Best Infant Car Seats

Your newborn baby is now your most valuable cargo you will be driving around with once you leave the hospital. You will need a reliable car seat to travel around with your baby to keep them safe while riding in a vehicle. It’s important to choose a seat that is compliant with federal regulations to ensure your baby’s safety. Here you will find the best infant car seats that are up to date with safety standards and highly rated by other moms.

*Always check the latest car seat recalls to ensure your child’s safety. We will never review or recommend products that are currently on recall; however a product we’ve mentioned may become recalled after the time the article was written. Always register your car seats as well as other infant gear after purchasing to get updates from the manufacturer should your product become recalled.

Best Infant Car Seats for Installation

It doesn’t matter what type of car seat you choose, it won’t serve its purpose if it isn’t installed correctly. With so many different car seat designs and vehicle models, this can be a challenge. These were top rated for the easiest to install car seats that help ensure they are put in properly.

Chicco Key Fit 30
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThe Chicco Key Fit 30 is definitely one of the easiest infant car seats to install. The base of the seat (the part that stays in the vehicle) has a center-pull LATCH system for safely securing it and making adjustments without no hassle. It also has a bubble level indicator to ensure that you have the car seat at the correct angle. Read reviews

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThis car seat by Peg Perego also features a secured LATCH system that makes it easy to install. In addition to the level indicator on the base it also has a knob to easily adjust the position of the carrier to keep your newborn at a safe angle that can be adjusted as baby gets older. As with many infant car seats now, it also has a tether in the front which you can adjust the straps with for a snug fit without having to take the car seat out and pull in the back to tighten or loosen it. Read reviews

Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThe Britax B-Safe infant seat was designed so that it would be compatible with more vehicle models. This helps make installation easier without having a common issue of improper installation. It features push-button LATCH connectors making it easier and quicker to install into the vehicle. The unique design of the infant base allows it to self-guide the carrier into the position making it easier for anyone to safely snap in the car seat to the base. It is also compatible with the Britax B-Agile Stroller for convenience.  Read reviews.

 Best Infant Car Seats for Preemies

As a mom of a premature baby I know the importance of having a car seat that is adequate for a smaller-than average infant; in fact the car seat had to pass a test with our baby performed by the hospital to ensure it was safe enough for her. Most average car seats are made for babies 5 pounds and up, although some preemies are ready to go home before they reach the 5 pound weight limit or even full-term babies that with a low birth weight. If you have a history of preterm births or expecting multiples here are a few infant car seats suitable for tiny babies you may want to consider.

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThis Safety 1st car seat is top rated for its accommodating features for tiny babies. It has a weight limit of 4-35lbs to suit your baby as they grow bigger. It also comes with a newborn insert that is customizable for preemies as well as lower harness slots so your baby is properly secured. It also offers ample leg room to comfortably keep your tot rear-facing as they grow for longer use and ultimate value. Read reviews

 

Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30LX
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageGraco SnugRide are one of the biggest selling brands on the market. The Classic Connect 30LX is designed for infants 4-30 pounds. It has a full body support that is removable once your baby outgrows it. The SnugRide is one of the safest lines of infant car seats that have been crash tested to ensure optimal safety for your baby. Read reviews

 

Britax Chaperone
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThe Britax Chaperone fits infants starting at 4lbs up to 30lbs with a 7 position height adjustable harness for a secure fit. It is designed to keep the infant’s head, neck and body aligned providing advanced safety to reduce injury in a collision. This seat also features an anti-rebound bar for an all-around impact protection component in the event of an accident. Read reviews

Best Convertible Car Seats

A convertible car seat offers the best value because they are designed for rear-facing with infants then can convert to face forward for toddlers. These are also ideal with multiple children. Here’s a look at some of the best convertible car seats to choose from.

Britax Roundabout 55 
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThe Roundabout convertible car seat is designed to provide maximum protection all the way around with advanced side-impact protection and a unique technology system to reduce the center of gravity and forward motion in a collision. It’s also very easy to install with push-button LATCH system and belt locks for use with the lap/shoulder seat belt. It is designed for infants 5-40lbs in the rear-facing position to 20-55lbs forward facing. We actually purchased one of these when our son outgrew his infant car seat and we love it. The only thing is I find it sits higher than our previous car seat. Read reviews

Recaro ProRIDE
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThis car seat has many safety features inspired by auto racing safety to offer a high quality car seat specially designed to provide complete protection for infants and toddlers. The ergonomic shape of the seat’s construction molds to your child’s body for a comfortable, secure and snug fit. The harness system features a knob to adjust the straps without having to disassemble and rethread them to easily adapt to your child as they grow. Read reviews

Graco My Ride 65 LX
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Amazon ImageThe Graco My Ride offers the most versatility of a car seat to accommodate infants from 5-40lbs when rear-facing to toddlers 20-65lbs! It features a level indicator to ensure proper angle position when installed in the rear-facing position. It also comes with 2 built-in cup holders on each side to hold toddler’s drinks. Read reviews

When it comes to traveling with your baby be sure to choose a car seat that will suit your needs and is also compatible with your vehicle to ensure a proper fit. I would also like to suggest to new parents who travel frequently between separate vehicles to purchase an additional infant seat base to stay in the other vehicle. This makes it much easier for parents than having to reinstall the seat and is a cost-friendly alternative to buying a second seat. Once your baby has outgrown their infant seat, head on over to check out our selection on recommended car seats for toddlers.

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