Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat Review + Giveaway! #GoWithGraco

*I am a Graco Ambassador. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside source.*

GracoI am embarrassed to admit that I am just taking Taylor out of her bucket infant car seat. Truth be told, I did not change her to a convertible car seat because I was plain lazy! However, this past week, I made the switch to the Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat and I could not be happier! This car seat is incredible and makes it so easy for Taylor to be comfortable, as well as happy!Graco Baby

The Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat can be used for infants as small as 5 pounds up to toddlers as big as 65 pounds. It is used for  rear-facing infants from 5-40 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers from 20-65 lbs. We obviously have Taylor rear facing and we are an extended rear facing family, so I am sure she will be like that till at least 3, as my other kids were.

I love this seat because I can use it for many years to come.  It easily grows with your child with the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and headrest height.  As your kids get bigger, you can use the harness system to adjust accordingly.  There is 8 different headrest positions that you can change to. The simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System is safe & simple with a one-hand, no re-thread harness that automatically adjusts. No more trying to get it fitted to your child, as Graco does it all for you!Graco Baby

There is a completely hassle free installation process as it features the easy LATCH system and has an easy-to-read level indicator to tell you exactly how to position. Once we had it set up, she was ready to ride in it. It is not too big, so it will fit in even the smallest of cars. It is also made of EPS, energy absorbing foam,  for effective impact energy management.

It  features the 5 point harness which is front adjustable to get your baby in and out easily. I feel very safe once she is buckled to bring her on the road with me. I am able to recline the seat in two positions based on where her legs hit. Right now, she does not need much room but as time goes on, we will definitely be using this feature.

Lastly, it features a removable head and body support that makes your kids comfortable in this seat.  If the seat gets dirty, do not fear as the cover slip is machine washable. We had to wash it once already (a car sick toddler) and it was no problem at all!

We absolutely love the Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat. It has been safety tested to include:

SafeSeat Engineering – Engineered & Crash Tested to Meet or Exceed US Safety Standards FMVSS 213:
Side Impact Tested for Occupant Retention by the harness system
New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – Peak Crash Force approximately 2X Car Seat Standard
Extreme Car Interior TemperaturesGraco Baby

Be sure to pick up your Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat for your growing baby or toddler today. It retails for $139.99 and comes in a large magnitude of colors.

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Win it: One winner will receive the Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway.  For this giveaway simply tell me what your favorite feature of this car seat is, in the comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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  1. Sharill Yalisse says

    The extended rear facing feature is a big thing! And well, you are not alone, my kid was almost one when I switched him to a convertible lol (not because I was lazy, ok yes maybe, but because he outgrew it at that age too haha!)

  2. says

    I seriously love that it is convertible! I have an infant car seat for the first few months, but after that I like the convertibles that can grow with our baby as they get bigger.

  3. Kathy Luman says

    I like that it grows with your child. Not only does it protect your child but it is long lasting and saves you money.

  4. Maria Beas says

    I love its safety features and that it is convertible. I love the 56030 Shopkins S3 5 Pack too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Charlotte says

    I love this car seat! I just became a grandma, and the baby is living with me and I can see how that’s a great car seat. I like the safety features.

  6. Jillian Too says

    I really like the front adjustable 5 point harness for the car seat. It makes it easy to make quick, safe size adjustments without having to juggle your child. The Shopkins Fruit and Veg stand playset looks fun.

  7. Em Mahr says

    My favorite feature is the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and headrest height

  8. Abigail says

    I appreciate all of the safety features and the ability to use it for extended rear facing use. Its also just really sharp looking!

  9. Marissa C says

    I like the ability to switch from rear to forward facing and that it grows with the child. The headrest is a plus too.

  10. Linda Kwolek says

    I love how the neck pillow supports the head and how the car seat itself can withstand the cold. In Michigan, it gets below zero in the winter, and I wouldn’t have to worry about it being outside and the stress the cold would be on it.

  11. Hayley S says

    I love how comfortable it looks for baby, and that it can be used for such a long range of time with weight and height!

  12. Brenda Haines says

    Are we suppose to tell u what we like best about the car seat or the Shopkins link that it brings up? I love the 5 point harness and that it grows with the baby. For the Shopkins I like the Ice Cream Truck. Thanks!

  13. Claire Rheinheimer says

    From the link I like the Shopkins™ Small Mart. As far as the car seat goes, I love everuything about it! I currently have a Graco for my son, it soulnds like this would be just as easy to use and as safe for my daughter!

  14. Jennifer Nielsen says

    From the link – I love that they are so kid friendly. My daughters both love Shopkins, and I think they are cute too. They are fun to collect. The carseat – I love the safety of it. It has a lot of impact tests performed on it.

  15. Natalie says

    Well, the link brings be to the shopkins website. What I like most about the car seat is the five point harness. On the shopkins site I like the Shopkins So Cool Fridge

  16. Jill Daniel says

    I like that it’s a GRACO product! We have used Graco since my first nephew was born 11 years ago and we keep buying new Graco products for each new baby, they just make good, quality stuff!

  17. Kendra Arellano says

    What I like the most is the safety of the five point. Looks so secure and that is what you need now to keep them safe for a long time.

  18. Thalia H says

    i love that this seat and brand are ones i trust to have my baby in when its time to go out,the great fact that its a one-and-done type of car seat is the top selling point(saves us parents quite a bit $ in the longrun) and love the color choices, no boring basic black and greys…as far as shopkins goes my daughter chose the 56005 Shopkins™ S1 12 Pack as her favorite that she liked.

  19. Laurie Nykaza says

    It easily grows with your child with the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and headrest height. This is a wonderful feature love that it fits your child as they grow nice seat!

  20. Heather Poindexter says

    The link took me to shopkins, and I like that there is an online list. For the car eat I really like that it is adjustible.

  21. Diana B says

    I like that it reclines to two different positions. I have a rear facing two year old and I wish there was more room for her legs in the seat she has now.

  22. Lauryn R says

    I love the Shopkins Food Fair, my daughter would LOVE this!!

    My favorite thing about this carseat is that is grows with your baby! My youngest daughter is badly in need of a new one.

  23. Maddy says

    It’s amazing that this carseat can be used for such an enormous range of ages/weights! My daughter is 17 m and in a rear facing seat (I was advised to get one of these rather than a convertible seat – not sure why?) but she’s going to outgrow it eventually, and this seat looks like the cadillac of carseats! The adjustable headrest and harness are huge pluses.

  24. Colleen Maurina says

    I like that this car seat has hassle free installation and can be used from 5 to 65 pounds! This looks like an amazing car seat!

  25. Jeanna Massman says

    I like that it is intended for children up to 65 lbs! This means that you won’t need to purchase another seat for several years!

  26. Stephanie Phelps says

    I love that you can adjust the headrest and the harness on this great car seat! I also love the 56006 Shopkins™ Spin Mix Bakery Stand that was the link under the question so I thought I would tell you what I liked there as well!

  27. Danielle Jones says

    For the carseat I love the 5 point harness. Safety is our top priority when it comes to our babies. For the shopkins site I like the games section the best.

  28. Anita k says

    The ease of installing it into your vehicle is the best.I have bad hands,so this is perfect.thanks so very much for sharing.

  29. Kimberly M. says

    I love that it’s a convertible car seat. I love that it can go up to 65 lbs and as little as 5. This could last a child over a good span of their younger years. I also love all the safety features.

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