The Chicco Car Seat Nextfit is a luxury convertible seat that is not meant for everyone. Because of its size and “design flaw,” only parents with HUGE vehicles will appreciate it.
Here’s how I see it.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||5-40 pounds|
|Forward-Facing Weight:||22-65 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 49 inches|
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Will It Fit In My Car?
Fitting this seat into your vehicle can be answered by the 9 recline positions it comes with. This is probably one of the few convertible car seats that offer this much option to recline the seat.
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|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
For parents worrying about installation issues, this seat comes with a fool-proof and intuitive design that would let you install the seat in the breeze. The LATCH straps even have labels in them saying that you have to pull this first, and the next one after.
No issues about not being a rocket scientist as even a first-time parent can handle the seat installation even if this is their first time seeing this seat.
How To Install The Chicco Nextfit Rear-Facing With LATCH
How To Install The Nextfit Rear-Facing With Seat Belt
|Country Of Origin:||China|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
No questions about how sturdy the seat is and if it can protect your child when an accident happens. As long as you install it properly (which is easy to do), you can entrust your child’s safety to how this seat is built.
How To Tighten The Chicco Nextfit Buckles
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Seat Weight:||25.5 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Yes|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||No|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
|Leg Straps Has Pads?||No|
The seat is very well-padded not just for safety but also for the added protection of your little passenger.
You don’t need to rethread the harness as your child grows. Just pull the headrest up or down and the harness height will adjust with it.
The removable infant insert doesn’t seem to help if you have a newborn. It’s a little ironic because although the specifications of the seat say rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds, the manual also says that you may have to wait for your child to be a bit bigger to fit comfortably.
The Seat Is Deep And The Sides Are High. I understand that the depth of the seat is supposed to be for the purpose of giving more leg room but that, combined with the high sides have a major impact on user-friendliness. Here’s what can happen.
If you have a small car where you cannot directly position yourself across the seat, you can have a hard time getting in your arms to adjust your child before you buckle them.
When you are parked beside another vehicle and therefore is limited to open the door all the way, the sides’ height can make it tricky to reach in and position your child.
Also, because of this, the airflow for your little passenger will seem to be restricted, resulting in discomfort and therefore an unhappy passenger.
It Is Difficult To Take The Cover Apart For Cleaning. Removing and putting back the seat cover when you need to wash it can be a little challenge. Chicco has provided a solution for this problem by altering the design a bit and making it “zippable” in the Chicco Nextfit Zip car seat*. The price is up by USD 50. It’s a good solution but an additional price to pay.
It seems that the Chicco Car Seat Nextfit is built for a truck or an SUV. Having this in a smaller vehicle would let you deal with the high sides issue.
It’s good that they have provided a solution for easily laundering the cover when they came up with the Nextfit Zip model.
Because it is not ideal for a newborn, that would mean getting an infant seat until your child is ready for this.
Safety-wise, it can satisfy you. But if I will get this seat, I will wait until my child has outgrown her infant car seat and I will surely get the Zip model instead. Just watching the “how to clean” video for 18 minutes plus makes me think that paying a little more to save time when removing the cover and putting it back is worth the money.
If your car is big enough to position yourself in front of the seat to help your toddler buckle up, I think it might be worth to give it a try.
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who got this seat to help you decide more.
What do you think?
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