat. His shoulders are just above the third harness slot (he’s wearing his usual cloth diapers), but I noticed that in disposables the third slot was barely at his shoulders if I was not careful to position him. Like most kiddos, he will easily outgrow this seat by standing height or shell height long before hitting the weight limit. The FAA approval is printed on page 10 of the manual and on a label on underside of the shell, and for Canadian users, the National Safety Mark (the label required to show the seat is approved for aircraft use) is located on the side of the carrier.

Graco SnugRide Lite LX Date of Manufacture label Date of Manufacture is on the bottom of the car seat, and the inside top of the base. Graco SnugRide Lite LX expiration stamp Expiration: The expiration is printed in the manual and stamped into the plastic on the bottom of the car seat. Graco SnugRide Lite LX manual storage Manual Storage — the manual stores on the bottom of the base. Overall Thoughts When it comes to rear facing only car seats, many families look first at the carrier weight. They’ll find a lightweight well-featured seat in the SnugRide Lite LX. European routing in baseless mode is a definite perk, especially for travel, and especially at this price. As technicians, we say over and over that the best seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and that you can use correctly every time. This seat is easy to use properly and offers a good fit for many differently sized infants, so it would be a solid, budget-friendly choice for many families who prefer a lighter weight carrier. Giveaway! Our friends at Graco are giving away two of these seats. One to a reader in the United States, the other to a reader in Canada. Read our terms and conditions, then enter below for your chance to win. However, our reviews and educational materials are OUR opinions and are not that of Safe Kids, NHTSA, or anyone other than us. We are not liable for anything anyone says or does as a result of reading our opinions on this site. Donate CSFTL is staffed entirely by volunteers - please consider supporting us. Even a few dollars can go a long way. Car Seats for the Littles Inc does not solicit charitable contributions from donors who are residents of Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. With this long history of awesomeness in our pockets, we were excited to learn that Graco was releasing a new line of seats with an updated, easy to install base: the SnugLock line.

This review covers the not-very-base-at-all base model, the SnugRide SnugLock 35. Key Features of the primary SnugRide SnugLock models (other variations may be available): The SnugRide SnugLock 35 featured in this review has 4 harness slots and standard j-hook lower anchor connectors on the base. It does not have a no rethread harness. The SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX has 4 harness slots on the infant carrier portion of the seat larger SnugLock arm and premium lower anchor connectors. The SnugRide SnugLock Platinum has a no rethread harness on the infant carrier portion of the seat, the larger SnugLock arm, and premium lower anchor connectors. CSFTL Quick Stats Weight range: 4-35 pounds Height range: 32 inches or less and the top of the child’s head is 1 inch or more from the top of the carrier Lowest Harness Position: 5 inches with infant insert Expiration: 7 years from date of manufacture Handle Position: Handle can be in any locked position Measurements Weight (carrier only): 7.8 pounds Width of carrier at widest point: 17 inches Width of base at widest point: 13.5 inches Features SnugLock arm on base allows for a simple installation. Infant insert for smaller infants (Can be used until the child weighs 12 pounds) Adjustable recline foot Convenient compartment that stores lower anchor connectors and manual when not in use Narrow base makes it a good choice for three across situations or middle seats Moving Vehicle Seats Vehicles with 3 rows sometimes involve moving a second row seat forward to access the third row. If that’s the case for your vehicle, install the base using the lower anchors. Installation With the Base: Vehicle Seat Belt Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 vehicle seat belt installation Here is what I would like to say about this base and installation method: I installed it 3 days after having a C-section. Now, before you think I am recommending you do this: I am not.

As a CPST, I meet with many expectant families, and I usually counsel them to take care of the car seat installation at around 36 weeks. But, due to some logistical and cultural considerations, I found myself at hospital discharge with an uninstalled SnugLock and a husband very willing to help. It’s just that easy. Here’s how: Adjust the recline foot so that the level indicator is correct (more on that below) Press the red button and raise the SnugLock arm Thread the vehicle seat belt through the belt path Pull the shoulder belt to remove the slack from the vehicle seat belt Close the SnugLock arm Check for movement at the belt path by giving a firm handshake with your non-dominant hand Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 belt path That’s it. You’re finished! Caregivers who have arthritis or dexterity issues may want to check out this base as well. The SnugLock arm requires only a small amount of force to close, and it can be closed with only one hand. Installation With the Base: Lower Anchors Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 lower anchor storage compartment This model of the base includes standard j-hook style lower anchor connectors. They store in a little compartment on the base. Like the Britax Boulevard Clicktight and Nuna Rava, this style of SnugLock base is best installed with the seat belt; attaching and removing the standard lower anchors can be time-consuming and difficult. Other versions of this seat have premium lower anchor connectors — on those versions, installing the base with the vehicle seat belt is just as easy as installing with the lower anchors. Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 lower anchor installation To install this base with the lower anchors, hook on the lower anchor connectors to the lower anchor bars on the vehicle. Tighten the webbing, but leave a tiny bit of slack so the SnugLock arm can close. I found the seatbelt installation to be much easier, and truly this is a seat that will not often need to be installed with the lower anchors.

Installation Without the Base Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 baseless installation sticker I was so pleasantly surprised to see that this seat offers European belt routing for an installation without the base. I use the word “surprised” not only because I was not expecting it but also because this Euro belt routing is not indicated anywhere on the seat’s labels. It is mentioned in the manual as an alternate method. Since this installation improves the stability of the seat, I would love to see it promoted more. Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 European belt path Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 baseless European method In addition, it took me a moment to figure out where the belt was supposed to go for the European routing. There is a hook on the back of the seat which looks like it might be the belt path, but it is not. The belt needs to go below the hook at the back. I noticed a tendency for the belt to slip downwards on the buckle side, as there is no belt guide holding it in place. Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 baseless American method The standard “American” belt routing is quite easy as well. I have installed many seats without the base and I find that the shape of the bottom of the Graco seats makes baseless installation work extremely well in almost every vehicle. Recline Angle Indicator Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 recline angle indicator Graco has introduced two new styles of recline level indicator on the SnugLock bases. This model features a blue wheel — the higher end version of this base features a bubble indicator. I didn’t find this update any easier (or harder) to use than their previous level indicators. This new indicator features a blue block that shifts left or right based on the level. Like the previous style, these indicators have 2 separate zones: newborns and 3 months and above. I have seen many owners of this seat confused about whether they must install the seat more upright at 3 months (no). I don’t think this new indicator clears up that question.

I even took the SnugLock on an airplane flight and had no trouble installing the carrier. I’m also a fan of the rubber padding on the handle. Though I tend to leave my seat in the car, it does make it much easier to carry when I take it out. Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 rubber padding on handle Airplane seat belts are a bit thicker than vehicle seat belts. When installing the SnugRide on an airplane, temporarily tilt the carrier toward one side to thread the belt through the belt guides. Then even out the seat, thread the seat belt through the opposite side’s belt guide, buckle and tighten. Fit to Child During our tenure as CPSTs, we’ve seen a great number of children come into seat check appointments and fit stations in Graco rear facing only car seats. We have found quite consistently that the SnugRide carriers fit most preemies and newborns very well. The SnugLock 35 is no exception. Preemie Doll with Insert Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 preemie doll fit The SnugLock 35 comes with an optional infant insert that can be used until the child weighs 12 pounds and when the harness straps are on the bottom two slots. Our preemie doll is 17 inches tall and has a 7 inch torso. Preemie Doll without Insert Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 preemie doll fit without insert I found that the preemie doll fit very well even without the insert. We find that sometimes, inserts can push the baby’s head forward. If that seems to be an issue for your child, it may be worth trying the seat without the insert. The insert can only be used when the straps are in the bottom two harness slots. Newborn Graco SnugRide SnugLock winter newborn This tiny newborn passenger weighs 8 pounds and is 20 inches long. The seat fits her very well and we’d expect that she would have plenty of growing room in this seat. She’s also safely wrapped up for travel in cold weather — the blanket goes over her and doesn’t interfere with the harness fitting her properly.