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Deals Tracker: We find the lowest prices in Nov/Dec ’17 on car seats, strollers and baby gear plus Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Bookmark us and check back frequently for the latest bargains and promo code offers so you find them before they sell out!

We’re the deal experts so we know where the really good deals are, on the stuff consumers actually want to buy.

Last updated: 11/24/2017 AM

This list will be updated anytime we see a great deal or promotion code below recent average prices, so you don’t have to wade through dozens of normally priced models to find the bargains. You can help us (and your fellow shoppers) by leaving us a comment if you find a deal on a carseat, booster or popular stroller that isn’t posted yet. We recommend that you bookmark this post, as we will update it regularly throughout the holiday season! If we see a bargain price on a popular model from our Recommended Carseats List, like the Britax Frontier, Britax Boulevard ClickTight, Chicco NextFit, Graco 4Ever, Diono Radian, Maxi-Cosi Pria, Clek Foonf or Clek Fllo, we’ll update as soon as possible!

What you need to know about Amazon pricing: it’s FICKLE. When a product’s price is reduced we rarely know how long it will remain at that price. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few hours. The best advice we can offer you is to ACT QUICKLY if you see a great deal on something you really need or just seriously want. Just adding something to your cart does not guarantee you that item at that price – you must complete the checkout process to seal the deal. Most items on our list offer FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS to Prime members but always double check this before you put the item in your cart and checkout. Not a Prime member? There’s a 30-day FREE trial. It’s a no-brainer! Try it out and score some great deals. You can always cancel before the 30 days is up if you’re not sold on the many benefits of an Amazon Prime membership.

Looking for more info on a certain carseat or booster? Check out our REVIEWS page. We have in-depth reviews of over 100 carseats and boosters.

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Select Editors’ Picks:

These carseats may not be on sale right now, but are among our Editor’s Picks and are reader favorites, too. For current deals, please scroll to the next section.

Chicco KeyFit30   

Infant Carseat Deals:

Indicates a CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat 

Baby Jogger City Go in “Steel Gray” for $149.94 (38% Off) with INSTANT COUPON

Save on Select Britax carseats & strollers

Britax B-Safe 35 in Black for $109.00 (48% Off) 

Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Seat in “Cowmooflage” for $148.10 DEAL ENDED

Chicco Fit2 in all fashions for $223.99  PRIME ONLY Extra 20% AT CHECKOUT

Chicco Fit2 LE in “Alto” for $239.99  PRIME ONLY Extra 20% AT CHECKOUT 

Chicco Keyfit 30 in “Lilla” or “Papyrus” for $159.99  PRIME ONLY Extra 20% AT CHECKOUT

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite in “Spencer” for $135.00 (38% Off) PRIME ONLY

Graco SnugRide 30 LX Click Connect in “Glacier” for $80.97 (38% Off) 

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 in “Chili Red” for $102.39 (36% Off) PRIME ONLY

Graco SnugRide SnugLock *Extra Base* for $35.49 (41% Off) PRIME ONLY

Graco SnugRide SnugLock DLX *Extra Base* for $62.04 DEAL ENDED

Maxi-Cosi Mico AP in “Bohemian Blue” for $129.99 (42% Off) BACK ORDER

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air in “Estate” for $110.91  (31% Off) LOW STOCK

Britax Boulevard CT - splash Graco 4Ever -azalea

Convertible & All-in-One Deals:

Indicates a CarseatBlog Recommended Carseat

Save on Select Britax carseats & strollers

Britax Advocate ClickTight in “Venti” for $291.99  (34% Off)

Britax Advocate ClickTight with ARB in “Circa” from $327.99  (30% Off)

Britax Boulevard ClickTight in “Circa” for $245.99  (35% Off)

Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB in “Circa” for $286.99  (30% Off) 

Britax Marathon ClickTight with ARB in “Circa” for $258.39 (30% Off)

Britax Marathon ClickTight in “Verve” for $221.99 (35% Off)

Britax Boulevard G4.1 in “Domino” for $139.00 (49% Off) LOW STOCK

Britax Marathon G4.1 in “Summit” or “Azul” for $161.00 (30% Off)

Britax ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar Accessory for $32.00 (20% Off)

Chicco NextFit iX Zip in “Spectrum”, “Midnight” or “Starlet” from $279.99  PRIME ONLY Extra 20% AT CHECKOUT

Chicco NextFit iX Zip in “Steel Blue” for $219.99 (37% Off)

Chicco NextFit iX Zip in “Bliss” for $219.99  (37% Off)

Clek Fllo in “Noire” for $299.99  (21% Off)

Clek 15% OFF most car seats at the Clek Store

Cosco Scenera NEXT from $38.00 

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Windsor” for $79.99  (20% Off)

Evenflo SureRide DLX in “Paxton” for $69.00  (27% Off)

Evenflo SureRide in “Sugar Plum” for $65.59  (27% Off) 

Evenflo Tribute Sport in “Maxwell” for $39.00 (35% Off)

Evenflo Sonus in select fashions for $55.00 (31% Off)

Evenflo Stratos 65 in “Boulder” for $88.79 (32% Off)

Evenflo Symphony Elite and DLX in most fashions for $149 (35% Off)

Evenflo SafeMax Platinum All-in-One in “Madalynn” for $145.59 (48% Off) LOW STOCK

Graco 4Ever All-in-One in “Matrix” from $219.00 ,“Cougar” for $209.98  (30% Off) 

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit in “Clove” for $247.92, “Jodie” for $239.98  (31% Off)

Graco Contender 65 in all fashions for $89.59 ☆ (36% Off) 

Graco Extend2Fit in Gotham for $101.31 (49% Off)

Graco Milestone 3-in-1 in “Gotham” for $117.29  (49% Off)

Graco SlimFit 3-in-1 in “Annabelle” or “Darcie” for $147.19  (36% Off) 

Graco MySize 65 in “Isaac” for $97.99 (30% Off)

Graco Size4Me 65 in “Finch” or “Matrix” for $86.39 (52% Off) 

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Special Edition in “Black” for $229.99 (22% Off)

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 in “Devoted Black” for $179.00  (36% Off)

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 in “Blue Base” for $141.00  (44% Off)

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible in select fashions for $279.99  (20% OFF)

Nuna Rava for $349.95 ☆ (20% OFF + Free Shipping and In-Store Returns)

Safety 1st Continuum in “Hollyhock” for $93.99 (37% Off) 

Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air 3-in-1 in “Storm 2” or “Dusty Rose” for $119.99

Safety 1st Guide 65 in select fashions from $73.32 (27% Off) 

Britax Frontier CT - kaleidoscope Evenflo Maestro - Keller

Combination Seat Deals:

(Forward-Facing with Harness + Booster) 

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Save on Select Britax carseats & strollers

Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster in most fashions for $237.99 (30% Off)

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight Harness-2-Booster in “Mosaic” for $259.99 (33% Off)

Britax Pioneer Harness-2-Booster in various fashions for $158.69 (31% Off) 

Evenflo Maestro from $57.99  

Evenflo SecureKid LX in “Raven” for $79.99 (38% Off)

Evenflo Securekid DLX (with SureLATCH) in “Grayson” for $108.90   SOLD OUT

Graco Atlas in “Glacier” or “Nyssa” for $83.19 (36% Off)

Graco Nautilus 65 LX in “Pierce” for $95.62, “Matrix” and “Ayla” $99.99 (44% Off) 

Graco Nautilus 65 LX in “Conley” for $99.99  (41% Off)

Graco Nautilus 80 Elite in “Azalea” from $136.99 (32% Off)

Graco Tranzitions in “Proof” for $84.99  DEAL ENDED

Harmony Defender for $88.38

Graco Affix Evenflo Amp - blue flames

Booster Deals:

Safe and Warm! A review of the Buckle Me Baby Coat

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One of the last posts I wrote was lamenting the end of summer. I apparently spoke too soon because it was like 90 degrees here up until last week, then last night we had tornadoes, and now it’s 72. So…fall? Maybe. It’s that weird weather where it’s freezing in the morning but if you wear long sleeves you are sweating your you-know-what off by the afternoon. However, I know this means that steadily cool weather is not far away, and with it comes this previous desert-dwelling girl’s most hated thing: getting in a cold car.

So what do you do when the weather is cold? Wear a jacket, obviously. But if you’ve been around us for awhile you know the age-old lesson of bulky coats and car seats: NOPE. Jennie has elaborated on this way better than I could in her article on winter coat suggestions. So what the heck are you supposed to do? Well, one option that has recently become available is to purchase a coat specifically made to be worn in a car seat.

Enter an up-and-coming new company called Buckle Me Baby Coats. Based out of New Hampshire, Buckle Me Baby Coats (we’re going to refer to them as BMBC from here on out) was founded by a brilliant and creative mother of 3, Dahlia. She was searching for a way to put her idea in action for years, and after some time and hard work, the coat was born!

The coat comes in six fashions. Blue (Deepest of Oceans), orange (Orange-inal), pink (Power of Pink), purple (Indi-go-go-go), red (I Lava You), and an olive green (The Warrior Within). Declan’s favorite color is red, and since I knew he actually had to like the coat to cooperate with me, Dahlia was nice enough to send me the ‘I Lava You’ fashion.

2017 Recommended Carseats for Airplane Travel

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It’s the travel season and for many families with small children, that includes flying somewhere. Since so many carseats are heavy and bulky, it makes sense in some cases to invest in a lightweight carseat just for traveling. Plus, this spares you the hassle of re-installing your main carseat when you get back to your own car, weary from traveling.

 

Ideally, a spare travel carseat should be lightweight (under 15 lbs), easy to install with the lap-only belt on an airplane seat and narrow enough to fit in a typical coach seat. With those criteria in mind, here are several options to consider.

Infant carseats – no need to buy anything new as long as your current infant seat can be installed without the base. I guess it’s possible to drag the base with you on the plane but that’s just making life harder than it needs to be. As long as your infant seat allows installation without the base (most do but there are some exceptions so make sure you know for sure), it’s easy to install the carrier rear-facing with the lap-only belt on the plane.

KF-airplane  Toddler on plane

If you’re leaving the base at home – make sure you practice baseless installation a few times so when you arrive at your destination you know how to install the carseat properly in the car, using a typical lap/shoulder belt.  Here is a video that demonstrates my technique for quick and easy installations of an infant carseat without the base.

Stay clear of products like THIS and THIS. These products are NOT acceptable alternatives to using an actual carseat on the plane to restrain your child. Along the same lines – using a sling or infant carrier also isn’t a safe alternative for your baby or toddler because you aren’t allowed to wear your child during take-offs or landings when the risks are highest. There is a good reason for this but the details are ugly so I’m not going to go into it right now. If you would like more info on why slings and infant carriers are not a safe alternative to using a carseat on a plane, please see the NTSB website.

Baby B'Air vest - NO  Airplane hammock

UPDATED OCTOBER 2017

Convertible seats – if you intend to install the convertible seat rear-facing on the plane then you’ll be best served by a seat that is fairly compact which will increase your chances of the seat actually fitting rear-facing in the space you have to work with.

 

Cosco Scenera Next - stockCosco Scenera NEXT:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall. Forward-facing 22-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall

 

 

Evenflo Tribute - MaxwellEvenflo Tribute:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., or up to 37″ tall. Forward-facing 22-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall

 

 

Graco Contender - Glacier

Graco Contender:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs. (won’t be outgrown by height in the RF position before child hits 40 lbs.). Forward-facing 20-65 lbs., or up to 49″ tall.

 

 

Safety 1st Guide 65 - seaport fashionSafety 1st Guide 65:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs, or up to 40″ tall. Forward-facing 22-65 lbs, or up to 43″ tall

 

 

No matter which seat you decide to take on the plane for your child – you will want to know where the FAA approval language is stated in case one of the flight attendants asks to see proof that your carseat is certified for use in an aircraft. Look for RED lettering on one of the sticker labels on the carseat. The FAA language is required to be written in red. The language can vary slightly but in general, this is what you’re looking for:

Pria 85 - FAA certification  Evenflo Symphony FAA certification - cropped Britax B-Safe 35 Elite - FAA certification 

 

For forward-facing kids, you’ll be best served by a seat that’s lightweight, fairly narrow, with tall top harness slots and a weight limit of 50 lbs. or more. Keep in mind that combination seats (aka harness/booster) can only be used on the plane in harnessed mode. Booster seats (or combination seats used without the 5-pt harness in booster mode) are not FAA certified and cannot be used on an airplane because all booster seats require a lap/shoulder belt, which airplanes don’t have.

Cosco Finale

Forward-facing only for kids who weigh at least 30 pounds. With 5-point harness from 30-65 lbs., 32″-50″ tall.

 

 

 Keller

Evenflo Maestro:

Forward-facing only for kids at least 2 years old. With 5-point harness from 22-50 lbs., up to 50″ tall

 

 

 300 Loy

Evenflo Secure Kid LX:

Forward-facing only for kids at least 2 years old. With 5-point harness from 22-65 lbs., up to 50″ tall

 

 

Evenflo Sonus

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall. Forward-facing for children at least 2 years old, 22-50 lbs., up to 50″ tall

 

 

Evenflo SureRide:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall. Forward-facing for children at least 2 years old, 22-65 lbs., or up to 54″ tall

 

Graco ContenderGraco Contender:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., Forward-facing for children at least 1 year old, 22-65 lbs., or up to 49″ tall. *Forward-facing beltpath is behind the back of the shell. This unique design means your FF child won’t have the metal latchplate of the airplane seatbelt in their back during the flight.

 

Safety 1st Guide 65 Safety 1st Guide 65:

Rear-facing 5-40 lbs., or up to 40″ tall. Forward-facing for children at least 1 year old, 22-65 lbs., up to 43″ tall

 

 

CARES Harness*:

A unique product for kids over 1 year old who weigh between 22-44 lbs., and are under 40″ tall. *CARES harness is certified for use ONLY on the plane. It cannot be used in motor vehicles. It’s very useful for situations where you don’t need a carseat to use on the ground when you arrive at your destination. We have a review of the CARES Harness here.

 

If you want to travel with your usual carseat, or just want to make it easier to travel with any carseat in general  – there are many products that can help you transport it through the airport and onto the plane. Some are just generic luggage carts – other products like the Brica Roll ‘n Go Carseat Transporter, the Go-Go Travelmate products and the Traveling Toddler Strap are made specifically for a carseat.  There are also carseat travel bags with wheels but obviously you can’t put your kid inside it too. Britax, Peg Perego, Clek & Diono all make travel accessories specifically for their carseats too.

go-go babyz used go-go babyz travel strap used

Remember, only carseats with an internal harness can be used on a plane. You cannot use a booster seat on an airplane because booster seats require a lap/shoulder belt and airplanes only have lap belts. If your child rides in a booster seat and you are bringing it with you, you can gate check it or bring it on the plane and put it in the overhead bin (if it fits).

For more info on flying with kids and carseats – check out our related blogs on the subject:

Carseat on airplane

Lap Babies on Airplane – A Warning All Parents Must See

Flying with a Car Seat? Know Your Rights!

Flying with Kids & Carseats – the checked carseat controversy

Travel Carseats: The Ultimate Guide to What You Want to Take on A Plane

An Open Letter to the FAA

 




The Safest All-in-One Carseats? New 2017 Crash Protection Ratings & Methods from Consumer Reports

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Graco Milestone, Graco 4Ever & Evenflo Symphony with SureLATCH top the All-in-One ratings from Consumer Reports

3 years ago Consumer Reports implemented a new, more rigorous crash test for carseats and started releasing the results of their ratings to subscribers. CR’s goal in creating the new test wasn’t to recreate the wheel. We know every carseat on the market here in the U.S. must be able to pass a basic frontal crash test (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213), therefore we consider all carseats on the market to be “safe” because they can all pass this baseline test. However, we also know that all carseats are NOT created equal and it would be naive to assume that they all provide exactly the same levels of protection.

Consumer Reports set out to find which seats provide additional margins of safety, above and beyond FMVSS 213, and so they developed their new crash test to be more rigorous than the federal standards. Their crash test ratings scale will indicate a “BASIC,” “BETTER,” or “BEST” rating to indicate how well the child restraint performed as compared with the rest of the seats in that “peer group” category. One main focus of this new crash test is head protection, since head injuries are very common in crashes, even among properly restrained children.

This crash test was designed by an automotive safety engineer and peer-reviewed by an independent crash testing expert with 40 years of experience in the field. Testing is performed at an independent, outside testing facility. This test utilizes an actual contemporary vehicle seat (a 2010 Ford Flex 2nd row seat) with a floor below it, unlike the government test which has a 70’s era back seat bench with no floor. There’s a “blocker plate” (pictured above) installed in front of the test seat to simulate the front seat in a vehicle. The blocker plate is intended to recreate the interaction that happens in real life crashes when the child or the carseat interacts with the back of the front seat. In addition, the speed of this test is set at 35 mph (instead of 30 mph which is standard in FMVSS testing). Those who follow vehicle ratings will recognize the 35 mph speed as the same speed used to crash vehicles in the NCAP program. CR’s new test applies 36% more energy to carseats than their old test protocol and a more severe test results in a greater distinction among carseat performance.

Consumer Reports crash tested 14 All-in-One models in up to 7 configurations, both forward-facing and rear-facing, with various dummy sizes, using LATCH or a 3-point seatbelt.  Several models that received a “BEST” rating for crash protection are also on our Recommended Carseats List. We recommend the Graco Milestone, Graco 4Ever and Evenflo Symphony DLX/Elite with SureLATCH because of their ease of use and fit-to-child in all 3 modes (rear-facing, forward-facing & booster).

  

In addition to the Crash Protection Rating, Consumer Reports still gives each model an overall numeric “Score.”  This is based in part on the Crash Protection Rating and also other more subjective factors, such as ease-of-use and fit-to-vehicle in various modes.

Top Performers in the All-in-One Category