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Infant Car Seats

 

The Top 8 Best Infant Car Seats

Car seats. Okay, that’s too broad of a topic. Infant car seats. Is that better? An infant car seat is one that you will need right away to take your baby home from the hospital in and is a great registry item. So that we’re clear, lets solely focus on infant seats and save convertible car seats for later. An infant car seat is a car seat for small babies that are typically under 12 months and fit a certain age, height criteria. They definitely are ideal, per say over a convertible seat when you have a preemie or a small baby. They can easily (or not so easily) be carried by hand without having to take baby out and connect to a stroller for convenience on the go.

We’ve done the research and here’s what we got for ya, the 8 best infant car seats:

Graco SnugRide Click Connet 35

Infant Car Seat

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat, Gotham

Why We Love It: The SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat is lightweight and a part of Graco’s top line of infant car seats. It features one-step attachment to all Graco Click Connect Strollers creating a convenient travel system. It also has a stay-in-car base that is LATCH-equipped for a smooth and easy installation. It also comes with a removable newborn head support cushion and has an easy to read level indicator

Safety Features:

  • Protects infants from 4 – 35 pounds and up to 32 inches

  • Five-point harness

  • Crash tested to meet or exceed US safety standards

Additional Features: Rotating canopy removable foot / leg cover

Price Range: $

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable Seat, Affordable

Cons: Difficult Straps, Two Hands to Adjust Handle

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Chicco KeyFit 30

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Lilla

Why We Love It: The Chicco KeyFit 30 is the No.1 rated infant car seat in America and is the premier infant carrier for safety, comfort, and convenience. It comes with a base, removable newborn insert, multi-position canopy, and a thick, cushioned seat. It also includes Easy-to-see bubble level indicators and a One-Pull LATCH tightener

Safety Features:

  • Full body inserts to protect smaller babies from 4-11 lbs

  • Five-point safety harness

  • Energy-absorbing foam

  • Weight limit: 30 Lbs

Additional Features: Ergonomically designed carry handle with comfortable grip, Compatible with Chicco Bravo, Cortina, Neuvo, TRE, Activ3, Cortina Together, Lifteway Plus, and Keyfit Caddy Strollers

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Safety Ratings

Cons: Fabric, Sun Canopy

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Britax B-Safe 35

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Black

Why We Love It: Britax is the #1 brand in safety technology making the Britax B-Safe 35 packed with a ton of safety features. It features a contoured shell that takes up little space and minimizes side to side movement. It’s SafeCenter latch Installation features center-pull straps for your convenience and it comes with a Click and Go System making it easy to create a travel system. It has an Easy-Release Harness Button and a large sun canopy

Safety Features:

  • SafeCell Impact Protection

  • Impact Absorbing Base

  • Impact Stabilizing Steel Frame

  • Complete Side Impact Protection shields

  • For babies 4 to 35 Lbs

Price Range: $-$$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Easy to Install, Safe, High Quality

Cons: Narrow Seat, Heavy

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UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat

Why We Love It: The UPPAbaby Mesa infant seat is super lightweight for you and safe for baby. It is made with breathable material on the headrest, harness cover and infant insert which keeps your baby cool and comfortable. The fabric is not only breathable but washable. The insert’s built-in wedge creates a flatter and safer riding position for preemies and smaller newborns to ride safely. The Mesa also features a one-handed stroller release and a no-rethread harness meaning the straps move along with the adjustable headrest.

Safety Features:

  • For infants 4-35 Lbs and up to 32″ in height

  • Headrest is reinforced with EPP foam which keeps an infant’s head stationary during a side impact collision

Additional Features: SmartSecure 10-second accurate install gives you visual confirmation that the base has been installed correctly each and every time, The Messa inserts directly into the Vista or Cruz creating a travel system (no adapter needed), Purchase includes base

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight, Nice Design, Infant Insert

Cons: Straps, Sun Canopy

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CYBEX Aton Infant Car Seat

CYBEX Aton Infant Car Seat, Pure Black

Why We Love It: The CYBEX Anton is a great infant car seat when it comes to safety. It features an Aton Linear Side Impact Protection system which uses a flexible shell that absorbs energy also having thick EPS foam protection. It has a Belt Tensioning Plate making installation with LATCH or vehicle belt easy and secure. It is lightweight and had a UVP50+ fold away canopy

Safety Features:

  • The shell and foam work in tandem gradually absorb crash forces and distribute them away from the baby, especially during side-impact collisions

Additional Features: Secure European Belt Routing: As safe without the base as with the base, Can be used as apart of a travel system with the purchase of an adapter, Purchase includes a base

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Lightweight, Stylish, Small Size

Cons: Sun Canopy

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Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35

Infant Car Seat

Why We Love It: The Peg Perego Primo has your growing child in mind. It is easy to adjust and features six vertical positions with no re-threading required. This means that the 5 point harness moves in tandem with the headrest. It features a dual stage cushion system including two cushions made of fresco Jersey soft and breathable fabric. The first stage cushion is for newborns 4 lbs and up and offers extra support for your baby’s neck and bottom. The second stage cushion correctly supports your growing baby. It comes with a large adjustable hood and a short and compact handle design

Safety Features:

  • For children 4 to 35 Lbs and up to 32″ in height

  • Energy absorbing EPS lined shell promoting extra protection and maximum air circulation

Additional Features: Travel system compatible (attaches easily to any Peg Perego stroller without adapters), Can be used without the base, Base included in purchase

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Quality, Safety Features, Breathable Fabric

Cons: Sun Canopy & Handle positioning, Price

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Orbit Baby G3 Infant Car Seat

Why We Love It: The Orbit Baby G3 Infant Seat is a really great option and my personal favorite. With your baby’s safety in mind, it is designed with a deep cradle and has deep side impact protection, 360-degree impact protection, and premium energy-absorbing EPP foam. Installing the base is a breeze, taking less than 30 seconds by simply turning the StrongArm knob. It also features a SmartHub installation system which allows you to dock your baby side facing you, then rotate baby in one easy motion into a rear-facing position. This also is the way to connect the car seat onto the stroller base creating a travel system

Safety Features:

  • Meets or exceed all federal safety standards

  • Fabrics are certified to the international Oeko-Tex Standard (tested and are free from pesticides, phthalates, and VOC emissions plus many known allergy-inducing and skin-irritating chemicals)

  • The DeepCradle side-impact protection zone is designed to cocoon your child between deeper side walls and protect their head in the event of a car collision

Additional Features: It comes with a UV sun canopy and a full-length sunshade extension that tucks away. The fabric is breathable and soft to the touch, as well as a soft carrying handle and side handles

Price Range: $$

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Swiveling Base, Quality, Flexible Handle

Cons: Heavy, Bulky

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Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat

Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat, Carbon

Why We Love It: The Baby Trend Flex-Loc is the #1 rated infant car seat for safety, and ease of installation. It features an easy installation base with the Flex-Lock latch system and standard 4-position push button height adjustment with a level indicator. The Baby Trend Flex-Loc has a front adjustable safety harness that allows for simple harness adjustments. It also comes with a smooth carrying handle

Safety Features:

  • One hand front adjust 5-point safety harness

  • EPS energy-absorbing foam

  • For children 5-30 Lbs and up to 30″ in height

Price Range: $

Based on real reviews, here are some of the said pros and cons

Pros: Carrying Handle, Lightweight, Price

Cons: Fabric, Maneuverability of Handle

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