Infant Car Seat Buying Guide

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Infant Car Seat Buying Guide

Welcome! We’re going to guide you through the process of choosing what is arguably the most important piece of gear you’ll buy for your new baby… the one that might just save their life one day.

Before you dive into the deep end of this buying guide with our in-depth reviews we need to bring you up to speed on the terms we’ll use throughout this buying guide. Never heard of a load leg? Have no idea what a European vs. American belt path is? Fear not! Our Explanation of Highlighted Features comes first (don’t skip this section!) and it’ll make you fluent in car seat lingo in no time.

Our in-depth reviews will give you the nitty gritty details on each seat to help you narrow down your choices until you find the car seat that’s best for your baby, your car, and your travel needs. We’ve got in-depth reviews on all currently made infant car seats from Baby Jogger, Britax, Chicco, Cybex, Graco, Nuna, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby… that’s more than two dozen and counting!

Remember – every seat will keep your baby safe so long as it is installed properly AND your baby is buckled into it properly on every trip… but some seats are much more likely to lead to proper installation & use – and this is where our in-depth reviews will help you sort through the pros/cons of the seats. 

Top Picks

And for those who just want to know “What does The Car Seat Lady recommend”, here are the 4 seats that earned our “Top Pick” and make sure to click here for a super handy tool to help you narrow it down from the 4 seats to the 1 seat most perfect for your baby & travel needs. Each of the 4 seats has its own strengths, so please be sure to read the in-depth reviews on each so you can find the best one for you (mouse over and click on the seat in the above image to go to its in-depth review).

Table of Car Seat Features

**Make sure to read the text below this table – as it will explain in depth what information is contained in each of the columns.** Click the “view larger version” at the bottom right of the table to enlarge it for easier viewing (we strongly recommend viewing on a computer or tablet, not a phone).

Explanation of Car Seat Features

**Click on the pink terms below to see a full explanation**



In-Depth Reviews

Mouse over the picture below and click on the manufacturer to read an in-depth review of all of their currently-made infant seats.

Must Read: Important Car Seat Info


And, if you are curious why there are no Maxi Cosi car seats in this buying guide…

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Do NOT copy, share, or reproduce any information, text, or images from this page or others in our car seat/stroller buying guide without our written permission.

The Car Seat Lady is not responsible for errors or omissions. We’ve tried VERY hard to ensure 100% accuracy… but we’re human, and car seat and stroller manufacturers are constantly making changes!

This information is applicable to the car seats as sold in the US. Car seats listed above with similar or identical names may be sold in other countries but are NOT the same seat.

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