Some car seats can be installed with or without a base, while some always require a base for installation. Using a base makes the installation and uninstallation of car seats easier, and it also makes the car seat fit snugly.
This article is for those who have Nuna car seats or are planning to buy one. We will explain whether or not a Nuna car seat can be installed without a base and which particular Nuna car seat needs a base for installation.
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Does The Nuna Car Seat Need A Base?
Not all Nuna car seats need a base for installation – some Nuna car seats can be installed by using the vehicle’s seatbelt. Also, Nuna convertible car seats have their bases attached to the seat, you can’t separate the base from the seat.
Nuna has 6 infant car seats – PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite LX, PIPA Lite RX, and PIPA Lite R. These are the Nuna car seats that have detachable bases.
You can install some of the Nuna PIPA car seats without a base, while others must be installed with a base.
If you own PIPA, PIPA RX, or PIPA Lite RX, you can install it without the base. On the other hand, if what you have is the PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite LX, or PIPA R, you will need a base for installation.
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Does Nuna Sell Car Seat Base?
Yes, you can buy an extra base and install it in your other car or your parent’s car. However, when you purchase a Nuna PIPA infant car seat, it usually comes with a base.
Nuna has two types of car seat bases – the PIPA series base and the PIPA RELX base.
The major difference between the PIPA series base and the RELX base is that the RELX base has 4 recline positions, while the PIPA series base has just one recline foot. The RELX base gives more room for adjustment.
The PIPA infant car seat you purchase would determine the base that comes with it. The Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite, and PIPA Lite LX come with the PIPA series base, while the PIPA RX, PIPA Lite RX, and PIPA Lite R come with the RELX base.
If you decide to buy an extra PIPA series base or RELX base, you can use it on any model of the Nuna PIPA infant car seats.
Is A Base Necessary For Car Seat Installation?
No safety regulation mandates parents to use a car seat base during installation. The major reason for using a base is to make things easy for you. With a base, you can easily install and uninstall a car seat.
Always make sure you go through your car seat instruction manual to read about how to install the seat. All car seat brands will tell you whether you can install an infant car seat with or without a base.
It is always better to buy an infant car seat that can be installed with or without a base. That way, you won’t be caught off guard in case of any situation that requires you to install without a base.
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How Do You Secure A Car Seat Without A Base?
To install a baseless infant car seat, you will need your vehicle’s seatbelt. Since there are different brands of car seats, there is no set rule for installing all baseless car seats.
For the best and safest car seat installation without a base, always refer to the installation section of your car seat manual. That way, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to install your child’s car seat.
Whether you decide to install with or without a base, both methods are safe as long as you follow the instructions and install the seat correctly.