We agonized a lot of this decision as it has been one of the most important choices we have made concerning the safety of our little angel. We went on a massive search to find the best convertible car seat for our soon to be delivered child and after a lot of consideration we decided to go with the Chicco Nextfit Zip. We did not plan on spending this much on a child seat, but in the end it was well worth it. Momma Trauma Blog has it rated as their second best choice in 2016. After unboxing it and installing it in the car a few times we can see why parents give this seat such positive feed back.
We decided to dive straight into using a convertible car seat in the beginning since using an infant seat is only valid for such a short period of time. When considering the recommended time for switching to a convertible seat it just made better financial sense to got this route.
We were apprehensive shelling out so much money, but we could not be more satisfied with it after only a few weeks. It is now sitting in the corner of the garage waiting to be put to use once the delivery takes place, which will be very soon. We love it so much we thought we would share our joy and help anyone else looking to get a new car seat for their family.
What We Love So Far
Construction – This Chicco seat is a tank. You can tell from the moment you take it out of the box how well made it is. You can envision your child riding in this thing and being encapsulated in a protective shell that makes you feel at ease. The frame and base are solid and the side impact protection is also impressive. As far as safety is concerned the Nextfit Zip seems to have everything.
Materials – The comfort of your baby is a close second behind safety and the materials used in this seat feel plush and breathable. You do not want your child to get all sweaty from riding in the seat and this looks to prevent that from happening.
Maintenance – The ability to unzip and remove the seat pad and place it in the washing machine was one feature that really appealed to us. We are under no illusion that children do not make messes which is why being able to wash the seat is such a great idea. This is especially true with a convertible car seat that you plan on using for a few years.
Installation – Like I mentioned earlier, we have already begun practicing moving the seat between our two vehicles and installing it and it has been a breeze for the most part. The one knock we have is that because it is so well constructed, it is a little on the heavy side. It can be a little back breaking but once you get it into the car the actual installation process is rather simple. Every thing is marked clearly and the manual was easy to follow.
What Keeps It From Being Perfect
Price – We were hoping to spend somewhere between $200 and $250 and getting this seat really blew that out of the water. It currently goes for around $350 which really hurt the budget. With that said, we are confident that we are going to get our money’s worth and it gives us a tremendous amount of peace of mind knowing our child is going to riding in this every day.
Weight – We touched on this earlier, but this is not the lightest seat out there. For small individuals this might be a chore to move constantly. If you plan on using it in only one vehicle then this will not be that big of a problem.
Yes, It Is Early
Perhaps this write up is a little premature since we have not actually used it with our child yet. However, our very early experience with the Nextfit Zip fills us with confidence. If you have any issues and once we get a better understanding of what it is like to use it every day we will give you an update.