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