Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller Review

A stylish hybrid unit that meets the highest safety standards

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4.2

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller

Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti

What We Like

  • Doubles as a car seat and stroller

  • Easy open and close system

  • Can be used without a car seat base

What We Don't Like

  • Very heavy

  • No undercarriage basket for storage

  • A little expensive

Bottom Line

The Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller is an innovative hybrid with a fully integrated travel system perfect for city dwellers who are frequently transitioning from walks to taxis.

4.2

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller

Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti

Getting around in a city with a baby is not always easy or convenient. Most infant car seats are heavy before the baby is even strapped in, and they usually need to be assembled and disassembled into stroller frames when getting into and out of cars. Enter the Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller, the world’s first combination product complete with a fully integrated travel system.

Doona’s safe and practical solution allows on-the-go parents to go from car seat to stroller in seconds. No more setting up and breaking down all while hailing a cab, and no more schlepping around a heavy car seat. Best of all, no more disturbing a sleeping baby to transfer from car to stroller or vice versa. My 1-year-old son and I took the innovative, travel-ready car seat for a spin to see how convenient it really was. Read on to find out how it tested!

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller
 Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti

Installation: Use with or without the base

The Doona Infant Car Seat is the only car seat on the market that converts into a stroller, making it extremely unique. It arrives ready to go in car seat mode. Though it comes with a base, one of the advantages of this product is that it can be installed in a vehicle without one. When in a vehicle, the Doona Infant Car Seat should only be installed rear-facing (as should all car seats for children under age 2, according to current standards). The base employs a simple LATCH system, but you can install the seat with a seatbelt as well (follow the instructions in the manual).

Though it comes with a base, one of the advantages of this product is that it can be installed in a vehicle without one.

In my experience, the installation process got slightly easier with practice. The Doona performed comparably to other infant car seats. We used it primarily without a base so that we could truly test the transition from car to stroller (more on that later). My son seemed secure and comfortable. 

The one thing that is unavoidable is the weight of the car seat. Due to the integrated stroller frame and wheels, this car seat stroller weighs a whopping 16.5 pounds. Installing and removing the car seat, which all the while was loaded with my almost 20-pound 1-year-old son, was somewhat strenuous. My arms were definitely straining. Luckily, once I had the car seat out of the car, this is where the wheels came in handy, and I didn’t have to carry that weight any farther.

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller
Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti

Modes: Transitions smoothly from car seat to stroller

This product actually transitions between three modes: car seat (self-explanatory), pull-along (handlebar positioned directly above the car seat canopy, allowing you to pull the stroller alongside you instead of push in front of you), and on-the-go (stroller mode). 

Changing between the modes seems complicated at first, but it was actually fairly easy. It involves pressing the rotation buttons on both sides of the handlebar to rotate it into different positions and pushing the red safety lock button located at the rear of the car seat to release the wheels.

Installing and removing the car seat, which all the while was loaded with my almost 20-pound 1-year-old son, was somewhat strenuous.

I found that the pull-along mode was ideal for maneuvering tight or crowded spaces. I enjoyed being able to wheel my son quickly from the car to the house instead of having to carry him in the heavy car seat.

In stroller mode, the Doona glided through paved streets with ease. However, I did wish I could turn the car seat to face forward during walks. Due to the integrated design, this is not possible.

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller
Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti 

Age Range: Good for the first year or so, but not forever

The Doona Infant Car Seat is compatible with children from birth up to 32 inches or 35 pounds, whichever comes first. My 1-year-old is at the end of the spectrum, at around 31 inches and 20 pounds, so he will be outgrowing this car seat shortly. Though he seemed comfortable in the seat, his feet were definitely hanging over the edge. 

It does not recline or rotate angles in stroller mode, which can be frustrating for a toddler-aged child like mine, who is very curious and would prefer to be sitting upright on walks.

It seems that you may be able to get around one year of use out of this car seat and stroller hybrid, at which point you will need to upgrade to a convertible car seat with a higher rear-facing weight limit. Also, since it is a car seat primarily, it does not recline or rotate angles in stroller mode, which can be frustrating for a toddler-aged child like mine, who is very curious and would prefer to be sitting upright on walks. This is definitely a more ideal option for a younger baby.

Design: Innovative hybrid functionality with washable, technical fabrics

Walking with this stroller, I could feel heads turn. It’s sleek, stylish, and sports a low profile. I love that it’s compact enough to fit inside small cars and on airplanes.

The matte charcoal frame is made of sturdy aluminum, while the seat features a bamboo charcoal fiber textile, which is supposed to be antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and heat- and humidity-regulating. The fabric is also removable and washable, which is a huge plus, as kids tend to leave messes wherever they go.

An extendable, water-repellant canopy offers UPF 50+ sun protection and is also removable and washable. The included head support is made of energy-absorbing materials and is specifically designed for extra side impact protection. It’s supposed to be installed at all times, which made for a snug fit for my son—almost a little too snug and constraining for his liking. However, I would imagine this would be comforting for a younger baby. There’s also a removable infant insert for babies up to 11 pounds.

I reviewed the “Nitro Black” color, which is completely black (including the seat fabric, which did get a little hot after being outside for a while), except for a pop of yellow on the wheels. This item is also available in Racing Green, Grey Hound, Blush Pink, Royal Blue, and Flame Red.

Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller
Verywell Family / Kristina Squillacioti 

Safety: Meets the strictest U.S. standards for car seats and strollers

As a new mother always looking for the safest options for my son, I was reassured to learn that Doona’s Infant Car Seat has passed all legally required compliance tests and meets both the U.S. and Europe’s standards for car seats, strollers, and handheld carriers. It’s even TUV and FAA aircraft-approved for travel, but you should always call your airline ahead of time to confirm.

In addition to a five-point harness system, the Doona Infant Car Seat is equipped with fail-safe mechanisms, which prevent “unintentional folding, hasty extension of the carry mode handle, and rotation of the extended handle in the ‘on-the-go’ mode.” When in car seat mode, the handlebar is positioned between the baby and the seat and serves as extra anti-rebound protection. In case of a collision, the handlebar should absorb the impact and prevent the car seat from shifting to the rear of the vehicle. 

The Doona Infant Car Seat is the only car seat on the market that converts into a stroller, making it extremely unique.

The aforementioned side impact protection goes beyond the head support: The body of the car seat consists of two layers of durable, impact-absorbing plastic, as well as expanded polystyrene (EPS) and foam. Plus, all of the materials used in the Doona are baby-safe and free of hazardous chemicals.

Doona has an in-house facility dedicated solely to continuous safety testing, so according to the brand, this product has undergone more than a hundred crash tests including extreme weather conditions and collision at very high speeds. To me, the Doona goes above and beyond the safety expectations and requirements of an infant car seat.

Features: Vehicle seat protector—but no storage

This car seat comes equipped with a water-repellant, non-slip vehicle seat protector, which is meant to be placed on the seat of your car before installing either the base or the car seat. I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of the latter, as in the past, I have always had to purchase one separately.

I found it was especially useful with this car seat-stroller hybrid since I had to put the wheels directly on the seat after they’d been on the street. Sure enough, the seat protector prevented stains and soiling and caught all of my son’s snack crumbs and spills. It also can be easily washed if needed, which every parent can agree is crucial.

One thing lacking in the Doona Infant Car Seat is the storage space. Since it is so compact and the underside is where the frame and wheels are stored, there is no space for a basket. You also can’t attach or hang anything from the handlebar in case of tipping. Luckily, I have a backpack-style diaper bag, so I was able to bring all of my son’s essentials, but I wasn’t able to pick up any additional bags or drinks on our adventures. 

Price: Hard to swallow, but there’s a reason

Although the price of the Doona Infant Car Seat ($500) may shock you at first glance, it does warrant a second look. Usually, infant car seats range from around $100 to $200, and strollers range from around $200 to $700. So in the grand scheme of baby gear, this could be a viable option for an infant car seat and stroller combination.

Competition: Nothing like it on the market

There isn’t another car seat like the Doona, so it’s difficult to compare, but as noted above, if you were to buy an infant car seat and a stroller separately, you would most likely spend the same amount of money or even more. 

Most car seats are lighter than the Doona, but the extra weight comes from the integrated stroller wheels—and thanks to those wheels, you don’t have to carry the car seat very far. Travel strollers like the GB Pockit Stroller or the Summer Infant 3Dflip Convenience Stroller fold up to a super-compact size, but then again, they have no incorporated car seat for when you need to hop into a vehicle. If the Doona fits your needs, it’s incredibly useful and will make family outings so much easier. 

Final Verdict

Buy it if you are a traveler or city-dweller!

The Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller is a game-changer for city-navigating with ease, allowing a smooth transition between walks and public transportation. I would suggest buying this as your first car seat so that it can double as a stroller, but you will need to purchase something different once your baby hits the weight or height limit, around the 1-year mark.

Specs

  • Product Name Infant Car Seat Stroller
  • Product Brand Doona
  • MPN SP101-10-033-003
  • Price $499.00
  • Weight 16.5 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 39 x 17.3 x 32.2 in.
  • Color Nitro Black, Racing Green, Greyhound, Blush Pink, Royal Blue, Flame Red
  • Age/Weight Range 4-35 lbs. and up to 32 in.
  • What’s Included Infant Car Seat Stroller and LATCH Base, Infant Insert, Head Support, Vehicle Seat Protector
  • Warranty 2 years
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