You’ve just pulled into your driveway with your baby in their car seat. It starts pouring rain. You don’t want your baby to get wet, and you know that blankets can be a safety hazard.
What are your options?
You can wait for the rain to stop.
You can also wait for a less hot day to go to that sporting event.
And don’t get me started on how you avoid taking walks in the evening, not to get followed by hordes of mosquitoes.
How about this instead?
You can keep your baby safe from rain and wind, plus the sun’s UV rays.
On top of that, you can keep unwanted strangers away.
This is where the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana comes to save the day.
- UPF protection
- Easy to install
- Fold-out rain and wind protection
- Keeps insects away
- Compatible with many infant car seats
Is this multi-purpose product worth the extra buck? Let’s find out.
Specifications of the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana
|Dimensions||2 x 7 x 11 inches|
|Material||BPA and PVC-free polyester mesh and fabric|
|Compatibility||Compatible with UPPAbaby Mesa and most baby car seats|
|Maintenance||Wipe the cabana with a wet towel to keep it clean|
At a glance features of the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana
- UPF protection – blocks 80% of the UV rays, protecting the baby’s health
- Wind and rain protection – with the fold-out protective layer, easy to assemble
- Quick install – ready to cover the car seat in a matter of seconds
- Zippers on both sides – you can pick your baby up without removing the Cabana
- Transportable – folds back into a pouch, easy to carry
- Compatible with lots of car seats – not only the UPPAbaby Mesa
- Allows breathability – even with the extra protective layer
Main benefits of the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana Car Seat Protector
Protects your baby’s health
You can enjoy your day outside, without having to worry about the sun.
The SPF protection keeps your baby’s delicate skin safe and blocks 80% of the damaging UV rays.
No need to worry about the elements
Whether it’s rainy or windy, the fold-out protection layer will help you keep your baby safe, sound, and dry. There’s no need to sprint from your car to your door every time it rains.
This protection layer covers most of the Cabana, but only its front. This way, your baby will still be able to get fresh air at all times.
Also, it darkens the infant car seat, so your baby can have an undisturbed nap while you’re outside enjoying the weather.
Installation of the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana – as easy as it gets
I don’t know if I can even call it “installation.”
The Cabana comes with its travel pouch, which opens up quickly.
Then, you tuck the cabana under and behind the car seat. Voila! Your car seat protector is ready to go.
Another practical thing is the loop on the travel pouch – great if you want to hang the cabana on your stroller.
You can quickly remove it when you’re not using the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana. The cabana folds up into the included pouch, making it easy to pack and transport.
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Good cabana means access to your baby
Something that I was skeptical about at first – what if there’s an emergency and I want to get my baby ASAP? I wouldn’t want any car seat protectors getting in my way.
Guess the designers thought about that, too.
There are zippers on both the left and the right sides of the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana, so you simply unzip it to get your baby in or out. It’s much more convenient than taking the whole thing off.
Bugs, insects, and pesky strangers will stay away.
When my first kid arrived, I got a lot of advice.
But no one has told me about the nuisance called ‘bugs’.
When warm days come, I feel like I spend most of my time standing by the stroller, keeping the bugs away.
If you live in an area similar to mine, you probably worry about bug bites and your baby’s sensitive skin.
With the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana, you’re the only one that’ll need insect repellent.
Plus, strangers no longer have the chance to spread germs around your baby.
What I like about the UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat Protector
I like the portability.
I get frustrated easily when I’m in a hurry and my hands are packed with baby gear.
That’s why I think it’s a massive plus that you can simply hang the cabana on the car seat when you’re not using it. The loop is a great detail.
The UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana is easy to pack in your car or bag.
I like that breathability is guaranteed.
Even though this car seat protector has an extra protection layer, the designers found a way to make everything breathable at all times.
I wouldn’t want my baby to feel like they’re in a box. Even with the wind/rain protection, the baby would still be able to see everything on both sides.
And you’d be able to see the baby and check on it, too.
The price is reasonable
This baby gear accessory is budget-friendly.
What makes it affordable is that it’s compatible with many car seats, not only the UPPAbaby Mesa.
If this weren’t the case, maybe I wouldn’t be so eager to jump on the bandwagon.
Resume and Conclusions about the UPPAbaby mesa Cabana
If I got the UPPAbaby Mesa Cabana as a gift at my baby shower, I’m sure I wouldn’t find it the most glamorous one of the day.
However, I’m sure I would later find out just how practical it was.
I firmly believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Or, in this case: dry than wet.
It may not be something that everyone would find a must-have, but If you’re willing to spend an extra buck on a baby accessory, this is the one to get.
Two thumbs up from me.