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Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat

By Kate |

In 2007 when my first son was 53 weeks old, my son moved to a convertible car seat. He was forward facing.

In 2009, we turned my daughter’s car seat forward facing when she was 14 months old.

When you know better, you do better. – Maya Angelou

I know better now. I know it is far safer for my children to ride rear facing longer so I will do better. Max will remain rear facing until he outgrows the height or weight limit of his car seat. That right there is one reason I am totally excited to be using the new Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat. It has a rear facing weight limit of 40 pounds and boasts an innovative installation system that makes it easy to get the correct fit, angle and install every time.

chicco nextfit convertible car seat

The NextFit is Chicco’s first convertible car seat offered in the US, and it joins the highly rated Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat. The mission of the car seat is to provide the ultimate in safety through a simple, accurate and secure install and use program. Because ultimately, your child’s car seat is only safe as possible if it’s installed correctly.

chicco nextfit easy install simple accurate secureYou know how some car seats require a pool noodle or rolled towel to achieve the correct recline position? Not the NextFit. It has a 9-position leveling system that enables it to sit correctly in a wide range of cars. The NextFit has the same RideRight bubble level indicator as the KeyFit which takes the guesswork out of the seat angle. And, hallelujah, no more wrestling with the car seat to get a tight belt attachment! The SuperCinch LATCH tightener helps reach a tight and secure fit.

So, once the car seat is installed correctly it has to be belted correctly, and the NextFit has innovations in that area, too. The NextFit can be used with children from 5 to 65 pounds so it has a chest clip with two positions to fit the torso of smaller and larger children. As your child grows, there’s no need to rethread (phew!), as the harness straps adjust in height AND width as you move the headrest.

Ages & Stages for Safe Car Seat Use

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Max & the NextFit

We are so happy to have Max riding in a NextFit and over the next couple weeks we’ll be sharing our experience using the convertible car seat with Max. I’ll share photos of it in both or our cars, tell you about securing it in the cars and adjusting the harness to get the right fit for our little guy and, for the sake of comparison, our 4 year old daughter.

Shop! The Chicco NextFit has a suggested retail price of $299. It’s available in a number of patterns from Babies R Us, Target, BuyBuyBaby and specialty retailers, including our affiliate Magic Beans.

Thanks to Chicco for providing a sample.

Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops three kids ages 6,4 and 1 from their home in Germany. Her military family is making the most of the overseas assignment by traveling Europe every chance they get.

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  1. 1.
    Nicole U

    I like that you don’t have to rethread the straps as the little one grows.

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    Janet W.

    What a nice looking car seat! The fabric looks soft and easy to wipe if any spills.

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    teresa herrera-honores

    omg why was this not around before i bought my baby seat! LOL love how easy it is to install and the diff recline positions and the weight limit so i can have her rear facing the longest! how easy it is to use and no rethreading!!!

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    Lisa

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! We are in the market for a convertible car seat as my daughter is starting to out grow her infant seat. I have been googling this seat for weeks now. My question is, does it fit in a compact car? We borrowed a Safety 1st and the only car we could fit it in was my mom van, which just wasn’t going to cut it since grandma likes to cart baby around in her smaller vehicle and so does dad.

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      KateKate

      Hi Lisa, We have a Honda Accord – not exactly compact, but not particularly large. I’ll be sure to share photos and our experience with how it fits in there in my next post.

  5. 5.
    Elizabeth P.

    I loved our Chicco KeyFit when my son was a baby. I just didn’t enjoy how heavy the infant seat was lol. I love you don’t have to re-thread the harness on this new seat. I bought his convertable seat before he turned one, because it had gone on sale. He is almost 18 months old and still rear facing and we will keep him this way as well. With my daughter she started FF at one :( I wish I would’ve know about extend RFing with her, but like your quote now I know better.

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    Rachel N

    I really like the looks of that latch system. I have such a hard time getting our seats tight enough in the car. I pretty much have to just get my hubby to do it or my Dad when we switch the seats because I am not strong enough to pull it tight.

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    Sarah

    Thanks for the review! I loved our keyfit infant seat when my son was little and wished Chicco made a convertible seat as well! Too late for me, but definitely as consideration for baby #2!

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    Arlene S.

    This is great! My SIL is in the market for a car seat and I will pass this along to her! Great article, and I am especially glad you posted the information on which seat each child needs. We currently use forward facing for our 2 and 4 year olds.

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    Bonnie M.

    Oh wow, how neat! My 10 mo old daughter has absolutely hated her infant car seat since she was born lol, never liked laying down and always needed to be in an upright position. Love how this car seat has different levels of recline! Wish they came out with this sooner!

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    Stacey Roberson

    I’m currently using the Chicco KeyFit 30, and I absolutely love it – especially the bubble level indicator.

    I really like the features that this convertible car seat offers. I’m looking to buy one in the near future, as my little guy is outgrowing the infant seat. Definitely going to stay with Chicco.

  11. 11.
    Mandy

    Loved my Chicco keyfit infant seat. This looks amazing!

  12. 12.

    I love this carseat! WOW it even looks comfortable for the little ones.
    Thank you for the information.

  13. 13.
    smoesk511

    I love this seat…..wish I could have one…..

  14. 14.
    Elissa D

    This looks great. I’m in the market for a new car seat. Thanks for the info!

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    alice

    Is it possible to recline in all or many possitions in the forward facing mode ??

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    This looks like the dream car seat, everything in one! 9 positions! Its amazing

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    Janet W.

    The stage guide about car seats is very helpful! This looks like such a nice car seat!

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    I like that they are available at stores so I can look at it before buying.
    xo

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    Arlene S.

    Love this!!! Where was this when I needed a convertible??? It’s wonderful and I love that you can adjust the recline.

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