The Crazy Cool Car Seat You Have to See to Believe

After four kids, I feel like I’ve tried my fair share of strollers and car seats. 

We stuck with the basic Baby Trend car seat and jogger for all four of our kids, enjoying its price and basic functionality. I got a jogging stroller for free at a garage sale that I occasionally use when I feel ambitious enough, and I made sure to get a double stroller (also Baby Trend) when we had our fourth. 

I also tried out a fancy schmancy stroller for a parenting review and discovered that I’m just not a fancy stroller person. I like to keep it simple: give me a stroller I can fold up one handed, that has a sturdy cupholder for my always necessary coffee, and can handle the dirt roads around my house, and I’ll be a happy mama. 

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But when I saw this car seat by Doona, I have to admit that I was a bit blown away.

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Yes, folks, this is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. What you are seeing is an infant car seat that converts into a stroller with the touch of one button.

Apparently, you click one button and the wheels of the stroller neatly fold away so you can use the car seat with a normal infant base in your car, and when you’re ready to use it again outside of the car, the button unfolds the stroller base. Car seat to stroller in seconds.

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I’m so jealous right now.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve lugged a giant baby in the car seat while running errands because I forgot the stroller or just didn’t have time to get it out of my car and set it up while hauling four kids around. This thing would be so, so convenient. 

“With the all-in-one Doona, however, it’s a few seconds before you are out of the car and ready to roll,” commented , who reviewed the stroller. “Interestingly, the Doona is heavier than most car seats because of the wheel apparatus, but I didn’t notice it for weeks because I so rarely had to carry it.”

Schweitzer also loved how easy it was to transition the car seat with her baby in tow. “For those moments when she was still napping after a car ride, I was able to keep her asleep with the smooth transition provided by the Doona,” she explained. “No more being jolted awake from me carrying the car seat and thus knocking it — and her — back and forth with every step.”  

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The only issues I see with this stroller is 1. its high price tag at $499 and 2. long-term use. I don’t see any mention of being able to use it once the baby has outgrown the infant car seat, which, for my kids, happens around 8 or 9 months because they are chunky babies. I would hate to pay that much for a stroller and only get a few months use out of it.

What do you think? Would you use this stroller?

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The Crazy Cool Car Seat You Have to See to Believe

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Aaron Aaron says:

    Super innovative and seemingly very convenient, but I got my Safety1st convertible car seat (0-45lbs) for $140, and my Urbini transitional stroller for $140. $280 total and mine lasts much longer. I will continue to awe over how cool the concept is…but I’ll stick with mine! ✌️

  2. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    That is awesome but, my daughter is on the smaller side and she outgrew her car seat at 7 months! I do agree with you that it would be nice not having to wake up the baby to transition from car to stroller, but my car seat stroller combo was $150 I believe Plus I just bought an all in one convertible car seat for $99. I will never have to buy a car seat or stroller for her again and it’s still $250 less than this fancy combo! My stroller is also lightweight and I imagine that this one is heavier. It was a good point that you made that you rarely had to log the carseat and it would be convenient not having to put my stroller in the back of my SUV, but I am not rich so I will stick with what I have, pretty cool though!!! I also like the space saving idea of it!

  3. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    It is very expensive for less than a year of use. Cool, but pricey!

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