Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base Review

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We like

Ergonomically designed to keep your child comfortable and safe

Comes with the latch base to secure your child in the car

Can be converted into a stroller at any time for ease and quickness

Meets all required safety standards for highway and national safety

Easy to clean and maintain in good working condition

The handlebar is adjustable for your specific height and needs

We don’t like

It is very heavy to carry

There is no storage for personal items

How it works

The makers at Doona have done something that helps parents in the best way possible. For many parents, traveling with your newborn child can be a hassle. Not only do you have to have a stroller to push your child around, but you must also have a car seat if you want to get into a car. Many parents also have to get on and off public transportation as well or go in and out of stores and the home all day long.

For those parents, you have to get the baby into a car seat or into a stroller and then carry them or get them in and out of vehicles all day. To make that easier on parents, Doona created a car seat that has wheels on it, and the car seat turns into a stroller. Parents can now take their child in the car seat and remove it from their vehicle and then just press a button and the car seat becomes its own stroller. Many parents are singing the praises of this stroller for its ease of use and for its ability to make life just a bit easier for themselves and their newborn child. 

 

Age Range

Age Range

The Doona Infant Car Seat is specifically car seat for infants. Children over the weight of thirty-five pounds of thirty-two inches long are not recommended to use this car seat. The seat was specifically designed with the safety of newborns in mind, and the seat does not have the safety features for a child beyond these length and weight requirements.

Some parents have found that their child outgrew the car seat by one-year-old, and other parents have found they were able to keep their child in the car seat up to eighteen-months-old. The length of time you use the car seat is dependent on your own child’s growth and needs as they grow older, but once you hit these parameters, it is no longer safe for you to use the car seat as it is a rear-facing car seat only, and your child will no longer be safe in this type of car seat.
Design

Design

The overall design of the Doona car seat is what makes the car seat so popular and is what has allowed the car seat to win so many awards and receive so many accolades from industry professionals. The car seat looks like any ordinary car seat. The top of the seat has a canopy so that you can block out the sun’s harmful UV rays by simply pulling the canopy down over the car seat. The inside of the seat is soft with removable fabric and it has the five-point safety harness to ensure your child is fully latched in without a problem.

There is a safety bar over the front of the seat so that your child has added protection when they are in the car. The real magic, however, is behind the seat of the car seat because that is where the wheels are. By pushing a button on the safety bar that goes around the front of the seat, you will then release the wheels and the car seat becomes a stroller and the front safety bar becomes the stroller handle, and you can then adjust the height of the handle and then you can begin to push your child around as you see fit. When the wheels are folded back up, the car seat can then clip into the base that is in your car, or it can be belted in by using the seat belt. This is a perfect travel system.
Safety

Safety

The Doona Infant Car Seat has passed all the safety requirements for it to be sold on the market. The seat also comes with an infant insert that you can put into the car seat so that the littlest of children can be in the seat safely with their head and neck cradled and protected. The insert also slips into the five-point harness system that keeps your child in the seat without the risk of them slipping out of the seat or getting hurt.

The harness also keeps your child secure when you are carrying them around in the car seat and while you are pushing them around in the stroller. The handlebar of the stroller also acts as an anti-rebound bar while the car is clipped into the backseat giving added protection to your child while they are in the seat, and the seat is a rear facing seat that clips into a secure base that will prevent the car seat from slipping or tipping in the car, and there is an indicator that allows you to know that the seat is fully locked into position when you put it on the base.
Ergonomic Design

Ergonomic Design

This car seat was developed with highly qualified medical experts and engineers to create a seat that will cradle your baby’s neck and back and make them not only safe but as comfortable as possible. The infant insert, as well as the seat itself, is designed on the proper angle to put your child into a seated position that is both comfortable and puts them in a position where there won’t be any pressure on their neck or back.

The seat is also adjustable as your child grows bigger so that he or she is always in the proper position and always at the proper angle no matter their length. This not only makes having the car seat more of necessity, but it also helps keep your baby safe and comfortable as you take them in and out of the car or on and off public transportation. It also adds comfort to when your baby is being pushed around in the stroller or carried up and downstairs.
Latch Base

Latch Base

The base that comes with the product is specifically designed for the Doona seat. The latch base clips into the backseat of your car on the LATCH system that is found in most modern vehicles. When you put your hand in between the back of the rear seat and the seat of the rear seat, you will feel the clip of a latch. Pull that out as far as it will go, and then you can clip your Doona latch base into that clip that is found in the seat and then you can pull the base tight and your car seat base will not move at all. Once the latch base is securely clipped into your car, you can then take the car seat on and off the base at will.

Some parents have chosen to purchase the Doona car seat without the base, and they have found that the car seat can still be safely put into the backseat of rideshare cars, taxis, and other people’s cars do not have a latch base in their vehicle. The car seat comes with special belt clips that a seat belt can clip into so that the car seat can be fully secured and belted into a car at any time. Parents should be advised that not every car has a seat belt long enough to wrap around the car seat, and some parents have found that they couldn’t take their baby into certain cars because the seat belt was not the proper length for them to put their car seat into the car.
Colors

Colors

The Doona car seat can be purchased in nine different colors ranging from black to neutral to vibrant colors. The nine colors that you can purchase the car seat in are: Night (black), Storm (gray), Dune (stone), Sky (blue), Love (red), Marine (dark green), Cherry (dark red), Sweet (pink), and Fresh (green). Many parents like to either choose a color based on their baby’s gender, or they like to match the colors with their vehicles or home decor. Many parents have chosen the Fresh (green) because it is so vibrant and has received a lot of compliments. Either way, there is a nice variety of colors to choose from and what works for most parents seems to be available.
The Stroller

The Stroller

Converting the car seat to the stroller then back to a car seat is one of the most praised parts of the Doona infant car seat because it is so easy to do. When you are holding the car seat from the back and from the front, all you have to do is press the button on the handle and the wheels will release from the back of the car seat and they will swing down on their rods and then you can place the car seat down and it immediately becomes a stroller.

The handle bar extends so that you can adjust its height to your height needs so that the shortest or tallest of parents or siblings can push the stroller around without being uncomfortable. When you want to fold the wheels back in so that you can turn the stroller back into a car seat, all you have to do is press the button on the back of the car seat, and the wheels will release and fold back in and then you can put the seat in the car and place it on its base and then clip it in for travel.

The quickness of this transition has brought a lot of joy to many parents who find themselves constantly getting into and out of the car throughout the course of their day, and one parent said it solves the problem of not running certain errands because of the hassle of getting the baby into and out of the car, but now that parent is able to run into and out of stores without a problem.
Cleaning the Stroller

Cleaning the Stroller

Cleaning the Doona car seat is super simple because the fabric removes and can be washed on its own. You can also spot clean the inside of the seat to clean up any isolated spills that may have occurred from your child eating or drinking from a bottle. Some parents had concerns that dirty wheels may get the inside of the car or the car seat itself dirty. Many parents have found that dirty wheels have never been an issue, but when you purchase the Doona car seat, it comes with a car seat protector so that you can cover the car seat to prevent dirt or mud from getting on the seat or in your car when you are using the product.
Price

Price

The Doona car seat with latch base is a very expensive product and may only fit into the budget of certain parents who can afford to have this kind of luxury. The price tag is high considering you get the base with the car seat, but even by itself, the car seat is expensive. It is recommended that you purchase the two components together because it is always safer to have the latch base at your beck and call to fully guarantee your child’s safety when they are in the car.

Due to the fact that the car seat becomes a stroller and it is ergonomically designed means that the seat is of the highest of quality and made from sturdy, durable materials that will last you years if you decide to use this car seat for multiple children. Since only a small range of parents can afford to have this type of stroller, it can also be seen as an investment especially if it will be used for more than one child. If you can fit this stroller into your budget, it is worth the buy as many parents do not know how they would get by without it.

Conclusion

If you can afford it, the Doona Infant Car Seat & latch base is a must-have for the parent who is constantly on the move and constantly in their vehicle as they go about their day. With the ability to open and close the seat into a stroller in a matter of seconds has made this car seat/stroller one of the most sought after items on the market. With a high price tag, it may not be for all parents, but if you can afford to have this as part of your baby stroller needs, it is worth the buy and a great investment for future children.
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