WAYBPico Travel Car Seat



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Ultra-light, compact, foldable and designed with the planet in mind, the Pico is a completely new breed of travel car seat for kids 2+ years old.


And now for something completely different…the Pico from WAYB (rhymes with “baby”) breaks the mold for car seats. This ultra-light, compact and foldable car seat for kids 2+ years old is built with a different ethos than others on the market.

The designers set out to make a seat that was safe, travel friendly and made with carefully considered materials, chosen for being high performance and low impact. The resulting seat weighs in at just 8 pounds—a complete game changer for travel with kids—and is made with materials that are comfortable for your child and easy on the planet.

The company’s founders—experts in manufacturing outdoor gear and a former Patagonia executive—were inspired to design a travel-friendly car seat after watching parents struggle trying to lug car seats through airports and skip them entirely in airplanes, taxis and ride shares. They envisioned a different kind of car seat that made it easy for parents to safely share their love of travel with young children.

The Pico’s frame is made from lightweight, super-strong, aerospace-grade aluminum engineered to absorb crash forces. The Pico is also made without any polyurethane foam padding, the cushioning material in most car seats. Polyurethane foam is inexpensive, but it’s not biodegradable and it off-gasses organic compounds, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of asthma, allergies and lung infections in young children. The Pico is made with comfortable, breathable fabric instead. So at the end of your car seat’s lifespan, it won’t need to be tossed in the landfill.

The WAYB Pico is a cinch to use on planes, rental cars, taxis, ride shares or as a spare seat and installs with an airplane belt, car seat belt or LATCH system. It passes the same U.S. safety regulations as larger, heavier seats, so you can also use it as your day-to-day car seat at home. Since it has such a compact footprint, the Pico is also easy to fit three across in the back seat.

Pico’s small folded size and light weight make it easy to pack and carry when you travel. You can take it on a plane as a carry-on, eliminating the risk of losing it with checked luggage. And while some airplane seats are simply too small to accommodate a standard car seat, the Pico will fit.

There’s also a travel bag (sold separately) that can be carried as a backpack, tote or attached to your rolling luggage handle via the built-in sleeve. It’s made with super durable, wipeable recycled polyester with an internal mesh pocket for essentials.

As a travel car seat, the Pico cannot be beaten. But there are a few downsides to using it as a daily ride. The seat is forward-facing only, so if you want your little one to be rear-facing longer, that can’t happen with this seat. Similarly, there’s a 50-pound weight and 45” height limit on the Pico, so if you plan for your child to ride with a 5-point harness at a higher weight or height, you’ll need an additional seat. The seat is not highly adjustable like some others out there—the harness position can’t be adjusted at all, for instance. And finally, some parents may prefer the added padding and boosted height that larger car seats provide.

Overall, this seat scores incredible high marks for its rare combination of a safety, light weight, compactness and sustainability.


  • For children 22–50 lbs and 30–45 in. tall.
  • Recommended age: 2+ years old (child must be a minimum of 1 year old to use)
  • Car seat weight: 8 lbs
  • Forward-facing only
  • Passes U.S. safety tests for planes and cars
  • Aerospace-grade aluminum alloy frame
  • Car seat fabric: Astroknit high performance mesh and durable polyester frame cover; spot clean or remove to hand wash
  • Car seat folded dimensions: 11.6” L x 14.5” W x 18.9” H
  • Lowest Use Position: 15.2” L x 14.5” W x 22.8” H
  • Highest Use Position: 15.2” L x 14.5” W x 27.8” H
  • Travel bag dimensions: 10.2” L x 13.3” W x 17.7” H
  • Travel bag weight: 1.7 lbs
  • Passes all safety testing according to U.S. standards regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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August 9, 2019

Game changer! I err on the side of minimalist traveling, but absolutely need a car seat with my toddler. I could carry or pack this car seat no problem, installation is intuitive, and she loved the low profile much more than the regular car seat. It’s now our primary seat and worth every dime. I’m also not “that mom” who is frazzled and walking through the airport like a pack mule, so, win! Once you read the manual, it makes sense. If you travel frequently or use rideshare apps with a toddler, it makes life easier.

July 22, 2019

We travel frequently and after our last exhausting trip hauling our 20-lb convertible seat it was time to say goodbye to that life. It is SO light and breathable, and it's really easy for my 2-year-old to to crawl into himself. I feel a lot better about my toddler sitting in this breathable mesh seat than in the hot sweaty cocoon he used to sit in: especially great if you have hot summers or your car sits outside a lot. We use this as our full-time car seat now (not just for travel). The chest clip is less elegant than others we've tried, but not a dealbreaker.