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.
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.
You 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
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.