Rearward-facing seat

A rearward-facing car seat, also known as an infant-only seat, is a car seat used for newborns up until they weigh between 20 and 30 lbs. There are two groups which we use to categorize newborns car seats; a group 0 seat is generally used until 10kg (22lbs) while a group 0+ can be used to a heavier 13kg (29lbs). These types of car seat differ from the convertible car seat, which can be used for newborns as a rear-facing seat and then converted to a forward-facing seat when your little one exceeds the rear-facing limit. Of course, all children grow at different rates, so it is important to look at the height limits too, as a tall baby might outgrow a rear-facing car seat before they reach the maximum weight limit. An infant car seat is great for both parent an baby, because you can use them with a travel system, meaning you can move baby from the pushchair to the car without taking them out of the seat and most important, without waking them! This makes life so much easier for busy and sleep-deprived parents of newborns. If you prefer a convertible car seat for longer use, check out my article and my top convertible car seats by clicking here.

Here I’m going to show you my favorite infant car seats, all of which have passed the necessary safety tests and crash tests required by law. Click on each image to see more details about that particular product.

Car seat Minimum weight Maximum weight Item weight
1. Bubble level indicator for secure installation. Super Cinch latch tightener. Removable newborn supports. Compatible with most Chicco strollers. 4lbs - 30 lbs 17 lbs
2. Ultra lightweight car seat uses Click Connect technology for one-step fixation to it's stay-in-car base and to any Graco Click Connect Stroller. Easy-to-read level indicator helps correct installation. Removable head support for newborns and foot/leg cover to keep baby cozy. 4 lbs - 35 lbs 7.5 lbs
3. Impact absorbing base. Compatible with Britax strollers using Click & Go without the need for an adapter. Smart, narrow design. Newborn insert. 4 lbs - 35 lbs 19 lbs
4. Belt guides allow for use with our without the base. Ergonomic handle and pivoting canopy. 5 lbs - 22 lbs 10 lbs

Here’s what parents thought of these infant car seats…

1. Chicco KeyFit 30
+ Very padded so comfortable for baby
+ High quality materials (both fabric and plastic)
+ Easy to get in and out of car
+ Easy to clean
– Heavy
– Needs an adapter to fit with other pushchairs than Chicco
– Too big for shopping carts

2. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35
+ Strong and durable
+ Very lightweight
+ Soft material
+ Easy to install
– Straps adjust easily with lots of room for growth
– Only fits with Graco Click Connect pushchairs
– No strap covers
– Warning labels on the fabric inside the car seat make it ugly (non-removable)

3. Britax B Safe-35
+ Well-padded harness
+ Very comfortable angle of inclination
+ Easy front adjustment of the harness straps and one-button harness release to loosen
+ Very simple to use the click and go system
+/- Very padded seat is comfortable for small babies but can be a bit tight for bigger babies
– Babies get hot quickly with the thick padding and hot material
– Very heavy
– Lots of doubt as to whether or not a 35 lb baby could fit in this seat as it’s tight and narrow

4. Evenflo Nurture
+ Reasonably priced car seat is very low cost compared to most
+ Lightweight
+ Nice and cute style and colors
– Flimsy sunshade/visor is too small and falls back easily
– Not much padding
– Can be difficult to get in and out of the base but gets easier with practice, same with adjustment
– Angle isn’t comfortable for some babies as head can fall forward