The Best Infant Car Seats | What Makes Our List & What’s Safest For Your Newborn?

The best infant car seats are car seats that prioritize your baby’s safety, security, and protection while also supporting them by providing a snug and comfortable fit each and every time. We also look for infant car seats that are user-friendly and conveniently designed to make parent’s lives easier.

In this article, we take a close look at the best of the best when it comes to infant car seats. We highlight what’s good about them and what’s not so good about them in order to provide you with a detailed and honest review of each car seat, saving you much needed time and giving you peace of mind.

Short on time? We’ve created a list below of the best infant car seats for your convenience (best to worst). Keep reading a detailed review for each model.

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    Note: If you would like to see the best value for money infant car seats, be sure to check out our round-up here.

    While you’re browsing our reviews below, here are the top things to consider before purchasing an infant car seat:

    1. Ease of use – Regardless if you’re a new parent or not, you will want to purchase an infant car seat that is user-friendly, especially when it comes to set up, installation, and adjustment.
    2. Value for money – The price range for infant car seats is varied with some being affordable and others being expensive. However, it’s all about what the infant car seat provides compared to similar car seats on the market as well as what suits your budget.
    3. Stroller compatibility – It is ideal to purchase an infant car seat that is compatible with your stroller with the car seat offering a seamless transition from car to stroller without waking your baby.
    4. Car compatibility – Infant car seats tend to be quite bulky so it’s recommended that you compare your backseat dimensions to ensure the infant car seat is compatible with your vehicle.
    5. Lifestyle – If you’re a family that’s always on the go, you will want to look for an infant car seat that is both lightweight and easily transferable and portable for extended carrying.

    List Of The Best Infant Car Seats Reviewed With Ratings

    Chicco KeyFit 30 (Best Seller)

    4.9/5
    4.9/5

    The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is exceptional, well-rounded and rated the #1 infant car seat in America. It is one of the only infant car seats that is recommended by both neonatal nurses and child car seat safety experts for premature babies, particularly for its safety standards and ratings, personalization, and comfort.

    This infant car seat accommodates infants weighing between 4-30 pounds and in terms of its weight and measurements, the Chicco KeyFit 30 weighs 9.6 pounds (without the base).

    Its dimensions are 17” x 27.5” x 24”. It is available in 6 different colors/styles, which are bound to please anyone’s taste, including ‘Orion’, ‘Eucalyptus’, and ‘Nottingham’.

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    Why We Love It

    • The Chicco KeyFit 30 is exceptionally easy to install thanks to its easy to follow instruction manual as well as several handy features, including the following:
        • Recline Sure spring-loaded leveling foot to assist in achieving a proper base angle.
        • 2 easy-to-read Ride Right bubble levels to ensure the correct base angle.
        • Force-multiplying SuperCinch LATCH tightener system to achieve a tight and secure fit.
    • Portable design for travel as it is compatible with all Chicco strollers (sold separately).
    • Includes a Stay-in-Car base, which features a click-in attachment and one-hand removal.
    • Machine washable fabrics in cold water on a delicate cycle.
    • Features a 2-position carry-handle with a comfortable grip to make transporting the Chicco KeyFit even easier.
    • Slim and sleek design, which makes it easier to fit in smaller or compact vehicles as well as alongside other car seats. However, we recommend comparing measurements prior to purchasing, particularly if you’re looking for a 3-across car seat configuration.
    • Includes removable newborn head and body supports.
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    Keep In Mind

    • The biggest complaint from parents was that the fabric is not breathable. This is going to be an issue if you live in a warmer climate and/or you do not have air conditioning in your vehicle. We recommend monitoring your child for overheating when in use.
    • Unfortunately, the Chicco KeyFit 30 canopy does not provide great coverage and some parents found it difficult to keep the sun off their baby. In order to fix this issue, we recommend purchasing some sunshades to keep your baby cool and comfortable.
    • It can be quite bulky, taking up a lot of room front to back, which means that the legroom available for tall front-seat passengers could be reduced.
    • When putting the seat in the base be sure to pull up on it to ensure it is secure rather than just relying on the audible click.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Chicco KeyFit 30 is a winner when it comes to safety, installation, and value for money. Parents particularly liked how easy it was to install and use compared to other infant car seats. While it is a comfortable car seat for your bub, remember that the fabric is not breathable so if you’re located somewhere with a warmer climate this may not be the best option.

    Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 XT

    4.8/5
    4.8/5

    Appropriately named, the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 XT Infant Car Seat is a best seller amongst infant car seats due to its easy installation and adjustable features that provide a secure and safe fit. This infant car seat also has a longer expiration date (7 years) compared to others on the market, which allows for extended rear-facing use.

    The Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 is suitable for infants weighing between 4 and 35 pounds and measuring up to 32 inches tall. It is available in 10 different colors/styles to suit all preferences and tastes, including ‘Amari’, ‘Tansy’, and ‘Chilli Red’.

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    Why We Love It

    • Features an all-weather fabric boot that keeps your baby warm on those colder days.
    • The Graco SnugRide is lightweight, making it an ideal infant car seat for families on the go who are constantly transferring their car seats between vehicles.
    • Parents love its machine-washable cover for no-fuss cleaning.
    • Compatible with any Graco Click Connect stroller with Click Connect technology that ensures a one-step secure attachment.
    • The Graco SnugRide assists you in finding the right angle for your child’s comfort and security thanks to its adjustable base that provides 4 recline positions and an easy-to-read level indicator that eliminates guesswork and gives you peace of mind.
    • Includes the SnugLock installation system that makes setup and installation with both the LATCH system or the vehicle seat belt hassle-free in 3 simple steps.
    • The Graco SnugRide is relatively slim so it is ideal for fitting into compact and small vehicles.
    • To assist you in adjusting the infant car seat to the right angle there is a color-coded, 4-position recline feature located on the base.
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    Keep In Mind

    • Parents have found that the LATCH installation and removal is rather difficult due to the clip-style connectors, rather than the easier push-on connectors. LATCH installation can also be difficult if your vehicle’s LATCH anchors are tucked deep inside the backseat.
    • Some parents found that the one-click attachment sound is not always reliable when attaching the carrier to the base. We recommend pulling up on the seat to ensure it is securely attached. However, once the carrier is locked in, the carrier can be hard to remove from the base.
    • If you live in a warmer climate or do not have air conditioning in your vehicle, the Graco SnugRide may not be ideal as the fabric is not breathable. It is important to monitor your child for overheating and sweating.
    • This infant car seat may not be suitable for premature or smaller babies as the infant insert may not provide enough head support.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 XT Infant Car Seat is a car seat that gets the job done by always safely transporting your precious cargo. It is a great choice for families who are on the go and on a budget. However, if you have a premature or smaller baby, it may not be the best option.

    UPPAbaby MESA

    4.8/5
    4.8/5

    The UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat that provides world-class technology that is both innovative and intuitive, taking the guesswork out of setup and installation to make life that little bit easier. This infant car seat is a fantastic choice for premature babies, designed to provide them with more support and security.

    The UPPAbaby MESA is designed for babies as small as 4 pounds up until 35 pounds. It is available in 5 different colors, including blue, black, navy blue, red, and charcoal.

    The blue and charcoal colors include merino wool fabric that is naturally fire-resistant, meaning that there are no added chemical flame retardants. The UPPAbaby MESA is also compatible with the UPPAbaby VISTA or CRUZ strollers without adapters.

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    Why We Love It

    • Features a unique and patented SMART Secure System, which ensures a secure installation within seconds thanks to a tightness indicator, self-retracting LATCH connectors and an indicator window that changes color from red to green for visual confirmation that the base has been installed correctly.
    • An adjustable headrest that is reinforced with EPP foam, providing added support for your child by keeping their head still during a side-impact collision.
    • Includes breathable and moisture-wicking material, keeping your child cool and comfortable.
    • Four-position adjustable foot for easy and quick leveling.
    • Designed to accommodate premature babies with an infant insert that provides extra support for the head and neck, a built-in wedge to safely position your child as well as adjustable harness and crotch straps that provide a secure fit for babies weighing as small as 4 pounds.
    • Includes integrated storage pockets for harness buckles.
    • For installation via the seat belt system, there is a built-in lock-off for a secure and safe installation.
    • Features an SPF hideaway canopy to keep your baby comfortable.
    • Conveniently designed for families on the go as it is exceptionally lightweight (10 pounds) and features a carry handle that has a stroller release button.
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    Keep In Mind

    • While it is lightweight, parents found it to be bulky and this caused difficulty in fitting it into the back seat. In order to fit this infant car seat, the legroom for front-seat passengers was reduced.
    • The UPPAbaby MESA comes with a high price tag and is not ideal for families on a budget. The colors with merino wool fabric also come at an additional cost.
    • Some parents reported quality control issues, including broken parts, flimsy canopies, and torn fabric. If you experience any quality control issues we recommend contacting UPPAbaby immediately.
    • While this car seat has breathable fabric, there is still a warning label that says babies may sweat on their backs. We recommend monitoring your child to prevent overheating.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat offers innovative and intuitive technology and is a good choice if you have a premature baby. However, it has a high price tag so you will need to consider if it is worth the investment.

    Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT

    4.7/5
    4.7/5

    The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat comes from a leading brand in child safety. It is a budget-friendly, LATCH-equipped car seat that provides a safe and secure ride for your bub, giving you peace of mind. It is also conveniently designed for everyday use with handy adjustable features to ensure a comfortable ride for your child every time.

    This infant car seat accommodates infants weighing 4 to 35 pounds and can be installed either via the LATCH system or the vehicle’s seat belt. It is available in three different colors, including ‘Monument’, ‘Niagara Mist’, and ‘Pebble Beach’. 

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    Why We Love It

    • Designed for no-fuss cleaning with a removable, machine-washable, and dryer friendly seat pad.
    • This infant car seat adjusts to your child, whether they are small or big, with four harness heights that are adjustable with a single pull for a secure and safe fit.
    • It features ultra-lightweight construction that utilizes next-generation engineering, meaning it is ideal for families on the go.
    • Compatible with any Safety 1st QuickClick-equipped stroller, attaching with a single, easy click.
    • It features an adjustable infant car seat base that adjusts for the right fit to your vehicle.
    • Includes extra newborn support with head and body support that can be removed later as your child grows.
    • The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT meets or exceeds federal, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) safety standards.
    • Includes side impact protection with deep sides and energy-absorbing materials to keep your bub safe.
    • FAA approved for use on an aircraft, meaning it is a great infant car seat for families who travel.
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    Keep In Mind

    • Some parents found that it was difficult to obtain a secure and snug fit in their vehicle with issues regarding placing the carrier in the base.
    • The canopy is reportedly flimsy and difficult to use as it can become stuck with some parents having to pull it down with two hands.
    • Some parents felt like certain parts of the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT were cheaply made, including the handle.
    • Parents reportedly had issues with the bottom buckle being over-sized, which caused it to cut into their baby’s thighs, causing them pain and discomfort and sometimes leaving red marks. We recommend that if this happens to contact Safety 1st immediately for a resolution.
    • Some parents found the straps to be difficult to adjust and achieve the same length on both sides.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    Overall, the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat is a quality car seat that prioritizes your child’s safety and security at a fraction at the cost of other infant car seats on the market. Parents loved it for its easy installation and user-friendly model. 

    However, there are some flaws, including difficulty with the canopy and straps and most notably, parents having issues with the bottom buckle being over-sized and cutting into their baby’s thighs, causing pain and discomfort.

    Doona

    4.7/5
    4.7/5

    The Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base is the world’s first complete travel system integrated within one convenient unit, transforming from an infant car seat to a stroller within a matter of seconds.

    Doona takes your child’s safety very seriously, with this infant car seat being designed with medical and engineering experts to ensure that your bub is properly supported in the correct ergonomic position. It does so with its infant inserts.

    This infant car seat accommodates infants weighing between 4 and 35 pounds and measuring up to 32 inches tall. The base weighs 10.3 pounds while the car seat itself weighs 16.5 pounds. It is available in 5 different colors, including ‘Greyhound’, ‘Flame Red’, ‘Racing Green’, ‘Nitro Black’, and ‘Blush Pink’.

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    Why We Love It

    • Features thick, protective padding to keep your child safe and comfortable, including ergonomic bamboo infant inserts that support your child’s upper and lower back while ensuring their neck and back are ergonomically aligned.
    • Included in the box is a Doona vehicle seat protector to prevent any scuffs, marks or indentations.
    • Parents love how convenient and easy to use the Doona Infant Car Seat is, especially with its LATCH base.
    • The adjustable handlebar not only makes the Doona Infant Car Seat easily portable but also provides anti-rebound crash technology.
    • FAA approved for use on an aircraft.
    • This infant car seat can be installed either via the LATCH system or a 3-point seat belt.
    • Includes exceptional safety features, including 3 layers of side impact protection, EPS energy-absorbing foam, and a 5-point safety harness.
    • A 6-year expiration date from the date of manufacture and 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. 
    • Designed for easy cleaning with removable and machine washable fabrics.
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    Keep In Mind

    • As this is both an infant car seat and a stroller, it is on the heavier side at 16.5 pounds and you may become tired of constantly transferring it in and out of your vehicle.
    • The Doona Infant Car Seat is made in China, which does raise questions about quality control issues.
    • Parents found that their child outgrew the height limit long before they outgrew the weight limit, which only provided them with a few months of usage.
    • This infant car seat comes at a high price tag, however, remember that you do also get a stroller so while it may not be suitable for all budgets, it is up to you whether it is value for money in the long-term.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base is undeniably an impressive car seat with its convenient yet sleek and stylish design specifically geared towards busy families and parents on the go. While the Doona Infant Car Seat comes at a very high price tag, it not only offers an infant car seat and stroller in the one product but also offers premium features and technology, including its ergonomic padding and design, which keeps your child supported and comfortable.

    Britax B-Safe 35

    4.6/5
    4.6/5

    The Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat comes from one of the most well known, respected, and loved baby product brands in the US. Since the 1970s, Britax has been designing and manufacturing safe, durable, and stylish baby products.

    The Britax B-Safe 35 is a definite reflection of this reputation as it offers quality, convenience, and safety all for a reasonable price. This infant car seat accommodates infants weighing 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall. It is available in 5 different colors and styles to suit all tastes, including ‘Ashton’, ‘Cardinal’, ‘Dove’, ‘Dual Comfort Grey’, and ‘Raven’.

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    Why We Love It

    • Your bub is literally surrounded in safety with the Britax B-Safe 35 thanks to the patented SafeCell Impact Protection System, which includes a layer of side-impact protection, steel frame, and impact-absorbing base.
    • This infant car seat is simple and quick to install with either the SafeCenter LATCH system that includes center-pull straps or the vehicle seat belt utilizing built-in seat belt lock-offs for a secure installation.
    • Features a removable newborn baby pad.
    • FAA approved for use on an aircraft (without the base).
    • To keep your child comfortable and secure the Britax B-Safe 35 is fitted with a spring-assisted recline and level indicators to ensure the correct vehicle installation angle.
    • Includes a 1-year warranty.
    • Designed, tested, and built in the USA with global components.
    • Its contoured shell takes up little space in your vehicle while also minimizing side-to-side movement to protect your bub.
    • It is compatible with various Britax travel systems, including the B Agile, B Free, B Mobile, and B Ready using built-in adaptors. It is also compatible with all BOB Single and Duallie strollers, however, the adapter is sold separately.
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    Keep In Mind

    • As your child grows they may experience some difficulty in becoming comfortable in the deep and narrow cradle of the Britax B-Safe 35, which may force you to switch infant car seats early.
    • Some parents found that the crotch strap cut into their bub’s thighs, causing pain and discomfort and in some cases, leaving red marks.
    • Unfortunately, the Britax B-Safe 35 doesn’t have any cup holders or extra features.
    • Parents with a BOB Single and Duallie stroller did not like that you needed to purchase an adapter separately.
    • At 12 pounds, the Britax B-Safe 35 is not a great pick for families who plan on regularly transferring this car seat between vehicles.
    • Some parents experienced the chest clip breaking on their model. We suggest if this happens to you to contact Britax immediately for a replacement and to not use the Britax B-Safe 35 until it is replaced.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat is a great choice for parents who are looking for an infant car seat that offers safety, comfort, and ease of use for a reasonable price without any extra features. However, if your bub grows fast, the Britax B-Safe 35 may not last long.

    Chicco Fit2

    4.6/5
    4.6/5

    The Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat has a sleek and stylish design that offers top-rated safety features. These ensure your little one’s security and protection as they grow from an infant to a toddler. The Chicco Fit2 is the model above its KeyFit sibling, that includes a number of features that the KeyFit simply does not have.

    This infant car seat accommodates infants weighing between 4-35 pounds and is available in 4 different colors and styles, including ‘Tempo’, ‘Arietta’, ‘Fleur’, and ‘Tullio’.

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    Why We Love It

    • Features a 2-stage base that converts from an infant position (stage 1) to a toddler position (stage 2) with a one-handed lever adjustment. This enables you to easily keep your child in the rear-facing position beyond their second birthday.
    • Includes a number of adjustable features to keep your growing child comfy, including a 7-position headrest and a padded, easy-adjust harness.
    • Chicco Fit2 fabrics can be either spot-cleaned with mild soap and water or machine washed in cold water on the delicate cycle, making cleaning easy.
    • It provides more upright and spacious seating that has both adjustability and extended leg room for toddlers while still saving you precious space in your vehicle.
    • Features removable head and body support specifically designed to accommodate newborns and smaller infants, including premature babies.
    • Installation is made easy and quick thanks to the ReclineSure leveling foot, 2 Ride Right bubble level indicators, and a SuperCinch LATCH tightener. 
    • Includes extra safety features, such as the anti-rebound bar and large padded head wings, keeping your bub extra secure.
    • The Chicco Fit2 is compatible with some Chicco strollers.
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    Keep In Mind

    • While the Chicco Fit2 fabrics are machine washable, they are not dryer friendly so be sure to hang dry when cleaning. 
    • At 12 pounds, the Chicco Fit2 is not a great choice for parents who plan on regularly transferring this car seat between vehicles and is not ideal for extended carrying.
    • Unfortunately, this infant car seat is not compatible with all Chicco strollers, thus an adapter may need to be purchased.
    • The Chicco Fit2 is fairly expensive when compared to other infant car seats on the market that offer similar features so if you’re on a tight budget, this may not be a great pick.
    • This infant car seat may not provide a good fit in the center car seat of some vehicles, so it’s best to compare measurements prior to purchasing.
    • If your child grows quickly and is higher on the growth charts it is likely that they will outgrow the car seat before they reach 2 years old, requiring you to purchase another car seat.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    Parents love the Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat for both its adjustable features that keep growing children comfortable and its features that make setup and installation a breeze. It is a solid choice for parents, however, it does come with a high price tag and a hefty weight.

    Evenflo LiteMax 35

    4.5/5
    4.5/5

    The Evenflo LiteMax 35 Infant Car Seat comes from a trusted brand that has been designing and manufacturing quality child safety systems for almost 100 years. The Evenflo LiteMax 35 reflects this reputation as a safe, user-friendly, and convenient car seat that is an all-round favorite with reviewers and parents. 

    This infant car seat is suitable for infants weighing between 4 and 35 pounds and between 17 to 32-inches tall. It is available in three different colors/designs, including ‘Azalea’, ‘Bamboo Leaf’, and ‘Riverstone’.

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    Why We Love It

    • Exceptionally affordable, this infant car seat comes with a low price tag and will be suitable for most family budgets. Keep an eye out for even further discounts and deals.
    • Engineered and tested to meet or exceed 2 times the US Federal Safety Standards.
    • It features an exclusive ergonomic handle that enables extended carrying and comfort.
    • The Evenflo LiteMax 35 is lightweight, making it an ideal car seat for extended carrying and regularly transferring between vehicles. 
    • Easy to install base with a one-step vehicle belt lock-off that ensures secure and quick installation.
    • Includes a full-coverage canopy to protect your child in all seasons and all the elements.
    • The stay-in-car base features an easy to read pendulum level indicator that shows when the seat is properly leveled for secure installation with 4 reclining options to boost your child’s comfort.
    • All Evenflo car seats and strollers include ParentLink customer-service, which includes real-time chat and free live video installation support if you come across any issues.
    • The Evenflo LiteMax 35 is designed with parents in mind with buckle pockets that tuck buckles away, making it easier to get your child in and out of the car seat.
    • Removable and machine washable seat pads for no-fuss cleaning.
    • Includes removable head and body pillows for improved comfort and support, particularly for smaller babies.
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    Keep In Mind

    • Some parents found that even for average-sized children, this infant car seat was too narrow and quite restrictive around their child’s body. This may mean that you are only able to get a couple of months of usage out of this seat before you are forced to buy another car seat.
    • Parents found the Evenflo LiteMax 35 difficult to detach from the stay-in-car base, we recommend contacting Evenflo’s ParentLink customer-service for assistance with this.
    • There are two large warning labels not pictured in marketing images of this infant car seat that take away from its overall aesthetics and sleek design.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Evenflo LiteMax 35 Infant Car Seat is easy to install, use, carry and adjust thanks to its durable and quality design that offers babies maximum comfort, safety, and security while also giving parents peace of mind. However, the Evenflo LiteMax 35 may only be suitable for smaller babies so if your child is average or bigger in size you may only get minimal usage out of this car seat before you will have to purchase another infant car seat.

    Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35

    4.5/5
    4.5/5

    The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35 Infant Car Seat with base comes from a brand that is well known for designing and manufacturing car seats that offer safety, luxury, and convenience that isn’t always offered in other car seat models. It is no wonder why the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is a popular choice for many families.

    This infant car seat accommodates children from 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall. It is available in 11 different colors and styles, including ‘Atmosphere’, ‘Mod Red’, ‘Pois Grey’, ‘Escape’, and more to suit all tastes and preferences. The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is also a travel system that’s compatible with all Peg Perego strollers (excluding the Pliko Mini and Skate).

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    Why We Love It

    • It features 2 anti-rebound bars located both on the base and the carrier, which provide extra protection in the event of a frontal or rear collision and will also help to stabilize your child during sudden stops and starts.
    • Made in Italy!
    • At 9.5 pounds, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is lightweight, which ensures easy transfer from car to stroller, perfect for families on the go.
    • Features a Dual Stage Cushion System with 2 cushions for infants 4 pounds and up, with the first stage offering extra support on your child’s neck and bottom while the second stage designed to correctly support your growing child by keeping their head properly positioned.
    • Its patented handle design is both short and compact, which makes it easier to move in and out of your vehicle.
    • Includes an energy absorbing EPS lined shell that boosts protection and is perforated to ensure maximum air circulation and breathability. 
    • Its side-impact protection adjusts to six different positions and requires no rethreading (ever!), protecting your little one as they grow.
    • The handlebar and seat feature color-coded belt paths to help guide the belt when installing via the vehicle seat belt.
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    Keep In Mind

    • Parents found the car seat difficult to carry when the canopy is fully extended.
    • Unfortunately, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is not so easy to clean.
    • Due to its size and depending on its positioning in the backseat, this infant car seat may reduce legroom for tall front-seat passengers.
    • Some parents pointed out a few quality control issues, including torn canopy fabric, broken chest clips, and cracks in both the foam and plastic. We recommend contacting Peg Perego immediately for a replacement if this occurs.
    • Be sure to double-check that the car seat is secured in the base as some parents found the audible ‘click’ did not always indicate it was properly installed.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is a great choice for parents who can fit this into their budget as it offers superior safety and protection as well as a convenient, stylish, and sleek design that parents are pleased with. However, if you encounter any quality control issues, contact Peg Perego immediately.

    CYBEX Aton 2

    4.4/5
    4.4/5

    Thanks to its innovative and forward-thinking design, the CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat offers unparalleled safety and protection when compared to similarly priced infant car seats. It is also one of the lightest carriers on the market while being exceptionally comfortable and easy to use.

    The CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat accommodates children weighing between 4 and 35 pounds and up to 30 inches tall. It is available in 5 different colors and designs, including ‘Moon Dust’, ‘Limestone’, ‘Coffee Bean’, ‘Hot & Spicy’, and ‘Black Beauty’.

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    Why We Love It

    • This is a lightweight infant car seat that is ideal for extended carrying and transferring between vehicles.
    • Its energy-absorbing shell provides exceptional crash protection, keeping your little one safe and secure.
    • The base features metal chassis, which provides metal-to-metal strength and durability from the carrier, to base, to vehicle. 
    • It features a unique indicator, which confirms the correct and secure attachment of the carrier to the base.
    • Features an adjustable load leg that prevents the car seat from rotating forward and absorbs and distributes energy in the event of a collision, which protects your child’s spine.
    • It offers a 3-position handle that can be adjusted when carrying or riding.
    • Its Secure European Belt Routing makes the CYBEX Aton 2 just as safe with or without the base.
    • Includes a newborn inlay, which better supports and positions smaller babies.
    • Installation via the LATCH system is made easy and quick thanks to simple push-on connectors (rather than the harder latch or hook-style connectors) and you are supported by an easy to follow user manual as well as online instructional videos to guide you.
    • The CYBEX Aton 2 is compatible with all CYBEX strollers.
    • Features a unique L.S.P. System – Linear Side-Impact Protection System, which works by absorbing energy in the event of a side-impact collision.
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    Keep In Mind

    • Some parents have reported the chest clip to be overly wide, which can cause pain and discomfort for some babies.
    • Unfortunately, the canopy on the CYBEX Aton 2 is too small to offer enough weather protection for your child.
    • It comes with a high price tag and is not a good choice if your family is on a tight budget.
    • Even with the newborn inlay, the CYBEX Aton 2 may be too roomy and spacious to safely accommodate a premature baby.
    • Some parents found the handle quite flimsy and loose while carrying it and it actually broke in a few cases when the baby was not in it.

    Our Verdict & Customer Opinions

    Parents love the CYBEX Aton 2 Infant Car Seat for the superior protection and safety it offers compared to other infant car seats. They also love how it is lightweight, making it easy to use and transfer between vehicles. However, some parents found it was not worth the high price tag due to quality control issues with both the handle and canopy as well as not being suitable for smaller babies.

    FAQs: Here Are Some Questions Parents Have About Infant Car Seats

    An infant car seat is the first step in your child’s car seat journey. Whether you’re a new parent or not, it is important to have all the basic and necessary knowledge about infant car seats prior to making a decision. 

    This is where we come in! We’ve made it super easy by answering frequently asked questions and covering all bases when it comes to infant car seats in order to guide you to make the best car seat decision for both your baby and family.

    1. What is an infant car seat?

      An infant car seat is a restraint system that accommodates infants usually from birth up until your child is at least 2 years old or they reach the weight and/or height limit. They are designed for use in the rear-facing position and normally double as a carrier.

      There are a few different types of infant car seats and we’ll go through each one:

      Rear-facing car seats
      These infant car seats are designed for infants weighing between 4 and 30-40 pounds (depending on the model). A rear-facing only car seat attaches to a base within your vehicle that is also transferable between vehicles and they have a handle for carrying.

      Your child is secured by a five-point harness and is normally supported by a removable infant head and neck support pillow or system to prevent your child’s head from slumping while they sleep.

      Convertible car seats
      An infant car seat is one of the car seat options within a convertible car seat that typically transition from a rear-facing to forward-facing, with some also converting into a booster seat(s) (sometimes called an all-in-one, 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 car seat).

      A convertible car seat tends to be heavier and bulkier than your standard infant car seat and may cost more. Keep in mind, that they don’t have a detachable base or a handle for carrying. While many parents start off with an infant rear-facing car seat and switch to a convertible car seat later on you can also start off with a convertible car seat, which will save you both time and money in the long-term.

      If you decide to choose a convertible car seat we recommend purchasing one that has removable infant pillow inserts and multiple recline options to keep your child secure and comfortable.

      Travel Systems
      A travel system is a car seat and stroller combination. Many infant car seats can be purchased separately or as part of a travel system, meaning that the infant car seat simply clicks into the stroller for a seamless vehicle to stroller transition.

      There are some infant car seats that are a complete travel system integrated within a single unit, including the Doona Infant Car Seat. These will save you from purchasing a separate infant car seat and stroller, ultimately saving you time and money in the long run. However, these tend to have a high price tag.

    2. What should I avoid in an infant car seat?

      Regardless of what type of car seat you have and even if it was given to you by someone you know you will want to avoid secondhand seats entirely. With continual use over time, there are small tears and cracks that can appear, making the car seat unsafe.

      You should also never use an infant car seat that has been involved in an accident. Even if it looks appropriate for use, there could be unseen damage that could render it unsafe.

      Another thing you should avoid in car seats is toxic flame retardants. While all car seats need to be treated with flame retardants, some can be unsafe and toxic for your baby. We recommend avoiding flame retardants that are brominated and choosing an infant car seat that has naturally flame retardant fabric.

    3. How do you install an infant car seat?

      There is no one way to install an infant car seat so it’s always best to follow the setup and installation steps outlined in your user manual. If you experience any difficulties, we recommend contacting the company directly for assistance or watching videos on YouTube or the manufacturer’s website that are geared towards installation.

      Here are some quick tips when installing an infant car seat:

      • The safest place for an infant car seat is the middle back seat as this will protect your child from many side-impact related injuries.
      • If you can’t place the infant car seat in the middle because your vehicle is not compatible, the next best position is behind the passenger’s seat. This will also allow the driver to check on the child.

    4. How and when should I dispose of an infant car seat?
      An infant car seat should be disposed of once it reaches its expiration date (normally 6 years+). However, when you’re disposing of it keep in mind that stores like Target will have trade-in days where you can bring your expired car seat to dispose of and they may provide a discount for your next car seat purchase. Some car seat manufacturers also offer similar trade-in schemes.

      Your booster car seat should also be disposed of once it’s been involved in a collision unless it’s a minor collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a minor collision as a collision that meets ALL of the following criteria:

      • You can drive your vehicle from the crash site.
      • The door closest to the child safety car seat was undamaged.
      • None of the vehicle occupants were injured.
      • The airbags didn’t deploy.
      • No visible damage to the child safety car seat.
      • If something on the car seat breaks, contact the seller for a refund or an exchange.

    5. What is the safest infant car seat?

      All car seats, regardless if they are infant, convertible or booster, must meet or exceed Federal US and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Safety Standards in order to be sold on the market.

      To give you peace of mind, most infant car seats exceed these safety standards due to their innovative safety features and technology. This means that any infant car seat you buy will be safe for your child. Some infant car seats have added safety features, such as anti-rebound bars, however, there is no standardized testing to show if these additional features offer more protection than a standard car seat.

      Keep in mind that a car seat is only safe if it is used and installed correctly. We recommend choosing an infant car seat that is easy to install and secure properly, something we highlight throughout our reviews.

    6. What is the LATCH system?

      LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Most infant car seats are equipped with this attachment system that ensures the car seat is kept in place with built-in anchors and tethers located in your vehicle. However, most infant car seats can also be installed via the vehicle seat belt system.

      Car seat manufacturers normally recommend one system over the other (LATCH system or vehicle seat belt system) so ensure that you read and follow your user manual to ensure you’re using the recommended system.
      If you’re installing your child’s infant car seat via the LATCH system be sure to tuck away your vehicle’s seat belt in order to prevent it from interfering with the LATCH system.

      If you’re wondering what ISOFIX means, this is the same system as LATCH but called ISOFIX in Europe.

    7. How do I keep my kids from overheating and sweating while riding in their car seat?

      Unfortunately, if you live in an area that has a warmer climate or particularly hot summers, your child sweating will most likely be unavoidable and it is best to constantly monitor your child on those hot days. However, we do have a few tips to assist with this:

      • While this may seem obvious, it’s important not to overdress your baby in the summer months and to be sure to always remove any outer layers, such as coats, before buckling them in. Overdressing will not only contribute to sweating and overheating but will also act as a potential safety hazard by preventing the harness from working properly.
      • It is wise to look for infant car seats that have breathable fabrics that promote ventilation and airflow as this will keep your child cool and comfortable, particularly in those warmer months.
      • Sunshades can make a significant difference not only to the temperature of your vehicle but also to the temperature of your baby’s infant car seat. Sunshades are specifically designed to block out UV rays and some of the sun’s heat. They are not hard to find and are readily available on Amazon for very reasonable prices. This is a wise investment if you experience hot summers!
      • This is an old trick, but turning your vehicle on with the AC running for a few minutes prior to placing your child in their car seat can reduce their chances of overheating and sweating on those warmer days by cooling down your vehicle’s interior.
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    Brenda Williams

    Brenda Williams

    Hi, I'm the founder of Car Safety Hub, Brenda Williams. I'm a happily married mother and have 2 of the sweetest children you could imagine.

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