Smarty Car Seat Guide – PLUS A CAR SEAT GIVEAWAY!
Now that you have a better understanding of strollers, we’re here to help you know what’s out in the marketplace for car seats and even share some of our Smarty faves. The best thing you can do is go to a store, ask questions and pick up, feel and overall check out car seats. A really great local resource is Shower Me With Love. All of the car seats listed below are available there, so we encourage you to visit and check them out and don’t forget to mention that CSP sent ya!
Check out this post and don’t miss the Britax car seat giveaway at the end!
Infant Car Seats
I tried to crawl into the Maxi-Cosi Prezi infant car seat because it looks just so comfy, but apparently I exceed the weight limit. This car seat touts a side impact that features air protection which results in a super cushy and comfy support that surrounds your head. Another neat feature is as your baby grows, the straps grow with them, as there is no need to re-thread the straps – there is an adjustment slider on the back of the car seat. The Prezi is for infants 4 to 30 pounds and up to 29 inches in height. This car seat will fit with most strollers and comes in a pretty selection of colors. This cushy ride retails for $289.99 and can be found at Shower Me With Love.
The intuitive Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat is a gift for new parents. The car seat has a very audible click when it is secured into the base, assuring parents that the car seat is in correctly. Their design features orange buttons which is an easy identifier for adjustments. If there’s an orange button – it does something. There is an infant insert for those tiny babies that may need some more support, but removes easily when it’s outgrown. From a safety side, it touts a side-impact energy-absorbing foam protection. The car seat is made to carry babies 4 to 30 pounds and fits with most strollers. It retails for $194.99.
The Orbit Stroller Travel System G2 comes as a package deal and is sooooo neat. As a mommy with a one-year old, the coolest feature I see on this car seat is that it pivots on the car seat base, so it’s easy to get your baby in and out of the seat. The car seat base has a low-profile base and actually creates a suction against the backseat to help it keep anchored. The “Paparazzi Shield” is a breathable fabric that extends from the canopy and covers your baby fully. Of the car seats reviewed, this is the only one with certified green fabric. Fits snugglebugs from 4 to 30 pounds and up 32 inches. The system, which comes with the stroller, base and car seat retails for $940. This car seat does not fit with other strollers due to the neat pivot feature, so once you go Orbit, you never go back.
Convertible Car Seats
The Britax Advocate is a car seat that I can vouch for. My toddler rides around in style with this car seat. When I first got the car seat, I was amazed at the support. It is a solid car seat that has an extra layer of foam protection on the sides to help keep our tots safe. The car seat is good for babies 5-40 pounds rear-facing and one-year old and 20-70 pounds forward-facing. The front harness adjuster makes it easy to tighten the straps to keep your baby secure. This car seat retails for $369.99.
Just as comfy looking as the infant car seat, this cushy ride is for kiddos 9-40 pounds for rear-facing and 22-70 pounds for forward-facing. The Pria 70 by Maxi-Cosi touts air-protection technology that not only supports the head, but also the mid-section of your little ones. There is an adjustable harness that allows the head rest to raise for your growing toddler. This car seat retails for $289.
The Foonf by Clek is a unique car seat with a lot of really neat features. The first thing I noticed was how heavy this car seat is. That’s because it’s made with steel. The same kind of technology that helps keep us safe in our vehicles, the car seat touts. “REACT” which stands for Rapid Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology which helps absorbs the blow so your tot doesn’t. Another neat feature is they offer a fabric that protects against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria. The other visible feature is the width of the overall car seat. It is more narrow than any car seat that I’ve seen and touts that it’s possible to get three Foonfs across in one row of vehicle seating. This car seat retails from $449-$499.
Booster Car Seats
The Recaro Pro Booster offers many features for your growing child. It touts that it has the highest weight limit available, at 120 pounds, as a high back booster seat. The head restraint adjusts easily with eleven positions for those kiddos that just seem to get taller overnight. On the safety side, this seat’s side impact protection is designed to protect the head, neck, face, torso and pelvis. This booster seat retails for $129.
The Oobr by Clek comes from the same maker as Foonf, this is very sleek booster seat. The headrest adjusts so it will continue to support that noggin’. The drink holder is detachable and dishwasher safe – not that any of our kiddos would ever spill their drinks! Since they don’t spill their drinks, I’m sure the fact that the booster seat fabric is resistant to stains, moisture and bacteria (yeah!). Lastly, the Oober has a removable back for easy conversion. This modern seat retails for $299.90.
Questions about car seats? Visit Shower Me With Love to learn more and check them out for yourselves!
It’s GIVEAWAY time!
We’re working with Shower Me With Love to give one lucky Smarty a Britax car seat of your choice! A winner will be drawn in one week and we’ll put you in touch with our friends at Shower Me With Love so you can meet them to figure out which car seat is best for you! Post below why you could use a car seat and you just might win! We’d also LOVE for you to share this on your facebook wall by clicking on the cute little pink & green icon below.
The fine print: Our Smarty winner must reside in the Greater Charlotte area. One entry per Smarty. Our winner will be selected at random at 5pm on Sunday, March 24, 2013.