Diary of a Fit mommy

My Number One Newborn Must Have

My little girl is finally here and I still cannot believe it! Since she has been with us, we have had a blast getting to try out all of her new goodies and gifts. My favorite newborn product of all things we have tried has been our new UPPAbaby Performance Travel System which is basically two products in one and features the VISTA stroller paired with the MESA carseat. If you can recall, I recently wrote all about my new UPPAbaby travel system and its features and you can view it here.

After using the system, I can say that this is my absolute go-to newborn must have! Finding the right carseat and stroller can really be a chore since there are so many brands on the market today. No matter what you choose, you need to make sure you that are purchasing a great quality product that is easy to use and safe for your infant. This is why I love UPPAbaby!

We brought her home in her UPPAbaby MESA carseat and finally got to see how amazing UPPAbaby and their products truly are. She fit so snugly and comfortably in the seat as she didn’t make one peep. The seat itself weighs less than 10lbs and fits infants from 4lbs all the way up to 35lbs and even up to 32 inches in height! However, my favorite part about the MESA carseat is the Smart Secure System that allows you to safely and accurately install your seat in ten seconds. It is the only infant carseat with technology utilizing a tightness indicator and self retracting latch connectors. There’s even a little indicator window that changes from red to green for visual confirmation that the base has been installed correctly every single time. No wonder why the MESA has a NHSTA 5 star rating! It is truly the easiest carseat my husband and I have both ever installed.


Some infant carseat safety tips to always remember are:

  • Always rear-face your infant.
  • Remove bulky coats prior to buckling up.
  • Make sure your child rides in the backseat.
  • Keep note of the expiration date.
  • Make sure your carseat is installed correctly before first use.
  • Keep straps snug.
  • Position chest clip at armpit level.
  • Do not use any accessories, pads, toys, or other products supplied by other manufacturers.
  • Do not leave loose objects (i.e. cups, toys, bags, umbrellas, etc) in the vehicle because they can become deadly projectiles in a crash.

One thing I have noticed that is different from other infant carseats is the Side Impact Protection (SIP) headrest. The adjustable headrest is reinforced with EPP foam providing added protection for your child. The integrated design keeps an infants head stationary during a side impact collision, resulting in up to 4X better test scores than other premium infant car seat brands. And best of all? The whole carseat attaches right onto my UPPAbaby VISTA stroller.

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Lately, I have been using the bassinet attachment on my VISTA stroller for nightly walks out and about the neighborhood with my family when my baby girl is sleeping. I also just love the look of the bassinet-so classy! It will fit infants up to 20lbs safely and it has even been approved for overnight sleeping, meaning your baby can sleep it in at night without worry. If you don’t feel like using the bassinet-no worries! You can always directly attach the MESA carseat onto the stroller and use that instead. Or you can choose to stroll your toddler in the Rumbleseat or Piggyback attachment. This stroller system has an array of configurations to meet the needs of a growing family!

For those of you who have wondered if the VISTA was a good fit for a fit mom, it truly is as it easily glides on multi-terrains with zero issues. You can easily take it to the grocery store, shopping mall, or even outdoors.


Finding the right stroller and carseat combo for your newborn can be stressful to say the least, but with the UPPAbaby Performance Travel System, you get what you pay for-the best quality, great ease of use, and durable product that lasts over time. If you are creating your baby registry list, I urge you to give it a try and see how much you will love it for your newborn!

Your trainer and friend,