The Chicco KeyFit 35 Makes Four Big Upgrades to a Parent-Favorite Car Seat
The Chicco KeyFit 35 Makes Four Big Upgrades to a Parent-Favorite Car Seat
November 3, 2021

The Chicco KeyFit 35 Makes Four Big Upgrades to a Parent-Favorite Car Seat

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The Chicco KeyFit 35 Makes Four Big Upgrades to a Parent-Favorite Car Seat

The Chicco KeyFit 30 has been a parent-favorite infant car seat for years because of how easy it is to safely, securely install (it makes a reassuring “click” sound to let you know you’ve done it right). The newest upgrade to this car seat, the Chicco KeyFit 35, improves on the original with upgraded safety features and a larger weight and height limit, allowing your baby to ride rear-facing for even longer (and stretching out the amount of time before you need to invest in a convertible car seat). Babylist Scout Mallorie takes it for a test ride in the video above.

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What It Does

Chicco held onto all the features that made the original KeyFit 30 one of Babylist’s top all-around infant car seat picks, like:

  • Parent-Friendly Base: The base on the Chicco KeyFit 35 has a spring-loaded leveling foot so you don’t have to sweat it out getting your baby’s car seat at the right angle (just release the leveling foot). There’s also a bubble level that shows you when you get it right, and one-pull latch connectors that make tightening your base a “cinch.”
  • Maximum Stroller Compatibility: You can combine your KeyFit 35 with almost any Chicco stroller to turn it into a travel system. But if you’ve got a different stroller brand in mind? There are adapters out there for just about every one.
  • Space-Saving Footprint: Even with the upgrades (that we’ll get into in a minute), the KeyFit 35 is still slim enough to fit three across in your back seat if you’re transporting other kiddos or decide to grow your family.

But the KeyFit 35 adds some pretty significant upgrades:

  • Room to Grow: As the name suggests, the KeyFit 35 can hold babies up to 35 lbs and 32 inches, giving it a longer lifespan (a major bonus if your baby is on the bigger side or hits those growth spurts early).
  • Anti-Rebound Bar: The anti-rebound bar on the KeyFit 35 base adds extra stability in the event of a crash and extra legroom for your little one (without adding extra bulk).
  • No Rethread Harness: Adjusting your baby’s harness as they grow previously involved taking things apart and putting them back together again, but the KeyFit 35 lets you make changes just by pinching and sliding the easy-extend headrest system.

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  • ClearTex Fabrics: One of the big changes to the KeyFit 35 is that it now also comes in a ClearTex option, which means it’s made with naturally fire-resistant fabrics that don’t use flame retardants. ClearTex fabrics are GREENGUARD Gold certified, a rigorous process that tests for low chemical emissions—helping to keep your baby’s air quality cleaner while you drive. And a bonus: the ClearTex version costs exactly the same as the regular KeyFit 35.

Or for a little bit more, you can upgrade to the KeyFit 35 Zip ClearTex model (that’s the one Mallorie is testing in the video above) which also includes bonus easy-zip features like a zip-open mesh panel and a zip-open full coverage privacy shield.

Keep in mind, all those comfort and safety features don’t make for the lightest car seat—the KeyFit 35 still clocks in at just over 10 lbs.

Why You’d Want That

Infant car seats can be super convenient for getting your baby out of the car and into the stroller fuss-free. But babies grow fast, and infant car seats often only last a year or so before needing to be upgraded to a convertible car seat.

The KeyFit 35 takes an already long-lasting infant car seat and adds extra life to it—plus a bunch of bonus safety features. Not to mention, if you’re looking for a car seat that uses similar “clean air” fabrics, the KeyFit 35 is easily one of the more affordable options on the market.

So if you’re looking to get extra mileage out of your infant car seat, the Chicco KeyFit 35 might be the ticket. Watch Mallorie’s complete video review to see how these upgrades work for yourself.

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