As an infant car seat, the Nuna PIPA series is designed for baby's first year, so your child can expect to use this car seat for around twelve months. If you plan to keep this infant car seat for other children as well, the PIPA can be used safely for several years - see more information below on the car seat expiration information and car seat fitting for infants!
Nuna now makes five versions of the PIPA series: the PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R, and PIPA Lite LX infant car seat model. Each PIPA includes a low-birth weight pillow within the infant insert, which is designed to support your little one from as small as 4 pounds up to around 11 pounds. This piece improves the comfort and sitting position of smaller babies, but the low-birth weight pillow should be removed at around 11 pounds. You are welcome to keep the additional infant inserts in place as long as your child needs them, but they should be removed when the harness becomes too snug for your child's comfort. Here is what Nuna recommends for proper harness tightness for your car seat:
A snug harness cannot be pinched, and should not allow any slack. Make sure the harness is snug around the child and lays flat. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not press on the child’s flesh or push the child’s body in an unnatural position.
A snug but comfortable harness is important for good crash protection. Slack in the harness at the time of a crash could result in serious injury or death. The harness is tight enough if after placing the harness at the proper height (AT or JUST BELOW the shoulder height for rear facing) you cannot pinch a fold in the strap.
All five versions of the PIPA can be used until your child is 32 inches tall or weighs 32 pounds, whichever comes first. A good indicator that your little one is ready for a convertible car seat is when their head is nearly 1 inch from the back of the car seat. At that point, you'll want to select a larger car seat to ensure their head and neck are properly protected.
Infant car seat expiration dates help ensure that you are using a car seat that is functioning as designed to protect your child on the go. If you have a growing family, it may be helpful - and cost effective - to use the infant car seat from your first child for baby two and beyond!
In general, infant car seats expire 6-7 years after purchase, and the expiration date or useful life of the PIPA is 7 years after original purchase. You can find the expiration date of your car seat printed on the bottom of the seat shell and of the car seat base. You will want to plan on replacing the car seat around that date indicated for a number of reasons.
Most importantly, materials used to build all car seats (from foam to metal to plastic parts) will be affected overtime by daily use, exposure to the elements such as humidity, and extreme temperature variation in your vehicle. Car seats at or beyond their expiration date will not have the structural integrity needed in event of an accident - with safety item like this, you want to ensure it is functioning exactly as designed to protect their precious cargo!
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