I guess it’s true that good things come to those who wait. It seems like we waited an eternity for Chicco to debut a convertible carseat but clearly it was worth the wait. I’ll admit that I was a little worried – the Chicco KeyFit 30 is a well-loved infant seat and the bar was set pretty high for any convertible that would wear the Chicco name and have to please current KeyFit owners who were already “spoiled” by a carseat that was easy to use correctly and ridiculously easy to install properly in almost any vehicle. There was no doubt that the expectations were high and they needed to nail this one or else it was going to go down in the carseat history books as the biggest disappointment since the Nania Airway. Thankfully, my anxiety was for nothing because the Chicco NextFit convertible exceeds every expectation that I had for ease of use and ease of proper installation. Chicco people, you can pat yourselves on the back for another job well done!
*Update - All Chicco NextFit convertible carseats made during or after October 2013 have some minor updates. Please see our blog HERE for the full scoop.
So what makes the Chicco NextFit stand out in a crowded field of high-end convertibles?
One word – SuperCinch. Well, technically that’s two words but Chicco has made it one word and trademarked it so that’s what I’m going with. SuperCinch is a force multiplying system that makes it possible for anyone, even an elderly grandparent, to get a rock-solid installation in less than 1 minute using LATCH. It’s so easy that even my husband can do it properly! Without me hovering. Or coaching. Or leaving post-it notes in the seat. Seriously, it’s that easy. This seat could not only save lives – it could save marriages! ;)
In addition to the incredibly innovative force-multiplying SuperCinch system, Chicco has really gone out on a limb to design and engineer a seat that is very easy for parents and caregivers to use correctly and equally difficult to misuse if you’re actually making an attempt to “do it right”.
Rear-Facing: 5-40 lbs; outgrown by height once there is only 1″ of shell above the child’s head with the head rest portion fully extended
Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs; 50″ or less; at least 1 year old. *Chicco and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend all children ride REAR-FACING until age 2 or they reach the weight/height limits of this seat.
FAA Approved for use on aircraft
8 year lifespan before seat expires
Each NextFit model comes with harness strap covers (optional), an infant insert which is only for babies who weigh between 5-11 lbs and an accessory cup holder.
The pattern shown in this review is called “Gravity.” It is a gender-neutral black and grey cover. There are other NextFit fashions available at different retailers and etailers. Amazon sells the Mystique, Studio, Rose & Juno fashions. Seats sold and shipped directly from Amazon come with free shipping and free returns in case it doesn’t work out for some reason. Pulse & Gemini fashions are BRU exclusives. The Gravity cover is a Target exclusive. And Intrigue & Mystique are available at Kids-n-Cribs.
MSRP for the NextFit is $279-$299.