May
20
6

Basics for Baby

Babies may be teeny tiny, but they sure do need a lot of stuff! Of all the things a newborn needs, three pieces of gear top our list: a car seat, stroller and high chair. So what should you look for when deciding which pieces to add to your registry? We’re so glad you asked …

1. Car Seat
When selecting a car seat, the most important consideration has to be safety. Our celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 infant car seat exceeds the most stringent safety tests in the world. Designed for infants from 5 to 30 pounds (or up to 30 inches), the Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 features a Side Impact Protection (SIP) head panel that protects a child’s head, neck and spine. This SIP protection easily adjusts to 10 different positions, ensuring a perfect — and safe — fit. The Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 also has energy-absorbing foam in the shell and head panel that absorbs crash forces, resulting in less force transferred directly to child and minimizing injuries in the event of a crash. Plus, a Shock Absorbing Foam Element device located below the shell crumples upon impact, reducing stress on child’s neck and shoulders in the event of a crash. There’s also a five-point safety harness and a special removable cushion just for newborns.

2. Stroller
If you’re searching for a stroller with a newborn in mind, there are some important considerations. First, you’ll need a stroller that offers either a full recline and/or the option of attaching a car seat or bassinet. Most of our strollers are travel-system compatible with our own Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 infant car seat. And our newest stroller, the Book Plus, accommodates both our infant car seat and our newborn-ready bassinet.

3. High Chair
Since it will be months before your new baby will try solid foods, you may think it’s too early to think about a high chair, but a high chair can be a great place for baby at family mealtimes. All of our high chairs have a tilt-in-space reclining seat that’s perfect for young babies, even newborns. Our multifunction Tatamia is especially great for newborns because it transforms from a baby recliner to a high chair to a baby swing.

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

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Apr
29
0

San Francisco Loves …

After just a few days in San Francisco, we’re already enamored with the Bay Area and all it has to offer kids and families. While visiting the city for Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever San Francisco, we were particularly impressed with all the exploration that can be done just by walking through the city’s many unique neighborhoods. It’s no wonder that the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association voted San Francisco one of America’s Greatest Walking Cities.

All this got us thinking: Just what stroller would we recommend to San Francisco’s moms and mommies-to-be? We decided to let them decide …

Hands down, the urban moms we talked to loved, loved, loved our all-new Book Plus.

While the new stroller’s incredible style may have caught their eye first, it was the practicality and versatility that kept their attention. The moms loved that the Book Plus is reversible, allowing baby to face them or the world ahead. And all the extra add-ons, all designed to work perfectly with the Book Plus (like the newborn-perfect Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 infant car seat, the Navetta XL bassinet and the toddler-ready Pratico Seat), made the Book Plus go to the top of their wish lists. Available accessories like the Snack Tray, Rain Cover and Baby Cushion were just icing on the cake!

Other city mom favorites included our space-saving Rialto booster chair and our always-popular Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat and Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible.

Are you a city mom? What are your favorite Peg Perego products? Let us know by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Apr
15
0

April Showers

April showers bring … baby showers! Shower season is upon us. And whether you’re throwing a party for a friend or helping plan your own, we have a creative baby shower idea for you: a book-themed baby shower!

We got the idea from one of our new favorite bloggers, and party planner extraordinaire, Meleka of MMJ Events. She planned an entire party centered around everyone’s favorite children’s book classics.

“We knew that instead of a card, we wanted to have guests bring their favorite book as a child, she told the party-planning blog, Hostess with the Mostess. “When thinking about this, I decided to take it a step further and have the whole party be centered around children’s books. I spent some time at the library going through all the books I enjoyed as a child. Seeing the cover of a book I haven’t thought about in 20 years brought a big smile to my face. I checked out 20-plus books and went to work. The inspiration for the food and dessert table all came from details from these old school books.”

And just what do you gift the mommy-to-be at a book-themed baby shower? We have a recommendation: our new Book stroller!

It not only fits the party theme perfectly, but our Book stroller is the perfect choice for the new mom. Fully equipped with all the features, the Book is both stylish and smart. Retractable anchors on the seat create a travel system that allows our Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat to attach right to the stroller, which is just perfect for a new baby. And with multiple recline positions and a capacity up to 55 pounds, the Book is a stroller that Mom and baby will love for years to come.

If you do go with a book theme, here’s a little shower gift from us to you:  a book-themed party game! Download the printable file (and the answer key) here.

Special thanks to Meleka of MMJ Events for sharing her awesome party ideas and to Ashley of Henry Photography for all the beautiful photos, plus Enticing Icings who made the amazing book cake! If you live in or around the Columbus, Ohio, area, be sure to check them out!

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Jan
31
2

We have a winner!

We have a winner of the Peg Perego Book Club Giveaway!

Congratulations to Brianne R. who shared:

“The Book Plus would be perfect for my expecting wife and I, who’s first is due to arrive in August!! Looking for something to accommodate newborns and up!”

We’re so happy for you and your baby-to-be! (Check your inbox Brianne, you’ll be getting an email from us soon.)

Thank you to all who entered our Book Club giveaway. We had a lot of fun!

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Oct
29
0

No Tricks, Just Treats: Our Tips for a Happy Halloween

Of all the holidays with little ones, Halloween might just be our favorite. Who can resist a miniature pirate, fairy princess or lil’ pumpkin? But as parents, we know Halloween isn’t all adorable photo ops and buckets full of candy. There’s staying up past bedtime, sugar overloads and yes, sometimes even the occasional Halloween-induced tantrum.

So how can you keep your little one happy this Halloween? We’re so glad you asked …

Our first piece of advice is to make sure your little one is comfortable for a night of trick-or-treating. Of course this means making sure their costume isn’t itchy or scratchy or too hot (or not warm enough). But this also extends to how your little one is getting around for the night.

If your little one is under 2, or even 3, we suggest seriously considering taking your everyday stroller. Even if your child starts out strong, they very well may peter out before the night is over, and a familiar stroller can provide a welcomed rest. We love full-featured strollers for big events, such as the Switch Four, Skate System and Uno.

If you have older children, we still recommend considering a stroller. A lightweight stroller, like our Pliko Mini, is a great choice for older toddlers. If you have multiple little ones, consider taking along your Switch Four or Pliko Four. Both have a rear footboard for an older sibling to hitch a ride.

If you plan on driving your trick-or-treat route, be sure to secure baby and all children in their car seats/seat belts each and every time you move the car. While the slow pace may make it seem as though ordinary travel rules no longer apply, that’s simply not true. Always keep little ones strapped in and secure when moving, even if it’s just a short distance.

If you and baby are planning to stay home to pass out candy, we’ve always found that putting a bouncer, high chair or bassinet near the front door is a good idea. If you have our Siesta or Tatamia, add the available toy bar to keep baby entertained. Baby will enjoy having a comfortable, fun place to be to watch all the trick-or-treat action from a safe and familiar spot.

From our family to yours, have a happy — and safe — Halloween! And don’t forget to share you pictures with us on Facebook. We love seeing our littlest fans!

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Sep
4
0

Greetings from GEARAPALOOZA!


 We’re back from the Windy City, and we’re happy to report that GEARAPALOOZA was a huge success! Thanks to our hosts, Bump Club Chicago and Galt Baby, for pulling together one amazing registry and baby gear event for parents and parents-to-be. We just loved seeing all the latest and greatest, chatting up one of our favorite bloggers, the one-and-only The Baby Guy Jamie Grayson, and of course, meeting so many of you!

If you live in or near the Second City (lucky you, we’re already wishing for more deep-dish pizza!), you have to check out the Bump Club and Beyond. With a presence in both Chicago and Austin, Texas, it is the largest social event company connecting moms and moms-to-be in these cities. Their events are always a blast (and their goodie bags and prizes are amazing).

And Galt Baby is hands-down one of our favorite Peg Perego retailers in the Windy City. Recognized by Chicago Magazine as the “Best of Chicago” for Baby Gear, Galt Baby is the place to find the most trend-forward modern baby goods in the city, including our new Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible car seat and Siesta high chair. Galt Baby has three locations in the Chicago area—one downtown, one in Lincoln Park and one in Skokie. Not in the area? You can shop Galt Baby online (they offer free shipping right now for all orders more than $99!) at galtbaby.com. Or, you can use our Store Locator to find a retailer near you.

So where are we headed next? We’re back to the office for a few weeks, as we have quite a bit of work to do before October’s big ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Ky. It’s there where we’ll unveil all of our new products (and color collections) for 2013, so definitely stay tuned! And mark your calendars now for October 30 when we’ll be in New York City for Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower Ever!

 

 

 

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Jun
25
2

Baby Talk: The 2012 Siesta High Chair

We just love our new high chair, the Siesta. The sleek new design, the ultra-compact fold, the multiple functions that easily accommodate your child’s growth from birth to toddlerhood, we could go on and on. But don’t just take our word for it …

According to some of the most popular baby bloggers out there, our Siesta is our “best high chair to date,” “a sleek high chair that’s nailing it” and a “must-have” for new parents. See below for what else the bloggers had to say. We think you’ll agree, the Siesta is one very special high chair.

In the Know Mom

The mommy bloggers over at In the Know Mom know a high chair isn’t just for feedings; it can be a “crucial tool for keeping baby safe while entertained.” They loved that the Siesta can be used for that and for so many years of baby’s life:

“The Siesta’s design is all one could hope for. Highly adjustable, the Siesta grows with your child from birth, providing a safe and comfortable space to eat and play. It can be used as a recliner for those early months (0-6 months).  The high chair has five recline positions, going back to a 150-degree angle. After six months, use the high chair in its seated position with the removable tray in place (top liner is dishwasher safe). With the removable tray option, the Siesta can be pulled right up to the dining table. So when your child reaches their first birthday, they can join in with family meals.”

The BabyGuy Gear Guide

The one and only BabyGuy seemed to love the Siesta for its form as much as its function, calling the Siesta “great looking” and “awesome”:

“How many times have you seen ugly high chairs?  Don’t be ashamed—you might even own one!  Peg Perego, that omni-present Italian manufacturer of baby goods, wants to change this—and they’re doing a bang-up job … The eco-leather upholstery is really plush and very easy to wipe clean, and comes in a variety of eye-catching colors. The seat features a five-point harness, as well as a crotch bar integrated into the seat, so if the tray is off and the harness is being taken off (or put on), your precious angel will not slide out (side note: many high chairs have these bars, but they’re affixed to the tray which does NO good). As I mentioned, the seat has a great one-handed recline, as well as a multi-position foot rest. Grayson, my nephew, enjoys sitting in his so much I am kind of jealous. There’s also a great storage pouch on the back of the seat to keep wipes and what-not handy.”

SayBayBee

As a new mom-to-be, SayBayBee founder Sae La Chin is in the market for a new high chair. She loved the Siesta’s multiple functions and its space-saving footprint, easy cleanup and adjustable footrest:

“Since there are many items to buy before the baby arrives, you want products to store easily to save space. The Siesta does just that with its compact, standalone fold and super-sleek design. It’s pretty perfect for any size living space. Worried about messy feedings like me? This high chair can be wiped cleaned with just a damp cloth. I wish everything was that easy. Another favorite feature is the three-position adjustable footrest. Your child will sit up without slouching in the chair by using the footrest as support. No more dangling legs!”

Baby Gizmo

The baby gear experts over at Baby Gizmo were quick to point out that the Siesta is “packed with features that make this chair great for birth up to about 3 years old.” See everything they loved (and the few things they didn’t) in this video review:

The Siesta is available now! Use our Where to Buy to find a retailer near you.

 

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May
21

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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Apr
30
0

Come See Us!

We love a good baby shower. And next week, we’re heading to New York City for the Biggest Baby Shower Ever!

Hosted by one of our favorite organizations for new moms and moms-to-be, Big City Moms, this event is nothing short of amazing.

With more than 100 of the best companies in the baby industry (including yours truly), it’s the best place to come to test out, touch, feel and get educated on everything you need for baby.

Enjoy sips and sweets while mingling with other expectant and new parents; hear from celeb moms like Jessica Alba and experts like Dr. Alan Greene and Dr. Sears; and be pampered by style experts who can help you get that “pregnancy glow.” Plus, enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes (everyone takes homes a fabulous gift bag!).

The Biggest Baby Shower Ever – NYC will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. You can register here.

We hope to see you there!

Not in New York? Big City Moms hosts events all over the country. Check out upcoming events here. And, be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news from Peg Perego USA.

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Apr
23
5

Cleared for Take Off?

Like all of you, I’m vigilant when it comes to car seat safety. And as a mom of two, I thought I knew everything I needed to know to keep my kids safe. But, an upcoming family vacation brought up a new question, do I need a car seat to fly?

“Yes,” says the Federal Aviation Administration. A child restraint system—not your lap—is the safest place for your little one during turbulence or in an emergency, the federal agency states.

“Turbulence,” the FAA says, “can happen with little or no warning. And when it does, the safest place for your child is in a child restraint system, not in your lap. Your arms just aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially when turbulence is unexpected.”

However, there is no legislation requiring the use of these restraints, and most airlines allow a child to lap sit until the age of 2, so the choice is ultimately yours as a parent.:

If you do decide to fly with your car seat, we like this practical advice, again from the FAA:

  • Make sure your car seat is government approved and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check it as baggage.
  • Measure the width of your car seat. It should fit in most airplane seats if it is no wider than 16 inches.
  • Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Many airlines now offer discounts of up to 50 percent for children less than two years of age. Purchasing a ticket for your child is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a car seat.
  • Reserve adjoining seats. A car seat must be placed in a window seat so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. A car seat may not be placed in an exit row.
  • If you do not purchase a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat.
  • Ask your airline if they can provide a car seat for your child. If so, you may not be permitted to bring your own car seat on board and may need to check it as baggage.
  • And, of course, always use a car seat in your vehicle when driving to and from the airport—or anywhere!

For even more about the FAA’s policies regarding child restraints on planes, check out this post from the Car Seat Blog.

Need a car seat approved for aircraft use? Both our Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat and Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible are FAA-certified for aircraft use. As for me, I’ve committed to playing it safe. We’ll be taking our Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible along on our upcoming flight. Check back. I’ll definitely do a post to let you know how it goes!

For now, if you have flown with your little one before, please comment below. We’d love to hear about your experiences and what advice you have for first-time flyers.

 

 

 

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