The Best 8 Infant Car Seats

Chosen Based on Crash Test Results by Consumer Reports

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How to Choose the Right Car Seat

Nothing is more important than hauling your precious cargo from one place to another safely. Choosing an infant car seat is a big deal and one that should be made with much consideration. It’s not about price! It’s about choosing the seat that is best for your baby based on safety ratings.

Crash Testing

It’s no secret that Consumer Reports conducts annual safety crash testing on all of the leading infant car seat brands and models. They put the seats through rigorous testing to ensure that you know exactly what you are buying. Have you ever wondered what that testing includes?

Here’s a 2-minute video that illustrates the process.

Age Matters

It is recommended that you exclusively use an infant car seat for the first year of your child’s life. While many parents like the economical choice of buying an All-In-One or Convertible car seat that is meant to grow with your child, multiple studies have shown that those seats can be unsafe for infants if ever in a crash.

The safety risk is related to the movable parts of the ‘growing’ seats, which are meant to expand and collapse. This can be very dangerous if the seat incurs direct force, such as a crash. These parts do not always stay in place and may cause injury to your baby.

Why you should get the infant seat

Unlike the ‘growing’ seats, infant seats are designed to fit your infant’s proportions- nothing else. The leading brands feature a five-point harness which is the new standard for infant seat belts because it completely secures baby to the seat without fear of baby slipping out.

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Head Protection

Many of the leading car sets also offer reinforced head protection. This keeps baby’s head in place and also stops baby’s head from jerking or bouncing in the event of a crash. This is critical to your infant as the brain is very delicate and your baby’s skull has not developed enough to protect itself.

Keep in mind though, that many babies are so small when they are born that they may not be the right size to capitalize on the head safety immediately.

To counter this, many parents opt for after-market sets that securely fit into the car seat and provide the newborn with the extra cushion and protection needed. While the American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse this modification due to an increased risk of suffocation, the general school of thought is, make sure that if you add anything after-market that is a breathable material, that allows air to freely pass through it.

Bottom line: Make sure you do your research and pick a product that is safe!

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Top Rated Infant Car Seats

These seats are selected based on the 2017 Consumer Report of available infant car seats on the market today. The great news – There is something for every budget! Start looking and start shopping!

Britax B Safe 35 Infant Seat

Britax B Safe 35 Infant Seat, Black

 

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎10 lbs Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 35 lbs
Child Seated Shoulder Height‎: ‎6.5 – 11″

Pros
  • Light Weight
  • Easy to Carry
  • Stroller Compatible
Cons
  • Expensive


Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and Base with Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎9.5 lbs   Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 30 lbs
Child Seated Shoulder Height‎: ‎7 – 11″

Pros
  • Comes with Safety-Tested Newborn insert with Headrest
  • Easy to Carry
  • Great for Premies
Cons
  • Not in every price point, $$$$


CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎8.8 lbs      Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 35 lbs
Child Seated Shoulder Height‎: ‎6 – 11″

Pros
  • Easy to Carry
  • Optimal for families with larger infants
Cons
  • Can fit preemies but does not include preemie fitted insert


Cosco Light N Comfy DX Infant Car Seat

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎10 lbs      Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 22 lbs

Max Child Length: 27 in

Pros
  • Comes with Safety-Tested Newborn insert with Headrest
  • 4 harness heights and 3 buckle locations
  • Great for Preemies
Cons
  • Not optimal for larger babies. Only safe for infants up to 22lbs.


Graco SnugRide 30 (Classic Connect)

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Tangerine

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎7 lbs      Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 30 lbs

Max Child Length: 30 in

Pros
  • Comes with Safety-Tested Newborn insert with Headrest
  • Stroller Compatible
  • Affordable on Every Budget, $
Cons
  • Limited Color Options Available


Maxi-Cosi Micro Max 30 Infant Car Seat 

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat, Black Crystal

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎8.9 lbs      Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 30 lbs

Max Child Length: 32 in

Pros
  • Moisture-wicking Fabric in Liner
  • Includes Bug Net/Cover
  • Stroller Compatible
Cons
  • $$$


Safety 1st Light N Comfy Elite

Specs: Product Weight – Car Seat Only‎: ‎8.8 lbs      Child Weight‎: ‎4 – 22 lbs
Child Seated Lowest Shoulder Height‎: 5.5 in‎

Pros
  • Comes with Safety-Tested Newborn insert with Headrest
  • Great for Preemies
  • Extensive User Manual that is Easy to Read
Cons
  • Not Optimal for Larger Infants

Car seat safety is a big deal and we want you to pick the seat that will be best for your little one. To streamline this process, we have put together an easy to read comparison chart so that you can easily see how each of these products measure up against one another.

Car Seat Comparison Chart

ProductCostRear-FacingGood for PreemiesGood for Long/Large BabiesCrash Tested Head Rest InsertStroller Compatible
Britax B Safe 35$$$YesNoYesNoYes
Chicco Keyfit $$$YesYesYesYesNo
CYBEX Aton 2$$$YesYesYesNoYes
Cosco Light N Comfy DX$YesYesNoYesNo
Graco Snugride 30 Classic Connect$YesYesYesYesNo
Maxi-Cosi Micro Max 30$$$YesNoYesNoNo
Safety 1st Light N Comfy Elite$YesYesNoYesNo

Now that you know what the best infant car seats available are, don’t forget to snatch yours up today before you lose your chance!

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