Nuna PIPA vs. PIPA Lite vs. PIPA Lite LX Infant Car Seats


Baby sleeping in a Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat Canada


There are currently THREE different Nuna PIPA infant car seat models on the market.

The Pipa
The Pipa Lite
The Pipa Lite LX


All three of these infant seats have features like a 5-point harness, a true-lock base installation system, and a protective UPF 50+ canopy with a flip-out eye-shade. 

So, how do you determine which Nuna seat is the best seat for you? 
There are a few elements and inclusions that set each of these seats apart. 
Read on as we compare and break down the features and functions of each seat. 
Let’s start with the OG, the PIPA Infant Seat.


Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat in Granite and Birch

Why we love the Nuna PIPA

Specifications:

  • 7.9 pounds
  • Recommended use: 4 to 35 lbs, and up to 32"
  • Colours available: Caviar, Granite, Birch, Indigo, and Riveted

This seat is perfect for city living—it can be installed without the base [if needed] and directly into an UBER for your convenience! But not to worry, if you’ve got a vehicle of your own just attach the seat using the true-lock base installation system. The PIPA boasts a premium micro knit fabric, a mesh peek-a-boo window on top, and a Dream Drape that can protect baby from the elements. The Dream Drape is not included on the PIPA Lite, but it is on the PIPA Lite LX - more information on this below!
  
The cherry on top?
The PIPA can be used for babies that weigh up to 35 lbs. --that’s the highest weight capacity of all the Nuna infant car seats and is the biggest differentiator between the original PIPA and the Lite versions that followed. 

Get to know even MORE about this car seat by watching our Product Review video below.



Why we love the Nuna PIPA Lite

Specifications:

  • 5.5 pounds
  • Recommended use: 4 to 22 lbs, up to 32" 
  • Colours available: Caviar
The PIPA Lite has a sleek design and weighs 2 pounds less than the PIPA

How is this seat so light?
The Nuna PIPA Lite is made with Aeroflex foam—a material that is cleverly lightweight, resilient and minimizes force transferred to baby by absorbing and diffusing energy. The lightweight nature of the PIPA Lite is ideal and makes it one of the lightest car seats in the WORLD.

But, in order to make this seat so lightweight—they've had to remove a few features found in the rest of the lineup.

The PIPA Lite does NOT have a Dream Drape, does NOT have a peekaboo window, and can NOT be installed without the base. The weight capacity of 22 lbs., along with these three features are the main elements that set the PIPA and the PIPA Lite apart.

Side note:  This model includes a removable head and body insert in a micro-knit fabric PLUS an additional set made out of GOTS certified organic cotton fabric. Cleaning out your car seat is a bit of a rite of passage as a new parent and you will LOVE having an extra set on hand for when baby has a bit of an explosion in their seat.

Nuna PIPA LITE LX infant Car SEat

Why we love the Nuna Lite LX

Specifications:

  • 5.5 pounds
  • Recommended use: 4 to 22 lbs, up to 32" 
  • Colours available: Oxford & Caviar

So, where does the PIPA Lite LX fit in the Nuna PIPA line-up?
Great question!

The PIPA Lite LX is giving us MAJOR Goldilocks and the Three Bears vibes-- it may give you that “just right” feeling.

The PIPA Lite LX is surprisingly lightweight but includes our favourite PIPA feature, the Dream Drape! What's all this Dream Drape talk about?
It’s a Nuna specialty feature that is a huge bonus by creating a little shelter for baby -- no blanket or car seat cover required. We love that the Dream Drape can be zipped away inside of the canopy when not in use.

The Lite LX [like the PIPA Lite] also includes an additional GOTS™ certified organic cotton fabric & dye insert, harness covers & crotch cover!

Note: BOTH the LITE versions [PIPA Lite + PIPA Lite LX] always require the use of the base.


Nuna PIPA Infant Seat with Dream Drape feature

So, what will it be?

If you're expecting a chunky baby [check out your partner's baby photos!], we recommend sticking with the 35 lbs weight limit of the original Pipa. We've seen a few parents disappointed to learn their 5-month-old is 21 lbs already and they must discontinue use of the seat sooner than they anticipated. However, the extra 2 lbs of weight might be just too much for you and you don't plan on carrying your baby in a carrier at 20 lbs anyways - if that's the case, go lite!
Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make such an important decision!

It's important to note that all three of these seats are compatible with Nuna strollers to create a tasteful travel system. These three seats are also compatible with some of the top stroller brands that you may be considering—though you may need to purchase a set of adapters separately.  

We hope this information has been helpful - happy shopping!

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