Monday, March 4, 2013

Graco Head Wise 70 Car Seat With Safety Surround Protection {Review}

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Although there are multiple aspects of motherhood that I wouldn't mind eliminating from my life (e.g. the lack of sleep, being "on call" 24/7, and having no privacy in the bathroom), one big one is the constant worry.

Illnesses, child predators, bullies, diseases, injuries... ugh. It's a wonder that moms sleep at all, really.

Therefore, as there really isn't anything more important than the safety of my children — nothing — that's why I won't hesitate to go to any length when it comes to doing all that I can to provide the best possible products to keep them protected.

Fortunately, there are companies that feel the same way and debut incredibly safe, comfortable and stylish items such as the Head Wise 70 Car Seat With Safety Surround Protection from Graco.

Graco Head Wise 70

Inspired by the instincts and best intentions of a loving parent, the Graco brand of baby gear provides thoughtful, practical and dependable parenting solutions. From strollers and car seats to high chairs, playards, monitors and more, Graco's broad range of innovative products can help protect, nurture, comfort and soothe babies and children of all ages.

Proving this yet again, when the Graco Head Wise 70 Car Seat arrived, the level of quality was evident even while it was still in the box!

Graco convertible car seat

Available in Cora (purple), Marok (beige), and Lowell (red), this high quality convertible car seat provides the best head protection at each stage and grows with your child.

From rear-facing infants or toddlers from infancy 4 – 40 lbs. and forward-facing toddlers and big kids from 20 – 70 lbs., the Head Wise 70 is the only car seat that can provide side impact protection properly positioned to protect your growing child at every age.

Graco Head Wise 70 review

As soon as I lifted this car seat out of the box, I was impressed with how sturdy and dependable it felt, not to mention the level of softness of the cushions and padding. This doesn't at all feel like a hard piece of plastic, there is a very comfortable seat as well as plenty of energy-absorbing foam padding along the sides, back and top.

At the same time, the inclusion of Graco's Safety Surround is a great system that shields the child's head and immediately reduces side impact forces. Now that's a unique and amazing safety feature that I can definitely appreciate!

Graco Safety Surround

As well as the comfort and style of the Graco Head Wise 70, this is one car seat that is just so very versatile and convenient. With the ability to use it rear-facing from 4-40 pounds and front-facing from 20-70 pounds, this is one of the largest overall ranges that I've seen. You could begin using this with a newborn and continue with it all the way through preschool — at least!

Simply begin with the removable head and body support in place for your newborn and, by using the extremely convenient lever right on the front...

Graco car seat recline

...move to the most reclined position (there are three total) that this seat offers so that it is ready to be installed rear-facing. It is as easy as 1-2-3!

convertible car seat

Graco takes away any worry that you might have a level or direction incorrect with their convenient label right on the side of the Head Wise 70 that shows precisely which setting to choose.

car seat recline instructions

What makes this car seat even easier to adjust than most for your growing child is the Simply Safe Adjust Harness System and the simplicity of adjusting the harness right along with the headrest.

Without having to uninstall the entire thing from the car or break your arm reaching around it to re-thread, you only have to slide grasp and squeeze the release lever and the entire top moves up and down.

car seat height adjustment

With a one-hand, 8-position adjustable headrest, you are able to easily accommodate your child and find the perfect fit throughout the years of use you will get from this one convertible car seat.

With so many great features already, I was happy to see that Graco didn't skip over things such as making the seat cushion removable and machine washable or including a cup holder. It's the small additions as well as the overall safety that really come together to result in a great product!

All that was left was to see if the installation process was just as simple as using the rest of this car seat. However, before I even had a chance to wonder if I needed to study the manual, I found that Graco had made things incredibly easy for me by having a variety of instructions and images along both sides of the seat itself that showed precisely what I needed to know.

car seat installation instructions

Heading out to the car, it didn't take more than a minute to see that Graco's exclusive InRight LATCH system makes getting this car seat tightly in place a snap. They even include an easy-to-read level indicator for hassle-free installation. One peek and it is easy to see if you have the seat in correctly or if it still needs adjustment!

Graco Head Wise 70 car seat

Little Sister B has been extremely excited about the arrival of the Head Wise 70 Car Seat and has commented on everything from the softness to the comfort to the possibility of having a drink within reach. She is definitely as big of a fan as I am, even if I'm focused on the safety and she more on the super cool factor!

Graco Head Wise 70 car seat review

Including innovative features and revolutionary safety technology with comfort and convenience, the Graco Head Wise 70 Car Seat with Safety Surround Protection makes it easy to make one purchase that will last... not to mention the peace of mind that parents will receive knowing that their child is well-protected in any situation.

Retailing for $199.99, the Head Wise 70 convertible car seat can be purchased from or in your local Target retail store. You can find out more about this and all of Graco's fantastic products at and by connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Other than the Head Wise 70 Car Seat I was provided by Graco to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This post is solely my honest opinion of this product and this company.


Liz Mays said...

Really? You might as well have another baby. Nice that the cushion can be removed too although I'm not sure I ever did that on any car seat ever.

LeeAnn said...

This looks like a great seat! It literally has EVERY.SINGLE.FEATURE you could ask for in a convertible car seat...plenty of safety features, easy to adjust the harness height, large weight range, washable cover, and even a cup holder. Thanks for the wonderful review!

Unknown said...

I love the color options and the weight that it goes up to well worth the purchase price

Jessica Allen said...

Love Graco! I love all of the features, your daughter is adorable of course!:) I really like the new colors too!

Unknown said...

What a long range for use, from infancy to preschool! Wow! I like that the head extension is in place so that there's little risk for injury! The side instructions are convenient and so is the side feature on the different adjustment levels per weight! And how coll that it includes a cup holder! I know that we used to have a Graco and it seems like the company is still maintaining its product quality over the years!

Unknown said...

Definitely need one of those.

knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

i love how it has a crazy amount of padding

Unknown said...

I love the safety of the Graco products and I will be checking this car seat out soon.

slehan said...

Wish they'd had a great car seat like this 40 years ago. Thanks for good review.

slehan at juno dot com

Unknown said...

My daughter in law is expecting and I am going to send her this review so she can consider the car seat. As a new parent she wants to know as much as possible in order to keep her baby safe. Thanks for such a complete review

Paula V said...

This is very thorough review for expectant moms and dads.

Paula V said...

Looks like a great item. Nothing more important than a child's safety in a moving vehicle. :-)