Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base
Assembled Weight: 17.15 lbs
Weight without Base: 9.6 lbs
27.5"L x 24"H x 17"W
Infants 4-30 lbs
EPS energy-absorbing foam for improved impact protection.
Fabric and plastic.
Fabrics may be spot-cleaned with mild soap and water, or machine washed in cold water on delicate cycle using mild detergent. Hang to dry. DO NOT BLEACH.
To remove the seat cover of the car seat, please refer to the product manual.
NEVER remove Harness or harness components from Carrier. If harness is extremely soiled or damaged, Call Chicco to order a replacement.
Sponge clean plastics, harness straps and LATCH straps using warm water and mild soap. Towel dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH, solvents, or household cleaners, as they may weaken the plastics.
To clean the buckle or LATCH hardware, rinse in cup of warm water or sponge clean. DO NOT USE ANY SOAPS OR LUBRICANTS on buckle or LATCH hardware. It may cause them to malfunction.
• It is preferable to only spot-clean the car seat, but it is machine washable in cold water, hang to dry, if need be.
• FAA approved for use on an aircraft.
• Easy to install.
• Range of patterns and colours meant I wasn't stuck with mat-grey for my baby girl.
• Versatility - I can install it in any car even without the base.
• Universal anchors - I can also install the car seat into many strollers with the purchase of a simple and inexpensive adapter.
• Built-in level and spring-loaded leveling foot to adapt to the specific angle of your back-seat.
• 5-point harness. This is not seen in European car seats, so they purchase a 3rd party contraption to keep the shoulder straps together. It is always recommended to avoid any and all 3rd party devices on a car seat, as they have not been safety tested with these devices.
• Infant insert allows me to use the car seat right from birth.
• Some stores may only sell them as a bundle. A little frustrating, but not the manufacturers fault.
• The unit is a little on the heavy side, especially when baby is pushing 30 lbs and needs transferring from the stroller to the car.
• Canopy didn't always reach low enough to cover baby's eyes when the sun was at that perfect angle in the car. We needed to use a blanket to make up the difference.
The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base is my favorite car seat on the market so far, and as a two time mom and toddler-group organizer, I have seen my fair share of car seats.
It is rated the #1 car seat in America. I have had my hands on a few others in friends’ vehicles and I feel spoiled by the Chicco KeyFit 30. The base looks and feels more solid, with more structure to ensure a proper seal with the car seat.
The built-in level on the base allows for easy installation. The UAS (LATCH in America) allows for easy installation in the car, without the need for tools. Simply tighten the straps until the unit no longer moves when nudged and voila, installation complete. Pop the car seat into the base, you will hear a click when it is cradled properly, and the baby is safely installed in the car seat.
This is geared towards anyone who is interested in multi-functionality, as well as long-lasting. The car seat itself is uses the standardized KeyFit 30 anchors so it is compatible with car seat adaptors like the Bob Revolution jogging stroller, Chicco Caddy strollers, and much more.
The removable newborn insert allows you to bring baby home from the hospital safely and your baby can continue using this car seat until they reach 30lbs. (Mine was 18 months by this point, so that is a lot of use from one purchase.)
The car seat also has built-in seat belt attachments should you require the use of the car seat without the base; like a second car rarely used, or a taxi.
This car seat was the most recommended to me by friends and family who had babies before me, as well as rave reviews online on multiple websites.
When I bought this back in 2012 (don’t worry, it’s the same product, just different fabric pattern, I checked), it came standard with a stroller – known then as the Cortina Travel System. Since it was more cost effective to purchase the stroller at the same time, we got it all together, maybe $100 extra for a stroller. Shortly after having my baby, I realized that the stroller didn’t fit all of our needs; we had started jogging to lose the baby weight. One con worth mentioning would be bundling a terrific car seat with a less than universal stroller, but then my pro is this car seat was able to easily adapt to my preferred stroller with very little fuss. The Chicco stroller, might I add, had a nice resale value on Kiji, so there is no love-lost in my eyes. She wasn’t right for me, but she was for someone else.
I have seen several alternatives to the Chicco KeyFit 30, namely the Buggaboo or the Maxi-Cosi, but they were either too expensive or did not fit in my little car all that well. I wanted something sturdy and safe, but that wouldn’t break the bank. I didn’t need something that reclined, laid flat or converted into 4 different stages. I wanted something practical for this stage in my baby’s life and the Chicco KeyFit 30 fit the bill.
Today, the car seat and base sell on its own and the MSRP is only $199. I say only because I have seen many rise above the $500 mark and that is far too expensive for someone like me. Considering I can take the car seat and it adapts to anyone’s vehicle without having to worry about my baby’s safety, and mix/match my stroller car seat choices, I feel the Chicco KeyFit 30 is 100% worth the money!