In Gear: Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat

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When given the opportunity to check out the Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat, we anticipated just another car seat with maybe an extra bell or whistle. However, at first glance, we discovered that this new car seat from Chicco was in a class of its own. In fact, the Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat is what we’d consider the Cadillac of car seats. Complete with leather outers and a removable insulated cup holder, the NextFit Zip is the maximum luxury you can get for your little rider. Here’s why:

First off, it has longevity … bang for your buck. Being a convertible car seat, it’s approved for use in children 5-40 pounds in the rear-facing position and 22-65 pounds in the forward-facing position. Second, it’s got versatility. The seat boasts nine (yes, nine!) reclining positions, which is more than any other convertible car seat. In addition, it’s nearly impossible to screw up the installation, which is a huge worry off any parent’s mind. Regardless of whether it’s in the forward- or rear-facing position, the perfect car seat angle can always be achieved using the dual-level indicators; simply get the level bubble between the lines. To ensure the seat won’t tip over even slightly, the NextFit Zip features a SuperCinch LATCH tightener that makes securing the fit easy as pie.

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Perhaps the most appealing feature for seasoned parents—and the reason it’s called the NextFit Zip—is the fact that you can easily zip on and off the seat cover for machine washing. And re-installing the cover is just as painless.

As though more reasons were needed to love this seat, here are just a few more highlights worth noting:

  • Padding, padding and more padding (This thing is like the Lazy Boy of car seats with all the cushioning.)
  • Six-position adjustable headrest that grows with your little one
  • Auto-adjusting shoulder straps that get wider as the headrest is raised
  • LATCH storage compartments
  • Removable infant insert

Available at Babies R Us for $329.99.




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