HOW TO CHOOSE A CAR SEAT
Whether you're expecting your very first baby or shopping for a lively toddler, every Chicco car seat is engineered for comfort, safety, and peace of mind. World-class innovation and user-friendly touchpoints make Chicco car seats reassuringly easy to install and to secure your little one, making every ride that much safer.
What is an infant car seat?
An infant car seat is rear-facing only and consists of two parts—a removable, bucket-style seat and a base that remains securely installed in your car. Designed for easy portability, they can click into a stroller without disturbing your baby. For babies up to 35 lbs. or 35 inches
- Go to and from the car without unbuckling and disturbing your baby
- Share one car seat between multiple vehicles with an extra base
- Click your car seat directly into a stroller for on-the-go convenience
- Be ready to transition into a convertible car seat within 1-2 years when your baby outgrows her infant car seat
How long will I use an infant car seat?
All car seats come with a height and weight limit for use. Once your baby reaches either of those milestones—typically, within 1-2 years for infant seats—it’s time to move on to a convertible or 4-in-1 car seat
What is a convertible car seat?
Convertible refers to two modes of use—rear-facing for newborns and toddlers to forward-facing when height or weight requirements are met. Multiple recline and headrest settings in both modes keep your baby comfortable and secure. Time to graduate from the convertible when your child is 65 lbs. or 49 inches
- Transition smoothly from rear-facing to forward-facing with a car seat that converts
- Keep your little one rear-facing up to 40 lbs
- Get one single car seat that will last from infant through preschool
- If you choose a convertible for your infant, keep in mind that it won't click into a stay-in-car base or strollers
What is a 4-in-1 car seat?
The 4-in-1 car seat or All-in-One is designed for extended use. Go from rear-facing to forward-facing to booster mode with ease. Adjustable features accommodate each of the four stages of car seat use children grow through—infant, toddler, preschooler and big kid. One car seat that does it all
- Purchase a single car seat that safely secures your child from infant through big kid
- Keep your little one in the safer, rear-facing position for longer – up to 40 lbs.
- Easily transition from rear-facing, to forward-facing and booster mode
- An all-in-one is not portable or stroller friendly like a traditional infant car seat
- Some wear is to be expected over the life of the seat, though seat fabrics are machine washable
- You miss out on the milestone of graduating to a new car seat
What is a harness + booster car seat?
A harness + booster combination seat transitions from a toddler to big kid car seat. Use the integrated 5-point harness until your child is big enough—at least 4 years old—to buckle up using the vehicle seat belt. Belt-positioning guides ensure a proper fit in booster mode, every time
- Keep your growing toddler comfortable and content in a big-kid style seat that’s equipped with the reassuring security of a five-point harness
- Maintain five-point harness protection for as long as possible with a seat that converts; you choose when to transition to belt-positioning mode
- Free up your convertible car seat for a younger sibling without rushing big brother/sister to the vehicle seat belt before you’re ready
- Harness+Booster car seats from Chicco do not have a removable backrest to create a backless booster
What is a belt-positioning booster seat?
There are two types of belt-positioning booster seats—high-back and backless. A high-back booster offers head and torso protection plus rigid seat belt guides while a backless booster is lightweight and portable. Both are designed to position your child so they can be properly secured by the vehicle safety belt
- Choose between the head and shoulder protection of a high-back booster or the lightweight portability of a backless booster
- If you decide on a high-back booster up front, you can remove the backrest later to create a backless booster
- Belt-positioning boosters from Chicco do not have a harness option, so make sure your big kid is at least 4 years old and mature enough to buckle in using the seat belt
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