The car seat is the only item that you absolutely need. You won’t be able to leave the hospital without a car seat installed. And if you stumbled upon this post, you are in definitely in the market to find the best infant car seats out there in the market. Infant car seats are used when you baby is a newborn until your baby reaches either the seat’s height or weight limit (various from car seat to car seat).Infant car seats should be used rear facing for up the recommended 2 years. When your child outgrows the infant car seat, you’ll must purchase a convertible or another front-facing car seat. Here are the best on the market currently.
Chicco is the one the top rated infant car seats on the market. It wins with parents because it is easy to install using either the LATCH system or seat belt (use only or the other not both). Consumer Reports boast of their excellent results in their new crash protocol for both their Chicco Keyfit or Chicco Keyfit 30. The only con that parents had with this car seat – installing car seat without the base in places where taxis are often taken or public transportation was an issue. Starting at $179.99
Graco, in general, is leading company in baby products. The Snugride is easy to use, lightweight and very affordable.Features we definitely like include the generous canopy and a washable machine cover. So, if you travel this is great car seat to have. Read the instruction manual and simply install the Graco snugride. The Snugride offers great safety and convenience features at a great price point. Starting at $105.99
Safety 1st Grow & Go is built to grow with your child. It’s a 3-in-1 car seat built to GROW for extended use through 3 stages: Rear-facing 5-40 pounds, Forward-facing 22-65 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster 40-100 pounds. will give your child a safer and more comfortable ride. Featuring extended use at each stage, this convertible car seat is designed to last through all your firsts with your child.Starts at $139
Peg Perego Primo Viaggo offers safety, comfort and style all in one. This Peg Perego car seat has one of the best crash test results. It has an anti-rebound bar on its base. The anti–rebound bar is a piece near the foot of the car seat (near the baby’s feet) that controls the rebound during and after a crash. Not Learn more about that here. Now, this car seat is a little bit heavier than the lightweight car seats on the market but the safety feature alone is what sells most parents. Starts at $299.
UPPAbaby Mesa is a great aesthetically pleasing and lightweight car seat. They boast of the safety features in this car seat such as smart secure system – a system that provides parents the 10-second accurate install utilizing a tightness indicator and self-retracting Latch connectors ensure a fast, accurate and easy installation. This indicator window changes from red to green for visual conﬁrmation the base has been installed correctly every time. The Mesa has been award a 5 star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Starting at $299.99
Some things to consider when purchasing a infant car seat:
- ease of use (with the LATCH system or seat belt)
- car size
Considering all this factors and this will help you pick the car seat that works for you and your family.
Also make sure you are installing your car seat correctly, learn more about rear facing or if you are looking for convertible seats here is a comprehension list and our recommended top 5 convertible car seats.
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