5 Things To Consider When You’re Purchasing A Car Seat

One of the biggest and most important purchases a parent makes is their car seat. When I was pregnant with my first born, Malone, I spent a lot of time researching car seats. I found myself a little overwhelmed by the process. I ended up making myself a gigantic car seat feature spreadsheet and spent hours researching.  My nerdy list had five main sections to it that I’ll share with you today.

5 Things To Consider When You’re Purchasing A Car Seat.

Buying a car seat can be really overwhelming. Here are 5 things you absolutely must consider when making such a big purchase!

  1. How safe is it? Does it meet or exceed standards? Has the company provided the results of crash tests? 
  2. Is it in your budget? There are car seats out there at just about every price point. What is the average cost
  3. Is it easy to install? There are times when you’re going to want to remove your car seat from your car (general cleaning, puke, and potty accidents). How easy is it to get out and put back in?
  4. Will it grow with your child or is it a one stage wonder? Each age and stage needs a different type of seat. A one year old should be in a different kind of seat than a four year old. Will you have to buy multiple seats if you purchase the one you’re looking at or will it grow with your child?
  5. Does it have any design perks?  Some car seats feature cup holders, sleek design or innovative technology in the cushioning.

Malone is a long and lean. On a good day, he weighs 42 pounds and he’ll be six in June. Because of his height, we’ve had a hard time finding a booster seat that was comfortable for him and met safety standards. So when I started to hear about the Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat, I was really excited. It was a lot of fun to fill in its features on my list.

There are so many reasons I love this car seat, but if I had to pick just one? It would be that it is meant to grow with us.

 Evenflow 3 In 1 Car Seat Review

Right now, Malone is using this car seat in the 5 point harness model. The harness straps are on the very top level, so I know it won’t be long until we start using this car seat as a high back booster seat. He is able to buckle himself in the harness, which is always a bonus since my hands are often full with his little sister.

Evenflow 3 In 1 Car Seat Review . We love that this car seat grows with us! My husband said it was quit easy to install. Their SureSafe installation was quick and easy. Our kids have both been known to get car sick, so knowing we can get this in and out with easy is a great plus for us.

042 Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat Review 5

Malone thinks the cup holders are fancy and likes the “pillows” on the sides. He loves taking naps in the car.

 Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat Review

Here are some of the other great features of the Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat.

  • Supports children from 22-110 lbs
  • ComfortTech; 3 unique, separate comfort layers adapt to your child as they grow while preventing pressure point buildup
  • Back removes transitioning seat to no back booster
  • Dual, seat integrated cup holders
  • Designed and tested for structural integrity at energy levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard
  • Side Impact Tested
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable Federal Safety Standards and Evenflo’s Side Impact Test Standard

What do you think? They’ve basically thought of everything right? The Evenflo Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat is a great option for families who want to make a sound investment in a workhorse car seat. You can purchase it here.
Evenflo® is taking extended use and comfort to the next level with the introduction of the Advanced Transitions 3-in-1 car seat. Visit Evenflo.com for more information.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Evenflo®. The opinions and text are all mine.


  1. Sandy Cain says

    Sounds like a great one! I find it’s important, too, that it be pretty comfortable for the child, or he/she is going to scream the whole time they are in it!

  2. Neisa says

    Looks like a nice car seat! I was bought a Baby Trends one, and I really like it. Not sure how long he can use it, but my biggest worry was it sitting back far enough for his head. The only thing I didn’t like about my baby trend was that the head support that came with it was terrible and did nothing to support him. However, my sister got it for me with the matching stroller and I love the stroller and the way the carseat sits into it. Safety of course should be the first priority! I’ll keep this in mind to tell my pregnant friends. 🙂

  3. Looks like a great car seat. One must have for us is definitely a cup holder!

  4. Katy says

    These are great points. I really wish we had thought more about how our seat would grow with our daughter. There are so many car seats out there that making a decision can be tough. When I was pregnant I was so overwhelmed with all of the choices. This list can make it easier for new moms especially!

  5. These are great tips. My 9 year old still sits in one.

  6. vickie Couturier says

    thanks for the information,,ive got to get some extra car seats for my van ,,with 13 grandchildren i need to keep a few spare ones handy

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