Sep
19
0

Newborn Necessities


Having a baby changes everything, which is something you’re sure to notice once you start shopping for gear. At least once, you’ll probably find yourself asking, babies are so little, how could they possibly need so much stuff? Well, some great advice we’d like to pass along is while you might need a lot, you don’t need it all at once. So what do you need right away? Here are our top three recommendations for those first few weeks home with baby.

Infant Car Seat: Out of all the baby gear you buy, this is one of the most important pieces. You’ll need an infant car seat just to get baby home. In fact, many hospitals will want to see your car seat before they discharge you and baby. For newborns, we recommend our celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30. Designed for infants from 5 to 30 pounds (or up to 30 inches), it features a quick-release five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and a fail-safe buckle, adjustable Side Impact Protection (SIP), and a special removable cushion for newborns.

Diaper Bag: Another must is also quite obvious … diapers. And yes, you are going to go through a lot of them, so you need a good diaper bag. Look for one that has lots of pockets and compartments that will keep you organized during those bleary-eyed first few weeks. Our Borsa Mamma diaper bag has a spacious main compartment with extra interior pockets, a zippered outside pocket, and external side pockets and bottle compartment.

Bouncer. A baby bouncer may seem more like a luxury, but ask any experienced mom and she’ll tell you, if you get one, it will soon become a must-have in your book. A great baby bouncer is perfect when you need to empty the dishwasher, fold the mounting loads of laundry, or even just take a quick shower. Peg Perego’s sleek-designed musical bouncer, the Sdraietta Melodia, is designed to offer the best possible support for an infant’s delicate back. It features two built-in speakers, eight included tunes, and an MP3 input so you can customize baby’s play list. The included toy bar can be adjusted for feet or hand play, and when baby gets sleepy, the stationary base easily switches to rocking mode.

Need one-on-one help starting a baby registry? Use our Store Locator to find a Peg Perego retailer near you.

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Sep
11
4

Gear for Grandparents

There’s probably no one more excited about your baby’s arrival than your own parents, the soon-to-be grandparents. And if baby will be visiting a lot, it might make sense for grandma and grandpa to get a little baby gear of their own. In honor of Grandparents Day, here are our top picks for new grandparents:

An easy-to-store high chair. Our quick-folding high chair, the Prima Pappa Diner, is perfect for grandma’s house. It boasts easy-to-clean vinyl upholstery, our much-loved dishwasher-safe double tray, and non-scratching rubber wheels that make it easy to move and store away. And like all of our high chairs, it comes fully assembled and ready to use. The Prima Pappa Diner also offers a tilt-in-space seat (suitable for even newborns), which is a nice feature when you want to keep baby close during family dinners.

A lightweight stroller. Peg Perego has a number of lightweight strollers, but our favorites for grandparents are our full-featured Vela Easy Drive and Si. Both are incredibly lightweight (just 15.8 pounds each), travel system compatible, and easy to fold and transport. The Vela Easy Drive features a single, one-hand push handlebar, while the Si features two adjustable handles.

A safe, up-to-date car seat. Safety experts strongly warn against used car seats. “Don’t even think about using the old car seat in the attic or the one you just saw at a yard sale,” Luanne Whitmire, a program coordinator at the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System Children’s Hospital, tells future grandparents on Grandparents.com. “Car seats expire,” she says. “That’s something even new parents don’t know until they’re told.” Peg Perego’s celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, designed for infants from 5 to 30 pounds (or up to 30 inches), is a great option for grandparents. It features a quick-release five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and a fail-safe buckle. It can attach to any of our strollers, making it ideal for on-the-go grandparents.

Another option that is coming this fall is the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible. Since it stays in the car, it will be great for option for grandparents who don’t want to have to carry an infant seat around. And since the Convertible converts from a rear-facing (for children 5 to 35 lbs.) to a forward-facing (for children 22 to 70 pounds) seat, it will last from infancy through the toddler years.

Want to check out some of this gear in person? Use our Store Locator to find an authorized retailer near you. Happy Grandparents Day!

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Aug
15
0

Seeing is Believing: Answering Your FAQs with Videos

Since launching our Peg Perego USA Channel on YouTube in April, we’ve had more than 92,700 upload views. That surprised even us, but we’re so glad that you’re finding and using the channel.

We’ve found it pretty useful too. In fact, we can now answer a lot of the questions we get from all of you with videos. Sometimes a picture, or in this case a video, really is worth a thousand words. So what videos are we sharing the most? Check out some of the FAQs we think can best be answered with a video.

1. I’m considering the Pliko Switch Compact … What is this “baby safety enclosure” system I keep reading about?



2. I love that the Tatamia highchair doubles as a baby swing. How does that work?



3. How hard is it to attach the Jumper Seat to the Skate?



4. I’m looking at the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 infant car seat. I see that it has the LATCH system … How does it work?



5. A lot of your strollers say they have “an easy one-hand” fold … How easy is it?



We invite you to explore the Peg Perego USA Channel on YouTube for yourself. There you’ll find full-length videos on some of our most popular products and feature-specific clips. And as always, if you have a question, please ask! Leave us a comment or email us at onlineassociate@pegperego.com.

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Jul
18
0

Car Seat Safety Answers

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines that urge parents to keep children in rear-facing car seats longer—until they reach their second birthday (or until they reach the maximum height or weight for their seat, whichever comes first). With the new regulations came new questions. Here’s a look at some of the FAQs the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses in its latest guide, “Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2011.

1. What if my baby’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat?
Your child can bend his legs easily and will be comfortable in a convertible seat. Injuries to the legs are rare for children facing the rear.

2. Are rear-facing convertible seats OK to use for preemies?
Premature infants should be tested while still in the hospital to make sure they can ride safely in a reclined position.

3. What should I keep in mind when shopping for a car seat?
The best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle and is used properly every time you drive.

4. What do I need to consider if I’m getting a used car seat?
Avoid used if you don’t know the seat’s history. Never use a car seat that:

  • Is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. Check with the manufacturer to find out how long it recommends using the seat.
  • Has any visible cracks.
  • Does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check to see if the seat has been recalled.
  • Does not come with instructions. You need them to know how to use the seat.
  • Is missing parts.
  • Has been in a moderate or severe crash.
  • Was recalled. To find out, call the manufacturer or visit www.safercar.gov.

Click here to read about Peg Perego’s premium infant car seat, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30,  and here to read more about our NEW Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible (coming this Fall). Still have questions? Ask us! Leave us a comment or send an email to onlineassociate@pegperego.com.

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May
20
0

Buying for Baby: Gift Registry Essentials

In our more than 60 years of designing and manufacturing high-quality products for babies and children, we at Peg Perego have gained some understanding about what it takes to prepare for a new baby.

It’s a joyful and beautiful time, but there is also so much to do!

To help, we’ve created a short checklist for all the gear you’ll need—and want—for your new baby.

Infant Car Seat: The most important consideration here is safety. Make sure to get a new car seat that complies with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards. Peg Perego’s celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 has been specially created to keep baby safe from the very start. Designed for infants from 5 to 30 pounds (or up to 30 inches), the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 features a quick-release five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and a fail-safe buckle; adjustable Side Impact Protection (SIP); and a special removable cushion for newborns.

Stroller: When selecting a stroller for a newborn, there are some special considerations. First, you need a stroller that either has a full recline or offers the option to attach a car seat and/or bassinet. Several of our strollers have a full recline, and nearly all of them will take a car seat. A modular system (like our Skate System or our Pliko Switch Compact Modular System) are also great options, especially if you’re looking to get everything you need for a new baby in one convenient purchase.

High Chair: If you want to keep your baby nearby during meals, considering getting a high chair with a seat that reclines for very young infants. All of our high chairs have a tilt-in-space seat that’s perfect for young babies, even newborns. Other important features are a secure and comfortable restraint system (a five-point harness with a passive restraint is best); a wide, sturdy base; adjustable height; and a one-hand tray release. And if you’re looking for a multipurpose high chair, consider our Tatamia. Recently included in Fit Pregnancy’ s list of Registry Essentials, the Tatamia transforms from a baby recliner to a baby swing to a high chair, meeting your child’s needs at every stage, from newborn to toddler.

Need one-on-one help starting a baby registry? Use our Store Locator to find a retail baby store near you.

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Mar
25
0

In the News Now: New Child Seat Safety Guidelines

Big news this week in car seat safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new guidelines Monday that urge parents to keep children in rear-facing car seats longer—until they reach their second birthday, or until they reach the maximum height or weight for their seat, whichever comes first.

The new recommendations represent a significant change from the pediatricians’ group’s previous advice from 2002, which advised that age 12 months and 20 pounds could be used as a minimum.

New research has found that children are safer in rear-facing car seats. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention showed that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding rear-facing.

Peg Perego’s premium infant car seat, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, is the ideal solution for transporting infants and young toddlers who are between 5 and 30 pounds or up to 30 inches. The thoughtfully designed car seat, which doubles as an infant carrier and is travel system compatible, exceeds the most stringent safety standards in the world, including Euro NCAP Side Impact Protection (SIP) tests. A removable cushion for newborns, an adjustable 5-point harness, and an SIP safety system that can easily be adjusted as your baby grows makes it a great, safe choice for baby’s first years. To find a retailer new you, check out our Where to Buy online tool.

Another option that is coming this year is the Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible. New for 2011, the Primo Viaggio Convertible car seat follows baby from infancy through toddlerhood by converting from a rear-facing (for children 5 to 35 lbs.) to a forward-facing (for children 20 to 70 pounds) seat as baby grows. The seat also has an adjustable SIP system and includes a specially shaped, removable cushion for newborns. It’s a great option for parents who want all of the safety and style of the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 in a convertible. Check back for release dates and availability information.

Still have questions? The AAP has a great Car Seat Guide for parents.

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Mar
7

2011 Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 FAQs

1.      Can I fit my older Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 with one of the new fabrics? Yes! The Primo Viaggio has only changed slightly over the past few years, so the older models are still compatible with the newer fabrics. And many times, putting a new cover on your car seat makes it seem brand new! (Plus, it can help when transitioning from having a boy to having a girl or vice versa). Covers can be ordered through Customer Service.

2.      Will my old Primo Viaggio SIP infant car seat fit with one of the new LATCH system bases? Yes! All older Primo Viaggio SIP car seats are compatible with our 2011 LATCH system bases. And reversely, all older SIP LATCH system bases are compatible with our 2011 Primo Viaggio infant car seats.

3.      Can the Primo Viaggio forward-face? Why is rear-facing important? The Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 is a rear-facing only car seat. This is because it is designed for use with infants. Crash tests have shown that babies are more likely to be protected in the event of an accident if they are rear-facing. Because of this, many car seat experts encourage parents to keep children rear-facing for as long as possible. But the general rule is that a baby should rear-face for the first year of his life.

If you’re looking for a car seat that can convert from rear-facing to forward-facing, then you’d be interested in our Primo Viaggio Convertible car seat coming this summer!

4.      I already have a car seat. Why buy a new one? Weather, usage and time can affect the strength of the plastics used in making a car seat. In the event of an accident, an older seat may not be able to perform as it was designed. This is why car seat manufacturers adhere to a strict expiration policy. For Peg Perego, our car seats and bases expire 5 years after the MFG date. Once a seat has reached that point, we advise that it be properly discarded and replaced with a new seat.

5.      How do I know if the base system will fit in my car? Our LATCH system base will fit in most cars thanks to the LATCH connectors that attach to the lower LATCH brackets built into most newer vehicles.

However, if your backseat not have these brackets, or if the seat is structured in a way that causes the LATCH system base to be unstable, the Primo Viaggio car seat may also be installed using a seat belt. Please check your Instruction Manual for installation information.

Car-seat.org is a great resource for shopping, installing and using your car seat!

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