Clek infant-thingy Review

Featuring sleek lines, Crypton fabric, and great colors and patterns, the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo are trendy, fun seats. With a starting weight limit of 14 lbs. though, these sweet seats cannot be used from birth. With the recently released infant-thingy, an insert that can be used with both the Foonf and Fllo starting at 5 lbs and 19″, the Clek convertibles are now an option for those who choose to skip the rear facing only seat.

Clek Foonf with the infant-thingy

Clek Foonf with the infant-thingy

CSFTL Quick Stats:

  • Rear facing weight limit: 5-22 lbs
  • Rear facing height limit: 19-33″

The infant-thingy is covered in the same Crypton fabric, in the color Shadow, that most of the Clek car seats and boosters use. According to  the Clek website, Crypton fabric “provides permanent protection against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria; and are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants.”  In other words, Crypton will appeal to those families who are concerned about some flame resistant chemicals used on car seats.

Clek Foonf without the headres

Clek Foonf without the headrest

The infant-thingy head support and car seat’s own headrest cannot be used at the same time, so the first step to use the infant-thingy is removing the car seat headrest.  The Foonf and Fllo both ship with detached headrests, so when using this seat straight out of the box for a new baby  just leave the head rest off and save a step if you plan on using both pieces of the infant-thingy. Removing a Clek convertible headrest can be a bit tricky, but the  Troubleshooting Tool stored on the back of the seat makes quick work of headrest removal.

Clek Trouble Shooting tool used to remove the headrest is stored on the back of the seat

Clek Troubleshooting Tool (used to remove the headrest) is stored on the back of the seat

Once the headrest is removed, add the infant-thingy. The infant-thingy comes in two pieces, the body support and head support. They can be used together or separately depending on child’s size and parental preference.

The bottom piece is easy to put in: simply thread the harnesses into the hip slots on the infant-thingy. When using the infant-thingy, the hip supports need to go between the infant’s hips and harness. This part was easy to miss and the hip supports sometimes tried to slip, so be sure to  harness baby according to the instructions in the manual.

Clek infant-thingy manual on using the hip supports

Clek infant-thingy manual on using the hip supports

Thread the crotch buckle through the buckle slot of the body support and then reattach the buckle pad. The buckle pad is required until the child hits 22 pounds; at that point the buckle pad can be removed and the infant-thingy must be removed. When using the body support of the infant-thingy, the closest crotch buckle position to the child must be used. You may, however, use the longer crotch buckle length when using the body support. When only using the head support, follow the crotch buckle rules of your Clek convertible seat.

Clek convertible using the infant loops on the harness

Clek convertible using the infant loops on the harness

Next, thread the harness through the lowest harness slots and attach the harness to the metal splitter plate in back of the seat using the smaller set of harness loops. The excess harness goes behind the splitter plate, not in front like some seats do, as shown here. The lowest harness position is used until the child’s shoulders are even with the next highest position.

Head support of Clek infant-thingy attached to the third harness slot above the one in use

Head support of Clek infant-thingy attached to the third harness slot above the one in use

The head support of the infant-thingy has plastic clips on the back that are used to attach the support to the seat by threading through the unused harness slots. The head support clips need to be attached to the third set of harness slots above the harness slot currently being used. If the child’s head goes over the top of the head support, the head support may be raised to the next harness position. Once the head is over the top of the head support in its highest position, the head support should be removed and car seat headrest used instead. Remember to add the body support again if the child doesn’t meet the requirements it use the seat without it. The attachment clips in this picture show proper placement as shown in the manual.

The bottom harness position of the pre-2015 Clek models is 10.” The 2015 models have an extra lower position, making the lowest 8.” Clek convertibles are unique in that either will be fine for a baby that meets the 5 lbs. and 19″ requirements. Clek does not require the harness to be even with or below the shoulders as long as baby is using the bottom harness position. Other guidelines are the same: harness must pass the pinch test and chest clip needs to be armpit level.

Fiona showing the 8inch bottom slots on the Clek Foonf with the infant-thingy in use

Here Fiona shows the 10 inch bottom slots on the Clek Foonf with the infant-thingy in use. Above the shoulders is correct!

This is what the 10″ bottom harness slots look like with Fiona, our newborn Huggable Images doll. She is 7 lbs and the height of an average newborn baby. In the Clek seats with the 8″ slots, the harness will just be peeking over the black insert. The harness would still be above Fiona’s shoulders, but won’t be as high above them. It bears repeating since this is different from other seats on the North American market: when using the infant-thingy, this seat can be used with the bottom harness position above baby’s shoulders.

The rules for using the various portions of the infant-thingy can be a bit confusing. I made a chart to help decide which parts need to be used with the Clek convertibles for infants.

WeightBoth PiecesHead Support OnlyBody Support Only Using Car Seat Headrest
Under 11 lbs. RequiredNoNo
11-14 lbs.OptionalRequired unless child’s head is over the support in highest positionRequired if head support has been outgrown
Over 14 lbs. but does not meet all requirements to use the seatOptionalRequired unless child’s head is over the support in highest positionRequired if head support has been outgrown
Meets all requirements to use the seatCan use until 22 lbs or 33″ or head over the head supportCan use until 22 lbs or 33″ or head over the head supportCan use until 22 lbs or 33″

Fit to Child

Fiona- 7 lbs. newborn using the Clek Foonf with infant-thingy

Fiona- 7 lbs. newborn using the Clek Foonf with infant-thingy

Here is Fiona again, she’s 7 lbs. and average length for a newborn baby. She fits well in the Clek Foonf with the infant-thingy; the harness is tight and the chest clip is on the chest, but the harness is above her shoulders by a good 2″ at least. As she does not yet weigh 11 lbs., the complete infant-thingy must be used.

This is Fallon. She just turned one and is a petite 18 lbs and 28.5″. She is the perfect size to use the Clek Fllo any way she wants. She can also use the body support with the car seat headrest or the head support only and no body support. She could also use the complete infant-thingy as she is under the height and weight limit and her head is below the top of the head support. She fit great all three ways even though she too was not impressed with only five harness slots!

Clek Fllo with Fallon (12 mos., 18 lbs. and 28.5 inches) showing the various ways to use the infant-thingy

Clek Fllo with Fallon (12 mos., 18 lbs. and 28.5 inches) showing the various ways to use the infant-thingy

With the infant-thingy, the Foonf and Fllo will be great choices for most babies. The sixth slot on most 2015 models of the Clek Foonf and Fllo offer more fit options, but the five slot seat still works well with the infant-thingy. You can find the infant-thingy on Amazon.com for $69.99.

While Clek did provide the infant-thingy for review, we received no other compensations. As always, all words are all my own.

Originally written by Jennifer Penick. Edits maintained by CSFTL.