|Infant Car Seat|
An infant car seat was defined as one that will always be rear-facing in the car. The major benefit of this type of car seat is that it can be picked up and then carried out of the car which means less disturbance to a blissfully sleeping or potentially fussy baby. The downside is that infants don't stay infants forever and will grow out of these types of car seats.
|Convertible Car Seat|
The convertible car seat is not a bright red and topless Chevy Corvette. These are known as "convertible" car seats because they are more flexible in the car. They can start out as a rear-facing car seat and later be rotated and used as a front-facing car seat. Some of them can accommodate toddlers up to 40 or 45 pounds giving them a longer life span than the infant car seat. The downside is that they don't offer the portable convenience of infant car seats.
For us, we've opted for convenience during the infant years and will go with an infant style car seat. Additionally, infant car seats can directly snap into some strollers. Dare we say no to a direct car-to-stroller transfer? Hell no! So the next step was for us to look up some car seat and stroller combos. In baby industry lingo, these are often known as "Travel Systems." Sort of sounds like we're operating a high-tech battleship, but that is also oddly comforting...and empowering :)
|Chicco Cortina KeyFit Travel System|