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The 2018 Guide for Buying Infant Car Seats

 

An infant car seat is a major purchase, if not always in price but in faith. You’re trusting the seat you choose to keep your baby safe in the event of an accident. No surprise then that many parents spend a lot of time researching the very best infant car seat for their new baby.

All car seats on the market must meet federal safety regulations, so technically any seat you choose should be a safe one. Some things to consider when looking for an infant car seat is how long you intend to use it. Children should ride backward facing until at least two years old; with some infant car seats accommodating children up to 35 pounds, it’s possible you could keep your little in an infant car seat until then. If you prefer to swap to a convertible seat before then, an infant car seat rated for up to 25 or 30 pounds might be better (and less expensive). Other things to consider are its compatibility with your stroller, ease of installation and harness adjustments, size of the canopy, and seat cover materials and washability.

Take a look at some of these top-selling, top-reviews infant car seats to get started on your search.

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat

Approx $200

  • Easy to install using car’s LATCH system or seat belt
  • Removable infant insert, five-point harness, and plush seat
  • For use through 30 pounds and/or 30 inches
  • Compatible with many Chicco strollers and travel systems

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Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido

Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido

Approx $300

  • For babies from four to 35 pounds and 32 inches in length
  • Includes two cushions to properly position an infant’s head
  • Built-in anti-rebound bar for extra protection in case of collision
  • Six setting adjustable side-impact protection

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Graco SnugRide Click Connect LX 35 Infant Car Seat

Graco SnugRide Click Connect LX 35 Infant Car Seat

Approx $190

  • Lightweight seat weighs just over seven pounds
  • Removable infant insert
  • Five-point harness straps can easily be adjusted with one hand, no rethreading
  • Compatible with all Graco Click Connect strollers and travel systems

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Seat

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Seat

Approx $210

  • Safest installation support through recline, auto-level indicator, LATCH assist, built-in seat belt lock-offs
  • Steel frame and impact-absorbing base in case of incident
  • For babies between four and 35 pounds and 32 inches in length
  • Extra large canopy and removable infant insert​

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Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat

Approx $250

  • Machine washable seat pad is easy to remove, no rethreading necessary
  • Reversible, removable infant insert and pillow
  • Anti-rebound bar for safety
  • Contoured handle for comfortable carry; one of the lightest premium infant car seats available

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