Every new Mom faces the important choice of finding the right car seat for their child and it can really weigh on their mind. This is the dilemma I recently faced when trying to shop for a new infant car seat. Let me tell you, it is a lot easier to go shopping for a new stand mixer or blender for the kitchen than it is to find something that is designed to keep my precious baby safe and secure.
I had a ton of sleepless nights and spent many hours trying to narrow down my choices to get the perfect child seat. I ended up approaching it like most of my other choices and made a list of the top 3, and then I went from there. So in my quest to locate the best option for my infantwas able to narrow it down to these safety seats. Hopefully this will prove helpful to others.
This seat has a lot going for it that we really liked. First, it is one of the better rated seats available by parents. People who use something everyday often make the best critics, and the Chicco Keyfit 30 has an impressive amount of positive reviews from parents. It is lightweight, easy to clean, easy to store, and kids seem to find it very comfortable. One of the best things about this model is how many different strollers it is compatible with. This was a major factor that we were looking at as we really wanted to get out of the house as much as possible and expose our little one to the outside world. This particular model safety seat is able to click into place into a wide range of strollers where you do not have to take your newborn out of the seat, the seat simply snaps into the stroller itself.
The Keyfit 30 also has a proven safety record with proper head and neck support plus all of the collision force protection that every top car set should have. Safety is always the most important thing, obviously, and this seat meets all of the required safety standards of where we live. It is also easy to install in the backseat which will end up saving time and energy, something that new parents have very little of.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect
This was another top model seat that made it onto our list. What we really liked was its weight and that it also was made to fit effortlessly into Graco strollers. You could simply take the car seat out of the vehicle and pop it into the stroller and be on your way. Its lightweight construction also helped in this area and everything seemed very convenient. This also has a good safety record and has been thoroughly tested to meet road standards.
Graco car seats offer the added bonus of usually being a little more budget friendly than some of the other higher end models that we came across. This safety seat also scored reasonably well with parents. Most have been very happy with their purchase with a few minor issues with installation ease and the comfort of some of the padding in a few areas. This was not enough to dissuade us from making the final list.
Britax Be Safe 35 Infant Seat
This thing looks like it belongs in a race car. The base is very prominent and it used to absorb some of the forces in the event of a collision. The materials are high end and it looks like kids would be extremely comfortable riding in this thing. We were very impressed when we looked at Britax’s convertible car seats and this infant seat has the same high end comfort and safety features. They have formulated their SafeCell technology into all of the seats and they are designed to protect your child from all angles through advanced energy absorption. This thing looks extremely advanced and safe.
Customer reviews for this seat are also high, which you would expect from this caliber of a seat. The price was nice as well considering everything that is designed into this safety seat. This was in the mid range as far as our budget and this was one of the reasons it ended up on our list.
Our Final Decision
We ended up getting the Chicco Keyfit 30. The main reason is the overwhelming positive ratings from parents who have put it through the ringer. Getting a child seat is not a cheap decision, so we wanted something that is both safe and comfortable without feeling like we were taking a chance. The Keyfit 30 is a proven seat with a great reputation. We were also sold on its stroller compatibility features as this is something that we were looking forward to using. So far we have been nothing short of happy with our choice. This is the seat that we were hoping to get and for the first two years of our little one’s early life, this is the infant seat that is responsible with her safety. We are are alright with that.