Friday, January 24, 2014

Chicco Key Fit 30 Review @ChiccoBaby


When I became pregnant I researched infant seats high and low. I spent time checking them out at Babies R US, lots of time. We decided on another brand but weren't too pleased. Hubs then suggested Chicco { pronounced KEE-KO } again!
So glad we went back with one of our favorite manufacturers of infant products.

Disclosure: You are about to read a review. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own

A favorite feature of mine is the bubble level on the side of the base. This lets me know that my base is installed on the correct angle. As you can see I did a darn good job installing the base myself. We previously had a Key Fit 30 with Peyton and Olivia so I was pretty familiar with the quality and design.

To install the base all I had to do was connect the LATCH system to my seats and pull the strap super tight. To do this I placed my knee in the base and pulled. As soon as the bubble was in the middle I knew I had done the installation correctly. 

Less than one third (31 percent) of parents are following manufacturer’s safety guidelines when deciding when to transition their child’s car seat from rear- to forward-facing.
  • Car seat safety experts recommend parents keep their children rear-facing as long as possible and transition to forward-facing only when their car seat manufacturer’s guidelines are met.  However, nearly half of parents (49 percent) are choosing to turn their child’s car seat based on comfort, rather than safety.  Top reasons parents transition their child’s car seat from rear- to forward-facing  are because their child's feet were touching the vehicle seat (31 percent), followed by their child being too uncomfortable (10 percent) or fussy (8 percent) when rear-facing. 
  • Despite widespread understanding that children in car seats should remain rear-facing as longs as possible, a whopping 58 percent of parents underestimate the age at which it is safe to turn their child’s car seat to the forward- facing position.
  • One-in-five (19 percent) parents say it was difficult installing a convertible car seat, yet parents are 40 percent less likely to get professional help installing a convertible car seat than an infant seat (15 percent vs. 25 percent, respectively).

    I love how secure and snug Amelia fits in the Chicco KeyFit 30!
    Please don't pay attention to the mess on the floor!
    As the leader in car seat safety and innovation, Chicco continues to alleviate the stress parents feel when it comes to car seat installation. This year, building on the reputation of the award-winning KeyFit Infant Car Seats, Chicco introduced the NextFit Convertible Car Seat this year. Both seats were developed for both baby and parents with an emphasis on fitting children and vehicles simply, accurately and securely – every time. 

    Look how perfect my baby looks! Totally safe and secure.
    Car Seat Safety Tips from Julie Prom, Car Seat Safety Advocate for Chicco
    ·         Rear-facing is safest.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat. 
    ·         Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old. 
    ·         Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints. 
    ·         Always buckle your baby into the safety seat first, and then cover the baby with blankets.  Avoid bulky clothing and add-on products such as car seat buntings. This can interfere with proper harness fit and crash performance of the seat. A good trick for older children is to buckle them in without their jacket and then put it back on them backwards over the harness. Not only do these techniques ensure proper harness fit, but also avoids overheating by allowing the baby to be easily uncovered or the child to take his jacket off once the car gets warmer.
    Car Seat Installation Tips
    ·         LOCATION
    o   Air Bags and Children Don’t Mix - NEVER place a rear-facing car seat in the front an active frontal air bag, serious injury or death can occur.
    o   Back Seat is Best - The back seat is safest for all children.  Keep children in the back seat until at least age 13.
    ·         INSTALLATION
    o   Make it Tight! – A car seat must be installed tightly in the vehicle to do its job. If you can move the seat at the belt path more than an inch side to side or front to back, it’s not tight enough.
    o   Forward-facing – A Tether is Always Better! - Always use the tether when using a forward-facing car seat. A tether will help hold the top of the car seat back and provide better protection for the child.
    o   Rear-facing – Keep baby’s Airway Open - Make sure a rear-facing car seat is at the correct angle so your infant’s head does not fall forward.
    ·         FIT
    o   Harness Height - Rear-facing, harness should be at or BELOW the child’s shoulders. Forward-facing, harness should be at or ABOVE the child’s shoulders.
    o   Harness Snug - Make sure the harness is snug! There should be no slack in the harness at the baby’s shoulders. Avoid bulky clothing; this can interfere with harness fit.
    o   Booster Seats - Ensure the adult safety belt is threaded properly through the belt guides. The lap belt should be on child’s lower hips/upper thighs and the shoulder belt should lay flat across the middle of the child’s shoulder and chest. 
    I recommend Chicco products to anyone who asks. We have had quite a few from the Cortina Travel System, the Key Fit 30 and the C6 stroller. Hubs even has a preference and that's Chicco!
    ** Party of 5 received product in order to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was made. All opinions are my own **

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