The Graco Backless TurboBooster's safety ratings are definitely impressive. The IIHS awarded this seat the coveted “Best Bet” designation for its outstanding ability to protect riders in the event of an accident. Aesthetically speaking, this booster's Disney Cars pattern will appeal to children of all ages. The colorful seat, with solid black accents and white piping, brightens up a car's interior while supplying dual hideaway cup holders and removable padded seat cushions. Note: A pink Disney princess seat is available for those children who might prefer a different design.

The additional support plus the way a rear-facing car seat moves in a crash gives your baby the best chance of survival and less chance of injury in a crash. The simple way to estimate crash force is weight times speed. A 10-pound baby in a 30 mph crash would experience an estimated 300 pounds of force. A rear-facing car seat spreads that 300 pounds of force over a greater body area, causing less injury to the baby. The difference can be seen in a video comparing rear-facing and forward facing car seats in a crash test.
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The Chicco KidFit is for kids who weigh between 30 and 110 pounds and are between 38" and 57" tall. The back of the seat can be removed, depending on your and your child’s preferences, and the booster seat has easy-to-use seat belt guides. Further, it features 10-position head and shoulder side-impact protection, as well as a contoured, reclining seat with double foam padding for both protection and comfort. Finally, both the seat and ​armrests have removable, washable covers, making it easy to keep the car seat clean.
One of the biggest advantages is the anti-rebound bar that offers more support and safety for your child. The lowest harness settings fit smaller babies, but the model also fits babies that tend to be longer and taller (up to 35 pounds) so you can keep them in a rear-facing seat longer. The different settings for height and width make this a perfect fit for almost everyone.

Britax is known for top-of-the-line quality. Britax car seats may cost a bit more than some others. This is because every Britax car seat is manufactured to the highest quality standards and is designed to deliver superior safety and enhanced comfort. With careful attention paid to each detail from the shell to the stitching, you can count on a well-made product. That said, Britax offers an extensive range of car seats with an option for just about every budget.

My top pick is the Britax Marathon ClickTight. Ask nearly any owner and they’ll have nothing but praise for this seat. Britax puts a lot of effort into making sure their instructions are clear and their seats are as easy as possible to install and secure your child in. Steel bars are used to reinforce the structure and side impact protection is built in. The Marathon has a large range of adjustment and will fit children up to 40 pounds rear facing, or 65 pounds and 49” front facing. The fabric is easily cleaned and very comfortable for extended trips. While the full Britax convertible car seat line is excellent (including the Advocate and Boulevard) I feel the Marathon is the best value.
Our comments: A niche product. Great for travel, carpooling and tight 3-across situations. We recommend only for older kids who weigh at least 40 lbs., don’t sleep in the car and are mature enough to sit properly in a booster. Newest models have updated lap belt guides which are easier for kids to use. The BubbleBum has a Best Bet rating from IIHS. See our BubbleBum review here.
One in three children who die in auto accidents aren't protected by seat belts or car seats, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since the implementation of laws and national awareness campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, deaths have plummeted. In children younger than a year, for example, the proper use of car seats has reduced deaths by 71%.
A backless booster seat must be used with a lap and a shoulder belt. These work together to keep your child safe. These are considered the most efficient booster seats because they are easy to move from car to car. However, there are a few fit requirements: your car needs to have a headrest, and your child’s ears must be no less than one inch below the top of the vehicle headrest when he is sitting down.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children remain in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible; until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat (August, 2018). Previously, the AAP specified children should remain rear-facing at least to age 2; the new recommendation removes the specific age milestone. The AAP stated that there is not a large enough set of data to determine with certainty at what age it is safest to turn children to be forward-facing and that keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.  
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While it only took us about 20 minutes to fit the car seat into our midsize SUV, from taking it out of the box to locking it in, the Britax uses a ClickTight system rather than the typical LATCH system so it takes getting used to. However, after removing and replacing it in the rear-facing position in under 10 minutes, we understand why many customers prefer ClickTight.
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Our comments: Budget-friendly seats for extended rear-facing! 2 year age minimum age for forward-facing use. Both Sonus & Stratos fit a wide range of kids – from small babies to older kids ready for a booster. Lightweight and great for traveling. LATCH weight limit is higher than most other seats on the market. These seats lack a lockoff for seatbelt installations so you must read your vehicle owner’s manual to determine how your seatbelts lock in order to properly install this carseat with seatbelt. Check out our Comparison of Convertible Seats Under $100.
Except, when you try to install it, you discover it barely fits. The LATCH straps won’t reach the hooks in the seat. It’s impossible to get the seat angled properly so baby’s head won’t slump. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot get it strapped tightly enough, so the seat is flopping around everywhere. There’s no way you can bring baby home in a car seat that just won’t work.
When you are using a booster seat, always read the owner’s manual of both the car and the booster seat first. You will get great tips and tricks that will make installation much easier and more efficient. Most booster seats come with a plastic clip or guides that will help you to correctly position the vehicle lap and shoulder belts. Even more, your car may come with moveable pieces that you can use to adjust the clips and keep everything aligned. This is mostly true in newer cars. Another thing to be aware of is whether or not your car has lower anchors or attachments – this information should be readily available in the car booklet. 

Kids spend more time in cars than they ever have before, so it’s vital to ensure they’re adequately protected at every age and stage. And if you have a child who’s 7 going on 27, she may be ready to give up the “baby” seat and ride like a grown up. She might put up a fuss about riding in a booster seat, especially if it still looks like it’s made for a little kid. The good thing is, that many booster seats available today have a more mature, grown-up look that your kid may actually love.
Newborns may not be allowed to leave the hospital in a convertible car seat. Rules vary from hospital to hospital, but in general, a newborn child cannot be transported home from the hospital in anything other than a rear-facing car seat. Yes, the argument could be made that a convertible car seat meets the safety criteria of a rear-facing infant model. However, most hospitals strictly interpret state car seat laws as applicable only to car seats with no forward-facing capabilities whatsoever.
Overall, parents are satisfied with this seat. If you need a secondary seat for grandparents or a second car or do a lot of flying, this would be a good choice for its narrow profile and is lightweight enough to carry through the airport. For an everyday seat or one that needs to be switched from car to car often, you might want to consider other seats first.
Overall, most parents were happy with this seat. However, the lightweight construction makes some of them nervous about safety. Keep in mind that the only real job of a booster seat is to lift up the child so that the vehicle belt fits him properly. It’s the vehicle belt that will do the protecting in a crash, not the booster. This would be a good seat for those who are always on the go and often switch up vehicles but maybe not padded well enough or sturdy enough to go on long road trips.
Differences Between Size4Me/MySize & Contender: Size4Me 65 and its “clones” (MySize 65 & Fit4Me 65) are rated from 4 lbs. because of their infant insert cushion which helps to fit smaller newborns better than Contender, which doesn’t have the same insert and starts at 5 lbs. Contender has a different base design with a flip foot that you move back and forth for rear-facing and forward-facing. Size4Me has premium push-on LATCH connectors while Contender has basic hook-style connectors. Contender is generally about $30 cheaper, a few pounds lighter and its headwings are shaped differently.
Our comments: This unique “kid-positioner” fits kids bigger, older kids when traditional boosters don’t. Its short stature boosts those bigger kids up just enough for proper belt fit while its plain design makes it look more like a vehicle cushion than a booster. Shorter adults have even been known to use it to improve belt fit! See our preview and kid-written review of this terrific product.
Britax is known for top-of-the-line quality. Britax car seats may cost a bit more than some others. This is because every Britax car seat is manufactured to the highest quality standards and is designed to deliver superior safety and enhanced comfort. With careful attention paid to each detail from the shell to the stitching, you can count on a well-made product. That said, Britax offers an extensive range of car seats with an option for just about every budget.
Booster seats always have to be used with a lap and shoulder belt, unless you have a booster seat with a harness (rare). Instruct your child to NEVER place the shoulder belt behind their back or under their arm. If it’s rubbing their neck too much, they likely still need to be in a harnessed seat OR you can use shoulder belt positioning clips to ensure a better fit (see below).
During a crash, occupants will travel towards the point of impact. When a child is forward facing in a 50km/h frontal accident, the force of the crash pushes the head forward at 180-300kg and thrusts the neck, arms and legs forward while the harness holds the child’s underdeveloped rib cage in the seat. In crash tests, the neck of the crash test dummy has been stretched as much as 2 inches. However the spine cannot be stretched more than a quarter of an inch before transecting/snapping. This in conjunction with force of the car crash can lead to catastrophic injuries, internal organs damage, paralysis or even death. This is one of the main risks associated with using forward facing car seats.
Forward-facing only seats can be broken into two groups: forward-facing harnessed seats and combination seats. Forward-facing harnessed seats are seats that can only be used with the 5-point harness in the forward-facing position and do not convert for any other mode of usage. Combination seats are much more common and can be used with the 5-point harnesses and then converted to a belt-positioning booster seat after the harness is outgrown.
Specifically designed for newborns and younger babies, infant car seats may only be used in the rear-facing position. Experts unanimously agree that this is the safest position, and most recommend starting out with an infant car seat. At the time of this writing, all Britax infant car seats feature the Click & Go system for effortless connection to any Britax stroller.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants ride rear-facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. When infants outgrow their rear-facing–only seat, a convertible seat installed rear facing is needed. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
Many police and fire departments now have officers/firefighters who are certified child passenger technicians. You can contact your local police force to ask. Otherwise, you can search for local car seat inspection centers and professional installers near you. The technicians will be able to verify if your car seat is safely installed and help you do it the right way.

Once again, a high back booster seat must be used with a lap and a shoulder belt. This is good for a car that doesn’t have headrests, but it can be used in a vehicle that does have them as well so long as the back of the booster sits flush against the back of the vehicle seat. The high back booster is particularly good for smaller children that still like to nap in the car or for families that drive in a lot of stop and go traffic, as it prevents whiplash.
Our comments: Consumers are encouraged to always use the seatbelt with the ClickTight system to install these seats. Very easy to install properly rear-facing or forward-facing with ClickTight. Very easy to use correctly. Excellent option for extended rear-facing for kids under 40 lbs. Fits newborns very well. If you don’t need the maximum recline angle (for a newborn or very young baby), then these seats do not take up a lot of space when rear-facing so they are a good option for smaller vehicles. Anti-rebound bar (ARB) accessory is available for purchase if you want that additional feature. See our full review of the Britax Marathon CT here, full review of the Britax Boulevard CT here. See our full review of the Britax Advocate CT with ARB here.
Very young children are especially at risk for head and spinal cord injuries because their bones and ligaments are still developing. Their heads are also proportionately larger than their necks, so the structural support system is still a little wobbly. Rear-facing seats give the best support to your child's head, neck, and spine, and prevent your child's head from being thrown away from his body in the event of a car crash.
Some parents have reported that they feel like the seat loosens more frequently than other seats, but it could be due to vehicle seat design, user error, or a wiggly child. Even if your child doesn’t move a lot, it might be a smart idea to check the seat for looseness regularly. There have been no recent recalls of this seat, however. But be sure to thoroughly inspect all parts and if anything is broken or malfunctioning, contact the seller and ask for a refund or exchange.
Our comments: Don’t confuse these specific SnugRide SnugLock models with any of the other current Graco SnugRide models available (there are multiple Click Connect and SnugLock versions with various specs and features). The SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX & Elite models both come with the premium SnugLock DLX base that we prefer. Both the DLX & Elite models fit preemies and small newborns well. Both have a tall shell so they also fit older babies and smaller toddlers well. The DLX model is currently only available at Babies R Us and BuyBuyBaby for MSRP $199.99. The MSRP on the Elite SnugLock model is $219.99 but it can often be found online for less.  See our full review of the SnugRide SnugLock 35.
Many parents choose to start their babies out in infant seats simply for the added convenience. Infant seats can easily be removed from your car, carried, and locked into a stroller since they include a detachable base. In terms of safety, convertible car seats are just as safe for newborns and infants as long as the weight minimum is met and they are used properly. Look for seats which offer a newborn insert to best fit a small infant.

"In a forward-facing car seat during an accident, your child's arms and legs fly forward and are more likely to be injured," says Ben Hoffman, a nationally recognized injury prevention specialist and pediatrician at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University. "In a rear-facing car seat, the chance of injuries to the arms and legs in a crash is less than 1 in 10,000."
There is no one set way to install a car seat. You should always thoroughly read the manual before doing anything. Good manuals will have clear directions in many different languages as well as models and diagrams that you can use. If you’re still having trouble installing the seat, look for tips and installation videos on YouTube or the manufacturer’s website.
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