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Baby on Board: Top Infant Car Seats of 2024

Best Infant Car Seats for People on the Move

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Choosing the right car seat for your newest family member can feel overwhelming. Safety is paramount, but comfort, convenience, and budget matter too! Our editors at Motherhood have put together a list of our favorite contenders in the baby car seat category for your consideration. From feature-rich luxury seats to innovative budget champions, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your little one's first rides. Buckle up and get ready to vote in our infant car seat contest!

Best Infant Car Seats Nominees

Baby Trend Secure Lift 35

This budget-friendly car seat refuses to sacrifice quality for its low price. Top safety measures include an anti-rebound handle and push-on LATCH connectors for a secure installation. Your baby will enjoy a comfortable ride thanks to a six-position adjustable headrest and four-position recline base with a level indicator. Best yet? The ergonomic PRO Side Grip takes strain off your back and shoulders as you carry your little one around.

Britax Cypress Infant Car Seat

Marrying convenience and safety, the lightweight Cypress Infant Car Seat is a parent favorite. Secure installation requires just three steps with the innovative ClickTight® System, and three padded inserts let users adjust the seat’s space easily. SafeWash® performance fabrics offer easy cleanup, and the UPF50+ canopy includes an extra-large window for peek-a-boo moments and airflow. The Cypress features a ReboundReduce™ Carry Handle, SafeCell® Technology, and side-impact protection—all to minimize impact movement.

Century Carry On™ 35 LX Lightweight Infant Car Seat

Parents on the go love this affordable ultra-lightweight option (eight pounds), which is crafted with recycled fabrics for the eco-conscious. The Century's Keepsafe™ and side-impact protection systems offer excellent security. With a three-position adjustable base and a four-position carry handle for ergonomic carrying, the car seat easily handles your baby’s growth. For caregiver convenience, the Carry On 35 LX features a one-step connection to compatible Century strollers, creating a seamless travel system.

Young happy family with a baby girl in the car seat.

Chicco Fit2®

The versatile and affordable Chicco Fit2® goes the distance with two rear-facing positions you can alternate between effortlessly. The first stage accommodates newborns from birth to 12 months, while the second extends legroom for toddlers up to 24 months. A seven-position headrest and padded no-rethread harness adjust easily as your baby grows. For your convenience, the carry handle, harness tightener, and headrest require only one-hand adjustment, making everyday travel a breeze.

Chicco KeyFit 35

This budget-friendly car seat is GREENGUARD Gold Certified for chemical emissions and JPMA certified to meet the highest safety standards. A removable, ergonomic positioner provides optimal support for newborns weighing 4–11 pounds. The seat grows with your baby, thanks to a five-position, easy-extend headrest system. Parents love the KeyFit 35’s combination of strong safety features and ease of use—all at a great price point.

Clek Liing

This feature-rich car seat delivers exceptional comfort and performance with top marks in crash testing. An energy-absorbing load leg minimizes crash forces, and a Rigid-LATCH system ensures a secure installation every time. Seven recline positions and a newborn support system customize a comfortably snug fit, while minimal front-to-back space make the Liing perfect for cars of all sizes. Parents say the peace of mind and ease of use make it worth the high-end price.

Little baby fastened with security belt in a safety car seat.

Cybex Aton G Swivel

This innovative car seat comes through for parents with a safe swivel mechanism that turns the seat toward the door for your convenience. A multi-position headrest and adjustable height settings keep infants comfortable. The design also delivers on safety with an anti-rebound bar, a side-impact protection system, and Cybex's SensorSafe™ tech, which alerts you if your baby is left unattended or the car gets too hot.

Cybex Cloud G Lux

Offering exceptional value, this model features a versatile design with extendable leg rest that can be used outside the car. For extra comfort, the seat reclines fully and keeps kiddos cool with air vents. In recline position, it can attach to Cybex’s strollers. A load leg, anti-rebound base, and linear side-impact protection safeguards babies from all angles during collisions. You can install the seat easily using the one-click rigid latch system and adjust it as babies grow.

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller

Experience effortless travel with this all-in-one system that transforms from car seat to stroller in seconds. Doona prioritizes your baby's safety with a five-point harness and a design exceeding rigorous safety standards, including TUV certification and FAA aircraft approval for travel. Extra cushioning cradles newborns, and the innovative ergonomics of the rear-facing seat keeps your little one cozy and secure. Parents appreciate the adjustable handlebar, which allows for comfortable maneuvering.

New born in an infant car seat.

Evenflo® Gold Shyft™ DualRide™ with Carryall Storage Infant Car Seat and Stroller Combo

An all-in-one solution, this combo car seat, wheeled infant carrier, and stroller saves parents time and hassle. Switch from seat to stroller or carrier with one step, and reverse the process easily with the Quick Connectors and LockStrong Installation. Safety features such as the anti-rebound base offer peace of mind. While you’re strolling, the extended canopy provides ample shade for your baby while a convenient carryall storage bag and cup holder make parents happy.

Graco SnugRide® SnugFit 35

This affordable option goes the distance in safety as it features an anti-rebound bar for rear-end collisions and meets the Graco® ProtectPlus Engineered™ standards to withstand impacts from all sides. SnugRide® technology keeps babies as small as four pounds secure and comfortable, and parents can adjust the Silent Shade™ canopy quietly while little ones sleep. Proper vehicle installation is simple using the four-position adjustable base and pendulum level indicator.

Mico™ Luxe+ Infant Car Seat

The Maxi-Cosi Mico™ Luxe+ Infant Car Seat offers exceptional value with soft premium fabrics, stylish vegan leather details, and a full-coverage canopy featuring ventilation panels and a sun shade. The super-lightweight design prioritizes safety with a secure load-leg base, an angle adjuster, and easy-to-follow printed instructions on the base for optimal vehicle fit. This model is part of the Zelia® Luxe travel system, which transitions seamlessly from car to stroller.

Baby boy sleeping in a car infant seat.

Nune Pipa Lite RX

With luxe details and a flexible design that attaches to Nuna’s strollers, the Pipa Lite RX offers style and convenience. A four-position recline allows for optimal positioning, and the four-position adjustable rigid latch system provides secure, five-second installation. Side-impact protection, a crumple zone, a steel stability leg, and GREENGUARD Gold certification give parents peace of mind. Bonus? Parents love the removable, full-coverage UPF 50+ canopy with a flip-out eyeshade for shielding babies from the elements.

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35

The Primo Viaggio 4-35 prioritizes infant safety with a secure base that includes a built-in anti-rebound bar for collision protection. EPS and EPP foams absorb impact energy, while the side-impact protection system offers security in all six seat positions. For secure and easy installation, the car seat uses either the LATCH system or your vehicle's seat belt. Finally, a dual- stage cushion system with maximum ventilation keeps babies comfortable during every ride.

UPPAbaby Mesa Max

A top-tier choice for safety-conscious parents, the Mesa Max provides superior crash test performance, with an anti-rebound+ panel that minimizes movement in rear-end collisions. GREENGUARD Gold certification ensures it meets strict chemical emissions standards. A plush infant insert cradles newborns safely, and an infinite-adjust headrest creates a perfect fit. The auto-retracting LATCH system, bubble level indicators, and four-position adjustable foot make installation a breeze.

Mother putting a baby girl in baby seat in the car.

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