The 4 Infant Carseats People Recommended The Most

Even though it’s our third go-around, figuring out baby gear is always overwhelming. Even in just a couple of years, so many products change or improve! So, I turned to our Instagram community for insight into all things infant. After hundreds of parents responded, here are the top recommendations we received for infant car seats. Then, we did a deeper dive to understand the pros and cons of each and share it all below.

Nuna Pipa Lite lx + Pipa Series Base

Looks and feels luxurious
Incredibly lightweight
Numerous safety features
Includes canopy to protect baby from light and sun
FAA certified
Naturally flame-resistant

Quite fiddly to assemble
Canopy is too large to fit easily under handle
Straps aren’t fully padded
Can’t adjust straps with one hand

Uppababy Mesa

Easy install
Nice harness adjustment
Naturally flame-resistant fabric
Side Impact Protection
Hideaway canopy with UPF 25+

Higher price
Heavier to carry

Doona Car Seat & Stroller

Two in one—don’t have to pack both a car seat and stroller
Super simple to convert between the car seat and stroller
The compact size makes it great in stores and restaurants

Had trouble using it without base depending on various car models. Even a seat belt extension didn’t work in a few cars we tried
Not great for taller people as the handle doesn’t adjust high enough

Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System

Suitable from birth
Small when folded
Large shopping basket
Extendable hood

Handle extends but doesn’t tilt
The fold can be fiddly