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It’s happening. Not too long from now, your new baby will take their first breath – and what an experience it is! But once the birth is over, the dust has settled and it’s time to take them home, you’ll need the right car seat to make sure they’re as safe as possible on their first-ever journey in the car.

It doesn’t stop there though. From kinder drop-offs and pick-ups to interstate family holidays and everything in between, they’re going to spend a fair amount of time in the car. Yes, safety and comfort are the most important factors for car seats, but it’s important to remember that they’re going to grow – and fast. Plus, have you ever seen a toddler eat? They’re not exactly winning awards for cleanliness.

With all of this in mind, here is a list of what we believe are five top car seats on the market today that tick the safety, comfort, convertibility, and ease-of-cleaning boxes – but won’t break the bank at the same time.

For the budget conscious: Babylove Cosmic II

Both rear- and forward-facing, this very well-priced option has you covered from birth until four years. It has substantial padding at each stage, and is quite a straightforward install. Though there are a few crevasses for crumbs, it won’t be too difficult to clean.

Available for between $180 - $220.

For those looking for a great deal: Joie I-Travvel Signature

Wonderfully easy to install and adjust, the I-Travvel Signature from Joie is a real contender in the car seat market. It has a shell that’s been reinforced with steel for extra protection, and offers a great deal of support to keep them comfy.

Suitable for newborns until four years of age, it’s currently on sale for $399.

For the long termers:

Infasecure Opus Signature

Decided to go with a baby capsule for the first few months? Great! This car seat caters for kids from six months to eight years. It’s made with a tough but super-soft bamboo fabric that’ll keep them cool in summer, with the added bonus of an easy clean. It’s safe, secure and simple to use.

It’s currently available from $350.

Infasecure Titanium Quantum

While a bit pricier than the others we’ve listed, you’ll get your money’s worth – it’s suitable from newborn all the way up to eight years, so this is the only car seat you’d need to buy. It offers fantastic safety while delivering comfort with its nine reclining positions and heavy padding. And its fabric makes cleaning easy.

This higher-end car seat can be purchased for $499.

For a well known tried and tested brand: Maxi Cosi Titan Pro

This heavy-duty car seat will keep your precious cargo safe and sound from 12 months to eight years, the Maxi Cosi Titan Pro is a cinch to set up, and allows for quick and easy buckling. When the inevitable spillage occurs, simply remove the cover and pop it in the washing machine – magic!

You can pick one up today for $349.

Looking for a bigger car for your growing family?

Stratton Finance can help you get the best deal for your new vehicle, and we’ll do it quicker and easier to leave you focussing on what matters; the sleepless nights ahead! We’ll find the best finance deal for you, and with a far-reaching network we’ll match you with the right vehicle at the right price.

Note: car seat prices correct as at 25/09/2019.

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