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Check out our most Frequently Asked Questions about Car Seats!
We’re sorry to say that, despite the implications of the name, a convertible car seat is not specifically for convertible rides (although hey, they’re good for that, too). A convertible car seat is a child safety seat that’s designed to be installed both rear-facing and forward-facing in your car, extending the period of usage and allowing you to use the same seat from infancy until your child is ready for a booster seat. read more
When you think “car seat,” it’s likely that you’re picturing a Britax baby seat – their name has been synonymous with child safety for decades. They have plenty of rivals on the market though, with cool features and modern technological advances that may be a better fit for you.
For instance, we love the super-deluxe Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat, which boasts a patented energy absorption system and a look that really pops. Looking for something just a little lighter? The Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat is the same seat minus the rigid LATCH. For ease of installation, you can’t beat the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat, which utilizes a unique pulley system for an ultra-tight install, and is the perfect next step up from the popular Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat [l]. For plush comfort and luxurious Euro style, you can’t beat the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 5/70. Want a convertible car seat that can serve as a stroller seat in a pinch? Try the Orbit Baby Toddler Seat!
And for longevity, look to Diono: the Diono Rainier Car Seat is not only a convertible car seat that can be used from birth, but it also converts into a booster for kids weighing up to 120 pounds. Wow!
For most convertible car seats, the voyage begins when your baby is born, although a few of the models above start a little later, and we really like infant car seats for that early stage – an infant car seat, as opposed to a convertible, can usually attach to a stroller with an adapter, forming a travel system which is really convenient when babies are small. Infants should ride rear-facing in their car seat, for optimal safety; current recommendations suggest keeping your child rear-facing until at least age 2, although you can keep your car seat rear-facing for as long as the weight limit and height limit allow. Weight limits on car seats are important, so be aware of your seat’s limits and stick to them precisely for the best possible protection for your baby!
Facing forward or backwards, most of our convertible car seats allow for installation either with a seat belt or with your car’s LATCH system. Correct installation is key for your child’s safety, so follow the directions in the car seat instruction booklet carefully, and if you’re not sure you’ve got your car seat installation right – or even if you are! – find your nearest child car seat inspection station here.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat is made to order for optimal safety and comfort for your most precious cargo.
The Britax Marathon 70 accommodates babies weighing 5 to 40 pounds in the rear-facing position, and children from 1 year old and weighing 20 to 70 pounds in a forward-facing position.
The Britax Boulevard 70 CS accommodates infants from 5 to 40 pounds in the rear-facing position, and children at least 1 year old and 20 to 70 pounds in the forward-facing position.
The defining feature of the Britax Advocate 70 CS is the Side Impact Cushion Technology used by Britax — the energy-absorbing cushions on the sides of the Advocate help to reduce the impact from a crash.
The Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat has the same sleek, modern look as its sister seats, plus the best in engineering for safety.
This car seat features Britax’s highest level of Side Impact Protection, including both True Side Impact Protection head restraints and SIP cushions on the exterior of the seat.
The Orbit Baby SmartHub enables you to dock your Toddler Car Seat into the base while facing you, strap your child in, and then rotate him into the correct rear-facing position.
Get a car seat for your child that provides quality protection for the long haul: the Britax ClickTight Marathon Convertible Car Seat! Along with ClickTight, the Marathon includes the usual assortment of technologically advanced safety features you expect from Britax, including SafeCell Impact Protection, SafeCell Complete SIP, and more.
The Britax Clicktight Boulevard Convertible Car Seat provides optimal protection for your baby on board from birth to 65 pounds – and the new Clicktight system makes it easier than ever to install!
The Britax ClickTight Advocate Convertible Car Seat provides the highest level of protection for your child in the car, with the Safecell Impact Protection System, plus the reassurance of ClickTight.
This is the POST-RECALL improved version of the ClickTight Boulevard car seat - the harness adjustor button has been fixed!
This is the POST-RECALL improved version of the Britax ClickTight Marathon car seat - the harness adjustor button has been fixed!
This is the POST-RECALL improved version of the ClickTight Advocate car seat - the harness adjustor button has been fixed! Read more about the recall here.
The updated version of the convertible car seat with the funny name has been tweaked just a teeny tiny bit to make the (already easy) installation easier, plus a few other minor improvements.
The 2016 Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat is a slight variant on the popular Foonf car seat, designed to provide the same safety and comfort features for families who don’t plan on utilizing the Foonf’s rigid LATCH system.
From avenues to autobahns, every road is safer for your child when they’re riding with Britax!
The IMMI GO Hybrid Car Seat / Booster provides great protection at a minimal weight – only 10 pounds!
The RadianR100 is a highly versatile car seat that could be the only seat you’ll ever need.
The 2016/2017 Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat harnesses the strength of steel to keep your child safe from birth all the way up to 120 pounds.
The New Diono Rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety with new deeper side walls providing enhanced side impact protection, taking Diono car seats to a whole new level.
The long-awaited Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat is SO easy to install! Plus, it goes the extra mile to enable extended rear-facing, keeping your child safer for longer.