We’re sure it comes as no surprise that new babies require a ton of gear. But there’s probably nothing more important than your baby’s car seat. You need it to take your little one home from the hospital, to visit friends and family - pretty much to go anywhere. And you want to make sure you get the best. That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a collection of top brands with a variety of styles and features to choose from so you can find the perfect fit for your child. Because purchasing a baby car seat is such an important decision, ensure you take your time to make the right choice for your child and your family.
When shopping for a car seat for your baby, you want three things - a seat that fits your child, your car, and your budget. Your child will need a car seat from when they’re a newborn up until they can use an adult seatbelt, so it’s important to find something durable and easy to clean. Generally, you have two options for car seats. The first is an infant car seat, which is designed specifically for use with infants and is always used rear facing in the car. The second is a convertible car seat. These work with both infants and toddlers and can be changed from rear facing to forward facing as your child grows. The other main difference between the two is that convertible car seats can’t be used as carriers or attach to strollers the way many infant seats can.
Choosing the perfect baby car seat
Every car seat on the market has to meet government safety regulations, so spending less money doesn’t mean less safety for your baby. When shopping for a car seat, however, keep the following in mind for a great fit. Take a look at your car and the manual so you know how to attach a car seat. Look for seats that use the LATCH system and a five-point safety harness. Consider the durability of the fabric and how easy it will be to clean. Pro tip: smooth fabrics are easier to wipe down. Look for extra safety details, like padding or shock absorption. And, many car seats come with stroller compatibility, meaning the seat will snap right into your baby’s stroller. Finally, always purchase a car seat new - not used.