top 10 toddler car seats
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Britax Frontier 85
1. Britax Frontier 85
It's a car seat that grows with your child — up to 85 pounds in the 5-point harness mode, and up to 120 pounds in the belt-positioning booster mode.
  • Price:$$$
  • Capacity:25-120 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"We love the extra padding, the lighter weight and all the safety features and standards Britax is known for. The 5-point harness up to 85 pounds was a huge selling point. We're looking forward to a long relationship with our new Frontier 85."
Graco Nautilus 3-in-1
2. Graco Nautilus 3-in-1
It's a 3-in-1 car seat that converts from a 5-point harness to a high-back booster to a backless booster. And it offers greater peace of mind thanks to the extensive safety testing this seat has undergone.
  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 20-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"Moves easily from one car to the other. User-friendly for adult and child. Child often goes on long road trips and never complains of discomfort. Worth every cent paid for the safety of our little man."
Recaro ProSPORT
3. Recaro ProSPORT
It looks so cushiony that you might feel a little jealous of baby's seat — especially since it comes from cutting-edge Recaro. Added bonus: It's manufactured in the U.S.
  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 20-120 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"It's comfortable, stylish, and super safe! Makes me want to put Recaro seats in the car for me!"
Safety 1st Go Hybrid
4. Safety 1st Go Hybrid
It installs in under a minute and converts to a backless booster. The Go Hybrid re-quires your vehicle to have a top tether anchor to secure the seat and harness. Like the Apex (No. 6), it fits baby up to 65 pounds with a 5-point harness.
  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 22-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"It truly installs in less than a minute (and a very tight fit) which is crucial when getting in and out of cabs."
Safety 1st Vantage High Back
5. Safety 1st Vantage High Back
It takes your child from 22 pounds all the way up to 100 pounds. The Vantage has a forward-facing limit of 40 pounds and features padded armrests.
  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 22-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"We were in a serious car accident. Our 2-year-old came out of it with one tiny scratch, and the paramedics credited this seat with his surviving unscathed."
Safety 1st Apex 65
6. Safety 1st Apex 65
The Apex 65 has a forward-facing limit up to 65 pounds, so baby can stay in the 5-point harness longer than in the Safety 1st Vantage (No. 5) or Safety 1st Summit (No. 7). The seat converts to a backless booster for kids up to 100 pounds.
  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 22-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"The seat is soft with a comfortable amount of padding to keep kids relaxed on long trips. There are side impact wings with the safety foam along the top but it does not impair their ability to see out the window."
Safety 1st Summit
7. Safety 1st Summit
Comes with deluxe padding and a cup holder. Unlike the Vantage (No. 5), the Summit has a non-removable base and pivoting armrests. It takes baby up to 40 pounds/43 inches forward-facing and up to 100 pounds/52 inches as a belt-positioning booster.
  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 22-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"The seat is very sturdy and I haven't had any problems with the belt twisting. So far an excellent buy."
Eddie Bauer Deluxe High Back
8. Eddie Bauer Deluxe High Back
It adjusts to fit with a 3-position headrest, fold-up armrests and a 3-position recline.
  • Price: $$
  • Capacity: 22-100 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"I love it because it will last for a very long time and when I have my second child I am all set."
Cosco Juvenile High Back
9. Cosco Juvenile High Back
It comes equipped with a removable cup holder — a small feature that makes car rides that much easier.
  • Price: $
  • Capacity: 22-80 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"Easy to install...easy to clean...sturdy."
Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat
10. Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat
It's not only convenient, it's green too! The upholstery is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. This is an international certification that sets limits for over a hundred harmful chemicals and makes sure they are not present in the fabrics.
  • Price: $$$
  • Capacity: 15-50 lbs.
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What our customers say:
"I love that it swivels in on the base (when in rear-facing position), so you don't have to hurt yourself leaning in to buckle in the baby."