What is the Graco Click Connect FastAction Fold Travel System? It is a car seat that fits into an included base as well as a stroller for easy transportation of your little one! There are lots of great features for each of these.
The Car Seat
As a car seat, this is definitely one of the lightest weight seats I’ve ever dealt with. Being a smaller person, I was very intentional about being able to manage the equipment I was out all by myself. (Because how often was my husband really going to there when I was struggling to load the car at Target?)
Speaking of Target… apparently Target has the monopoly on this particular model, as it is only sold there (though you can also order it online from Amazon.)
The safety ratings were good – it has a standard 5 point harness, and has been side impact tested, as most car seats are now.
You can audibly hear the click when you transfer the car seat to the base, or the stroller. This is great for someone like me who wants to make sure it’s really in. It does click on both sides, so you know something’s off if it only clicks on one.
The base has latch and belt options. I’m more comfortable with the latches, but it’s nice to have both options, of course. The seat is recommended for 5-30lb when being used as a car seat.
The only thing about the car seat I would say that isn’t perfect is that the head support is a bit of a joke – it helps very minimally with her neck falling over. It’s hard to have a head rest that meets safety standards, and actually keeps their head in place, apparently.
I have practically opened this with one hand before, as advertised. (I find two is quicker still.) I can easily put it in my trunk in seconds. As a stroller, the recommended weight is as small as 2 lbs, through 50 lbs – of course, at a certain point you would not need to use the infant carrier attached to it anymore, and would just use the stroller.
The collapsed dimensions are: 18.5 in height, 22.5 wide, and 28.5 in depth. This takes up about half of the trunk in a smaller car. The actual weight of the stroller itself is reported as 31.8 lbs, and I believe that includes the carrier being in use, but it does not specify.
The wheels – so much to say about the wheels! First of all, they have brakes, which I use all of the time, whether in the parking lot or during a stroll at the zoo when we stop on an incline. The wheels might as well be advertised as all terrain; I have taken this stroller everywhere, and had no problems on grass, curbs, or anywhere else.
There are many places all around the stroller to store things – the two cupholders at the back are great for water bottles, the underneath netted storage area is spacious enough that we once stuffed the car seat base itself into the stroller for an all day trip to the zoo when we arrived by hotel shuttle. When using the carrier, there is space to store a small purse or extra water between the stroller and the carrier. The snack tray will come in handy later, and there’s space to have both a sippy cup and a snack cup.
You can easily peek through the screen (just pop up the cover over that opening) to check on your baby. It is a little hard to make the canopy stay closed with the infant carrier on top, but it does work to tuck it under the carrier’s hood with the handle upright. I have considered attaching my own Velcro to this.
When placing the carrier into the stroller, once in a while the fabric gets in the way of the connectors, and I have to slide it around a little to get it to click and secure. But I know because I don’t hear the click. It hasn’t been too much trouble. It would be nice if the fabric surrounding that part didn’t move so much.
This set comes in a variety of colors and patterns – I picked something neutral, but pretty (green). Each of the six colors / patterns have different names, but nobody is going to go around saying, “Is that the Finley?”
The price is great, because you’re getting two things for the cost of what many car seats alone are. It is, having said that, one of the more expensive things I had on the baby registry, right up there with the crib, breast pump, and dresser / changing table.
Everything is fairly easy to clean – I’ve wiped down the car seat multiple times already. The only thing I was concerned about was the wear and tear it might cause on the bottom / fastening portion of the car seat to be constantly taking it in and out of the car, and in and out of stroller. But so far, so good. I would willingly spend the money to get a new one for my next child. Often I carry my sleepy baby up the stairs and into the house, and she will stay asleep at least long enough for me to get the cold stuff in the fridge and freezer – what more could I ask for? The same often happens from the transition from car seat base to stroller and back – she stays asleep a little longer as we keep moving.