My name is Ashley and I live in Courtice, Ontario. My husband and I just welcomed our first child to the world — a beautiful baby girl who is our pride and joy. We are truly blessed. She is a very happy little girl who only fusses when extremely tired; other than that, she’ll let you know she’s hungry with some active stretching and a few squeaky noises.
Motherhood so far has been the most rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable experience of my life. It’s a refreshing change from my day job, working downtown Toronto as a document specialist for a major financial institution. For fun, I enjoy spending time with family, travelling and being active outdoors.
In exchange for her honest review, Ashley received an UPPAbaby MESA car seat.
Before you read on, check out Mommy Gearest’s video showcasing many of her favourite features of and some constructive criticism about the UPPAbaby MESA car seat:
When we first found out we were expecting, we immediately solicited help from our friendly neighbourhood mommy blogger, Andrea from Mommy Gearest. Having known she was actively involved in the world of baby gadgets, we knew she would be the best person to guide us on this journey as we prepared for parenthood.
We wasted little time purchasing the bare necessities — a crib and dresser — and then had the harsh realization that a baby requires much more than these two items. Luckily, Andrea had a trusty stash of lightly used gear from when her kids were younger. For the remaining items, Andrea provided us with a detailed list and thorough instructions and we started chipping away at it bit by bit. [Editor’s note: I actually lambasted their baby registry, crossing out this and that and replacing it with the things they didn’t know they really needed. Or didn’t need at all. And I used red pen for teacher-like effectiveness.]
The car seat was something we vigorously researched and were hesitant to purchase. Reviews seem to vary and each one had its pros and cons. We knew we needed something that would work with our UPPAbaby VISTA — purchased based on Andrea’s strong recommendation.
As luck would have it, just as we were about to take the plunge and purchase a Maxi Cosi AP, Andrea told us to stop in our tracks. There was big news, she said: the UPPAbaby MESA was coming to Canada, and she needed a reviewer. We were thrilled knowing our child was about to have the shiniest new car seat on the market.
The list of things we love about the MESA is long — so bear with me.
The seat installation was very straightforward. The level indicators on the front and side of the base give you confidence that the seat is installed correctly. My husband did struggle with the self-retracting latch connectors as they want to retract as you’re trying to attach them to the frame of the seat. But compared to the competition, the installation of the MESA car seat is far simpler and the base system more superior to any other we’ve seen. We did not need to go to the local police station for assistance with install, nor did we need to use a pool noodle (or three) to ensure the seat was level. Based on the base of the car seat and installation alone, this seat is worth every penny of its $449.99 price tag.
The head rest with side-impact protection is easily adjustable to ensure your baby’s head is protected as she grows. The strap to adjust this is conveniently hidden out of sight and pretty easy to find.
Adjusting the UPPAbaby MESA’s harness is effortless. Although our daughter dislikes the tightening of the straps against her body, the mechanism on this car seat makes it as painless as possible.
It’s quite obvious as soon as you lay eyes on the MESA that the material and fabrics used to construct the car seat are high quality, comfortable and durable. Spills have been easy to clean and we are never worried if our daughter is comfortable in the seat, given the padding and soft materials.
Taking your baby in and out of the car is simple and the seat easily clicks in and out of the base and just as easily connects to our VISTA without requiring an adaptor. [Editor’s note: if you do not have a 2015 VISTA or CRUZ, however, you will require additional clips that click into the frame.]
We wish the UPPAbaby MESA car seat canopy extended farther out over our daughter’s head to protect her from the elements. This can be frustrating when you’re inside a bright store with lots of florescent lights and you struggle to keep them out of your child’s face — especially a sleeping one!
The over-the-shoulder straps didn’t want to stay on our newborn baby’s shoulders when we first took her home from the hospital. This may be as a result of our daughter’s size, but as the straps tighten, they slip off her shoulders. This lasted from when she was born (at 8 lbs., 3 oz.) until she was almost six weeks and reached 10 to 11 pounds. Now that she has “filled out” a bit, the straps are no longer an issue. It’s possible that we didn’t have the headrest low enough or perhaps it was another issue at our end, but we just couldn’t seem to make it work perfectly those first few weeks.