Best Infant Car Seats of 2016 - Safety, Comfort, Weight, Convenience
Our focus groups with moms revealed seven highly recommended infant car seats, made by brands such as Britax, Graco, Peg Perego, and Chicco. All of the car seats on our list have been vetted by a large group of moms and dads and put through hands-on testing. As always, our reviews are impartial and honest, and we didn't accept any freebie or discounted car seats to review. The car seats reviewed below range in price from about $80 to $300; if you're looking for something a bit cheaper, we suggest checking out our list of the best infant car seats for under $100, here. Before we begin the ratings, let's list a few things you should be thinking about when purchasing an infant car seat. Here are some important things to consider:
Best Convertible Car Seats 2016 - Safest, Comfortable, & Easy to Use
As a baby of the 70's my dad would lay a blanket down in the back of his Saab hatchback and let us crawl around and play on long road trips through snowy Maine. No car seats, no seat belts in the back seat; just slippery roads and some dumb luck. Somehow we got out unscathed, at least physically. Fortunately car seats, and parents, have come a long way since the 70's.
Safest Toddler & Big Kid Trampolines of 2016
Trampolines are a great way for kids to get out some energy, and most kids will spend tons of time jumping on a new trampoline! They are great for outdoors during the summer, and indoors during the cold winter months.
Not only are they great fun, but physical and occupational therapists use trampolines to provide children with proprioceptive input, encourage rhythmic bouncing (which research suggests might help with language development), build strength, and get them engaged in a fun whole-body activity!
Best Video Baby Monitors of 2016 - Rated and Reviewed
The video baby monitor is one of the most common purchases by new parents (for our review of sound-only baby monitors, click here). They are super comforting when you want to keep an eye on your baby while he or she falls asleep, if they fuss during the night, or just for peace of mind when you don't want to open the door and risk waking your sleeping angel. Traditional baby monitors were audio only, allowing parents to listen in on activity.