Best Car Seats for Babies and Toddlers

Going for a ride? Keep baby as safe and comfy as possible in one of these cool car seats.

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Ready to Ride!

New moms have so many choices in infant car seats these days -- it's hard to pick out just one! We've reviewed and picked some of our favorite (and affordable) car seats here to make your search easier. Find out the features we love on each one.

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Chicco's KeyFit 30 Car Seat

Installing the base of Chicco's KeyFit 30 is no biggie thanks to a built-in level and LATCH connectors that don't require superhuman strength to use. Click in the seat and go! ($190;

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Maxi-Cosi's Prezi Car Seat

The harness lifts up and out of the way, making it easy to tuck your baby into Maxi-Cosi's Prezi. A boot keeps her legs warm, and a generous canopy shields her from the sun. ($289;

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Cybex's Aton Car Seat

Not only does Cybex's sleek Aton boast a safety-conscious design -- it also weighs a mere 8½ pounds. Translation: Toting Baby won't give you a backache. ($269;

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UPPAbaby's MESA Car Seat

UPPAbaby's MESA has a smooth base to protect your car's upholstery, and pockets that prevent the metal buckles from becoming poker-hot if you park in the sun. ($280;

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Graco's SnugRide Click Connect 40 Car Seat

Graco's SnugRide Click Connect 40 holds a toddler up to age 2 and 40 pounds, so you can keep your tot rear-facing for two years without switching to a new seat. ($220;

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Britax's BOB B-Safe Car Seat

The BOB B-Safe, by Britax, has an energy-absorbing foam liner for strong side-impact protection. Love the tangle-free harness straps and nice price tag too! ($200;

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Snugli Car Seat

The Snugli Car Seat gives you the most bang for your buck -- it's 25 percent lighter than comparable car seats without compromising on safety. ($150;

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JJ Cole's Newport Car Seat

Tired of basic black? JJ Cole's Newport offers moms the option of purchasing six different colored canopies that they can switch out whenever they are looking for a change. ($200;

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OnBoard Air 35 Car Seat

The folks at Safety 1st designed the OnBoard Air 35 with Mom in mind. The car seat comes with a special Carry Curve handle so lugging Baby isn't such a pain. ($160;

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Summer Infant's Prodigy Car Seat

The Prodigy from Summer Infant helps first-timers and pros alike with installation. A Smart Screen gives you a smile when you've done the job right. ($140;

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Baby Trend's Inertia Car Seat

The Inertia from Baby Trend can recline more than your typical infant car seat, which they claim helps your little tot relax. ($180;

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, patterns, and availabilities are subject to change.

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How to Install a Car Seat

Never installed a car seat before? Don't worry! Watch this video to learn how to install one safely and correctly like a pro.

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