4 Reasons a Nuna Car Seat Might Be Right For You
4 Reasons a Nuna Car Seat Might Be Right For You
July 13, 2020

4 Reasons a Nuna Car Seat Might Be Right For You

4 Reasons a Nuna Car Seat Might Be Right For You

If you’re shopping for a new car seat, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate all the different features. Do you want soft or rigid LATCH? How light is lightweight? If every car seat is required to meet the same safety standards, why are they all so different? The answer often comes down to two things:

  • How easily you can install and adjust the car seat.
  • If the manufacturer went beyond the required safety features to keep your baby extra secure.

One brand that excels at both is Nuna. They make the lightest car seats in the United States, and added a bunch of premium features that keep babies extra snug and safe. We gave Babylist Scout Mallorie some of Nuna’s newest car seats to help you figure out if one of these models is right for your family. Here are four key things to know about Nuna:

The Lightest Seat Around

What it does: There are two parts to an infant car seat: the base and the seat (or carrier). While Nuna makes really robust infant car seat bases, the carriers are incredibly light. In fact, at 5.3 lbs, the Nuna PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite R are the lightest you can find in the United States.

Why you’d want that: Most infant car seats weigh between 9 and 10 pounds. Not sure what that feels like? The lightest car seat Nuna makes weighs about the same as a bag of flour (grab one out of your pantry and you’ll realize that’s not that much!) And even their heaviest car seat still weighs less than a gallon of milk. When you add a baby to the mix, it’s clear why a lightweight carrier can make everyday travel a lot easier on your arms.

Five Second Install

What it does: Car seats only work if they are properly installed. So every Nuna car seat installs easily in under five seconds using either the rigid LATCH system—which unfolds and clips into your car’s anchors without needing to be tightened—or with a standard seatbelt. And while most infant bases use a bubble level to tell if your baby is properly reclined, the new Nuna RELX base uses a bubble-free install and lets you adjust your baby with the push of a button. Watch the full demo video to see how that works in real life.

Why you’d want that: The skill level required to install an infant car seat base often ranges somewhere between closing a suitcase that’s too full and trying to hang a level picture frame when your ceiling is crooked. Impossible? No. But it’s just challenging enough for user error to be common. The easier it is to install your baby’s car seat, the more likely it is that you’re going to do it right every time.

Added Safety Features

What it does: Any car seat you buy must meet specific US safety standards. But Nuna adds in a bunch of extra features to their car seats that keep your baby even more secure. For example, the stability leg on both the PIPA base and RELX base reduces force in the event of a front impact crash. And on the RELX base there’s an anti-rebound panel that helps to achieve a tighter/better install.

Why you’d want that: The more force your baby’s car seat absorbs, the less that gets transferred to your baby. All of Nuna’s safety features are about exactly that: keeping your baby from moving around in the event of a crash.

Thoughtful Conveniences

What it does: While the job of your baby’s car seat is to keep them safe in the event of a crash, hopefully that’s one feature you’ll never actually have to use. Which means most of your experience with your baby’s car seat gear is going to be through normal, everyday activities.

Nuna has thoughtfully outfitted their infant car seats with a bunch of convenient details that make everyday life a little easier—like harness holders that keep straps out of the way when you’re putting your baby in the car. Or Nuna’s signature Dream Drape, which functions like a sun shade for your car seat. And on all of their car seats (save for the PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R and PIPA lite LX) you have the option of installing your car seat without a base using the vehicle belt path, which makes taxis and rideshares a breeze.

Why you’d want that: Babies are like airport travelers. If you want to keep them happy, make the transitions smooth, don’t keep them waiting too long for anything and give them a comfy seat. All of Nuna’s car seats are free of flame-retardant chemicals (the only brand in the US to do that) and are made of a variety of soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, jersey and merino wool. So in this analogy, riding in a Nuna car seat is like getting upgraded to first class (except you get to keep the champagne).

There are five infant car seats in Nuna’s collection, and they’re all a little different. Watch Mallorie’s video review to see two of them in action (the PIPA and PIPA LITE R), or head to Nuna to compare them all. Because perhaps the best feature of them all, is that Nuna’s mix and match car seats mean you get all of the features you care about most.

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