It is funny how today’s parents just walk into a baby shop, sample the hundreds of baby strollers paraded in the shop, and voila, out they go with the most suitable stroller. What most of us parents fail to understand is the long journey of innovation that the essential baby gear has had.
The first use of baby strollers is traceable back to 1733 when the Duke of Devonshire asked William Kent to build a means of transporting his children around. Kent built the baby stroller in the form of a shell-shaped basket on wheels that was decorated heavily. The Kent-designed baby stroller had a harness that was attached to either goats or small ponies that pulled the baby carries around. Also, the baby stroller had a spring suspension to promote a baby’s comfort.
A Horse-Drawn Baby Carriage
The manufacture of baby carriages spread to the US by the 1830s; Benjamin Potter Crandall is recognized as the first American to make and sell baby strollers in the US. The carriages were made mainly of wood or wicker and joined by costly brass joints. Also, the baby strollers were decorated heavily with works of art, and the models were named after royalty such as princess Princess and Duchess. Jesse Armour Crandall, Benjamin Potter’s son, accessed several patents for stroller improvements and additions to the existing models. For example, he added brakes, carriages, manufactured foldable models, and stroller umbrella hangers.
The strollers became so popular that Queen Victoria bought three baby carriages from the Hitchings Baby Store.
The popularity of baby strollers meant more innovations, which ushered in the manufacture of modern baby strollers from 1900 to today.
1900 Baby Stroller
June 1889 ushered a new era in the development of baby strollers; William H. Richardson, an African American, designed and patented the first reversible stroller such it could face out or in towards the baby stroller pusher.
Also, William’s baby stroller invention increased maneuverability because each wheel could move separately.
The 1900s baby stroller was mainly known as the “baby buggy.”
The use of baby strollers became widespread among all economic classes in this era, mainly because of the improvements that made them safer and the assumed benefits of providing light and fresh air to the child. For instance, charity organizations donated baby strollers to needy mothers.
Antique Baby Stroller of the 1900s
Carriages of the 1900s were usually very ornate, had wire wheels, an extra trim, and most had a parasol to protect the baby from the sun.
Prams became very popular in the 1920s owing to their larger wheels and the incorporation of a braking system.
The prams were deeper to prevent the baby from climbing out of the carriage and had sturdier, lighter, and, consequently, safer frames.
Baby Stroller, the 1920s Style
1950 Baby Strollers
Baby strollers were a must-have in 1950, especially after Queen Victoria purchased one for her sixth newborn child.
Also, Giussepe Perego popularised the baby strollers when he founded the Peg Perego in 1949 that design strollers use stretchy fabric instead of sheet metal and wicker.
Lightweight, convertible and luxury models of baby strollers entered the market in 1950. A & F Saward and Silver Cross are some companies that started manufacturing custom-made prams in the 1950s, the British Royalty being one of the loyal customers.
1959 Baby’s Royale pram made by A & F Saward
The 1950s to Present
It is Owen Maclaren who built the first actual umbrella baby stroller in 1965, however, after hearing his daughter was traveling from England to America with a heavy pram. Owen built a stroller with an aluminum frame and blue and white stripes.
Owen’s lightweight design of the lightweight stroller continues to be the muse of modern baby strollers.
In 1970, parents preferred more basic baby strollers that had a detachable seat.
The modern baby strollers are now built with new and safer features. And more accessories.
In 1980, Kezo Kassai invented a collapsible baby stroller that could also increase the size length forward. The stroller’s handle could be pivoted to change the direction of the stroller depending on the sitting position of the baby, either forward-facing position or back-facing position.
In 1981, Henry Fleisher built a baby stroller that had a collapsible frame using slider slots and pins joint mechanism. The wheels were not rotatable and used a single axle to maintain the wheels in place.
Modern Baby Strollers
Today, parents can choose their preferred baby stroller depending on their budget, use, and aesthetic value. There are lightweight baby strollers that are suitable for traveling, twin baby strollers, double baby strollers for your baby and toddler, and full -size strollers that are suitable for all terrains.
The most useful features of modern baby strollers include:
Either front or rear-facing seats
The folding mechanism
Modern baby folders have either one-hand fold, umbrella fold, or compact fold mechanisms.
Compatibility with travel systems
Height adjustable handle
Modern baby strollers have either hand brakes or foot brakes that can either be a front wheel, back wheel, or all-wheel brakes.
Hand brakes are most appropriate when it is impossible to press the brake lever by foot, while the foot brakes are convenient when a parent has his or her hand full.
Modern baby strollers have chest straps, waist straps, and crotch straps that increase a baby’s safety.
Modern baby strollers have either 5-point harness, 3-point harness, or 2-point harness. A five-point harness is the safest for smaller babies, a 3-point harness is safest for babies who sit independently and toddlers, while a 2-point harness is safest for toddlers and older children.
Choose a baby stroller that has either air-filled or foam-filled tyres instead of plastic tyres to give your baby or toddler the best quality ride. Foam-filled tyres ensure minimal jerks and shocks, and cannot get punctured, unlike air-filled tyres.
Also, choose a baby stroller that has large wheels and an excellent suspension to prevent your baby from getting rocked a lot if you plan to take your baby for walks.
Your child safety is of utmost importance; hence, in every country, there are government regulations that must be met before manufacturers release their infant car seats into the market. Aside from the seats meeting the legal requirements, some bodies conduct rigorous safety tests with ratings to assist parents and caregivers when they shop for an infant seat and help manufacturers improve their products. In this review, we will explore how safety tests are conducted and include the results of several infant car seats.
Infant car seat safety ratings NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulates children’s car seats in the US. In 2005, it ran a pilot testing program, comprised of a simulated crash situation as well as the New Car Assessment Program test to determine how well infant car seats protect children. Based on the pilot program results, NHTSA concluded that a rating program based on simulated crashes would not give practical, easily understandable, or meaningful information to consumers. Hence, NHTSA does not rate the safety of infant car seats.
Instead, NHTSA provides ease-of-use ratings that enable parents and caregivers to evaluate how easy certain car seat features are to use before buying a seat. Also, all the car seats rated by NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and strict crash performance standards.
While all rated seats are safe, they vary in their ease of use in four basic categories:
Evaluation of Instructions
NHTSA examines the content and clarity of the instructions manual for the infant car seat
Vehicle Installation Features
NHTSA considers the ease of using features specific to installing the infant car seat
Evaluation of Labels
NHTSA examines the content and clarity of the labeling attached to the infant car seat
Securing the Child
NHTSA considers the ease of using features that concern securing a child correctly in the infant car seat.
Interpretation of NHTSA’s Ratings
NHTSA uses 5-star ratings to help consumers evaluate each of the above categories as follows:
5 Stars = Excellent
4 Stars = Above-average
3 Stars = Average
2 Stars = Below-average
1 Star = Poor
How Safety Ratings Are Conducted
As we said earlier, there are several independent bodies that conduct Safety ratings with credible results. We will consider just two: Consumer Reports in the US and Which? in the UK.
Consumer Reports is a non-profit membership organization that works with consumers to establish truth, transparency, and fairness in the market. Product research & testing is one of their integral functions, and that includes infant car seat testing. They rate car seat safety based on:
The Crash Test
This test simulates real-world vehicle conditions and at increased the speed of the simulated frontal impact test from 30 mph (as outlined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, and NHTSA standard regarding child car seat crash performance testing) to 35 mph. The car seat is installed on a test bench that uses the cushions and hardware from an actual vehicle seat. It also includes a surface that simulates the back of front-row seats inspired by the fact that research has shown that when children are injured in frontal crashes, it’s often because they hit their heads on something in the vehicle, like the back of the front seat. Also, unlike the federal safety standards which do not include testing car seat with load legs, CR updated its crash test to include a carpeted surface to represent vehicle floor and to allow the results to reflect the contribution of the load leg.
Crash testing evaluation ratings are based on:
Injury criteria measured on standardized child-sized dummies generally used in this type of simulated crash testing
Direct contact of the dummy’s head with the simulated front seatback
A seat’s ability to remain intact during testing
Ease of Use
CR certified child passenger safety technicians evaluate how easy the seats are to use. This reflects how easy consumers are able to understand the installation instructions and apply them when they install the seat on their cars. CR technicians evaluate:
Product labels and instructions (including the availability of Spanish-language instructions)
Installation and assembly
Ease of adjustments
Care and cleaning of the seat
Fit to Vehicle
This car seat rating includes how well a seat fits in a variety of vehicles. The seat is installed in the rear configuration in five different vehicle types. The chosen vehicles also include features that may make child seat installation a challenge based on our vehicle assessments. The technicians carefully follow the manufacturers’ instructions and make judgments based on how securely each seat could be installed.
CR combines the results of those three tests to determine the overall rating of each car seat, giving more consideration to the combined scores of the fit-to-vehicle and ease-of-use testing than to the crash-test performance. This is because they feel that a seat can’t provide optimal crash protection if it isn’t properly installed or is being used incorrectly.
Which? is a UK independent body with exclusive membership. They promote informed consumer choice by testing products, highlighting inferior products and services, raising awareness of consumer rights, and offering independent advice. Just like CR, they perform car seat safety ratings. They evaluate safety based on:
How the seat withstands different crashes
Which? goes beyond the British standard safety test and follows Euro NCAP tests. Euro NCAP is a non-profit organization in Europe that conducts a voluntary car safety rating program. It was originally started by the Transport Research Laboratory for the UK Department for Transport but is now backed by the European Commission, seven European governments, and motoring and consumer organization in every EU country.
Which? crash test includes:
A front crash, equivalent to a head-on collision at around 40mph
A side crash, equivalent to two cars crashing into each other at 30mph
The tests are repeated over and over, with the seat installed in all possible positions. Which? claim that they can test as many as 15 samples of the same seat to get the final score for just one.
The crash test dummies are wired with sensors that record the crash force on the vulnerable parts of the body to accurately indicate the risk of injury in case of a real-life crash.
Also taken into account is the stability of the car seat- whether it seems loose or rickety, and the ease of threading the adult car seat belt around the infant car seat if it is an option.
The safety test makes 60% of the overall score.
Ease of installation
Their ease of use test involves real children, dummies, and parents.
Each seat is installed in three different makes and models of cars. The evaluation experts also scrutinize instructions and warning labels to see if anything is confusing, annoying, or misleading. Additionally, they evaluate care instruction of the seat. This test makes up 30% of the overall score.
How comfortable the seat is for your child
This is an ergonomic assessment of the seat to ensure children are in the best position when traveling which is especially important for small babies.
They check the available space for a child to grow, the amount of padding on the seat, and a child’s view from their seat. This makes sure a child is not tempted to lean forward out of their seat. This test makes up 10% of the overall score.
Infant car seat safety ratings in the US and Canada
Transport Canada is the governmental authority that verifies that every child seat meets the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. They purchase the seats from retail stores and conduct four main categories of tests:
This testing measures the safety of the infant car seat at a full-frontal collision at 48 km/hr into a wall. It is done on an accelerated sled that is equipped with a standard bench seat. A dummy is buckled in the seat, which is then secured to the bench seat. High-speed cameras and sensing devices are installed on the dummy and the sled to allow the Transport Canada evaluation experts to check the structural integrity of the infant car seat. Additionally, they measure how far forward the dummy’s head moves, how fast the dummy’s chest moves, and how much a rear-facing child rotates.
Buckle release testing
It measures the force needed to release the buckle of the infant car seat before and after the dynamic test. This ensures that a child can be safely removed following a collision.
Energy-absorbing material testing
It measures the thickness and the resistance to compression of the padding material. They evaluate the thickness of the child seat’s cushions and how well they protect a child by absorbing the shock during a collision.
This test measures the safety of a child’s car seat during a simulated 360-degree roll in an aircraft. The infant car seat is installed on a representative aircraft passenger seat equipped with an aircraft lap belt and rotating the seat to the inverted position (upside down) and through a full 360-degree rotation. The aircraft passenger seat belt must keep the child seat in place, and the dummy must not fall out of the child’s car seat. In Canada, for an infant car seat to be certified for use in an aircraft it must pass this test.
The infant car seat either passes or fails these tests.
NB: The test results are not meant to rate individual child car seats or for comparison. This is common for both American (U.S. NHTSA) and Canadian transport authorities (Transport Canada).
European infant car seat safety ratings
Infant car seats in European countries are regulated by the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECE) safety standards. They must have either the UN R44/04 approval or UN R 129 (i-Size) approval.
Aside from the UN approval, they are also tested by independent testing bodies such as ADAC and Stiftung Warentest. The infant car seats go through various testing categories:
Frontal Impact- The infant car seat is subjected to simulated front impact at 64 km/hr
Side Impact- the infant car seat is met with a simulated side impact at 50 km/hr
Further tests are done with regard to misuse potential, ergonomic design, handling, cleaning, workmanship, and the presence of harmful substances.
Aside from using dummies of various sizes in the crash tests, real children and parents also participate in the other test categories.
The overall result depends on safety, handling, ergonomics, and harmful substances and rated as very good, good, satisfactory, bare minimum, and poor.
In the US car seat manufacturers are expected to ensure that their products meet the safety standards outlined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. These standards are developed and enforced by the NHTSA, which is an agency of the federal government and part of the Department of Transportation.
In Europe, child car seat safety used to follow the UN R 44/04 safety standards, but these laws have been improved into the new UN R129 as of 2019. Consumers are urged to buy only the seats that meet the new R129 regulations for better safety, and all the seats under UN regulations must have a sticker showing approval.
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Safety ratings of infant car seat brands:
Baby Jogger City Go infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc infant car seat safety rating – 4 star by NHTSA
Baby jogger city go 2 infant car seat safety ratings-
Maxi Cosi infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Chicco infant car seat safety ratings-4 star by NHTSA
Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat safety rating- 4 stars by NHTSA
Clek infant car seat safety rating- Best overall by Consumer Reports
Cosco infant car seat safety rating-3 star by NHTSA
Chicco Keyfit infant car seat encore safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 elite infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Graco Snugride Snuglock 30 infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Evenflo Safemax infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Evenflo Litemax infant car seat safety rating: 4-star by NHTSA
Doona infant car seat safety ratings: 5-star by NHTSA
Nuna Pipa infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
UPPAbaby mesa infant car seat safety rating-5 star by NHTSA
Orbit infant car seat safety rating-4 star by NHTSA
Peg Perego infant car seat safety rating-3 star by NHTSA
We all check the products we purchase, especially foodstuff, for the expiry date to determine if they are safe for consumption or not. But it might be a surprise to some people that we are even talking of a car seat expiring. Well, that is what we will be discussing in this article. Mainly, your child’s car seat, why? Because your child’s safety comes first and seat expiration is a reflection of that safety. Plus, in some parts, it is a requirement you are expected to adhere to by Transport Authorities.
What is infant car seat expiry and why do they expire?
Infant car seat expiry is simply how long an infant car seat can be used after manufacture before it becomes unusable or unsafe. The expiry date is determined by the car seat manufacturer.
Below is a video with details on why car seats expire:
Do Infant car seats have expiry dates?
Yes, all infant car seats have an expiry date. It is normally indicated by the manufacturer on the seat, but it varies by brand and model.
Average Car Seat Expiry Period
Most car seats have a useful life of between 6 to 10 years depending on the by brand and model.
How to check infant car seat expiration
In most cases, car seats and seat bases come with a sticker indicating the date of manufacture and expiry. To locate the sticker, turn over the seat and check on the back, along the sides or the bottom. Alternatively, some brands indicate the expiry date on the shell behind the cushion. Remove the seat cushion and check there if it isn’t on the back.
If finally, you are not able to find the expiration date of the seat, just give a call to the manufacturer, and they should be able to provide you with the info you need. You should never use a seat without checking it expiration first to confirm it is safe for your child.
Infant Car Seat Expiry Canada
All infant car seats and booster seats sold in Canada have an expiry or useful life date indicated on them, even though regulation bodies do not require this. Manufacturers provide this information so that owners and potential buyers are aware of the possible risks of using car seats and booster seats that may have missing parts, labels or instructions or may have an unknown history, which could affect safety. People are warned that they should not use infant car seats and booster seats past their expiry. Further, they are urged to discard the expired seat permanently instead of donating to a charity, second-hand store, or giving to friends or family.
Below is a list compiled by Transport Canada showing the manufacturers who sell car seats in Canada, the brand name, and the useful life period of their car seats.
Note: EI = Infant; I/C = Infant and Child; B = Booster; C/B = Child and Booster; I/C/B = Infant, Child and Booster
Baby Trend Inc.
Britax Child Safety ltd
I, B, Traveller plus EZ
Canadian Tire Corp.
Diono Canada, ULC
8 years as “I or C” + 2 years extension as B
Dorel Juvenile Group
Cosco, safety 1st , Eddie Bauer, Maxi-Cosi
Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Schwinn
8 yearsIncludes Safety 1st Scenera LX
Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st
Safety 1st , Eddie Bauer
Enspira- 8 years
Cosco, Safety 1st ,Eddie Bauer
Newell Brands Canada, Inc.
Seats manufactured before mid-2011, not including the Nautilus – Expiry in December of the 6th year Expiry date stamped into the seat
Nautilus backless portion only in Booster mode – manufactured before mid-2011 – 9 yearsExpiry date stamped into the seat
Manufactured after mid-2011 – 7 yearsExpiry date stamped into the seat
Manufactured after mid-2011 – 10 yearsExpiry date stamped into the seat
Evenflo Canada, Inc.
SafeMax All-In-One – 10 years
Transitions and Evolve – 8 years
Harmony Juvenile Products
V7, Dreamtime and Youth Boosters – 6 years
Defender – 10 years
6 years from manufacturer date, or date of purchase
7 years from manufacturer date, or date of purchase
Learning Curve Brands, Inc.
First Years, Compass
Orbit Baby Inc.
Peg-Pérego Canada Inc.
Manufactured after 2011 – 7 years
Manufactured after November 2015 – 10 years
Manufactured after October 2015 – 12 years
RECARO Child Safety LLC
I/C, C/B, B
Team TexFerrari, Fisher Price
Note: This list is compiled by Transport Canada as a reference only, using the information provided voluntarily by the listed manufacturers. Its accuracy cannot be guaranteed, and its content is subject to change without notice.
Infant car seat expiry Ontario
In Ontario, just like all provinces and territories in Canada, people are urged to follow instructions provided by your infant car seat manufacturer, and not to use an expired car seat since you will be risking your child’s safety. Further, you may be found guilty of breaking the law if you do not comply with the instruction. The Transport authorities strongly advise parents as well as caregivers to contact the manufacturer directly to find out the expiry dates for their car seats.
Infant car seat expiry Alberta
In Alberta, just like all provinces and territories in Canada, people are urged to follow instructions provided by the infant car seat manufacturer, and not to use an expired car seat since you will be risking your child’s safety. Further, you may be found guilty of breaking the law if you do not comply with the instruction. The Transport authorities strongly advise parents as well as caregivers to contact the manufacturer directly to find out the expiry dates for their car seats.
Infant Car Seat Expiry Date
Infant car seat expiry Graco
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat – Expiry: 10 years
Graco 4Ever DLX Convertible Car Seat- Expiry: 10 years
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Platinum Infant Car Seat- Expiry: 7 years
Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat- Expiry: 7 years
Graco SnugRide Essentials 30 Infant Car seat- Expiry: 7 years
Infant Car Seat Expiration Britax
Britax One4Life Click Tight All-in-One Convertible Car Seat -Expiry: 10 years
Britax Allegiance 3 Stage Convertible Car Seat-Expiry: 10 years
Britax B-Safe Ultra Infant Car Seat-Expiry: 6years
Britax Marathon Click Tight Convertible Car Seat- Expiry: 10 years
Britax Boulevard Click Tight Convertible Car Seat-Expiry: 10 years
Infant car seat expiration date laws
In all provinces and territories in Canada, parents and caregivers are urged to follow instructions provided by the car seat manufacturer, and not to use an expired car seat since they will be risking their children’s safety. Further, you may be found guilty of breaking the law if you do not comply with the instruction. The Transport authorities strongly advise parents as well as caregivers to contact the manufacturer directly to find out the expiry dates for their car seats.
Infant Car Seat Expiry of 10 Convertible Car Seat models
Graco Extended2Fit has a useful life of ten years from the date of manufacture. It is one of the most loved convertible seats. On Amazon, it is # 1 in convertible child safety car seats with a rating of 4.8/ 5 by more than 11,799 customers. It is specially designed for parents who prefer to have their child ride in the rear-facing mode, longer than most other brands can offer. With this seat, you can have your child facing the rear from birth until they are 50 pounds, and forward-facing from 22-65 pounds.
There is a lot to love about the seat. First, it very affordable and will grow with your child. Second, it is on the small side, so it does not take a lot of space for your front passenger seat, a feature most people with small cars would appreciate. Plus it is lighter than most. It also has more leg room and plush padding in a breathable fabric making your child’s riding experience super comfy.
For safety, the Extend2Fit features a steel frame body and several parents can attest their children remained unhurt and the seat intact when they had an accident.
Installation is made easy and fast using the Latch system and level indicators to ensure correctness every time. As a bonus, it has dual cup holders to keep your child’s drink and snacks at hand, making the journey even more enjoyable.
6-position recline position and 10 headrest positions
Latch installation system with bubble level indicator
5-inches for additional leg room
A harness storage compartment to keep the buckle out of the way
Steel reinforced frame
Dual cup holders
Britax One4Life Click Tight Convertible Car Seat
The Britax One4life is one of the longest-serving car seats you can get and as the name suggests it is the only one your child needs from the time they are infants, toddlers, preschool, and big enough kids to use a normal car seat. On Amazon, it is ranked on the second position in the 3-in-1 ‘child safety car seat’ category. The seat converts from rear-facing, forward-facing with up to 15 headrest positions and 5 point harness to accommodate your growing child, and finally a booster seat.
The seat uses ClickTight installation mechanism where the belts are color-coded, and you have indicators to guide you, ensuring installation is correct and easy. Safety features, include a high steel frame, 2 layers side impact protection, a crump zone and v-shaped tether to absorb impact in case of a crash.
For comfort, it has premium foam padding all over. And for care, the covers are machine washable and drier safe.
Lasts 10 years
2 layers of side impact protection surrounding the head, neck and torso
Safe cell technology to absorb crash technology
High strength steel frame for reinforcement and stability
v-shaped tether to help slow and reduce movement in case of a crash
15-position headrest and harness
Ventilated mesh and cooling channels for airflow
Machine washable and drier safe
Approved by FAA for airplane travel
Diono 2019 Radian 3RXT All-in-One Convertible Car Seat
This Diono is also another great option that lasts long ten years. On Amazon, it is number four in Convertible child safety car seats. It accommodates your baby from birth in the rear-facing mode (infant insert included for additional comfort), then forward-facing and booster mode until they grow up to 120 pounds. We also love this seat because it is designed with travel-friendly features.
It has a slim built so you can fit 3 of these seats in the back seat of most mid-sized cars and travel as a family. Additionally, it has a foldable design, so you can carry it like a backpack and take it with you even on an airplane (FAA approved).
In terms of safety, it is has a steel body engineered into a dual spine, making the seat unyielding under the impact. Installation is also made easy for you using the SuperLatch click mechanism which produces an audible sound to confirm you have installed the seat correctly.
Inspired by European style, the Radian 3RXT uses soft fabric covers and memory foam seat bottom that will keep your child riding in super comfort.
Reinforced steel body
Easy click SuperLatch for installation
FAA approved for air travel
Chicco NextFit Zip Air Convertible Car Seat
Chicco NextFit Zip Air convertible seat is designed to serve your child right from birth all through preschool until they transition to an ordinary car seat. You can expect ten years of service with this convertible seat. It is pricey, but for good value; the best comfort and safety features.
From the rear-facing mode, it is designed to accommodate babies from 5 to 40 pounds, with a removable newborn positioner to give smaller infants a better fit. Forward-facing, it accommodates children weighing between 22 to 65 pounds.
The NextFit Zip Air has a SuperCinch force-multiplying tightener and LockSure belt-locking system, making the process very easy and fast whether you use the Latch or vehicle seat belt for installation.
The seat has a well-padded zip-off seat pad and a breathable 3D air mesh backrest to prevent overheating. It is also machine washable.
For safety, it features a DuoGuard side –impact protection with deep rigid and EPS energy-absorbing foam. Additionally, the seat shell is reinforced with a steel frame.
9 recline positions and 9 headrest positions
SuperCinch Latch Tightener and LockSure belt tightener
DouGuard side protection with EPS energy-absorbing foam plus a steel-reinforced frame
Removable newborn insert
The 3D air mesh backrest
Includes a cup holder
Maxi-Cosi Pria 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
The Maxi-Cosi 3-in-1 lasts up to 10 years from manufacture. It safely accommodates babies as little as 4 pounds up to 40 facing the rear and forward-facing up to 65 pounds and up to 100 pounds in booster mode.
It is well built with soft and thick cushions all over keeping your little one very comfy and safe. Additionally, it has Gcell foam to support and protect your child’s head.
The seat installs easily using the Latch system. Additionally, it has a unique way of adjusting the harness and headrest heights automatically. It also has 3 reclining positions and a harness holder to keep straps out of the way when buckling.
3 reclining positions
Latch method of installation
Cell foam to absorbing crash energy
Harness holders to keep straps out of the way
Raises harness and headrest automatically
Machine washable and dryer safe
Primo Viaggio infant car seat expiry
Primo Viaggio is an Italian car seat. It has an expiration period of 7 years from the date of manufacture.
Infant car seat expiration Baby Trend
Baby trend car seats have an expiry of 6 to 10 years depending with the model.
Their Infant Car Seats expire after 6 years. Convertible and Booster car seats expire after 7 years with the top portion and harness expiring after 6 years and the base expiring after 10 years.
This article has reviews and comparison of the best portable car seats for travel in 2020. Despite the current pandemic which limits travel, check out the following car seats you can consider when you are ready to make a purchase.
Before we get started with reviews, check out the comparison table below:
Weight limit: all baby car seats have the manufacturer’s recommended weight limit they can safely accommodate. Looking at the maximum weight we have highlighted for each car and you will be able to determine if it will be suitable for your child.
Ease of installation: a good car seat should be easy to install in the car or when you decide to travel with your baby by plane. Travelling with a baby is hectic enough, and no one wants additional stress with seat installation difficulties.
Ease of travelling: the car seats that are highly rated based on ease-of travel are those that are lightweight as opposed to the heavy and bulky ones.
Mode of use: this refers to whether the car seat is used facing forward, backward, or both.
Value for money: when we compare the price against the features, we have given car seats that offer most features for lower prices higher ratings.
Best Infant Car Seat Product Reviews
#1. Evenflo Tribute Lx Convertible Car Seat
The Evenflo Tribute can be used both rear-facing and forward-facing. It accommodates 5 to 40 pounds weight when facing the rear and toddlers weighing from 22 to 40 pounds facing forward.
For safety, it has four shoulder strap positions to provide a better fit to your growing baby and an upfront harness adjustment and buckle release that allow easy adjustments when securing or removing your baby from the seat. You will also be interested to know that the seat has been tested for side-impact and has exceeded federal safety standards.
For your baby’s additional comfort, it has a foam body liner, removable head pillow, and the harness and buckle are covered.
Not only is this seat lightweight, but also easy to use and very affordable. It has received a 5 star rating by 65% of 3,052 customers on Amazon.
Lightweight, weighing just 9 pounds
5-point harness and four shoulder strap positions
Foam body cushion and removable head pillow
Slim design that fits easily in cars and airplanes
Super lightweight making it convenient to move around
Provides layered protection and comfort
The seat is easy to install
Some parents find the body cushioning to be a bit too thin
#2. Britax Allegiance Convertible Car Seat
If you care for style, this Britax Allegiance has it. It has a sturdy built and accommodates rear-facing weight between 5 to 40 pounds and forward-facing weight from 20 to 65 pounds.
The seat has push-button connectors and built-in lock-offs that make installation a breeze. The harness has 10 adjusting positions with no-rethread and a headrest. Protection is the one area that this seat shines the most, featuring a steel frame, impact absorbing base, foam-lined shell for side impact protection as well as comfort.
While this seat is on the heavy side, we rate it highly because of its safety features and durability. It is also relatively affordable.
No-rethread harness with ten positions and headrest
Latch connectors and inbuilt lock-offs for easy installation
Three recline positions
Foam padding and removable body pillow for smaller newborns
Installing is a total breeze
The seat is comfy for the baby
Though it is FAA approved, it does not install in airplane seats.
It is heavy to carry.
Recline positions do not work well for infants.
#3. Diono Radian 3rx All In One Convertible Car Seat
The Diono Radian 3rx is the seat you want when travelling with family. It is sleek and slim to allow three seats across when facing the rear. It is also FAA approved for travel in an airplane.
The seat is perfected for safety and comfort, having been built with unyielding steel structure and cushy padding all over. It also has five shoulder harness and three buckle positions for securing your baby. It also utilizes the SuperLatch system for easy and accurate installation.
You will spend a good amount on this seat, but it will serve you through infancy to toddlerhood up to ten years. Rear-facing takes from 5 to 45 pounds and front-facing up to 65 pounds. As a booster seat, it accommodates children from 50 to 120 pounds.
The seat is quite heavy, pricey, but very sturdy, comfortable, and durable, so in the end, it gives you value for your money.
Convertible to a booster seat
Foldable seat for convenient travel
Uses SuperLatch installation system
It is easy to install
Very durable material
Designed to fit 3 seats across to take more passengers with you
Safety and comfort is guaranteed
Doubles as a booster seat when your baby grows older
The seat is heavy to be carrying around.
#4. Chicco Nextfit Zip Convertible Car Seat
Chicco car seats are known for their safety features, and this Nextfit Zip convertible has not been left behind. It’s built with steel reinforced frame with rigid shell and energy absorbing foam. Rear-facing, the seat safely accommodates 5 to 40 pounds and forward-facing, between 22 to 65 pounds.
The installation part is made easy with 9-position recline Sure leveling system, Super cinch Latch, and Lock Sure seat belt system. For easier transitioning to accommodate a growing baby, it has a no-rethread harness and 9- position headrest.
The Chicco seat is heavy hence not convenient for frequent travelling and is also expensive. However, it has received high ratings on Amazon and Consumer Report because of the sturdy built, excellent safety, and comfort.
Easy pull no-rethread harness with 9 headrest positions
Installation features: Sure leveling system, SuperCinch Latch tightened and Locked Sure seat belt tightening system
Soft and comfy material
Includes space-saving cup holder
Super comfortable seat
Safety is guaranteed
The place is relatively easy to install
It is heavy and not favorable for a lot of traveling.
#5. Cosco Comfy Convertible Car Seat
This is the Cosco convertible seat to get if you want to spoil your baby in comfort while travelling; it has that extra high quality padding all over.
It can accommodate babies weighing 5 to 40 pounds when facing the rear and 22 to 50 when facing forward.
To attach the seat, you can easily use the latch belt or seat belt. It also has 5 adjustable harness height and 3 buckle locations to provide your child with the perfect fit.
The seat will provide comfort to your travelling child and safety as well with built-in side protection. The Cosco Comfy seat is also certified for use on aircraft.
The seat is affordable, lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for travel. We think it gives you value for money.
Graco are famed for their stylish and high performance car seats. Their Size 4 Me convertible seat is designed to safely accommodate infants as small as 4 pounds to 40 pounds when facing the rear and from 22 to 65 pounds when facing forward.
Installing and adjusting the seat is automatic with a no-rethread harness system and eight headrest positions. The seat has also been tested for side impact protection.
The baby’s comfort is provided with a removable head and body support, three recline, and two buckle positions.
Size 4 Me seat is relatively affordable and has great features for a car seat, comfortable but also bulky and heavy. But when we weigh the good versus the bad, it is a great purchase that will grow with your baby and give you value for money.
In Right Latch system for seat attachment
No-rethread harness adjustment system with 8 headrest positions
Side impact tested
Machine washable easy to remove cover.
The material is of high quality and long lasting
The seat is cushiony and comfortable of
It provides the desired safety
It is heavy.
#7. Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat
Safety 1st seat provides an excellent option for travelling since you can fit three seats side by side in the back seat of most cars. They can take from 5 to 40 pounds of weight facing the rear and up to 65 pounds facing the front.
For safety, the car seat has 5 point harness adjustable from the front, 5 harness heights and three buckle positions for a closer fit. The body is reinforced with absorbing foam, and also includes head support and body pillows.
We find the seat 15 pounds seat a bit heavy for travel but manageable, and the price is reasonable. However, from parents’ reports, it seems difficult to get the seat properly latched, which could pose a threat to your baby’s safety.
5 harness heights and 3 buckle positions for proper fit
Adjustable head support and body pillows
Uses the Latching system and 5-point harness for installation
It is portable
Can be used in most cars and fit three across
It is difficult to install and adjust
The fabric might make the baby hot and uncomfortable
#8. Evenflo Sonus Convertible Car Seat
We bring you another budget friendly seat from Evenflo that is also loaded with great features. Just like other seats we have reviewed, it can be used facing rear or front. Facing the rear, it accommodates between 5 to 40 pounds and facing the front between 22 to 50 pounds.
Unlike other seats, this seat has an airflow vent system that regulates the temperature of the seat so that your baby is comfortable while travelling regardless of the weather. It has also meet FAA requirements to be used in the airplane.
Other features include easy to access harness, 5 shoulder strap positions, and head pillow for support.
Evenflo Sonus is budget friendly, lightweight, and great for travel.
Built-in airflow vent
5 point shoulder strap adjust positions
Includes buckle pockets for more protection
Includes dual cup holders
Easy to install
The fabric is not high quality but worth the price
It is a tall seat and might which might take a lot of space if you have a small car.
#9. Britax Marathon Click Tight Convertible Car Seat
The Britax marathon seat is the seat for you if you care about style and safety. The seat accommodates 5 to 40 pounds when facing the rear and 20 to 65 pounds when facing the front.
It has all the great features you would wish in a car seat: 7 recline positions, no-rethread harness, a layer of side impact protection, steel frame, and impact absorbing base. To accommodate your growing child, it has a 14 position harness, and 2 position buckle.
This seat is expensive and heavy. Despite that, parents love the safety that this seat provides; several parents are grateful that the seat kept their children safe when they were involved in accidents.
Easy installation using the latch or seat belt
14 position harness and 2 positions buckle with no-rethread harness
7 recline positions
Steel frame, side impact protection, and impact absorbing base
Sturdy and high quality seat
Superior safety feature
Provides superior quality
Easy to install
It is expensive
Very heavy to carry around
It does not unlatch easily.
#10. Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Car Seat
The Cosco convertible seat one of the cheapest on this list, about 60 dollars. It is also relatively light weighing 12 pounds, making it convenient for travel. The only drawback is the weight limits; rear-facing, it accommodates 5 to 40 pounds and forward-facing up to 50 pounds. Which means you can only use it for a limited time.
Leaving the weight limit aside, this seat will give your baby the perfect fit with six harness heights and three buckle positions for adjustments. It is also certified for use on an airplane. The car seat body is designed to provide side impact protection for your baby.
The Cosco seat is great for travel, safe, and comfortable for the price we can look past any other shortcomings.
5 point harness, with six heights and three buckles for adjusting
It is airplane certified
Machine washable material
Includes two cup holders
The seat is extremely affordable
Easy to install and adjust
Comfortable for the baby
Certified to use on an airplane
Offers value for money
It does not have great features in comparison
Shorter services duration due to the limited weight capacity
What To Look For When Purchasing A Car Seat For Travel Use:
Convertibility: buying the best convertible seat is wise; it serves your child from infancy to toddlerhood (approximately 5 to 65 pounds) and saving you money in the long run.
For air travel, you need to buy an infant or toddler car seat that is FAA approved. Check the sticker on the side of the seat. It should state: “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.”
Weight of the seat:
It’s important to consider the weight of the seat because you will be lifting it in and out of the car, between cars, on to trolleys, carrying it around the airport, which will also mean lifting the seat over people’s heads on the plane to carry it down the aisle. Considering these facts, a lightweight seat will be a life saver! A seat weighing about 10 pounds or thereabout should work out just fine.
Width of the seat:
It is also important to consider the width of the seat because even though a seat is FAA approved, it doesn’t mean it will fit on the plane seat.
Plane seats range from 16 to 22 inches, with most being 17 or 18 inches.
Car seats that are 18 inches and below fit in all planes easily as opposed to those that are wider.
Also, slimmer seats will fit through the airport security scanner making the whole checking process faster.
Steel reinforcement frames:
The safest car seats are those that have steel reinforced frames; they are sturdy and designed to absorb impact in case of being involved in a car wreck.
Minimal rethread harness:
Generally, car seats with no-rethread harness are favored over those that need rethreading because you do not need to dismantle the car to adjust the straps every time, especially if you will be switching kids with different heights in the same seat. Adjusting is faster and helpful in a hectic travel situation.
Car seats have different adjustability mechanisms in terms of adjusting the harness heights and buckle positions depending on the size of the child. Either rethread or no-rethread. Rethreading involves dismantling the seat and rethread the straps from one slot to the next. While with no-rethread, shoulder straps are connected to the headrest, which moves up and down along with the straps in one motion.
The buckle adjusting mechanism is also different depending on the car seat. Some require you to take out the strap from the slot and move it into a new one; others have a sliding mechanism or a push button to adjust the buckle.
It terms of cost, it’s always best to consider if you are getting what your money is worth. If you can afford, get the car seat with the best features that will keep your child safe and comfortable.
Best Travel Car Seat Sorted By Age
Below is an FAA child seat chart sorted by age, which we think might be helpful to you. It shows recommended seats for infants and babies from 0 years to 4 years and older.
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 LX
Suitable for babies 4-35 pounds Seat weighs 10 pounds Width 15.5 inches Includes 5 point harness Includes head and body insert Has an adjustable handle
Facing forward only Suitable for babies 25-50 pounds Weighs 8 pounds with a width of 14.5 inches Foldable design
Care Travel Harness
Compact and lightest ( 1 pound) Though it can be used by babies from 1 yr. old, it is suitable for babies weighing from 22- 44 pounds.
Does My Child Need A Car seat On An Airplane
There is no hard rule about it, except that every parent should seek to provide the ultimate safety for their child.
It is not a crime if a parent does not use a car seat while their child is travelling on a plane.
That said, car seats provide superior safety and comfort, especially for tiny babies and infants than an airplane seat.
The American FAA strongly recommends anyone travelling with infants less than 2 years old to use an approved child restraining device.
Also, keep in mind that using a car seat on a plane also means you have to pay for the extra plane seat you will be using the car seat on too.
Regardless of the car seat you decide to use for travelling, make sure it has FAA approval.
Tips For Using A Car Seat On An Airplane
Notify the Airline you intend on travelling with: make a call in advance and notify them you plan to travel with a car seat. Ask them to note it to your booking and provide you with written confirmation of approval, just for extra precaution.
Booking the seats: when booking the seat, put in mind that you will not be allowed to use seats in the exit rows, or any place where it could block anyone from exiting.
Rear-facing car seat: if you are using a rear-facing seat, it might prevent the person seated in front from reclining. Therefore, have one parent take the seat in front and the other one next to the baby.
Infant capsule seat with a base: put in mind that you can only use the seat part on the plane seat and that FAA has not approved any base of the capsule-style in an infant car seat for use on airplane. So, you need to store it in the overhead compartment it fits.
Booster seats: the FAA does not allow booster seats to be used on planes because they do not have a shoulder belt. If you intend to use a combination car seat/booster car seat, use the car seat with the internal harness but don’t use it as a booster seat.
Moving with your seat around the airport: maneuvering your way through the airport with a child, luggage, and a car seat can be a struggle. You can make it easier by carrying the car seat as a backpack (some car seats have that option) or invest in a car seat trolley.
I learned the hard way how important it was to do research on baby car seat sizes as I couldn’t fit the first baby car seat to my Sedan.
After learning about baby car seat regulations and knowing that I’d need to get a baby car seat immediately I deliver my newborn infant, I got a car seat without doing proper research on the car seat sizes. If you have any small car such as Toyota Corolla Sedan, you should make sure you’re getting a car seat that measures 16″ Wide or lower. They are a few car seats of such sizes and we’ve ranked the top car seats for any car with limited rear and front-seat space.
Measurements of Rear and Front Spaces of Small Cars
Below is an image of Honda Civic, one of the most popular small cars in the market
The Honda Civic above is similar to several Sedans such as Honda Fit, Honda Odyssey, Audi, Toyota Corolla, among others. Their space at the back and at the front are not as big and they score poorly on safety. Here is a scorecard for Honda Civic:
Things to consider when purchasing an infant car seat for small car:
Width, depth, and height
Weight and height limits
Front to backspace
Ease of removal
Top Car Seats for Cars with Limited Space
Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat
Baby Trend EX Flex-Loc Convertible Car Seat
Diono Radian R120
Diono Radian 3RXT Convertible
EvenFlo Lite Max 35
Chicco NextFit Zip
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35XT
Chicco KeyFit 30
Reviews Of The Best Infant Car Seats For Small Cars
1.Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat
Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat is the overall best car seat for small cars in this 2020 list. It emerged top, beating big brands such as Britax and Graco.
Diono Radian is among the best infant car seat for Toyota Corolla car models. Although this seat seems pricier, it gives you value for money in the long run because it will last you through your child’s growth. This seat takes you from the rear-facing stage for your infant, convertible stage once your baby outgrows it, and finally, the booster seat stage where your child remains until an ordinary vehicle seat belt fits them.
Additionally, this convertible seat is easy to transport by carrying it on your back, something you don’t get with most convertible seats. Diono RXT also comes with a steel frame and rear-facing top tether, which keeps the seat from moving in the event of an accident. It is also an excellent option for a twin car seat.
It is 17 inches long X 28.5 inches high X 16 inches wide
Accommodates from birth to 120 lbs.
Weighs 27 pounds
Steel frame and rear-facing top harness for enhanced safety
Fits car seats such as Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey
Excellent compact all-in-one option
Easy to transport
Saves you money in the long run
Should be the only seat you will ever need
Steel frame and rear-facing harness to secure your child
No option to carry your baby around or attach it to a travel system
Pricier in comparison
Below is a Diono Riono RXT car seat review by a Babylist scout:
2.Baby Trend EX Flex-Loc Convertible Car Seat
Baby Trend Ex-Loc convertible car seat came second on this list and we added to it here specifically because of its affordability.
Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc is a great option for a cheaper bucket-style infant seat for a small car. It is suitable for Toyota Corolla. The seat is known for being compact and one of the narrowest rear-facing car seats in the market.
4.5/5 by 90+ parents
Less than $100
#9 of top 100 infant car seats
Limits (Weight and Height)
5-30 pounds and 30″ (76.2cm)
16.2 x 14.7 x 26 inches
Come with base
Got question, call support to find if your car can be supported
Why we like it
#1 rated infant car seat for safety, and ease of installation
It is 16.2 inches long X 26 inches high X 14.7 inches wide
Weighs 17 lbs.
Rear-facing limits 5-30 pounds, up to 30 inches tall
Has a 5-point harness
EPS energy-absorbing foam giving superior side impact head protection
EPS energy-absorbing foam for head protection
It is only rear-facing
3.Diono Radian R120
Diono Radian R120 is an all-in-one convertible infant car seat; hence, it can be installed from three different angles. It is known for being tall and narrow. Diono Radians have several other infant car seats, including; Rainier, Pacifica, and Olympia. You can buy the Diono Angle Adjuster which fits underneath the seat. This tool helps cut down the large amount of space that the seat can take up when used in the rear-facing position. It also helps to hold the seat more uprightly. It is important to note, though, that you can’t use the angle adjuster for newborns. You can fold up this seat and attach LATCH straps and carry as a backpack when traveling.
Accommodate forward-facing weight of up to 80 pounds, and up to 57 inches in height
Rear-facing weight limit of 45 pounds, and up to 44 inches in height
Booster mode weight limit of 120 pounds, and up to 57 inches in height
Seat weight 26.5 pounds
Reliable extended rear-facing benchmark
The seat is compact and of good quality
Easy to install and use
They are durable
The seat is heavy
Armrests don’t stay in the open position
4.Diono Radian 3RXT Convertible
Diono Radian 3RXT is our 3rd best car seat for any small car.
This convertible car seat is narrowly and beautifully sculpted to fit in small cars. It is outstanding in safety and style despite its small size. You can fit more than one Diono seat side by side on the back with a mix of rear and forward-facing. It is a bit expensive because of the Diono-designed safety features.
Diono Radian 3RXT All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, Dark Grey
Less than $300
4.5/5 by 130+ parents
#73 of the top 100 convertible car seats on Amazon
Size of this car seat
16.1 x 16.9 x 28.4 inches
It measures 17 inches long X 28 inches high X 16 inches wide (base included)
Weighs 28 pounds
Booster seat weighing up to 120 pounds
Rear-facing limits of 5-45 pounds, and up to 30 inches tall
Forward-facing limits of up to 65 pounds
Enhanced safety features
Rear able to handle up to 45pounds
Gives you value for money
It is expensive
5.EvenFlo Lite Max 35
Evenflo LiteMax 35 Infant Car Seat is our 5th best limited-space car seat available in the market in 2020.
EvenFlo lite car seat is a professionally designed carrier seat specially made to be lightweight, and when combined with its ergonomic handle, it makes is highly portable. It is also a very comfy infant car seat; with a seat pad and a body pillow, both full of cushioning.
The seat is made out of temperature regulating material and is also easily removed for machine washing. Additionally, this seat has multiple harness and crotch positions as well as level indicators to ensure the safety of your baby.
Britax B-Safe 35 is Britax’s brand that made it to this list of small-car car seats coming 6th.
Britax B-Safe seat is designed for children between 4 and 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall. This seat is easy to install and even switch between cars. Additionally, it is compatible with Britax strollers so you can make it part of your travel system.
4.3/5 by over 120 parents
Dimension and car fitting
Rear-facing 4 to 35 pounds, seat area 13 inch D, 8.75 inch W; Dimensions 17.75 inch W x 25 inch H x 26.5 inch
#132 in Infant Safety Car Seats
Weight/ height limit of 35 pound/ 32 inches
Has a removable newborn body pad
Canopy for sun protection
Easy to install and switch between vehicles
Body pad for added comfort of your newborn
Can be used with Britax stroller
Has a canopy providing excellent coverage and sun protection
Only suitable for small babies due to its narrowness
Fabric is not very breathable
A bit heavier in comparison
Combi Coccoro is the lightest car seat with a small width and ideal for any small car. It will fit any limited space of a sedan.
Combi Coccoro infant car seats are exquisite and compact. They are built with a fitting that does interfere with other seats, with flat sides and no handles or armrests to stick out and poke. They are small front-to-back so that even with the tiniest cars, they fit with no need to pull the front seats up when the Coccoro is installed facing the rear.
Combi Coccoro Streamlined Lightweight Convertible Car Seat
Rating on Feb 2020
50% Lighter Than Other Leading Brands
Rear: 17.5″ H x 15.5″ W x 28″ D Front: 23″ H x 15.5″ W x 22″ D
Ranking on Feb 2020
#180 in Convertible Child Safety Car Seats
Less than $250
Tiny seat measuring 15.5 inches wide and 26 inches tall
Rear-facing weight/ height limits of 33 pounds/36 inches
Forward-facing weight/ height limits of 40 pounds/ 40 inches
Ability to fit in almost any car due to the small size
Does not interfere with any other seats
Low weight and height limits, so children outgrow it fast.
Clek Fllo is our 8th best car seat for small vehicles.
Clek Fllo is a narrow side-to-side convertible seat suitable for any 3-across car seat. Though it is also tall, it is designed to take less front-seat. It stands out in ensuring safety for your baby; guarantees side-impact protection by providing an adjustable headrest with deep side wings, energy-absorbing side layers, and a metal substructure. If you have a little more space, you can add on the anti-rebound bar, which reinforces up the absorption of forces in case of a collision. Additionally, the seat is made of Crypton Super Fabric, which is non-toxic and durable; it offers protection against stain, moisture, and odor-causing bacteria. Generally, Clek Fllo takes pride in being a compact seat without overlooking style, safety, and comfort.
It is less than 17 inches wide
Rear-facing weight/height limit of 50 pounds/43 inches
Forward-facing weight/ height limit of 65pounds/ 49 inches
Anti-rebound bar for improved stability and reduced force in the event of an accident
EACT technology to reduce impact for your baby in the event of an accident
Offer the highest weight and height accommodation limits on the market so far
Enhanced safety with anti-rebound bar installation
Easy to transport
Easy to install
Easy to clean
Comes in beautiful colors
It’s a bit pricier
Can’t be washed by machine
Infant insert is extra.
9.Chicco NextFit Zip
Our 9th car seat for a small car is Chicco NextFit Zip.
This convertible infant car seat is famous for its combination of features and exceptional adaptability. You will be amazed to learn that you can install this seat from 9 different angles depending on; whether the seat is facing forward or rear and the age and weight of the child.
Measures 20.5 inches front-to-back
Measures 19 inches wide and 26 inches tall
Gives you nine different angles to install from
DouGuard side impact protection
One-pull harness tightener for making harnessing easier
Removable newborn cushion insert to keep your baby secure
Multiple layers for reinforced side impact protection for your baby
The seat is sturdier in comparison to similar seats
High rating from users
Enjoy NextFit Zip’s micro-adjustability when rear-installing
It is a little expensive
Although it is a convertible seat, you will need to buy a back booster eventually
Cumbersome to move between cars
Because it is a bit slimmer, it may be hard to fit multiple NextFit Zips in some back seats.
10.Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35XT
Graco SnugRide 35 came 10th on this list.
Graco SnugRide 35 is another infant car seat suitable for Toyota Corolla. This seat is light and is also compatible with Graco strollers, giving you an easy time switching during travel. It provides four reclining positions, a removable head and body pillow. Also, the seat comes with an easy to read level indicator to guide you on installation.
Base width of 14 inches
Carrier width of 18 inches
Height length of 28 inches
Removable head and body pillow
Compatible with Graco strollers
Provides four reclining positions
Easy-to-read level indicator for you to confirm the right angle
Offers great value with affordable price
Fits well in small cars
It is light in weight
Removable head and body support ensuring your newborn is snug and secure
Easy to install
The canopy provided is a bit small
Some customers express the need to get more head support for smaller newborns
Chicco KeyFit 30 is rated as the best infant car seat for compatible with Toyota Corolla. This car seat stands out when it comes to the installation process; it has Recline Sure spring-loaded level footing and RideRight bubble indicators to ensure you get the angle right. Additionally, the underside of the seat is smooth, meaning you get no indentation marks on your car, unlike other types of car seats with rigid edges that require you to use a seat protector.
Chicco KeyFit seat also comes with a removable head and body support for your newborn and a canopy. Additionally, it has a SuperClinch tool that helps you to tighten the LATCH straps during installation. It is also compatible with Chicco strollers making it a great traveling asset.
It is 17 inches wide occupying only small space
Weight/height limit of 30 pounds/30 inches tall
Recline Sure spring level footing and RideRight bubble indicators
Compatible with Chicco strollers
Removable newborn head and body support for added comfort and security
Recline Sure spring-loaded level foot and RideRight bubble level indicator to guide your installation process
Smooth underside ensuring your car is protected
It is a bit heavy
The canopy keeps shifting places and doesn’t provide adequate protection
Lower weight and height capacity in comparison
This baby car seat has many impressive features suitable for babies across all sizes. It is designed for babies between 4 and 35 pounds, and up to 32 inches tall. Also, it is compatible with the UPPAbaby VISTA and UPPAbaby CRUZ strollers so you can make the seat part of your traveling system. It is made of breathable and moisture-wicking fabric.
Depth of 28 inches
Width of 17 inches
Height of 25 inches
Removable infant inserts for comfort
Adjustable headrest for support
No re-thread harness for adjusting straps, ensuring added comfort and safety.
Indicator window to confirm that you have installed the seat correctly
Easy to install
Indicator window that changes color to confirm proper installation
Compatible with UPPAbaby strollers
No re-thread harness
Removable infant insert for your newborn’s comfort and safety
Even the best strollers or the best travel systems can be outgrown by toddlers that grow faster than their peers with the same age bracket. In addition, there are other reasons you may want to use a toddler stroller. Reasons can range from medically-recommended situation to just riding a stroller for the sake of it.
Who said kids of age 4 and above cannot ride on a strollers? No one.
And manufacturers are taking notice. Most recent strollers available in the market in 2020 have a higher weight limit and can support weights of 50lbs to 75lbs to accommodate toddlers that have significantly more weight than their peers.
Also, most strollers nowadays have longer seats and whether you want an umbrella stroller for your big kid or a double stroller, the list below will enable you to pick the best for your toddler.
We’ve created a list of 10 best strollers for big kids below.
List of Best Strollers for Big Kids/Toddlers in 2020:
Chicco Liteway Stroller is the overall #1 pick in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 294 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.6/5. Parents like the Chicco Liteway Stroller because of its compact-fold, and durable lightweight aluminum frame.
Here are some of the great features that made us consider this stroller as the top best:
It has a lightweight aluminum frame (17 pounds).
It features an adjustable sunshade with a “peek-a-boo” opening.
A tight grip with foam-padded non-adjustable handles that are 40 inches high.
Compact fold to ease in its mobility; moreover, this stroller features a carrying handle.
Flexible 2-position leg rest for a child’s added relaxation and support.
Rear-wheel suspension and front locking swivel assure a steady ride.
Easy to apply rear brakes for parking.
Extensive storage solution with a capacious storage basket.
Built-in parent’s cup holder.
It can hold up to 40lbs comfortably.
A hide-away boot toddler enclosure.
The backrest in this stroller easily reclines to more than 3 different positions.
1. The seat is comfortable with five recliner levels to allow a child to sleep safely and comfortably. 2. The rear-wheel suspension and front locking swivel ensure a smooth and steady ride. 3. It’s lightweight(18.8lbs). It comes fully assembled and easily opens as well as it folds up. 4. It has an awesome sunshade that tilts forward to cover the child from the sun. 5. The parent’s cup holder is big. 6. Has a helpful side strap to lift and load in a vehicle or airplane. It fits in surprisingly small spaces. 7. It has a fair ergonomics design for its price. 8. Ample storage space under the backrest ideal for baby diaper bags among other parent or baby gear.
1. The shoulder straps are not permanently connected to the waist harness, which is inconvenient for most customers. 2. Not ideal on rough surfaces
2. Britax B-Free Stroller Black/Gray
Britax B-Free stroller black/gray is our 2nd best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 120 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 3.9/5. Parents like the Britax B-Free Stroller Black/Gray because of its all levels seat recline that comfortably accommodate sleeping toddlers.
All levels seat recline to accommodate sleeping toddlers.
Has 3 long-lasting rubber wheels for ultimate maneuverability and sturdiness.
Travel System enabled as it is compatible with all Britax and BOB baby car seats
Large storage basket as well as pockets for supplies
UV 50+ Strechable sunshade for protecting the child from UV light, wind and rain.
The handlebar is adjustable. This is ergonomically convenient for most parents or caregivers.
Holds up to 65 pounds
1. Slick, easy to clean, and durable fabric 2. This is an all-terrain, easy to push and smooth grind stroller. 3. Has a conveniently easy to use fastening clip cover to comfortably and securely hold the child in place on the backrest. 4. Easy one-handed fold and it unfolds easily as well; the stroller can also stand independently if the handles are positioned correctly. 5. The foam-padded handlebar is adjustable. This is ergonomically convenient for most parents or caregivers. 6. It has deep pockets on the back and a compartment underneath to ensure nothing gets left behind. 7. The canopy is huge to allow maximum protection against UV light, rain, and dust. 8. The car seat is easy to install; perfect for long strips. 9. The storage basket is conveniently accessible from the front or back.
1. The all-terrain rubber wheels offer a less cushioned – ride than with air-filled tires.
3. Britax B-Free Stroller (Frost)
Britax B-Free stroller (Frost) is our 3rd best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 120 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 3.9/5. Parents like the Britax B-Free stroller (Frost) because of its large storage basket, and an additional 7 pockets.
At just 22 pounds, the stroller holds up to 65 pounds. Has a large storage basket, and 7 pockets
Smooth-rolling thanks to the all-wheel suspension that acts as a shock – absorber.
Travel System able as it fits perfectly with all Britax and BOB baby car seats.
UV 50+ expandable canopy
Infinite stroller seat recline levels to accommodate sleeping children.
The handlebar is adjustable. This is ergonomically convenient for most parents or caregivers.
1. Its seat has a 5-point safety harness and reclines perfectly to allow your toddler to take a nap. 2. The wheels never go flat as they do not contain air-filled tubes. 3. Easy for a one-hand standing fold. 4. Has an adjustable calf rest. 5. It has 6-position adjustable handlebar ensuring proper ergonomics for people of all heights 6. The stroller comes with click-and-go receivers that support a variety of baby car seats. 7. The stroller is lightweight at just 22 pounds and holds up to 65 pounds. 8. It has 7 storage pockets and a big storage basket for basic supplies and toys. 9. It has an enormous canopy to protect the occupant UV rays, wind, and rain
1. The all-terrain rubber wheels offer a less cushioned – ride than with air-filled tires.
4. J Is For Jeep Brand Scout Stroller
J Is For Jeep Brand Scout Stroller is our 4th best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 15 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.2/5. Parents like the J Is For Jeep Brand Scout Stroller because it is inexpensive yet feature-loaded.
Has some reflective material for safety enhancement. Extendable stylish canopy with sun visor; also has a peek-a-boo window that allows the caregiver to keep a watch on the toddler.
Fast and compact umbrella fold design with an automatic locking latch.
Multiple positions reclining seat
Ample storage with an undercarriage case, rear canopy bag, and removable side pocket
Parent cup holder
A five-point seat safety harness with soft shoulder pads
7-inch rear and 6-inch front tires; easy step breaks on the rear wheels; the front wheels swivel aiding effortless movement
Adjustable two handles that rotate into eight different positions
Lightweight at 16.1 lbs; It is JPMA certified; and meets ASTM and applicable CPSC standards
1. Extendable stylish canopy with sun visor to protect the toddler from the sun; additionally, it has a peek-a-boo window that allows the caregiver to keep a watch on the toddler. 2. A five-point seat safety harness with soft shoulder pads enhances the toddler’s comfort at all times 3. Ample storage with an undercarriage case, rear canopy bag, and a removable side pocket 4. Great stability with the 7-inch rear and 6-inch front tires; there easy step breaks on the rear wheel. 5. Fast and compact umbrella fold design with an automatic locking latch. 6. The two adjustable plastic handles rotating into eight different positions (360 degrees) are great with diverse heights of parents; they are easy to sanitize too.
1. The wheels are not all-terrain
5. Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller
Britax 2017 B-Agile Stroller is our 5th best Stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 36 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.7/5. Parents like the Britax 2017 B-Agile stroller because it is lightweight and maneuvers great on all-wheel suspension.
Lightweight(18 pounds) aluminum frame and holds up to 55 pounds
Travel System able: works harmoniously with all Britax and BOB infant car seats
UV 50+ ventilated canopy and large storage basket for ease and convenience
3 wheel, lightweight stroller with 1 hand quick fold to aid movement
The seat infinitely reclines to accommodate the occupant’s needs
1. Travel System fit as it is compatible with all Britax and BOB infant car seats 2. Easy to fold/unfold with one hand; it even has a handle to carry. 3. Lightweight(18 pounds) aluminum frame and holds up to 55 pounds 4. The basket is quite large to hold a couple of baby suppliers, there are also zipped pockets. 5. The all-wheel suspension set-up warrants a non-bumpy ride. 6. The stroller has great cornering ability and the linked parking brakes enhance safety. 7. The enormous sunshade canopy is great in blocking the sun, wind, and dust. 8. The design is minimalist but stylish.
1. No cup holders. 2. Non – adjustable handlebar though at 40.5 inches high, it’s not a problem for most caregivers.
6. Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W
Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W is our 6th best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 201 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.8/5. Parents like the Baby Jogger 2016 City Mini 3W stroller because of its easy compact fold.
3 wheeled, 8 inches EVA tire tread with lockable swivel front wheels and front wheel suspension
Easy one-step fold
The seat has a 50 pounds weight capacity and reclines on multiple levels.
Lightweight – a little under 18 pounds – compact and nimble
UB 50plus adjustable sun canopy; boasts of two peek a boo windows
1. It is a travel fit stroller after procuring a relevant car seat adapter. This makes it work harmoniously with multiple mainstream infant car brands such as Chicco and Britax 2. Easy one-handed fold & unfold & store in your car 3. Has perfect height user – friendly rubber handlebars 4. UB 50plus adjustable sun canopy; boasts of two peek a boo window. 5. The seat has a mesh back great for airflow since the sunshade doesn’t have any 6. It’s conveniently lightweight; it rides on 8 inch EVA tires and has an easy to use braking system. 7.Solid 5-point seat belt harness system plus multiple seat recline-levels for comfort.
1. The handlebar is nonadjustable. However, at 41.5 inches high, most people will find it fine. 2. The seating position is not very upright and when the seat reclines it reduces the already small storage space to nothing substantial.
7. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is our 7th best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 4067 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.5/5. Parents like the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller because it is an almost all-terrain stroller.
4 position recline seat, 5 point safety harness and a height limit of 43 inches.
Ample storage; It includes an extra-large storage basket( maximum of 10 lbs), a rear storage pouch, and a cup holder.
A lightweight stroller with a tough aluminum frame that weighs just 13 pounds and holds up to 50 pounds.
Shock-free front wheels and lockable rear wheels; All wheels are 6-inches.
Easy compact fold with a carrying strap and auto-lock easing its storage and mobility.
The adjustable and detachable canopy with flip out sun visor is ideal for sunny days.
1. The shock-free front wheels prevent abrupt jolts while the lockable rear wheels assure stability; all wheels are 6-inch and offer a smooth ride on various different surfaces. 2. This lightweight stroller is well built in both its frame as well as seat fabric. 3. The handlebars are well-suited for taller parents. 4. The adjustable and detachable canopy with flip out sun visor is large and ideal for sunny days. 5. Easy compact fold with a carrying strap and auto-lock easing its storage and mobility. 6. The 4 position recline seat and 5 point safety harness are perfect for the sleeping position, especially for long trips. 7. Ample storage; It includes an extra-large storage basket( maximum of 10 lbs), a rear storage pouch, and a cup holder that are not available in its cheaper versions.
1. Quite low to the ground, not ideal for tall kids. 2. Canopy lacks a peek- a- boo window, so you’re unable to see your child from above while pushing the stroller. 3. Available only within the USA
8. J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller
J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller is our 8th best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 660 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.3/5. Parents like the J is for Jeep Brand North Star Stroller because it offers the toddler a comfortable breezy ride.
Lightweight(11.68 pounds), strong frame for maximum portability and holds up to 40 pounds.
Travel-ready compact umbrella fold.
Cozy ride: On sunny days the padded seat can roll up to expose a mesh back. This creates a comfy headrest for the child and allows increased air circulation for a cooling effect. Has calf support and footrest too.
5.5 Inches front & back wheels. Front anti-shock swivel wheels.
Stretchable European style canopy with sun visor
3-point safety harness
Extra-long easy to grip foam handles; a parent’s cup holder and a storage basket to hold your travel gear.
JPMA verified to meet or surpass all safety standards set by the CPSC & ASTM. Has a 90-day manufacturer warranty.
1. Travel-ready compact umbrella fold; great for trips. 2. Great maneuverability with 5.5 Inches front & back wheels. Front anti-shock swivel wheels and dual brake rear wheels. 3. Stretchable European style canopy with a sun visor that has an all the way down position to block out the sun completely from upper body/face 4. Extra-long easy to grip foam handles for perfect ergonomics. 5. A parent’s cup holder and a storage basket to hold your travel gear. 6. Cozy ride: On sunny days the padded seat can roll up to expose a mesh back. This creates a comfy headrest for the child and allows increased air circulation for a cooling effect. 7. Has calf support and footrest too.
1. The seat does not recline. Impossible for a child to sleep. 2. Straps are shallow since safety harness does not include shoulder straps.
9. Costzon Baby Jogger Stroller
Costzon Baby Jogger Stroller is our 9th best stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 41 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 3.6/5. Parents like the Costzon Baby Jogger Stroller because of its front shock-free swivel wheels that are capable of a 360 turn and ease maneuverability.
It has a metal frame, weighs at 33 lbs, and suitable for toddlers of up to 36 months.
Easy to fold and it is very compact thus space-saving; moreover it stands on itself after folding.
A large storage basket underneath is ideal for holding suppliers. It is also equipped with a parent cup holder and a detachable child’s tray with 2 cup holders.
Flexible Oxford sun canopy to protect the occupant UV rays, wind, and rain
Front lockable, shock-free swivel wheels capable of a 360 turn ease maneuverability
It has a 5-point safety harness, to ensure the child is safely seated. The backrest reclines to three different levels to even allow a child to sleep with a manufacturer-provided cushion.
1. It is lightweight and easy to fold and load in a car. 2. The 3-level backrest recline that allows the baby to sit all the way up or lay completely down to sleeping with a manufacturer-provided cushion is great. 3. Flexible pull-down Oxford sun canopy to protect the occupant against UV rays, wind, and rain 4. Sturdiness-Front lockable, shock-free swivel wheels are capable of a 360 turn and ease maneuverability. 5. Fair value for money.
1. There have been complaints about defective parts and overall build quality. 2. Low weight capacity at just 33 pounds. 3. Not compatible with most car seats.
10. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller
Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller is our 10th best Stroller in this list of best strollers for toddlers in 2020. Over 1337 parents have reviewed it on Amazon and as of Jan 2020, it has an average rating of 4.3/5. Parents like the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller because it is conveniently lightweight(only 11.8 lbs); perfect for traveling as well as day trips to the park or shopping mall.
Reclining seat(although not completely flat) with a 5-point safety restraint system and holds a child up to 40 pounds and 40 inches tall.
A large, easily accessible storage basket to hold the baby’s gear; detachable child tray with dual holders, and parent tray with dual water bottle holders and an additional storage area.
Lightweight(only 11.8 lbs), perfect for traveling as well as day trips to the park or shopping mall.
Three-level expansive canopy for most UV protection with a peek-a-boo window to monitor the infant.
Easily assembles, handy one-hand and self-standing fold, ideal for car travel and holidays.
Awesome customer service and support.
1. Easily assembles, handy one-hand and self-standing fold, ideal for car travel and holidays. 2. Has an awesomely large and easily accessible storage basket to hold the baby’s gear; detachable child tray with dual holders, and parent tray with dual water bottle holders and an additional storage area. 3. Lightweight(only 11.8 lbs), easily assembles and is perfect for traveling as well as day trips to the park or shopping mall. 4. The 3-level expansive canopy protects the child from comfort-killing elements while the peek-a-boo window allows the caregiver to monitor the infant. 5. The seat reclines (although not completely flat), has a 5-point safety harness and holds a child up to 40 pounds and 40 inches tall. 6. Awesome customer service and support with one-year manufacturer warranty
1. The backrest does not recline completely flat. 2. The plastic tires do not offer much for comfort and a smooth roll.