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Nuna Pipa Review

Price $299

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New for 2019: Moving forward, every Nuna car seat will be fire retardant-free – yay!

Nuna made a splash when it entered the US market not long ago. Here is a demo of the fabulous Pipa infant seat from a past ABC Baby Show:

The Nuna Pipa infant seat is VERY similar to the Cybex Aton Q, but with a nicer/larger sun canopy that includes the “dream drape” for total darkness (I LOVE the dream drape!!).

The Pipa also has what’s called “rigid LATCH connectors,” which click right into your LATCH hooks without needing any force to jam them into place. Note that the rigid LATCH connectors don’t usually work with smaller and medium-sized cars that don’t have LATCH connectors in the middle seat. Hence, you’ll have to use the seat belt if you want to install it in the middle seat (don’t say I didn’t warn ya’).

Like the Cybex Aton’s load leg, the Pipa has an anti-rebound stability leg, which serves the same purpose.

The colors are dark and mysterious (so Dutch of them!).

Nuna Pipa Lite ~ $349

The Pipa Lite weighs only 5.3 lbs stripped down (with no canopy or anything, nice try). More like 6 lbs all-in. ANYWHO. Warning — this seat MUST be installed with a base; you cannot install it without a base. Yes, it is the lightest-weight car seat on the market — by far — so if having a lightweight seat is of the utmost importance to you — and you don’t want to take it on an airplane or in taxis, Ubers and such (can’t install it without a base, remember?), this is a great seat. Note also there is no dream drape on the Pipa Lite.

*The Nuna Pipa has a European-style belt path, so it’s very easy and stable with baseless installations.

Stroller Compatibility

Nuna makes a few strollers that may interest you, including the Pepp Next, the Tavo, the Mixx2, and the Demi Grow.

  • The Pepp Next ($299) is their lightweight (21 lbs, not exactly “lightweight”), compact stroller that folds nicely and has an easy, one-hand push. This is your travel stroller. For the price though, I would expect something much more lightweight, but there I go being judgey again.
  • The Tavo ($349) offers more room, both for your little one as they grow and for your stuff as you’re out and about.
  • The Mixx2 ($599) is their all-around versatile stroller. It’s reversible and offers great storage, luxury finishes and suspension for a smooth ride. You can even fold with the seat facing either direction.
  • The Demi Grow ($799) is their convertible stroller offering featuring twin seats. It can even take two car seats or two bassinets at the same time, perfect for twins.

For compatibility with other strollers, it seems anecdotally that the Nuna Pipa and the Cybex Aton(s) all fit well with the Maxi-Cosi car seat adapter for any given stroller.

Nuna also makes their own adapters for UPPAbaby Vista and Cruz and Minu as well as the Thule Sleek and Urban Glide 2 — and last but not least, the Bugaboo Cameleon 3.

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