From the day you find out you’re expecting, you start noticing baby gear ads everywhere promising you the latest and greatest for your little one. But, chances are, when it’s time to register for baby gifts or buy, you feel overwhelmed and completely clueless as to which brand and products really are the best choice. One brand we’ve turned to and entrusted our babies sleep to is Nuna, a brand that designs safe, smart and gorgeous baby gear. We gave the Nuna Leaf and Nuna Sena to one of our testers for an in-depth look. Here’s what she had to say.
The Nuna Leaf is a contemporary swinging chair that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. At 10.5 lbs and 28″ W x 17 3/4″ H x 24 1/2″ D, the leaf is not designed as a portable, room-to-room baby accessory. Yet, what it lacks in mobility, it excels at in aesthetic design and durability: the Nuna Leaf’s artistically curved aluminum alloy and steel base give it an industrial chic design that’s well suited to modern living rooms and kitchens. The sturdy base is capable of accommodating kids up to 130 lbs—an impressive design feat that will take your baby well past their toddler stages.
The Nuna Leaf shuns the teched-out vibrating, rocking, musical options of today’s bouncing chairs and, instead, offers parents a noise-free, motor-free design that mimics a leaf floating on a breeze. A simple lever locks the swinging chair into place for times when a toddler and mom wants motion-free rest. The organic cotton leaf-shaped pad can be removed and washed and, as a bonus, the waistband can be tucked away once baby graduates to toddler. The Nuna Leaf maintains motion for more than two minutes with just a gentle push: a big plus for parents who want to keep baby soothed in an outlet-free room.
The only downside is that the it doesn’t include the Leaf Toy Bar—a $39.95 add on to the $229 price tag.
At initial glance, the Nuna Sena’s weight and packed dimensions may seem rather large for a travel crib. At 23.6 lbs and a rather sizable packed footprint of 34.5 in high x 10.6 in wide and 11.8 in, the Sena is one of the heavier, bulkier travel cribs available. Yet, upon setting up the travel crib, its Dutch charm, top-of-the-line construction, and durability immediately outweigh any initial concerns you may have.
The crib is surprisingly compact once it’s unfolded and, at just 30.7 in high, 41.3 in wide, and 29.5 in deep, it’s perfectly sized to fit into the nook of a small apartment or hotel room. Bonus: instruction manuals aren’t needed here as the intuitive design is nearly idiot proof.
What if your baby is a want-to-be climber? The Sena’s feet and padded aluminum frame provide a slip-free sturdiness that ensures the crib will not slide or tip over. The aluminum frame provides two cot options: playpen and bassinet. New moms can rest easy: the removable upper frame has eight covered attachment points on the outside where even the most adventurous baby couldn’t reach.
Like all Nuna products, the Sena is chic, modern, and simplistic in design. The lush, quilted mattress provides newborns with an extremely sturdy sleep experience. The bottom frame provides reinforced durability for kids up to three years. It’s quick to put up and take down with one hand thanks to its zigzag leg design.
While larger than other travel cribs, the sleekly designed Nuna is a welcome addition to any household.
You can find both the Sena and the Leaf on the official Nuna website by clicking here.