As many of you may have picked up (via my latest posts and/or our Twitter feed) our family is growing! I’m expecting baby number two (another boy!) and we’re all so excited to meet our little man in September. This time around, I have a few new products I’m dying to try and though I was overall happy with my Chicco KeyFit 30 last time, I am really looking forward to trying something newer and easier to use. So although I’m still cooking our little boy, I’ve been “testing” out the Nuna Pipa for quite some time now and I’m so excited to bring you an in depth review of the infant carseat.
The Nuna Pipa is fairly simple to install, and I absolutely love the indicators on the latches that turn green when it is installed properly. I will say that it took me about ten minutes the first time I installed the car seat, which was much longer than I was expecting. It was the first time I had used the rigid LATCH and I was worried about pulling them the wrong way (they come installed but facing backwards so you have to swing them around in order to install the seat). The anti-rotation stability leg was also a bit awkward the first time, mainly because I had a big belly and cramped quarters while installing due to the rainy day and my car being parked in the garage. After the initial install, however, I have been able to get my install time almost to the Nuna promised 5 seconds. It’s very simple once you’ve figured it out. I’d definitely recommend installing it for the first time before baby is on the way however!
Once the seat is in the car, it is super stable. The rigid LATCH hold the seat in place much better than I’ve ever been able to accomplish without the nylon latches, and the anti-rotation stability leg is an extra comfort knowing that my baby will be protected in case of a crash. Once the base is installed, you simply place the car seat into the base and listen for the click. You can pull up to test the latch once you’ve heard the click, so it’s nice and simple. The Pipa can also be installed without the rigid latches, using your car’s seat belt, and can even be installed without the base, using the seat belt (great for traveling!). It’s aircraft certified, which makes this traveling mama very happy.
It’s important to ensure your car seat is properly reclined to keep your newborn’s head from falling forward. The Pipa addresses this with a recline adjuster on the bottom of the base. It worked great in my Prius, however, there are only two recline positions, so this could be a potentially problematic area. You will know if your car seat is properly reclined thanks to the bubbles on the sides of the seat (very easy, very helpful), but due to the variance in cars, you may have to use a pool noodle or rolled up towel (both approved by Nuna to achieve the proper recline position) in addition to the recline adjustment.
The 5-Point harness keeps your baby safe, and is very easy to tighten and loosen by use of the adjuster strap/button. I haven’t had it get stuck, unlike other car seats I’ve used in the past. The Pipa comes with a very easy to use, easy to wash, and easy to remove infant insert to keep your infant safe and comfy in the seat. The Pipa features side impact protection for ultimate safety.
The Pipa comes equipped with a (removable) full coverage canopy with a mesh window to provide air flow (and a birds eye view of your baby) which is great. There is also an added dream drape to help keep your baby nice and covered when he falls asleep in the car seat, or when traveling on long trips with bright sun. This drape is fantastic and I can only imagine how helpful it will be, but I have one tiny complaint about the magnets which attach it to the seat. The top of the dream drape is sewn into the canopy, but the bottom is only attached by somewhat weak magnets which could possibly be a potential annoyance, if your larger baby is keen on kicking the dream drape off.
The Nuna Pipa is only 7.7 lbs which makes it a breeze to carry, even as your child gets bigger. I have found that the handle is one of the more comfortable handles I’ve come across, so that’s definitely a bonus! Another bonus: all fabrics are machine washable.
The overall appearance of the Pipa is one of my favorites on the market. It’s sleep and simple, yet beautifully designed and comes in four neutral and beautiful colors. I am so happy with this seat!
So to recap, here’s what I loved about the Nuna Pipa:
- Light (7.7lbs), easy to carry, and comfortable for mama.
- Safe for baby with rigid LATCH, stability leg, green/red indicators for proper installation, and bubble recline indicators.
- Versatile use – with base with rigid LATCH, with base with your car’s seat belts, without base, and aircraft certified.
- Removable, full coverage canopy which comes equipped with extra coverage with the dream drape.
- All fabrics are machine washable.
- Beautiful, sleek design in 4 colors.
As for any negatives with the Nuna Pipa, there are very few. As mentioned above, the recline adjustment only has two levels, which could be a problem in certain cars (though it wasn’t in my Prius). Also, the dream drape magnets are not as strong as I’d prefer them to be, which could be a potential annoyance for baby if the drape is falling in his face. And finally, though it’s not unheard of, the price point is a bit high ($299.95), however, the safety standards, ease of use, and positive points of the Pipa make this investment worth it.
If you’re on the lookout for an infant car seat for your little one, the Nuna Pipa is definitely worth a look. I’m beyond happy with it and any complaints I have are absolutely outweighed by all the positives!
What infant car seat are you considering? If you’re unsure of where to start, make sure to check out our post on How to Choose an Infant Car Seat and keep an eye out in the next few weeks for an updated version of that post!
We would never accept money for a product review but were sent a Nuna Pipa for testing as part of this review.