Best Infant Car Seats of 2016
Which infant car seat is the best? To find out, we bought the 15 top ranked infant style car seats and put them to an extensive side-by-side comparison test to determine everything from crash test performance and ease of installation, to comfort, quality, and the dreaded carrying weight. As with all our reviews, we purchased each and every product we tested ourselves just like you do, and performed our own extensive tests to fairly and objectively rate each product side-by-side. Read on to find out which car seats performed the best to find just the right seat to meet your family's needs.
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Analysis and Test Results
The safety of your baby is paramount, so it is no surprise that most hospitals won't allow you to drive home with your baby after giving birth unless you have a suitable baby seat installed in your car.
Unlike many types of baby gear, a car seat is not just an optional purchase, it is legally mandated. Plan on getting one as one of your essential baby gear purchases.
In this review we hope to help you make the right decision on which seat to buy.
To that end, we've performed extensive tests over a 5 month testing period, under the supervision and guidance of a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician, to develop a set of comprehensive tests on infant seats we could use in conjunction with Crash Test data to determine how seats perform, both in day-to-day use, and in terms of measured forces of impact in crash tests.
Crash Impact Testing
A key part of our testing process is detailed analysis of crash test data on each and every car seat we reviewed. BabyGearLab contracted with the same crash test facility used by NHTSA to perform crash tests on car seats in compliance with the same testing protocol used by NHTSA and under the FMVSS 213 standard. In addition, we established a working relationship with NHTSA to also utilize their crash test data in our analysis, and to augment NHTSA data with our own infant car seat crash tests.
Note that all the seats we reviewed passed the NHTSA Federal safety requirements, and thus all the seats in this review provide at least a basic level of crash safety protection.
In our analysis, we have focused on those seats which offer an additional margin of safety, based on our analysis of each seat's crash test data relative to competing seats. For example, if a seat was measured to deliver significantly lower impact forces (better) in the head sensors of the crash test dummy, resulting in a lower Head Injury Criteria (HIC) score, our view is that seat offers a higher margin of protection to the baby than competitors with a higher HIC score. Read on for more detail on our crash test scoring methodology.
Below is a video of one of our crash tests conducted on the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40.
It is no surprise that crash tests are a major part of our review, but few parents realize that improper installation and misuse of car seats is a significant cause of injury in car accidents involving infant passengers. In our conversations with safety engineers at NHTSA, they emphasized that misuse is a bigger safety issue today than the differences between seat performance in crash tests. A NHTSA study that showed that 84% of infant seats exhibited critical misuse, either in installation of the seat or improper restraint of the infant. A more recent study of 267 families by Portland's top Children's Hospital showed that "93% made at least one critical error — a mistake that put their infant at increased risk for injury in a crash — when positioning their infant in a car safety seat or when installing the safety seat in their vehicle."
To that end, we've looked as closely at ease-of-installation and ease-of-use as we have at actual crash test results on each car set. Our ideal seat not only performs well in crash tests, it take steps to help assure parents and caregivers can always restrain the infant safely and properly in the seat.
Learn how to install your car seat safely
We urge parents to read our article, How to Avoid Infant Car Seat Installation Mistakes, for tips on common mistakes to avoid.
Selecting the Right Product
Choosing the right seat for your baby can feel overwhelming because of the role it plays in keeping your baby safe from injuries and potential death while riding in a car. It can feel like a daunting task to sort through the available options, all the while feeling desperate to make the very best choice for your baby. Unlike other gear items that may go unused or won't really matter if they fail, car seats are a mandatory item for most households, and one that must work correctly in the event of a collision.
The first decision you'll face is what type of seat to buy: an infant seat or a convertible car seat?
We have a simple recommendation here: get an infant car seat.
You can take our word for it and move on, or consider reading our more detailed analysis in our Buying Advice article on why infant seats are a better choice than using a convertible car seat with an infant.
A Note About Strollers
A natural question to consider is whether to choose the seat first, or the stroller? Not all strollers offer compatibility with every car seat. So, depending on what seat you choose, you will have a different set of strollers that are compatible.
We suggest you choose your infant seat first.
Because a car seat is a life-safety device. It is simply a more important decision. Do yourself a favor and pick your seat first. That will simplify your decision making process. And, frankly you're not likely to paint yourself in a corner with your infant seat choice.
If you look at the top 10 strollers in our full-size stroller review, both of the seats we gave Editors' Choice Awards to, the Peg Perego and Chicco Keyfit 30, are compatible with several of our top 10 highest rated strollers.
Products like the UPPAbaby Mesa have more limited compatibility, but the UPPAbaby Vista stroller won our Editors' Choice award for strollers, and it's sibling, the UPPAbaby Cruz is another highly regarded stroller that works with the Mesa. You aren't going to be stuck with poor quality stroller if you choose the Mesa.
Criteria for Evaluation
We compared each seat side-by-side in multiple metrics. All the seats were given an equal opportunity to put their best foot forward in every metric, and only some really impressed us. While all of the seats on the market have conformed to the minimum safety guidelines set forth by the Federal Government, not all are as easy to use or have as good crash test scores as the seat next to it on the shelf.
Crash Test Ratings
We analyzed the data from the crash sled tests of each seat to determine how well each performed compared to competing products as well as the Federal safety standard of acceptable performance. To help you understand a bit more detail about crash tests, we've included graphs comparing the actual crash test results in each product review, and have summarized them below.
All the Seats We Tested Provide a Safe, Basic, Level of Protection
Every seat we tested passed the Federal safety standards, and as a result, every seat we tested can be considered safe and provides the basic level of safety protection required by US Federal law. Our focus in crash test scoring is identifying those seats whose crash test performance went well beyond the Federal requirements and exceeded the performance of competing seats in our review, and thus can be considered to provide an extra level of protection based on their crash test performance.
So, what matters most when analyzing crash impact test results?
Analysis of child auto crash injuries show that head injuries and chest injuries present the two greatest risks of serious or fatal injury.
Head Injury Criteria (HIC) Score
In each crash test, there are sensors placed in the chest and head of a 12 month old CRABI test dummy, a type of crash test dummy designed to simulate a 22 lbs baby who is 12 months old. The Federal safety standard developed by NHTSA uses a scoring factor called the Head Injury Criteria (HIC) score, which is a measure of the likelihood of injury arising from impact. Each seat must achieve a HIC score of 1000 or lower to pass. The further below the Federal HIC maximum of 1000, the better.
Above is a graph showing the actual resultant G forces on the head of the crash test dummy for the Orbit G3 (black line) and the Chicco KeyFit 30 (green line). Both the Orbit and the Chicco are well under the NHSTA safety HIC score requirement of 1000. However, the Chicco was the seat in our review that offered the highest margin of protection with an HIC score of 329.6 — the lowest Head Injury Criteria score of all 15 seats in our review. The Chicco also shows significantly lower G forces (the Chicco has a max G force of 45.6 G's vs 81.G's for the Orbit).
The chart above uses the actual crash test data for Head Injury Criteria scores (HIC), and displays the % below the NHTSA maximum of 1000 HIC score for each seat in the review. We focused on examining how large a margin of protection each seat offered below the Federal maximum HIC score of 1000. Seats that are further left, with higher bars, can be considered to provide an additional margin of protection.
Chest (G) Clip Score
The crash test dummy also includes sensors to measure chest impact forces. The data from these chest sensors is used to calculate a second score, called the Chest (G) Clip score, which is an attempt to create a measure of the likelihood of injury to the heart, lungs, and other organs in the chest. To pass the Federal safety standards, all seats must achieve a Chest (G) Clip score of 60 or less.
The chart above compares the Chest force data from the Phil and Teds Alpha (black line) to the best performing seat in chest forces, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 (green line). The Graco had a maximum G force of 43.7 G's, significantly lower than the Alpha's max of 60.2 G's.
The chart above shows the % below the Federal maximum Chest (G) Clip score of 60 that each seat achieved. As with the HIC score, we focused on how large a margin of protection each seat provided below the Federal maximum Chest (G) Clip score of 60 in their crash test. Seats that are further left, with higher bars, are further below the Federal maximum Chest score and can be considered to provide an additional margin of protection.
Additional Crash Test Safety Features
One of the most important things you need to do when using an infant seat is to install the seat properly. An improperly installed seat, or one that is not adjusted correctly for a specific baby, can lead to potential injury or death. Read our article on How to Install an Infant Car Seat and seek advice from a professional car seat inspection technician to ensure your seat is installed correctly before you have your baby or if you move the seat to another vehicle.
Best Rated Seats in our Crash Test Analysis
Based on crash impact test report analysis, we scored each of the products relative to each other on a 1-10 score, to identify the products that in our opinion offer an extra margin of protection, over and above basic level of protection provided by all seats.
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 earned our highest crash test rating, a 9 of 10, due to its very impressive crash test results, with the lowest Chest (g) Clip score of all products tested, and nearly the lowest Head Injury Criteria score.
Also notable for offering significant extra protection are three products earning an 8 of 10 rating: the Chicco KeyFit 30, which had the lowest HIC score, and the Britax B-Safe and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 which both offered significantly better crash test scores than most competing seats.
Ease of Installation with the LATCH System
Since studies show that more than 7 of 10 seats are improperly installed or have the baby improperly restrained, we consider ease-of-installation and ease-of-use critical rating factors.
The LATCH system was developed to make it easier for parents to install the seat correctly, with reduced risk of mistakes. The video below, produced by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, provides an excellent overview of the LATCH system, and how to use it:
In our tests, we found that some seats were significantly easier to install with LATCH than others.
Part of what makes a seat easier to install with LATCH is the type of connector used to attach to the lower anchors. Lower cost seats use clips to attach to anchors, but the easiest-to-use seats provide click-in connectors that are similar to how seat belts work.
Our favorite seat for installation with LATCH was the UPPAbaby Mesa with its unique self-retracting LATCH anchors. Installing the UPPAbaby was unbelievably easy, earning it a 9 of 10 rating, and we applaud the company on their innovative approach.
The first part of the video below shows the UPPAbaby Mesa being installed with LATCH by our Child Passenger Safety Technician. You'll notice the process is very fast. The secret is that with the Mesa you don't need to manually tighten the LATCH connectors. You simply click-in the connectors to the LATCH anchor bar, push downward on the base, and the connectors automatically self-retract to tighten up. Once properly tightened, the indicator shows green. They also provide an easy to read gauge to help you get the recline angle level. It is really simple, and very fast.
The Center Seat Dilemma
The center of the rear seat is the safest place to locate the seat — your baby has a 43% lower risk of injury if the seat is located in the center than on the side. But, now combine that with the fact that LATCH connectors are the easiest and safest way to securely anchor the infant seat. Here's the gotcha. The vast majority of vehicles do not have LATCH connectors in the center, and even though the inner two LATCH anchors might be close enough to use, most vehicle owner manuals (and about half the seats) do not allow use of the inner two LATCH anchors for center seat. A very good overview of this conundrum can be found on The Car Seat Lady's article on Using LATCH in the Center.
OK, if my vehicle doesn't allow me to use LATCH in the center, what's the best way to go? Center seat with a seat belt or LATCH on one of the side seats?
The most important thing is to make sure the seat is securely and tightly anchored.
So, the questions on center seat installation become:
Using the seat belt to anchor the seat in the center is fine and perfectly safe, just so long as you can securely and tightly anchor the seat using the seat belt. If you can, great. Use the center seat. But, if obtaining a tight secure anchor in the center is hard (and learning to do it properly is definitely more work), then please use the LATCH on the side. It is more important to get a secure and tight anchor than being in the center. It is worth noting that many parents prefer to place their baby on the rear passenger side seat so they can keep an eye on them while they drive. And, parents with two kids almost always use the side seats (most cars don't have enough room to let you use a seat in both the center and side positions — forcing you to use one seat on each side).
Our next section on ease of installation with a seat belt can help you identify those seats which make it simple to install with a seat belt.
Tightening and Loosening Straps
Chicco Keyfit 30 to have an easy to tighten and loosen mechanism on the strap. In contrast, most of the Graco products were very difficult to get tight enough or to get loose again if you managed to get it tight. We gave higher points to seats that didn't require body weight to tighten or significant struggling inside the car for a secure fit.
Best Rated Seats for LATCH Installation
Top scores on installation with LATCH went to the UPPAbaby Mesa, the Chicco Keyfit 30, and the Cybex Aton 2, all three tied with an impressive 9 of 10 score. The lowest rating we gave on installation with LATCH was a 3 of 10 score, given to the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect. We found this Graco seat to be surprisingly difficult to install with LATCH compared to competing seats, due to its use of simple clips and more challenging system for tightening.
Ease of Installation with a Seat Belt
If you want to place your child in the center of the rear seat — which is the safest location to place the seat — then with most vehicles you will need to master the more complex process of anchoring the seat with the seat belt (as we noted above, most vehicle owner manuals do not allow the use of LATCH connectors for the center seat).
But, do not fret. We're going to help you here, and most importantly, we can tell you which seats make this process the most simple and easy.
Find a Child Car Seat Inspection Station in your Area
There is a fabulous free resource available for parents nationwide in the form of certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians who can quickly help you learn how to properly install your infant seat. This is helpful for all parents, and we highly recommend it. It is especially helpful for those trying to learn how to install a base with a seat belt, which is a bit more complex. Finding an inspection station near you is easy, just enter your zip code on this website. You'll likely find that your local fire station, or police department has one of more CPS technicians who are happy to help.
Seat Belt Lock-off is the Key
We found that some of the seats were much easier to install using the seat belt. And, they use a trick to make it so.
Introducing your new friend, the "seat belt lock off" feature.
About half of the seats in our review offered a base with a seat belt lock off feature (which helps prevent the base from sliding back and forth across the vehicle belt). Lock off made belt installation every bit as secure, if not more so in some cases, as installing using LATCH. The nice thing about this is if your car doesn't have a LATCH system or you want to locate the seat in the center, you can still easily install the seat using the seat belt.
Phil and Teds Alpha, Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, and the Britax B-Safe.
Best Rated Seats for Seat Belt Installation
The belt lock offs on the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio and the Phil and Teds Alpha both scored a 9 of 10, and are easy to use and make installing the seat a breeze compared to seats that don't offer a lock off. The lock offs on the Britax B-Safe 35, Chicco Keyfit 30, and the Orbit Baby G3 on the other hand were rather hard to use and made installation frustrating while we struggled to get the vehicle belt in the lock without it curling or bunching up. However, we'd take a hard to use lock off, such as the one on the Chicco Keyfit 30, over a base that didn't offer lock-off at all; we feel it is a key component to achieving a good secure fit when installing the base with the vehicle belt.
The video below by The Car Seat Lady explains how to install a base using the center seat belt:
Most of the bases without a belt lock off did not score well and we felt some of them were really not secure because they had a tendency to travel up the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt leaving the seat tilted. The Evenflo Embrace LX is the worst rated in our tests for installation using the belt.
Can't find the center seat belt? It might be in the roof
Some SUVs and wagons have the center seat belt come from the roof of the car. If you've never used it, it might be fully retracted up there. This helpful video from The Car Seat Lady shows a typical center seatbelt coming from the roof of the vehicle, and how to use it.
Ease of Installation Without the Base
The first question that may come to mind when reading this section is, why should I care about installing the seat without the base?
The answer is simple: taxi cabs and airplanes.
you can happily ignore this whole section and skip down to Ease-of-Use.
But, for those of you who live in an urban environment, and frequently rely on taxis or services like Uber, learning how to master installation without the base is an important parenting skill. In addition, for airplane travel the FAA recommends using an approved car seat on the plane as the safest way for babies to fly, but that will require you to buy an separate seat for your infant. Many parents just carry their baby on their lap, saving the cost of another plane ticket, and baby carriers are very popular for air travel. If you do use an infant seat on the plane, you'll install it without the base, using the seat belt to secure it just like you would in a taxi cab.
There are two methods for installing a carrier without the base, European and American style belt paths. Each seat we tested implements one or the other (but not both).
The American path is simpler and places the belt directly across the lower portion of the seat through the designated belt threading pathway. This is fairly easy to learn and creates a relatively secure attachment and has passed all crash testing required in the US.
The European belt path starts off the same, routing the seat belt across the lower portion of the seat just like the American style, but it adds the shoulder portion of the belt coming across the back of the carrier and threading the belt through a clip located there for this purpose. We found that the additional use of the shoulder belt across the back in the European version provides a more secure installation.
Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air) for installing a carrier without the base.
We found that seats with the European belt path tended to score higher and offered a more secure feeling seat with little movement after installation. Yet, the American method is an easier process to learn initially since it requires fewer steps.
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The video below by The Car Seat Lady offers an excellent description of how to install a seat without a base using the American belt path (offered by 11 of the 15 seats we reviewed). She also has a video for those with the European belt path, such as the Peg Perego, Cybex, Phil & Teds, and Recaro seats.
Best Rated Seats for Installation w/o the Base
If you are a city dweller who may be using taxis more than a car of your own, this metric could be of the utmost importance to you and we encourage you to look closely at the high scorers in this test as possible options for purchase. Given the unlikelihood of your lugging a heavy base around town, this is going to be your installation method of choice. The Peg Perego and the UPPAbaby earned exceptional scores of 10 of 10 for ease of install without the base and are great options for parents who are city dwellers. The Phil & Teds Alpha was close behind with a 9 or 10 score. Alternatively, if your primary mode of transport is your personal vehicle, and baby is unlikely to be painting a city like the Big Apple red anytime soon, then the test results in this metric might have little significance to you.
Find a Child Car Seat Inspection Station in your Area
Installing an infant seat without the base is a bit tricky, and so again we urge you to find a local inspection station who can help you learn how to do it properly with your chosen seat. It is easy to finding an inspection station near you, just enter your zip code on the SaferCar.gov website.
Ease of Use
At first blush, it might seem that all the infant seats seem so similar that they would all be about the same when it comes to ease of use. Not so. They are definitely all over the board when it comes to how easy they are to use. As it turns out a buckle isn't a buckle; while some buckles will open with ease, others will leave your thumbs crying as you wonder if it's you or the seat that has a problem.
The Ease of Use metric includes all the features and functions that you need to use regularly on the seat. Features like buckles and chest clips, as well as harness adjustments and handle use make up this metric. The higher a seat ranks in this metric the easier it will be for parents to use on a regular basis.
The release buttons for some of the seats are really stiff and hard to press. Getting little ones out of the carrier can be a problem if the release requires two thumbs to operate or your fingers lack the strength to press the button fully to the point of disengagement. We found all of the Graco seats have hard to use release buttons and some have difficult chest clips as well. Yet, the Recaro, Peg and the Cybex all have release buttons like we dream about, that virtually fall apart when the button is pushed (and, yes, we actually do dream about release buttons here — you would too if you spent as much time testing 5-point harness systems as we do). Being able to remove baby swiftly and easily from the seat is a must and we favored the seats with a reliable and consistently easy to use buckle release and chest clip combo.
Cybex Aton 2 buckle (right).
Harness Tightening and Loosening
For tightening and loosening the harness after it is fitted, the Recaro once again impressed us with a score of 9 in our tests. The Evenflo Embrace and the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 also scored a 9. However, in the case of the Graco 30 it is important to note that the release buckle was quite difficult to use, and that meant the Graco 30 is still not easy to use overall. The hardest one to tighten and loosen is the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect, with a score of 1. It has a strange back of the seat tightening/loosening apparatus that is cumbersome and hard to use compared to the more common pull strap and release button found on the other seats.
Adjusting the Harness as Your Baby Grows
Adjusting the harness shoulder strap height is a whole 'nother ball of wax. This feat comes in two basic varieties with one being a sort of involved process where you have to detach the straps from a splitter in the back and then rethread them through a higher slot and back on the splitter, or a less convoluted method where you disengage the height adjustment and slide the whole assembly up to the desired position. The latter can normally be done with baby in the seat and somewhat on the fly. The former requires baby to be out of the seat and some are difficult due to either the size of the straps, the slots, or how much padding is in the way when threading. We think parents are far more likely to keep a properly fitted harness on baby if it is easy to do, can be done quickly, and can be executed as soon as they notice it needs an adjustment, (i.e. when baby is in the harness). The non-rethread options mean parents can quickly make the adjustment and get on their way, as opposed to noticing it needs to be done but deciding to wait until they have more time because it is a hassle to remove baby from the seat, rethread the straps, and put baby back.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 operating from the back. The Peg Perego earned the highest score in our tests with a 10, but the Recaro and UPPAbaby Mesa were hot on its heels with 9s of 10. The hardest seat for shoulder strap height adjustment is the Cybex Aton 2 with straps that were harder to get on and off the splitter than the rest of the competition. Don't get us wrong, it isn't exactly difficult to use the rethreading seats, but it is easier to use the non-rethread style quickly.
Attachment to the Base
The Chicco Keyfit is the easiest carrier in the group to attach to the base with a 9 of 10 in our tests. It sort of just falls into place and we didn't experience any mistakes trying to install it. The UPPAbaby and the Safety 1st came in a close second with scores of 8 a piece and were also quite easy to attach the carrier to the base. The hardest to set on the base is the Graco Click 40 with a score of 2 for this test. We managed to install this carrier incorrectly multiple time by different testers. We thought it was on, heard the click, but it wasn't fully attached. The fear is parents will think they have the carrier on correctly when baby is really just free floating in the backseat (Yikes!). We also struggled somewhat with the Cybex connection. However, it is one of only 2 seats that have a visual indicator that tells parents when the seat is properly attached to the base. So while it is hard to connect the two, at least parents can use the indicator as a guide to prevent a free floating carrier.
For storage of the LATCH system the UPPAbaby excelled with anchors that didn't need storing thanks to the cool ability to self-retract. The bases with LATCH storage that might conflict with installing the carrier were the ones we gave lower scores to. Anything that might prevent parents from easily installing a seat correctly took a hit points wise in our tests. Most of the cheaper seats in our review scored poorly in this test with LATCH straps that could prevent a proper install; however, the surprise low scorer is the Peg Perego with a 3.
Best Rated Seats for Ease-of-Use
The Recaro and Evenflo seats came out of top with 8 of 10 scores in ease-of use. The Recaro impressed us in key areas such as the buckle and harness system. But, right on their heels with a 7 of 10 score, were the Chicco, UPPAbaby, and Peg Perego seats tied for 2nd place, and each offering strong performance on ease-of-use. The Orbit and Graco seats were disappointing in our ease-of-use tests, all finishing well below the pack. We found the Orbit's poor ease-of-use performance relative to competing seats here especially disappointing considering its higher-than-average price point.
NEVER leave baby in a car seat unattended. In addition, never place an infant seat on countertops or in high places where it could fall and injure a baby strapped inside. Soft surfaces such as a bed or waterbed are also a potential hazard as the carrier can tip and potentially smother baby on the soft surface. A study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found more than 8,000 infants a year were treated in emergency departments as a result of fall injuries suffered while using an infant seat or baby carrier, and seat overturn on soft surfaces resulted in 15 instances of suffocation.
Best Rated Seats for Comfort and Quality
The standouts in this metric were the Peg Perego and the Phil and Teds with 8s. These two seats offered some kind of additional padding, softer fabric, and a nice overall fit and finish compared to the competition. The lowest scoring seats were the Graco offerings with none scoring higher than a 4 in our tests. The Graco SnugRide Classic Connect is probably the biggest disappointment with a low score of 2 of 10 in our test.
We looked at the weight of both the base and carrier of each seat. Some of the bases were seriously heavy, but we only considered the weight of the carrier itself in our scoring. We feel the portion of the seat that parents will be lugging around is more important when considering which seat to buy given that the base is typically installed in the car once, and stays there (unless a travel situation arises which requires you to move it).
Best Rated Seats on Weight
The weight of the carriers varied in our review between 7.1 pounds for the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect, and 12.5 pounds for the Orbit Baby. That is a significant difference that made the Orbit feel like a non-starter (though we have more reasons for not liking the Orbit). The average weight for the group is 9.4 pounds and while that might still sound too heavy, we found that on the whole the lighter seats didn't score well in other metrics and tended to be on the lower end of the quality spectrum overall. A few seats managed to keep a relatively good overall score and come in with a reasonable weight. While we don't think that weight should be your number one deciding factor, we do think it is relevant and can potentially help break a tie after narrowing down your options using other metrics like crash tests and ease of install first.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD, Wendy Schmitz, and the BabyGearLab Review Team
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