Graco Milestone Review – Is it worth the money?

Graco Milestone 3 in 1 Convertible Car Seat Review

What do you when a dear jumps in front of you?

I’ve seen them afar, but I never had to react to it at the moment. Some friends of ours did experience that. They were heading down a road filled with twists and turns. After a corner, there was a huge deer in the middle of the road.

Your options are limited. Hit the brake and try to avoid it. You might end up in ongoing traffic or flip the car into the ditch. Or you break and hope for the best. There’s no good solution.

Our friends went dead ahead. The dear wrecked the car. It was absolutely totaled. Luckily the little guy (3 years old) was strapped in tight with this Graco car seat.

Graco Milestone Review

The whole family got lucky; there were no injuries what so ever. They had the right car seat, and it was installed properly. If either of them would’ve been missing, then the story would be different.

This is why car seats are not optional. They do save lives.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. This Graco comes with three functions rear-facing, front-facing, and highback booster seat. It will serve your little one from 5 pounds up to 100. It has the simplest strap adjustment, no rethreading ever.

It comes with complete protection front, rear, side, and rollover crash. The installation is easy, thanks to the InRight Latch.

Let’s get this Graco Milestone All in One review started. If you stick with me until the end, I will tell you the pros/cons. Some of them are unexpected, to say the least.

Who is the Graco Milestone All in One Convertible Car Seat?

This car seat is for parents who invest in the long run. These car seats grow with your child. So they will last as your child needs one.

What can the Graco Milestone car seat do for you?

The looks and feel are important for parents. There are some hideous car seats out there. And if you check the price tag, you would question who allowed it for mass production.

The Graco looks great, and it’s comfy. It has ample cushion, and the kids will fall in love with it. The #1 problem with car seats is that they are hard to move. As you get, it installed, and then you won’t have the motivation to bounce it to another car.

Many parents reported that it feels and looks safe. Plus, it seems that it was designed by a mom because there’s a lot of attention to detail. Now this car seat can be used for traveling. To be your constant travel buddy, it wouldn’t hurt if it would be lighter.

In rear-facing mode, your little one will be sitting high up. This will allow seeing out through the window. And yes, you could use it in extended rear-facing mode.

There aren’t many color combinations. I prefer the darker color scheme because dirt isn’t visible.

I have to mention the material used. It’s nice and soft. It provides the necessary cushion. In case of accidents or spills, it can be removed fast. It’s washing machine friendly, so cleaning is effortless.

The cup holder relies on clip-on technology. You can install it on the side you like.

Graco Milestone All in One shortcoming

The Graco brand is well known and trusted. And I will share with you the flaws of this seat so you will get the full picture. Once you have it, you can decide if this is the right fit.

To my surprise, this car seat doesn’t have any harness holders. What happened? Somebody forgot to add them, or they wanted to increase profits?

Normally it’s not a problem to fish out the harness under the baby. There are times when the baby is asleep. And by poking around, you might wake them up. Also, what about the time when the baby is cranky and is protesting. This is why it’s a must to have a harness holder. Some brands do it with a magnet. It’s way easier than the hook option.

Here’s another design mistake. The strap release button is conveniently hidden out of sight. Again this is not a problem if you have small hands. For my husband, it’s an issue. Since he has big hands and not doing yoga, he can’t reach it.

If you have a smaller child, then the cup holders might not be in reach. This is a perfect reason why to throw a tantrum. Once kids grow, it’s not an issue anymore. I want to add that they are not well-positioned. I constantly bump into them while I get my little one in and out.

These would be the major drawbacks of this car seat. Are they deal-breakers for you? If not, let’s get to the next chapter.

How To Get The Most Out Of Graco Milestone All in One Convertible Car Seat?

Remember the accident above? The luck part came from the good install. Before we get to that, you need to pick the right position for the car seat. The safest one is in the middle of the car. For some that’s not doable, no worries, then get the second safest one which is right behind the driver.

Many car seats have a bad rap for being hard to install. This is not the case with the Graco. Thanks to the latch system, it’s easy. You need to tighten it to the max. If you wiggle it, then the movement should be less than an inch. If you want to be extra safe, do get a second opinion from a certified professional.

Graco Milestone 3 in 1 Convertible Car Seat Review

  • Easy to get baby in and out and it’s easy to move between cars
  • Great dark colors so dirt isn’t visible
  • It’s so safe it has probably designed by a mom
  • There’s no good harness holder you will waste time strapping in
  • If you have large hands, it will be difficult to loosen the straps

Conclusion for the Graco Milestone All in One Review

As you have seen, this car seat has performed well in a real crash. The little one was safe without any injuries. It delivers on the safe side. The looks aren’t half bad either. The truth is that there are some drawbacks.

We have reached the end of the Graco Milestone All in One Review. I hope you have found some valuable info in this article. Now it’s your turn if it’s a good fit for you to get it now because stocks are running short.

If you have used this car seat and want to share your experience, make comment below. If you want me to review a different car seat, send me your suggestions.

Catch you next time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is Graco milestone FAA approved?

Yes the Graco milestone is FAA approved.

Is Graco milestone Isofix?

No the Graco Mileston is not Isofix friendly.

Is Graco slimfit safe?

Yes the Graco Slimfit is safe. It has man safety features plus it has been crash tested in real life and the kids were not harmed

What is the booster height and booster weight for the Graco milestone all-in-1 car seat?

For the Graco milestone all-in-1 car seat the booster height is 25.5 inches and the booster weight is 19.8 pounds (seat weight). Being a convertible car seat this seat weight is decent. The minimum child weight recommendation is 5 pounds. The rear-facing weight limit is 40 pounds. The forward-facing weight limit is 65 pounds. The booster weight range is 22 to 65 pounds. The belt-positioning booster weight limit is 30-100 lbs. Also 65 pounds is the latch weight limit after this you have to use the vehicle seat belt. You can do extended rear facing up to 40 pounds. These 40 pounds are quite generous. This convertible car seat comes with rear and forward-facing modes. The facing height limit is set to 49 inches.

Can this Graco milestone used as an infant car seat?

Yes this convertible car seat can be used as an infant car seat because the rear-facing height limit is allows it and it’s easy to use.

How can you install the Graco milestone all-in-1 car seat?

This convertible car seat can be installed both forward facing and rear facing. For this you need to use either the latch system or the vehicle seat belt. The latch system is also known as the inright latch system. Before you jump in make sure you read the manual first. For example the booster mode can only be installed via the seat belt of course this means forward facing. If you want ease of use the inright latch system is your best choice. In rear-facing position you can use both the seat belt and the harness system. In booster mode you can only use the seat belt installation or the shoulder belt. By using this system you will be able to use the belt paths with the help of the car belt tension system. If your child is under 65 pounds you will be able to use the latch belt, latch attachment, latch straps. There’s an audio click cue when it clicks into place.

What kind of features does this Milestone car seat have?

The Milestone convertible car seat (milestone all-in-1 car set) comes with these features: ease of use, an easy to use cup holder, rear facing convertible car seat, booster seat, harness system backless booster and finally booster mode. Key features washable seat cover (seat cushion). Plus the seat cover and seat cushion are easy to remove and ready for machine washing. There’s the simply safe adjust harness which links the harness and headrest. Whenever you’re adjusting headrest positions the harness position and the harness straps are adjusted as well. The adjustable headrest works hand in hand with the simply safe adjust harness. You can do the installation in 3 simple steps. There’s a storage compartment for the shoulder straps. It comes with multiple recline positions (recline position) for occupant retention. The recline angle can be set with the recline adjustments and energy management. The drink holder aka cup holder is designed with kids in mind. The drink holder keeps the drink close for the kids.

What kind of safety standards does this Graco Milestone car seat come with?

First of all it’s highly recommended by the american academy of pediatrics. There’s the 5-point harness which will keep a growing child safe. The steel-reinforced frame protects your child from anything in the infant seat. It has been side impact tested and safe seat engineered. As you know side impact protection is a must nowadays. There’s sufficient infant padding for even the smallest child with these combination seats. The most important safety feature is called protectplus engineered by graco.

How long can you use the infant insert with Graco car seats?

With the milestone car seat you can use the infant insert up to 11 pounds. Also the infant insert is included in the package.

Which one is better the Graco Milestone infant carrier or the Graco every stage booster car seat mode?

To tell you the truth side by side comparison they are very similar. The every stage belt positioning car seat modes offer more safety up to 120 pounds. The graco every stage comes with the simply safe adjust harness.

I’m thinking about buying a Chicco or Graco car seat, which one should I buy?

Both Chicco and Graco have great car seats to choose from. They all have pros and cons.

Last Updated on October 29, 2023 by Brian Beasley

Written by Linda Reid

Hey there, I'm Linda, a mom of three cool kids. I've tried so many car seats, you could call me a "Car Seat Detective." Searching for the perfect car seat can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but don't worry! I've committed to researching and reviewing car seats that are super safe, cozy, and great for growing kids. Together, we'll find the perfect car seat that keeps your child safe and cozy, and makes you feel like a super-parent!