Repeat after me: I do not need a convertible car seat that costs more than $150. I do not need a convertible car seat that costs more than $150…
It’s true! It’s easy to spend big on car seats, but the seats on this list will serve your family well for much less–less than $150, to be exact.
These seats are on the list because they’re priced right AND they get good reviews and ratings from folks who know about seats and safety: The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the folks at Car-Seat.org and others.
Notes on choosing a seat: All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. And remember, there is no perfect seat for every child. Ultimately, the seat that’s best is the one that fits your vehicle and your child well. For more info on choosing a car seat check out Car-Safety.org’s “basics” page.
Cosco APT 40RF Convertible Car Seat: $59.99 at Diapers.com
Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs. FF: 22-40 lbs. – 19″ to 36″. 4 harness heights. 3 buckle locations. Side Impact Protection. 5-point harness with up front adjuster. | Car-Seat.org review
Safety 1st OnSide Air Protect Convertible Car Seat: $59.99 at AlbeeBaby.com
Highlights: RF: 5-40 pounds. 19″ to 40″. FF: 22 to 40 lbs., 34″ to 43″, 4 harness heights and 3 buckle locations. Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Technology: Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. Nava notes that the OnSide “is pretty much a Scenera in ‘fancier’ clothing.”| CarSeatMoms.com review
Safety 1st Guide 65: $78.27 at Walmart.com
Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs and 19″-40″. FF: 22-65 lbs and 34″-52″ tall. 5 harness heights and 3 buckle locations. Sturdy frame with side impact protection. | CarSeatMoms.com review
$100 to $150
Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat: $125.99 at AlbeeBaby
Highlights: RF: up to 40 lbs. FF: up to 65 lbs. up to 50″ height. 5-point, front-adjust harness. Removable infant insert and headrest. Side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system. EPS foam for effective impact energy management. | CarSeatMoms.com review
The First Years True Fit Recline C650: $128.60 at Dealomite
Highlights: Great ease-of-use rating. For use with children 5-65 lbs and up to 50′ tall. RF: up to 35lbs.Easy-to-read center angle indicator with two position settings. Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65 lbs.
Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs. and 19-40 inches (head below top of headwings). FF: One year of age and 22-65 lbs. 34-45 inches, shoulders below top of harness, ears below top of headrest. Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. QuickFit Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car. One Click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles. | CarSeatMoms.com review
Which looks best for you? Do you have any other seats you’d put on the list?
Thanks to BC FB page admins Nava, Sarah and Leah for help with this post!
- CarSeatBlog.com’s Recommended Car Seats
- Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
- The Car Seat Lady: Choosing a Car Seat
- HealthyChildren.org: Car Seats: Information for Families for 2012
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