Our comments: Consumers are encouraged to always use the seatbelt with the ClickTight system to install these seats. Very easy to install properly rear-facing or forward-facing with ClickTight. Very easy to use correctly. Excellent option for extended rear-facing for kids under 40 lbs. Fits newborns very well. If you don’t need the maximum recline angle (for a newborn or very young baby), then these seats do not take up a lot of space when rear-facing so they are a good option for smaller vehicles. Anti-rebound bar (ARB) accessory is available for purchase if you want that additional feature. See our full review of the Britax Marathon CT here, full review of the Britax Boulevard CT here. See our full review of the Britax Advocate CT with ARB here.
The Graco Backless TurboBooster's safety ratings are definitely impressive. The IIHS awarded this seat the coveted “Best Bet” designation for its outstanding ability to protect riders in the event of an accident. Aesthetically speaking, this booster's Disney Cars pattern will appeal to children of all ages. The colorful seat, with solid black accents and white piping, brightens up a car's interior while supplying dual hideaway cup holders and removable padded seat cushions. Note: A pink Disney princess seat is available for those children who might prefer a different design.

But here’s the other thing: as parents, we all agree that car seats should be a hot topic because they’re one of the most important aspects to keeping our kids safe. The average family spends a lot of time in the car: grocery runs and after-school sports and weekend jaunts and, well, all those interminable minutes and hours you spend going to and fro, hither and thither.
I am trying to find a convertible car seat that swivels/rotates so that you can easily buckle the child in while they’re facing you before clicking them into place. There are tons of brands/models available in Europe and other parts of the world but I can’t find a single one for sale in the USA. Help! I know the rotation itself can’t be “illegal” because there had been one (since recalled for other reasons) available by Orbit until a few years ago.
About $200-230 depending on whether you go for the regular B-Safe 35 (usually around $170), the B-Safe Elite (usually around $200), or the newest B-Safe Ultra (usually up to $230 depending on pattern choice). The one pictured is the 35 Ultra with Cool Flow fabric. There's a reason that the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat is the #1 best-selling infant car seat on the market this year, because moms and dads love it, and you can't beat the Britax safety reputation. The B-Safe 35, B-Safe Elite, and B-Safe Ultra infant car seats come with a seat base that easily attaches into (and detaches from) your car using either the Latch system or the conventional seat belt. Made right here in the USA, moms love the form and fit of these seats, and we found that any of these models do a really nice job supporting even very small (4+ lbs) infants with use of the included infant padding insert. As the baby grows, you can remove the additional body and head padding to give your baby a bit more room. The car seat also has simple to adjust head protection pads, a 35-pound weight limit (which is at the higher end of the range), two crotch strap positions (in the Elite and Ultra), multiple shoulder harness strap positions to fit a growing baby, and we found it very easy with the Elite and Ultra versions to make on-the-fly adjustments to suit different size babies. The B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite have three primary differences: the elite adds quick-adjust head protection, adjustable shoulder straps without rethreading (this is truly worth the cost), and a bit more padding and higher quality fabric. The B-Safe Elite and B-Safe Ultra have a few differences as well: the B-Safe Ultra adds a European belt path and the Cool Flow fabric option. The European style belt guide allows you to secure the seat without the base using the vehicle's seat belts; this is great for people who don't want to spend the extra cash for another base, have multiple cars, or want to be able to travel (and use a ride-sharing or a taxi) without bringing the base along. The Cool Flow fabric is amazing and provides extra ventilation for the warmer months to avoid a sweaty back and discomfort. Overall, we believe the extra $40-50 is worth all of the advantages of the Ultra version. But all those features mean a car seat that weighs about 20 pounds (seat is 11lb + base is 9lb), which we understand may be quite heavy for some parents. All three B-Safe versions use the Britax SafeCell technology, which combines side impact protection, a steel-reinforced frame, and EPS energy-absorbing foam. Those safety features really set this seat apart from the crowd, and we think it's worth the added weight. Relative to the Chicco car seats (see below), the B-Safe Elite and Ultra have slightly plusher and premium-feel fabric, and we found the fabric much easier to clean with wipes, and to remove for machine washing. The B-Safe also has the same weight capacity (35 pounds) as the Chicco Fit2, but a lower maximum baby height of 32" as opposed to the Chicco Fit2's 35". Related to sizing, in our testing we did find that the B-Safe can be a bit tight in the shoulder area for bigger babies, especially after they are about 10-12 months old. That's the only real limitation of this Britax car seat, though it won't impact you if you have a relatively normal-sized baby, or if you're going to switch a convertible car seat around 12-16 months anyway. A final point is that the B-Safe canopy is larger than most others and truly covers a baby during bright sun, rain, snow, or simply for privacy and during a nap. The B-Safe is made in the USA by a company with a stellar reputation for quality and safety, including infant car seats, convertible car seats, and toddler booster seats. As a bonus, it comes in a variety of colors/patterns. Yes, it's expensive, but we believe the quality, features, and safety reputation are well worth the cost. It is definitely one the best infant car seats available this year, and worthy of this spot on our list (and its spot at the top of our best travel systems list). Interested in our top-pick, the B-Safe Ultra? You can check it out here: Britax B-Safe 35 Ultra.

Price: Speaking of price, infant car seats vary widely in quality, style, and (importantly) price. You will notice that some car seats sell for under $100, whereas others are upwards of $300. There are usually very good reasons for the price differences. In general, the more expensive car seats tend to be plusher, softer to the touch, more user-friendly, use higher quality parts (snaps, handles, hinges, clips, fabric, stitching), lighter parts, and come in a more stylish array of color and pattern options. Are more expensive car seats safer? No, when used correctly all car seats are safe and must meet the requirements of the NHTSA. However, some of the less expensive brands may meet NHTSA minimum requirements whereas others go beyond those standards. A good example of going beyond NHTSA requirements to increase safety is using an anti-rebound bar to reduce rotational forces due to accident impact, or double and triple side-impact protection. Overall, expect to spend under $150 for a good quality car seat, between $150-250 for a high-quality car seat, and over $300 for a fancy seat with extra safety and convenience features. It's nice to know, however, that you can get one of the best infant car seats on the market for only about $150 and rest assured that it is a safe option for your baby. Though we haven't done a full review of it yet, this would be a good point to mention the relatively new Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat, that's only about $150 and has some pretty nice features for the price, complementing their Baby Jogger City View convertible car seat.
All car seat models, convertible and otherwise, are subject to state laws regarding their safe use. Before car seat installation, parents and other caregivers must understand the regulations that apply to their state. What follows is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to start. After all, nothing is more important than the health and safety of your precious cargo.
While there aren’t a lot of problems with this seat, there have been a few issues. Some parents noted a lot of wear and tear on the straps after several months of use. Other parents had difficulty getting their child at the proper recline position in rear-facing mode, so their child’s head fell forward when sleeping. Adjusting the angle with a pool noodle or towel is recommended.
Convert from a high-back to backless booster: Some families may want to keep spare lighter, more portable backless boosters around for carpools, but we wanted seats that would meet a range of needs for a longer period of time, which can be achieved with a seat that converts from high-back to backless. A seat designed to adjust or expand to better accommodate an older and larger-sized kid is a plus.
If you like the Safety 1st brand and love a good deal, it doesn’t get much better than the Advance 70 Air+ convertible car seat. This versatile workhorse is for families who practice extended rear-racing (up to 40 pounds and 40 inches) and extended front-facing (70 pounds and 52 inches) – or for families with big kids who outgrow seat limits before they’re developmentally ready. And of course, the Advance 70 Air+ meets Safety 1st’s exacting safety standards and meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards.
Our comments: RodiFix is a unique, high-end booster with innovative features that make it easy to install and easy for kids to buckle themselves. Deep head and torso wings plus the Air Protect cushions offer enhanced protection in side-impact crashes and make the RodiFix comfortable and supportive for sleeping. The rigid lower LATCH connectors are a huge bonus and we like the fact that it only weighs 14 lbs. We recommend only for kids over 4 years old who weigh at least 40 lbs. and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. The RodiFix has a Best Bet rating from IIHS. See our full review of the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix here.
The Britax Advocate scores major points with us because it is one of the easiest convertible seats to install. Latch connectors make the process simple and quick, and the seat can be just as quickly uninstalled with the push of a button. The Britax is a larger seat that takes up quite a bit of space in rear-facing position; potential buyers should note the size of their backseat bench before purchasing. 
Price: Speaking of price, infant car seats vary widely in quality, style, and (importantly) price. You will notice that some car seats sell for under $100, whereas others are upwards of $300. There are usually very good reasons for the price differences. In general, the more expensive car seats tend to be plusher, softer to the touch, more user-friendly, use higher quality parts (snaps, handles, hinges, clips, fabric, stitching), lighter parts, and come in a more stylish array of color and pattern options. Are more expensive car seats safer? No, when used correctly all car seats are safe and must meet the requirements of the NHTSA. However, some of the less expensive brands may meet NHTSA minimum requirements whereas others go beyond those standards. A good example of going beyond NHTSA requirements to increase safety is using an anti-rebound bar to reduce rotational forces due to accident impact, or double and triple side-impact protection. Overall, expect to spend under $150 for a good quality car seat, between $150-250 for a high-quality car seat, and over $300 for a fancy seat with extra safety and convenience features. It's nice to know, however, that you can get one of the best infant car seats on the market for only about $150 and rest assured that it is a safe option for your baby. Though we haven't done a full review of it yet, this would be a good point to mention the relatively new Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat, that's only about $150 and has some pretty nice features for the price, complementing their Baby Jogger City View convertible car seat.
Our comments: We recommend only for kids over 4 years old who weigh at least 40 lbs. and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. It’s reasonably priced, comfortable, LATCHable and tends to fit kids of different ages and sizes well. We just wish it was a little bit taller! The KidFit has a Best Bet rating from the IIHS in both highback and backless mode. See our Chicco KidFit review here.
Recaro’s reputation for style, form and function live on with the ProRIDE, a convertible car seat that employs serious safety features: a vehicle belt lock-off mechanism (for use when forward-facing), PUR foam in the head restraint, and racing-inspired side impact protection. And rest assured your little one won’t sacrifice comfort for safety, as the ProRIDE also comes equipped with an ergonomic shell, breathable fabric, and comfortable cushioning.
But here’s the other thing: as parents, we all agree that car seats should be a hot topic because they’re one of the most important aspects to keeping our kids safe. The average family spends a lot of time in the car: grocery runs and after-school sports and weekend jaunts and, well, all those interminable minutes and hours you spend going to and fro, hither and thither.
I’m really surprised the Nuna Rava isn’t included in the list. We had great experience with it, it was between the Peg Perego Viaggio and the Maxi Cosi Pria 85, all three were comparable in weight, but as far as feedback I had from several mommies, the Rava was the convertible for me. Upgrading from a Cybex Cloud, the Rava included an infant insert that would have worked just as well. Considering the tough shell, the actual fabric material is really soft and cushiony. Also, please please make note of warranties, while I didn’t experience it myself, my cousin recently got in an accident and had a terrible time with getting her car seat replaced by graco. I contacted Nuna recently and they were very reassuring with the requirements for a replacement in the case of an accident.
Infant car seats protect babies during car rides. Obviously, little babies are not big enough for the factory car seat. Thus, the infant car seat fits right on the factory design. This buying guide has ten of the safest car seats 2019. Furthermore, there is helpful tips and information on car seats. Plus, you can learn about important factors, how size affects car seat purchases, and so much more. Now, without any more waiting, here is our list of the ten best infant car seats.

Baby Weight and Height: Babies come in all shapes and sizes. If you're lucky you will have a 7-9 pound baby, but many moms deliver a bit early or deliver a baby bigger than they expected. You might be on the lower end of the spectrum with a cute little 4 pound baby, or on the higher end with a chunky-monkey 12 pound baby (like me!). It's important to realize that every car seat has its own unique minimum and maximum infant weights and heights. These guidelines are very important and can influence your baby's safety and comfort. Most infant car seats have a minimum baby weight of 4 pounds (1.8 kg), and a a maximum of either 30 pounds (13.6 kg) or 35 pounds (15.9 kg). But be sure to check the box or label because even within a single brand, different models have different specifications. Also, some models will include an insert for particularly small babies (4-11 pounds) to help support their body, these can also give them a snug fit and help them not feel like they're swimming in the seat. We also want to point out that it's unlikely you'll reach the weight limit before reaching the height limit on many of these seats. In other words, your baby will end up too tall before they end up too heavy, with their legs bent and feet pushing against the vehicle's back seat. That's expected, but keep that in mind when you're considering whether weight limit or height limit is the more important factor (we suggest focusing on height limit more than weight limit). If you want something that can support infants (rear-facing) as well as toddlers (front-facing), check out our list of best convertible car seats, some of which can support babies as small as 4 pounds and bigger kids all the way up to 100-120 pounds. In our opinion, you will be best served by an infant car seat, then transitioning to a convertible later in development. The primary reason for this advice: infant car seats detach from the base and have a handle for carrying a sleeping baby, convertible car seats do not. Infant and convertible car seats are not the only types of car seats on the market. There are also combination seats that start as a booster with a harness and then convert to a full booster seat, and also the booster seats themselves that use the vehicle's shoulder belt (and some use the LATCH system).
Safety: Car seats sold in the USA must meet federal (NHTSA) safety standards and requirements, so no matter which car seat you choose, you can rest assured that it has been thoroughly safety tested for babies and toddlers. It is important to note, however, that some seats go far beyond the federal safety standards. There are a few good examples of that. First, some car seats have larger cushioned side impact protection near the shoulders and head. At a minimum, these will provide greater comfort for your child's droopy head during naps; at the most, it might provide some extra security during a side-impact crash. Second, anti-rebound bars are becoming more popular, such as the one seen on the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio, the Chicco Fit2, and the Evenflo SafeMax infant car seats; the idea here is that the anti-rebound bar can reduce rotational forces in the event of a crash. This means that, for instance, in the event of a front-end crash, the infant seat will not have such an extreme rebound toward the back seat. It's hard to justify spending more money for a luxury seat (like the Nuna Pipa or UppaBaby Mesa) that don't have this modern safety feature. Similarly, some modern infant car seats are also using a load leg that extends down from the back of the car seat down onto the floor of your vehicle. A good example of this is the new Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Nido infant car seat, which is an upgrade from the regular Primo Viaggio. The load leg is also designed to reduce rotational forces, and together with the rebound bar can reduce rotational forces by up to about 50%. Worth the cost over a traditional car seat design? That's for you to decide. Even if some extra peace of mind is important, then it might be worth the extra $100 (or so). Also, regarding safety, we do not recommend using any car seat accessory that is not manufactured by the company that made the car seat, and designed specifically for the car seat. Examples include harness tie-backs, detachable cup holders, or car seat covers. If you are at all concerned about a proper installation, most local police or fire departments have a CPST technician who can help make sure infant seats are properly installed; they will check belt adjustments, harness heights (shoulder belt height), recline, seat belt paths, LATCH use, car seat and base compatibility, travel system integration, and make sure your infant car seat base is installed properly in your vehicle. Note that most of the seats on this list are very easy to install, featuring a no-rethread harness, recline indicators, and comprehensive owner's manuals to make sure you're doing things correctly. Otherwise, you risk doing something wrong like installing a top tether when rear-facing (about 99% of the time, top tethers are only for forwardfacing car seats), not appropriately reclining the seat, or having a loose fit. Note that all of the seats on this list are approved for car seat travel on airplanes by the FAA. Finally, always check car seat expiration dates to make sure you're in the clear. 
Our comments: The Scenera NEXT is a good budget-friendly seat for babies and small toddlers. Just don’t expect it to fit many kids over age 2 or 3. Also nice for traveling since it’s so lightweight. If installing with LATCH isn’t an option then you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install this carseat with seatbelt.  See our full review of the Cosco Scenera NEXT.  Also check out our Comparison of Convertible Seats Under $100.

Why is this one of the safest infant car seats? Well, this Britax car seat has a very unique feature. As a matter of fact, this feature is available in just this car seat. The Britax SafeCell Impact Protection system keeps babies safe. This includes a steel frame and an energy-absorbing base. In the instance of a car crash, your baby is protected by this car seat!
Can you use a convertible seat for a newborn? You can, though keep in mind that the AAP and several child safety experts recommend a dedicated infant seat for newborns up to 8 pounds or more. Convertible seats tend to be roomier, so they may not offer a snug enough fit for a very small baby or preemie. Otherwise, if your baby isn’t super small, a convertible seat should fit her just fine.
The Chicco KidFit is for kids who weigh between 30 and 110 pounds and are between 38" and 57" tall. The back of the seat can be removed, depending on your and your child’s preferences, and the booster seat has easy-to-use seat belt guides. Further, it features 10-position head and shoulder side-impact protection, as well as a contoured, reclining seat with double foam padding for both protection and comfort. Finally, both the seat and ​armrests have removable, washable covers, making it easy to keep the car seat clean.
The Evenflo Embrace Select Infant car seat is the least expensive option on our list, at less than $100! If you're interested in seeing some of our best infant car seats under $100, check out our reviews here. This car seat accommodates infants from 4 pounds up to 35 pounds. The car seat itself weighs about 13 pounds and most moms commented on how lightweight it feels compared to some other car seats. This seat includes an easy to use LATCH system for the base and the seat is easy to snap into and out of the base, and EPS energy-absorbing foam (though it does not have a steel-reinforced frame). The fabric is easy to clean though some complained that the fabric can get warm and is not very breathable. This car seat also comes with 3 shoulder harness positions so that you can adjust the seatbelt straps to their appropriate positions as your baby grows. It's important to note that this car seat can only be used rear-facing. One of the biggest complaints that parents had about this car seat is that the canopy is not very large. Parents were also disappointed that there weren't many color options to choose from. Overall, though, this is one of the best infant car seats for the price, and great for the budget-conscious buyer! Evenflo also makes the Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat, which is super cheap (like $50), but also super flimsy-feeling and limited in features. Here is the Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat, with different color options: Evenflo Embrace Select Infant Car Seat
This harness and booster seat has an energy-absorbing shell and foam-lined headrest to keep your kids comfortable as it protects them from side impacts. The Britax G1.1 Frontier can even recline, a great option for long car trips. While pricey, this product’s extreme versatility and function make it a solid investment for families with small children.
Though it costs over $200, this harness-to-booster seat can be used for several years, as it’s designed for children weighing between 25 and 120 pounds. When your child is between 25 and 90 pounds, you can use the Britax product as a forward-facing harness seat. It has an impressive nine-position harness and two-position buckle to allow for maximum comfort, even as your child grows. Once kids reach the 40-pound mark, the seat can then be used as a belt-positioning booster.
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