Help with X5 and UPPAbaby MESA

gabbo

New member
I have a couple babies on the way: a boy and a 2021 X5. Now I need help keeping them both protected. I see that the Nuna Pipa is recommended around here but we already bought the UPPAbaby MESA. I'm trying to figure out:

  1. Where should I install the MESA? It's my understanding that the middle seat is the safest position but I read something about BMW not recommending it.
  2. Any recommendations on how to protect the car seat leather from indentations and stains? I've looked into protectors and mats but I see a lot of complaints about them either leaving indentations or stains, usually from the anti-slip material melting. I came across one that supposedly addresses the latter issue but I can't find it in Canada. Should I just use a towel?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
 
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ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
I have a couple babies on the way: a boy and a 2021 X5. Now I need help keeping them both protected. I see that the Nuna Pipa is recommended around here but we already bought the UPPAbaby MESA. I'm trying to figure out:

  1. Where should I install the MESA? It's my understanding that the middle seat is the safest position but I read something about BMW not recommending it.
  2. Any recommendations on how to protect the car seat leather from indentations and stains? I've looked into protectors and mats but I see a lot of complaints about them either leaving indentations or stains, usually from the anti-slip material melting. I came across one that supposedly addresses the latter issue but I can't find it in Canada. Should I just use a towel?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
This may answer your mat question; these are the only approved mats. They don't recommend a towel. https://support.uppababy.com/hc/en-...ext=You do not need a,Mat and Diono Ultra Mat.

You may have trouble installing center but can try it. I mean, you may have trouble outboard too. A lot of parents find the Mesa very difficult to get in at a correct angle with vehicle seats like yours. Seek a CPST's help if needed.

I would also warn you to watch very carefully for head slump and other fit issues. I've had trouble with babies' positioning in the Mesa.
 

gabbo

New member
This may answer your mat question; these are the only approved mats. They don't recommend a towel. https://support.uppababy.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045042994-Can-you-use-a-seat-pad-to-protect-vehicle-seats-#:~:text=You do not need a,Mat and Diono Ultra Mat.

You may have trouble installing center but can try it. I mean, you may have trouble outboard too. A lot of parents find the Mesa very difficult to get in at a correct angle with vehicle seats like yours. Seek a CPST's help if needed.

I would also warn you to watch very carefully for head slump and other fit issues. I've had trouble with babies' positioning in the Mesa.
Thanks! I wish I found this forum sooner. The MESA had so many positive reviews on other websites and forums so it's disappointing to hear that it's going to be a difficult fit in our car. I saw those recommendations in the link you shared but those specific models caused permanent seat indentations or stains according to some Amazon user reviews.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
You really don't need anything under a car seat. Once it's removed and you condition leather (especially if you do that every few months) it should be back to normal. :)
 

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