Choosing the best car seat for your infant, baby or toddler. All the purchases you make for your baby, a car seat is one of the most significant and you'll need to maintain a completely safe and comfortable fit. Every car seat we rate is put through careful evaluations.  Our guide will give you the expert knowledge to the choose the best car seat for your baby.



Lots of expectant parents are really surprised by all the car seat details. Car seat laws have come a long way since we were young. Your baby will probably actually be in a car seat until their seven or eight years old. Now children have to be in boosters until they're tall enough that the seat belt hits them at the right height.

You can use a car seat from the day you take the newborn baby home from the hospital. The first thing that's important when selecting a car seat is to make sure that it's going to be appropriate for whatever size baby you take from the hospital. About half of the infant car seats which are also known as rear-facing only seats start at 5 pounds.  

Ironically most of the seats that start at 4 pounds also have a higher weight limit than the ones that started 5 pounds. At least 10% of babies leave the hospital weighing less than 5 pounds. Therefore it's often a good idea when you purchase a car seat to get one that starts at 4 pounds.

This way if you take home a baby that weighs 4 pounds or 6 pounds or 8 pounds or 10 pounds. You won't have to worry that the car seat is not an appropriate size.

All newborn babies must remain rear-facing until their first birthday.



Infant Car Seats

A rear-facing only infant seat will likely be the first infant car seat you buy for your baby.


Convertible Car Seats

A convertible seat is the next step after your child outgrows their infancy or until their first birthday.


Booster Car Seats

When your child reaches the weight and
height limit of their seat harness system, it's time for a booster seat

The scientific research shows that almost 80% of car seats are poorly or incorrectly installed. Keep in mind that a car seat leaves the baby in vulnerable circumstances.


A rear-facing only infant seat will likely be the first car seat you buy for your baby.
Always install rear facing. These seats have a base that stays installed in your car.
A removable carrier that will let you move baby in and out of the car without disturbing. While some of the other car seat types will talk about can't accommodate newborns.

Infant car seats are designed for the youngest babies and typically provide the best fit for them. Infant car seats typically have weight maximums between 22 and 35 pounds. Most have height limits of 32 inches or less. It's likely that your baby will be too tall for his seat before reaching the weight limit.

A child is too tall when they exceed the seat height limit or their head is less than one inch from the top of the carrier shell. 


A convertible car seat is the next step after infant car seatConvertible car seats can be positioned either rear or forward-facing. They have a similar harness system to infant car seat with higher weight-height limits. 

In some states, children should remain in a rear-facing car seat until 2 years old. When your child meets the requirements for age, weight, and height, a convertible seat can be turned around and installed in the forward facing direction until a child is ready for a booster.

The main difference between infant and convertible car seats is that the infant car seat clicks into a base in your car. You can remove the car seat from the car with the baby is still in it. Whereas the convertible car seat is really in your car to stay once you install it.

Lots of parents really appreciate the advantages of being able to remove the infant car seat bucket particularly in the first year of life. You can move your baby when they fall asleep in the car and carry them into the house which can help them stay asleep for much longer.



When your child reaches the weight and height limit of their car seat harness system, it's time for a booster seat that uses the cars own seat belt system.  Boosters come in 2 styles; high back and backless. Boosters raise a child up in the car so the seat belt can pass correctly over their sternum and collarbone not their neck and low across their upper thigh area, not their abdomen.

Backless are easy to transport and install, but we recommend high-back booster because they better position the shoulder belt and provide some side impact protection in a crash.
Many states have booster laws some of 
which require children as old as eight and as heavy as 80 pounds to use a booster.


  All children under 13 should ride only in the back seat of the car.

I Know What's Bothering You; How to Choose the Right One!

Let me tell you; I've been there, I understand you completely as a fellow parent.
Here is what I considered when I was searching the best car seat for my baby:

✮SAFETY & STURDY;  You'll be using the car seat daily, and safety is the most important thing. Check out the 5-point harness

✮EASY TO > Install, Use, Clean.  Don't forget Comfort.

✮KEY FEATURES; Side-impact protection, easy height adjustment, and LATCH system. (lower anchors and tethers for children)

All car seat producers had to certify that their car seats passed a crash test in the way that is required by government safety standards.


It's always best to buy a new one. As buying second hand often means you don't know the history of the car seat. It could have been weakened or damaged in a previous accident. There are different group categories of car seat, which correspond to your child's weight rather than their age. From the day they leave hospital, newborns must travel in a rearward facing position.

Step 1: Know your baby 
All you have to do is get to know your baby's age, weight, and height. There can easily be differences between the weight and height of same age, same gender children as their growing rates are different.

Step 2: Know your car
Many car seats are isofix compatible, check if your car has isofix anchors before choosing your seat. Not all car seats will fit all cars, so we would always recommend that you read all the specifics on owners website before buy.

Step 3: Make a Decision
Good luck making your decision, I hope this was helpful.



You need to have a car seat from the day you take newborn infant home from the hospital. Car seat is an essential part of car safety. Car seats save lives!

Olivia Harper

Olivia Harper attended University Of Southern California for her undergraduate education, medical school, and residency training. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, interior decorating and gardening. ---- BestBabyNeeds was created out of passion to help moms and, moms-to-be find the information they need to make it easier for them to pick the right products for them and their baby. We care a great deal about you, that’s why we appreciate your feedback. It helps us serve you better.

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