You basically have two options: 1) Go with an infant car seat, which is usually more snug and portable, but is quickly outgrown; or 2) Buy a convertible car seat that can be used for about four years or more.
An infant car seat is easy because you just have to buy one car seat and several car seat bases (for your car, dad’s car, grandma’s car, the babysitter’s car, etc.), except that when your baby inevitably outgrows it in the first year, you then have to buy multiple convertible car seats. And at around $200 a pop, that’s quite an expense.
While it’s true that many convertible car seats don’t fit newborns quite as well as infant car seats, we found one that truly does fit babies from 5 to 100 lbs., transforming from a rear-facing infant seat to a booster: The Graco Smart Seat. And even if you do opt for infant car seats, the Smart Seat will last you from the toddler stage and beyond.
And we’re giving one away:
Head over to Family Style to see what makes the Graco Smart Smart is unique, and to enter to win one!