When we were parents-to-be, we knew that not only would our lifestyle change completely but it would also become incredibly hectic when the baby comes. So with that in mind, we researched a lot of stroller systems and decided that the UPPAbaby VISTA® Stroller, Bassinet and MESA™ Car Seat were going to be the perfect combination for our life as newborn parents and we were right! If you are a new parent or parent-to-be deciding on a travel system I recommend that you read my review below and see for yourself how UPPAbaby® can grow with your baby every step of the way!
Came highly recommended from friends and colleagues, I am so glad we chose UPPAbaby® because it has truly made our lives that much easier. Not only unbelievably functional and adaptable for life as newborn parents, the stroller is also incredibly sleek and chic which makes it a bonus for me as a fashion blogger. Born from a wife and husband duo with three young children their mission was clear - to make the smartest strollers, car seats and juvenile gear available out there possible and they have succeeded by innovating a stroller system that is light, easy-to-use and even fun. Knowing that it comes from real life parents with real life experiences I can feel the innovation and love put in with every detail, twist and turn.
I specifically chose the UPPAbaby VISTA® because I love the idea of one for all: meaning it has a variety of configurations and maneuvers like a single stroller but with the ability to adapt as your baby and family grows. I am not sure if we will have a second child as we are still thinking but I like that the VISTA® offers me that option of having two toddler seats or two bassinets or a mixture of both to accommodate my possible future family needs. It can even accommodate up to three children easily by adding a PiggyBack Ride-Along Board if needed. But my favourite feature of the VISTA® is its adaptability and how it snaps on easily the bassinet, MESA™ and toddler seat.
The VISTA® includes a separate bassinet option you can get (which would be a great registry item btw) that I have to say was a life saver during the first couple months of baby’s life. Tested to overnight sleep standards, the bassinet was actually used as a secondary bed for my baby when she slept with my mother-in-law while I was recovering from my Caesarean. My baby girl was able to rest easy with the depth, ventilation of the aerated mattress and large canopy that offered her peace and a sense of personal space. Not only was it a great secondary bed, I love that we can take her to my parents house for a visit or even to a sunflower farm during the summer while she sleeps or stroll through mud and dirt with effortlessness. The bassinet comes with a SPR 50+ sun shade and boot cover (not shown in picture here but she was used) that shielded her from intense sun light while we admire beautiful flowers and took many pictures. Additionally if you know baby goods then anything that is removable and washable (the liner) is great because babies are dirty so that was a big plus for me. On the other hand, doesn’t the bassinet just look so stylish against a backdrop of gorgeous yellow sunflowers?
Right now, my baby is still in the newborn phase (roughly 2.5 months) so I can’t tell you how much we rely on the MESA™ car seat on a daily basis. From the start of her life, the MESA™ was there for her when she left the hospital and I remembered vividly how other parents were told that their car seats weren’t properly used while we strolled through checks by nurses with simplicity and confidence. Also the only one in the market that utilizes a SMARTSECURE™ System technology for quick, accurate and easy installation, the MESA™ exceeds proposed NHTSA safety standards for SIP (Side Impact Protection) contributing it to a 5-star rating.
During the first few weeks of her life we were able to use the infant inserts that the car seat came with but since I have a rather big baby (8.34 pounds when she was born) the inserts weren’t used for very long. Fits up to babies from 4-35 pounds and 32”in height, we use the MESA™ to transport her from the car to the stroller for her weekly midwife check-ups, daily strolls around the park and now when she is fussy during the night around the house. She absolutely loves her MESA™ car seat and she feels snug and comfortable especially on the non- chemical and flame retardant merino wool fabric that is both breathable and easily washable.
As you can see my baby is still rather young so we are unable to use the toddler seat yet but I am excited when she is able to and will review and update on my Instagram when the time permits. But just testing out the toddler seat on my newborn baby (who is rather developed for her age) I can see that the strap holds her tightly and securely in place. Comes in a multi-position recline that allows your child to lie comfortably for naps or sit upright to take in the sights, the toddler seat offers the flexibility your busy toddler needs. Also adaptable to various weather situations, the toddler seat also comes with the all-important sun shade and a mesh bug and plastic rain protection (which also fit over MESA™ on VISTA®) and comes in very handy in Raincouver.
To Be Contd…
REVIEW & OVERALL IMPRESSION
From the beautifully designed perforated leather handles to the versatility of the whole system, I would say that the UPPAbaby® VISTA® is the smoothest ride you can experience with you and your baby or toddler. At first, I wasn’t able to use the stroller much during the first few weeks after birth but once I was able to move around and take my baby outside for a walk, I was completely and utterly satisfied with my choice the more I use it. The UPPAbaby® VISTA® is extremely light weight which is a great sign of high-quality engineering and ingenuity with ample storage space for my diaper tote and a few bags of groceries and with rear and front shock absorption and non puncture wheels means I can go out the front door and down the step in one quick and easy motion. Speaking of ease-of-use, the VISTA® also easily and quickly folds and stands on its own or unfolds instantly with a snap of a latch on the side making it great to move in and out of the trunk of the car. I really don’t have any criticism of the stroller but perhaps the one tiny thing I would change is that on the MESA™ car set there are pockets on the sides to place the seat belts when the baby isn’t buckled in and it keeps falling out. However, it’s a little inconvenient but overall I really have nothing but praise to say about my whole experience so far.
Every day when I go out I get more pleasantly surprise at the ease of use and comfort the UPPAbaby VISTA® brings to our lives. I have to admit there are times when it you feel like nothing is going right as a new mom or so it seems like but I know that my UPPAbaby VISTA® would never disappoint me but instead always aid me in the best way possible. Choosing the right travel system is one of the most important choices you need to make as new parents because so much of your lifestyle will rely on it so please choose wisely and do your research but I guarantee you won’t find anything better than the UPPAbaby® experience.
Thanks for reading!
*This post was sponsored by UPPAbaby®*
Stroller: VISTA® in Gregory
Car Seat: MESA™ in Henry
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