Category: Infant Car Seat

Weight: 20 lbs.

Size: 27 x 17 x 22.5 in

Capacity: 4 lbs. to 30 lbs. rear-facing only

Why We Like It: One of the main reasons the Chicco KeyFit 30 is at the top of our list of favorite infant car seats is that scores high in all the areas that matter to new parents: ease of use, safety and price.

First, Let’s talk about how easy this seat is to use. The LATCH system means that you’ll only need to clip the base into the hooks in the seat of the car and pull the strap tightly to secure. The seat also has a spring-loaded leveling foot that adjusts to fit the seat angle in any vehicle and uses a bubble-level to indicate proper fit. There is very little effort required to install the base, making it a great option for sleep-deprived, new parents. If your vehicle doesn’t have LATCH connectors, a built-in lock-off system ensures that your baby will still be secure.

Another key feature of this seat is safety. The KeyFit 30 is designed to fit babies up to 30 lbs., meaning your little one can stay snug and safe for longer than some other infant seats. Tiny babies can also be made more secure with an infant insert that can be used from 4 to 11 lbs. Once your child outgrows it, simply remove the insert and continue to use the Chicco KeyFit.

The seat itself also reaches the highest standards in safety. A thick, EPS foam lining absorbs energy in an accident and a 5-point safety harness keeps your little one secure. We also love the fact that the bottom of the base is smooth, preventing the seat damage that often occurs with car seats. Another key convenience factor is that this seat is compatible with many different stroller brands. The Chicco KeyFit is priced below other high-end car seat brands, making this safe, simple car seat a great value.

Cons: The complaint we’ve heard from some parents with this car seat is that in vehicles without LATCH attachments you have to thread the seat belt through the lock-off system with each use. But since most vehicles come with clips for the base, this is usually not too big of a problem.

Overall, we found the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat to be one of the best in terms of ease of use and price, without sacrificing the safety you depend on for your little one. The infant insert means it can fit tiny tots now, and then go up to 30-lbs., making this a car seat that can work for almost any baby.

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