One of the most important choices you may have to make as a new parent is a brand new car seat for your little one. After all, it’s the one thing that will keep them safe and secure during your family car rides, besides meeting other basic needs that your child might have, such as always carrying a baby thermometer in your bag, or having your stroller in the car as well.
There are a few other things you should take into consideration as well before purchasing one such as whether it’s rear or front-facing or if it’s easy to install and take apart.
But in reality, finding the ideal baby car seat can be a nightmare given all the options on the market, all with different features and models. And then, your type of car and your child’s age and weight are also things that determine the best choice for your particular situation.
One thing to keep in mind is that it is recommended to keep your little one in the same car seat until they actually outgrow it.
More precisely, don’t rush into replacing it with a larger one as that may drastically decrease their safety.
Instead, your child should always max out the height and weight limit before moving on to another stage.
It all sounds quite daunting; after all, it is all about keeping your little one safe during car rides, so it makes sense that you might be a little stressed trying to pick a car seat for them.
Thankfully, this list contains a variety of great options so you are bound to find one that is exactly what you need!
Cybex Sirona S i-Size Convertible Car Seat
The first product is made to “grow” along with your child, being suitable since birth to around 4 years of age or a maximum of 105 cm in height.
It also makes it easy to place and remove your little one to and from the chair since it features complete 360 degrees rotation.
Another great feature is the so called Driving Direction Control which is useful because it prevents the seat from moving to forward facing before the tot has the correct height.
The Energy Reduction Technology also reduces the pressure on their neck during a car crash, offering that extra protection.
As mentioned before, this one is made to “grow” with your child due to having 12 different height positions.
Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat
The Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat is a little harder to install than the one before so read the manual carefully but it’s perfect if you have a bigger car as it is made to fit perfectly in such vehicles.
This also means that it’s not the best for smaller cars since it’s a really long car seat.
It is also long lasting due to its conversion options meaning that you’ll be able to use it from birth all the way to your offspring’s big kid years!
More precisely, as soon as they reach the limit for a rear facing chair (around 22 pounds), you can turn it around and you’ll be able to use it until they hit 65 pounds!
But that’s not all! After that stage it converts into a highback booster and finally a backless booster that works with the car’s seatbelt until your kid reaches 57 inches in height and 120 pounds!
It’s important to note that it features a six position recline and 10-position no-rethread harness as well as two cup holders!
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat
The Extend2Fit is a convertible car seat and a best seller thanks to its easy installation and fit in nearly all kinds of vehicles.
Another big selling point is its 50-pound weight limit which means that it allows kids to use it forward facing for a longer period of time.
It also allows five inches of extra leg room for some extra comfort.
It is ideal whether you have a newborn or a school kid so you’ll get a lot of use out of it.
The seat is quite wide because of the attached cup holders so if you want more room in your back seat, pick one that does not occupy as much of it.
Evenflo Gold Revolve360 Rotational AllinOne Convertible Car Seat
For easy in and out, this seat is able to turn 360 degrees and you can use it for up to ten years or your little one’s life once you install it!
It features three different modes – forward facing, rear facing and booster – and you can rotate it with just the touch of a button!
This makes it a breeze to get your offspring in and out of the seat, especially while rear facing.
The fact that it’s so simple and effortless will also encourage you to keep the seat rear facing for longer, which is the safer option anyway.
SlimFit3 LX 3-in-1 Car Seat
This is a really slim seat, ideal if you need to place three across! In fact, as its name also suggests, it is specifically made for that so if you have a bigger family, go for it!
Of course, you could also just want one so that there is still some space in the backseat, something wider seats take a lot of.
It features a steel reinforced frame and energy absorbing foam, providing both safety and comfort.
It grows with your little one, being used as rear facing, forward facing and even as a highback booster at some point.
The harnesses are easy to adjust and the seat cover is removable, so you can wash it without having to uninstall the seat or even remove the harness.
And despite it being so slim, it still comes with two cup holders!
Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat
This seat is ideal for extended rear facing and the pad is zip-off so you can remove and wash it easily.
It is also designed in such a way that you can put it back just as easy, without uninstalling the seat like it happens with a lot of other products.
Just keep in mind that it might be a bit challenging to get your child in and out of the chair because of the high sides.
Another great advantage is the so called Super Cinch strap that allows the installing using the LATCH system a breeze.
There are bubble levels that will let you know whether or not you have nailed the correct seat angle be it forward or rear facing.
Chicco Keyfit 35 Infant Car Seat
Another option that is very easy to install, something many reviewers have pointed out online.
In fact, this brand even has a video on YouTube, demonstrating, step by step, how to do it.
The height and weight limits are 32 inches and 35 pounds, respectively.
The seat also includes an anti-rebound bar for some more stability, as well as a no-rethread harness and easy-extend harness.
Finally, this product allows you to install it without the base so it is ideal for on the go travel.
Evenflo LiteMax DLX Infant Car Seat
To add stabilization to the seat, this product has a load leg but that is not all!
It also includes a no-rethread harness and adjustable headrest, it is really lightweight when compared to most other baby car seats out there (under 9 pounds.)
It is recommended for use with infants starting at 4 pounds and up to 35 pounds.
Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
Technically, this is a convertible car seat, going from rear facing to forward facing.
However, there is also a third stage that allows you to use it in the belt positioning booster mode.
More precisely, you can use it in rear facing from birth until your little one reaches a maximum of 40 pounds.
Then, the next step is to turn it around to forward facing, position recommended up to 65 pounds.
Finally, by removing the harness, you can turn it into a booster seat that can be used until your child reaches 100 pounds.
Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus
This is a combination car seat, meaning that it is only forward facing with a five point harness.
It also converts to a booster seat that can be used with the car’s seatbelt at the point that the child outgrows the height and weight limit.
For some more safety, it has added side impact and safe-cell impact protection, which are honeycomb compression towers in the very base of the seat that lower its center of gravity, reducing the forward motion in the event of a car crash.
It also has a steel frame, meaning it is strong and durable and in booster mode, it can be used by kids up to 120 pounds.
Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Car Seat
Easy to install and lightweight, this convertible seat is another favorite among parents, especially those who travel a lot.
It comes in a one piece shell so there are no other small parts to confuse you and waste time upon installation.
It can also be installed upright, allowing babies more neck control.
In the rear facing position, it can be used for newborns starting at only 4 pounds and then it can be turned in the forward facing position and used until up to 40 pounds.
Mifold Hifold The Fit-and-Fold Booster Car Seat
Another great seat for traveling, this is one of the most innovative out there!
Thanks to its fold up option, it is really portable and easy to store and take with you, even in a backpack all the while not compromising on security and comfort.
It can grow with your child, from 33 pounds to 100 pounds so you’ll also get a lot of use out of it!
Bubblebum Backless Inflatable Travel Booster
The final baby car seat on our list is the most lightweight as well since it is inflatable!
Parents really love it since it is so small and easy to carry around.
Of course, keep in mind that boosters are not allowed on planes but if you need it for cars, it does a great job with what it promises.