Toddler Car Seats: Not Pretty, But Necessary

I won’t argue the harness vs. lap belt debate. Let’s just say I will keep my children strapped into a car seat for as long as possible. I would like to make them wear helmets or have a HANS Device too. Anyway, due to the size of these car seats, some parents just want a more streamline option. I do admit, the booster seats are prettier.

Let’s look at some of the toddler seats with 5-point harness systems:

orbit-toddlerOne of the bestsellers, according to BabyEarth, is the Orbit Baby Toddler seat. In fact, they are currently sold out. It’s sleek, sophisticated, safe and goes up to 50 pounds. Retails for $360 at BabyEarth.


Next on the list is the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat and it is a much better price. You can get all of the safety features minus some of the luxury, for about half the cost as this car seat retails for $160 at BabyEarth. It holds children up to 65 pounds.

recaroAnother good-looking, popular model is the Recaro Young Sport Car Seat. This is one is intended for toddlers, but as they grow into the 30-80 pound range, it is recommended that you use a lap belt. If you want to use the harness, it goes up to 40 pounds. You can find this beauty at BabyEarth for $249.

britax-frontierThe last one I’m going to mention is the Britax. You can’t do a list of car seats without mentioning them! This is a hulk of a car seat otherwise known as the Frontier. It is big! It weighs 23 pounds by itself!  But it also holds a child up to 80 pounds in the harness. You can use it as a booster too. Retails for $229 at BabyEarth.

The Britax Chaperone for Babies on the Moooove

britaxMommyQ is a huge fan of Britax car seats. While not every car seat we have is Britax, we do have two that are and I’m constantly impressed by them. I blogged about the new Britax Advocate Convertible Car Seat earlier this month and want to mention the new Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat.

In addition to the fun ‘Cow Bay’ print – yes, I’m a fan of all types of animal prints! – the list of features is impossible to ignore. This is why Britax is one of the leading car seat manufacturers around:

  • Tangle Free, 5 Point Harness with 7 harness heights and 2 buckle positions for a snug and secure fit
  • True Side Impact Protection shields from vehicle intrusion, contains head and  body, and keeps head, neck and spine aligned to limit injury and distributes crash forces
  • Anti-Rebound Bar stabilizes child seat by minimizing rotational forces associated with front and rear collisions
  • Ergonomic Carry Handle allows comfortable carrying of child in carrier by contouring to forearm and body
  • Extra Large Canopy protects baby from rain, harmful UV rays and blocks wind
  • Front Harness Adjuster provides easy front adjustment when loosening the harness system
  • Easy to Install Seat-to-Base design self-guides carrier into proper locked position

This is just a partial list! Check out all of the features at BabyEarth, where you can buy a Britax Chaperone for $230.

The New Britax Advocate Car Seat

britax-advocateIt’s hard to deny the award-winning safety features that come with a Britax car seat. Now the Marathon, Frontier, Roundabout, Boulevard, Decathlon and Regent have welcomed a new member to the family – the Advocate CS Convertible Car Seat.

This convertible car seat is brimming with all of thye safety features you expect from Britax, plus a few new ones.  This is an especially exciting car seat because it hold a child up to 65 pounds forward-facing. That’s big news for those of us who want our kids in 5-point harness systems for as long as possible.

Features include:

– Click & Safe feature is an audible aide to help determine when the harness is secure by clicking when the harness straps are snug

– True Side Impact Protection with deep side walls and head support to provide advanced protection in side impact collisions

– Side Impact Cushion Technology that reduces side impact crash energy by 50%, by diverting crash forces away from the child

– Easy-turn knob quickly adjusts the headrest and harness height without having to uninstall the seat

– Higher forward-facing weight capacity allows children to remain harnessed up to 65 pounds

– An energy absorbing base is designed to deform in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces

– Tangle-free, five-point harness ensures a snug and secure fit

– Premium push-button LATCH connectors provide a quick, simple and tight installation

– Unique features include the patented Versa-Tether to minimize forward movement in a crash, and rear & forward-facing recline for child comfort and a body pillow for positioning

You can buy the Advocate at select baby shops right now like BabyEarth. Retails for $369.