If you have a big car, buying anything is a breeze. You have more room space for groceries, stroller and what-nots, all together (we even know some who pack their swing/cradle and playard!), AND you certainly do not have to worry about your car seat not being able to fit in your car.
Small car owners, you know the struggle - how many times have you bought a car seat online, only to have to return it later because it doesn't fit in your car? It doesn't help that most car seats only show their height and weight limits and and not their exact size dimensions!
And lets not get into rear-facing car seat in a small car. The extra space and approved safety angle to adhere to often means you are left with not much space to even fit yourself in the front seats.
We have now come up with a list of the best car seats for small cars to make your car seat buying experience a less painful one. They are mostly Convertible ones, and if you don't know what these are, we have put together a short explanation for you below.
1. What is A Convertible Car Seat?
To put it very simply, a convertible car seat is one that allows you to convert from rear-facing to forward-facing.
If you do not already know, babies start from rear-facing before switching to forward-facing when they grow older. There's a more detailed explanation guideline below, so definitely check that out if you want to learn more about this.
2. Benefits of Convertible Car Seats
Convertible car seats are the type that we'd recommend getting for your small car because that way, you do not need to go through the buying experience twice when your little one graduates from rear-facing. Other benefits include:
- Convenience - Like we said, you just need to buy once and that's it. From infant to toddler, there is no need for multiple car seats at different ages.
- Value - Convertible car seats grow with your child until he doesn't need one anymore.
- Versatility - Some include a booster seat for school-age children which again, is a true value of your investment.
Let us now look at what is the best convertible car seat for small cars in the market.