As a parent, safety has always been one of the top most priority for your child. Read my Chicco Keyfit 30 review below to see if this is the car seat for you. When you are driving the best way to ensure the safety of your little one would be to strap him or her down in a car seat.
CHICCO KEYFIT 30 REVIEW
Name: Chicco Keyfit 30 Car Seat
Price: 159.99 US DOLLARS
MY RATING: 10 out of 10
SAT AND SAVED
Experts, and even those who sell automobiles, would always encourage and stress the importance of making sure that your infant or young kid is strapped down or sitting inside an age appropriate car seat.
The use of proper car seats for infants will help in the reduction of car accident related injuries, hospitalizations, and/or deaths by around an estimate of 70 percent.
That is compared to children sitting down with just the usual seat belts or those who sit with no restraints at all. Despite the many instances in real life that a car seat has saved an infant’s life, there are still many parents who take purchasing a car seat lightly.
They do not believe that a car seat can really save a child’s life. It puzzles me really, because the United States of America even made putting an infant or a kid in a car seat a general rule for everybody.
It is mandatory, not only in America, but for other countries as well.
Don’t risk the life of your child. Many deaths of children could have been prevent if only the parents had taken time to strap their kids down in appropriate car seats.
HOW TO INSTALL
Most car seats are very easy to install if you take time to read the instructions. While installing, you must be very meticulous and make sure that you did it correctly. You see, installing the car seat properly is quite important.
Lots of people make the mistake of taking the car seat installation lightly. Some fail to attach the threading belts in the right slots, some fail to use a locking clip when it is necessary, and others restrain the child and the car seat very loosely.
Let’s take the Chicco Keyfit 30 as an example. So this is what it looks like, please refer to the picture below.
Chicco is the number one rated car seat in America. Would you believe that? Let’s check out why. Those who have used Chicco have claimed that it is the easiest to install among the car seats in the market.
It comes with a ‘Recline Sure Levelling Foo’t that aids you for easier installation.The company has somehow also solved the problem with loose locking with their Super Cinch Latch tightened feature.
It helps secure your car seat and prevent it from moving together with the car movement so that it is locked down.
The picture above is the Super Cinch Latch that I was talking about. It helps you achieve a tight and secure fit with little effort. So no need to break a sweat just so you can be sure that your car seat is secure. It’s so convenient.
Before I forget, the Chicco car seat also comes with a click-in attachment and a one-hand removal from the included base.
That is if you purchase a base as well, as that is sold separately. Others call it a booster to help the car seat be more elevated. If you do decide to purchase the base, know that it comes with an automatic level indicator.
The level indicator is very easy to read, and there is a Ride Right bubble level that will tell you if the position of your car seat is accurate. This is during the installation.
COMFORT AND PROTECTION
So aside from protection, one thing that Chicco offers is comfort. Of course, everyone wants to sit down comfortably, even babies.
Imagine if a baby is uncomfortable in his or her seat, there is a very high chance that the baby will want to get out of the car seat. A fussy baby doesn’t make a great companion on the road.
Can you imagine having to drive while your baby is having a mini tantrum in the back?
Not only will it divide your attention between the road and your baby which could increase the chances of you getting into a car accident, but it would also make you more irritable towards your baby which is something that Chicco doesn’t want to happen.
So how does Chicco keep your baby comfortable? Especially during long car rides.The Keyfit 30 car seat has removable newborn head and body supports.
It’s great if it’s removable because you can take them away in case they are causing problems to your baby, which allows him or her more space to move freely.
The good thing about this is that you can use your Chicco Keyfit 30 for babies as young as one month old, even those as small as four pounds because of the removable head and body support.
It also comes with a five point harness that can be tightened easily with the use of one hand for a snug fit.
Less effort for you! Parents often have a lot of stuff to carry around which is why Chicco makes sure that most adjustments done to the car seat can be accomplished with less effort and with only the use of one hand if possible.
To add more comfort, the Chicco Keyfit 30 is also able to click securely into the Chicco stroller that is compatible with it. Just ask your local seller which stroller is comfortable for the Chicco car seat you will purchase.
This little extra feature enables easier travel for you and convenience for the parent. You can easily bring your baby around and transfer him or her into the car. This is great for families who travel often.
Please be mindful that those kids who have special medical conditions will require special restraint systems.
You can approach your local police station or fire stations to get a free inspection of your car seat, and this can also help verify if you installed the car seat properly.
Let me add a little reminder for all the parents out there: Car seats are not for sleeping or napping.
Sure, your baby can nap during the long drive or the two hour drive but overnight sleeping of a baby in a car seat is a no-no, especially if the baby is younger than six month old.
The body position of the baby while in the car seat isn’t really suitable for not moving (during sleep) for hours as this increases the chances of suffocation (if not, difficulty of breathing) because of the neck position.
The said risk is the same for upright strollers or for those popular baby swings.
PROS AND CONS
ALL-IN-ONE Car Seats
As a parent, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children are safe, and again one thing of making sure is choosing the right car seat. In the market you will find car seats that grow together with your child. They call this the “All-In-One” car seats.
Here are the things that you need to know about it:
1.) When it comes to price, it is much more expensive than your average car seat. Before you frown, let’s remember that it will grow with your child so that means you get to use it longer.
If you compare that with having to purchase different age specific car seats during the years, the All-in-one car seat is much cheaper.
2.) It provides more safety to your child. Now, this is not to say that those average car seats aren’t safe. They are safe, but because the all-in-one car seats are higher when it comes to weight ratings, your child will be able to sit rear-facing for longer.
And we all know that the rear-facing position is safer. So again, I am not talking about the car seats but the positions of the car seats. Rear-facing position is safer, that’s why it is recommended for those who are aged newborn to three or two years old.
This position also ensures that the child will be using the harness more than the seat belt. I think we can all agree that a harness is safer compared to your ordinary seat belt because it really holds the infant down.
3.) Another thing that you have to take note of is the familiarity of the child to the seat.
Due to the fact that he or she has been using the same car seat for years, ever since he was a baby if you will, then the chances of the kid not wanting to sit down on a new unfamiliar chair is lesser.
Since he or she has been using it for a long time, it is more natural for him or her to sit down on it. Less trouble for the parent.
It all sounds good right? But of course, there are the cons to every pros.
Let’s go back to number one, since it is more capable of long term use, meaning it is more durable, thus heavier compared to those average car seats where you change every now and then. It is larger when it comes to size as well.
This makes the all-in-one car seat less portable. It is bulkier. And they also do not come with built-in carry handles like the other car seats.
Second, since they are heavy and aren’t easy to carry around, the chances of the parent just leaving them in the car are high.
So the parent will have to purchase a separate stroller and a carrier if you want to carry your baby out of the car. Unlike an infant seat, it doesn’t transform into a carrier.
And lastly, let’s go back to it’s size. As I said, it is a bit larger than your average car seat, so those babies who are premature or just small during birth will be hard to fit into the all-in-one car seats.
In conclusion, it is really important for a parent to know what you are looking for in a car seat. All car seats provide safety but you also have to look into what you need from a car seat so that it will be able to serve you better.