Yes, the Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller is safe for use with infants from birth up to 35 pounds or 32 inches tall, whichever comes first. It is also safe for use on an airplane, as it is FAA approved.
You can safely install your Doona infant car seat without the base, which can be helpful when traveling, taking ride shares or taxis, and installing the car seat on an airplane seat. When installing your Doona without the base, you'll use the vehicle lap and shoulder belt to secure the car seat into the vehicle, and the rotating stroller handlebar serves a dual purpose as an anti-rebound bar for additional stability. In this video, Doona demonstrates how to install your car seat without the included base:
All car seats on the market have passed U.S. federal safety standards, and the government does not provide rankings on levels of safety, though many brands go above and beyond the required safety standards.
For more detailed rankings, you can look to independent crash test reports from trusted sources, including Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports has tested the Doona infant car seat and given it a Crash Protection ranking of "Better" on a scale of Basic, Better, and Best, with an overall ease of use score of 66 - ranked higher by Consumer Reports than the Britax B-Safe, Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30, and Graco SnugRide 30, among others.
Since the Doona functions as both an infant car seat and a stroller, rather than an infant car seat alone, there may be a few reasons why it ranks slightly lower in ease of use than other popular models like the Nuna PIPA, Clek Liing, or Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido. There are a few additional steps you'll need to take when transitioning the Doona from stroller mode to car seat mode, and it's slightly heavier than other infant car seats because the stroller wheels are attached to the car seat itself.
However, these potential drawbacks do not affect the safety of the car seat itself, and the benefits of having a travel-friendly infant car seat system may outweigh these points if you live in an urban area such as New York City and frequently use taxis or ride shares, and if you fly often it means you're only traveling with one less piece of gear during baby's first year! Think the Doona is a good fit for you?
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