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UPPAbaby Aria Infant Car Seat Review

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Your life as a parent brings its fair share of challenges and responsibilities, with the safety of your little one always being number one.  

When it comes to finding the right infant car seat for your little bundle, you have an overwhelming number of potential seats to choose from. But is there one seat that has it all — safety, comfort, and style? 

Enter the Aria Infant Car Seat by UPPAbaby! Designed with meticulous attention to the needs of you and your child, the Aria may be just the one to beat. 

Keep reading as we explore everything that makes the Aria a serious contender as the best all-round infant car seat for your baby boo! 

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The Aria Overview 


  • Suitable from 4 to 30 lbs. or 30” in height 
  • Infant Insert: For use from 4 lbs. to 4 months 
  • Car Seat Weight: 5.9 lbs. 
  • Car Seat Dimensions: 24.5” L x 17” W x 18.5” H    
  • Base Weight: 12.6 lbs. 
  • Base Dimensions: 23.9” L x 14” W x 15.2” H 

Weighing in at just under six pounds, the Aria is celebrated as one of the lightest infant car seat on the market, making it a breeze for parents to carry and maneuver! 

This feat of engineering doesn't compromise on style or choice, offering four chic colours —Anthony, Greyson, Gwen, and Jake — each with its own distinct appeal through the integration of chestnut or saddle leather accents on the handle. 

The Aria doesn't just shine in aesthetics and weightlessness though. It is thoughtfully packaged with a two-piece infant insert, ensuring the tiniest passengers are snug and properly-positioned — from preemies around 4 lbs to babies up to 4 months. 

Additionally, its narrow width of 17 inches maximizes space in your vehicle, potentially accommodating three Arias across. (Taking advantage of our Dry Fit Program, you can pop into any Snuggle Bugz retail store and test the floor model in your car to ensure a perfect fit!) 

Incredible Install 

Car seat installation is often daunting, so UPPAbaby simplifies things by integrating its advanced SmartSecure system into the Aria's base. It features easy-to-use auto-retracting LATCH connectors and clear visual indicators that turn from red to green when the seat is correctly installed. The base itself is fortified with an adjustable load leg and an anti-rebound panel, enhancing stability and absorbing energy upon impact. 

The Aria also offers flexibility with a four-position adjustable foot to fit various car seat angles and includes a European Routing option for secure installation even without the base, catering to every travel situation possible! 

Safety Features Abound 

Safety is where the Aria truly excels, incorporating features that go above and beyond standard requirements.  

As mentioned above, the inclusion of a load leg in the base (a rarity in infant car seats) significantly increases stability and absorbs shock in the event of a collision. The Aria's anti-rebound handle adds an extra layer of protection, safeguarding against rear-impact collisions. We love that the Aria has BOTH of these features! 

An adjustable headrest with a no-rethread, 5-point harness allows for precise adjustments, accommodating your growing baby without compromising safety. The Aria's extra-large UPF 25+ canopy offers sun protection and enhanced ventilation, ensuring your baby enjoys every journey in comfort and safety! We also appreciate that UPPAbaby honours its commitment to using fire-retardant-free materials, making the Aria a sanctuary of safety and comfort for your little one. 

What About Car Seat Convenience? 

UPPAbaby loads the Aria with a host of fun features, expanding on its convenience, versatility, and thoughtful design: 

  • Ergonomics: An ergonomic aluminum carry handle provides both stability and portability. This feature is super helpful, ensuring that carrying the car seat from home to car to stroller is as effortless as possible. Additionally, the handle's design also minimizes strain on your arm, making it comfortable to carry even on long walks. 
  • Easy Buckle: Securing your baby is straightforward, thanks to its simple one-crotch buckle. This design decision removes the guesswork and adjustments often necessary with other seats, allowing for a quick and secure fit every time. 
  • Ventilation: The Aria boasts a back panel specifically designed for ventilation, promoting airflow to keep your baby cool and comfortable, regardless of the weather.  
  • Transportation Modes: For families that travel frequently, the Aria offers unparalleled versatility with its European routing option and FAA certification. These features mean the seat can be safely installed in an aircraft seat or cars without the base, using only the vehicle's seat belt. 
  • Travel System Friendly: The Aria is travel system friendly, directly attaching to UPPAbaby's popular Vista and Cruz strollers without needing additional equipment. If you own the Minu or Ridge, adapters are available, ensuring a smooth transition from driving to strolling. 
  • Easy Cleanup: UPPAbaby makes cleanup a breeze by including removable, machine-washable fabrics. Whether it's spilled milk, snack mishaps, or the inevitable diaper leaks, the seat's cover can be easily removed and thrown into the wash, ensuring your baby always has a clean, hygienic environment! 

The Amazing Aria 

The Aria Infant Car Seat is a testament to UPPAbaby's dedication to innovation, safety, and style. Its unparalleled lightness, combined with a suite of safety features and design innovations, makes it an outstanding choice for parents prioritizing ease of use, comfort, and peace of mind. 

With the Aria, UPPAbaby not only sets a new standard in infant car seats but also offers parents a solution that encapsulates the joy, responsibility, and love that comes with parenthood. Whether you're embarking on daily adventures or special family outings, the Aria ensures your little one's journeys are as safe and comfortable as they are memorable. 

Want to learn more about UPPAbaby car seats? Check out the brand's car seat overview article, here. In in you will learn more about other fantastic infant car seat options like the Mesa V2 and the Mesa Max, as well as their convertible car seats and boosters too.