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6 Best All-In-One Car Seats

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6 Best All-In-One Car Seats

Infant car seat, convertible car seat, high-back booster and backless booster... Did you know that by the time your child is 10 years old, you may end up purchasing as many as FOUR car seats? That's a lot of car seats (and a lot of money) for just one little human! We have a solution though: all-in-one car seats. Car seats that can accommodate children from birth through 10 years old are on the rise, and we are loving them. All-in-one car seats grow with your child's changing needs, saving you money and time! Never will you have to think about car seats again! Plus, they're versatile, which is great for parents transporting different sized babies, and are loaded with the newest and best safety features. Here are 6 all-in-one car seats that will be with you (and your babe) for the long haul!

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1. Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, $349.99

The Maxi-Cosi Magellan safely seats newborn through 10 years old! With 14-position headrest heights and 3 adjustable torso heights, this seat literally grows with your child. Plus a HideAway harness transforms this seat into a booster seat for big kids.

2. Diono Radian 3 rXT All-in-One Car Seat, $299.99

The Diono Radian 3 rXT stands out of the car seat crowd thanks to its narrow build, which makes it possible to fit three across the backseat of most midsize cars. It’s a cozy ride for newborns children, and older kids can ride safely in the booster seat mode up to 120 lb. Plus the frame even folds flat for storage and travel.

3. Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, $349.99

The Graco 4Ever Exend2Fit 4-in-1fits the tiniest of newborns, starting at just 4 lbs, and safely holds children all the way up to 120 lbs. With a plush newborn insert, 6-position recline options and a 10-position head rest adjustment, this car seat will keep your child safe and comfy for nearly 10 years of use.

4. Safety First Grow and Go EX Air 3-in-1Convertible Car Seat, $199.99

All-in-one car seats are inherently budget friendly, but the Grow and Go EX Air from Safety First really packs a punch for a $200 price point. Air Protect side impact protection keeps baby super safe, plus the QuickFit Harness allows for easy adjustments to the harness and headrest all at once.

2. Baby Jogger City View All-in-One Car Seat, $349.99

The Baby Jogger City View’s slim design helps save space in the backseat of your car, which is great for parents driving smaller vehicles. The City View offers extended rear-facing capability and eventually turns into a booster suitable for children up to 100 lb.

6. Evenflo EveryStage DLX, All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, 229.99

The Evenflo EveryStage DLX’s innovative EasyClick LATCH system makes it easier to get a super secure installation. In fact, this technology achieves an installation that is three times tighter. So no matter what mode your child is riding in, rear, front or booster, you’ll feel confident they’re riding in a car seat that is safe and secure.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

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    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

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    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

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    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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