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An Award-Winning Car Seat: Chicco Keyfit 30

The Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat has ranked number one in many surveys, so I wasn’t surprised to see that BabyCenter moms voted it the number one car seat in 2012. We have the Chicco Cortina Keyfit 30 Travel System, with the car seat and the stroller that it locks into.

Easy to Install

The Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat was easy to install. One of the best features is that it has a clip that holds the car’s shoulder strap and lap belt together. This keeps the car seat from sliding on our leather seats or tipping if the shoulder belt begins to retract—a problem we had with our bigger, one-piece car seat for our older child. The base is also separate from the car seat, so it’s easy to thread the seat belt through the openings in the base and lock it in. A built-in level gives you reassurance that you’re positioning it right.

Easy to Strap the Baby In

The straps are easy to expand, giving you lots of room to get the baby into the seat. It’s easy to clip, and it has a nice, big button to help you tighten the straps. A newborn insert gives extra support for small babies.

Easy to Snap In and Out of the Base

When our son was a newborn and we still carried him in the car seat (he’s too heavy for that now), it was easy to snap the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat apart from the base. The big button on the top is easy to find and grab with one hand. When you put the car seat back into the base, you know that you’ve done it correctly when you hear a reassuring snap.

Somewhat Easy to Snap Into the Stroller

Putting the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat into the stroller was a bit more difficult. I used the stroller for the first time on a play date with two other new moms. One mom had a front carrier, another an umbrella stroller, and I was the only one with a Chicco travel system. It took all three of us to realize that you have to have the stroller’s tray intact in order to support the car seat. Once I did this, the reassuring snap let me know I’d installed it correctly.

Top-Ranked for a Reason

There’s a reason the Chicco Keyfit 30 car seat keeps ranking well—it’s simply a good product. We’ve used it for two babies, and it has served us well.