You want your child to be as safe as possible while riding in your vehicle. But with so many types and styles of car seats out there, how can you know which one is right for your child's age, height, and weight? The best place to start is by reading the American Academy of Pediatrics' car seat safety guidelines. Among the recommendations is for children to remain rear-facing until they are at least 2 years old or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer. Once you've determined the type of car seat your child needs, it's time to go shopping. And when it comes to car seat brands, you can't go wrong with Britax, the industry leader in child safety technology for more than 70 years. Britax is Europe's best-selling car seat brand and one of the most trusted by U.S. families. In the past five years alone, Britax car seats have received more than 100 awards from parents and safety experts. The company offers car seats for kids from newborns on up. Here is an overview of Britax seats.
Britax's two infant seats, the B-Safe 35 and the B-Safe 35 Elite, have both won National Parenting Publications Awards. Made for babies who weigh four to 35 pounds and are 32 inches or less, they have carrying handles and click in and out of a base that remains in your vehicle, making them highly portable. That means it's easy to take the car seat out of the car without waking a sleeping baby. Both offer side impact protection, an impact-absorbing base and frame, multiple recline positions, and more.
Britax offers several convertible car seats for children up to 65 pounds and 49 inches. Convertible car seats can change from rear-facing to forward-facing as kids grow, so they tend to be used longer than any other type of car seat. Britax convertible seats, including the bestselling Marathon ClickTight , the Boulevard, and the Advocate ClickTight , all received five-star ratings for ease of use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Through its innovative ClickTight system Britax has made sure that parents can install the car seat easily and securely. The system guarantees a tight installation, no matter what kind of seat belt system you have in your car, so that parents can ride with confidence.
A harness-2-booster seat converts from a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness to a belt-positioning booster. Britax offers three harness-2-boosters for kids 25 to 120 pounds and 30 to 62 inches tall. All three—the Frontier ClickTight, the Pinnacle ClickTight , and the Pioneer—have steel frames, impact-absorbing bases, and other great safety features. And they are three of the top-selling toddler seats in the industry.
Belt-positioning boosters elevate kids so that the vehicle's lap and shoulder belt is properly positioned on their bodies. Britax makes the Parkway SGL, a belt-positioning booster seat for children 40 to 120 pounds and 38 to 63 inches tall. Named Best Bet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , it features two layers of side impact protection, an impact-absorbing base, and two cup holders.