Baby Car Seats Review

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Why Purchase a Baby Car Seat?

You have planned, waited and prepared for the day you’ll bring your beautiful new baby home. The nursery is ready, the house is baby-proofed and you’ve purchased more diapers than you know what to do with. Everything may be ready at home, but have you properly prepared your car for the new arrival? Equipping your car with a baby car seat is the only way to ensure a safe ride home from the hospital. Car seats today are nothing like they were when we were kids. The best infant car seats provide energy absorbing foam comforts and cradles your newborn, protecting them during a crash and making for a very comfortable ride. An adjustable harness and several reclining positions mean you can personalize the seat even further for each child. We’ve looked at the market’s selection and reviewed the top 10 baby car seats. Our articles on baby car seats have been thoroughly researched and weighted against a list of criteria to provide you with the best baby car seat comparisons and reviews. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

Baby Car Seats: What to Look For

We’ll admit, we were pretty blown away when researching baby travel systems for this review site. The in-depth studies and crash tests the best baby car seats undergo is remarkable. Everything is done with safety in mind. The Graco SnugRide 35 is our favorite of the bunch, with a comprehensive balance of safety requirements, ease of use and outstanding features. Listed below are the items that were used to compare car seats for infants.

Safety
As a parent, keeping your little one safe is extremely important. That’s why we’ve weighted Safety heavier than the other categories. It is essential to choose a car seat that you know will protect your infant against any type of accident. Most infant car seats are designed to absorb a frontal, rear and a side impact with energy absorbent foam. The diligence of the Chicco KeyFit 30 team impressed us with their side impact safety features and thorough crash testing. They’ve gone above and beyond the federal safety requirements as well. We’d highly recommend choosing a car seat with a crash test rating that meets or exceeds federal requirements. Standard car seats hold babies from four to 35 pounds. Find a car seat that has a large range like the Britax B-Safe; a large ranges means you'll replace it less often and thus need to buy fewer car seats.

Ease of Use
A properly installed car seat can make all the difference in a car accident. Car seat installation manuals are included with all of the products we reviewed, and some even have instructive installation videos on their websites. To make the car seat even more efficient, look for one that is compatible with a stroller, has an adjustable carrying handle and a stay-in-car base. These three features allow for easy transport in and out of the car. If you travel often, an airplane compliant certification for your car seat is critical. This certification means the car seat has been tested and passed by the FAA.

Features
Additional features make adjusting the seat to your child’s preferences easy. Look for a convenient center-pull adjustment feature and a reclining seat. For added luxury for your child, a canopy and cold weather boot are welcome comforts. If you plan on using the car seat from newborn to 12 months, also look for a removable head support. The head support is necessary when transporting an infant, but it becomes unnecessary as the child grows.

Help & Support
With a product as important as a baby car seat, it is essential to have a good support base from the manufacturer. We favor those companies that offer a comprehensive user manual, online customer support and phone support. A local retail finder is nice and allows you to go and preview the seat for yourself. Also, because car seats can only be used for two to three years before the plastic expires, most warranties are only one year. If the included warranty is any less than a year, we would be hesitant to choose it over another with a better warranty.

There is no wiggle room when it comes to your infant’s safety. Don’t settle for a sub-par product when you could own any of the excellent baby car seats we’ve reviewed. Any of them would aid in protecting your child in case of a car accident. Beyond that, the choice comes down to your individual needs and preferences. Above all, be safe and keep your children safe.

 
 
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8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Graco SnugRide 35 Chicco KeyFit 30 Britax B-Safe Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Evenflo SecureRide 35 e3 Evenflo Serenade Chicco KeyFit The First Years Via I470 Maxi-Cosi Pebble Mia Moda Certo
Graco SnugRide 35 Chicco KeyFit 30 Britax B-Safe Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Evenflo SecureRide 35 e3 Evenflo Serenade Chicco KeyFit The First Years Via  I470 Maxi-Cosi Pebble Mia Moda Certo
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Visit Graco SnugRide 35
$125.56
Visit Chicco KeyFit 30
$189.99
Visit Britax B-Safe
$144.00
Visit Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air
$165.29
Visit Evenflo SecureRide 35 e3
$119.99
Visit Evenflo Serenade
$129.99
Visit Chicco KeyFit
$179.99
Visit The First Years Via  I470
$171.16
Visit Maxi-Cosi Pebble
$159.99
Visit Mia Moda Certo
$115.00
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Safety
Weight Limit 5-35lbs 4-30lbs 4-30lbs 4-35lbs 5-35lbs 5-35lbs 4- 22lbs 5-35lbs 28lbs 4-22lbs
Height Limit 32in 30in 32in 32in 32in 32in 30in 30in 30in 29in
5-Point Harness
Crash Tested
 
Energy Absorbent Foam
 
  
LATCH Connectors
Level Indicators
Airplane Compliant
    
Side Impact Protection
 
Ease of Use
Machine Washable Cushions
  
 
 
Installation Instructions
Compatible with Stroller
Adjustable Harness
Stay-In-Car Base
Adjustable Carry Handle
Features
Seat Reclines
Cold Weather Boot
         
Center-Pull Adjustment
 
Canopy
Removable Head Support
 
Help & Support
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 90 days 1 year 1 year 2 years 1 year
User Manual
 
 
Online Customer Support
Local Retailer Finder
 
 
Phone Support