Before you had children, you probably paid no mind about car safety. You just got in the car, buckled up your seatbelt, and then tried to follow the laws as best as you could. Now that you have a baby, however, you’re starting to realize the importance of car safety, and you’ll do anything to keep your baby safe in the car.
The car seat world can be a little confusing, with many car seats promising the best protection for the best price. One of the car seats we’ll look at is the UPPAbaby MESA, which we’ll refer to as UM for the rest of the article.
What Is It?
This is a newer car seat that boasts some features that make installation and safety a breeze. One of the best features is its easy installation. With some car seats, it’s difficult to install them properly, increasing the chances of injuring your baby. It makes installing the car seat a breeze, even in situations where you can’t use your car, such as ride sharing.
With that said, this car seat is on the higher end, going around $300. Is it worth it? Let’s find out.
Who Is It For?
The car seat is for babies who are up to 35 pounds and 32 inches. There is an infant insert you can install, allowing babies up to 8 pounds to have more space. With that said, every baby grows differently, so our baby can always outgrow the car seat. This is one flaw in the car seat; it doesn’t adjust to babies’ weights as well as it should.
The car seat is about 10 pounds and is quite big. For some parents, 10 pounds is nothing, but for others, it’s quite heavy. The car seat isn’t that good for small cars. While it does fit most cars, some people in the car may not have the best legroom, which is always a challenge. However, if it’s just you driving the baby most of the time, you won’t have to worry as much.
Perhaps the most important feature of any car seat is its safety. You want your baby to be comfortable and safe as you drive on unpredictable roads. This car seat has a 5-star rating by NHTSA, and for a good reason. It’s been tested for crashing and has had no recalls, either.
It works by using quite a bit of foam to protect the baby, and straps to keep the baby secure. The car seat itself doesn’t have too much different when compared to other types of car seats, but it does have something that makes it stand out its installation.
Car seat installation is a problem with many parents. A car seat looks like it’s properly installed, but it’s not, leading to possible injury. If you’re new to the car seat world, you’ll be surprised how much of a hassle it is to install user unfriendly car seats, especially if you’re in a rush.
This car seat makes it so much easier. It has color coding to show you how to install it. If you’re in a rush, the color-coding helps in quite a few ways, making it much easier to get out and go. Also, the connectors will go back when you’re not using them, and they’re easy to connect and release. When you’re installing the straps, you even have an indicator that will inform you when it’s tight. It turns green, signifying that you’ve installed it properly. This indicator is also in the foot, showing you the best incline with the baby.
The only tricky part about installation for this car seat comes in its seat belt. Seat belt installation is quite common, but the seat belt installation here doesn’t have much when compared to other car seats. With that said, the UM’s installation isn’t harder, either.
Overall, installation is amazing and intuitive, which is something many car seats lack. You’ll be surprised at how much more convenient it is to install the UM than any other car seat in the market.
The UM has quite a few optional accessories as well. As the name implies, you don’t have to buy these accessories to get the best use out of your car, but they’re still highly recommended. These include:
A travel bag that is quite durable and keeps everything nice and in place. It protects your car seat from dirt and dust when you’re traveling, though many can use the car seat just fine without it.
A car seat shade. When it’s sunny outside, this shade works great to keep your baby asleep. When you’re carrying the baby in a storm, the shade protects them from the rain.
Also, the car seat is recommended to clean by hand, though cleaning it isn’t that hard. You don’t need to scrub harshly or anything to get what you want.
Is It Worth It?
Even though the bulkiness may turn off a few people, the UM is still a great car seat because of how easy it is to install. Even if you think you’re a wiz at installation, car seat installation is no joke, and this car seat allows you to install everything without much room for human error.
It’s also a very safe car seat, having no harsh chemicals or irritants that will make your baby upset.
However, it is pricey, and its price may turn people off. If you’re someone who doesn’t travel a lot and can install your car seat just fine, you may be best looking for another car seat. But if you find the UM for a great price, get on that immediately.
Your baby’s safety is your number one priority, and it’s always important to buy a car seat that can do the job. We think the UM does a great job in what it does, even though it’s quite pricey.
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