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Choosing The Best Infant Car Seat For You and Your Baby

best infant car seatsChoosing an infant car seat is one of the most important tasks of expectant and new parents.  Researching infant car seats can be frustrating and overwhelming to some pregnant moms.   With so many car seats on the market, how do parents know which infant car seat is right for their child? Below are some tips for buying a quality infant car seat.

New and expecting parents have asked me how I chose my kids car seats over the years.  My answer.. I consulted Consumer Reports magazine and bought the car seat that was rated highest.   I didn’t care about looks but was most focused on safety.  Britax car seats have been very reliable for us and they have had fabulous safety ratings over the last 12 years that I’ve been buying car seats.  I know that researching via Consumer Reports’ magazine or website might not be ideal for parents who don’t have a subscription though so I am sharing with you a few of my favorite tips and car seat options.


Research The Options

Parents shopping for an infant car seat should research the many options on the market. Expectant parents can research car seats on sites like ConsumerReports.org, which provides detailed car seat reviews. These car seat reviews are useful because they offer expectant parents a detailed account of what other consumers liked and hated about each specific infant car seat.

Consider These Infant Car Seat Choices


Parents who are up to date with reading car seat reviews will recognize the strong consumer following of these three seats.

Britax B-SAFE infant car seat1. Britax B-SAFE
The Britax B-SAFE is one of the top rated car seats on the market. Sold as a travel system or as just the infant car seat, this product is easy to take in and out of the car, making it a great option for parents on the go. The front harness adjuster allows for easy strap adjustments, and the high weight capacity makes this the perfect car seat for infants up to 30 pounds.


Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat2. Chicco KeyFit 30
The best rated car seat by ConsumerReports.org, the Chicco KeyFit 30 holds babies from the tiniest to the heaviest weights approved for infant car seat use. Keeping babies safe from 4 pounds to 30 pounds, this car seat has one of the easiest adjustment systems available on the market and is compatible with a variety of strollers.



Safety 1st onBoard 35 infant car seat3. Safety 1st onBoard 35
The Safety 2st onBoard 35 is one of the most modestly priced car seats on the market with the ability to rear face up to 35 pounds. With front end harness adjustment, this seat makes it easy for parents to give their little ones a snug fit, keeping them safe and secure.

Car Seat Recalls

Parents should be sure to keep up with infant car seat recalls to make sure that their product remains safe even after purchase. Parents are encouraged to check for infant car seat, big kid car seat and booster seat recalls often.  Aside from recalls, it is also important to research the crash protection of an infant car seat, its ease of use, and vehicle fit.

Good luck with your car seat shopping.  Please ask questions or leave comments below!

Disclosure: I was not compensated by any of the brands featured in this article. 

Alicia Hagan, Editor

Stroller Buying Guide – Part 1:
* What to think about when shopping for a stroller

What to think about when shopping for a stroller

  • First of all, it’s important to actually shop for a stroller, don’t buy the first stroller you fall in love with because you like the way it looks.
  • Consider your lifestyle when buying a stroller. ‘Boutique moms’ will want to look for an easy to maneuver small to medium size stroller.
  • There are several types of strollers including travel system strollers, high-end traditional strollers, double/twin strollers, and jogging strollers.  (Read Part 5: Comparison chart of different types of strollers) for more information on the types of strollers.
  • Casual shoppers with a baby from newborn to age 3 will do well with a Travel System or a standard high-end stroller such as the Musty 4Rider Light or Bugaboo Bee
  • Walking your toddler around the neighborhood everyday? Go with a comfortable umbrella or mid-size stroller such as The First Years Jet Stroller or Chicco Trevi, two of my favorite mid-size strollers.  (Read Part 3: Stroller Buying Guide: A few of my favorite strollers) for more information about my favorite strollers.
  • Jogging up a mountain? Parents who enjoy jogging and taking walks up mountains will want to invest in a good jogging stroller such as a Baby Jogger stroller.
  • The best high end multi-purpose strollers for parents of infants to 3+ year old’s are the Musty 4Rider Light and the Bugaboo Bee. While The First Years Jet Stroller is a great option for a shopping mom with a toddler.
  • If the stroller you purchase doesn’t come with a cup holder, buy one. You won’t want to go without a cup holder. (Read Part 4: Stroller Buying Guide: Stroller Accessories) for more information about stroller accessories.
  • You don’t have to buy a Travel System stroller if you need to put an infant car seat in the stroller. Many high-end traditional strollers accommodate infant car seats.  Check brand compatibility!
  • You should consider buying a diaper bag after you’ve purchased your stroller as stroller storage baskets vary in size greatly.

Check Consumer Reports’ magazine or website (consumerreports.org) for reviews and parents can visit http://www.cpsc.gov/, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

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Stroller Buying Guide – Part 4:
* Stroller Accessories

Here are a few stroller accessories I recommend buying for your new stroller.

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The Mommy Insider stroller buying guide

Stroller Buying Guide – Part 3
* A few of my favorite strollers

The First Years – Jet Stroller – $39

  • Weighs 11 lbs.
  • Amazon.com
  • 5 point harness
  • Cup and snack holder included
  • Detachable storage pouch – can hold up to 4 cups, zips for safe storage of phone, wallet
  • Rear brakes
  • Full swivel wheels for good manueverability
  • Adjustable reclining seat
  • Up to 50 lbs.
  • Available in 4 colors and patterns
  • Amazon.com Jet Stroller link

Chicco Trevi – $120-$180

  • Several colors
  • Aluminum swept frame with elliptical tubing
  • Fully reclining seat
  • Adjustable leg rest
  • Reversible canopy with peek-a-boo window and zip off back panel
  • Stroller weight: 19 lbs.
  • Child weight: 40 lbs.
  • One-hand fold release
  • Lockable front swivel wheels
  • Parent cup holder and child’s tray with cup & snack holder
  • Folded length about 42″
  • Amazon.com Chicco Trevi link

Musty Transporter – $399

  • Folded length: 29″
  • Colors: Several colors
  • Adjustable Handlebar: 4 position adjustable
  • Stroller weight – 23 lbs
  • Wheels: All wheels removable for more compact storage
  • 2 front swivel wheels
  • Front swivel wheels can be locked in position great for sidewalk rides
  • Seat reclines
  • Car seat compatible
  • Seat can not reverse like Mutsy 4Rider Light
  • Bassinet optional
  • Amazon.com Mutsy Transporter link

Musty 4Ridger Light – Around $550 or $750 with bassinet
The photo to the right is of my Mutsy 4Rider (not the Mutsy 4Rider Light)

  • Full swivel font wheels – great steering and manuervability
  • Quick release wheels
  • Reversible seat
  • Adjustable reclining seat
  • Bassinett available
  • Adjustable foam grip handle
  • About 39″ inches folded
  • Several colors available
  • Stroller weight – about 23 lbs
  • May not fit in compact car
  • Mutsy 4Rider Light link

Bugaboo Cameleon RED Denim (special collection) – $1029

  • Available at Neiman Marcus and Amazon.com
  • Terrain: City, rough terrain, sand, snow
  • Folding: 2 piece fold – must take seat off
  • Car seat adaptable
  • Infant to toddler system
  • Reversible handlebar
  • 3-position seat recline
  • Adjustable handle bar
  • Stroller weight – 20 lbs
  • Larger underseat storage basket
  • Two 12″ wheels and two 6″ wheels with adjustable suspension
  • 35″ folded
  • Amazon.com Bugaboo Bee link

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The Mommy Insider stroller buying guide

Stroller Buying Guide – Part 2:
* Stroller Brands

This is a partial list of stroller brands. 
The brands with a star (*) to the right of them are brands that I personally own and recommend
The other brands are highly rated and recommended based on reviews, and ratings on websites including ConsumerReports.org.
The links below link to the brand page on Amazon.com, where you will find competitive prices.

Note: If you purchase a stroller through our Amazon.com links we may receive a commission.

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