Based on our toddler car seat reviews, another option to take into consideration when buying one which also comes highly recommended is the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1, simply because it’s one of the most affordable seats for its quality. At only around $150, I almost settled for this seat before I came across the Britax Marathon which just seems to be more snug and cushiony.
When you go to buy your toddler a new car seat, all the reviews can be overwhelming. There are reviews from individual users, Consumer Reports, baby websites, car seat manufacturers, and mommy bloggers. Wading through all the information to select the best car seat for your little one is difficult but important. Here are some tips for understanding toddler car seat reviews, and how they apply to your child.
The minimum age to switch your child to front facing in their car seat is two years old, but many parents rear face longer. In most cases, rear facing car seats keep babies and toddlers much safer. Many convertible car seats have relatively high weight maximums for rear facing, but some models only go up to 35 pounds. If you have a bigger (or taller) toddler, you may want to find a car seat that allows you to rear face longer if that is important to you. Make this decision before you start reading toddler car seat reviews.
The best way to see what will fit in your car is often to try car seats out. You can read toddler car seat reviews first to narrow down your options, then visit your local baby store to try them in your car. If you have a smaller car or coupe, some larger car seats may not fit very well rear facing. Also, if you are trying to fit multiple car seats in your car you may need to find ones that fit comfortably. For example, the Diono Radian convertible car seat fits three across if you have three babies or toddlers in car seats.