Infant car seats are designed to easily and safely transport babies. They come with different features, price points, and ease of use. There are great car seats out there for any budget, and let’s face it, most parents just want to know their baby is comfortable and protected when traveling in a vehicle. Here are the ten best infant car seats in 2021.
Doona Infant Car Seat
Doona is a rear-facing infant car seat that is the only one that converts into a stroller with no other attachments needed. That means you can get from the car to strolling in seconds. It handles newborns from 4 pounds and goes up to 32 inches. It is FAA approved for use in airplanes and makes getting through the airport with your little one easier. Because of the wheels, it is a little heavier than most rear-facing car seats at 16.5 pounds. But remember, you won’t be carrying it for long.
Chico Keyfit 30
The Chico Keyfit 30 is easy and convenient to use, giving better peace of mind that your baby is strapped in properly. The base is spring-loaded and comes with a built-in bubble level making it extremely easy to strap into the vehicle correctly. The shoulder straps are padded and it comes with a newborn positioner pad making it possible to safely transport babies that are 4 pounds. With the removable pads, the seat can hold your child until they are 30 pounds or 30 inches. The convenient one-handed removal lever makes getting the seat out of the car simpler.
Britax B-Safe 35
The Britax B-Safe 35 is a great seat and offers a higher weight limit, allowing babies up to 35 pounds and 32 inches to safely ride in it. You can begin using it with newborns and small infants starting at 4 pounds, meaning it will have a slightly longer usage life than some other infant seats. Britax B-Safe is built with a steel frame base which increases the impact absorbancy. The sides are also built to help protect better in the event of a side-impact crash. The moisture-wicking fabric along with the extra-large canopy helps keep your infant comfortable.
The UPPAbaby MESA is optimized for premies and newborns weighing as little as 4 pounds because of its removable insert to keep baby positioned correctly. The base is quick and easy to install correctly using the retractable latch system and color-changing indicator window. Another plus to the UPPAbaby is the natural fireproof material. Rather than chemicals used for the fireproofing it is made of wool. Even though it’s great for newborns and premies, your child won’t outgrow it too fast because it rated for up to 35 pounds and 32 inches and can be paired with the Vista and Cruz strollers to make a travel system.
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 30
The Graco SnugRide Snuglock 30 is the best budget car seat out there. It features click-lock technology allowing you to buy any click lock stroller and make your own travel system. The SnugRide 30 also features Snug Lock Technology which allows you to strap the car seat base into the vehicle in three easy steps. Babies from 4 pounds up to 30 pounds or 30 inches can safely ride in the SnugLock 30.
The Nuna Pipa offers many features. It has True Lock technology making it easy for you to install the base in the vehicle. It has safety features like side impact protection and a crumple zone that will absorb much of the impact so your baby doesn’t. It can be attached to several Nuna strollers to make a travel system if you want to take your baby on the go. It’s great for babies anywhere from 4 to 32 pounds and up to 32 inches.
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio has a dual-stage cushion system that helps newborn babies as small as 4 pounds sit correctly within the harness and seat. The modern, sleek look isn’t just for show. It is packed with safety features like energy-absorbing foam, side-impact protection, a load leg, and an anti-rebound bar so the seat takes the force of a crash and not your baby. The adjustable headrest makes is safe for babies up to 35 pounds or 32 inches.
Maxi Cosi Mico Max
The Maxi Cosi Mico Max is the lightest weight seat among those in its price range. It includes a rebound bar and side-impact protection for added safety. It can also be paired with a stroller base making it a travel system. Infants from 4 to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches can ride in it. The moisture-wicking fabric and extended canopy helps keep your baby cool and comfortable.
Safety 1st Onboard 35 Lt
The Safety 1st Onboard 35 Lt has many of the great features of its higher-priced counterparts but at a more budget-friendly price point. It offers deep sides for impact protection and thick, moisture-wicking pads. Infant inserts help smaller babies fit comfortably and safely in the seat so babies weighing anywhere from 4-35 pounds can safely ride in it.
Cybex Anton 2 Sensorsafe
The SensorSafe technology in the chest clip of the Cybex Anton 2 Sensorsafe is added security for your baby. It will alert you to unsafe situations if they come up by sending a message to the car’s receiver or your smartphone. It’s ultralightweight to carry making it a little easier to carry around and fits infants sized 4-35 pounds.
Once You Have Picked Out the Right Car Seat for You
Now that you have decided on a car seat to protect your most precious cargo, it’s important to remember a few tips for using it properly. Take time to learn to install it properly. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 59% of parents don’t do it correctly. And don’t get in a hurry to move your child out of their infant car seat. Keep them in it until they outgrow the height and/or weight requirements.