You probably want a convertible, that can face forward or rear face. By, law, baby MUST be rear facing until a MINIMUM of both 1 yr old and 20 lbs. However, the current recommendations are to keep baby rear facing until a MINIMUM of 2 yrs old.
I'd also suggest one that goes up to at least 65 lbs. I have the Britax Marathon (I've had my LO in this since she was about 8 lbs). Baby can stay rear facing up to 35 lbs, and forward facing (with the 5 pt harness) until 65 lbs. when you look at price, consider that if it goes up to 65 lbs your child will easily fit in it for 5-6 years.
at 4:47 PM on Sep. 4, 2010