Installing early will also give you time to drive around to ensure the base and the seat are attached securely. If you can find a doll that’s the same size and weight of a newborn to use as a test subject, even better. Go around a few corners to see how the seat moves. If it tips, slides around or rattles too much, you may have to make some adjustments.
Our comments: A niche product. Great for travel, carpooling and tight 3-across situations. We recommend only for older kids who weigh at least 40 lbs., don’t sleep in the car and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. Newest models have updated lap belt guides which are easier for kids to use. The BubbleBum has a Best Bet rating from IIHS. See our BubbleBum review here.
Except, when you try to install it, you discover it barely fits. The LATCH straps won’t reach the hooks in the seat. It’s impossible to get the seat angled properly so baby’s head won’t slump. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot get it strapped tightly enough, so the seat is flopping around everywhere. There’s no way you can bring baby home in a car seat that just won’t work.
Like all Evenflo products, this seat is manufactured in the USA. The upfront harness adjustment is a favorite feature for parents because you can tighten or loosen the harness quickly with one hand. Dual cupholders are integrated in such a way that they don’t add to the width of this seat, which is uncommon in a lot of boosters. They also have an elastic strap to accommodate larger drink cups and bottles. A removable pillow adds extra comfort for long car trips.
Children are 70% safer riding rear-facing than forward-facing. Do your best to keep your baby rear-facing beyond her 2nd birthday, as the AAP now recommends. Why? Because young children’s growing bones (especially in the neck and spine) are delicate and prone to severe injury in forward-facing crash forces. A rear-facing seat better surrounds the head, neck and spinal column and absorbs more crash forces.

In regards to safety, Britax has fewer recalls than many of the other big brands, so safety shouldn’t be an issue. We couldn’t find any recalls on the Pioneer or the Pinnacle. The Frontier had a recall back in 2008, which involved straps detaching from the splitter plate on the back of the seat. Parents could order repair kits for those. All three seats have gotten Best Bet ratings from the IIHS. We do recommend filling out the product registration card on any car seat you buy and sending it to the manufacturer to be notified of any recalls.
A. The ClickTight system offered by Britax is quite possibly the easiest method of installing a car seat. While this is wonderfully convenient, the system’s true value lies in the reduced possibility of installing the seat incorrectly, which in turn would render it unsafe. There are only three steps to follow. First, turn the key to open the bottom of the seat. Second, thread and connect the seat belt. Third, click the seat closed. It doesn't get any easier that that! Furthermore, since you're using your vehicle’s seat belt, the weight limitations of LATCH installation aren't a concern.

Features: 4-30 lbs.; up to 30″ tall; 3 sets of harness slots; 1 buckle position; adjustable base; unique center-pull lower LATCH anchor tightening adjustment; premium push-on lower anchor connectors; built-in lockoffs for easy seatbelt installations; small storage compartment in base; EPS foam; newborn insert (4-11 lbs. use only); adjustable canopy; handle can be in any locked position during travel
Britax is known for top-of-the-line quality. Britax car seats may cost a bit more than some others. This is because every Britax car seat is manufactured to the highest quality standards and is designed to deliver superior safety and enhanced comfort. With careful attention paid to each detail from the shell to the stitching, you can count on a well-made product. That said, Britax offers an extensive range of car seats with an option for just about every budget.
As you can see, the High Point and Skyline are only belt-positioning boosters, so they can’t be used for children under 40 pounds. They are also considerably lighter and more affordable than the Pinnacle and Frontier. If you’re looking for a seat for a younger toddler who may not sit still or be able to buckle themselves in well, the Frontier and Pinnacle in forward-facing harness mode would be the safest bet.
The main cause of death for newborns around the world, says the American Academy of Pediatrics, is being born premature. About 450,000 babies a year, or one in nine, are born prematurely in the US alone. Adding a surfactant, or lubricant, to the lungs of a newborn helps them breathe. After it was implemented in 1985, preemie deaths from respiratory distress syndrome dropped by 41% over the next six years.
A. The ClickTight system offered by Britax is quite possibly the easiest method of installing a car seat. While this is wonderfully convenient, the system’s true value lies in the reduced possibility of installing the seat incorrectly, which in turn would render it unsafe. There are only three steps to follow. First, turn the key to open the bottom of the seat. Second, thread and connect the seat belt. Third, click the seat closed. It doesn't get any easier that that! Furthermore, since you're using your vehicle’s seat belt, the weight limitations of LATCH installation aren't a concern.
Our comments: Excellent overall if you are planning to use an infant seat from birth and then transition to a convertible when your baby is bigger/older. The 50 lbs. rear-facing weight limit gives parents the option to keep their kids rear-facing longer but the top harness slots aren’t especially tall (16″) so it will be outgrown by height in the forward-facing position long before the 65 lbs. weight limit is reached. Rava is one of the most expensive convertibles on the market but the quality and features are all top-notch and the styling and fashions are luxurious. LATCH weight limits are 35. lbs in the rear-facing position and 40 lbs. forward-facing but Nuna recommends installation with seatbelt so you don’t have to remember to switch from one installation method to another when your child reaches a certain weight. See our complete Rava review here.
Our comments: RodiFix is a unique, high-end booster with innovative features that make it easy to install and easy for kids to buckle themselves. Deep head and torso wings plus the Air Protect cushions offer enhanced protection in side-impact crashes and make the RodiFix comfortable and supportive for sleeping. The rigid lower LATCH connectors are a huge bonus and we like the fact that it only weighs 14 lbs. We recommend only for kids over 4 years old who weigh at least 40 lbs. and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. The RodiFix has a Best Bet rating from IIHS. See our full review of the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix here.
Parents should never skip the booster seat stage after convertible car seat graduation. Most states allow parents to switch from a front-facing convertible car seat to a belted booster seat after the child has outgrown the convertible seat harness or has reached age four. This booster seat phase is very important in terms of safety and seat design. It should never be skipped in favor of a regular seatbelt.

Overall, parents are satisfied with this seat. If you need a secondary seat for grandparents or a second car or do a lot of flying, this would be a good choice for its narrow profile and is lightweight enough to carry through the airport. For an everyday seat or one that needs to be switched from car to car often, you might want to consider other seats first.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) car seat safety guidelines advise parents to keep toddlers rear-facing until at least age 2. We’ve rounded up some of the best rear-facing convertible car seats that help ensure your child rides comfortably and safely in their car seat as long as possible. As with any baby gear, parents should carefully measure the space in their car and research car seats to find the best option for their child. If you have other questions about the best car seat for your baby, especially if you have a child with special needs, consult with your pediatrician.
Like all Evenflo products, this seat is manufactured in the USA. The upfront harness adjustment is a favorite feature for parents because you can tighten or loosen the harness quickly with one hand. Dual cupholders are integrated in such a way that they don’t add to the width of this seat, which is uncommon in a lot of boosters. They also have an elastic strap to accommodate larger drink cups and bottles. A removable pillow adds extra comfort for long car trips.
In sickle cell anemia, an inherited disorder, red blood cells become hard, sticky and form a C-shaped "sickle." Those sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells, extreme pain, infection and often, strokes. In 1975, a child with sickle cell disease would likely die by age 14, but medical advances have increased the current life expectancy to age 40.
If you have more than one child and have multiple safety seats in the car, you want to spread them out if possible (like in a van with multiple rows) or put them together for maximum protection. With a mix of booster and harnessed seats, place the booster seat in the middle so the older child is better protected. The harnessed seats will provide adequate side impact protection for the younger kids.
Our Comments: Either is an excellent choice for extended rear-facing; they’re so tall that all kids will be able to rear-face in the 4Ever or Milestone until they reach 40 lbs. Easy to install in many vehicles but discontinue forward-facing installation with lower LATCH connectors and use seatbelt plus tether to install if child weighs more than 42 lbs. Since these seats lack a built-in lockoff for seatbelt installations you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install these carseats with seatbelt. Milestone should fit average-sized full-term newborns well but may not be a good fit for low birthweight babies or preemies. 4Ever is better suited for smaller newborns. We have a complete review of the Graco 4Ever here and a complete review of the Graco Milestone here.
The additional support plus the way a rear-facing car seat moves in a crash gives your baby the best chance of survival and less chance of injury in a crash. The simple way to estimate crash force is weight times speed. A 10-pound baby in a 30 mph crash would experience an estimated 300 pounds of force. A rear-facing car seat spreads that 300 pounds of force over a greater body area, causing less injury to the baby. The difference can be seen in a video comparing rear-facing and forward facing car seats in a crash test.
Booster seats always have to be used with a lap and shoulder belt, unless you have a booster seat with a harness (rare). Instruct your child to NEVER place the shoulder belt behind their back or under their arm. If it’s rubbing their neck too much, they likely still need to be in a harnessed seat OR you can use shoulder belt positioning clips to ensure a better fit (see below).
All car seat models, convertible and otherwise, are subject to state laws regarding their safe use. Before car seat installation, parents and other caregivers must understand the regulations that apply to their state. What follows is by no means a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to start. After all, nothing is more important than the health and safety of your precious cargo.
Drawbacks: All SnugRide SnugLock models allow European beltpath routing if installing the carrier directly (without the base) using a lap/shoulder seatbelt. It’s uncommon for most parents to install the infant seat without the base but the Euro belt routing option is a nice feature to have if you travel by taxi or car service often. Unfortunately, the Euro belt routing with the SnugLock models isn’t ideal since the shoulder belt often slips too low across the back of the shell to offer much support. This isn’t a deal breaker for most parents who use the base 99% of the time but if you are in the 1% who frequently install without the base, it’s something to be aware of. You can still install the carrier directly to the vehicle with seatbelt using the standard belt routing if you’re not happy with the Euro routing. We have more details and pictures of the issue in our full review.
Kids spend more time in cars than they ever have before, so it’s vital to ensure they’re adequately protected at every age and stage. And if you have a child who’s 7 going on 27, she may be ready to give up the “baby” seat and ride like a grown up. She might put up a fuss about riding in a booster seat, especially if it still looks like it’s made for a little kid. The good thing is, that many booster seats available today have a more mature, grown-up look that your kid may actually love.
BRITAX infant/child seats can be used rear facing from 5 to 40 pounds (2.3 to 18.1 kilograms) and forward facing from 22 pounds and walks unassisted, up to 65 pounds (10 kilograms and walks unassisted, up to 29.4 kilograms), depending on the seat. High-capacity convertibles allow your child to stay in a five-point harness through the toddler years.
Convertible seats can be used either rear-facing or forward-facing. They are generally the next step after the infant seat. However, many models will fit average-sized full term newborns well and many parents choose to skip the infant seat altogether and use a convertible right from the start. For optimal crash protection, use a convertible seat in the rear-facing position until the child reaches either the rear-facing weight or height limit. With a few exceptions for the smallest convertibles and/or the largest toddlers, most kids can remain safely rear-facing until they are 2 or 3 years old. Weight and height limits vary depending on the specific model. Convertible seats are more permanent in the vehicle, so you lose the convenience features of the infant seat.
Forward-facing only seats can be broken into two groups: forward-facing harnessed seats and combination seats. Forward-facing harnessed seats are seats that can only be used with the 5-point harness in the forward-facing position and do not convert for any other mode of usage. Combination seats are much more common and can be used with the 5-point harnesses and then converted to a belt-positioning booster seat after the harness is outgrown.
The CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat has almost everything that you could want in a car seat. Parents have praised it, as have safety agencies.There are a few different things that you must consider when purchasing it - namely whether the safety features, bright colors and the sleek design outweigh the somewhat steep price tag. It comes in 8 colors and is designed for babies 4 - 35 pounds.
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