Best Infant Car Seats

Parenthood is stressful as is, and one of the most important things we need to think about is the safety of our children. Car seats play a major role in that — they should protect our babies in case of an accident. Therefore, we have created a list of the 7 best infant car seats that will keep our little ones safe on the road.

Best Infant Car Seats Reviewed

Chicco KeyFit 30

Chicco KeyFit 30 is incredibly easy to install and comes with a built-in level that clicks when the car seat is in the perfect position. Additionally, it’s compatible with the majority of strollers and allows us to move our babies from one place to the other without causing them to burst into tears. However, the canopy falls a bit short and doesn’t provide the best sun coverage.

Pros:

  • Quiet click feature
  • Easy to install
  • Comfy
  • Safe
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • The canopy is too short

Nuna Pipa Lite LX

Above all, Nuna Pipa Lite LX features a color-coded installation system, which allows us to set up the car seat as easily and safely as possible. It also features a memory foam insert, which is designed to minimize the force being transferred to the baby. Furthermore, It doesn’t contain any added retardant chemicals and is fire-resistant.

In addition to being one of the more stylish models on the market, it’s quite light and weighs in at only 7.7lbs. However, even though the seat is FAA-approved, some airlines take issue with aft-facing car seats (such as this one). Therefore, it’s best to check with the airline upfront to ensure the car seat is allowed on their flight.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Cozy and safe
  • Light
  • FAA-approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • The canopy doesn’t have a drape

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35

Even though it can’t quite match the safety of Chicco car seats or the appearance of more luxurious brands — Graco SnugRide does its job. Additionally, it’s sturdy enough to keep our babies safe and has a 6-position base.

The rear-facing car seat also features a one-click installation and is perfect for infants from 3 to 35lbs. The car seat is also quite lightweight and energy-absorbent and can protect our babies even during serious crashes. However, the canopy is a bit too short and can block the handle.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Durable
  • Energy-absorbent
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • The fabric is slippery
  • The infant insert is not very comfortable
  • Not a lot of head support

UPPAbaby MESA

UPPAbaby MESA features an elegant design and also sets quite a few safety precautions in place as well. It’s quite easy to install and has an indicator that signals us when the base is properly set. It features an SPF hideaway canopy, and it’s quite sturdy overall.

However, the fabric is not that great, and with a price tag like that, it should be the softest thing we’ve ever felt.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • One of the safest car seats
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • Quite heavy
  • Not the best fabric

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi is easy to install and comes with one of the softest and easiest to wash fabrics we have ever seen. Additionally, it comes with a side protector and a comfy footmuff.

However, some of the parents who have purchased the Maxi-Cosi car seat claim their little ones don’t find it comfortable. It’s also quite heavy and difficult to transfer from car to the stroller.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and clean
  • Comfortable fabric
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • Can be uncomfortable to sit in
  • Expensive

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat

The Britax B-Safe features a steel frame and an impact absorbent base. It also has an added layer for side-impact protection. Moreover, the center LATCH system makes it easy to install and ensures the safest installation angle. Additionally, the smart design allows the seat to take up less space in our cars with minimal movement and more protection.

Pros:

  • Highly absorbent base
  • Highly secure
  • Smart design
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • Quite heavy
  • Difficult to get on and off

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35 Infant Car Seat

The rear-facing car seat features easy installation, with a color-coded belt path to ensure the base is properly set up. Furthermore, the fabric is quite breathable and comfortable, and the dual-stage cushion system gives extra support to our baby’s bottom and neck. However, there is an issue with the canopy, as it can only be locked in one position. This also makes it quite difficult for us to carry the seat with the canopy up.

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Breathable fabric
  • Easy to install
  • FAA approved
  • Deemed safe by the NHTSA

Cons:

  • The leather can overheat and is difficult to clean
  • The canopy can block some parts of the seat

To Conclude

To sum up, car seats are an essential part of keeping our babies safe on the road. But, the best car seat is quite individual to the parents, and their baby. When taking into account the personal style, lifestyle, and budget of a family — our list has something for everyone. Above all, all of the car seats listed are safe and comply with the USA’s FAA and NHTSA regulations.

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