Best small-sized car seats for toddlers

Want a car seat that is not only according to your requirement but also saves your space?

Finding a small-sized car seat for a toddler is not a difficult job. But making sure that the small-sized car seat is also safe, secure, comfortable, easy to install, and convertible makes the job tricky.

But don’t worry here is the list of the top five products that are small-sized. Read on the pros and cons of each product and choose the best one.

The dimension of each item is separately mentioned.

1: Diono Radian 3R, 3-in-1 Convertible Rear & Forward Facing Convertible Car Seat

Diono Radian 3R is specially designed slim and compact. Thus three of these can easily be adjusted in a back car seat.

It is perfect for small cars having dimensions 16.00 x 17.00 x 28.25 inches.

It is a convertible car seat, allows the user to use it in three different modes. It grows with your baby up to 10 years thus it is also budget-friendly.

It is made from high-density plastic and steel that help to keep your toddler safe and secure.

  • 3-in-1
  • Weight range: 5-120 pounds
  • Compactly designed
  • Convertible car seat
  • 10 Years 1 Car Seat
  • Bad packaging

2: Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

This is another convertible car seat that can be used in two different modes as follows:

  •   Rear-facing: 4-50 pounds
  • Forward-facing: 22-65 pounds

The product dimension is 19.2 x 25.2 x 22.1 inches, this makes it suitable for small cars.

 As it has an Extend2Fit 4-position adjustable extension panel that provides up to 5″ additional legroom.

like Graco’s other products, it also cares about your toddler’s safety. It is crash tested, help to save your baby from all type of crashes.

It is a convertible car seat thus it grows with your child. Its installation is also very easy and simple.

  • Convertible car seat
  • Age limit: less than 18 months
  • 4-position adjustable panel
  • Safe and secure
  • Comfortable
  • Difficult to uninstall

3: Graco TrioGrow SnugLock LX 3 in 1 Car Seat, Infant to Toddler Car Seat, Sonic

It has snug look technology that allows to install it in less than a minute using a vehicle seat belt or latch.

It has 3 modes of use:

  • Rear-facing: 5-40lb
  • Forward-facing: 22-65lb
  • Highback booster: 40-100lb

This toddler car seat help protect your baby from frontal, rear, side, and roll-over crashes.

It has 10 headrest positions and 6-recline positions that help keep your baby comfortable.

  • 3-in-1 car seat
  • Dimension: 19.25 x 22.5 x 25.5 inches
  • Weight range: 5-100lb
  • 10 position headrest
  • 6-position recline
  • None

4: Diono 2019 Radian 3RXT All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

This car seat is also convertible. Its compact and portable design makes it is easy to adjust three of these in the back seat even if you have a small car. its dimension is 16.14 x 16.93 x 28.35 inches.

 Diono 2019 Radian has soft-touch fabric covers and energy-absorbing foam.

It has an audible click SuperLATCH system that makes it easy to install. It is engineered into a dual spine and built with automotive-strength steel that helps to protect your child

  • Convertible car seat
  • Audible click Superlatch system
  • Adjustable in the back seat
  • Energy-absorbing base
  • Cushions are thin

5: Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc Infant Car Seat, Carbon

This is another small-sized car seat having a dimension of 16.25 x 14.66 x 26 inches. It is easily adjustable in small cars.

It is also easy to carry because it has a smooth carrying handle.

It has a 5-point safety harness and 4-position base that is easily adjustable with the help of push-button. It is also easy to release with only one hand.

  • portable and compact
  • 5-point safety harness
  • 4-position base
  • Weight range: 5-30lb
  • Difficult to install


You are happy with your small car when it is time to park it. But saving space inside the car you need to buy small car seats. You can choose one from above.

I would choose Graco TrioGrow SnugLock LX 3 in 1 Car Seat. This car seat grows with your baby from infant to toddler. It is comfortable, safe, and also convertible. It can be used in three modes. Its dimension is 19.25 x 22.5 x 25.5 inches

Buying guide

Buying a car seat for a baby, you have to consider many factors like your baby’s age and weight, safety standards, your car capacity, your budget, etc.

Here are some important points that you should know while buying a car seat:

  • Buy convertible car seat:  you can use a convertible car seat in different modes depending on your child’s age and weight.
  • How much space you have in your car? You should buy that car seat that fits your car best. For that measure your car interior before buying a seat. You should also know the car seat dimension.
  • Check the height and weight range of the car seat: Make sure that you are buying the right seat, according to your baby’s age, weight, and height.
  • Install seat properly: make sure that seat is installed properly. For this read the seat manual carefully.
  • Buy a comfy seat: buy a cozy seat for your baby but make sure that it is not over padded. It should keep your toddler comfortable.