Simple Parenting: Doona car seat review

Back in the summer, we were asked if we would like to review a revolutionary new car seat- the Doona. Despite baby’s arrival being months away, we jumped at the chance- not just because an infant car seat is the one baby essential you are required, by law, to have before you leave the hospital. We jumped at the chance because the Doona was unlike any other car seat we’d ever seen. I’ve been a parent for 10 years now and I know how difficult some of the day to day aspects of it all can be. And that’s why the Doona appealed so much! I cannot tell you how wonderful this car seat is (I’m going to try!) and how helpful it has been since Elsie was born. I have a series of posts to publish as part of our review, starting today with an overview the basic features. Simple parenting: Doona car seat review.

Simple Parenting_Doona car seat reviewr~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Simple Parenting describe the Doona as the Next Generation car seat, and I can easily see why. When people realise that this is an infant car seat with wheels, the question is asked:

Why didn’t anybody invent this before now?

It is SO simple and so obvious! What can be easier to use than a car seat that lifts straight from the car and, with the press of a button, allows you to wheel your baby where you need to go? No need to clip onto a heavy chassis, no need to buy an expensive travel system. No need to get wet on a rainy day as you struggle to unfold, set up and strap in. The Doona is so easy to use, and such a genius product!

How to use

At the back of the seat there is a small handle that you press in to release the wheels. Holding the handle in the upright postion, press the handle and allow the wheels to unfold. Once the wheels have clicked into place, the handle can be extended for pushing. When ready to go back into the car, simply return the parent handle to low and change to the upright position. Then press the handle at the back of the seat once more, while at the same time pushing the back wheels (the large ones) with the heel of your foot. This releases the wheels into folded position, so just allow the seat to lower gently to the ground. The seat is then ready to go back into the car. Folding and unfolding the wheels takes seconds.

The features

The Doona car seat comes with a newborn insert to provide extra protection for tiny babies. This cushion is still an essential part of the seat for us as Elsie is still so small, and we don’t feel that she is able to ‘get lost’ inside the seat. The harness is easy to use and simple to adjust according to your baby’s size. The car seat also has a generous hood that provides shelter and shade when needed.

Doona review_ features~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The Doona’s extending handle is very easy to use. Simply press the button at the centre and either push or pull depending on whether you want it at full height or not. To fold the wheels the handle must be in the upright position and pushed down to the lowest setting. To move the handle (it has three positions- straight back for use in the car, upright for carrying into the car, and forward for pushing as a stroller) simply press the two white buttons either side of the seat simultaneously.

Doona review_ easy to extend handle~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

The Doona also comes with a range of accessories. We have the rain cover-

Doona review_ raincover~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

essential for this time of year! This is a lot easier to use than most raincovers, due to the ingenious clips at the back. They attach simply to the back of the seat, holding the cover securely in place so that you can pull the other end of the cover down over the seat. There is a zip to allow access to baby if needed, and to remove the rain cover you just push the clips away from the seat. Easy!

The Doona also comes with car seat protector mat so that the wheels don’t dirty the car. Genious.

The brake system on the Doona is another fantastic feature. Red pedal for stop, green for go.

Doona review_ easy to use brake system~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

Wear and tear after 6 weeks

Now that Elsie is 6 weeks old, and we’ve been using the Doona almost every day since then, I wanted to write about the wear and tear. The Doona is not intended to be used as the main pram for baby, but as I have three other children that all need to be dropped off in different places on the school run, it has fast become the most used and most valued baby item we own. So how do the wheels look after 6 weeks of use?

Doona review_ wear and tear wheels~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

There are signs of use, but honestly these wheels are not flimsy and I fully expect them to stand the test of time. The rest of the seat still looks brand new, thanks to the fact that the fabrics are easy to wipe clean.

Verdict so far

So far, we love the Doona! It is honestly the best baby product we’ve owned and we don’t know how we’ve ever managed without it! Since there is so much more I could write about it, I’ve decided to split my reviews up. So the next review is going to be more of a video review, with demonstrations on how to use the Doona, and a little bit to show exactly how it makes our life that little bit more simple. Following that I will be sharing some of our favourite Doona Moments too.

The Doona car seat is suitable for babies from birth to aprox 13kg. For more information on product specifications, available accessories and safety testing, please see the Simple Parenting site.

We were sent the Doona car seat for review purposes only, and all opinions are my own.

 

31 Comments

31 Comments on Simple Parenting: Doona car seat review

  1. Hannah Budding Smiles
    December 9, 2014 at 8:40 am (2 years ago)

    I saw Doona at the Baby Show and thought they looked amazing! So glad it’s proving so good for you and Elsie xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah, it’s fab. Such a time saver ! x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s brilliant. SO wish we’d had one with the others! x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      It really is- the first of its kind but I imagine others will bring something similar out soon :) x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

      It really has been used constantly too. Some days it’s a 3 point drop off on the school run! x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

      We’re loving it. x x

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  2. Kate @ Family Fever
    December 9, 2014 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

    It’s SUCH a clever idea, much easier than lugging a full travel system about when you are just popping to the shop or on the school run. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I can’t rave about it enough. Such a FAB product x x

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  3. Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    December 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I was telling my friend with a newborn about this after seeing it on your blog, it looks amazing! Like you say, how has no one thought of this before! I wish I’d known about them when we had the twins, I couldn’t carry the car seats and my poor husband had to struggle with two all the way to the car! Looking forward to hearing more about it! xx #triedtested
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

      It is such a life saver! No more lugging heavy car seats around- hooray! x x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

      It is SO handy. Especially when yo’re in and out of the car like we are! x

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  4. Jo Laybourn
    December 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    So wish they had these 4 years ago! I would definitely have used one. I found infant carseat carrying from our car to the house (which is down a path) really difficult! Glad you love it so much x #TriedTested
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, the fact you don’t have to carry a car seat anymore is wonderful! x

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  5. Colette B
    December 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I could have done with this this time last year! Lugging the car seat around with an ever growing baby post section is never fun!!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      And they’re heavy aren’t they??! x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha I know!

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  6. Joy
    December 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I had my eye on this since they were announced, wish they launched sooner I’d have got it in a heartbeat.
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

      I had my eye on them too! Very impressed so far x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Isn’t it just? x x

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  7. Lysa @ Welcome To My Circus
    December 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Elsie is such a beautiful name! I absolutely love it!

    I am a Mother of four and a Nona to five and I have never seen a more amazing baby item in my 26 years of parenting! I am just completely blown away by this genius invention. And yes I am asking why hasn’t anyone thought of it sooner and most importantly why didn’t I? lol

    Do you know if they sell them in the United States or are they only sold in the UK? My youngest grandbaby is a year and a half old and we aren’t expecting anymore grandchildren but I have a few friends who will be grandparents soon and I would love to recommend this to them. Talk about Mommy’s new best friend! The rain hood thing is such a marvelous idea as well. I am completely blown away.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xx
    Lysa
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      • Lysa @ Welcome To My Circus
        December 15, 2014 at 12:15 am (2 years ago)

        Thank you for checking into that for me it is very much appreciated!

        Wishing you a wonderful week.
        xx
        Lysa
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        • ghostwritermummy
          December 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

          No problem at all, glad to be able to help x x

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  8. Kelly Finn
    December 17, 2014 at 1:01 am (2 years ago)

    I’m honestly even more excited to get this now. It sounds so simple to use, the only bit Im not sure about is how it goes in the car. I’m going to youtube now to see if I can find my answers :-)
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