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!
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
Forward-Facing: 22-65 lbs; 49″ 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.
MSRP for the NextFit is $299. The NextFit “Zip” model (cover has zipper for easy removal) is $349.