About buying guides: Infant car seats, convertible car seats, and boosters
About buying guides: Infant car seats, convertible car seats, and boosters。
There are three main types of car seats: infant car seats, convertible car seats (including 3-in-1 and all-in-one models), and booster seats.
To keep kids as safe as possible on the road, choose the seat that's best suited to their age, height, and weight. Steer clear of used or secondhand seats, which can be unsafe. And look for a car seat that will let your child stay rear-facing as long as possible.
Infant car seats
Infant car seats fit babies snugly during the first year or so, depending on the seat and size of your baby. They face the rear of the car and carry babies up to 22 or even 35 pounds and 29 to 32 inches tall.
These seats usually have a handle for easy carrying. They can snap in and out of a base you install in the car, and in and out of your stroller.
Read our complete article on buying an infant car seat.
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Convertible car seats
Convertible car seats are larger and heavier than infant-only car seats. They face the back of the car at first and later turn to face forward, carrying children from birth to somewhere between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 50 inches tall, depending on the seat.
Another type of convertible seat known as a 3-in-1 or all-in-one car seat can change from rear-facing to forward-facing, then into a booster seat for children up to 100 pounds. (Note: Some "3-in-1" car seats are not for babies. They're forward-facing only, and convert from car seat for older toddlers to high-back booster to backless booster.)
Read our complete article on buying a convertible car seat.
Booster car seats
Once your child outgrows the convertible car seat (follow the manufacturer's recommended height and weight limits), it's time to switch to a booster seat. Boosters use the car's seat belts and are designed for children age 4 and older who weigh at least 40 pounds.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that kids ride in booster seats until they're at least 8 years old and 4 feet 9 inches tall.
Pls read our complete article on buying a booster seat.