Best Car Seats of 2022
Choosing the best car seat for your baby, toddler or child can be overwhelming. There is so much choice, so much jargon and so many features! Where do you start when you just want the best and safest car seat for your child? To help you we have compiled some of the best car seats for the different needs of your child over the years, from that first journey home as a newborn to booster seats for when they’re older.
Best infant car seat: Nuna Pipa Lite RX Infant Car Seat with Base
New at the end of 2021, this infant car seat has many fantastic features both you and your newborn can benefit from. It is lightweight, which is incredibly useful if you’re likely to be getting your baby in and out of the car in their seat a lot, or for those times you need to pop in the store while toting the car seat. Your baby will enjoy the environmentally friendly Merino wool inserts that help control body temperature as well as offering comfort and coziness. This infant seat comes with a base, but can it be used without. This makes it a good option if you travel in cabs or use different vehicles regularly.
Most importantly this seat offers the safety features you're likely to be looking for, such as seat elements and materials that are flameproof, SPF50 covers for sun protection, side impact protection, a five-point safety harness and Aeroflex foam that minimizes any force transferred to your baby in the event of an accident. This infant seat really is a great choice for parents who want to keep their baby safe but still want to be able to easily get out and about.
Best convertible car seat: BRITAX Boulevard Clicktight Convertible Car Seat
Convertible car seats, or toddler car seats, offer optimum safety for children through infancy and childhood, designed to grow with your child, they are often suitable from birth to school age. A convertible car seat will typically offer a rear-facing option, before then being able to be forward-facing once your child is older.
The BRITAX Boulevard Clicktight is a very popular convertible car seat. It’s able to be used from birth right up to 65 lbs. Its Clicktight fitting system is safe and easy to use, providing rock-solid installation. With two layers of side impact protection, a steel frame providing strength at the connection point to the vehicle (where you need it most), and an impact absorbing base, you can be confident in the safety it offers your child too. Not only is it a good choice in terms of safety and installation, it also has many recline options, an adjustable harness, and plush foam padding for your child’s comfort. It is easy to see why this convertible car seat is such a popular choice.
Best 3 in 1 car seat: DIONO Radian 3 RXT All in One Car Seat
Similar to a convertible car seat, a 3 in 1, or an all-in-one car seat, will offer rear and front facing positions and can be suitable from birth. The main difference between a 3 in 1 seat and a convertible seat is the 3 in 1 also turns into a booster seat. This means parents need only ever buy one seat if they want. The DIONO Radian is an all in one as it can be used from birth right up to being used as a booster, with the brand stating you can expect 10 years of safety from this seat. It features the famous DIONO steel core for safety, and an updated design that means it stays rearward facing for longer. If you are wondering how a newborn would be comfortable in a seat like this, then you need not worry. The car seat comes with a newborn travel wedge for nearly flat traveling.
Best car seat and stroller combo: MAXI COSI Zelia 2 Travel System
If you are looking to combine a car seat purchase with a stroller one, knowing you’ve got an entire travel system for you and your baby, then the MAXI COSI Zelia 2 is a good choice. The car seat and stroller combo come with an infant car seat and a stroller, both of which can be used from birth. These travel systems offer many convenient benefits, the best of which is knowing that if your baby falls asleep in the car seat you can easily clip them onto the stroller so you don’t disturb them. This particular model also comes with a car seat base, which means you can relax knowing the car seat is safely installed in the car. The car seat and stroller both offer the comfort your baby needs with soft fabrics that are cozy, safe and washable!
Best booster car seat: MAXI COSI RodiFix Booster Car Seat
Booster seats are used when your child is not quite big enough to sit directly in the seats of a car but has outgrown a car seat with a harness. Booster seats can have a high back or no back, and will guide the seatbelts of your vehicle through the booster to seat to ensure they sit in the right place across your child for their safety. The MAXI COSI RodiFix Booster Seat is a best seller for good reason. It’s a high back booster for added safety, and is great for older children as it’s designed so they can do their own seatbelt up. This is good for giving kids their independence, but also saves mom and dad having to reach over to fasten the seatbelt! This booster car seat has all the safety features you'd expect to see in a quality booster seat such as side impact protection, and superior, adjustable head protection. It’s also one of the narrower booster seats on the market which is useful for smaller vehicles or when you need three seats in the back of the car.
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