6 Safest Infant Car Seats
Published: December 28, 2017
It’s hard to imagine that when I was an infant in the early 1980s, my mom and dad would just throw me in the back seat with my sisters, sans seat belts or any other safety measure. Although the first protective car seats were made in the 1960’s, it wasn’t really embraced as a necessary accessory to keep babies and children safe. I was probably one of the last generation that would be allowed to roll around in the back seat, because later in the decade and into the early 1990s, caring about the safest infant car seats actually became a legal requirement!
Because of a focused public safety campaign, most parents are aware of the benefits of infant car seats. In the unfortunate event of an accident, you want to know that your baby will be as safe as possible and have the best chance of being uninjured. Although price is a factor, most parents want the safest infant car seat on the market for their child, and for peace of mind.
So, why car seats? First, it’s the law, and second, it’s the best way to protect your baby and keep him safe. Do you really need any more reasons?
Let’s face it, there are so many infant car seats available, it can be hard to decipher which are the safest, and to find the highest safety rating at the most reasonable cost. In addition to safety and price, you will also want to consider the versatility of the seat, and if it can be adjusted to grow with your infant as they reach the toddler and pre-school stages. Another factor to consider is the amount of space the infant car seat will take up in your car. If you have a compact car, you will want to make sure you purchase a car seat that will easily fit in your backseat. Boost the benefits of a safe infant car seat by investing in a car seat protector!
6 Safest Infant Car Seats
To find the safest infant car seats, there were several features to consider in narrowing the field down. Of course, safety rating was the most influential factor, in addition to price, versatility, ease of use and installation, and how easily the seat can be cleaned. The most cost-effective seats can be adjusted throughout your baby’s early years and transition from rear-facing to forward-facing, and into a toddler and a booster seat.
Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat and Base with Car Seat
The Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat is one of the safest infant car seats on the market today, and it is rated #1 in safety, so you can feel comfortable knowing baby is as safe as possible. Not only that, but it is also comes in first place as the easiest infant car seat to install. The Chicco Keyfit Infant Car Seat comes with the base and full body inserts for newborns. It has a 5-point harness that can be adjusted with one hand, and a center-pull adjustment that makes the installation super easy.
This infant car seat has a seat interior lined with energy absorbing foam that offers the best protection in the event of an impact. It can be used until baby reaches 30 pounds, and it also has an ergonomically designed carry handle for comfortable transport.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat is an ultra-lightweight car seat that is easy to transition from the house to the stroller to the car, or anywhere in-between. It’s a rear-facing infant seat capable of holding up to 35 pounds or until baby reaches 32” in length. This car seat also has a one-step attachment when used with a Graco Click Connect stroller.
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat has a pendulum level indicator, 6 reclining positions, and is side-impact tested. All Graco infant car seats meet or exceed the standards for safety, which is why the first two seats on this list are from this manufacturer. It has energy absorbing foam and is rigorously crash tested before being sold on the market.
Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat
The Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat is another best-seller because of its safety features and ease of use. It has a Safe Cell Impact Protection system which is an integration of safety components including a steel frame and energy-absorbing base that exceed the federal safety standards, and is designed for babies less than 35 pounds and 32” in length.
The Britax B Safe 35 Infant Car Seat has unmatched protection, a smart design, and allows for safe and easy installation. It has a deep shell made with energy absorbing foam for front and side impacts, and a contoured shell to maximize protection. The center-pull strap and push button latch connectors make it easy to secure the seat without breaking your back. The car seat comes with a base and a removable newborn body pad.
Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat
The Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat is another great infant car seat that is safe and easy to install. It offers an easy, one-hand, 5-point safety harness that can be adjusted with one hand, in addition to a push button release. This car seat can safely hold an infant up to 30 pounds and 30”. It’s made of energy-absorbing foam, and has a 4-position height adjustment and a level indicator for easy installation.
The Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat comes with a base, and it fits into any Baby Trend Sit and Stand Jogging Stroller Base as well. This is the travel system I had when my daughter was born, and I loved it. The car seat and the stroller were in nearly perfect condition by the time she completely outgrew them, and not because they weren’t used. They truly withstood a beating.
Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat
The Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat comes in last on the list, but it is still a great choice. The Baby Trend car seat is the least expensive, followed by this Evenflo model. It has an ergonomic handle for easy carrying, and comes with a base. As the others do, it has a 5-point safety harness and energy-absorbing foam liners for protection. Automatic belt guides allow you to use the seat without the base if you need to, and it has an all-in-one strap type. It’s safe for infants up to 22 pounds, so you may not get quite as much use out of it as you would the others.
The pad for this car seat is easy to remove, and it is machine washable, which is super convenient. This is a rear-facing only car seat, so you can’t covert it to a forward-facing version. The really cool thing about the Evenflo Nurture Car Seat is the patterns available. I love the sabrina pattern, but they also have jungle safari and animal friends versions as well.
Disney Light ‘n Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat
The Disney Light ‘n Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat is a safe, lightweight car seat for infants up to 22 pounds and 29”. It has side impact protection and a 5-point harness, and is only for the rear-facing position. As you would expect from Disney, there’s a super-cute polka dot Minnie Mouse version, and a Mickey silhouette version as well. Some parents report that the cushioning isn’t as much as they’d like, but there’s plenty of room to add a pad if needed.
Purchasing an infant car seat can be a little stressful, because you want to get the safest seat for your baby, without going into debt to do so. The Graco and Britax models are each around $100, and the Baby Trend, Evenflo, and Disney versions are right around $70. If you are going to be purchasing a stroller, or you already have one, it’s a good idea to buy compatible items that will work together. This will save you time, stress, and money.
All the car seats on this list meet or exceed federal safety standards, so you can be confident your baby is as safe as can be. Although the Evenflo and Disney models may lack the additional cushioning the other seats have, they are still great seats, especially if you’re on a budget. Keep in mind, though, that those two seats also only hold your child up to 22 pounds, while the others allow for 30-35 pounds, so you’ll have to weigh your options carefully to determine the best value for your money.
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