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It's a big world out there and we know you can't wait to explore it with your child. That's why it's so important to find a quality car seat that can make your little one safe and secure to take part in your on-the-go lifestyle. When it comes to comfort and safety for your child when traveling, Kohl's has just the car seat you need to give you the peace of mind we all want when transporting the ones most precious to us.

Whether you have a newborn, a toddler or an elementary-aged child, you truly can't go wrong with our full line of car seats. Kohl's has all the leading brands you know and trust including Baby Trend, Britax, Diono and Graco. And when just the car seat isn't enough, Kohl's has a wide selection of car seat accessories that help enhance the level of protection you give your child, such as infant car seat covers, head and body supports, seat adapters, and sun shades.;

Which Car Seat is the Right Car Seat?

Any good parent wants the safest possible car seat for her child. As with most things involved in parenting, however, there can be some confusion about which car seat is the best option. Questions naturally arise about what kind of car seat is best for what age range and whether a car seat should be front-facing or rear-facing. Should the child have a convertible car seat? When does a child need to transition from a traditional car seat to a booster seat? These and other questions are all valid concerns for parents with young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined the following general recommendations for car seats:

  • Babies should be kept rear-facing until at least 2 years old, preferably longer.
  • Use a forward-facing harness for as long as possible after that.
  • Children should be in a booster seat until they are 8 – 12 years old, 57 inches tall, and until the vehicle belt fits them as it would an adult.
  • Replace any seat that's damaged or involved in a crash immediately.
  • Children should ride in the backseat until they're 13 years old.
  • Gently used seats that haven't been involved in a crash can be reused, but always check the expiration date (usually 7-10 years from production date) both on the label and in the manual.

Types of Car Seats, Features & Guidelines

There are lots of differing opinions on which car seats are the most comfortable, safest and most convenient. The best car seat for you will depend upon your needs and the needs of your child. However, all car seats MUST pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Take a look at the following information to help determine which tepy of car seat best suits your little one.

Important features of an infant car seat:

  1. Side impact protection reduces the force of impact, so baby's head and body are protected.
  2. Head & body support cushions for extra comfort and protection
  3. Five-point, front-adjust harness connects at the shoulders, hips and between the legs for a snug fit
  4. Up front harness adjust lets you easily adjust the harness system from the front
  5. Adjustable, stay-in-car base for easy installation
  6. On-base level indicator ensures seat is properly installed

Infant (Rear-Facing) Car Seats

All newborns must start with a rear-facing seat and should stay rear-facing ideally until age 2 or older. Infant seats are designed to only be rear-facing. Weight ranges run from around 4 – 40 pounds, depending on the model. Often children will reach the max height before the max weight. If the top of your child's head is less than one inch from the top of the car seat's shell, it's time for an upgrade.

Infant seats are convenient because they have a separate base and can detach for use as a baby carrier. This is great for getting sleeping babies in and out of the car without disturbing them. However, since they can only be used in a rear-facing mode, your child will grow out of them quickly.

Convertible Car Seats

These seats can be used rear-facing for infants and then converted to forward-facing as your child grows. You can either start with or switch to a convertible car seat, depending on preference. If you want to keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible, these seats have higher rear-facing weight limits (up to 50 pounds).

Convertible seats have forward-facing weight limits of up to 65 pounds or more. Although they are designed to hold newborns from 4 – 5 pounds, they often are still too big for a very small baby. Many experts recommend starting with a rear-facing only infant seat for this reason.

Booster Seats

When your child surpasses the size limits of a front-facing harness seat, she's ready for a booster seat. Booster seats lift your child so that she can use the car's seat belt system without a harness.

A booster seat ensures the vehicle belt fits as it would on an adult to keep your child safe – over the sternum, through the center of the collarbone, and then across the upper thighs. You can get either a high back seat or a backless model. Some can function as both.

Backless boosters are popular because they're cheaper, lighter and more portable. However, they don't position the vehicle belt as well as a high back model. High back models also provide more side impact protection and provide a place for the child to rest her head.

The safety of your child is priority number one. Whether you're taking your little one on an epic road trip adventure or just on a simple trip to the store, the child car seat collection from Kohl's will give you the peace of mind you need and deserve.