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Sneak Peek: Chicco NextFit Zip *MAX* Extended-Use Convertible!

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2019 Chicco NextFit Zip Max Preview

We’ve been sitting on a little secret and we’re excited to finally share the news! Chicco is launching their NextFit Zip Max Extended-Use Convertible in January 2019! This new model takes everything that we love about the original NextFit to the next level. With some structural and non-structural changes, the NextFit Zip Max has a lower rear-facing weight minimum (4 lbs.) and a higher rear-facing weight maximum (50 lbs.). Max also has more leg room (both RF & FF) thanks to an integrated extension panel. Additionally, this new model has an enhanced infant insert, smooth harness adjuster, zip-off cover plus all the original features that we know and love like SuperCinch LATCH connectors, 9-position no-rethread harness, lockoffs for RF & FF, liquid bubble level indicators, and more. Check out the video for all the details!

NextFit Max Specs & Features:

  • Rear-facing 4-50 lbs., 49″ or less
  • Forward-facing 22-65 lbs., 49″ or less
  • Integrated leg extension
  • EZ zip & wash cover
  • Breathable 3D Air Mesh backrest
  • Enhanced newborn positioner for babies 4-11 lbs.
  • Harness strap covers, buckle cover & hip strap covers
  • 9-position, no-rethread harness
  • 9-position base
  • SuperCinch LATCH attachments
  • Lockoffs for RF & FF seatbelt install
  • Bubble level recline indicators
  • 2 folding cupholders (“cup-folders”)
  • MSRP $369.99

 

 

  

Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!

hiccapop UberBoost Preview

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We were skeptical when we first heard about the hiccapop UberBoost inflatable booster seat. We typically hear about new seats long before they’re released, and since we’d heard nothing about this one, we suspected it might not be legitimate. It’s not uncommon to go on Amazon and find similar but dangerous, imported “seats” that don’t meet federal safety standards, such as this inflatable booster seat we “reviewed” a couple years ago. To be honest, I ordered this seat fully expecting to write another one of those “reviews.” Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened up the box to find what appears to be a totally legitimate product.

There’s a registration card attached to the product.

There’s a manual.

There’s what appears to be complete federally required labeling.

Then there’s the seat itself. Unlike the knockoff seat linked up above, the UberBoost feels firm and sturdy, not like a beachball.

Some quick stats on the seat:

  • Weight range: 40-110 lbs
  • Height range: 38-62 inches
  • No minimum age listed
  • Seat width: approximately 14.5 inches
  • Depth: 14″
  • Height (of seating area): 4.5″
What we like

The air bladder is made of a very strong, heavy-duty vinyl. Fully inflated, the seat has barely any give when I push down on it. It feels more like a padded, conventional seat than something inflatable.

It’s a nice size–not too big that it’ll take up a lot of room, but large enough that it seems like it would be stable and supportive.

Grippy material on the bottom should help keep the seat from sliding around and should help keep it stable. I gave it a few nudges while it was sitting on the leather seat of my Odyssey, and I was impressed at how it didn’t move.

2019 Chicco NextFit Convertible Lineup: NextFit Sport, Zip & Zip Air

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I recently had the pleasure of being invited to Chicco HQ to check out what’s new and coming soon in the carseat department. Here’s what I can share at the moment – the NextFit lineup has been expanded and there are now several different NextFit “trim levels” with different features and options! They are also dropping the “iX” labeling on this new lineup although all of these seats are the updated models with the new style lock-offs and the 9-position headrest.

NextFit Sport

The Sport model does not include an infant insert cushion. Therefore, it is not suitable for newborns and the starting weight limit on this model is 12 lbs.

  • 12-40 lbs. Rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. Forward-facing
  • 9-position, no-rethread harness
  • 9-position base
  • SuperCinch LATCH attachments
  • Lock-offs for RF & FF seatbelt install
  • Bubble level recline indicators
  • Cupholder (can attach to either side)
  • Harness strap covers & buckle cover
  • Fashions: Black, Graphite, Shadow
  • MSRP $249.99

   

 

NextFit ZIP

  • 5-40 lbs. Rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. Forward-facing
  • EZ zip & wash cover
  • Infant insert for babies 5-11 lbs.
  • Harness strap covers & buckle cover
  • 9-position, no-rethread harness
  • 9-position base
  • SuperCinch LATCH attachments
  • Lock-offs for RF & FF seatbelt install
  • Bubble level recline indicators
  • Folding cupholder (“cup-folder”)
  • Fashions: Corvus, Geo, Vivaci, Juniper, Nebulous, Carbon
  • MSRP $299.99

       

 

NextFit Zip Air

  • 5-40 lbs. Rear-facing
  • 22-65 lbs. Forward-facing
  • EZ zip & wash cover
  • Breathable 3D Air Mesh backrest
  • Infant insert for babies 5-11 lbs.
  • Harness strap covers & buckle cover
  • ComfortFlex hip strap covers
  • 9-position, no-rethread harness
  • 9-position base
  • SuperCinch LATCH
  • Lock-offs for RF & FF seatbelt install
  • Bubble level recline indicators
  • Folding cupholder (“cup-folder”)
  • Fashions: Azzurro, Rozzo
  • MSRP $329.99

 

 

2018 ABC Show Updates

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Baby Jogger

Baby Jogger has a couple of new rear-facing only infant seats coming out. The City Go 2 is the updated version of the City Go and features upgraded soft goods and a new base. The City Go Air features the Graco SnugLock anti-rebound base with upgraded features such as a privacy drape and Euro belt path shoulder belt clip for use without the base. Like the current City Go, the new base with the SnugLock panel and anti-rebound bar is designed to fit the City Go seats only.

    

Britax

“Safe Wash”

We know you wash your covers in the washing machine out of desperation despite what the manual says, but Britax has a set of covers that actually allow machine wash and dry now without damaging the flame retardancy because the fabric is inherently flame-retardant without having extra chemicals (which could usually wash away) added to it. Instead of printing up new instruction manuals for each set of seats that allow machine washing and drying, the manuals will refer owners to care labels on the covers themselves. Currently, it will be available in the “Otto” fashion on the Endeavours, Advocate ClickTight, and Pinnacle ClickTight, and will add $10 to the price. These are available at local Brixy retailers.

Britax also showed other technical fabrics, such as their Nanotex, which wipes clean super easily, available at local Brixy retailers on the Endeavours, Boulevard ClickTight, Frontier ClickTight, and Highpoint; Cool Flow, which features a mesh for air flow on the B-Safe 35 Ultra, Boulevard ClickTight, Advocate ClickTight, Frontier ClickTight, Pinnacle ClickTight, and Highpoint; Dual Comfort, which features a fabric with cooling channels with wicking fabric on the side available at Target on the B-Safe 35, Marathon ClickTight, and Midpoint; and Cool N Dry featuring Thermo5, which is a sweat-wicking fabric, available at buybuyBaby on the Endeavours, Boulevard ClickTight, and Frontier ClickTight.

Britax Cool N Dry

We mentioned it on Facebook, but in case you missed it, Britax is now putting expiration dates on their labels, along with the manufacture date. Although the lifespan of the seat is noted in the manual, it’s not always easy to find, so this will give parents and techs a quick way to discover how much life the seat has left.

Britax expiration

Stroller side . . .

  • BOB is phasing out the Flex and going to the Flex 30 after the beginning of 2019. The Flex 30 has a more flip-flop-friendly brake, more storage pockets, a fully upright seat, and an SPF-50+ canopy, among other features.
  • Blaze is replacing the Iron Man.
  • B-Lively is travel system compatible.

 

Clek

Even though we devoted an entire article to their new rear-facing only infant seat, the Liing, we did spot a new quilted cover for the Foonf. It was actually pretty hard to miss since it was front and center in their booth and so lovely. It doesn’t have a name yet though. Maybe one of our readers can help them?

Cybex

Aton M

  • Weighs 10.9 lbs.
  • Wing-style linear side impact
  • Insert has more padding to help small babies fit better
  • New base is exclusive to the Aton M
  • Shortest load leg position is 8″ to fit center humps
  • SensorSafe chest clip will be available by mid-November

Eternis S

December 1 U.S. launch, March 2019 Canada launch

This seat is similar to the Sirona but has some features that set it apart. It’s a new all-in-one seat with a unique headrest that increases internal recline as the headrest is adjusted lower, and also enables an infant’s head to tilt back farther to help keep their airway open. As the headrest moves up for older children, it can tilt back for sleeping, like the Cybex boosters.

  • 4-50 lbs. RF
  • 22-65 lbs. FF
  • 33-120 lbs. booster
  • $379 SensorSafe version
  • $349 non-SensorSafe version
  • 1-4 RF reclines
  • 5-6 FF reclines

Cybex has also updated the SensorSafe app.

  • Parents will need to register the receiver and buckle to their phone (to keep them from accidentally picking up another seat’s information.
  • People can enter emergency contacts.
  • People can enter their vehicle type
  • The app will walk users through the set-up process instead of people needing to go into settings to make entries

Canadians: The Aton 2 heading to Canada in March 2019

Diono

Monterey 4DXT

The Monterey is on its 4th update and the sides and headwings are a little deeper. The Monterey has more styling now: The Vogue line is wool and has faux-wood outer panels, while the Sport line (with a laser-cut design on the sides) is the new regular line.

Nuna

No new news from Nuna except for some new covers. It’s always lovely to look at Nunas though, so have a gaze. (Like the Pipa, the Rava will now also have a flame-retardant free option.)

  

UPPAbaby

Clek has a new convertible and belt-positioning booster coming, but we’ve already covered them here. Did you know one of the hottest trends this fall is plaid? UPPA does and they’ve got you covered.