My husband and I originally bought a Graco Snugride for our babies, but after the carseat laws were changed to keep babies rear-facing until age two, we needed another carseat to fit this guideline. We still wanted a carrier-type carseat that we could use for infants, but that would last us a couple of years. We finally bought a Grado Safe Seat and have used it for our last two children. It comes with a headrest for the newborn stage, which I really appreciate, but can still hold bigger babies. The paradox of this carseat is its size. It has to be bigger (both in length as well as weight) in order to accommodate the older babies, but at the same to me it is even heavy with a newborn coming home from the hospital. I have not used it often as a carrier-type carseat just because of its weight. Since it is a longer carseat, it barely fits in our mid-size car. We have since upgraded to a minivan that works with it just fine, but it has a hard time fitting in even the larger size of car. It would definitely not work with a compact car.