You may be able to get some things second hand, and may even be lucky enough to have friends and family who can pass on stuff that their children have outgrown and they no longer need. This is a huge help, and there is no reason to decline these generous offers. But one thing to be very careful of using second hand is a car seat.
Car seats for babies have a limited life span. You may have heard people talk about a car seat’s expiry date, and thought that that sounds a bit peculiar. How can a car seat ‘expire’? It is not a food product and does not contain any edible or perishable parts.
In fact, a car seat does indeed contain perishable parts. The seat usually remains in your car all the time. Your car may often be parked outdoors in the hot sun. Certain components of a baby car seat are made out of materials that deteriorate over time when exposed to harsh sunlight. They could become hard and brittle, and more likely to snap, tear or break easily. This is why car seats expire after a few years and need to be replaced. It is important to check a seat’s expiry date before installing it and using it for your precious baby.
Another reason to be wary of using a second-hand car seat is that you may not know for sure if it has ever been in a car that has been involved in an accident. If it has, certain internal components, not visible on outward inspection, may have been damaged or cracked. This can severely compromise the safety of the seat. For this reason, if a car seat has been in an accident, it should be discarded and replaced.
Whether you are buying your first car seat for your new baby or updating and replacing an older one, you may be somewhat overwhelmed by the huge variety of seats on the market. Car seats have certainly come a long way since those first slightly primitive seats that were introduced in the sixties.
The range today includes different styles of seats for different age and weight groups, rear-facing and forward-facing seats, as well as many different fabrics and levels of luxury and comfort. Of course, with that huge range, there is also a vast price range. So how do you choose? What are the most important factors?
Safety is without a doubt the most critical element when choosing a car seat. As a rule of thumb, decide on a budget, and then buy the very best and safest car seat you can find within that budget.
Peg Perego started out as a family business in 1949, manufacturing carriages, strollers, and high chairs. They later added car seats and ride-on toys to their range. This Italian brand is known for designing products to meet needs. Peg Perego is involved in every part of the process, starting with engineering then production and shipping, with the goal to ensure that their customers purchase top quality products.
Peg Perego is always pushing to develop new and innovative products, and their car seat range is constantly being renewed and updated, in order to be able to offer the safest car seats that have the most advanced technology, while also being comfortable, practical, and stylish.
In this review, we will take a look at The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat.
This car seat will follow your child from infancy all the way through to the toddler years, by converting from rear-facing to forward-facing. You may be wondering what the difference is, and when you should transition your child from rear to forward-facing in the car.
Rear-facing means that the seat is installed back-to-back with the front seat of the car, so that baby is facing the rear windscreen of the car. This has been proved to be the safest position for a small child in a car, and in the event of an accident, it will offer him the greatest protection. But it can only accommodate babies up to a certain size.
A rear-facing seat should be used from your baby’s first ride home from the hospital. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends rear-facing until the baby is about 45 pounds in weight and his head is still at least one inch below the headrest edge. This is usually up to about age 2 in an average child. After this, your child will not be comfortable for safe rear-facing, because he will not have enough room for his legs.
Once your baby has grown to the maximum recommended size for rear-facing, it is time to switch to a forward-facing car seat. This is where the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat comes in. Because it is convertible, there is no need to buy a new seat. You can simply switch the installation to forward-facing.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat uses the LATCH system of installation. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). The LATCH system on the Peg Perego child restraints connects to the anchors in a vehicle, adding additional stability.
The seat has adjustable SIP, or Side Impact Protection, to protect the baby’s head, neck, and spine. It can be adjusted into 10 different positions, ensuring the safest and most comfortable fit for your little one.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio is made with EPS or Expanded Poly Styrene. This energy-absorbing foam is designed to crumple upon impact, thus absorbing the force of a collision and saving your baby from harm.
The seat includes a SAFE device, or Shock Absorbing Foam Element, to reduce the force of impact on certain components of the seat.
This seat has a contoured steel backplate, which minimizes flexing and reduces forward movement. The contoured base provides extra stability in any seating position.
When the seat is installed in forward-facing mode, the top tether hook increases stability and limits the forward movement of the seat. The adjustable latch connectors add stability, and they are easy to reposition for either rear-facing or forward-facing installation.
The seat is covered in Fresco Jersey Performance fabric. This superior quality fabric is designed for comfort and will help to keep your little one cool. It is breathable and absorbs moisture. The cover is removable and easy to clean, keeping your baby’s environment in the car clean and hygienic. The fabric is also very attractive and will turn your car seat into a stylish addition to your car.
The quick-release five-point safety harness is made with a ‘cobblestone’ webbing of extra-strong polyester thread. It is equipped with shoulder pads for extra comfort, as well as a chest clip.
The wide padded seat includes a specially designed removable cushion for newborns, designed for babies up to 22 pounds.
This seat is FAA approved, which means that it is suitable for use in aircraft. This is very convenient, as your baby will be safe and comfortable when he accompanies you on your travels.
Who’s It For?
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat will be an indispensable item for anyone who needs to transport young children in their vehicle. Parents of newborns can rest assured that their precious little bundle is safely strapped in at all times, while parents of older children won’t have to worry that their child will fret and protest every time they need to put him in his car seat.
If you are looking for a top-class car seat that offers the highest standards in terms of both safety features and comfort, then this is the car seat for you.
This car seat is super-safe and ultra-luxurious, with many extra features. Consequently, it comes with a fairly high price tag. If you are on a tight budget, but safety is important to you, there are cheaper car seats on the market that will satisfy your needs.
What We Like About Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat
This seat has been put through multiple crash test inspections and has proved to be extremely safe in every single test. For us, safety is paramount and there is no room for compromise.
In this seat, your baby will be totally comfortable. We like the cushioned seat, which is soft to sit on. With the padded sides, the baby’s head will be stable and won’t roll from side to side. We all know that there is nothing worse than driving with a screaming baby in the back of the car. In this seat, your baby will be relaxed and content.
Often you put your baby into his seat, only to find that he is not sitting at a comfortable angle and you have to take him out, adjust the seat, and start all over again. With this seat, we love the fact that you can adjust the tilt while the baby is in his seat, getting the angle precisely correct for his ultimate comfort.
A very convenient feature is the small footprint of the base, making it possible to have older children safely restrained in booster seats alongside your baby car seat. Compared to other car seats, the base of this seat takes up less space on the back seat.
For those of you who are not very handy, the installation of this seat is very simple and can be done in minutes.
We reviewed the seat in the color known as Licorice. We like this color because it won’t show dirt too easily. It will also blend in nicely with the interior of most cars.
What We Don’t Like About Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat
This seat does not come with a separate base. The base is attached to the seat, so the seat is not compatible with and cannot be clipped onto a stroller. It is designed to be left in the car.
We would have preferred it if there was a separate base, making it easy to switch the seat between cars. If you have two cars, you will need two separate car seats.
The velcro covers on the straps felt a little rough and may cause your baby some discomfort if they rub directly against his delicate skin.
This seat can be used rear-facing or forward-facing
- Many safety features
This is one of the safest car seats available and the baby will be protected at all times.
- Luxurious, breathable fabric
In this seat, your baby will be less likely to sweat and suffer from the heat.
- FAA approved for use in aircraft
Traveling with a baby will be safe and convenient, as he will be comfortable in his seat on a plane.
- Attractive and nice-looking addition to the car
- Not easily transferable between cars
- Velcro on straps can be scratchy
- The fairly high price tag
This seat comes with an attached base. (You cannot buy a separate base for use in a second car). The seat has a removable padded cover, as well as removable pads for the shoulder straps. It includes a chest clip, buckle, and a five-point harness.
All the required straps and clips for securing the seat in the car are included.
The seat comes with an easy-to-follow instruction manual, making installation quick and uncomplicated.
There are numerous accessories available, such as a travel carry bag for on the go parents, a car seat cup holder, and a rain cover, but these are not included and would have to be bought separately.
Overview Of Features
Here is a brief recap of the main features.
Advanced technology such as EPS foam and SIP bars make this one of the safest car seats available, exceeding all basic safety features that are required by law.
The 10 position reclining ability, the Fresco Jersey Performance fabric, and the padded cushion ensure your baby is always comfortable.
This seat can be switched from rear-facing to forward-facing when your child is big enough, saving you the expense of having to buy another car seat when your child becomes too big for rear-facing.
- Simple installation
It only takes a few minutes to install this seat correctly in your car.
- Italian made
Precision made in Italy, ensuring the highest quality.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible Car Seat has been put through the most rigorous inspections in crash test scenarios. It has not only passed every single test but has surpassed minimum standard requirements.
With this seat, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your precious little one is securely restrained and will be fully protected at all times.
He will not fuss and protest in this seat, because it is super-comfortable. The breathable fabric will keep him cool, while the removable cover is easy to keep clean and hygienic.
Although this seat is not cheap, it is well worth the money. When it comes to your baby’s safety, there is no room for compromise. Safe car seats save lives.