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BRITAX: How to Choose a Rear-Facing Only Car Seat

Of all the things you’ll buy for your child, a safe car seat is one of the most important. The first type of car seat you’ll need for that first ride home from the hospital is a rear-facing only seat, or infant car seat. An infant car seat only faces the rear of your car, and is suitable for babies from 4 to 35 pounds (1.8 to 15.9 kgs) and 18 to 32 inches tall (45.7 to 81.2 cm).

Why use a Rear-Facing Seat?

Choosing a rear-facing only seat is a matter of fitting your lifestyle. Rear-facing only car seats are smaller and lighter than convertible or all-in-one car seats, and have a handle for easy carrying, which many parents find to be convenient for easy transport. Also, these seats will click in and out of a base you install in your vehicle, and in and out of your compatible stroller if you opt for a travel system.

What to Look for in a Rear-Facing Seat

Here are a few things to look for as you’re shopping around for a rear-facing car seat:

Safety Features: You want to keep your baby as safe as possible on that first ride home and every ride after. The Britax® B-Safe 35 Ultra features two layers of side impact protection, including a foam-lined shell and quick-adjust head protection. It also has SafeCell Impact Protection™, a system of patented safety features that work together to protect your child. Look for seats that protect beyond standards when you’re shopping around.

Easy Installation: A car seat is only safe if it’s installed correctly. Be sure you can install the car seat securely before making your final decision. SafeCenter LATCH makes it simple to secure the B-Safe 35 Ultra into your vehicle, and the European Belt Guide creates an even more stable and secure installation option when you choose to travel without a base in your vehicle.


Fit and Comfort: Last but not least, you want your baby to fit safely and comfortably while you’re on-the-go. Look for comfort features like the flip-forward belly pad, removable pillow, and extra-large canopy for shielding the sun and run.

Now that you know how to choose a rear-facing seat for your baby, you’re ready for all the fun that’s yet to come. Enjoy every moment!

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