How to Remove Graco Car Seat from The Base

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Written by: Fatima O. Millers, CPST

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This is a guide on how to remove Graco car seat from the base. Graco is one of the most used car seats on the market. It’s a trusted brand with easy-to-use car seats. 

So, if you have a Graco car seat and base, check out these step-by-step instructions on how to detach the base from your Graco.

How to install and remove the Graco car seat from the base

It’s super easy to remove the detach the base from your Graco car seat.

All you have to do is squeeze the base release handle and lift the car seat out of the base. Tadaaaa!

To attach the Graco car seat to the base, align the locking bar at the front of the car seat with the locks in the base, put the car seat in the base, and push down on the front of the car seat to lock it down. 

You will hear a “click” when it is locked.

Pull up on the front corners of the seat to make sure it is locked.

If it is still not clear how to remove and install the Graco seat in the base, keep reading.

I explained the technique step by step and I have added pictures and videos as well. 

How to take the base off a Graco car seat (Step by Step)

To disconnect Graco car seat from the base you will need to use both hands at the same time. Follow these steps one by one.

Step 1: Before you start, raise the carrier’s handle into an upright position 

Step 2: Locate the release handle or the lever button on the back of the car seat. 

Note: Some Graco car seats have lever buttons to press while others have handles that you lift. 

Step 3: With one hand press the lever ( or lift the release handle) located in the back of the car seat. 

Step 4: Lift the car seat with both hands out of the base. 

How to put back the Graco car seat into the base (Step by Step)

Now that you have successfully removed the Graco car seat from the base. You will need to put it back in. 

Just follow these easy steps and you will be good to go. 

Step 1: Locate the locking bar in the front of the car seat. These bars need to go into the locks of the base. 

remove Graco from base

Step 2: Now, align the locking bars of the car seats with the locks of the base.

Step 3: Put the car seat into the base. 

Step 4: Push down on the front of the car seat until you hear a click. The click means that the car seat is properly locked into the base. 

Here is a quick video from Graco’s YouTube channel on how to detach the Graco SnugRide 35 Lite & Lite LX Infant Car Seat from its base. 

It only took a few seconds. Press the lever in the back and lift the car seat. 

The Bottom Line

Following these steps given above, you trust you will be able to remove your Graco base easily from the base and put it back again. 

You can also check your car seat manual for further instructions if you encounter any issues.

For further reading, check out our car seat safety guides. I make sure to add new instructions and guides to help parents and caregivers take care of their little ones.  

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About Fatima O. Millers, CPST

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Fatima delivers insightful car seat reviews and recommendations. Combining her CPST expertise with an engineering background, her advice is both safe and practical.