One Item Parents Don't Register for, But They Should

One Item Parents Don't Register for, But They Should

June 21, 2018

One Item Parents Don't Register for, But They Should

One Item Parents Don't Register for, But They Should
A convertible car like the Maxi-Cosi Magellan can take you all the way through the car seat years. One Item Parents Don't Register for, But They Should

When it comes to car seats for new babies, there are two main kinds to consider: infant and convertible.

Most new parents register for an infant car seat (around 80 percent of Babylist families have one on their registry), because they’re portable for days on the go.

But you can only use them for the first year of baby’s life (and if you have a bigger or fast-growing little one, they may outgrow it faster). And kids need to be in a car seat through elementary school. Which means you’re going to have to buy a convertible car seat at some point. And then a booster. And while these aren’t the most expensive things you’ll spend money on during your kiddo’s life (hi, childcare and college!), they are another cost that adds up.

Parents may not register for them as often, but convertible car seats can take you from newborn through the end of the car seat years, so you only need one car seat: the Maxi-Cosi Magellan Convertible Car Seat.

This can be used with infants as little as 5 lbs. all the way up to a belt-positioning booster for kids up to 10 years old. One and done!

Here’s what we like:

You can use the Magellan five ways:

  • Baby Rear-Facing: 5 to 22 lbs
  • Toddler Rear-Facing: 22 to 40 lbs
  • Toddler Forward-Facing: 22 to 65 lbs
  • Child Forward-Facing: 40 to 65 lbs
  • Belt Positioning Booster: 40-120 lbs

It’s adjustable: aside from the fact you can use it at different growth stages, it has other features that grow with baby. The 14-position headrest not only adjusts, but it features Air Protect Superior Side Impact Protection at every stage—it’s the only car seat with adjustable torso side impact protection. It also has seven recline positions so you can keep newborns fully reclined and older kids more upright.

It’s chic: the Magellan’s pod-like design is unique, and it comes in an array of colors, from neutrals to brights. And the self-wicking fabric on the seat pad are easy to remove, machine washable and dryer safe, for those inevitable spills and messes.

Other things to consider:

The weight: convertible car seats are bulkier than infant car seats, so you don’t want to be carting them back and forth from the house or taking them in and out of multiple cars.

Install safety features: the Maxi-Cosi Magellan has a Rear-Facing Recline Angle Indicator, so you know the car seat is in the right position, as well as a Rear-Facing Auto-Lock button that locks your car’s seat belt on place.

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