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Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat

Introducing the NextFit Convertible Car Seat from Chicco, the makers of the #1-rated KeyFit! Engineered with innovative safety and convenience features, the NextFit is the easiest convertible car seat to install accurately and securely. The exclusive Recline Sure 9-position Leveling System provides the most recline options to accommodate a wide range of vehicles, and the Super Cinch LATCH tightener uses force-multiplying technology to help achieve a SUPER tight and secure vehicle fit with a fraction of the effort! Just like the KeyFit, two RideRight bubble levels accurately indicate correct seat angle in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes. And, when you're ready to move to forward-facing, an integrated slide path makes it easy to re-position the LATCH strap without re-threading! Other features include a removable infant insert for smaller babies, 5-point harness with 2-position chest clip, 6-position headrest with integrated harness adjustment, built-in belt lock-offs for installation with vehicle belt, machine-washable seat pad, and removable cup holder for use on either side of the seat.

Features:

  • ReclineSure 9-position leveling system provides the most recline options of any convertible seat for an accurate fit in a wider range of vehicles
  • Two RideRight bubble levels indicate correct seat angle in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Exclusive SuperCinch LATCH Tightener uses force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit with a fraction of the effort!
  • Integrated slide path makes it easy to re-position the LATCH strap for conversion from rear-facing to forward-facing
  • Infant insert provides added support for smaller babies
  • One-pull harness tightener for a quick and secure fit

Manufacturer Recommended Weight Limits:

  • Rear-facing: From 5 to 40 pounds
  • Forward-facing: From 22 to 65 pounds

Product Weight: 25 pounds

• Imported- China

Product Notes

Popularity: #71 in Car Seats
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    3.3

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    3.0

    Not Great for Rear-facing

    By Atliz

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me First Time Parent

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact

    Cons

    • Hard To Adjust Straps
    • Not Good For Infants

    Best Uses

    • Toddlers

    I was SO excited about this seat and the ability to rear face to 40lbs. We have the Chicco Keyfit 30 and love it so much, so after much research, we went with the NextFit.

    The complaints I saw in other reviews were mostly about the straps/shoulder pads, but those weren't an issue for me. The pads fit my 11 month old fine. Can't comment about removal because I have not tried to do that. The straps laying in the seat also don't bother me, they weren't hard to manage in that respect. The seat is great looking - nice fabric and clean look. A lot of carseats look cheap to me and this one doesn't, which is a major asthetic plus.

    My issues are two main things. 1 - the sides are so high that there is very little room between the side of my car and the sides of the carseat to get my daughter in - and I have a midsize SUV. She is a small child - 20th %tile - so if she was bigger (and when she gets bigger) it would be very difficult to get her in and out without banging her on either the sides of the carseat or sides of the car.

    The other issue for me is that rear facing, the button and strap to loosen/tighten the chest strap is nearly inaccessible, you need two hands to manage it, and combined with the high sides of the car seat, this is very difficult to do.

    Lastly, while I am not greatly concerned with leg room because they can easily cross their legs, there is far less leg room rear facing than there is when she is in the infant carrier.

    None of these issues would be a problem forward facing, which is why I'm keeping this seat until then.

    The real deal breaker for rear facing with it is that my daughter hated it. She fussed and whined the entire time. I think the large head pads and high sides prevented her from being able to see anything at all, and she just looked crammed in there. I would be clausterphobic about it too! Again, will not be an issue forward facing.

    Luckily, we are still far away from exceeding the limits of our keyfit 30 and we LOVE LOVE LOVE that, so that will be our rear-facing choice.

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    4.0

    Love it!

    By J's mommy

    from Akron, OH

    About Me First Time Parent

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy to install

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Hard To Tighten Straps
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      We had a very difficult time finding a carseat that would recline far enough in our car (Ford Edge) while rearfacing to be considered safe. This was the third one we bought that finally worked. I was told by a police officer trained to check carseats not to use the others we had tried as he tried and tried and couldn't get them to work in our car. He also said not to use the pool noodle/rolled towel that many carseat manufacturers recommend to get the right recline due to our leather seats making it too easy for things like this to slide, not allowing a good fit.

      The material is soft and seems comfortable, the install is very easy (even without using latch). I have had some difficulty raising/lowering the panel that slides the height of the harness up and down, but overall not a big issue. I agree with the other reviewer that it can be difficult to buckle due to the bulky shoulder pads not allowing for a good fit, but just takes some getting used to.

      Overall we liked this seat well enough to buy one for our other car that didn't have as much difficulty getting a good fit.

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      3.0

      ALMOST a great seat

      By brittcole

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Parent of Two or More Children

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact
      • Easy to Assemble
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Toddlers

      I really wanted to love this seat, but there are just a couple things that are deal breakers for me, so we are returning.

      I'll start with the pros:
      -INSTALL. This is by far the easiest seat to install EVER. It took me less than 5 minutes and was a super tight install. The bubble level on the side lets you know that you've got the recline angle right (there were two different recline settings I could have had mine set to in rear-facing mode).
      -Comfort - the memory foam is super soft and seat generally seemed to be really comfortable
      -Size - My husband and I are both really tall, so we've had issues with other seats fitting rear-facing while still leaving enough room for the driver's seat to be far enough back for us. This fit with more than enough room
      -Ability to rear-face an extended amount of time. The harness height limits and shell limits on this are only equal to one other seat on the market right now. With the recommendation to rear-face as long as possible, this is the main reason I chose this seat and why I wanted to love it.

      Now for the deal breakers...
      -The shoulder pads are terrible for a child smaller than 2 yrs old. They are massive, the bottoms (the side that touches the child) are coated in rubber and they make it next to impossible to buckle the child in tightly. They also are a huge pain (you have to ask Chicco for specific directions) to remove if they should need to be washed. I bought this seat for my 8 month old and with her squirming and the giant shoulder pads, it took me over 5 minutes just to strap her in tightly. I wouldn't trust someone other than myself or my husband to be able to get the straps tight enough as long as those shoulder pads are on there. {I should note that I did put my almost 3yo in this seat and the shoulder pads were not all that comfortable for her but were not nearly the issue with her as they were with my youngest.}
      -The crotch strap is incredibly short and there is no belly pad to go between the child's legs/crotch and the strap, which equals pinched skin if you're in a hurry.
      -Also, the straps tend to fall into the bucket of the seat, which meant twisted straps and/or digging underneath the child to get to the straps to buckle them in. (Britax and Recaro both have options to keep the straps on the side of the seat to avoid this issue.)
      All in all, this would be a great seat to have if you have to switch cars a lot because the install is far superior to any other seat I've tried, but for day to day use, running errands and lots of in and out of the car, the straps and shoulder pads were a deal breaker for me.
      Oh and last - I ordered the Rose color and it is not pink like it appears. It's more of a brownish mauve color.

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