For many parents, the Doona—the only infant car seat that turns into a stroller—is well worth the investment during the first year of your child's life.
If you are a frequent traveler or live in a city where space is a concern, the Doona ensures you have a highly portable, travel-ready stroller for your infant without needing to bring a separate car seat and stroller everywhere you go.
Like any other infant car seat, the Doona can be used for baby's first year, give or take a few months depending mostly on your child's height.
Your baby will outgrow the Doona when he's 32 inches tall (or less commonly, weighs 35 pounds). You'll know when your baby is too big for the Doona when there's less than a inch between the top of his head and the top of the car seat.
At that point, you'll need to get both a new stroller and a convertible car seat that your child will use for the next 5-6 years.
However, there are some potential drawbacks that might make the Doona less ideal for some parents.
The Doona costs $549, making it less expensive than most stroller/car seat travel systems. But because you'll have to purchase another stroller once your child outgrows the Doona, you may determine the Doona isn't worth the money.
In general, you can expect to spend between $250 and $400 for an infant car seat. While the Doona is the highest-priced infant car seat, it can eliminate the need to purchase a stroller for baby's first year.
The price of a single stroller that can fit an infant car seat varies widely, from $300 to over $1,500. Most strollers that can accommodate car seats are less compact than the Doona, which may be less convenient if you frequently travel.
But when your baby outgrows the Doona around age 1, you'll likely purchase another stroller to use through toddlerhood. Lightweight travel strollers range from about $200 to $700, so some parents opt to purchase a car seat-compatible travel stroller from the beginning rather than buying a Doona and another stroller later on.
The Doona may be right for you if you frequently travel, take taxis or ride-shares often, or simply want to minimize the amount of baby gear to purchase during your child's first year.
Check out our Guide to the Best Strollers to consider other options that may fit your family's needs, including:
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