There are few things in life that are more stressful than figuring out what to put on your registry when you’re pregnant. I mean, it’s just all SO overwhelming, especially if you’re a first time mom. With so many options for strollers, car seats, play gyms, bottles, etc. it can feel nearly impossible to narrow down the options and choose the one that’s best for you. But, when it comes to the infant car seat decision, I can certainly help make the decision easier for you. We went with the UPPAbaby MESA for our son and we couldn’t be happier that we did! Here’s why!
Safety is every parent’s number one concern, no matter our child’s age. And the MESA infant car seat remains top-rated in safety by maximizing ease of use to minimize error, allowing parents to feel confident when securing their baby in the seat. The MESA infant car seat was literally designed with features that increase safety by decreasing complexity. Something we appreciated from the moment we left he hospital! I never felt like I had to wrestle the car seat to get my son in there correctly and I didn’t second guess myself (or my husband) either. The MESA is the only infant car seat on the market that uses the SMARTSECURE™ system. A red to green tightness indicator allows for quick, accurate, and easy installation in seconds, there is also a built-in lock-off for secure vehicle belt installation, as well as advanced side impact protection. The MESA integrated headrest design keeps an infant’s head stationary in the event of a side impact collision. So you can rest assured that you’ve done everything to correctly and your little baby is safe in the car.
DESIGNED FOR A GOOD FIT
Car seat safety also depends heavily on how well your child fits in the seat. The MESA offers a variety of ways to make sure your baby fits properly. The MESA’s infant insert is ideal when your baby is between 4 and 8 pounds with a built-in wedge that creates a ﬂatter and safer riding position for preemies and small newborns. My son was 6 pounds 9 ounces when he was born. So having this was super helpful! But as he grew, the MESA’s adjustable harness and crotch strap settings allowed us to make sure he was still sitting in the seat properly. The MESA accommodates babies up to 35 pounds and 32 inches tall, so we were actually able to keep my son in the seat for his first year!
As an infant (and even now) my son was and is a car sleeper. So he spent a lot of time in the MESA. The fact that it snaps right into the UPPAbaby VISTA made life SO much easier. The car seat was easy enough to snap in and then press one button to snap out of the base and then into the VISTA, that I could do it in one motion and never wake the baby. More about why I also love the VISTA here!
EASY TO CLEAN
With a baby, things always seem to get dirty before you even really use them. Super annoying! Luckily, the MESA’s fabric (seat pad, infant inserts, buckle pads and shoulder pads) are easy to wash. All are machine washable in cold water on gentle cycle with mild detergent. I would dry flat and away from direct sunlight to get them looking like new again. The harness webbing and canopy are easy to spot clean with mild detergent and warm water. Plastic could be cleaned the same way.
BONUS: THE LOOK
The Uppababy MESA actually looks good! It’s not overly big and bulky, plus it’s offered in colors that coordinate with the VISTA and CRUZ strollers including Jordan, Henry, Jake, Taylor and Denny! It’s fun to get to pick a color you like!! And another cool fact, Henry and Jordan MESA fashions are the FIRST and ONLY naturally fire resistant infant car seats on the market!
Overall, I highly recommend the Uppababy MESA infant car seat for new moms. Simply put, it’s safe, easy and looks good! What more can a new mom ask for?