Friday Face-Off: Car Seat Clash!

Friday Face Off Car Seat Edition 2

Clockwise from the left: Pipa, Maxi Cosi, Anton 2, and The Mesa

Stepping into the ring this week to inaugurate our new series, we have four of our favorite car seats:


With its innovative Linear Side-Impact Protection (LSP) system, the bets coming in say it should be able to go a few rounds.  Especially with that new pattern, Jeremy Scott’s Food Fight fabrics featuring anthropomorphic, pugilistic versions of your favorite snacks!  Weighing in at 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs) this car seat is designed for kids from 0-13 kg (0-28 lbs) or 0-18 months.  It’s compatible with Cybex strollers as well as many other major brands making it a strong contender for parents on the go.  Designed for ease, all fabrics are machine washable and the system features include an optional newborn inlay and removable seat insert.

Certainly the easy, safe choice, we’re sure some of you will be laying down your money in favor of this model.  But let’s see about the other contenders…


The Mesa also features innovative Side Impact Protection Systems, this time with an adjustable headrest for optimal safety and comfort.  For the parent that moves as fast as NYC, the One-Push Stroller Release on the carry handle is a dream.   The Mesa boasts a 10 second accurate install thanks to a red-to-green tension indicator that provides visual confirmation that the seat has been installed correctly.  However, it’s designed specifically for the Uppababy Vista and Cruz strollers, so it loses some versatility points.  The Mesa is optimized for especially little ones (preemies weighing 4+ lbs) up to babies 38″ in length.  Its Hide-Away Canopy boasts SPF 50+ sun protection to keep those harmful rays away.

For some, not all, this particular car seat is certainly a contender for Uppababy-loyal parents of especially little babies. But, as we turn to the next contender we meet…


For rear-facing kids from 0-12months and 5-22lbs, this car seat features some very unique features.  With the option of a stay-in-car adjustable base, this seat becomes particularly convenient for parents who need to drive frequently.  For us, this is an interesting take on the challenges of being an on the go parent.  It’s Air-Protect Side Impact technology compliments the stay-in-car features to keep your little one safe.  This particular model is also super adaptable featuring the Cozi-Dozi infant support system for smaller babies and adapters for many stroller brands available from the manufacturer.

Are you driving the Babesta City Kid spirit out of the literal city?  This just might be the car seat for you.  But wait!  There’s one more contender to be examined and we think you’re going to like what you see…


New to the scene, the Pipa seat is super adaptable and easy to use.  The lightest contender – it weighs in at just 7.7 lbs – this car seat is designed to make baby’s first outing safe, comfortable, and chic.  Like the other contenders, Pipa features Side Impact Protection, but it also features healthier-for-baby oeko-tex fabrics to keep the little one safe and comfortable.  It’s also aircraft certified and can be installed with only a car or taxi’s seat belt, no base required.  Versatile, this car seat works with Nuna and Maxi Cosi adapters to expand the range of compatible strollers.  For little ones 4-32 lbs and up to 32″ in length, this is the optimal choice for the parent on the go.  Not only does it cover road travel, but also air travel.

Well matched, the four contenders in this week’s face-off are all good picks.  Which one are you going to lay your bet on?  Let us know what you think!


*These car seats are all available at Babesta. They go in and out of stock, so if you don’t see the one you want online, just give a Babesta stylist a call  (646) 290 5508 and we can tell you when they’re back in stock or that they are in stock and you caught us before we updated the website :) ))

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