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The 5 Best Purple Infant Car Seats – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Make no mistake – this really is a review of the best five purple infant car seats. Not the best moments of the movie The Color Purple or the best Deep Purple songs – purple infant car seats. Why? Because you know you’re going to need a car seat before you can take your baby anywhere, how to choose the right car seat for your baby and lots of other things…and, most importantly, you know the car seat absolutely HAS to be purple.

Admittedly, the selection isn’t as wide as it normally would be when it comes to car seats that come in purple. Still, there are some pretty good choices out there. We’ve narrowed them down to five because we know finding the best infant car seat for your infant is easier said than done.

Even in this more limited segment, the choice can be overwhelming, what with convertible car seats, booster car seats, lightweight car seats, car seats for big cars, car seats for small cars…the list is endless. Make sure you look at the different car seat types at the end of this article.

The 5 Best Purple Infant Car Seats

Product Name
Product weight
Product size (L x W x H)
Price
Evenflo Nurture
6.5 pounds
11 x 18 x 28 inches
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Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat
8.9 pounds
16 x 18 x 31 inches
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Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Car Seat
19 pounds
23.5 x, 18.5 x 22 inches
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Safety 1st Grow N Go EX Air 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
20 pounds
24 x 19 x 23.8 inches
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Graco Tranzitions 3-in-1 Harness Booster Convertible Car Seat
17.77 pounds
18.9 x 10.5 x 33.5 inches
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Our Number 1 Pick: Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat

The Evenflo Nurture has all the safety features a parent would need in a car seat. It is rigorously crash tested and offers side impact protection like most other seats, but also utilizes a five-point harness and energy-absorbent foam to keep your baby safe in an accident. The level indicators will help you position the seat at the perfect angle. Its LATCH connectors make it simple to install in most cars.

Evenflo Nurture is equipped with a stay-in-car base, installation instructions, and an adjustable harness. You can install the seat without a base if you want to, and the seat carries FAA-approval for air travel. The cushions are machine washable. The Evenflo is not compatible with any other strollers by the same brand, so you won’t be able to remove the carrier out of the base and transfer it to a stroller quickly.

The Nurture supports newborns from 5 pounds and toddlers up to 22 pounds and 29 inches. When your child exceeds this limit, we recommend getting another rear-facing car seat.

Pros
  • Very low price
  • Outstanding safety features
Cons
  • Will not support a child over 22 pounds / 29 inches
  • Not compatible with Evenflo strollers

Our Number 2 Choice: Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat

The Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 is a rare finding in the world of baby car seats, with a rear-facing weight limit of 30 pounds. However, it’s actually an improvement in height and weight limits compared to other seats by the same brand and it still is one of the lightest baby seats you can buy in the United States. Apart from the increased height and weight limits, another new feature on this model is an anti-rebound bar installed on the base.

You can use the Mico Max 30 as soon as your baby leaves the hospital or other medical facility. It is only used facing backwards (which is the safest position for any seat). Once the baby outgrows the seat, parents can switch to a convertible car seat so you can keep on facing backward until you decide to face forward in either a combo or convertible car seat. The main advantage of starting with a baby seat like the purple Mico Max 30 over a convertible is that it’s going to be a lot easier to install. It is also relatively light.

Base Installation

We find the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing between the seat belt for a base installation and LATCH anchors is that you’ve got to choose between the anchors and the seat belt; they actually can’t both be used with the base. As these systems are designed for independent use, neither of them increases the safety level of the seat. If you have only one infant seat, the LATCH installations are faster than seat belt installations, but we suggest always using seat belt installations when installing several seats beside each other, as that offers the most space.

Pros
  • Rear-facing from 5-30 pounds and up to 32 inches
  • Lightest premium infant car seat available
  • Self-wicking fabric
Cons
  • Narrow width – only 18 inches

Our Number 3 Pick: Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Infant Car Seat

This car seat offers great value for money, just like our first choice. It’s convertible, as its name suggests, meaning it can be used in the rear-facing position for infants before transitioning to forward-facing as they grow. The Graco Size 4 Me 65 has passed rigorous crash tests, meeting or exceeding all US safety standards. It is equipped with the EPS energy-absorbing foam to ensure effective impact energy absorption if you’re ever in an accident. Parents can rest assured knowing that their babies are safe and protected in this car seat.

User-Friendly

If the harnesses are not adjusted correctly, the car seat can’t fully protect your child. It is a good thing that this isn’t an issue with this purple infant car seat – the Simply Safe Adjust patented harness system in this seat is easy for parents to use – it can be adjusted with just one hand. The seat features a total of three recline positions, making it easy to find the right position to make your child comfortable and safe.

Cup Holder

There’s a convenient, easy to use cup holder built right into the infant car seat. It’s just the right size for a sip cup or a water bottle. We know how important it is to have a drink nearby and how upset babies can get without one on the road!

Adjustable Headrest

The headrest features a total of 8 different positions. When you adjust the size, it moves right along with the harness. That means the infant’s body and head always have the right amount of support for total comfort.

Machine Washable

This is a point not to be underestimated. As a parent, you must know (or you will soon find out) how messy car seats can get, so being machine washable is a distinct advantage. What is more, the Size4Me 65 seat cover is easy to remove – it is not even necessary to uninstall the car seat to take off the cover.

Make sure you look at the user manual – it gives special instructions for small infants. Babies as light as 4 pounds can use this seat safely, but it can be a little tough to get them in the correct reclining position.

According to the manufacturer, babies should stay facing backward until they reach 20 pounds. Also, their head needs to be at least 1 inch below the top of the car seat. They need to be moved to the forward-facing position if they’re taller than that. Once the child becomes heavier than 40 pounds, you can turn the seat around and have them face forward.

You’ll really appreciate how easy it is to adjust the harness height in this seat. This is a bothersome and difficult process in a lot of other car seats because you have to uninstall the seat and re-thread the harness straps to switch the seating mode.

Easy installation

The seat is equipped with a latch system that makes the installation process incredibly easy and simple. The seat also has an easy-to-read indicator of the level that takes all the guesswork out of installation. All a user needs to do is check the indicator to make sure that the seat has been installed correctly. This will also let you see if the baby is reclining at the right angle in both the forward- and backward-facing positions.

Finally, a few words about the so-called “in and out” feature – it is a breeze getting your baby in and out of the car seat thanks to the 5-point front adjustable harness.

Pros
  • Generous height limit
  • Easy installation
Cons
  • Relatively low rear-facing weight limit

Our Number 4 Pick: Safety 1st Grow N Go EX Air 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The 3-in-1 Grow and Go EX Air Car Seat from Safety 1st is unique not only among the top five, but among all or at least most other infant car seats available on the market in that it enables extended use in each growth phase. This ensures the baby rides more safely and comfortably. In the rear-facing position, the weight limit is 50 pounds. This convertible car seat is designed to last through all early stages of growth, from infant through toddler.

Superior Protection

This seat guarantees superior protection thanks to the patented Air Protect technology. Compared to the same car seats without this technology, testing proves that seats which have it are a lot safer. The advanced cushioning system, developed using premium levels of safety testing equipment exceeding government standards makes this one of the safest seats on the market.

The seat comes with three cozy reversible pillows for a snug fit that can be removed easily as your baby grows. In front-facing mode, the seat keeps your child protected in a harness up to 65 pounds. In both modes, harness holders keep the harness out of the way, making it unproblematic to get the child in and out of the seat. Parents can use the belt-positioning booster mode for a safer seat up to 100 pounds after their child is ready to use the vehicle seat belts.

Dryer Safe Cover

The seat is also easy to clean with a dryer safe and machine washable cover, also because the cover is easy to remove. It attaches to the seat with snaps so you don’t have to disassemble the car seat or remove the harness. Just unsnap and remove the pad – and put it in the washing machine.

Pros
  • Grow-with-baby pillows for a comfortable ride
  • 2 integrated cup holders
  • 3-position recline makes it easy to get a good fit in your car
  • IIHS Best Bet rating for use in booster mode
  • Exceeds federal safety standards
Cons
  • Straps can be hard to tighten and loosen

Rounding Out The Top 5: Graco Tranzitions 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat  

Graco Tranzitions is the second Graco model on our list – this is a more recent, 3-in-1 harness booster model. It comes in 3 different modes: backless booster for 40-100 lbs kids, high-back booster for kids that weigh between 30 and 100 lbs, and forward-facing with harness for toddlers between 22 and 65 lbs.

This model is equipped with the Simply Safe Adjust Harness System, which can adjust the headrest and harness at once and features 8 different height positions without rethreading. Simply Safe Adjust harness system makes sure that your child gets the right fit while also guaranteeing a comfortable transition at every stage of growth.

Crash and Side Impact Tested

This model has undergone all necessary crash and side impact testing, meeting and even exceeding US safety standards. It also features a dual cup holder to help your child access his or her favorite drink during the trip easily. The model’s one-hand, 5-position adjustable headrest ensures adaptability.

Easy Maintenance

This infant car seat is very easy to clean. The seat pad, body support and harness covers are all removable and machine washable, so there’s no need to fret when the baby douses the seat pad with milk, chocolate, or both.

All in all, Graco Tranzitions is a good alternative if your budget is limited because its modes and weight limit are comparable to those of pricier products. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature recline positions, EPS energy absorbing foam or a steel reinforced frame. It has primarily positive reviews despite being less comfortable than comparable infant car seats according to actual users.

Pros
  • Side Impact Tested
  • Rigorously Crash Tested
  • Latch Compatible
Cons
  • Frame not steel
  • No recline positions
  • No energy absorbing foam

What to Look for When Buying Purple Infant Car Seats

Although car seat laws vary by state, infants across the US have to be in rear-facing seats, while toddlers can be in either forward or backward-facing seats as long as they meet the weight and height requirements. In most states, older children have to ride in a booster seat. Here’s a quick clarification of the difference between car seat types:

Convertibles

These seats switch to front-facing seats for older kids from back-facing seats for babies and toddlers. The front-facing position usually accommodates children up to 65 pounds.

Car Seats for Infants

These seats are appropriate for newborns and suitable until the child reaches the seat’s weight or height limit (weight limit is 30 pounds on average). These seats always face backwards. When the child outgrows the infant car seat, parents get a forward-facing seat, like a convertible that is designed to fit toddlers. We recommend starting out with this type of car seat, the most important reason being safety. Although most babies will fit in a convertible or all-in-one car seat, specialists generally agree that babies under 20 pounds are best secured in an infant car seat.

Boosters

Parents get booster car seats between the time the child needs a car seat to when he or she can start using an adult seat belt. This type of seat will help your child sit up higher so your car’s lap and shoulder belt crosses their body at the right points and holds them safely. These seats are designed for kids who weigh at least 40 pounds and are at least four years old.

Our Final Say On The Top 5 Purple Infant Car Seats

When choosing an infant car seat, please keep in mind that a convertible seat’s harness straps may be too long to give the baby the right tightness. Always test them to see if your baby’s harness is tight enough. Sometimes, the harness slots are located too high up.

When facing backwards, the harness shoulder straps should emerge from the car seat just below or at the baby’s shoulders for the right level of protection. If they’re above your baby’s shoulders, that means they’re too high.

In conclusion, please keep in mind that newborns should ride at an angle of about 30 to 45 degrees to provide maximum collision protection without breathing issues arising. Some convertible infant seats will take up too much space when installed at this angle back-to-front, which is why it is important to always consider the size before you buy. If this isn’t the case, the driver or passengers may have to pull up their seats, causing them inconvenience.

About the Author Gail Morrison

Hey there, I'm Gail Morrison, Founder and Editor here at Best Infant Car Seats. Being a mother is hard work, but it’s also full of surprises and laughter. With every month that passes, the joy only gets bigger, watching our kids grow. The journey never ends, and that’s what I love about it the most. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and tips with you.

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