Like a mom with newborn twins in New York, my Lyft story replaced my passport — I’m no longer jumping the pond for a flight to London or Paris; long-haul travel now means I just hop on the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan. However, thanks to Nuna-the chic stroller, car seat and gear company adored by celebrities like Chloe Sevigny, Kourtney Kardashian and Lea Michelle—I can travel light with the baseless car seat called the Nuna Pipa URBN (prices vary).
This car seat is a game-changer because it does not require a base (often cumbersome for travel) to install it in your car. Instead, the Urbn has two levers that lower and attach to your car’s locking system in two seconds. (If you have trouble viewing this, tap play on this video.) Once the indicator turns from red to green, you’re good to go without needing to strap a base to your backseat or perform the complex magic known as “European ring road” installation, which allows you to travel with certain car seats without using a base.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Nuna Pipa URBN based on my testing experience (with twins, no less).
1. The Pipa URBN is sold as a “travel system”
Currently, the URBN car seat is only available as a travel system, meaning it is sold paired with the brand’s four strollers (the TRVL, TRIV and MIXX) so you can easily integrate the car seat into your city lifestyle. Since everyone is a little different, here’s a comparison chart which describes each of the features of the stroller. Here are also my CliffsNotes.
If you are looking to use this system when traveling: TRV (originally $900, now $675)
I tested the Pipa URBN paired with the TRVL stroller, a self-folding stroller that goes from in motion to completely flat and stows away in nothing flat. (You can see a visual on the brand’s website that proves you can *really* fold and carry this stroller one-handed in seconds.)
Because I have twins, I wanted a travel stroller that I could use when I only took one of them with me to doctor’s appointments, etc. I was pleasantly surprised by many of the details (more on that later), but mostly that while many travel strollers can feel flimsy and like they can’t handle the terrain of rocky Brooklyn sidewalks, the TRVL holds up, making it a great errand stroller all the way. You don’t need any attachments to use TRVL with URBN, just click and go.
If you want a single stroller for the city And travel use: TRIV ($1,100)
For people who live in the city and are looking for a compact stroller refined enough for everyday use, the TRIV is for you. It also folds completely flat with the pull of a lever and stands upright so you can easily store it around your home (or cough cough: small apartment). To use the TRIV with the URBN seat, you insert the included ring adapter, then click your stroller into place.
If you want a versatile stroller for the city: MIXX ($1,150)
For city dwellers who know they’ll be going for a lot of walking, with or without Pipa URBN, you’ll want to opt for the MIXX Travel System, which is one of the brand’s most popular stroller systems. It has five different recline positions and four “modes” where the seat can be turned inward or outward. In addition to being compatible with the URBN car seat, it is compatible with the brand’s carrycot (sold separately).
2. Strollers are tough
When you buy a stroller with the Pipa URBN, you get a car seat that you can use until your child reaches 22 pounds or 29 inches, but you also get a stroller that can be used until your child reaches 50 pounds or about five years. This means that whether you are travelling, taking your child to school or running errands everywhere, this may be the one and only stroller you need to invest in.
3. Details are divine
While Nuna has considered everything when it comes to getting the car seat in and out of the car, the people behind the brand have also thought of all the little details that can give you peace of mind.
- UPF 50+ protection
- Machine washable fabrics
- Five-point harness
- Magnetic ear loop holders
- A set of anchor guides to facilitate the installation of the car
Stroller Features (varies by stroller model, but generally each has the following features):
- Compact folding capabilities
- Self-guided magnetic loops
- UPF 50+ canopy
4. The system is Greenguard Gold certified
Although you may not realize it, strollers can give off chemical gases if they are not made from specific components; however, Nuna strollers are Greenguard Gold certified, meaning they’ve been tested to meet “strict emissions standards for over 360 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemical emissions,” according to the brand.
This is important because it does not contribute to indoor air pollution and reduces the possibility of chemical exposure for you and your child. If you’re someone who thinks about the healthiest diapers you can buy (*raises hand sheepishly*), buying a healthy stroller may also be important to you.
5. Nuna makes things really easy for parents
Before I had kids, I didn’t realize how important innovation in the baby space was, but the little things – not having to take a base with you everywhere, having stroller travel systems and car seats that work together, making strollers easy to take apart and get on with your day – add up over time. If I’m annoyed that it takes a good ten minutes to get my kids into a car and load their strollers and gear, it ruins the experience of getting out of the house.
I know myself, and over time a bad experience will make me less likely to want to hang out with them and see the world, and that’s not the kind of mom I want them to be. I want them by my side to go home to see my family in Texas. I want to take them on adventures just outside their backyard in New York. I want them to discover new places and watch them enjoy them. Brands like Nuna allow parents to do this by making things easy and transparent. Today, a mature history of Uber; tomorrow, a full passport.
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