Hey there moms and dads, I am here to chat about the best infant car seat. We have the Chicco Keyfit 30, and we love it. This infant seat falls within the top 5 best infant seats for almost all major reviewers, and is listed as #1 on multiple sites.
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There are a lot of options out there! As long as they are being sold by a retailer, it means they have passed the safety standards. However, NHTSA does give an overall rating for the ease of use for each car seat. The Chicco is rated with 4 stars overall, the lowest rated category is due to the lack of instructions on the labels.
This carseat has three main features that I love and believe adds to the overall safety of the seat. First, it comes with a level on the base to ensure the seat is installed properly. According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 95% of infant seats in the US have at least one major thing wrong with how it was installed. This is why I love how easy it was to install this seat, and we got it checked by a certified CPST (child passenger safety technician). They make it so easy for you to install yourself! The base only has one tightener that you need to secure.
This seat also has the nice clicking sound when it is latched in correctly to the base. It’s happened once or twice where a piece of swaddle blanket was stuck in between the seat and the base. I was able to tell right away when I didn’t hear the click; even though it felt like it was secure, it actually wasn’t.
Overall, I feel very comfortable with the safety of this seat. The lack of instruction labels does not really bother me; we had a technician personally show us the proper way to install the seat. Also, I would prefer to look up a youtube video anyways. Those labels that they include are typically pretty hard to understand in my experience.
The greatest thing about an infant carrier is the fact that it is portable. You can pull it out of the car and carry it or click it into a stroller without waking the baby. Another great feature is you can purchase multiple bases. This way you can put one in each of your vehicles or family member vehicles but you only need one car seat.
Because this seat is so popular, it is easy to find compatible strollers. I love being able to pull the car seat out of the car and click it into the stroller; making it a quick and easy transfer. With a quick google search, you can find out if the stroller you want works with the seat or if you can buy a separate attachment for it. This also opens up more opportunities to buy a used stroller or borrow one from a friend. We purchased a gently used BOB jogging stroller from one seller and the Chicco adaptor was listed for sale on the same day from a completely different seller.
Even if the car seat is slightly more expensive, there are other opportunities to save money later on down the road if you end up buying any accessories.
I have included the link to the standard Keyfit 30 below, as well as the Keyfit 30 Zip. The Zip model is exactly the same as the basic, except for a few things. It comes with a zip on visor for when you want some extra coverage, and zip-off canopy for when you want less coverage, and a zip around boot to keep your baby warm. The boot is extra useful because babies love to kick off blankets. If you live in a colder climate this can be hard to keep baby covered.
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