A car seat is always at the top of any parent’s “must have” baby gear list. Safety features and ratings are always most important followed by comfort and style. Two main types of car seats are available on the market. Convertible seats “convert” to accommodate rear-facing infants all the way to forward-facing toddlers and preschoolers. The smaller infant car seats are usually outgrown at around one year of age. Three popular car seat models have proven to pass rigorous safety tests. These top rated car seats for babies combine the comfort and style that impress new parents.
Top Rated Car Seats
Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat
The Graco My Ride 65 convertible car seat fits babies from 5-40 pounds in the rear-facing position and 20-65 pounds in the forward-facing position. An insert for newborns makes it suitable for tiny passengers. This seat provides two sets of LATCH system straps: one set for rear-facing and one for forward-facing. It has a soft, comfortable exterior with adjustable harness straps. The deep seat remains comfortable for kids as they grow, and it also has a cupholder on each side.
Britax Boulevard 70 CS Convertible Car Seat
The Britax Boulevard 70 CS convertible car seat can accommodate a child up to 70 pounds. It provides patented SafeCell Technology, which is a structure within the base that is designed to compress in a crash. The center of gravity is lowered, preventing the dynamic that would thrust the child forward. The head restraint and seat walls contain extra layers of energy-absorbing foam that keeps the child’s head, neck, and spine aligned while distributing the forces of a crash.
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
The Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat has been highly rated in crash tests. It is also convenient and easy to use for infants up to 30 pounds or 30 inches long. The KeyFit 30 provides a secure fit whether it is connected with the LATCH system base or secured with a seat belt. With the base attached, the seat easily pops in or out of the car without a fuss. It may be used in a travel system with the Chicco Cortina Keyfit stroller, which allows a sleeping baby to be removed from the car and placed into the stroller undisturbed.
A quality car seat is an investment in the safety of a child. Beyond safety standards, the choice between a convertible or infant car seat depends on the needs of the parent. For security, comfort, and style, the Graco My Ride 65, Britax Boulevard 70 CS, and Chicco KeyFit 30 are all impressive choices.
Bio: Ryan works with cars daily, which contributes to his knowledge about car safety.