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It lies in a relatively straight, without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s vehicle.owner’s.manual.for.information.on.child.restraint.installation. Recline It locks the vehicle shoulder belt in place, system that is standard in most vehicles manufactured ensuring a stable, secure Base installation. An unlocked handle properly and is kept free of could move unexpectedly, dirt. This Child Restraint can If using Vehicle Lap Belt only be safely installed using Vehicle Belts or LATCH. (no Shoulder Belt), make sure Use the method that results in the MOST that Lap Belt is LOCKED, and SECURE installation in your vehicle. This Child Restraint can pulling.up.firmly.on.LATCH.Pull. be safely installed using Vehicle Belts or LATCH. Strap.while.pressing.Base.firmly. Use the method that results in the MOST SECURE installation in your vehicle. Fabrics may be spot-cleaned with mild soap and water, or Be sure to contact your airline prior to travel, to discuss their machine washed in cold water on delicate cycle using mild Child Restraint policy. If harness is extremely soiled or damaged, Call Chicco to order a replacement. Cleaning Plastics Replacement Parts Sponge clean using warm water Many replacement and mild soap. Towel dry. It’s a time-tested seat that’s proven over and over again that it’s easy to use and fits most babies well from day one. When a KeyFit comes into a seat check event, we approach the car with a sigh of relief because the KeyFit presents almost no installation challenges. CSFTL Quick Stats Weight range: 4-30 pounds Height range: up to 30 inches or when the top of the child’s head is within one inch of the top of the seat’s shell Shell height: 21 inches Lowest harness position: 7 inches Weight (carrier only): 9.

5 pounds Expiration: 6 years Handle position: any locked position Features Seat belt lockoff Adjustable recline foot Push button lower anchor connectors The Chicco (say it “key-coe”) KeyFit 30 fits babies who weigh between 4-30 pounds and are up to 30 inches tall. Canadian versions of this seat fit babies who weigh between 4-22 pounds and are up to 30 inches tall. Why do I love it? Let me count the ways. Installation Installation with the Base Chicco KeyFit Lower Anchor Release Installing the KeyFit using the lower anchors is pretty simple. The premium lower anchor connectors use a push button to engage or release them. They tighten with the pull of a single strap of webbing on the center of the base. Chicco Keyfit Seatbelt Installation Installing the KeyFit using the seat belt is also a simple proposition in most vehicles, thanks to the seat belt lockoff that’s built into the KeyFit’s base. Simply pull the seat belt tight across the lap portion of the base, then slide the shoulder belt into the orange clamp to secure the base in place. Recline Angle Adjuster Chicco KeyFit Recline Adjuster The recline foot on the KeyFit’s base has a wide range of adjustment. This means it’s easy to achieve the proper recline in any car without having to use a noodle. This is a good thing because Chicco does not allow for a pool noodle to adjust the angle with this seat. A bubble level indicator lets you know the recline is in the correct zone for your baby. The recline line for baseless installation is on the side of the seat. Infant Insert Rules Chicco KeyFit insert needs removed at 11 pounds The KeyFit includes a substantial newborn insert that can help the smallest babies achieve a proper fit. This insert must be removed when baby weighs 11 pounds, but the headrest can stay in until the child’s shoulders are using on the top harness position. In fact, the KeyFit is one of the shortest infant seats in terms of front to back space. Fit to Child Newborn Chicco KeyFit 6 weeks old, 9.

5 pounds, 22 inches The 4 pound minimum weight and 7 inch bottom harness position make this seat an excellent fit for preemies through average sized newborn babies. Our 6 week old model weighed 9.5 pounds and was 22 inches long here. The harness fits her well and she’s got plenty of room to grow in this seat. 11 Months Old Chicco KeyFit 11 months old, 16.5 pounds, 28 inches This kiddo is 11 months old. She weighs 16.5 pounds and is 28 inches tall. She’s got a bit of room to grow in the KeyFit, but not much. We’d expect this seat to last roughly a year for most children, so she’s right within that range here. 18 Months Old Chicco KeyFit 18 months old This 18 month old kiddo is on the tiny side at 21 pounds and 30 inches tall. But here she is, fitting into the KeyFit. She’s at the very top of the height limit but she does fit in the seat. That’s a rare thing for a rear facing only car seat. Important Information: Where to Find Chicco KeyFit FAA Approval Sticker FAA Approval: the airline approval language is the red text on the large sticker on the left side of the base. Note: like most rear facing only seats, the KeyFit is only approved for airline travel in baseless mode. Chicco KeyFit Manual Storage Manual Storage: The manual stores in the handy compartment at the front of the base. Chicco KeyFit Expiration Sticker Expiration: A 6 year expiration means that the KeyFit can be passed down through several Littles. The expiration date and date of manufacture are printed on a sticker on the top of the base. Another identical sticker is on the bottom of the seat itself — note that sometimes, the base and the seat itself will have different manufacture dates. Pros Front adjust harness Fits preemies well Push button lower anchor connectors Seat belt lockoffs Allows handle in any locked position Cons Seat is a bit heavy Overall Thoughts Is there anything I don’t love.

Other than that, the KeyFit is easy to use, easy to install, a sure fit for tiny newborns on up through infancy. Is the KeyFit for you. You can find it on Amazon: Chicco KeyFit 30. Chicco did not provide this KeyFit for review and gave no compensation for the review. As always, the words are always our own. However, our reviews and educational materials are OUR opinions and are not that of Safe Kids, NHTSA, or anyone other than us. We are not liable for anything anyone says or does as a result of reading our opinions on this site. Donate CSFTL is staffed entirely by volunteers - please consider supporting us. Even a few dollars can go a long way. Car Seats for the Littles Inc does not solicit charitable contributions from donors who are residents of Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is among our top picks, and for good reason: It’s suitable for infants weighing four to 30 pounds or up to 30 inches tall, installation is really simple, the five-point harness has one-pull tightening and loosening, and it features thick, cushy padding to comfortably support your wee one. For our assessment, we focused on the car seat’s overall quality, ease of installation and use, and the value given the price. The manual is simple and straightforward, with clear diagrams, which made it easy for our editors and parent testers to follow the instructions to a T. Plus, labels on the base and carrier make it extra-easy to see what goes where. (Bonus: The manual tucks into a compartment in the base so it’s handy when you need to review it.) You can install the base of the Chicco KeyFit 30 with either the UAS connectors or your vehicle’s seatbelt—whichever provides the most secure fit in your vehicle.

There’s a bubble level on each side of the base, and to get the bubble within the required range, you simply press in the recline button on both sides of the base while lifting the base and the spring-loaded levelling foot will help you adjust the base to one of four angles. (Note: Your vehicle has to be on level ground to use the bubble levels; if it’s not, you’ll need to clip the carrier into the base to see if the level line on the carrier is parallel with the ground.) From here, you can either secure the car seat with the UAS connectors or your vehicle’s seat belt. The straps are quite easy to adjust and it felt like it was never a hassle to use.” —Julie, mom of one It has push-on UAS connectors, so you simply have to push them onto your vehicle’s anchors and they’ll secure in place with an audible click (though you should always give them a tug to make sure they’re properly connected). Tightening the UAS connectors usually requires some muscle, but Chicco KeyFit 30 has a “one-pull” tightening strap that’s centred near the back of the base, so you can easily pull straight up as you press the base down into the seat with your other hand. Editors and parent testers all found it pretty easy to secure the base—in fact, most parent testers described it as very easy. You’ll need to check the level again once the base is secure; if it’s no longer within the required range, you’re going to have to loosen the UAS and adjust the angle of the base (a universal problem with car seats). Once you’ve got the seat installed correctly, you’ll need to roll up the UAS strap and tuck it in the pull strap storage pocket to keep it out of the way so it doesn’t interfere with attaching the carrier to the base. Threading your vehicle’s shoulder and lap belt through the belt path in the base is simple.

Tightening and securing the belt takes some coordination: With the belt buckled, you need to pull the shoulder belt to tighten as you press one hand down into the base; once you have the belt as tight as you think you can get it, you need to slide the shoulder belt into the Shoulder Belt Lockoff, keeping the belt flat and taut as you do this. If the base moves more than an inch in any direction when you grip it at the belt path and try to move it, it’s not tight enough. To get a tight fit, you might need to try compressing the base in a few different places—getting the right leverage is crucial. If compressing the base downwards doesn’t get the Chicco KeyFit 30 tight enough, you may need to try pushing the car seat down and toward the rear of the vehicle. For occasional use in other vehicles—maybe your sister is watching your little one so you can have a break (lucky you!)—you can also install the KeyFit 30 without the base using the vehicle’s seat belt. There are a few key differences with this install: your baby needs to be in the carrier while you’re installing it; the level line on the side of the carrier needs to be parallel with the ground (there’s no bubble level); you can place a tightly rolled towel under the front edge of the carrier to get the proper recline angle; and you’ll be using the vehicle seat belt’s locking mechanism rather than lockoffs to secure the carrier. While it might sound tricky, our editors and the parent tester who installed the car seat in this way all found it very easy. As we found in our testing, there are all sorts of incompatibility issues between vehicles and car seats, or it just might be challenging for you to lift your kid into and out of a particular seat. Ask retailers if you can try installing the floor model in your vehicle to see if it’s a good fit.

And when you’re buying a new vehicle, be sure to take your car seat to see if it’ll work in the vehicle you’re looking at—or be prepared to shell out for a new car seat if you love the car. We found that two KeyFit 30 seats will easily fit in most vehicles, and you can even fit three in some sedans and the middle row of some SUVs. You’ll want to consider that this car seat has a depth of 27.5 inches, so you might have to move front seats forward to accommodate it. It really depends on your vehicle. There were no pinched fingers, and the harness securely snapped together. Tightening and loosening the harness was smooth and easy thanks to the one-pull tether to tighten and lever to loosen. As your baby grows and you need to adjust the height of the shoulder straps (they should always be at or just below a baby’s shoulders), you will have to rethread the harness. While this can be tricky with a lot of car seats, most of our testers found it somewhat easy or easy to do this on the Chicco KeyFit 30. Thick, plush padding supports your little one’s head, neck, back and bottom, and an infant pillow for newborns from four to 11 pounds offers additional body support. The seat cover and canopy are both made of polyester and are machine washable—a must when dealing with spit-up and blowouts. But our editors and one of our parent testers found that the small hooks and tight-fitting tabs make getting the cover off the seat and back on a bit of a task. The majority of our parent testers were very satisfied with the quality of the frame and fabric. While most testers liked the feel of the fabric, o ur editors felt it could’ve been a bit softer for baby’s delicate skin. Our editors were similarly impressed with this car seat’s cushy padding and infant insert, but wished the fabric was a little softer to the touch. The canopy is also an important comfort feature as it shades baby’s eyes from bright light and protects their tender skin from sunburn.

We found the canopy on the Chicco KeyFit 30 a bit lacking: You have to grip the canopy on both sides to make an adjustment, which can make for an awkward reach, and it’s quite stiff. While it would be nice for the canopy to extend further for use with a stroller, a light blanket placed over the car seat will do the trick. All of our testers gave the KeyFit 30 a very good rating for quality and ease of use, and all but one also felt the value was very good, too. And not only were our testers all satisfied with this car seat, they said they’d buy it if they were purchasing a new infant car seat, and they wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to other parents. Our editors, meanwhile, were especially keen on how easy it was to install this car seat, the quality of the padding and the one-pull tightening and loosening system for the harness, keeping things simple and safe for parents and their babies. It ensures you’ll be notified if there’s a recall. Appliances All Appliances Large Appliances Small Appliances Vacuum Cleaners More categories. Wirecutter is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Your guide Rebecca Gale Share this review Infant car seats are designed to click in and out of a base you leave installed in your car—making it easy to get a baby into a house or stroller with minimal disruption. After 50 hours of research, including testing 10 popular infant car seats at home and crash-testing four finalists in a top lab to measure their front- and side-impact performance, we think the Chicco KeyFit 30 is the best one for most families. Our pick Chicco KeyFit 30 The best infant car seat The Chicco KeyFit 30 has better overall safety scores and is easier to install, adjust, carry, and click in and out than seats that cost much more. Installation is generally a bigger problem for people than seat safety, and the KeyFit 30 is easier to install than competitors, with or without a LATCH system.

It consistently ranks among the safest infant car seats in government front-impact crash testing. It also achieved the best head-impact scores in new laboratory testing that we arranged, and it easily passed the side-impact crash test we commissioned—the first test of this type that a publication has performed. The KeyFit 30 is also relatively lightweight, easy to wipe clean of crumbs and crud, and comfortable to carry and to click in and out of its base. It will keep most babies safe and comfortable through their first year and often well beyond. The KeyFit 30 is compatible with our main stroller pick, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2, as well as our upgrade pick, the Uppababy Cruz. Advertisement Runner-up Britax B-Safe 35 For taller babies This infant car seat is easy to install properly and has a more generous height and weight limit than other seats we considered, but it may be too narrow for some kids. Like the KeyFit, the B-Safe has a seat belt lock-off to ensure that installation stays tight, as well as a level indicator to tell you if the seat is at the proper angle. While the B-Safe lacks the clear, well-placed installation instructions like those on the KeyFit, we found it easier to click in and out of its base than that seat. The B-Safe has a higher height and weight limit, but the seat’s interior is much narrower and deeper. It’s the only infant seat compatible with our runner-up stroller pick, the Britax B-Lively, and it also works with our main pick, the Baby Jogger City Mini 2. If you already own an infant car seat and are looking for information on how to use it safely, read our section on car seat laws and safety concerns below. Everything we recommend Our pick Chicco KeyFit 30 The best infant car seat The Chicco KeyFit 30 has better overall safety scores and is easier to install, adjust, carry, and click in and out than seats that cost much more.

The research Collapse all Why you should trust us Who should get this How we picked How we tested Our pick: Chicco KeyFit 30 Runner-up: Britax B-Safe 35 The competition What’s the law on infant car seat use. Care, use, and maintenance Sources Why you should trust us While researching this guide we interviewed 20 industry experts, safety authorities, and physicians, who detailed the most important safety and usability considerations for infant car seats. We contacted current and former employees of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency responsible for vehicle and car seat safety. We consulted with certified Child Passenger Safety technicians such as Lani Harrison, a seasoned CPST in Los Angeles who installs more than 300 car seats each year. We hired MGA Research, a Wisconsin laboratory that runs much of the car seat crash testing in the country, to conduct front-impact and side-impact crash tests specifically for this story. We conducted interviews with representatives from seven leading car seat manufacturers, including product managers, engineers, and safety technicians. We also spoke with car seat safety advocates, organizations that have argued both for and against a proposed side-impact standard, and leaders at the state level, such as Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, who spearheaded Oregon’s “rear-facing until 2” rule, which became law in May 2017 (Hoffman is also an unpaid consultant for Chicco). We also talked to scores of parents about their car seat experiences, scanned hundreds of Amazon reviews, and read dozens of articles from reputable publications and sites such as Consumer Reports, BabyGearLab, and Car Seats for the Littles. Personally, I am familiar with government rules and regulations after spending almost a decade working on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Commerce. I’m a former reporter for CQ Roll Call, and my stories about policy and parenting have appeared in The Washington Post, Health Affairs, and Marie Claire.

For this review, I traveled to Burlington, Wisconsin, to witness a team of engineers at MGA Research crash-test several top-rated infant car seats. My two boys were ages 1? and 4 years when I was first reporting this guide, and both were still riding rear-facing in their car seats. Who should get this Amid all the lengthy lists of “baby must-haves,” the one item not up for debate is a car seat. If you’re going to be in a car with your baby, you need one, whether it’s an infant seat or a convertible seat with the appropriate weight rating. Most hospitals, complying with the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, do not discharge newborns until a staff member visually confirms the presence of a car seat to transport the baby safely home. Several qualities distinguish infant car seats from larger convertible car seats, many of which have weight and height ranges that include most newborn infants. Most important, an infant seat is designed to be used only rear-facing, the position that is known to be far safer for small children. Unlike convertible car seats, infant seats also come with a detachable base, allowing parents to easily click the seat in and out of the vehicle and to carry the baby in the seat (or attach it to a stroller). Babies outgrow most infant car seats by the time they reach 30 or 32 inches tall or between 30 and 35 pounds, whichever comes first. The typical kid reaches that height range at 12 to 19 months and will be older than 3 by the time they weigh 35 pounds, so for most people the height limit is more relevant than the weight limit. Many of the parents we interviewed said they moved their child to a rear-facing convertible car seat far before the child officially outgrew their infant seat, typically when they felt the baby had become too heavy to carry in the bucket seat.

Most people won’t use an infant car seat for more than a year or a year and a half before switching to a convertible, but the click-in, click-out convenience when a child is an infant—and frequently falling asleep in the car—is certainly nice while the occupied seat is still light enough to be manageable. We’ve written in greater detail about what kinds of car seats there are and when to switch. An infant seat is designed to be used only rear-facing, the position that is known to be far safer for small children. For travel, we recommend that parents use their existing infant car seat, without the base, and for parents who expect to travel quite a bit, or rely heavily on car-sharing services and want to have a single car seat and stroller combination, we recommend the Doona, a pick in our forthcoming guide to travel car seats. How we picked Photo: Michael Hession We started by researching the most popular infant car seats, about 30 models in all. We looked at online customer reviews and media coverage, including by BabyGearLab, Mommyhood101, BabyCenter, Fatherly, and The Car Seat Lady. BabyGearLab tested to NHTSA standards for front impact in 2016 and 2017. Ensuring proper installation is more likely to offer a safety edge than buying a seat that scored a sliver higher in a crash test. All car seats sold in the US are self-certified by the manufacturers to pass strict NHTSA standards (PDF) for safety testing. The NHTSA conducts what it terms “safety compliance testing” of multiple seats each year and presents the database of results (parsing out the test results for each seat requires some additional digging). Proper installation is generally a far bigger problem for people than seat safety, so we searched the NHTSA ease-of-use installation database to determine which seats offer easy installation and come with clear instructions. Our 20 total hours of background research helped us conclude that the ideal infant car seat should have several features and attributes.

Among the safest seats available: In our early analysis, we relied heavily on data from NHTSA, particularly the results of the front-impact crash testing that the federal agency performs annually. However, since car seats are not required to be certified before sale, several of the seats we looked at did not have government crash-test data. Easy to install: A good car seat must be easy to install correctly, both with and without a LATCH system, so that a diligent adult following directions could manage a correct installation within a few minutes without expert assistance. (LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, a system that allows you to install a car seat with metal clips that attach to hooks built into the car, forgoing the lap belt. Almost all cars and car seats manufactured after Sept 1, 2002, include the LATCH option.) Any harried parent who has had to install a car seat in a relative’s car or in a rental knows that an intuitive installation system trumps a well-crafted set of directions, though those are good to have too. Convenient to use: The car seat should have a handle that is easy and comfortable to use and adjust, as well as straps that are easy to buckle and adjust. A reasonably high height and weight limit: You don’t want your child to outgrow the seat before you’re ready and willing to switch to a convertible car seat. The primary reasons the parents we spoke to cited for keeping a child in an infant seat longer were the convenience of clicking them in and out of the car and easy access to a compatible stroller. Stroller compatibility: Many car seats are available as part of a “travel system” that allows the car seat to click directly into a stroller from the same manufacturer. Widely available, ideally in various colors or patterns: We wanted seats that you could purchase easily from multiple big retailers and that are available in a variety of designs.

Using the above criteria, we narrowed the original list of 30 down to seven top infant car seats: Britax B-Safe 35 Chicco KeyFit 30 Cybex Aton 2 Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air 360 Uppababy Mesa Zeroing in on these seats was not easy. Though some seats have higher safety marks than others, figuring out how much of a difference these small variations in the scores makes—if any—is a challenge, even for experts. Ensuring consistent, proper installation and use is more likely to offer a safety edge than buying a seat that scored a sliver higher in a crash test. Also, many brands have multiple, similar infant car seat models, reflecting variations in height and weight limits or the addition of optional features such as push-button latches (instead of the metal hooks found on less expensive seats), self-ratcheting latches that assist in creating tension for a tight install, a lock-off plate on the base to aid in seat belt installation (as opposed to LATCH installation), or a no-rethread harness, which allows you to adjust the strap height from the front of the seat rather than having to turn it over and rethread the straps back through. After extended discussions with experts, we concluded that most of those optional features are generally not necessary and not worth paying more for (though we did find that a push-button latch was typically easier to use than a simple hook, particularly when uninstalling the base). In 2019, we tried out three additional seats: the Chicco Fit2, the Clek Liing, and the Nuna Pipa Lite. How we tested To distinguish among the top infant car seats, we commissioned front- and side-impact crash tests, the latter of which are not currently required under federal law. Here, in footage from the independent lab tests we commissioned, the 1-year-old-sized dummy in the Chicco KeyFit 30 does not make impact with the door in a simulated 30 mph crash, which means a passing grade for the Chicco.

We subjected our seven infant car seat finalists to a series of at-home tests that mimicked everyday use. For each seat, we read and analyzed the instructions, practiced installing the seat (with the base, using both the latches and a seat belt, as well as without the base), repeatedly adjusted the straps and handles, and evaluated the experience of clicking the seat in and out of its base. We also created a mess with crushed graham crackers and an applesauce pouch and then evaluated how difficult it was to wipe that mess up and out of the seat’s crevices. We discovered through our research that, counterintuitively, more babies are injured in infant car seats when outside of the car than in car crashes themselves (see our Care, use, and maintenance section below for more on proper car seat use). The danger comes down to how balanced or tip-prone a seat is, so we attempted to determine if some seats were more susceptible than others to falls off tables, beds, or other raised surfaces by checking how much the seat moved when jostled. After running seven seats through these at-home ease-of-use and cleaning tests, we were able to narrow the field to four seats that we found were the easiest and most intuitive to use: Britax B-Safe 35 Chicco KeyFit 30 Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Uppababy Mesa We decided that commissioning our own crash testing, in addition to examining all the seats’ existing crash-test data, would help us make a confident recommendation. Besides, the NHTSA had no crash data available for the Uppababy Mesa, and we saw no public side-impact data for any of the seats. We know that federal authorities have been considering adding a side-impact test to their existing standards and upgrading the test bench they use for front-impact testing to a more modern model. Both efforts are currently stalled.