Question Chicco KeyFit 30 LEVEL??


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After your input and reveiws we got a Chicco KeyFit 30 for our soon-to-be-born baby #4 (our old Graco Snugride had expired). We installed the base in our car both with and without the pop-out "foot" and I'm not sure which is "more level". With the "foot" (sorry, I can't remember what they call it, and the manual is with the base in the car!) OUT/RAISED, the level-check bubble touches the back line.. a tiny bit of the bubble may be under the line, but it doesn't appear to show bubble past the line. With the foot IN/FLAT the level-check bubble touches the FRONT line... again a tiny bit of the bubble might be under the line, but doesn't seem like the bubble goes past the line... but this looks "worse" than the other way. SO we've left it with the foot RAISED. We can not get an install where the bubble is nice and squarely IN BETWEEN the two lines.

Am I right in understanding there are only 2 positions for the "foot"?

Is there something else we can put under the base to raise it so the bubble is clearly and squarely IN THE MIDDLE?

Or maybe it doesn't matter and as long as the bubble is not past the line, we're ok??

We're currently stationed in Japan & so can't get to an inspection site!!

THANKS in advance for your help!

Mom to
DD1, age 7, FF in Radian65 (but will move to some kind of booster soon)
DS1, age 5 1/2, FF in Radian65 (but will move to some kind of booster soon)
DD2, age 4, FF in Marathon (will probably move into one of the Radians)
DS2... due any day, will ride in Chicco KeyFit30


Admin - CPST Instructor
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You don't want it in the middle. You want it toward the back line. That's a 45 degree angle. The front line is the uppermost limits, so for an older baby.

The foot is spring loaded, so it's got three or four positions, but you have to fight against the spring to get it NOT all the way out. It's the one thing I dislike about the seat, and I make a point to tell parents about it when I see a Keyfit at a check (which is about 50% of my infant seats).


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