The lightest car seat available and completely fire retardant-free, the Nina Pipa Lite is great for those who plan to take the car seat in and out of their own car frequently, but do know… it cannot be installed without the base and is therefore bad for those who frequently travel and/or take taxis.
Things We Love
- Beautiful Design: This car seat is beautiful, and you can’t go wrong with any of the color options. It is less cushy than the Nuna Pipa, which Nuna did to accomplish its super light weight. It is also available in fancier fabrics as the Nuna Pipa Lite LX.
- Safety Features Galore + Load Leg: In addition to exceeding standard safety requirements for infant car seats, the Nuna Pipa Lite features side impact protection and a load leg on its base, which helps prevent rebound in a crash.
- Fire Retardant-Free: Nuna added absolutely zero fire retardants to this seat. While the Nuna Pipa has no fire retardants anywhere near baby’s skin, the Nuna Pipa Lite has no fire retardants whatsoever.
- Incredible Canopy: The breathable “Dream Drape” extends over the top of the car seat and secures with magnets to protect baby from sun and light. It’s the best canopy out there.
- Amazingly Lightweight: At 5.2lbs (without the canopy or infant insert, which add an extra pound or so), this is the lightest car seat on the market. Nuna did make some compromises with this seat to achieve that light weight though, and we don’t love the compromise they made around baseless installation. (Namely that it isn't possible.)
- Extensive Stroller Compatibility: The Nuna Pipa Lite is compatible with all strollers that accept Maxi Cosi adapters. Some popular strollers with which the Nuna Pipa Lite is compatible include Austlen, Baby Jogger, Babyhome, Babyzen, Bugaboo, Bumbleride, Contours, Cybex, Jané, Joovy, iCandy, Mamas & Papas, Micralite, Mountain Buggy, Mutsy, Nuna, Peg Perego, Phil & Teds, Quinny, Stokke, UPPAbaby, and Valco Baby.
Things We Don't Love As Much
- More Expensive than the Nuna Pipa: The Lite is ~$50 more expensive than the Nuna Pipa, and although it is lighter, it cannot be installed without its base, which makes it an inferior seat in our opinion. The Lite is likely only worth the extra money if you have a disability that makes heavy lifting difficult.
- No Baseless Installation: This is the big bummer about the Nuna Pipa Lite. One compromise Nuna made when designing such an insanely lightweight seat was to remove the belt path for baseless installation. If you are planning to take taxis or travel often with baby, this is not the right seat for your family.
- Not Ideal for Compact Cars: At 27.3 inches deep, the Nuna Pipa Lite takes up more space than the Nuna Pipa. While this carseat is hardly a legroom “hog”, it does take up an extra couple inches compared to the Nuna Pipa, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2, and Cybex Aton Q seats, and every inch of legroom counts in compact cars.
- Rethread Harness: The harness must be rethreaded as your baby grows. This is kind of a pain, but thankfully, not something you have to do very often.