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Children’s Place: Experts Rank Child Car Seats for 2022

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Proper child car seats today are the product of rigorous engineering, followed by extensive third-party testing like the experts at Good Housekeeping. Seeking to curb overblown marketing claims and often unreliable faceless online reviews, the powerful testing team at GH gathered a slew of child car seats to judge on their ease of use, simplicity of securing a child, and overall quality. Breaking down the arena into segments, the testers picked what they consider to be their best picks.

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Infant car seats are designed to cradle a young child’s head, providing support and protection for these little humans. The new Chicco KeyFit 30 has been declared the best up to the task, combining ease of installation with a stand that easily snaps into a base for easy transport from car to home. Plus, testers say, it’s approved for infants as small as four pounds. Note that young people tend to detach themselves from this type of car seat quite quickly.

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When they do, the Good Housekeeping testers recommend a Britax Boulevard ClickTight rebound bar that can grow with the child. The team says this seat’s higher weight and height limits allow children to stay rear-facing longer, a style of seat that’s arguably safer for little ones in a crash. As a bonus, these types of seats have enough adjustability to “grow” with your youngster, which could save nagging parents a few bucks.

However, GH Testing revealed that the Graco 4Ever DLX all-in-one was potentially the only child car seat one might need. Its price is north of some others, but its ability to meet the special needs of children of different sizes is quite extensive. The unit can apparently go from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat, then to a high-back booster seat, and finally to a booster seat with no back at all. Other adjustments such as a 10-position headrest help dial in the right amount of support and protection for the kiddo.

Check Good Housekeeping‘s product tests and reviews on their website.