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As you probably know, safety is paramount. But it’s just as important to pick a car seat that’s easy to install. No guesswork = peace of mind.
Infant Car Seats: Designed to be used from day one to 6-9 months, these rear-facing seats are portable thanks to a detachable base.
Convertible Car Seats: As the name suggests, this seat can be used from infancy through the toddler stage. It’s extremely versatile, but not necessarily portable.
Booster Car Seats: These are designed for kids from 4-8 years old (or roughly 30-100 pounds). They use your car’s seat belt system, so installation is usually a snap.
All-in-One Car Seats: This model transitions from the rear-facing position (for infants) to forward-facing (for older babies), and then into a booster seat (for toddlers & bigger kids).

Top Car Seats

A car seat is one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll get for your baby. You know that safety is key, but it’s also essential to look for car seats that fit your lifestyle and travel habits. And it goes without saying that you want a car seat that will keep your baby comfortable and secure, making rides more pleasant for everyone. When it comes to car seats, you have four main types to choose from: infant car seats, convertible car seats, all-in-one car seats, and booster seats. How do you know which type is right for your baby and you? In the Gear Shop, we give you the information you need to choose confidently – along with our favorites for each category. You can learn, compare, and shop all in one spot.

Infant Car Seats

An infant car seat can be used from day one to 6-9 months, and by law features a rear-facing design. These seats are portable thanks to detachable bases, meaning you can carry baby around the grocery store, into the gym, or wherever you’re headed with relative ease. See our picks.

Convertible Car Seats

A convertible car seat can be used from infancy through the toddler stage. It’s extremely versatile, but not necessarily portable due to the fact it’s generally heavier than an infant car seat and not intended for carrying. Still, many parents prefer the adaptability of convertible car seats, as they’ll take their kids comfortably through the toddler phase (though they’ll need to be swapped for a booster seat once your child is four). See our picks.

All-in-one Car Seats

An all-in-one car seat, on the other hand, is made for the long haul. Also called ‘forever car seats,’ these transition from the rear-facing position for infants, to forward-facing for older babies, to booster seats for toddlers and bigger kids. While they’re also not typically as portable as infant car seats, all-in-one car seats are attractive to parents who’d prefer not to make a new car seat purchase with every stage of their child’s development. See our picks.

Booster Car Seats

Finally, booster seats are designed for kids from 4-8 years old (roughly 30-100 pounds), and use you car’s seat belt system. They provide additional security for your growing child, and also offer them a little lift in the backseat (who doesn’t love a better view out the window?) See our picks.