The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat should be on every new parent’s preliminary shopping list. Not only is it super fashion-forward and comfortable, but it’s safe. And not just safe like “all car seats are safe,” but rather really safe. The reason it’s such a safe car seat is due to a combination of its design (it goes the extra mile) and its simplicity (it’s easy to install and swap between cars, and the proper installation each and every time makes it a safer choice). The MESA uses a tightness indicator as well as a self-retracting LATCH system to create a secure connection to the car. There is an indicator window that changes color to show parents when the seat is installed properly.
The MESA is so very “UPPAbaby.” It is easy to use, safe, and absolutely beautiful. UPPAbaby’s take on the infant car seat is really a head-turner in its high-end, fashionable design, so it comes with the added bonus of “turning heads.” Not that you need to outdo the other parents, but If you need some compliments these days, the MESA car seat is a great choice to add to your gear collection.
For a child, who is very likely less safety- and fashion-focused than mom and dad, the MESA is so comfortable. In some models of MESA, the naturally fire-retardant wool fabric cuts out chemical additives, and the MESA seats are some of the first seats to pass federal safety standards without the use of fire-retardant chemicals. The merino wool fabric used has been OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. Merino wool is also a naturally wicking material, which makes it comfortable for both warm- and cold-weather environments. None of the MESA fashions use any melamine, brominated, chlorinated, or organophosphate flame retardants.
The seat itself is very sturdy, and you can feel the quality of the construction when transporting the seat. The fabrics themselves are lightweight and breathable, too. All MESA seats come with removable and washable seat fabric. In addition, you do not need a separate seat pad with the MESA, as it has a finished bottom that prevents damage to your vehicle’s seats. If you do wish to use a non-regulated seat pad, choose from the Brica, the Munchkin Auto Seat Protector, the Diono Super Mat, and the Diono Ultra Mat.
While there’s no exact science to tell us how many additional hours a parent gets to enjoy with a relaxing/sleeping child (instead of a crying child), we’re going to estimate that when using this car seat, it’s a lot. (It is recommended that no child sleep more than two hours in a car seat, regardless of what some blogs are saying about the MESA being rated for overnight sleep).
Parents love the MESA for all of the reasons mentioned above, but what most people don’t realize about these seats is that they are perfect for on-the-go parents. They’re approved for aircraft travel, but also for taxis and Ubers and Lyfts and other quick transportation options. You do not need the base to install this car seat into other vehicles.
This ease of installation is one of the reasons why the MESA has a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star rating. The MESA comes with an insert that creates a safer experience for premature and smaller newborns, too.
UPPAbaby MESA car seats expire after seven years or are to be replaced after a crash (all car seats are required to be replaced after a crash).
The UPPAbaby MESA is also designed for use with children from 4 - 35 pounds, although your child will probably exceed the 32”-and-under requirement before hitting 35 pounds.
The UPPAbaby MESA also pairs with both the CRUZ and VISTA strollers (and the MINU with an adaptor) to create a super-convenient travel system that is both luxurious and safe. When using the MESA with an UPPAbaby stroller travel system, the MESA infant car seat can be used parent-facing or forward-facing.
UPPAbaby products meet the most stringent industry standards required by the Juvenile Product Manufacturing Association (JPMA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The HENRY and JORDAN MESA styles are the first car seats to pass federal safety standards without the use of fire retardant chemicals (leveraging the best qualities of Merino wool). The side-impact protection features use EPP foam to keep your child’s head stable during a collision. And, of course, the aforementioned SmartSecure System brings true comfort knowing that your seat is perfectly installed in your vehicle.
Beyond just loving the Bryce color scheme, the MESA is an entry point into a very powerful brand that is transformative for parents. UPPAbaby delivers a combination of function, style, and safety that’s hard to find elsewhere in the industry. Adding additional UPPAbaby options to an already well-built and cherished car seat such as the VISTA or CRUZ stroller only makes this car seat even more appealing. It’s a no-brainer for parents looking for a great car seat for their child, and it’s backed by years of experience and real-world testing.
The MESA really does take the “worrying” and much of the struggle out of the car seat installation process. It may not sound like a lot to new parents shopping for their first infant car seat, but just imagine how many times you will be switching the car seat between cars or between caregivers, as well as how many flights/Ubers/taxis you’ll be looking at. If you’re on the go, ease of installation should be an extra credit given to the MESA.