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Recommended Infant Carseats for Preemies & Multiples – CarseatBlog’s List of Best Bets

Everyone understands that low birthweight babies often come with challenges. However, most expecting parents don’t consider the possibility that the carseat they bought or chose to put on their baby registry might not fit baby well if she or he arrives early or is smaller than average at birth.

Of course, you often have no idea ahead of time that you’re going to have a preemie or smaller-than-average term baby.  But if you’re expecting multiples, have a history of preterm labor or just a history of delivering small babies then you really want to be prepared with a carseat that is likely to fit the baby/babies well regardless of whether they’re 4 lbs or 9 lbs at discharge.

Baby Bargain Monday at Amazon.com

I wanted to thank Graco Children’s Products for sponsoring a number of giveaways for the 10th anniversary of our Car-Seat.Org forums!

In that regard, I also wanted to pass along this news from Amazon.com.  Tomorrow, Monday April 11th, is Baby Bargain Monday with Lightning Deals, Sponsored by Graco.  We thank all of our readers for supporting our sponsors!

The Worst Carseats of 2010

In general, I’m really not a fan of “Best” and “Worst” lists.  We all have opinions on what we love and what we can’t stand and just because I don’t care for something doesn’t mean you won’t love it.  I’ve also been around this field long enough to have some perspective on the issues.  I can clearly recall the not-so-good-ol’-days when there was a lot more to hate in the wonderful world of child restraints.  Things like shield boosters and rear-facing convertible seats that only went to 22 lbs and forward-facing seats with rear harness adjusters (you actually had to uninstall the seat just to tighten and loosen the harness straps – insane, huh?)  And seats that were literally impossible to install correctly in almost any vehicle with straps so twisty that they looked like ropes after just a few months of use and there was very little that could be done to stop the process or correct it.

Point is, there’s a lot less to truly hate nowadays.  But there are still some legitimate poor choices currently available for purchase on store shelves right now.  Many are designs that have been around for a decade or longer but still manage to sell for various reason (price, styling, cute covers).  These seats are all throw-backs to the past and there are definitely much better options currently available in each category.  Of course any child restraint is better than nothing at all, but if you’re shopping for something new, you’d be doing yourself a favor if you bought something that wasn’t on this list.  

Here are my nominations for the Worst Carseats of 2010:

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