Stage 1 car seats are for the tiniest of travelers. Some offer a complete travel system for your infant, featuring carry handles and bases that can be left in the car while the seat is popped into a stroller.
weight range: 5–22 lbs. position in car: rear-facing only.
As your precious cargo grows, you can adjust stage 2 car seats from rear-facing to forward-facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you keep the car seat rear-facing until your child is 2 years old.
At first: weight range: 5–30 lbs. position in car: rear-facing.
Then: weight range: 22–40 lbs. position in car: forward-facing.
Once your little co-pilot has outgrown the weight or height limit of their stage 3 seat, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you use a belt positioning booster seat that repositions the seat belt correctly for your child's size. These seat belt positioners may or may not have a back to them, but they ensure that the seat belt goes across the lap and chest.
weight range: 40–100 lbs. position in car: forward-facing only.
Car seats in stages 1-3 come with 5-point harnesses that safely secure your child's entire body.
Car seats frequently offer support pillows to ensure a comfortable, secure ride. In addition to these features, look for a latch system that adds further stability, an easy-to-remove fabric for cleaning and sun canopies to keep your child comfortable.
If you have a baby registry, request multiple car seats in different sizes so you're ready as your child grows. Register for an extra infant car seat base so that switching from car to car is easier. Consider car seats that are easy to carry and stroller-compatible, or a travel system. Research which seats are the easiest to use on the National Highway Traffic
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There are plenty of accessories that will keep your child safe, cozy and entertained while you're traveling. Learn about them below.
Rain and wind shields will help keep your child safe and comfortable when you're on the road. Travel bags where you can keep your seat safe while flying are useful. And of course, for long trips, blankets and toys will help keep your baby warm and entertained.
Snug, secure and so much easier than struggling with coats, hats and mittens, bunting bags that cover your child and the car seat make traveling a breeze. Openings for harnesses make them easy to install or remove as the weather demands.
To keep your car cleaner and
reduce wear, get a protector to
sit between your child's seat
and the car's seat. Other great
accessories include mirrors
that help you keep an eye on
the kids and window screens to
keep the sun out of their eyes.
Added head and body cushions for your child's car seat help give support to your little one's head and body. Their soft fabrics and plush pillows offer extra comfort and fit perfectly into the car seat.