Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base
Assembled Weight: 17.15 lbs.
Weight without Base: 9.6 lbs.
27.5L x 24H x 17W
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.
• FAA approved for use on an aircraft.
• Removable padded infant insert for babies 4-11 lbs.
• Adjustable, multi-position canopy.
• Easy removal from both stroller and base.
• Smooth underside of base helps protect against damage to vehicle seats.
• Easy vehicle belt routing and a built in lock-off system accommodate vehicles without LATCH.
• Easy installation.
• Easy to lock and unlock from the base.
• The ability to use it without the base.
• Difficult to clean.
When we found out we were having our first child one of the first things I thought about was the car seat. It is one of the most important things you can purchase for your child and it is not something you want to purchase without researching or “cheap out” on. We ended up purchasing the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base and I am so glad we made this choice!
As I had no experience with car seats I started doing my research. I started with a popular ratings and review sites and interviewed my mom friends. When I narrowed it down to a short list, I went on retail websites and looked at the reviews people gave there.
What was I looking for? My number one criterion was safety. I wanted something that had proven itself as holding up in the worst-case scenario. My second criterion was value. I wanted something that would not break the bank. I didn’t care about the trendy “it” product that all the moms were buying. I just wanted something safe and affordable.
During my research, it was clear that the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base hit all our marks and more. We added it to the registry and received it for our baby shower. We purchased extra bases (which are very affordable) for each of our cars and the grandparents. This was a great benefit because we knew that anyone who might be taking care of our son at any time would have a car seat base available in case they needed to take him somewhere.
Once our little guy arrived we got to put the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat to use. He was a little peanut so we were thankful the car seat came with a comfy infant insert to help him fit better and keep him safe. Our drive home from the hospital was scary, but I felt better knowing he was in a car seat that could stand up to an accident. He spent a ton of time in the car seat because it was so lightweight we could take it anywhere, including up and down our two flights of stairs to our main living area in our townhouse with no issues. I loved that if he fell asleep while we were in the car we could just take him inside and let him sleep in the car seat.
My husband drives a smaller Jeep and can have issues fitting the larger car seats, but the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat fit with no issues at all – even in the middle spot of the back bench. I love how easy it is to install and how easily it snaps in to and out of the base. There are bubble-level indicators to show you that you have installed it properly and the button to tighten/untighten the straps is really simple to use, which I have found is not always the case with car seats.
Another thing we love about the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is the ability for it to lock into the Chicco KeyFit Caddy and Chicco KeyFit Cortina CX Stroller Travel System. We actually registered for the stroller travel system because it came with the car seat, base and a full stroller (which we still use, without the car seat, after a year!) It fits into many other Chicco stroller products and although not marketed, it also snaps into some other popular stroller brands, too.
We have taken several vacations, including one across the country, during our son’s first year and the KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat came with us for all of them. Again, the ability to snap into the Cortina Travel System Stroller made getting through security a breeze! Once we were through security I had a mini heart attack because I realized we didn’t bring our base with us. We quickly brought up the instruction manual online (thank you technology!!) and found out that the KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is safe to use without the base. The car seat held up well during the flight (we gate checked it without a cover) and we picked it up without a scratch. Installing it without the base was incredibly easy, so that is a big plus for me.
Overall, I am so happy with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat. I actually wish my son still fit in it. However, he hit the height limit so we moved to the next size up.