Are you worried about car seat safety? This infant car seat comparison chart walks you through the pros and cons of our 7 top-selling seats. This can be used as an infant car seat guide to help you decide which one is best for you. Remember to check out how your choice’s rank with the NHTSA.
|Maxi Cosi Mico AP||Cybex AtonQ||Nuna Pipa||Chicco KeyFit 30||UPPAbaby Mesa||Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4/35
|Dimensions LxWxH||18.5 x 17.5 x 25.5||26 x 17.25 x 15.5||27.5 x 17 x 20.8||27 x 17 x 22.5||25.5 x 17 x 23||25.9 x 17 x 23.9||26 x 17 x 23.6|
|Car Seat Weight||8 lbs||10 lbs||8.7 lbs||9 lbs||9.9 lbs||9.5 lbs||16.5 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||5-22 lbs||4-35 lbs||4-32 lbs||4-30 lbs||4-35 lbs||4-35 lbs||4-35 lbs|
Confused about infant seats and what features really make a difference? Let us help you out!
The 6 key points to what you are looking for in an infant seat are:
1. Weight Capacity & 2. Height Capacity You want to make sure that your little one will be able to use this car seat for as long as possible. If your child is on the smaller side, you have nothing to worry about. But if your child is one of those at the top of the charts, be sure to check the weight capacity and height capacity on any infant seat before purchasing, so you don’t find yourself stuck a few months later.
3. NHTSA Rating
All car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards & strict crash performance standards. While all rated seats are safe, they do differ in their ease of use. The NHTSA ratings will help you decide what car seat would be simplest for you to use.
4. Side Impact Protection
Almost all car seat manufacturers nowadays tout the extra Side Impact Protection they add to their infant seats as side impact protection becomes more important to parents and caregivers.
If you are the proud owner of a smaller, compact-sized vehicle, then your choices are going to be more limited when seeking a car seat. While car seats all remain in an average range of sizes, many seats won’t work for your vehicle. Be sure to check on the width specifically, as you need your infant seat base to be buckled in properly
Infant seats are usually taken in and out of the car pretty frequently. Most parents want the lightest seat they can get, while not compromising on safety and standards. Note that not necessarily are the heavier seats safer in any way, but there usually is some sort of connection.
A bonus features most infant seats boast of is an Infant Insert. This allows your newborn to fit properly into the infant seat for the first few months. After that, you can remove the insert for your growing baby.