Double the love and double the effort, when parents have twins there’s so much to consider. Among parents’ concerns are how to transport their bundles of love in safety, and that’s where the search for the best infant car seats for twins comes in.
We take a look at some of the best-rated ones on the market, comparing information from Consumer Reports ratings (subscription required) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Ease of Use Ratings.
- Evenflo Serenade – Boasting a five-star ease-of-use rating from the NHTSA, the Evenflo Serenade infant car seat can accommodate infants from five to 35 pounds and from 19 to 32 inches in height. It also features a five-point harness type. The Serenade’s push-button connectors are used as LATCH attachments. Evenflo is a popular manufacturer of products for infants and toddlers. Another benefit is availability: Evenflo products are available at large retail outlets, including Walmart’s. Consumer Reports rates the Evenflo Serenade with a score of 64 (out of 100).
- Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat – With an overall four-star ease-of-use rating from the NHTSA, the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat accommodates infants from four to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches in height, and also features a five-point harness. Push-button connectors are available for LATCH. An Italian company, Chicco currently only offers infant car seats in the United States. Consumer Reports gives the Chicco KeyFit 30 a Recommend with a score of 80 (out of 100).
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 – Fitting infants from five to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches in height, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 features a five-point harness type and push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. Consumer Reports says Peg Perego’s products are “often considered high-end and are available mostly in boutique-type retail outlets.”
- The First Years Via – Five stars across the board for all categories in the NHTSA ease-of-use ratings signify The First Years Via as a prime contender for best infant car seats for twins. With its five-point harness type, the First Years Via accommodates infants from four to 22 pounds and up to 30 inches in height. Push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. The First Years brand, says Consumer Reports, which scores The First Years Via 1450 at 67 (out of 100), offers a number of child seat, feeding, travel, and care products.
- Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat – Awarded four stars for overall ease-of-use by the NHTSA, the Baby Trend Flex-Loc infant car seat accommodates infants from five pounds up to 30 pounds and up to 30 inches and features a five-point harness. As for installation ease, the NHTSA ratings say the push-button-style connectors are used as LATCH attachments. Belt positioning feature is easy to use, but parents may need to consult the owner’s manual.
Remember that when shopping for the best infant car seats for twins, it’s important that safety and ease of use be your primary concerns. Each infant must be protected with the best system you can buy, but you must also know how to properly install and use it for it to be effective.