Chicco Fit2 Review

Chicco Fit2 Car Seat – The Best Just Got Better

Many fans of the Chicco KeyFit 30 had much to celebrate when Chicco announced the arrival of its upgraded version, Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat. Although they have several similarities, Chicco Fit2 has notable features that the older KeyFit 30 does not have. Read on for more information on Chicco Fit2 and what makes it a standout convertible rear-facing car seat.

Important Features of Chicco Fit2 Car Seat

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat, Tempo

Chicco Fit2 is a premium car seat from the Chicco brand. It’s an easy-to-install, LATCH-compatible rear-facing car seat that uses an innovative 2-stage installation designed to accommodate a child from infancy to toddlerhood (or up to 2 years old).

  • Seat weight: 12 pounds
  • Seat base weight: 22 pounds
  • Child weight range in all modes: 4-35 pounds (infant mode) / 15-35 pounds (toddler mode)
  • Seat height limit: 35 inches or less
  • Seat dimensions: 28 (length) x 17 (carrier width) x 16 (base width) inches
  • Seat expiry period: 6 years

The video below from the manufacturer provides an overview of all the top features of the Chicco Fit2:

Check out Chicco Fit2’s Amazon page for more information on its current pricing, shipping, and other details.

Differences between Chicco Fit2 and Previous Model Chicco Keyfit 30

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat, Tempo

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Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Air Infant Car Seat, Q Collection

Before Fit2, Chicco Keyfit 30 has impressed many parents with its above-average features that came with an affordable price tag. It’s no wonder that it has been a best selling infant car seat for a few years before meeting its ‘match’ with the arrival of Fit2.

At first glance, Chicco Fit2 looks like the heavier, pricier cousin of Chicco Keyfit 30, but in hindsight, these key differences make Fit2 a more feature-rich new arrival. One important difference is how Fit2 is designed to be used longer. For starters, it has a 35-inch height limit compared to Keyfit 30’s 30 inches, making the former more suitable for taller toddlers.

Car Seat Model

Chicco Fit 2

Chicco KeyFit 30

Recommended Weight

4-35 lbs; 15-35 lbs

4-30 lbs

Maximum Height

35"

30"

Seat Weight

12 lbs

9 lbs

Harness Positions

7

3

Buckle Positions

2

1

Buckle Positions

4.5", 6"

4.5"

Stage Positions

2

1

Infant Stage Positions

4-35 lbs

4-30 lbs

Toddler Stage Positions

15-35 lbs

NO

Allows European Beltpath Routing

YES

NO

Adjustable Headrest

YES

NO

Adjustable Headrest Positions

7 Positions

NO

Integrated Stabilizer Bar

YES

NO

Compatible with Chicco Strollers

YES

YES

No-rethread Harness

YES

NO

1-hand handle adjustment

YES

NO

Another design change in Fit2 is its car seat base, which can be converted from infant to toddler settings. In Stage 1 (infant), babies weighing 4 to 35 pounds can be carried from birth to 12 months. In Stage 2 (toddler), the seat is moved higher up on the base and the adjustable headrest is expanded to touch the front seat’s headrest. This position is recommended for babies weighing 15 – 35 pounds or 9-24 months of age (ideally walking or crawling). This unique features makes Fit2 the only car seat you’ll ever need for the first 2 years of your baby’s life.

Safety Ratings

Like Keyfit 30, Chicco Fit2 is equipped with a user-friendly installation system. In particular, it has a ReclineSure leveling foot that ensures the right base angle is achieved even on different types of vehicle. It also features a one-pull latch tightener that secures the car seat with little effort, a RideRight bubble indicator that confirms the right angle for the car seat, and an anti-rebound/stabilizer bar to make the seat more stable. All these things help secure your baby’s car seat with greater accuracy during installation, which is important given how majority of car seats have at least one installation error.

The base is easy to install using a car’s LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children—a requirement for vehicles manufactured after 2002). It takes only a few seconds to attach the car seat’s lower LATCH connectors to the lower anchors in the car. Fit2 also has a lockoff feature that keeps the vehicle’s seat belt tightly in place. However, the Fit2 base is not compatible with other Chicco models like the Keyfit 30.

What Customers Love

Chicco Fit2 Infant & Toddler Car Seat, Tempo

Since its release in 2016, Fit2 has had raving reviews from parents, mombloggers, and car seat experts alike. Here are some of the highlights of the Chicco Fit2 car seat according to the reviews:

  • Easy installationCompact ‘bucket seat’ style that keeps baby snug inside
  • Adjustable canopy that protects baby from sunlight and removable for Stage 2 (toddler phase)
  • Easy conversion from Stage 1 (infant) to Stage 2 by simply pulling a lever2-stage base means car seat can be used for two kids of different ages (newborn and toddler)
  • Conversion to Stage 2 does not require extra space, but gives toddlers enough legroom to move
  • No-rethread harness means no need to unthread and rethread the harness, making it easy to adjust with less room for error
  • Baby’s head is safely in place while driving, reducing risks for head slumps
  • Has EPS energy-absorbing foam lining the shell for better impact protection
  • Has machine washable paddingMade in Italy, so premium Italian fabrics are used

What Customers Can Live Without

Just like any product, there are some aspects of Fit2 that customers point out as areas for improvement. Here are some cons of buying Chicco Fit2:

  • Compared to other infant car seats, Fit2 is slightly heavier at 12 lbs
  • Color options are limited, so lovers of patterns and bright, happy colors might be disappointed
  • Slightly more expensive than Keyfit 30
  • May be outgrown by heavier or taller toddlers before the expected 2 years

Does It Have a Compatible Travel System?

Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Orion

The answer is yes. Fit2 works well with the Chicco Shuttle frame stroller, which is a skeleton stroller for car seats. It is also compatible with most Chicco strollers such as Shuttle Caddy, Viaro, Urban, Bravo, BravoFor2, Activ3, Tre, Cortina Together, and Cortina CX. Some of the other stroller brands also offer adapters for Fit2. This travel system compatibility allows parents to transfer their sleeping babies to a stroller without disturbing them.

Conclusion

Overall, Chicco Fit2 is the best choice if you want to keep your baby rear-facing for the longest time possible. This position is also deemed as the safest for a child, so using one rear-facing car seat for up to 2 years is a definite plus.

Fit2 is undoubtedly super easy to use, so you’ll be making those two years close to effortless—not to mention, the premium safety features not found in other brands. If you’re looking for an infant car seat that will last longer and will be safe and easy to use, this is the one for you.

Robert

Robert is a father of a young daughter and has developed an expertise in child car seat safety. He is a keen supporter of the use of child safety systems having seen his daughter come away from a side impact collision unscathed due to the use of a child car seat. When he's not spending time reviewing child safety systems he works as a Technical Manager on major construction projects.

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