Researching car seats can be a daunting task for anyone. It is difficult to look at all the models that are out there and wonder which one will suit your needs the best. There are three infant car seats that surpass the rest in terms of safety convenience. Models from Chicco, Britax, and Graco are represented.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 is considered by many to be the leading infant car seat. The Britax B-Safe and Graco Snugride 35 are also in the top three in terms of safety and convenience. The Chicco Keyfit 30 and Britax B-Safe seats securely fit babies from 4-30lbs while the Graco Snugride 35 goes from 4-35lbs. Each of these will snap into their own brand strollers. The Keyfit 30 and B-Safe can be used with most strollers using a universal car seat adapter.
The Keyfit 30 is the easiest of the three to install. Each comes with a bubble level on the base to easily allow the parents to install at the proper angle. The Keyfit 30 has a one handed cinch mechanism that allows the base to be installed snugly and securely with very little effort. The other two require additional pressure in the center of the base while pulling on the strap on the side to secure it. All three have covers that are easy to remove and are machine washable.
All three of these models are extremely safe, performing exceptionally well in crash tests and are side impact tested.
A few things to remember. Babies many times will outgrow their infant car seats in terms of height usually before they reach the weight limit. Babies are too tall for their infant car seat when their is 1 inch or less between the top of their head and the top of the car seat shell. Just because a child outgrows their infant car seat this does not mean they are ready to be forward facing yet. A child should be a minimum of two years old before facing forward as it is significantly safer for them to be rear facing. However, this can be difficult if you have a small vehicle as many of the convertible car seats are large and won't fit rear facing in all cars.
For more information on car seats, including a detailed and in depth review of each infant car seat, visit babyseatreviews.com.