The process of choosing an infant carseat for us was pretty quick. We looked at them in the store, we looked at the specifications and then we basically eenie-meenie-miney-moed into a Graco Snugride 35. And honestly, it’s been a great seat. In fact, we still use it in my husband’s car because my 12 month old will apparently never outgrow it. Truthfully, he’s actually getting close to the height limit now, so it’s likely time to remeasure and buy our second convertible seat.
The process of picking a convertible car seat, on the other hand, was drama. There are so many of them. They all have different features, different types of foam, different sizes, different shapes, different colors and half of them become boosters, but apparently not good boosters and I seriously lost about 2 months of my life to the convertible car seat research situation. Which is why I’m writing this- not to tell you which seat to buy (though I will tell you what we bought and why), but rather to give tips on what would’ve saved me a lot of time and sanity.
No matter what seat you go with, they’re all rigorously safety tested and wouldn’t be available to buy if they weren’t going to keep your baby/toddler safe, so it comes down to personal preference. These are 9 tips for how we chose a convertible carseat and a quick run down of why we chose the seat(s) we did.
I know that our seat isn’t for everyone, but hopefully these tips will help lead you to the seat that’s right for you and your baby or toddler!