Since a click-in car seat goes in and out of the car and you’ll be toting it around, it’s also important that the car seat is portable and easy to carry. Look for one that’s light, and make sure the handle is comfortable. How much does a standard car seat weigh? We’ve designed the Turtle Air by Nuna to be a lightweight, secure, and comfortable car seat, weighing in at just over seven pounds. The ergonomic carry handle offers you top comfort, too.
A comfortable handle is important, but since your baby is the one cruising, it’s also important to look for a car seat that facilitates a comfy ride no matter where you go. Head support and soft fabric are two aspects of car seat comfort. Instead of padding the car seat with blankets, use padding that’s specifically designed for your car seat.
And, rather than putting a blanket or pillow behind your baby’s head, choose a car seat with adjustable head support so you can make the appropriate adjustments as your baby grows. We also recommend choosing an infant car seat with a washable merino wool insert to provide optimal climate control. It feels almost as snug for your newborn as being in your arms!
7) Canopy options
To get the most out of your car seat, check out the canopy and smart shade options that offer your baby protection from the elements while also allowing you to keep an eye on them at all times. The right cover turns the car seat into a cozy spot for your baby. The canopy on Bugaboo car seats, for example, is outfitted with a mesh peekaboo window, UPF 50+ protection and a smart shade, and (the best part!) magnetic clips so you can quietly transition your baby without disturbing them.
There’s no doubt that car seats get dirty in the blink of an eye. Between spit-up, spills, and all the rest, there’s no way around it. But that’s no problem when your car seat is easy to clean. Your future self will thank you for choosing an infant car seat that’s washable and wipeable. All of the fabrics on the Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna car seats are machine washable in cold water on the delicate cycle. Simply allow the fabric to drip dry after removing it from the washing machine and before putting it back on the car seat.
If you have a Bugaboo travel system, click here for tips on cleaning your stroller.