Most bucket-style infant car seats only last you until around your child’s first birthday, when your child will likely start approaching the seat’s height limit. The Chicco Fit2 addresses this problem by featuring a convertible infant seat that can switch from an “infant” stage to a “toddler” stage. While tempting, given all of its luxury features, the Chicco Fit2 is pricey. So if you’re on a budget, I’d suggest checking out some other great infant seats. Read on for more details!
Chicco Fit2 Key Features
- Weight limitations:
- 4-35 pounds in the infant position
- 15-35 pounds in the toddler position
- Height limitations: 35 inches, or when child’s head reaches within one inch of the top of the car seat
More on height limitations
A lot of car seat companies boast about their weight limitations, which I think can be misleading. I initially chose an infant seat that had a high weight limit of 35 pounds, thinking I’d be able to use it for a couple of years until my son reached that weight. A mom friend of mine pointed out that kids typically outgrow the height limitations before the weight limitations. When I saw that the height limitation of my son’s seat was 31 inches, and my son was quickly approaching that height even before his first birthday, I felt duped!
It is recommended that you switch your child from an infant bucket seat to a rear-facing convertible seat around their first birthday. Around that time, the top of their head will probably be too close to the top of the car seat. Typically, you want the top of their head to be greater than 1 inch away from the top of the back of the car seat.
Chicco addresses this height limit issue by making their Fit2 infant seat convertible to a toddler seat, thus increasing the height limit. The height limit for the Fit2 is 35 inches tall, which is about the height of your average 2 year old. That’s why they say it should last you until your child is about 2 years of age, but of course this will differ from kid to kid.
Chicco did this in part to promote keeping kids rear-facing until at least two years of age. The guidelines right now say to keep your child rear-facing until at least 2 years of age, but for as long as possible even after that!
So although it’s great that you’ll get more use out of this car seat, I think many people may still opt for a convertible seat down the line. That way you can keep your child rear-facing longer since a convertible seat has higher limitations than the Chicco Fit2 for rear-facing.
The Chicco Fit2 not only has a convertible base, but it’s super easy to use, too! You simply lift a lever on the car seat base to convert the base from infant to toddler position. Toddler stage is for when your little one starts to crawl or walk – essentially when they have better muscle control.
Bubble level indicator
A bubble level indicator is a must for me on car seats. It may seem like such a minor feature, but having used both a bubble indicator and the basic line indicator, the bubble indicator is so much more accurate. Some car seats just have a printed horizontal line on them that you have to eyeball to get level with the ground. This doesn’t cut it for me. There’s too much human error involved. Car seat level is such an important factor in car seat installation, I think it’s important to opt for a seat with the bubble level.
Supercinch is Chicco’s easy-to-install feature. When installing a car seat base, you need to tighten the LATCH straps so that the base doesn’t move from side to side. This can be extremely difficult on some car seat base models.
Supercinch does a lot of the tightening for you, so you don’t have to pull on the LATCH straps so hard that you pull a muscle too!
As your child grows, you need to adjust the harness height level accordingly. A no-rethread harness means that you don’t have to unthread the harness straps and rethread them back through in order to adjust the harness strap level. Ultimately, this removes the potential for human error from the process, so it’s a great feature to have.
7 position headrest
You want the car seat’s harness straps to be as close to your child’s shoulder level as possible. As your child grows and you adjust the harness, the more options available, the better. Seven positions is more options than other similar car seats on the market have.
This is a feature you definitely don’t see often. You only need one hand to adjust the handle. Usually, you need to squeeze two buttons to move the handle to a different position. Hey, anything that takes one hand out of the equation when it comes to parenting is a great feature in my book!
Compact compared to convertible seats
This Fit2 is built like an infant bucket seat, so it is relatively compact, especially compared to the bulkier convertible seat.
I already mentioned the convertible base, but this can be an even greater feature if you have both an infant and a toddler. If you have two of these car seats and car seat bases, it will give you more versatility when it comes to switching between cars and so on.
Travel system compatibility
This car seat is compatible with Chicco strollers to be used as a travel system. While I stopped carrying my son around in his infant car seat once it got too heavy for me (around ten months or so), I would definitely use the Fit2 as part of the travel system if he were to fall asleep in the car. I have also found that sometimes he is totally content in his car seat, but doesn’t like being taken out and then strapped into a stroller. The Fit2 extends that amount of time that you can click the car seat out of the car seat base and into the stroller.
Using the 2 Stages
The Fit2 comes in at a little over 12 pounds. I know in testing many different infant seats, I felt the heaviest I would go was about 9 pounds. Of course, this will differ from person to person. If you’re not sure about the weight, go check it out at a store to get an idea of how heavy it is compared to other seats on the market!
For help finding the best car seats for infants check this article.
While there are several color options to choose from, they aren’t very different from each other. They are all darker, solid colors. While I like the modern look of the seat, I do like to see more options! Especially bright colors or fun patterns.
Is is cost-effective?
I love infant seats that can be used as part of a travel system, but I think it’s always important to remind people that you’re going to have to buy a convertible seat down the line.
The Fit2 could potentially bring you to booster seat stage, but I’m a big proponent of keeping children rear-facing past the age of two, really until they outgrow a convertible seat. While the AAP and NHTSA recommend a minimum of two years rear-facing, there is more information coming out that suggests keeping them rear-facing for even longer than that.
So because of this, I don’t necessarily see buying the Fit2 as cost-effective in that you may not be able to skip the convertible seat altogether.
If you’re looking for a highly rated infant seat that isn’t as expensive, definitely check out Chicco’s KeyFit 30. You can read more about its features as well as the pros and cons about buying a bucket seat versus a convertible seat in my other review here.
The Chicco Fit2 is one of the highest rated car seats, with very few concerns expressed.
- Target.com – 5 out of 5 stars, 28 reviews
- buybuyBaby.com – 4.9 out of 5 stars, 30 reviews
The Chicco Fit2 is a great option for an infant seat because it will last you closer to two years, rather than the typical one year. I do still see the need for purchasing a convertible car seat after this seat though. So although you’ll get an extra year out of your initial car seat, you will still have that other cost down the road. Plus, the Fit2 is on the higher end of the infant car seat price range.
Because of this, if you’re on a budget, I would check out Chicco’s less expensive model, the KeyFit 30. It has a lot of the same great features at a more affordable price.
So while I really have nothing bad to say about the Chicco Fit2 car seat other than it’s weight, it does come in at a high price. You do get quality features for this added price, but personally I’d go with a less expensive model even if it wouldn’t last those two full years