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Best Infant Car Seats 2016
There are basically 2 kinds of car seats: infant car seats and convertible infant car seats. The convertible seats can be adjusted to fit both infants and toddlers. These convertible seats are better value for money and more popular. The reason why they have infant only car seats is that these can usually be detached from the car and used as a baby carrier.
In best infant car seats 2016 we are going to review some of the new and best selling infant car seats of 2016.
Comfort is important in a car seat for infants. Make sure that the seat you buy has enough padding and neck support for your baby.
Combi Zeus 360
The Combi Zeus 360 Convertible seat has two modes.
It is a rear-facing seat for infants weighing 5 to 33 pounds. There is an insert for infants under 25 pounds.
It faces forwards for toddlers from 20 to 40 pounds.
A surprising feature is that you can turn the seat sideways to load and unload your child. You do need to lock it properly (whether forward or backward) – this takes an extra sliding motion.
This seat weighs 30 pounds, and is just over 21 X 18 X 28 inches. Consider this a “large and heavy” seat, most suitable if you have one car and don’t plan to move the seat too often.
The material is easily removed and washes well.
This seat’s biggest advantage is that the swivel lets you use the rear-facing option – considered the safest – longer.
The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat is suitable for children from 20 to 100 pounds. As the name indicates, it has three modes.
It faces forward, not rearward; so it is not suitable for the tiniest infants.
Children weighing 20 to 65 pounds can use the 5-point harness.
Children 30 to 100 pounds can use the high-back booster with the car's safety belt.
Children from 40 to 100 pounds can also use a backless booster seat which is a cheaper alternative.
This seat weighs less than 20 pounds. It is easy to install, and easy to use. At 29 X 20 X 36 inches, it may be a tight fit if you need several car seats.
Beyond the safety considerations, your child may appreciate the built-in cup-holder.
This seat has a great range of weights for the toddler who has graduated from a rear-facing seat.
Graco High Back TurboBooster
Graco’s High Back TurboBooster suits “bigger children” who weigh 30 to 100 pounds. It is a front-facing booster seat for children who have outgrown the rear-facing infant seat.
Sized at 15 X 16½ X 26½ inches, it weighs less than 9 pounds. It is the lightest seat reviewed on this page.
It can convert into a “backless” booster when the back is no longer needed.
It also features cupholders (some would say, “snack holders”).
Your car’s seat belt holds your child; it does not have a 5-point harness. However, it is easy to install and use, and feels quite secure. But remember that the general safety rule is: use the most “infantile” seat as long as your child fits it.
Snack & Play Travel Tray
This seat tray fits “most” booster seats. The strap goes behind the seat (or your child, in a backless booster seat) and is fastened by adjustable buckles.
It only weighs one pound. The tray is made from foam, with foam reinforcement to minimize any damage in case of a crash or impact. The rest is nylon fabric.
So what does it do? Your child can rest a book, cookies, or a stuffed toy on the tray. The big deal is that accidentally letting go of an object does not mean that gravity takes it directly to the floor. That means fewer wails from the back, fewer unplanned stops to retrieve some toy from the car mat, and fewer emergency mop-ups of the upholstery. Mesh side pockets, with elastic at the top, can store small toys and even items that the parents may need.
It can be easily washed – significant for an item that may catch many spilled drinks and crumbs over its lifetime.
The tray area is about 10 X 15 inches.
The producers claim that it will also fit onto strollers, although many strollers come with their own trays.
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Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat
The Britax Roundabout carries infants, weighing 5 to 40 pounds, as a rear-facing car seat.
It also holds toddlers weighing up to 55 pounds as a forward-facing seat.
It has a 5-point harness, and push-button “LATCH” (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) connectors. It can also be installed in cars without the LATCH system.
The price may be high for this type of seat, but it does have light weight, safety and comfort features on its side. The detachable cover can be washed. The seat allows your child to recline for sleeping.
One other consideration is the “quick release” – an adult can pull the tab and rescue her child after a crash.
In short this is a high quality lightweight and versatile option.