In the world of Baby Gear there is a seemingly endless variety of products, brands, models and new inventions. As first time parents far removed from anyone using baby products, I found the process of choosing a car seat and stroller system to be quite overwhelming. (Even though my sister is obsessed and knowledgeable with this stuff, it was a bit hard because she lives so far away.) I had a few criteria of my own but felt unprepared to make a decision, mostly because I couldn’t really tell you what my needs of the system would be.
Obviously, I wanted something that was good quality and safe as can be, ideally to be used for this baby and the next one. I knew I wanted something that would be easy to use and would fold up small enough to fit in the car without taking up the whole trunk. I wanted a system that easily encorporated an infant carseat and stroller together without much fuss. I needed to find a stroller that would be comfortable for me to push as well as my much taller husband. And of course, I wanted it to be super cute and cooler than average. This didn’t narrow the search very far.
My husband and I spent an afternoon in the most overwhelming place on earth, a big box baby store chain with all the models out for testing and touching. I examine products with my eyes more than anything and quickly narrowed my preference for car seats down to two. My husband, he’s a toucher, a take-apart kind of guy, and boy did he get to know those two car seats. What seemed like an hour later, he had made our car seat selection, the Peg Perego Viaggio SIP 30-30. He declared confidently that the Italian made seat was better quality, better material, would last longer and looked better. My sister gave the selection an enthusiastic thumb’s up. Ok, done.
Now onto the stroller. The particular store we were in didn’t have any Peg Perego strollers out on the floor but I knew there had to be a perfect one to go with the seat we had decided on. Kate suggested I check out the Book Plus stroller and I was sold.
Peg Perego Book Plus
Without using the Book Plus stroller, except to push around my living room for fun, it’s hard to appreciate just how awesome this contraption is. I know that it exceeds my list of prerequisite criteria, and its list of other features goes on and on. What I love about the Book Plus is that the car seat snaps onto the stroller frame easily and can face front or back. Aside from the car seat, it has a seat with multiple reclining positions, including totally flat like a bassinet, a sun visor with peekaboo window, front bar and cold weather foot muff, which awesomely enough also switches from forward to rear facing with just a quick snap.
The wheels are big and rugged looking and my husband loves the all black “rims”. The handle bar moves to accomodate a short pusher all the way up to my tall husband comfortably and comes with a cup holder on the side. The basket under the stroller is big enough to fit my diaper bag (albeit empty) with room to spare which I know will come in handy.
The stroller is easy to fold up, with just the pull of a lever and just as easy to unfold. It folds up with the seat attached or more compactly without it, and either way it can be pulled by the handle bar for easy transporting. The stroller required a bit of assembly, which was slightly challenging. I felt a little like I was trying to put together a spaceship with instructions in Italian, but once I got started it came together in less than an hour.
More Book Plus Stroller Features
- Innovative Fold
- Reversible seat
- Travel-system Compatible
- Ine-handed steering
- Easy Drive
- Fashion Forward Fabric
Preparing for Baby with Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30
The Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 car seat snaps easily in and out of the car seat base and on and off of the stroller frame. The base is secured into the car in a mind-blowingly simple manner. I did a lot of babysitting in my teens and early twenties, requiring me to put car seats in and out of my car, and I was expecting a similar rocket-science like undertaking for installing this one, since I have not had any real contact with car seats since then. Boy was I surprised when all it required was the quick snap-lock of two buckles onto the car seat anchors in my car (which I didn’t even know were there). A little tug on the strap to tighten it, a twist of the knob to make sure it’s sitting at the appropriate angle and it’s good to go.
Primo Viaggio Features
- Travel System compatible — the perfect complement to a Peg Perego stroller.
- Exceeds the most stringent Side Impact Protection test in the world.
- Adjustable Side Impact Protection is easy to adjust in 5 vertical positions.
- Headrest and padding made of soft “Confort dry” microfiber cloth that stays dry and allows proper ventilation.
- Quick–release 5–point safety harness with shoulder pads and fail–safe buckle.
- Includes a special removable cushion for newborns.
- Two ways to fasten to the car: with the vehicle seat belt or with Latch System Base.
- Adjustable hood protects baby from the sun and elements during transport.
- Indicator level shows correct installation angle.
- Certified for use in automobiles or aircraft.
Ready for Baby!
Now there’s a stroller sitting in my baby’s room nearly ready room and a car seat base in my back seat. All that’s missing is my baby. It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days (or a week, or hopefully not two) I’ll be strapping my tiny little guy or girl into that darling grey polka dot car seat, loading him or her into the car and driving the hour home to our house. I will definitely sit in the back seat and stare at my little amazing creature the whole way. Don’t worry, I’ll take pictures.
I look forward to sharing my adventures in the Book Plus and giving a full review once we’ve gotten some use out of it.