Before you start poking around for a new car seat, make sure you’re up to speed on the current expert guidance about when to switch: You kid is safer facing backwards until they’re about 2 years old — even if they’re tall enough that they have to cross their legs to do so comfortably. If you want to get a jump on the purchase (or if you’re raising Yao Ming), check out this summary of toddler car seat reviews from Consumer Reports, The Night Light, Cricket Circle, Baby Gear Lab and Amazon. One of these will fit your price point and your kid (unless you’re actually raising Yao Ming, in which case you’re on your own).
Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat, Matrix
Evenflo Chase LX Harnessed Booster Car Seat, Reese
Maxi Cosi Rodi AP Booster Car Seat
Graco Argos 70
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