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How to adjust the seat on the Graco metrolite stroller

Updated on October 17, 2017
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The Graco metrolite stroller

This is a hub dedicated to helping moms and dads figure out how to adjust the seat on the Graco metrolite stroller. I stand by Graco products. I think that Graco products are great. I got the Graco metrolite travel system and have been using it as an all in one with the car seat. I think that parents can rest easy and feel that their babies are secure in these Graco strollers. Even in a bustling airport, I felt like my baby was safe with the Graco metrolite stroller system. (See my hub on air travel with infants.)

This particular hub however will focus on the transition where you are no longer using an infant car seat with the stroller.

Oh, they grow up so fast! It's time to move forward to a second stage/toddler car seat and remove the infant car seat from the stroller system.

With the Graco metrolite system, you can use the infant car seat only until the baby reaches 20 pounds in weight and no more than 26 inches in height. Once you have removed the infant car seat however, you can continue to use the stroller alone until the baby reaches 40 pounds.

On one hand, that is great news. You don't have to go out and buy a different stroller. On the other hand, do you sense frustration with trying to adjust the seat? Does is seem to stay only in the reclining position?

I write this article to help you because I sensed the same frustration. It is especially daunting if you do not have an instruction manual on hand for whatever reason such as having purchased a gently used stroller with original packaging and instructions unavailable.

Well, in a case like this, it is very important to find the information you need wherever you can. For the duration of time that you use the stroller system, you might find that various adjustments need to be made for assembly and/or operation of the system and you need to know what you are doing.

Like many other moms I'm sure, I took to the internet and googled how to put the Graco metrolite stroller seat in the upright position.

What did I find when I went there?

Many moms complaining that it was impossible to do. There were customer reviews at various retailer websites carrying the stroller and many people were experiencing similar frustrations. There was one review where the stroller was given just 2 out of 5 stars because the seat seemed to remain only in the reclining position and this was frustrating for both mom and baby.The baby had developed enough to sit well upright and wanted to be able to do so. He would even try to pull himself up.

Some customers said that they would get rid of their strollers and get different ones.

 I was reading about low customer ratings and temptations to purchase different strollers and I thought to myself, this can't be. I have loved the stroller system so far and the seat must be adjustable. I just need to find the right information.

So now that the story has been told, the answer is really simple. I looked at a couple of ehow and YouTube videos and one spoke about a metal bar behind the seat that would allow you to adjust it.

Well, there was no such metal bar behind the seat on my particular model, but I searched and searched, inspecting everywhere on the stroller and something told me to try pulling the strings behind the seat.

 On my stroller, behind the seat, there are two simple black strings that look like drawstrings of a pair of jogging pants. Perhaps you have differently colored strings or the aforementioned metal bar on your stroller. Either way, pull on strings or maneuver the metal bar as shown in the video below and there you are, able to adjust the seat on your Graco metrolite stroller!

Graco metrolite stroller- video from Expert Village

© 2011 Nyesha Pagnou MPH


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      3 years ago

      This Graco Metrolite stroller is rally very beautiful, I will purchase it for my next baby.

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      4 years ago

      I don't have the strings or the bar. How do you get it to sit up without either of them?

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      5 years ago

      I do not have drawstrings!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you Cogerson! :-)

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      7 years ago from Virginia

      Nice hub....after 6 kids my wife and I no longer have to worry about the latest and greatest least until the grandkids informative and interesting hub...voted up


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