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Chicco is one of the most-trusted names when it comes to children’s car seats, and since its launch in 2016, the Fit2 has quickly become one of the Italian manufacturer’s most popular models. Featuring two unique positions to accommodate both infants and toddlers, and with a weight rating of 4 - 35 pounds, the Fit2 has been designed to keep children in a safe, rear-facing position for the first two years.
The Chicco Fit2 provides superior safety features, including an integrated stabilizer bar in the base and Chicco’s patented “SuperCinch” LATCH tightener. Premium Italian fabric and dual-density foam seat padding keep little ones comfortable, and the carry handle, headrest, and harness tightener can all be adjusted with one hand. It’s no wonder the Chicco Fit2 is consistently one of the most highly-rated car seats on the market.
Chicco Fit2 Safety Ratings
All children’s car seats rated by the NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and strict crash-test performance standards, so parents can be sure that they’re safe. The NHTSA also rates car seats for ease of use, taking into account factors such as labeling, instructions, and installation.
Overview of Chicco Fit 2
Unlike traditional rear-facing child seats, the Chicco Fit2 has two distinct reclining stages for two different age groups, and the position can easily be changed by using the built-in stage position lever. Stage 1 is more like a traditional rear-facing car seat, and offers more reclined seating for infants 4 - 35 pounds. Stage 2 converts the seat to a more upright position for toddlers in the crawling/walking phase, without taking up more space in the vehicle. This position is suitable for children 15 - 35 pounds. The Fit2 features a 7-position headrest and a padded, no-rethread harness that make it easy to adjust the seat as your child grows.
The cleverly-designed base features a “stabilizer bar” that provides maximum vehicle-to-seat coverage. There’s a one-hand-operated 4-position spring-loaded recline foot, as well as bubble level indicators, so making sure the car seat is properly installed is a breeze.
The base also features integrated lockoffs and easy-to-use belt routing, ensuring the base can be used safely with traditional seatbelts. Best of all, though, is Chicco’s patented one-pull center LATCH strap with “SuperCinch” that uses a force multiplying system to ensure that the base is secure when using LATCH.
One of the most popular features of the Chicco Fit2 is the one-hand adjustment for the carry handle, headrest, and harness tightener. The Fit2 has also been designed for use with a number of Chicco strollers, and can be quickly and easily moved from the car and clicked into place. Another popular feature is the European-style belt path which allows the Fit2 to be used without the base in any vehicle with seatbelts.
The Chicco Fit2 comes equipped with removable head and body support for newborns, and an adjustable/removable canopy. The seat padding uses comfy dual-density foam, and is fully-removable and machine-washable.
Video Overview of Chicco Fit2
Chicco Fit2 Specifications
Child weight (Stage 1)
4 - 35lb
Child weight (Stage 2)
15 - 35lb
Child age (Stage 1)
0 - 12 months
Child age (Stage 2)
9 - 24 months
Child height (Stage 1)
Up to 35”
Child height (Stage 2)
Up to 35”
Seat shell height
Seat weight (without base)
Width at widest point
Lowest harness position
7” (without infant insert)
Highest harness position
12.5” (without infant insert)
Chicco Fit2 Car Seat Features
Ease of Use
Who is the Chicco Fit2 Most Suitable For?
For on-the-go parents who want a car seat that offers an easy solution, the Chicco Fit2 is an excellent choice. Because the Fit2’s carry handle, headrest, and harness-tightener can all be adjusted easily and with just one hand, the Fit2 is super-convenient. Plus, the European-style belt routing means it can be used in different vehicles without having to worry about transporting the base.
Although the Fit2 works well with both LATCH and traditional seatbelts, it is comparatively large, so it may not work on the center seats of some vehicles. That’s definitely something to consider if you’re going to need multiple car seats in your car.
Probably the most attractive feature of the Chicco Fit2 is its longevity. The two-stage design means that this car seat can potentially be used from birth to 2 years old, which makes it a very cost-effective option.
What is included with the Chicco Fit2?
Pros and Cons of the Chicco Fit2
Chicco Fit 2 Installation
Chicco has provided a full playlist of instructional videos for the Fit2. You’ll find everything you need to know here, including how to install the Fit2 with LATCH, seatbelts, and without a base. There are also handy tutorials on using the 2 stages, positioning your child correctly in the seat, and removing the fabrics.
Chicco Fit2 User Manual
The owner's manual can be found here:
Chicco Fit2 vs Chicco Keyfit 30
The Chicco Keyfit 30 is another car seat that consistently rates very highly among parents and consumer review sites. Let’s take a look at how the Keyfit 30 compares to the Fit2.
EPS energy-absorbing foam, 5-point harness
EPS energy-absorbing foam, 5-point harness. Stabilizer bar.
4 - 30lb. 30”
4 - 35lb. 35”
SuperCinch one-pull, LATCH
SuperCinch one-pull, LATCH
Infant insert padding included?
Weight without base
Although both car seats share many similarities, the biggest difference is the ability to use the Fit2 in a different position, by adjusting it to stage 2. This, along with the added height limit of 35”, means that the Fit2 can potentially be used for much longer.
The biggest advantage of the Keyfit30 is its weight. Although the difference of 3lb in weight might not seem like much, it can make a big difference when you have to carry a sleeping child!
The Keyfit30 is a more affordable option, usually costing around $80 less than the Fit2. However, the Fit2’s potential longevity, improved safety features, and no-rethread harness make it a better investment, overall.
The Mom Friend's Chicco Fit2 Review
The Chico Fit2 is a unique rear-facing car seat that features a first-of-its-kind multi position seat, allowing it to accommodate both infants and toddlers. This premium safety seat accommodates children from 4 to 35 pounds in its Stage One / Infant position and from 15 to 35 pounds and up to 35 inches in the Stage Two / Toddler Position. Features not seen on many safety seats accompany its premium price. These include excellent Fit-to-Vehicle scores and an easy-to-use level indicator, making it perfect for accommodating other passengers in the back seat.
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Safety features that make the Chicco Fit2 a cut above include a handle that can be locked into any position once in the car, an Anti-rebound bar on the base, the SuperCinch LATCH system, a No-rethread harness, and seven headrest positions with one-hand adjustment.
One negative is that the seat does not come with a picture of a child restrained in the child seat next to sizing information on the labeling. This lack of labeling can be challenging but the seat’s ease of installation and design make up for it.
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