Everyone always tells you as a first time parent how quickly time flies when it comes to babies. As a first time mom to an almost one-year old daughter, I’m a little in denial over how big my tiny baby has grown! Everything infant seems to be a thing of the past – including her car seat. If you followed our review from earlier this summer, then you’ll already know we are big fans of Peg Perego. When it came time to upgrade my daughter’s car seat to a convertible, choosing a seat that was comfortable, but also extremely safe and had a long rear-facing rating was important to me. I purchased the peg perego primo viaggio 5-70 and couldn’t be more pleased.
Here are some of my favorite features:
– Rear-face for longer. The Primo Viaggio is rated for rear-facing up to 45lbs, which makes it one of the highest weight limits on the market. Safety is such an important factor when considering a car seat, especially since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children stay in a rear-facing position until their second birthday. This seat allows you that option, or until the child’s head is 1″ below the headrest edge.
– Comfortable, breathable fabrics. My daughter would constantly fuss and sweat in her infant seat. When it came time to upgrade to a convertible, I knew fabric choice would play a huge role in my decision. The 5-70 uses Fresco Jersey fabric covers which not only come in a great range of colors (we chose aquamarine!), but most importantly, breathe! Even if the seat has been sitting in a sunny car all day, the fabric is never hot to the touch.
– Easy installation. Like other Peg Perego car seats, the Primo Viaggio 5-70 is just as quick to install using the LATCH system. I was able to adjust the recline setting (there are 2!) and install the carseat securely, with no wobbling, in a matter of minutes. The seat itself only weights 21lbs, making it sturdy, but not unreasonable to install with one set of hands. This seat also offers the added stability of a tether, which can be secured from the back of the seat to the floor of your car.
– SIP and SAFE features. SIP, or Side Impact Protection, is extremely important when considering a car seat. The 5-70 offers excellent protection of your child’s head, neck and spine and can be adjusted to ten different settings (seven in rear-facing). In the event of a crash, the SAFE (Shock Absorbing Foam Element) device crumples upon impact, absorbs shock and reduces stress to the child’s head and neck.
– Dual-stage cushions. Like the infant version, the 5-70 convertible offers a booster cushion to be used for children rear-facing, from birth, up to 22lbs. Once the child has outgrown the weight limit, you can easily remove the cushion. Likewise, it’s easy to remove for cleaning!
– No need to re-thread! This is one of Lindsey’s favorite features of the infant version, and I have to say, I’m equally smitten with the no re-thread feature of the convertible. As your child grows, you can easily adjust the harness by pulling up on the tab on the top of the seat.
– Elastic loops for harness buckle. My favorite feature! The 5-70 offers elastic loops on each side of the seat that can be used to tie back the unclasped buckles of the harness. This feature makes getting my daughter in and out of the seat SO EASY. Long over are the days of putting your baby in their seat and then fishing around underneath their bums and backs, looking for the harness straps and clasps. Brilliant!
I’ve had the Primo Viaggio 5-70 for three months and couldn’t be happier. This convertible is of incredible quality and solidly made. The safety features, like SIP and rear-facing to 45lbs, give me peace-of-mind when it comes to the security of my daughter in the car. Likewise, the fabric covering keep her comfortable, cool and is a breeze to clean. This convertible is on the expensive side, however, it fits well in smaller cars and is so easy to install. Clever features like the no-thread harness and elastic tie backs for the buckles are also great selling points that make car trips a little easier. And did I mention this seat is Italian? Yeah, it’s a winner!
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