We have a winner!

We have a winner of the Peg Perego Summer Giveaway!  The winner is …

Shannon O., who shared where she wants to take her baby this summer in the Pliko Mini:

“I would take our baby to Chicago for a family reunion and to St. Louis to a Cardinals game. Also, in St. Louis, I would take him to the zoo, Grant’s Farm and the City Museum! Love this stroller!”

Sounds like fun! (Check your inbox Shannon, you’ll be getting an email from us early next week.)

Thank you to all who entered our Summer Giveaway.

Long live summer!

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Ready. Set. Summer.

We love summer!

The long, lazy days. Beach days and getaways. Strolls through the park and fireflies after dark.

We’re welcoming the unofficial start of our all-time-favorite season this Memorial Day with one more reason to celebrate … a summer giveaway!

Your family could win a Pliko Mini in Fire. Available in a rainbow of vibrant hues, the compact, lightweight Mini is our favorite pick for summertime adventures.

For your chance to win, comment below and tell us where you would take the Pliko Mini this summer. We will randomly select one winner. Please comment by 3 p.m. EST, Thursday, May 31. (One comment per family please. Sorry, contest is open to U.S. residents only.)

Buona fortuna! (Good luck!)




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And We’re Off!

There are lots of things we as parents do to make air travel easier on our children. We make treat bags. We buy new toys. We pack plenty of fun snacks in our carry-ons. And of course, we never ever forget those favorite blankets and loveys. But there’s something else we could bring along to make flights with our children a little more comfortable … and a lot more secure—their car seats.

Even though I work for a baby gear company, deciding to bring the car seat along on our family’s first flight (a relatively quick, two-hour direct) was not easy. Let’s face it: Car seats are big and bulky, and not so easy to schlep through an airport. But once I started researching it (see my previous post, “Cleared for Take Off?”), I knew I would feel best, and my son, Jack, who turned 2 just a few days before our departure, would probably do best, if we brought along his car seat—our Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible.

Once we decided the car seat was coming along, our next challenge was figuring out just how we’d maneuver it through the airport. It turns out, there are lots of options. There are mini luggage carts, covers that turn your car seat into a backpack, and inexpensive, yet ingenious straps that allow you to attach your car seat right to your rolling luggage.

The next challenge was getting through security. The TSA agents didn’t bat an eye at the car seat, but they did want us to run it through the baggage X-ray machine, which I wasn’t expecting. At first it wouldn’t quite fit, but changing the seat’s recline position just a bit made it work.

I knew the next tight fit was going to be the plane itself. I had measured the base of the seat before we left, and it was well within the 16 inches the FAA recommends.  But before I could try it out onboard, I was stopped by the gate agent and then the flight attendant. They both wanted to see that my car seat had the appropriate stickers. (In order to fly with your car seat, it must say, “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” Otherwise, you may be asked to check it as baggage. FYI, Peg Perego’s Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and its infant car seat, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, are both approved for in-flight use.)

Once we all boarded, my husband quickly got to work installing the car seat with the plane’s seat beat. It took a couple of minutes. There were more than a few people standing in the aisle waiting on us, and yes, a few rolled their eyes, but it really didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I was doing the best thing for my child after all. And my 2-year-old? He was more than excited to see his beloved car seat, which fit just fine in the plane.

“My seat! My seat! Jack sit in his seat!” he exclaimed as he climbed in the familiar car seat.

With Jack secure in his seat, we were all a bit more relaxed and able to enjoy our first flight together. We took pictures, waved goodbye to the ground and said “whee!” as we soared above the clouds. There were snacks and coloring and a few quiet games of Simons Says. But overall, it was uneventful, which is exactly what you want a flight with a little one to be.

So would I do it again? Absolutely. For our family, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible turned out to be the perfect travel companion.

What about you? Have you flown with your child’s car seat before? Please share your experience with us by commenting below.

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Bright Lights, Big City!

Last week we were off to New York for a baby shower. More specifically, the Biggest Baby Shower Ever. Our always-chic host, Big City Moms, did a fabulous job pulling together one of the swankiest soirees to celebrate mommies-to-be we’ve ever seen. We caught glimpses of several celebs—Jessica Alba, Tia Mowry and Melissa Joan Hart—but the real stars were the more than 1,000 soon-to-be and new mommies. We loved meeting so many of you, hearing your feedback and sharing in your excitement. Congrats to all!

Our next stop? Chicago for the Bump Club Chicago‘s Best of Bump Club event.

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1 + 1 = 4 Stroller Options for Siblings

 Are you expecting for the second time? Congratulations! As your family grows, your stroller needs may change, but don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. Check out our top picks for multiples, siblings and growing families:

1. Aria Twin 60/40

This side-by-side double stroller is our No. 1 pick for young siblings. Super lightweight and compact, we especially designed the Aria Twin 60/40 to fit through standard doorways. How were we able to do it? The Aria Twin 60/40 was designed with two different seat sizes (one that will accept a car seat), which is just perfect for siblings.

2. Duette SW

Expecting twins? For twins, or for families with two young children, we love the Duette SW. The tandem-style double stroller has two individual seats that can face forward, backward or each other. And the Duette SW will accept one—or two—car seats. (If you have triplets or three young children, we suggest the similar Triplette SW.)

3. Skate System + Jumper Seat

It’s easy to stay stylish, even with two children in tow. If you’re expecting again, or think there might be a second baby in your family’s future, you may want to consider our Skate System. With its Jumper Seat accessory, it’s easy to turn our fashionable stroller system into a head-turning double.

4. Pliko Four + Rear Footboard or Switch Four + Rear Footboard

Our two most popular strollers, the Pliko Four and the Switch Four, were built for growing families. Both come standard with our rear footboard. It provides a safe (and big-kid-approved) ride for an older, second passenger. We love it for siblings that are a few years apart.

What do you think about these options? Please share thoughts and questions below. We’d love to hear from you!

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