Jun
3
1

Strollers in the City

We just returned from another amazing trip to New York City. We were there for Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower Ever – New York, and as always, we had a great time. We just love meeting new moms and recommending the perfect stroller for their family, lifestyle and city.

 So, which strollers did we find ourselves recommending the most while in the big Apple? We’re so glad you asked …

Ever since it was featured in 2007’s The Nanny Diaries, our Pliko — now sold as the Pliko Four and as the reversible Switch Four — the Pliko has been a city favorite, and for good reason. Our Pliko models combine all the best features of a full-sized stroller (multiposition recline, large canopy, Easy Drive system) with the convenience of a lightweight design that offers quick, easy and compact folding.

In addition to the Pliko, we also recommended our two newest strollers — the Book and Book Plus — to city moms a lot. Named for their compact, book-like fold, the fully loaded Book and Book Plus are perfect picks for on-the-go families, offering all the features they need in a super-stylish design.

Another Peg Perego favorite for urban moms is our beloved Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat. Travel-system compatible with all of our full-sized strollers, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 can also be used in a vehicle with or without the LATCH system base — perfect for quick cab rides.

Do you live in a big city? Which Peg Perego stroller would you recommend?

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Nov
5
6

Pretty in Pink

Loved by little girls everywhere, nothing quite says pretty like pink. That’s why we’re so excited to be offering a much-requested, on-trend and totally in-style pink for 2013. The shade we choose, Fucsia, is more than a bright beauty; it’s also one of the hottest colors for the new year ahead.

While pink has made a strong showing on the high-fashion runways for the past few seasons, for 2013 we’re seeing in-demand pinks move away from sweet and girly toward more polished and sophisticated. They are brighter, and most definitely bolder. Think vibrant honeysuckle, cheery cerise and energetic magenta.

Yes, hot pinks are definitely hot for 2013, and our own Fucsia is no exception.

Each of our car seats — the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and the Viaggio HBB 120 booster — will be available in Fucsia in 2013, as will our new Book and Book Plus strollers.

          

Tell us, what do you think of the new Fucsia collection?

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Sep
24
0

Car Seat Safety FAQs

When it comes to car seats, we understand, you want nothing but the very best for your little one.

Last week we marked Child Passenger Safety Week and highlighted the safety of our Viaggio series, which includes the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30, the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible and the Viaggio HBB 120. All three models exceed the most stringent safety tests in the world and come equipped with today’s top safety features, like Side Impact Protection, energy-absorbing foam and LATCH system connectors.

While we put all the very best safety features in our car seats and put them through rigorous testing, it’s important to remember that no one seat is “best” or “safest.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “the best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle and is used properly,” which brings us to those common “real life” usage questions that parents so often have. For those, we particularly like these straightforward answers that the AAP shares in their Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2012.

Q: What do I do if my baby slouches down or to the side in his car seat?

A: Blanket rolls may be placed on both sides of the infant and a small diaper or blanket between the crotch strap and the infant. Do not place padding under or behind the infant or use any sort of car seat insert unless it came with the seat or was made by the manufacturer of the seat.

Q: Can I adjust the straps when my baby is wearing thicker clothing, like in the winter?

A: Yes, but make sure the harnesses are still snug. Also remember to tighten the straps again after the thicker clothes are no longer needed. Ideally, dress your baby in thinner layers instead of a bulky coat or snowsuit, and tuck a blanket around your baby over the buckled harness straps if needed.

Q: Are rear-facing convertible seats OK to use for preemies?

A: Premature infants should be tested while still in the hospital to make sure they can ride safely in a reclined position. Babies who need to lie flat during travel should ride in a crash-tested car bed. Very small infants who can ride safely in a reclined position usually fit better in rear-facing-only seats; however, if you need to use a convertible seat, choose one without a tray-shield harness. The shields often are too big and too far from the body to fit correctly and the child’s face could hit the shield in a crash.

Q: What if my baby’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat [when rear facing]?

A: Your child can bend his legs easily and will be comfortable in a rear-facing seat. Injuries to the legs are rare for children facing the rear.

Q: What if I drive more children than can be buckled safely in the back seat?

A: It’s best to avoid this, especially if your vehicle has air bags in the front seat. All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat. If absolutely necessary, a child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness may be the best choice to ride in front. Just be sure the vehicle seat is moved as far back away from the dashboard (and the air bag) as possible.

Q: Should my child ride in a car seat on an airplane?

A: Most infant, convertible and forward-facing seats can be used on airplanes, but booster seats and travel vests cannot. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the AAP recommend that when flying, children should be securely fastened in certified child restraints until 4 years of age, and then should be secured with the airplane seat belts. This will help keep them safe during takeoff and landing or in case of turbulence. Check the label on your car seat or call the car seat manufacturer before you travel to see if your seat is certified for use on an airplane. (Both our Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 and the Primo Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible are approved for in-flight use. For more on this, read Ready for Takeoff? and And We’re Off!)

Q: Is there a difference between high-back and backless boosters?

A: Both types of boosters are designed to raise your child so the seat belts fit properly and both will reduce your child’s risk of injury in a crash. … Many seats that look like high-back boosters are actually combination seats. They come with harnesses that can be used for smaller children and then removed for older children. Backless boosters are usually less expensive and are easier to move from one vehicle to another. Backless boosters can be used safely in vehicles with headrests and high seat backs.

Don’t see your question? Ask us! We’ll do our very best to get you the information you need. If you need help installing your car seat, use the following websites to find a certified CPS technician or child seat fitting station near you — NHTSA, SeatCheck and National Child Passenger Safety Certified Technicians.

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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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Jan
16
8

2012 Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30

Every baby deserves the style, safety and comfort of our celebrated Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30. That’s why this beloved infant car seat is once again a centerpiece of our new collection.

The 2012 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. It’s the car seat we recommend to every new mom, and it’s the one all of us here at Peg Perego use with our own babies.

The thoughtfully designed car seat, which doubles as an infant carrier, exceeds the most stringent safety standards in the world, including Euro NCAP Side Impact Protection tests. Plus, it features:

• A quick-release five-point safety harness with shoulder pads and fail-safe buckle
• Adjustable Side Impact Protection (SIP) that adjusts in five vertical positions
• A headrest and upholstery made of our soft “Confort Dry” microfiber cloth, which stays comfortably dry and allows for proper ventilation
• An additional removable cushion for newborns
• One LATCH system base (additional bases are sold separately)

And, it’s one good-looking car seat! (Don’t believe us? Ask stylist-to-the-stars Rachel Zoe. She and baby Skyler Morrison were recently spotted out and about with the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30.)

For 2012, the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 comes in a wide variety of fashionable colors that coordinate with our strollers. And, with new colors like classic Zaffiro navy, trendy Denim and cool Southpole, it looks like 2012 with the 30-30 will be quite a stylish year.

Ready to buy? To find a retailer near you, use our online Store Locator.

Viaggio sicuro! (Safe travels!)

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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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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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