Now this is a cleaver idea. The Doona is the first hybrid car seat and stroller on the market and, its looking good. It’s got all the safety features a car seat needs and a concept is brilliant – it’s basically a car seat with wheels. It’s useful. It’s compact. It’s perfect for travel and for those with small homes or cars. Perfect for nipping about on the Underground.
First impressions: Smart chasis, very light considering the weight of car seats, super easy to transform from / to a car seat / stroller.Easy to push, easy on curbs. Two handle height positions.
To change its function, you just need to press the white button and tilt it. Its simply done. I did without looking at the instructions but test a few times without a baby as there is a knack to it and you want to make sure that you don’t tip the car seat for the obvious reasons.
It’s certified for use from newborn up to 13kgs and is rear facing only. The fabrics are nice and made from bamboo charcoal to help regulate temperature. I did struggle to get the straps to fit securely, but I also have to admit I didn’t try that hard as I didn’t actually use it as a car seat or take it for long walks. We literally had it around the house and on the street outside. We have had the most horrendous weather! Our little tester, Maddie, loved sitting in it. She seemed very happy and comfortable, and Finn loved pushing her around the lounge.
As great as it is, this isn’t a replacement for a pushchair – it’s brilliant at what it does but doesn’t feel sturdy enough for every day prolonged use. There’s also things missing – such as a cosytoes and storage but there are a whole lot of accessories you can buy to mitigate some of that and the prices are good.
The basic Donna costs £299, and there’s a whole range of accessories. A must, in my opinion, is the snap on storage (£24.99) and raincover (£19.99) plus an isofix base (£99.99). You can buy in the UK from Cuddle Co Shop.
Final Thoughts: If you’re a frequent traveller, than this is a great buy. Perfect for planes and holidays. If you’re looking at this as a replacement for an everyday pushchair, I think you need to look elsewhere. This is brilliant at what it does.