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Here are Shelly's picks for best-traveling infant car seats. Car seats are listed in order of maximum child height. All seats featured here can travel without a base and are FAA-certified for use in aircraft.


Graco SnugRide 22

with EPS


Find it online at:  

Amazon.com   Baby Earth   Right Start


Why Shelly recommends it:


A lightweight, cushy, compact classic. While other infant carriers may offer more bells and whistles, truth is many of them only apply to the infant car seat base. For most travelers, that becomes irrelevant the moment they leave their base behind and set out for the airport. And while an increasing number of infant carriers go beyond the SnugRide's 29" height limit and 22 lbs. weight limit (including the SnugRide 32), many won't fit well in smaller compact rental and ultra-fuel efficient cars. The Graco SnugRide infant car seat comes in a variety of models that may include various upgrades, including "GracoPedic" luxury foam, a cold weather boot (as shown here), peek-a-boo window in canopy, and various fabric patterns The Graco SnugRide can be used with or without its base and is FAA-approved for air travel. It measures 24" x 17.25" x 18" when attached to the base. For children 5 to 22 lbs. or 29" tall. Seat by itself weighs 7.24 lbs, base weighs 5.4 lbs.



Chicco KeyFit 30


Find it online at:  

Amazon.com   Baby Earth   Right Start 


Why Shelly recommends it:


It's lightweight and built for travel with children up to 30 lbs. or 30" in height. While lugging a car seat that is 9 lbs. plus a possible 30 lbs. of child ion a daily basis s not especially desirable or comfortable for most parents, the ability to travel longer with the ease of an infant-style car seat could make it worth it for you (though if this is important to you, also take a look at the Sit 'n' Stroll that can be used rear- and forward-facing up to 40 lbs--and has retractable wheels). Extra comforts include the infant insert and extendable sun visor, as shown. The KeyFit travels without its base, if desired, and fits easily into airplane seats at only 17"W. It installs with either LATCH or seatbelts, and where LATCH is available, the KeyFit's unique one-pull adjusting system can save you time during installation. It is also compatible with the Chicco Cortina and C1 strollers. Measures 24"D x 17"W x 22"H without base, weighs 9 lbs. without base.


Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air


Find it online at:  

Amazon.com  BabyEarth   Right Start   


Why Shelly recommends it:


The car seat itself weighs in at 9 lbs. and can be used with or without the base for children up to 32" in height or 35 lbs. in height. "Air Protect" cushioning provides extra side impact protection around the head, but without adding weight to the seat. A longer leg rest also makes it a more comfortable rear-fit for the taller passenger. FAA-approved for air travel. 28"D x 17.5"W x 24.5"H. Weighs 9 lbs. without base, 15 lbs. with base.  For more details and photos, see the Travels with Baby Feature Review of the Safety 1st Onboard Air 35.


Britax Chaperone with

Anti-Rebound Bar


Find it online at:  

Amazon.com    Baby Earth  


Why Shelly recommends it:


Safety. Please see the Travels with Baby Feature Review of the Britax Chaperone infant carrier car seat for more details and photos of this car seat.




Combi Shuttle 33 with Anti-Rebound Bar (ARB)


Find it online at: 

Amazon.com   Baby Earth    Right Start 


Why Shelly recommends it:


The Combi Shuttle 33 replaces the original Shuttle and offers use up to 33 lbs. or 33" in height (its predecessor topped out at 22 lbs. and 29"). While it may offer more months of service, it may have more trouble fitting with a full 45-degree recline in smaller vehicles (including compact rental cars). However, the anti-rebound bar is built into the seat itself, which means the safety feature travels with you even when the base stays home--something no other brand of infant carrier offers at this time. EPS foam lines the headrest for additional protection, no-rethread height adjustable harness. Also appreciated: Height-adjustable base with level indicator, EZ one-hand harness adjust, and push-button LATCH clips. NOTE: The buckle tabs appear to be made of plastic instead of metal, but they are in fact metal with a plastic coating, which would help keep tiny thighs from getting scorched upon loading in hot climates. FAA-certified for use in aircraft. Measures 25.75" D x 16.75" W x 22"H without base and weighs 9.3 lbs. (without base). The Shuttle can be used for children from 5 lbs to 33 lbs., or up to 33" tall.


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