This is a sponsored post for Chicco written by me on behalf of Mom Central. I do not have experience with Chicco car seats and the content provided here is informational only.
Car seat safety is a hot topic. Believe me, I know it’s not an easy task. It seems the rules change “all the time” and with so many seats on the market, it’s not easy. I have THREE in car seats, from an infant bucket seat to a five point harnessed booster, and the research is daunting at times. I’ve done tons of research, and I’m always looking for new information. My kids will all be in car seats until they outgrow the limits of their seats, from my infant son to my pre-kindergartner who is still in a 5 point harness.
It comes down to finding the right seat for my child, that fits in my car and that I can install quickly and easily without using brute force. It’s a bigger challenge than it sounds.
Is your child in the right seat?
The NextFit™ Convertible Car Seat from Chicco might be the end of your car seat woes. It adjusts to fit from 5-65 pounds, with 9 recline positions and both rear and forward facing configurations. The harness straps do not require rethreading and adjust in height AND width in connection with the position of the headrest! Plus chest clip features two positions to fit the torso of smaller and larger children.
o Simply: No need for rolled towels or tubes to position your convertible car seat correctly in your car! The NextFit’s ReclineSure™ 9-position Leveling System adjusts with one hand for an accurate fit in a wider range of vehicles and vehicle seats
o Accurately: Just like the KeyFit, the Chicco NextFit takes the guesswork out of installing the seat thanks to the two RideRight™ bubble levels which clearly indicate the correct seat angle in both rear and forward-facing modes.
o Securely: Parents of any size or strength can easily install the NextFit correctly with the SuperCinch™ LATCH tightener, which uses force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit – no strong muscles required.
Not only will be the only car sear you’ll need to buy until the preschool years, the NextFit™ also comes in a variety of fashions for you to choose from available at a variety of retailers.
o Infiniti – Exclusively at Babies R Us
o Gemini – Exclusively at Babies R Us
o Gravity – Exclusively at Target
o Intrigue – Exclusively at BuyBuyBaby and Specialty stores
o Mystique – Other retailers
Check out these great car seat safety tips.
Five Helpful Hints from Julie Prom, Car Seat Safety Advocate for Chicco
Rear-facing is safest. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend rear-facing as long as possible. Parents should keep child rear-facing until at least 2 years old, longer if the car safety seat weight and height limit allows. Young children are fragile and are best protected in a rear-facing car seat. To ensure a child can stay rear-facing as long as possible, purchase a convertible seat when your baby outgrows the infant seat.
Most children younger than 5-years old are not mature enough to sit without a full harness. Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until at least 5 or 6 years old.
Most common mistakes can be avoided by simply following manufacturers’ instructions. All car seats must meet stringent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to be sold in the U.S. It is when they are not used correctly that makes them unsafe. Always read and follow the instructions for the safety seat. Also, read the vehicle owner’s manual section on child restraints.
Always buckle your baby into the safety seat first, and then cover the baby with blankets. Avoid bulky clothing and add-on products such as car seat buntings. This can interfere with proper harness fit and crash performance of the seat. A good trick for older children is to buckle them in without their jacket and then put it back on them backwards over the harness. Not only do these techniques ensure proper harness fit, but also avoids overheating by allowing the baby to be easily uncovered or the child to take his jacket off once the car gets warmer.
Always use the top tether when installing a forward-facing car seat. The tether reduces movement of a car seat in a crash and helps to achieve a tight installation.
Do you have any car seat safety advice for someone buying a new seat?
Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicco and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation