Earlier this month, New Jersey became the first state to enact a law (see new law here) requiring all children under the age of 2 years old to remaining rear-facing. I saw many people concerned that they already had their under 2 year old forward facing and they couldn’t afford a new seat. With a $75 fine in place if pulled over and your child is not rear facing and under 2, I decided to put together this compilation of seats to pick from that are under $100. These seats will likely get your child to rear facing until 2, possibly even longer. The New Jersey law states that children should rearface for a minimum of 2 years, and then until they reach the weight and/or height limits of their seat.
There’s also no need to worry about the price being so low on some of these. All seats in the United States must pass the same testing, so there’s no truth to one car seat being safer than another.
Cosco Scenera Next
This seat is amazingly affordable at just $45 at Walmart.com! or $58 via Amazon. It rearfaces until 40lbs or 40″ (whichever comes first). The downside to this seat is that it maxes out at 40lbs for both rear and forward facing, so you will have to purchase a new seat for forward facing.
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Evenflo Sureride DLX
Still very affordable at $84.88 from Walmart.com! or Amazon (free shipping on both sites – 3 days with Amazon Prime), this seat rearfaces until 40lbs or 40″ (whichever comes first). It can also be used forward facing until your child hits 65lbs or 54″
While we don’t go into details beyond height and weight in this particular post, it’s important to make sure that the seat is compatible with the car that you will be installing it in while using. For this, we recommend joining Car Seats For the Littles Group on Facebook to speak with Certified Car Seat Techs.