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Doona Infant Car Seat Review

8 things you need to know.

Doona Infant Car Seat Review

Two weeks into motherhood, my husband went back to work. There I was, still in pain and exhausted, wondering how moms manage to do anything with a fussy baby insisting on being held all day long. That day, however, I decided to venture out on our first solo outing -- just me and my daughter. Well, even with the lightest stroller and the lightest car seat, getting in and out the door turned out to be quite the ordeal.

I brought the base of my stroller down the stairs, came back up for my screaming baby, back down I went with the car seat and clipped it onto the stroller. Not so bad I thought, except I’d have to do this again when I came home and every single time I left my apartment for the foreseeable future. If only there was a better way? Oh wait, there is… It’s called the Doona Infant Car Seat by Simple Parenting, and I should have had it from day one! Curious to know why?

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1. It’s a car seat that transforms into a stroller within seconds. Yes, you read that right, seconds; and it can be a real lifesaver for parents living in the city and the suburban setting alike. Up until the debut of Doona, the travel system or Snap-N-Go, were the most convenient means of toting an infant car seat outside of a car, but the Doona offers an alternative to these options. With the Doona, no longer do you need to pull out your stroller and connect the car seat to it. Whether it’s stairs you need to climb, using a taxi, getting in and out of a car multiple times a day, or easily squeezing inside your favorite, pre-baby restaurant that happens to be a hole in the wall, this car seat saves you time and hassle.

2. It works from birth through the toddler years. The Doona Infant Car Seat is suitable from birth to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall, or the typical lifecycle of an infant car seat. However, like most infant car seats, you may see your child craving a more upright position about a year in.

3. It’s a germaphobe’s dream. The stroller legs effortlessly unfold from the car seat and when you fold it back up, the wheels don’t touch the car seat -- so smart! I mean being a city dweller has made me pretty laid back about germs (hello subway poles), but stroller wheels touching the fabric of my infant’s car seat, no thank you.

4. It’s super safe. One of the most impressive aspects of the Doona is the safety factor. It's got a LATCH base, but because it's equipped with Integral Belt locking clips, you don’t need to use the base, which is key for city living. A luxe infant insert, made from breathable, mesh memory foam also acts as extra side-impact protection; and the Doona actually has a total of three layers. The adjustable handle bar acts as an anti-rebound bar, oh and it’s FAA approved. Need I say more about safety?

5. It’s got a flip-flop friendly brake. Why aren’t all strollers equipped with this by now?? It really is the most practical kind of brake there is.

6. Plus other helpful details like a no-rethread harness, generous canopy and extendable handle bar, which is necessary since the car seat itself sits pretty low to the ground when in stroller mode.

7. It’s stylish! Car seats are generally built for their utility purpose, but the Doona is also really stylish, which is nice since it's not meant to stay in the car. The sleek, modern design of the Doona makes me feel like a ‘cool mom’ walking down the street. I’m one of those people that won’t purchase a baby product unless it’s aesthetically pleasing.

8. It reduces the clutter….and the cost. Having a baby is expensive! There’s so much gear. And more gear. And more gear. The Doona checks both the stroller and car seat boxes all at once, meaning less clutter, and less cost.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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