Top 5 Best Infant Car Seats | 2018 Reviews
It’s exciting and fun for most parents-to-be to shop for nursery furniture, onesies and perhaps even changing tables. Buying an infant car seat, though, is more of a chore than a joy – but it’s one of the most important choices that expectant parents must make.
When a newborn is in their arms they can exercise all the care and delicacy humanly possible, but once the baby is secured in the back seat of a car, the safety and security of their precious infant completely depends on a car seat made of 20 or 30 pounds of steel, aluminum and padding. That product had better be up to the task.
Even those who are expecting their first child know two things: infants must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until they become toddlers, and that the most vulnerable part of a baby’s body is the head. For those reasons, safety tests place special focus on how well infant seats protect the head, but they also consider full-body protection. One other issue that’s not often front-of-mind, how well the carrier portion of the seat (the part that can be removed and either placed into a carriage or held separately) attaches to the permanent base, also factors in.
Many organizations test all of these issues, but in ranking the top 5 infant car seats we’ve placed special importance on the testing performed in the Consumer Reports laboratories. They regularly update the simulations they conduct in order to mimic real-life safety challenges, and are more rigorous in their testing than just about anyone else.
We also consider other attributes of the car seats we look at, including ease of installation, comfort, convenience – and of course, price. You can read our Best Infant Car Seat Buying Guide here.
Now, let's go to our choices for the top 5.
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Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat
Cybex Aton 2 Infant Car Seat
UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat
Peg Perego Prima Viaggio Infant Car Seat
Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Infant Car Seat
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