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Best car seats for toddlers 3yrs and over

Your baby is 3 years old and you are still using a rear-facing car seat for him or her?

It is not safe for your baby. You need to convert it from rear-facing to forward-facing mode. Some car seats are convertible that can be used in 3 or 4 different modes. But if you have a rear-facing car seat change it immediately as your baby crosses 2 years of age.

Here is the list of top 5 products that are best for 3 years old or over babies:

So read on and choose the best one for your little one.

1: SureRide Convertible Car Seat, Carson

This product is equal to 2 car seats in function. As it can be used in 2 modes, forward-facing, and rear-facing. 

It has foldable cup holders that help to save your space. It is also easy to clean as it has a machine-washable fabric.

This SureRide product has 3 layers of energy-absorbing foam that help keep your baby safe and reduces side impact crash forces by 50%.

Its maximum weight recommendation is 65lb. you can buy it if your baby is below 65lb.

Pros
  • 2 seats in 1
  • Energy-absorbing base
  • Machine washable fabric
  • Reduces crash energy by 50%
  • Weight range: 5-65lb
  • Has a Cupholders
Cons
  • shoulder straps are positioned too close together

2: Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Car Seat, Crestone Peaks

This sport harness is a convertible car seat. It is suggested to use it in the forward-facing mode for 22-50lb baby and a belt-positioning booster for 40-110lb baby.

Having central, front access to the harness adjuster provides an easy way to adjust the child’s harness.

It also includes two cup holders that help keep your snacks and drinks within reach.

Its removable and machine washable car seat pad has made its cleanliness easy.

Pros
  • weight range: 22-110lb
  • upfront harness adjust
  • easy to clean
  • have cup holders
  • convertible car seat
Cons
  • it is too light

3: Safety 1st Jive 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, Harvest Moon

As the name suggests, it is a convertible car seat. It can be used in both rear and forward-facing modes. Thus it can be used for years.

It protects from side impact. It has 2 removable dishwasher-safe cup holders.

Three of these seats can be easily adjusted side by side in the back seat, thus it is perfect for a growing family.

It has 5 point harness. It also has a removable head pillow and a body pillow. It supports the baby from 5-65 pounds.

Pros
  • Side impact protection
  • 2 removable dishwasher
  • Cup holders
  • Weight limit: 5-65 pounds
Cons
  • For some, it is not safe while rear-facing

4: Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat 

Its 4 in 1 feature allows it to be used for 10 years. You can easily transform it into either mode as your baby grows.

It is suggested to use it in rear-facing mode for 4-40 pounds baby and forward-facing mode for 22-65 pounds baby.

For older kids, 40-100 pounds convert it to the belt-positioning booster and for 40-120 pounds baby use it in backless belt-positioning mode.

Thus one car seat is enough for life that greatly saves your money.

It has 6 position recline and 10 position headrest that keep your growing child comfy.

Pros
  • 4 in 1
  • 10 years of use
  • 10 position headrest
  • 6 position recline
  • Easy cleaning
Cons
  • Uncomfortable for baby to sleep in

5: Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat, Chambers

Like many above products, it is also convertible from rear-facing to forward-facing mode.

The weight limit for each mode is the following:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40 pounds
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 pounds

Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat is specially designed compactly for small cars. It helps greatly to save your space.

It has an adjustable headrest and a removable body pillow. Also has 5 point harness with upfront adjustment.

Pros
  • Weight range: 5-65lb
  • Best for small cars
  • Adjustable harness and headrest
  • Removable body pillow
  • Removable cup holders
Cons
  • For some, it is not safe

Conclusion

I have mentioned the Weight range of above all products separately. Make sure that your baby must include in the weight range of that car seat you are going to buy. According to my research, the average weight of 3 years old or over the baby is 30 pounds.

 I will highly recommend you to buy is Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat. This caris enough for 10 years. This is a budget-friendly car seat. You can convert it to a required mode as your baby grows. It has four modes of use.

Buying guide

The market is full of car seats for 3 years old or over babies, whether you shopping online or in a store. They differ from one another in some way. Each product has its uniqueness. You need to find the pros and cons of each product. So that you can choose the best one for your baby.

I have written 5 products above in detail, you can choose one from them.

Now the question arises, which factors make the seat best and what makes it the worst one.

Here are some recommendations:

  • It must be safe: Before buying a car seat you must first make sure that either it meets the safety standards or not. It should meet or exceed all the safety standards designed by the authority of that city or country.
  •  It must be comfortable: that car seat pads must be soft so that your baby feels comfortable on long journeys. Here your baby, if he complains any hardness.
  • Age and height: give due attention to the age and weight limit of the car seat. You must buy a car seat while keeping your baby’s age, weight, and height in mind.
  • It must be easy to clean: Buy that car seat that has machine washable fabric so that it can be cleaned easily.