Being a parent is not as glamorous as the internet would have you believe. Your hair and makeup probably won’t be flawless every time you go out in public. Black circles under your eyes anyone? That’s where the Chicco NextFit Zip comes in.
You can still be chic with a chic looking car seat. Don’t worry, it’s got the safety features and amenities you want too. While you might need another cup of coffee and a whole bottle of foundation, the Chicco NextFit will be looking stunning every single day.
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The first on my list for car seat priorities is, and always will be, safety.
The Chicco NextFit car seats all allow for extended rear facing. Why is that such a big deal you might ask? You definitely want a car seat that is going to allow your child to sit rear-facing until at LEAST two years old. The longer you can keep them that way, the safer they will be.
Steel reinforced frames are a must in car seats now and the Chicco NextFit series does not disappoint. It also incorporates EPS energy-absorbing foam on top of the frame to provide excellent side impact protection.
These car seats also have extended forward facing. For the same reason as the extended rear facing, this is an excellent safety feature. Not to mention that this makes all three of these car seats convertible car seats. Buying a convertible car seat instead of a car seat for each stage saves you money, time, and effort.
Speaking of effort, let’s talk about installation. If you have ever installed a car seat before, you know it can be a bear. In fact, when I installed my son’s first car seat I was about 8 months pregnant with very little patience or mobility. Needless to say it ended in almost tears and a phone call to my husband.
The Chicco NextFit is really easy to install with its Super Cinch Tightener. This basically makes tightening the straps in the LATCH system more safe and easier to do. You are welcome.
Along with the Super Cinch Tightener, these car seats have Recline Sure leveling system. What in the world is that?
The Recline Sure leveling system coupled with the RideRight bubble indicator, allows you to get the right recline every time. You don’t have to worry that your baby is sitting too far forward or your toddler is sitting too far back. The Recline Sure will help you get it right from the get go and not spend another moment worrying.
Finally, we need to talk about convenience. Convenience is a parent’s best friend. The Chicco NextFit, Zip, and iX Zip all have multiple handy features that will have you sighing in relief.
The first is the most obvious, its longevity. The Chicco brand boasts using these car seats from a newborn to a preschooler. That is just phenomenal. Most people buy an infant carrier, a car seat for rear-facing, a car seat for forward facing, and multiple booster seats. That is so much money and so many installations that could end poorly.
The Chicco NextFit, Zip and iX all have very comfortable seats, fun color choices, and easy fit-to-child harnesses. What I mean by that is that they have multiple head rest positions and the harness is a no-rethread with an easy to pull tightening motion.
All of these factors combined with a few extra bells and whistles like the cup holder make the Chicco NextFit, Zip, and iX great choices for a chic, safe, and convenient car seat.
The dimensions on the Chicco NextFit are as follows: 21 x 19 x 29.2 inches. It weighs in at 25 pounds. That’s not huge but it isn’t a small car seat either.
The height and weight limits are great and contribute to why this seat will last you for many years. The rear facing specifications are: 5-40 pound weight limits (5-11 pounds are with the infant insert) and maximum height is 49 inches. The forward facing specifications are 22- 65 pounds and 49 inch maximum height.
The Chicco NextFit meets all federal requirements for car seat safety. It produced about average crash test results. I do really like that it has extended rear facing capabilities but there are safer car seats on the market if these are below your standards.
The only major difference between the Chicco NextFit and the Chicco NextFit Zip is the Zip and Wash fabrics. That means you can just zip off your seat cover and throw it in the washing machine. I really like this feature for cleaning up messes quickly and efficiently.
For example, when my little boy had a blowout in a car seat that did not offer this, it was a disaster. I had to stretch and strain to get the stupid car seat cover off while I had a screaming baby. Then, I had to hand wash all off the mess off. Yuck! This is much easier.
There are a few upgrades from the Chicco NextFit to the Zip to the iX Zip. The iX Zip has everything the Chicco NextFit Zip does, plus a few more added delights. I really appreciate that Chicco heard the complaints from the NextFit and made changes to the iX Zip.
The easy adjust nine position headrest adjustment really adds to the comfort and correct fit for every child. Next up, the LockSure Belt Tightening system. There were a few complaints on the Chicco NextFit that you just couldn’t get the LATCH system tight enough upon installation. The LockSure Belt Tightening System solves that problem and ensures a tight and secure installation.
The new padded harness system solves a few issues. The first is that the belt does not dig into your child’s legs as much as the Chicco NextFit. Second, you can tighten the harness with one hand making it much easier and more practical for parents.
The Chicco NextFit plays hardball with these Britax seats. I would say the biggest difference here is that the Boulevard, Advocate, and Marathon seats have exceptional safety features while staying at a lower cost. I do think the Chicco Nextfit is worth the price but if you are on a budget or want the extra safety features, the Britax seats are worth looking into.
The Chicco Nextfit is a top contender with the Diono Radian RXT. The Diono Radian RXT does have a few features the Chicco NextFit does not have including the booster seat capability and higher weight and height limits. However, I do like the Chicco Nextfit conveniences.
Diono Radian RXT
Another great two car seat options here. I like the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 for the extended forward facing weight capacity and machine washable fabric. I do think the Chicco Nextfit has a lot of recline and seating options to keep your kiddo comfortable, though.
Maxi Cosi Pria 85
The Chicco NextFit and Clek Foonf are two very different car seats in my opinion. The Clek Foonf is one of the most expensive and safest car seats on the market so it’s tough to compete with that. I do like the Chicco Nextfit price tag but the Clek Foonf is just a little bit better quality.
SEAT BELT INSTALLATION
SEAT BELT INSTALLATION
Yes, the Chicco Nextfit is FAA approved and you can use it on an airplane. Use the seat belt installation instructions. Make sure to leave extra time for security at airports lugging around a car seat.
The Chicco Nextfit comes in 3 color options: Kuma (stone brown and black), Passion (red and grey), and Matrix (black and grey).
You can either spot clean, hand wash, or throw the cover into the washer. Make sure you don’t use any harsh detergents, just a mild soap and hot water. If you are washing the cover in a washing machine, put it on the delicate cycle and again don’t use any harsh detergents. Make sure to hang dry.
There have been no recalls on the Chicco NextFit. I would highly recommend that you register your car seat upon arrival. That way, you will be informed immediately if there is a recall.
The Chicco NextFit, Zip, and iX are three very similar yet quality car seats. They are going to last from newborn to preschool and remain chic over that time frame. The safety ratings meet all federal regulations and you can fit more than one in your vehicle.
The Chicco NextFit has been rated the #1 Convertible Car Seat in America. There’s a good reason for that. These three seats boast longevity which saves you time, money, and effort. What parent doesn’t want that? Maybe you will even have a little more time to do your hair in something other than a messy bun. Maybe.