Doona Car Seat & Stroller Review
BEST FOR NEWBORNS
What we like
- Two-in-one product
- No adapters required
- Great for traveling
- Stringent safety standards
- Short-term usability
- Baby rides low
Doona car seat & stroller is the first of its kind we’ve seen. This two-in-one product is ideal for city dwellers, frequent travelers, or caregivers looking for convenience while always on the go with an infant in tow. Doona’s hybrid approach gives caregivers’ an alternative option for getting around town, minus the usual rigmarole of the bulky car seat / stroller setup or the awkward car seat carry. Whether strolling through the airport to find your gate (it’s TUV and FAA aircraft approved), converting to a car seat to leverage with transportation arranged at your final destination (it’s perfect for cabs, Ubers, and public transit), or out and about running to and from the car for short errands, Doona delivers a safe and practical travel solution.
Doona transforms from car seat to stroller "in seconds.” To go from stroller to car seat, retract the handle with a button on the bar, then squeeze buttons on either side of the handle, and press the handle forward into an upright position. Finally, pull the safety lever on the back of the seat while holding the front wheel in place with your foot, and rotate the seat forward, toward baby’s feet, until the wheels lock into place.
The downside of Doona is that it goes into retirement quickly: once baby graduates from infant to toddler, it doesn’t convert to accommodate bigger kids. When the car seat requires an upgrade at 35 lbs, a new stroller will be required, too.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a question of convenience or cost savings. The Doona is a great option for city dwellers, frequent travelers, or caregivers looking for convenience while always on the go with an infant in tow. It is designed to help make the transition from car seat to stoller and back again seamless, and it is the best alternative to the typical stroller plus car seat arrangement. Though convenient and functional, its two-in-one model won’t save you any money. At $550 it’s more expensive than most car seats alone, and ultimately you’ll still have to buy a larger stroller once baby exceeds 35 lbs.
Yes. It’s designed for newborns and infants, 4 lbs to 35 lbs. It also comes with an infant padding insert and head support.
The Doona website reports their products go through strict internal and external tests and all mandatory certification processes to assure the highest levels of safety. It meets the strictest US & EU standards for car seats, strollers and hand-held carriers and scored a five-star rating in frontal collision tests. Doona is designed with anti-rebound protection, fail-safe mechanisms, side-impact protection, a five-point harness, and baby-safe materials.
Doona Car Seat & Stroller Specifications
- Weight: 16.5 pounds
- Collapsed Dimensions: 17.3 x 23.6 x 26 inches
- Age & Weight: Suitable for babies between 4 lbs. to 35 lbs. and max. 32 inches in height