The Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System featured in this post were provided for review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own, as always. Be sure to check out the giveaway located at the bottom of the post!
We are so excited to welcome our third child, Brynlee, this winter. I’ve learned so much about baby gear and carseat safety since our first child was born in 2008. Back then, I found a design I liked and purchased the travel system without a second thought. Now, I am passionate about keeping children safe in the vehicle and recently became a child passenger safety technician. Did you know that not all infant seats fit small babies well? It’s true, but it’s not a well known fact. I first worked with the Chicco KeyFit 30 during my child passenger safety technician course and fell head over heels for the ease of use and fantastic features on this infant seat. If you notice the word “easy” over and over again, it’s because the Chicco KeyFit 30 is the easiest infant seat I’ve ever installed.
The Chicco Cortina Travel System offers a stroller, carseat, and base. The design showcased is the new “Stix” print which is a lovely charcoal gray.
Chicco KeyFit 30 Details
The Chicco KeyFit 30 is rated to fit infants at 4 pounds . It comes with a newborn insert which can be used for babies who weigh between 4 and 11 pounds. You must discontinue use of the newborn insert when the child weighs more than 11 pounds. The Chicco KeyFit30 is outgrown when the child reaches 30lbs or 30 inches.
There are three methods of installation available. When using the base, choose either LATCH or the vehicle belt. If installing without the base, you will install with a locked vehicle belt. If you vehicle belts do not lock, you’ll need a locking clip. A tightly rolled towel is permitted if need to achieve the correct angle when installing the KeyFit 30 without the base. As a tech, I am often asked “Which install is safer- LATCH or vehicle belt?” You should use the method that gives you the best and most solid install with less than 1 inch of movement at the belt path.
Chicco KeyFit Base Features
The infant base features a storage compartment which is a nice because you can keep your carseat user guide in it. The base can be installed with LATCH connectors or with the vehicle belt using the shoulder belt lockoff on the base. The base also includes a recline foot, recline button, and recline indicator to help you achieve the correct installation angle. You’ll find an easy to use LATCH system that includes storage for when not in use and a simple LATCH pull strap to secure the LATCH connectors.
I found each installation method super easy and solid which makes the Chicco KeyFit 30 amazingly user friendly. The handle can be in any locked position while in the vehicle. We had plenty of room front-to-back with the KeyFit 30 installed in my Honda Odyssey. I know that can be a concern for those with smaller vehicles. The baseless install freed up even more room front-to-back, but I prefer to use the base simply because it’s easier to take the seat in and out quickly.
The included newborn insert and harness strap covers make for a comfortable seat for infants. I love the Chicco includes harness strap covers and the insert with the KeyFit 30 because aftermarket products are not recommended to use. Kudos to Chicco for taking the extra step to test those and include them with the seat! The one-pull harness adjuster allows for quick and proper fitting every time. The chest clip and buckle are both easy to use and I would consider them grandparent friendly. Overall, I just love the Chicco KeyFit 30 from top to bottom and I cannot wait to use it with Brynlee! There is not a single thing about it that I don’t like or would change.
Chicco Cortina Stroller Details
The Chicco Cortina stroller has an aluminum frame and is loaded with features to keep baby comfortable while offer convenience for parents. One of my favorite things about the Chicco Cortina stroller is the fully-reclining seats which works with a handle-like lever located on the back of the seat. One pull and you can lock the seat into any position. It completely reclines to a flat position then you can fold up the bottom to make a little bassinet-like bed perfect for tiny infants. It also offers Memory Recline so it remembers the position you last left in before folding! How neat is that?
The child tray guarantees that your child has place for drinks and snacks with two cup-holders and nice snack tray. On the parent tray, you’ll find another cup-holder and a storage compartment perfect for holding keys. The folding handle is also located on the parent tray. The height-adjustable handles makes sure that mom and dad can both be comfortable while pushing the Chicco Cortina stroller. Another excellent feature on this stroller is the spacious basket which is always accessible, even with the seat fully reclined.
The Chicco Cortina Stroller includes locking wheels, linked rear brakes, and a 5 point harness. Of course, it also compatible with the KeyFit 30. While the Cortina is not an all-terrain stroller, it does feature all-wheel suspension and is perfect for strolling sidewalks, shopping, or any place with mostly smooth surfaces. The Cortina can be used from birth to 36 months and up to 50 pounds.
You can find the Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller available for purchase at Babies R Us currently priced at $349.99 or at our affiliate Amazon with prices starting as low as 295.99. Click here to current pricing at Amazon.com
Be sure to check out our review of the Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat.