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I can’t believe it’s already that time again. My youngest daughter, Annie, is now brushing up against the limits of her infant car seat. She’s 9 months, twenty-five pounds, and nearly thirty inches long; like her sisters, Annie is almost off the growth charts.
This means that a hunt for a convertible car seat has begun. It’s easy to get lost in the vast quantity of car seats on the market. So, what are the most important features? I need something that is safe, comfortable (think optional drink holders), and narrow in case we need to use it in Daddy’s truck.
1. Chico Nextfit Zip Convertible Car Seat
One of the main features of this car seat model is you can easily zip off the seat pad for easy washing. I don’t know how many times I’ve said no more food in the car, but I do know I’ve relented an equal amount of times. Being able to wash my daughter’s car seat easily without taking the car seat apart is a huge time saver for me.
There are so many additional features, but these were my favorites: the patented Comfort Flex harness system that holds the straps out of the way for easy ins and outs, the one-hand pull latch adjustment, and nine recline options so you can adjust the car seat to fit in a wide range of vehicles.
This car seat will get you from 5 pounds to 65 if you wanted to skip the infant car seat altogether. Check out more features at BabiesRus, $349.99.
2. Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler
So, even though I’m shopping specifically for a convertible car seat, this product caught my eye. It is designed to convert from an infant seat to a toddler seat. I love this because I miss the versatility an infant car seat brings, i.e. being able to use a universal stroller and/or a travel system.
The Chicco brand is committed to helping parents keep their kiddos rear-facing until the age of 2 or more. This infant car seat transitions into a toddler size rear-facing car seat. That feature alone will help keep even the best of us from “cheating” and turning our kids forward facing before they are 2.
Even though it’s not a convertible car seat in the generally understood sense, it still allows you to use convert the product and use it for two distinct phases. It’s always hard saying goodbye to the ease of an infant car seat so it’s nice to find one that’s designed to last. (Chicco USA, $279.99).
3. Diono Radian RXT and Angle Adjuster
So, you ask just about any mom who’s been a mom awhile and they’ll tell you a Diono car seat is on their wishlist. It’s strong, versatile, and built to last. The Diono Radian is also one of the few car seats that can fit three-across.
I have a minivan so I don’t need to fit my kids three-across, but it would be nice to have a narrow car seat for my husband’s truck. Currently our kids fit, but it’s getting tighter the bigger they get. Here is a picture of both my girls holding their little sister’s hands. (Amazon, $359.99)
The other feature is the angle adjuster. It works with any of Diono’s carseats, but it helps shave off four inches of space for leg room if your vehicles a tight fit. This Diono Angle Adjuster will give you up to four inches more clearance if you have a smaller vehicle every inch counts. (Amazon, $6.93)
4. Britax USA Advocate Clicktight Convertible Car Seat
We have used the Britax B-Safe 35 with two of our daughters. In fact, our current car seat is expiring next month, which is another reason for my fast and furious research to find a car seat for my baby.
The Britax Advocate is designed with the ClickTight installation system. This system makes it SUPER easy to install the car seat using your car’s seat belt, which is great if it needs to be transferred back and forth between vehicles. Here is a link to Britax’s instructional video — it’s a pretty distinct system.
This car seat was also designed to fit in a majority of vehicles with extensive fit checks completed in all various sizes and types. It also runs the gamut of sizes from 5 to 65 pounds. (Amazon, $352)
All of these car seats come with a price. I have a tiny bit of wiggle room to decide so I’m hoping to hit a Black Friday sale. I’m getting ready now so I can take full advantage when that time comes and I hope this helps prepare you too.
What features are important to you when shopping for a convertible car seat?
Photos by Kelly Wilbanks, Amazon, Diono, Britax, and Chicco