While traveling with your child, it’s important to have them safely and securely fastened in your vehicle with the proper car seat. Many parents are choosing to purchase a convertible car seat since they adapt and convert as your baby grows older. They save you money since you won’t have to buy a new car seat once your baby becomes a toddler.
Knowing which one is right for you depends solely on what you’re looking for in a car seat. Do you want one that is comfortable? Is price an important factor to you? Are you looking for a specific brand or model? If you’re completely lost or just trying to see which one’s are out there – below I have outlined the top 5 best rated and safest convertible car seats of 2013.
Diono RadianRXT Convertible Car Seat
- As my absolute favorite choice for 2013, the Diono RadianRXT Convertible Car Seat is probably the highest quality choice currently available with plenty of features that are sure to impress any mom or dad.
- Featuring an adjustable head support system with 12 different positions, expandable sides, infant body support cushions, and a longer seat bottom for maximum comfort and leg support – it’s not surprising that it’s rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com by nearly 300 consumers.
- Rear Facing: 5-45 lbs. Forward Facing: 20-80 lbs. Booster Mode: up to 120 lbs. or 57 inches tall.
- Built with a steel alloy frame and energy absorbing EPS foam to protect your child from injury.
- Memory foam padding gives a ‘custom-like’ feel that children enjoy – making those long road trips more bearable.
- Backed by a 1 year limited warranty.
- Available in 8 different color options.
Britax Marathon 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat
- Another great option is the Britax Marathon 70-G3 which utilizes several safety features designed to keep children up to 70 lbs. as safe as possible in your vehicle.
- The base of the seat is made using ‘Safecell Technology’ that compresses in the event of a crash. This lowers the center of gravity and literally counteracts the forward rotation of the seat that can normally cause the unit to push forward into the front seat.
- Built with steel bars for maximum structural integrity that reduces forward flexing motion during impact.
- 5 point safety harness that will never tangles and provides plenty of cushion for your child. Using the specially designed ‘HUGS’ (Harness Ultra Guard System), the Britax Marathon 70-G3 resists forward movement with high impacts.
- Protected from side impacts with deep side walls that are lined with EPP energy absorbing foam to help distribute crash forces evenly.
- Available in 5 different color options.
Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat
- The Recaro ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat is a top rated choice that utilizes side impact protection to protect all 5 vulnerable areas of your child including their torso, pelvis, face, neck, and head.
- Use as ‘Rear Facing’ for children who weigh between 5 and 35 lbs. and are less than 37.5 inches tall. Use as ‘Forward Facing’ for children who weigh between 20 and 70 lbs and are under 50 inches tall.
- Very easy to install and adjust as needed. Thanks to the easy-adjust turn dial, parents can get a comfortable and effective fit without any hassle.
- Integrated 5 point safety harness with ample padding on the shoulders to keep them cozy on long car rides.
- EPS energy absorbing foam is used throughout the constructions to lessen the impact in the event of an accident.
- Available in a wide range of 9 different color options to best suit your style.
Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat
- Features 3 different positions that face forward to allow the safest and most comfortable ride possible and to fit a wide variety of children of different ages.
- The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat is available in 3 different color options. Garent, which is of a dark gray color and trimmed in red. Matrix, which has black, light gray, and red accents. Valerie, a perfect choice for girls since it is pink and gray.
- Made from a special kind of energy absorbing foam known as EPS which is re-enforced with a steel frame. This helps keep your child safe during their ride.
- Tested multiple times in crash scenarios to determine that it’s a safe product that meets or exceeds US safety standards.
- Children are fastened in with a 5 point safety harness that converts to a belt or a backless booster depending on their size and age.
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat
- 3 in 1 features 3 different uses for the growing weight of your little one. Rear facing is ideal for 5-35 lbs. Forward facing is ideal for 22-40 lbs. Belt positioning seat is ideal for those from 40 to 100 lbs.
- The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat reclines to various different positions allowing for optimum comfort by selecting the right angle you desire.
- Cup holder can be removed if you don’t have any use for it.
- Built in arm rests pivot so they can be out of the way while not in use.
- Head is supported with a large, plush pillow that can be removed if desired.
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