- Chicco KeyFit 30
- Graco Snugride
- Britax B- Safe
- Safety 1st onBoard 35
- Combi Shuttle 33
- Evenflo Discovery 5
- Baby Trend Flex Loc
- Maxi-Cosi Mico
- Britax Chaperone
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
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Safety is the number one factor in considering your infant car seat carrier. Consumer Reports rarely gives car seats high marks. This year, the Chicco KeyFit 30 is the only Consumer Reports "Recommended" brand. However, several other models are considered within safety limits. It is always best to have your car seat checked by a safety expert to ensure this it is installed correctly. Often, your local police department will offer this service for free, or they will have recommendations of where in your community to go. If you are buying used, please consider that the industry standard for the life of any car seat is five years. So make sure you are buying a recently manufactured one.
All of the above models are infant carrier car seats. To review possible choices for the convertible seats, please see the ages 1 to 3 Car Seat section.
There are several reasons to consider paying the money for an infant carrier, however. Infant seats are more than just a car seat. They attach to most strollers, so you do not need to lift baby out of the seat every time you go for a stroll. Additionally, many mothers will also carry an infant seat over their forearms to run a quick errand. Mothers will also attest to the amazing wonders an infant carrier can perform in putting a cranky baby to sleep. My arm strength increased tremendously from swinging the seat back and forth until my little one was fast asleep. Another friend's baby spent the first few months of her life sleeping in her car seat next to her parents bed!
Our advice is to use the infant seat as long as possible, but to always follow manufacturer's height and weight limits. Once you have reached this point- anywhere from four months to a year- it is time to move baby to a convertible car seat.