2023 Chicco MyFit & MyFit Zip Air Harness + Booster Review
Chicco carseats are consistently awesome and so it should come as no surprise that the MyFit series of forward-facing “combination” seats (aka, Harness + Booster seats) are worthy contenders in their class.
The MyFit is NOT a rear-facing car seat so it’s intentionally designed for bigger, older kids. Best of all, it’s tall and narrow, which means it can accommodate those bigger kids longer and can also fit in tight spaces.
However, every seat has tradeoffs and what’s perfect for one parent might be less-than-ideal for the next. We’ll cover it all in this hands-on review.
Let’s start with the differences between the MyFit, MyFit Zip & MyFit Zip Air models:
Chicco MyFit is the base model. MSRP $219.99
MyFit Zip adds a zip-off overlay for easier cleaning.
MyFit Zip Air is the premium version that features the zip-off overlay, a breathable AirMesh backrest, plus Chicco’s patented SuperCinch Latch force-multiplying system.
2023 MyFit Zip Air fashions: Q Collection MSRP $319.99
Chicco MyFit Specs:
- With 5-point Harness: forward-facing only 25-65 lbs., 54″ tall or less, child at least 2 years old
- Belt-Positioning Booster: 40-100 lbs., 38-57″ tall, child at least 4 years old
- No-rethread harness with 9-position headrest
- 4 recline positions for customizable child positioning (in both harness & booster mode)
- Bubble level indicators for both harness mode and booster mode
- Lockoffs for secure installation with seatbelt
- Premium push-on LATCH connectors (LATCH weight limit 40 lbs.)
- SuperCinch force-multiplying system on LATCH strap (Zip Air models only)
- Integrated LATCH storage compartment
- Deep headand torso wings plus EPS foam for enhanced side-impact protection
- Steel-reinforced frame
- Energy-absorbing base
- Dual-density foam seat cushion with ergonomically contoured seat
- Deep seat pan to comfortably support older children with longer legs
- Chest clip comfort pads surround chest clip-on harness (usage mandatory)
- Optional harness strap covers and buckle cover
- Dual dishwasher-safe foldable cup holders (aka “cup-folders”)
- Can use LATCH in booster mode
- Integrated harness storage compartment (for booster mode)
- FAA approved for use on airplanes (harness mode only)
- IIHS Best Bet Booster rating
- Made in China
- 8-year lifespan before expiration
- Maximum harness height: 19.5″
- Maximum booster seated height: 20.25″ (measured to bottom of shoulder belt guide)
- Width at widest points: 17.5″ (armrests & torso wings)
- Shoulder width: 13.5″
- Hip width: 10.5″
- Crotch strap depth: 5.5″, 7″
- Seat depth: 15″
- Weight: 24.5 lbs.
Each MyFit model comes with harness strap covers and a buckle cover (both are optional), and chest clip comfort pads which are required. The Zip Air models have additional “comfort flex” pads which attach to the hip straps. The buckle pad is tethered to the buckle in a way that it stays put so it won’t come off all the time and be easily lost. As a mom, it’s always the little things like that that I really appreciate!
Here is a video overview of MyFit features. For a detailed explanation of the features plus information on how it works in vehicles and with kids, keep reading.
Unlike many other forward-facing seats, the MyFit has to be installed within an acceptable recline range, as indicated by a bubble level on the side of the seat. This should be easy to do, though. The MyFit has four recline positions that are all (potentially) usable in harnessed or booster mode. Keep in mind the allowed range is greater in harnessed mode than in booster mode.
I installed the MyFit in a 2010 Honda Odyssey, a 2014 Honda Civic, a 2019 Honda Odyssey, a 2019 Toyota Prius, a 2019 Hyundai Ioniq, and a 2019 Ford F150 (SuperCrew). I used various recline positions in both modes and had no problem achieving angles within the allowed ranges. In fact, I don’t recall having any of my choices fall outside of the allowed range.
The MyFit doesn’t allow gaps between the vehicle seat and the child restraint, so if you find the vehicle headrest pushes the seat forward and creates a gap, raise or remove the headrest if possible. If you can’t, try a different seating position that might have other headrest options.
When it comes to getting a tight installation, some people find it to be a breeze, and others find it more challenging. I suspect that the individual seating position makes a big difference.
In the F150 and Hyundai Ioniq, I was able to easily achieve a nice, tight installation with the seatbelt without issue. However, in both of the Odysseys, the Civic, and the Prius I was able to get an acceptable installation, but they all took more work than I would have expected.
Installation with LATCH: It’s important to note that I was installing the base model MyFit, which has nice push-on lower LATCH connectors but a lacks the SuperCinch tightening mechanism found on the Zip Air model.
I found it took a lot of effort and weight in the seat to get the MyFit installed with less than an inch of movement. Heather and Kecia tried the premium MyFit Zip Air model, which has the SuperCinch system for installing with LATCH, and they reported having a much easier time.
*Always attach the tether strap on the back of the MyFit to the tether anchor in your vehicle. The tether strap is stored in a compartment on the back of the car seat.
Installation with Seatbelt:Installing with the seatbelt was similar to installing with LATCH in that in some vehicles, I had to really work at it. With some installations, the best I could get was just under an inch of movement. (Any installation with less than an inch of movement is considered safe and secure, so that’s not a problem. I’m just used to being able to get seats tighter than that.) The built-in lockoff is a nice feature if someone doesn’t have locking belts, but it’s not quite as easy to use as the lockoff on the KeyFit, for example, and it was hard to get the seatbelt in without it bunching up.
*Always attach the tether strap on the back of the MyFit to the tether anchor in your vehicle, even when you are installing with seatbelt. The tether strap is stored in a compartment on the back of the car seat.
Pro Installation Tip: Place the MyFit in the most reclined position, then install with the seatbelt or lower anchors and get the seat as tight as possible. Then force the seat into a more upright position, which will likely increase the tightness of the installation. (Obviously don’t force the seat to move if you meet significant resistance, and make sure the bubble indicator is still in the acceptable range when you’re done.) I found that this trick did help with certain installations but I’d prefer if I didn’t need to rely on tricks to achieve a good installation.
LATCH Weight Limit:Please note that the child’s weight limit for using lower anchors is40 lbs., so once a child is heavier than that, you’ll need to use the vehicle’s seatbelt to install the seat.
Center LATCH installations with Non-Standard Spacing:
Chicco doesnotallow borrowing LATCH anchors from the outboard positions for use in the center with the InRight LATCH connectors.
Inflatable Seat Belts:
Chicco has determined that the MyFit cannot be installed withinflatable seat beltsfound in some Ford Motor Company vehicles.
My two youngest kids tried out the MyFit. My 7-year-old is 50″, 50 lbs, and wears size 6/7 shirts. My 10-year-old is 53″, 56 lbs, and wears a size 8/10.
With 5-point Harness: My 7-year-old fit great in the harness and still had a couple inches left before he’d outgrow it. Even my 10-year-old still fit with some room to grow.
S is 5.5 years old, 39 lbs, and 44″ tall:
Booster: Both my kids fit well in booster mode, with the lap belt sitting on their hips and the shoulder belt crossing the middle of their shoulders. Seatbelt fit with a booster can be very dependent on what vehicle it’s installed in (and even which seating position is used in each vehicle), so be sure to check each time you install it in a new place. Below is my daughter in a 2019 Odyssey and my son in a 2014 Civic.
I did notice that in the Civic and the Odyssey, when the belt guide was in a lower position, the seatbelt didn’t retract well. In the lower positions, the belt gets stuck between the seat and the guide, whereas in the higher positions, it’s able to slide more freely. Most kids short enough to use the belt guide in the lower positions would still be able to comfortably use the harness (with tons of room to grow), but it’s something to be aware of.
Comfort & Convenience:
My kids both loved the MyFit in terms of comfort. It’s a sturdy seat with good padding and support. My son loved “folding” and unfolding the cupholders, and I liked how easy the cupholders are to remove. (Have you ever found something gross in a cupholder? Yeah… it’s so nice to be able to pop them out for easy cleaning.)
I appreciate when manufacturers have useful, clearly marked storage for components of their seats. Chicco has done this on the MyFit, providing convenient storage for the lower anchors and the top tether.
Another nice touch is the design of the buckle cover. It has a little tab to help hold it in place against the buckle, meaning that it won’t go flying off and get lost. The pad also helps keep the buckle out of the way when kids are getting into the seat.
The “pull-tab” headrest adjustment isn’t quite as easy as some other seats with squeeze-handles, and sometimes it was hard to adjust the headrest while the seat was installed. Still, a harness you can adjust without needing to flip the seat over, unhook webbing, etc. is always a plus.
I love that the seat has built-in storage for the harness when the seat is used in booster mode. Unfortunately, you need to remove part of the cover in order to store the harness, which makes the process a little more complicated.
As for cover-removal, I would rank the MyFit a “moderate” in terms of how easy it is. The cover has several different portions, which can be nice if you just need to clean part of the seat. Some of the piecesare easier to remove than others. There are only a few elastic loops and no weird snaps or difficult tabs–most of the cover just slides into place. However, there were a few tricky parts, so I always recommend taking photos as you remove the cover to help you figure out how to put it back on. Surprisingly, I found the most difficult portions of the cover were the pads on the armrests. They’re held on by loops that aren’t elastic, so you really need to work to wriggle them off. If you suspect you’ll need to remove the cover often, you may want to consider the Zip or Zip Air versions of the seat.
The cover can be hand-washed or machine-washed on gentle cycle using mild soap. Hang to dry.
FAA Approval/Lifespan/Crash Guidelines:
- MyFit is approved for use on airplanes when using it in harness mode. No belt-positioning booster seats can be used on airplanes, and the MyFit is no different.
- MyFit has an 8-year lifespan. The sticker with the model, manufacture date, and the “do not use after” date can be found in the tether storage compartment.
- MyFit must be replaced after any crash.
Chicco MyFit Advantages:
The MyFit has one of the tallest harness heights available, so it should get most kids to a reasonable booster age. At 17.5″ across, it’s also among the narrowest combination seats, which is a huge benefit if you need to squeeze seats into tight spaces. The SuperCinch feature on the MyFit Zip Air models can help a lot with getting a good installation, although keep in mind that with a 40-lb. LATCH limit, that feature might not be usable to some (or at least not for long). The foldable and easily removable cupholders are handy, and it’s always nice to be able to store a harness, rather than remove it, for booster use.
Achieving a proper installation in some vehicles can take a bit of work, especially if you don’t have the SuperCinch LATCH feature (or if you do but your kid is over the LATCH weight limit so you can’t use it).
The Chicco MyFit Harness + Booster is a very popular forward-facing only seat that converts to a booster when your child outgrows the 5-point harness. Achieving a tight installation might take some trial and error in certain vehicles or seating positions, but it’s usually possible. The MyFit has a very tall harness that will serve bigger kids well, and the narrow dimensions make it a good choice for fitting into tight spaces.
Thank you to Chicco USA for providing the samples for our review. CarseatBlog received no compensation and all opinions are our own.
CarseatBlog Experts Rating
Recommended: MyFit, MyFit Zip Air
No belt-positioning booster seats can be used on airplanes, and the MyFit is no different. MyFit has an 8-year lifespan. The sticker with the model, manufacture date, and the “do not use after” date can be found in the tether storage compartment. MyFit must be replaced after any crash.What is the maximum height for the Chicco MyFit? ›
In harness mode, the MyFit® is designed for children who are at least 2 years old, between 25-65 pounds, and up to 54 inches tall. In booster mode, the MyFit® is designed for children who are at least 4 years old, between 40-100 pounds, and between 38-57 inches tall.What is the weight and height limit for Chicco? ›
Weight is between 4 and 30 pounds (2 and 13.5 kg). Height is 30 inches (76 cm) or less and child's head is no less than 1" below the top of the head rest.What is the weight limit for the LATCH system on Chicco MyFit? ›
ONLY use this Child Restraint if the child meets BOTH of the following Weight and Height requirements: Weight is between 25 and 65 pounds (11.4 and 29.5 kg). Height is 54 inches (137 cm) tall or less.Which car seats last the longest? ›
Currently, Graco convertible car seats, including the very popular Extend2Fit and the Britax One4Life are among the longest lasting seats by height that are sold in North America.Do Chicco car seats have an expiration date? ›
You can find the expiration date for your Chicco located on the underside of the car seat or on the car seat base, printed on an adhesive manufacturer label.What is the best car seat height? ›
Ideally, the back of your car seat should reach the height of your shoulders. If it is slightly higher or lower but you can still rest into it, it will be fine in most circumstances. Most car seats come with adjustable headrests. Ideally, you should be able to adjust both the height and the front-to-back position.Does height matter for car seats? ›
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4'9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)
Children should stay in a booster seat until adult seat belts fit correctly, typically when children reach about 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age. Most children will not fit in a seat belt alone until 10 to 12 years of age.What age can you use a Chicco baby carrier? ›
Ideal from birth thanks to the wide and ergonomic seat, it is very easy to convert from parent facing to forward facing in one movement, starting from 6 month, ready to explore the world together. The IHDI acknowledges Chicco EasyFit as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed."
It's a bit on the heavy side compared to other infant seats that we tested. The seat alone, without its base, weighs 9.2 lbs (4.2kg). The Chicco's handle is well-built and easy to pull up or down.What is the weight limit for rear facing Chicco? ›
When to Transition Chicco NextFit® From Rear-Facing to Forward-Facing? Consider the NextFit® convertible car seat from Chicco as an example. Most of the models in the series have a rear-facing maximum weight of 40 pounds, while the minimum weight for forward-facing is 22 pounds.Can you use LATCH over 40 lbs? ›
What is the LATCH weight limit and when would I need to stop using LATCH? For forward-facing seats, NHTSA's maximum allowed weight limit of the lower anchors in your vehicle is 65 lb. For rear-facing seats, NHTSA's maximum allowed weight limit of the lower anchors in your vehicle is 60 lb.Is LATCH better than seatbelt? ›
Either seat belt or LATCH, when used correctly, are equally safe. There are many things to keep in mind when deciding which method to use for your child's car seat. Child's weight – If your child's weight is over the LATCH limit, then the decision to use a seat belt installation is an easy one as it's your only option.Can Chicco KidFit be used without LATCH? ›
The lower anchors do not restrain the child in any way, so you can absolutely use this seat in a position without LATCH. Note that in high-back mode, the KidFit manual still requires you to secure the seat with the lap/shoulder belt when unoccupied, even if it is also attached to the lower anchors.What is the #1 safest car seat? ›
- Best overall. : Graco 4Ever DLX.
- Best for budgets. : Chicco Keyfit 30.
- Extended rear-facing pick. : Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB.
- Best convertible car seat. : Evenflo EveryStage.
- Anti-rebound pick. : Primo Viaggio Nido.
- Easiest to clean. : Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air+
- Easiest to use. : UPPAbaby Mesa.
- Lightest pick.
The Britax Boulevard ClickTight convertible car seat earned a top overall score thanks in part to its ease of installation scores. Rear facing seat belt installation of the Boulevard is easy to achieve with the ClickTight system.How do you know if a car seat is outdated? ›
To find out if your car seat is expired, you can check your car seat for a label or printed area that lists the car seat date of manufacture. Some car seat models have a longer lifespan due to steel reinforcements or other features, and these seats will likely list an exact expiration date.Is it OK to use an expired car seat? ›
Expired car seats may not adequately protect riders in the event of a crash. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents to avoid using car seats that are past their use-by dates, or seats without expiration dates that are more than six years from date of manufacture.How long do Chicco KeyFit 30 car seats last? ›
You can expect to get around one year of use out of this car seat—maybe a little less or a little more depending on your child's growth. You will then need to upgrade to a convertible car seat that stays in the car and does not click in and out as the KeyFit 30 does.
You know your child is getting too tall for his forward-facing car seat when the top of his ears reach the top of the seat. Switch to a booster seat when your child reaches the weight or height limit of the forward-facing child safety seat, as he is still too small to fit properly in a vehicle safety belt.Should a child's head be higher than car seat? ›
What if my child's head extends above the top of the seat? Always check your car seat's manual for specific information, but in general, your child's head should be at least 1 inch below the top of a rear-facing seat to be a proper fit.Where is the best place to put a car seat? ›
The safest place for your child's car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. Air bags in the front seat are made to protect the head and face of an adult-sized person in a seat belt. If you place the car seat in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it can be dangerous.How long should I keep my toddler rear facing? ›
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It's the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat's manufacturer.Can my 3 year old be forward facing? ›
Safety experts recommend children stay rear facing until they reach the maximum height or weight allowed by the car seat. Most children won't reach those limits until they are two years old or more. Children who are turned forward facing too soon are more likely to be injured in a crash.What age does the 2 hour car seat rule end? ›
Parents know what's best for their children – so there is no specific age to grow out of the 2-hour car seat rule. Once your baby gains better control of their neck/head and can safely sit upright without support, you can relax the rule a bit – but stay alert as long as they are in a rear-facing car seat.Does car seat go behind driver or passenger? ›
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.How old is a 35 pound baby? ›
Toddlers And Preschoolers
Once the child passes 35 lbs, which is usually around two years of age, you should start thinking about a front-facing safety seat, or a harness, that will keep your child safe and comfortable.
Use Chicco products as they guarantee quality and are proven gentle on a baby's skin.Is Chicco safe for babies? ›
The fabric, foam, newborn insert—even the labels—are all manufactured to meet federal flammability safety standards without additional flame retardants. Products made with ClearTex fabrics are free of chemicals that can migrate into the environment.
Can You Put a 1 Year Old in a Baby Carrier? You bet! Once your baby has complete head and neck control — typically at around 6 months — your baby can not only be put in a carrier, but you now have even more options than when they were an infant.Is the Chicco car seat safe? ›
The Chicco KeyFit comes with both head and body infant inserts (for babies 4-11 pounds), and it's also highly rated for safety.What comes after infant car seat? ›
Most families will use three different seats as their child grows: an infant seat, a convertible seat, and a booster seat.Can a 20 pound baby sit forward-facing? ›
Use a rear-facing child car-seat in the back seat until your child outgrows the weight and height limit of the child car seat. Normally when children are older than one year and weigh more than 20 pounds, you can switch to a forward-facing car seat in the back of the car.How long should a child be rear facing weight? ›
Use a rear-facing car seat from birth until ages 2–4. Infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat with a harness, in the back seat, until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of their car seat. This offers the best possible protection.What weight should I stop my car seat from rear facing? ›
You'll know when they're ready to stop rear facing once they've hit the top height or weight limit, according to the car seat user manual. Most convertible car seats accommodate rear-facing up to 40 or 50 lbs, meaning most kids can stay rear-facing until about 4 years old in the right car seat.What weight should I stop using a 5 point harness? ›
The following guidelines are allowed under the law for children who: Weigh less than 40 lbs: May remain in five-point harness car seat. Weigh more than 80 lbs, or are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches: May use vehicle safety belt without booster.Why is there a weight limit on LATCH system? ›
Lower Anchor Weight Limits: Background Info
In a crash, the combined weight of the child AND car seat pulls on and stresses the lower anchors. When LATCH was first conceived, most car seats weighed well under 20 pounds and did not accommodate children heavier than 40 pounds.
By using both the Lower Anchors and the seat belt system when you shouldn't, the force of the crash will place stress on the wrong areas of the car seat, which can cause the car seat not to function properly. In fact, most manufactures advise that using both doesn't allow the car seat to move properly during a crash.Is it better to put the carseat in the middle? ›
The safest place for your car seat is the rear middle seat due to its maximum distance from passenger-side air bags and any potential impact.
A three-point belt is a Y-shaped arrangement, similar to the separate lap and sash belts, but unified. Like the separate lap-and-sash belt, in a collision, the three-point belt spreads out the energy of the moving body over the chest, pelvis, and shoulders.Which is better 2 point or 3 point seatbelt? ›
Needless to say, a three-point seat belt is much safer when compared to a two-point belt. The compulsion of all 5/7 belts being three-pointed is a good one, it will increase the safety quotient for the middle passenger by a lot. So this was a quick Three-point vs Two-Point seat belt comparison.What is the height limit for Chicco KidFit? ›
The KidFit® is designed for children who are at least 4 years of age, between 38-57 inches tall, between 40-100 pounds in high-back mode and 40-110 pounds in backless mode, and can sit relatively still in the same seated position throughout the car ride..What is the height limit for a Booster Seat at Chicco? ›
ONLY use this Booster Seat if the child meets the following Weight and Height requirements: Weight is between 30 and 110 pounds (14 and 50 kg). Height is between 38-57 inches (97-145 cm).Is Chicco booster FAA approved? ›
Can I take my car seat on an aircraft? All Chicco infant and convertible car seats are certified for usage on aircraft (FAA approved). Typically, you can also check car seats as baggage and most airlines will allow you to check in a car seat free-standing.What is the life expectancy of a child car seat? ›
Car seats can be used safely only for a defined period of time, typically 7 to 10 years. Think about it: Your car seat goes through a lot during its useful life.How do I know when my car seat expires? ›
The expiration date on a car seat varies by manufacturer — typically six to 10 years from the manufacturing date — but all car seats expire eventually. To find out if your car seat is expired, you can check your car seat for a label or printed area that lists the car seat date of manufacture.How long do baby car capsules last? ›
A baby capsule is deal for newborns and designed for use up to 6 months of age, or older, subject to their shoulder height.How many years is an infant car seat good for? ›
So, how long are car seats good for? Check your specific model's expiration date (found under the seat or stamped onto the frame), but most manufacturers advise replacing your car seat after six years.Which car seats last 10 years? ›
Evenflo SafeMax: 10 years. Graco: usually seven or 10 years, depending on the model. Maxi-Cosi: Car seats are designed for 10-year use but don't expire.
ONLY if you: 1) know the full history of the seat and can be 100% certain it has never been in a crash; 2) can ascertain through the labels that it has not been recalled and 3) know it is not beyond the expiration date, then it is safe to use a secondhand seat.What can I do with an expired car seat? ›
Britax recommends that caregivers discard expired car seats. There are currently two options caregivers can follow: 1. Recycle the seat: See if there is a local recycling service that accepts car seat parts in your area and be sure to follow their protocol.When should I replace my car seat? ›
- They've reached the maximum height or weight limit, which is typically 30 to 32 inches or 30 to 35 pounds.
- The top of their head is less than an inch from the top of the seat when buckled in.
Starting in 2019, Walmart first began holding annual car seat trade-in events. The first event was held in September 2019, and similar events have occurred each fall since. In 2022, Walmart also held a car seat trade-in event in April.What is the difference between a baby capsule and car seat? ›
A baby capsule is similar to a car seat. Some of the main differences between them are that a baby capsule is more suited for a baby that is around the age of six months and older. They are also rear-facing, while car seats often face forward.Is it worth getting a baby capsule? ›
Another benefit of having one capsule that works with your car and pram is that your baby will get used to being snug and cosy in one place. Capsules are a safe and comfortable place for your baby to rest and travel in. As well as making your life easier, the capsule will make your baby feel comfy and relaxed too.Is it OK to leave baby in capsule? ›
The advice is to not leave your babies under six months of age unattended sleeping in a car capsule.” If baby falls asleep and you reach your destination, the advice is to take baby out of their car capsule.How long should a child be rear facing? ›
Use a rear-facing car seat from birth until ages 2–4. Infants and toddlers should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat with a harness, in the back seat, until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of their car seat. This offers the best possible protection.How long is the Chicco KeyFit 30 good for? ›
You can expect to get around one year of use out of this car seat—maybe a little less or a little more depending on your child's growth. You will then need to upgrade to a convertible car seat that stays in the car and does not click in and out as the KeyFit 30 does.