1/14/18 UPDATE: MyFit is now shipping to retailers! It is currently available at Target (“Indigo” fashion) and Babies R Us (“Gardenia” fashion) and it’s coming soon to Amazon(both regular & LE models), ChiccoUSA.com, BuyBuyBaby, and other retailers. See our unboxing video below for more details. Full review is in the works!
Chicco USA is about to release a new product and after 12 months of tightly zipped lips, we’re finally able to share the details! Please join me in congratulating Chicco on the newest member of their carseat family, MyFit Harness + Booster combination seat. MyFit will be arriving in stores mid-January 2018. There will be 2 versions available, MyFit and MyFit LE. I will discuss the differences between them but first let’s talk about specs, features, and measurements. We will add additional info regarding fit-to-vehicle and fit-to-child in a full MyFit review coming soon!
Chicco MyFit Specs:
With 5-point Harness: forward-facing only 25-65 lbs.; 54″ tall or less; child at least 2 years old
Belt-Positioning Booster: 40-100 lbs.; 38-57″ tall; child at least 4 years old
8-year lifespan before expiration
Easy adjust no-rethread harness with 9-position headrest
4 recline positions for customizable child positioning (in both harness & booster mode)
Bubble level indicators for both harness mode and booster mode
FAA approved for use on airplanes (harness mode only)
Maximum harness height: 19.5″
Maximum booster seated height: 20.25″ (measured to bottom of shoulder belt guide)
Width at widest points: 17.5″ (armrests & torso wings)
Weight: 24.5 lbs.
Differences between MyFit & MyFit LE
MyFit will not feature SuperCinch force-multiplying system on the LATCH strap but will still have the premium push-on lower LATCH connectors. There will be 6 fashions available at launch, which is a lot for a brand new product! MSRP is $199.
This year’s ABC Kids Expo was a little smaller than in years past. A few major manufacturers didn’t attend and there weren’t a slew of new products, but there was still plenty to see and we always have a blast with our industry friends and colleagues!
CarseatBlog Team – Heather, Jennie, Kecia & Darren
Here’s a recap of this year’s show:
The newest car seat from Britax is the Endeavours, a rear-facing-only infant seat based on the B-Safe 35 Elite. What sets Endeavours apart is that it has an anti-rebound bar on the base and a European (around-the-back) seatbelt routing option. The mesh on the anti-rebound bar is removable for washing and will help keep kids from wedging their feet behind the bar. The base for the Endeavours is compatible with current B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant carseats, so if a consumer already owns one of those current models they can purchase the Endeavours base separately to use with the compatible Britax infant seat they already own.
Britax has also launched the Spark collection for their existing seats. These seats have upgraded softgoods and will be available exclusively at the Brixy line of independent retailers.
On the stroller front, Britax has a new stroller called the B-Free. This stroller has tons of storage, including seven pockets and a basket that can be reached from the front or back. It has a single front wheel, a large canopy, and–best of all–has a 65-pound weight limit! It will retail for $349, and will also be available as part of a travel system with the Endeavours.
NextFit iX is replacing the original NextFit model. New 2018 fashions are coming soon for all Chicco carseats (KeyFit, Fit2, NextFit iX) and KidFit boosters. There is a new product coming in 1st quarter 2018 that we can’t talk about (yet) but we’ll share that info as soon as we get the green light to do so.
We’re still anxiously awaiting clek’s new infant seat, but in the meantime, they have some neat new covers.
The first is a merino wool cover that is naturally flame-retardant, meaning that it meets flammability standards with no added chemicals in the fabric or foam. Clek is still deciding whether to go with the lighter or darker gray, so stay tuned. Price will run $429-$499 for convertibles.
Clek is also coming out with a tokidoki unicorn print called unicorn disco. These are bold, rockin’ unicorns rather than the typical fancy pastel kind. The unicorn seats should be available in the first quarter of 2018. Unicorn Disco Foonfs will retail for $499, Oobrs for $349, and Ollis for $129.
We can’t wait for the launch of the Sirona M, the upcoming convertible seat from Cybex. Not much has changed with Sirona M since the last time we wrote about it, but we do have more details on the technology that will set it apart from other high-end convertibles. Sirona M will employ a system similar to the Evenflo SensorSafe system that uses a dongle (that’s a word for it–really) to connect with the car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD II) port. A chime will sound when the car is turned off with a child in the seat (it knows when the chest clip is buckled) so it can help reduce accidental hot-car deaths.
That’s not where the technology stops, though. The Sirona M’s app aims to eliminate misuse by making things easier for parents. It will have videos and instructions to help parents install and adjust their seats properly. An interactive feature will allow caregivers to enter the year, make, and model of their car, and the app will tell them if they’re allowed to use lower anchors in the center position. Based on information the parent enters about their child, the app can send reminders when it expects children to reach certain milestones (like weight limits) that might require parents to make adjustments to the seat.
No technology is foolproof, but with people being more reliant on it than ever, we’re excited that Cybex is making advances that could be very useful–or even lifesaving!
New designer fashion collection from Anna K for some existing Cybex products include the Space Rocket collection. It’s pretty rare to find images on carseats these days, so this should appeal to a lot of parents who are looking for something a bit different (and delightfully nerdy!).
In strollers, gb has created a new version of its folding Pockit stroller: the Pockit+ (Pocket Plus). Pocket+ has a larger, UV-rated canopy, is slightly wider, and can accommodate a carrycot as well as Cybex infant seats with adapters. It still folds-up to a teeny-tiny size that’s just 2″ wider than the original Pockit. Pockit + should be available at the end of January for $279.
Cybex also has a cool new stroller, EEZY S TWIST. A simple lever allows caregivers to quickly swivel the seat from front- to back-facing in a matter of seconds. It holds a child weighing up to 55 lbs. while the stroller itself weighs less than 17 lbs. Available in the 1st quarter of 2018 for $299.
Cybex is also launching a new baby carrier, Yema. The sophisticated fabric is designed to mimic a luxury handbag or fine suit. It has strong hook-and-loop closures that allow parents to easily adjust the length and width of the carrier to fit babies of different sizes. A tuck-away hood can add extra protection for baby, and hidden buckles help maintain a sleek look. Yema will retail for $135.
Updated: 2017 and 2018 Nuna PIPA lite and PIPA lite lx Preview
Ever wondered why after decades of popularity, infant carriers still seem heavy? With all the inserts and a canopy it’s like somehow the upscale models all feel close to 10 pounds. We’ve heard promises of ultra-light, carbon fiber designs for years, but they’ve never appeared. So what is the absolute lightest weight rear-facing only infant carseat carrier on the market in the USA for 2017? In September, it will be the nuna PIPA™ lite at only 6 pounds with canopy! It’s a hair over 5 pounds without canopy, and just under 7 pounds with both the full newborn insert and canopy.
The PIPA lite will be sold at independent Brixy affiliated retailers in the USA for $349. Nordstrom is now taking pre-orders for the deluxe PIPA lite lx at $399. It should ship by early December. Adding only half a pound, nuna gives the lx the awesome Dream Drape™ canopy plus upgraded Merino wool TENCEL™ blend knit fabrics with no flame retardants added! We’ve felt these new wool fabrics and they have a very premium, soft feel.
Here are the basics. The PIPA lite shaves just over 2.5 pounds off the fabulous PIPA. The lite lx is more than 2 pounds lighter than the original PIPA. Lightweight, high performance materials in the shell and foam liners allowed nuna to cut the weight considerably while claiming to have no reduction in crash testing performance! Notably, they use high strength aluminum and proprietary aeroflex™ EPP energy absorbing foam fused directly to a re-invented semi-flexible thin wall shell. That means no more breaking of the stiff, white energy absorbing foam layer found in most carseats. Both PIPA lite and lite lx are completely flame retardant free. Both lite models come with an all-new matching head and body newborn insert. The patented design with memory foam insert helps it to meet the enhanced European 129 safety standard. They also include an extra set of dye-free GOTS™ certified organic cotton newborn inserts and harness/crotch strap covers inside the box!
PIPA lite carrier specs:
Weight limit: 4-32 lbs
Height limit: up to 32″
Inside depth: ~14″
Inside hip width: ~9″
Inside height: ~18″
Buckle slot depth: 7″
Harness slot heights: 6″, 7.5″, 9.5″
Outside dimensions: 27.25″ x 17.5″w x 22.5″h
Carrier weight: 5.3 lbs, 6.1 lbs with canopy
Carrier + insert weight: 6.7 lbs with canopy
Handle positions: 3
Harness height positions: 3 (2 using insert)
Expiration: 7 years
The lite models use the same steel-reinforced PIPA base as the original model. That includes the dual bubble recline indicators, load stability leg and belt lock-off system, plus the wonderful rigid LATCH attachments. LATCH guides are included in the box to help with installation.
This is a pretty amazing feat of engineering, to be honest. As with every single carseat design on the market, there are always tradeoffs and compromises.