A Look At Multi-Purpose Car Seats

When my first son was born over nine years ago, the natural transition for every parent was an infant car seat to a convertible car seat to a booster seat. A lot has changed in the past decade.

britax frontier 85 sict

Over the years, car seat companies have expanded their products to accommodate almost every parent's budget, wants and needs. These companies have also come up with extremely practical products and along with extensive safety testing. They have created car seats that can now accommodate children to higher weight limits and height limits. Car seats can be used from birth all the way until your child is ready to transition to a vehicle safety belt.

Just make sure you check and compare the seat's expiration date to your state's booster seat laws before assuming that you will be using the same car seat -- most car seats have a life span of six to 10 years.

Combination car seats

These multi-purpose car seats are called combination car seats. Some accommodate a newborn, infant and toddler -- in the rear-facing position -- and then turn to a forward-facing position and convert into a high back booster seat.

Here are a few combination car seats to consider before putting three different car seats on your baby registry.

Britax Frontier 85 SICT

The Britax Frontier 85 SICT is a 2-in-1 car seat. The Frontier 85 SICT is a combination car seat that goes from a 5-point harness restraint for use from age two to 85 pounds or 57 inches, to a high back booster seat for use up to 120 pounds or 65 inches.

Diono Radian RXT

The Radian RXT is a 3-in-1 car seat. The Radian RXT is a rear-facing car seat for children between 5 and 45 pounds, forward-facing for children between 20 and 80 pounds or 57 inches and converts to a high back booster seat for children between 50 and 120 pounds.

Recaro ProSport

Similar to the Britax Frontier, the Recaro ProSport is a 2-in-1 combination car seat and can be used with the 5-point harness for children between 20 and 90 pounds or 50 inches and used as a booster seat for children between 30 and 120 pounds or 59 inches.

More on car seats

Infant car seats: Which one is right for you?
New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for car seat and booster seat safety
Best and worst car booster seats

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