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Best Infant Car Seats of 2019 | Full Car Seat Review ( Ratings | Review )

It’s back-to-school season, and you know what that means: classes (and playdates, and after-school sports, and field trips, and daily runs to the grocery store for the perfect lunchtime treats…) are back, and you and your baby need a car seat that can keep up with all the action. Thankfully, no matter where you’re hurrying off to, these best infant car seats of 2019 will keep your newborn snug and secure in even the chilliest autumn weather.

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NUNA PIPA

Cream and grey Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat on white background.

A perennial favorite, the Nuna PIPA car seat is popular for a reason. Weighing in at just under 8 pounds, the PIPA packs a ton of features into its featherweight frame. The iconic Nuna DreamDrape is built into the canopy of the PIPA, and the seat itself can be installed in a car via the base attachment or with a seat belt via the European belt path routing built into the PIPA’s design. 

If you plan on using your PIPA with a base, fear not! The Nuna PIPA base is super easy to install. Rigid LATCH attachment points connect to the lower anchors of your car’s seats, creating a secure bond between the car seat and the vehicle. A load leg attached to the base increases the safety profile of the PIPA and its base. The PIPA itself attaches very easily to its base, and can release from the base with the simple pull of a lever located on the base itself.

Speaking of attachment: the PIPA connects not only to its base, but also to a variety of stroller frames. As one of the most popular car seats on the market, the PIPA is compatible with all Nuna strollers, as well as a variety of strollers from other brands thanks to separate PIPA car seat adapters.

NUNA PIPA LITE

Black and grey Nuna PIPA Lite Car Seat on white background.

The Nuna PIPA Lite is near-copy of the Nuna PIPA: it uses the same base, it has all of the same features…so what’s the difference? The distinction between these two Nuna car seats is in the name: the Nuna PIPA Lite is lighter than the Nuna PIPA, weighing in at a microscopic 5.3 pounds. The lightweight status of the Nuna PIPA Lite doesn’t mean that it’s skimping on safety, though; in fact, the PIPA Lite is built with EPP foam (the same stuff that’s inside of motorcycle helmets!) for the ultimate shock absorption and safety.

CLEK LIING

Black, grey, and bright blue Clek Liing Car Seat against white background.

Well-known for their outstanding convertible car seats, baby gear company Clek made waves for creating the Clek Liing infant car seat, which features such luxurious details as Merino Wool textiles and an angle-adjustable base. Like all great car seats, the Clek Liing has rigid LATCH capabilities and a load leg on the car seat base. Plus, the car seat base’s seat belt installation process features prominent bubble indicators that will let you know if the car seat is secure in your car, or if it needs to be adjusted for maximum safety and peace of mind. 

PEG PEREGO PRIMO VIAGGIO AGIO NIDO

Black, grey, and light blue Peg Perego Agio Nido car seat against white background.

Made in Italy with only the finest of materials, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Agio Nido infant car seat pairs great performance with top-of-the-line protection. The no re-thread harness, load leg, anti-rebound bar, and Side Impact Protection system keep your child secure in the seat, while the extendable UPF 50+ canopy allows for easy temperature and sun control. Pair the Agio Nido with a Peg Perego stroller, or carry this light, 10 pound car seat yourself.

UPPABABY MESA

Black, grey, and blue UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat against white background;

Worried about installing your car seat correctly? With the UPPAbaby Mesa, you can kiss those concerns goodbye! The Mesa’s attached bubble indicators alert you as to when you car seat is (or isn’t) installed correctly via the LATCH system. Once the Mesa is secure in your car, your child can ride in comfort thanks to a unique extendable headrest, which provides support in all the right places.

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

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If you have any questions about the best infant car seats of 2019, be sure to drop us a line! We’re always happy to talk shop. You can contact our Baby Gear Gurus via phone (866-600-BEAN) during business hours (M-F, 9 am-5 pm EST) or by utilizing the Product Expert Chat on our website. You can also get all the advice you need by visiting our blog, YouTube channel, and Infant Car Seat Buying Guide!

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