Doona Infant Car Seat & Latch Base Review
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.