Thank you to the Chicco team for providing a NextFit Car Seat for my honest review below.
When Baby Spawn was four months old, she was already inching towards the top of her infant car seat. I looked forward to switching to a convertible because her infant seat was so hard and plastic-y. There was a very thin cushion that covered the frame; no one would have felt comfortable sitting in that. It just seemed so cheap. I absolutely regret not researching infant car seats and getting that as her first car seat.
The Chicco team delivered a brand new NextFit Convertible Car Seat, just in time for the holiday car travel we were doing. (Our families are all over So Cal, and we were going to be driving a lot.) Spawn met many of her extended family for the first time during Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, she probably met about 60 people altogether, including dozens of second-cousins.
It was also the first time in months that I didn’t worry about her safety in our car. This thing is built to protect baby. [Major #sideeye to the old infant car seat.]
Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat Review
The NextFit uses the LATCH system. It’s super easy to tighten the seat to the anchors (and your car) with the straps. In fact, there are numbers on the straps, so you can tighten in the right order, so to speak.
Like the infant car seat, I took the NextFit to my nearest CHP office for a seal of approval. (Do this! There are CHP officers who will inspect your seat and ensure a good latch to the car.)
Comfortable Seat and Seatbelts
I really like how wide the seat is for Spawn. You know, diapers take up a lot of room and it’s nice to have a seat that keeps her snug but doesn’t jam her butt. The other thing I like is the shoulder belts. You can adjust where the straps sit without having to rethread the whole thing – a major pain in my butt with the old seat.
To tighten the shoulder belts, you just pull on the strap located at the bottom of the seat! It’s a simple thing but I really like this because it is easy to tighten and loosen. The chest clip has two settings so you can adjust it for bigger kids.
I’d been poking the seat to see how cushy it was. It is 100x cushier than our old infant car seat. The NextFit also comes with an infant insert to make it cushier and snugger for smaller babies.
Nine Recline Positions and a Level
The Nextfit allows for nine (9) recline positions! The first three are for rear-facing – we have Spawn sitting on a three (3) now. The first two were too reclined for her and she struggled to sit up.
There is also a bubble level so you can make sure you’ve installed the seat correctly!
- Cupholder! I have it clipped to the carseat. Since she’s still working on the sippy cup, I put Spawn’s (too big) ICU sunnies and spare socks in there.
- There’s also a storage drawer hidden in the seat! We have the car seat manual in there but it also fits a small pack of Kleenex or travel wipes!
- In addition, we have the seat installed in the right rear passenger seat. We drive a 2013 Honda Accord 4-door and I can still seat 4 adults in the car WITH the car seat. In fact, my fat butt still fits in the middle rear seat. #boom.
This “bad” feature is also a good feature in my opinion. The Wife pointed out that the high “wings”/sides makes it a little difficult to get Spawn into and out of the car seat. There’s a shorter space between the top of the car and the lowest part of the wing. That makes for a smaller window to pull her out. (I’ve bumped her head at the top of the car before… oops. Bad mama.)
Since we’ve had the NextFit, I’m now a pro at getting her in and out of the seat, regardless of the high wings. In fact, I like the high wings because that’s another feature that will protect her in the event of a side-impact collision.
No Washable Cover
The Wife also pointed out a great idea, which Chicco has since put out into the market. He wished the car seat padding and cover would come off so we could wash it. Spawn has pooped in this seat many times; luckily no poop has ever touched the seat. (It’s only gotten all over her clothes… yay.) But it would be great to unzip the cover if we did end up with a poop (or puke) explosion.
I like the red trim of our NextFit! I like that it’s got a deep seat and high sides. I like how easy it is to strap Spawn in. I like that this is her first convertible car seat and likely her last – the NextFit will accommodate a child up to 40-lbs rear-facing or 65-lbs front-facing.
Buy or #BYEFELICIA?
Buy. I haven’t tried out another convertible car seat, and I don’t think I have to. Spawn is comfortable. I’m not worried about her safety in this seat. As she grows older, I’ll be able to adjust her head cushion and switch to front-facing. The high sides will still protect her head, and I feel so much more confident with her in this seat when driving around LA.
Big thanks to the Chicco team for providing Baby Spawn a NextFit Convertible Car Seat. I am happy with it, and I think Spawn is too.
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