I've been a fan of Peg Perego's Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat since we bought one for my son. The Peg Perego seat came up time and time again as a top rated infant car seat and it is regularly ranked one of the safest seats out there. The top safety ranking, the Primo Viaggio's stylish good looks, and the fact that is was compatible with my jogging stroller sold me on this car seat right away. Rachel Zoe is also a fan, which (lets be honest) says a heck a lot more about this car seat's stylishness than my opinion.
The Primo Viaggio has been great for us, so I was excited to hear that Peg Perego is introducing a new modular system for 2012. The 2012 Switch Four Modular System is a stylish and functional all-in-one for parents to be. And we're super excited here at The Shopping Mama to be one of the first to review and giveaway this awesome system.
Switch Four Modular System
The Switch Four Modular System includes everything a new baby needs and more. Are you ready for this list? It's impressive. The following are included in the Switch Four Modular System package:
- Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat with latch system base
- Navetta XL bassinet and stand for home use
- Recently updated Switch Four Stroller with its own set of impressive features (see below) (notice the stroller seat is included but not pictured in the photo to the right)
- Borsa Diaper Bag
- Coordinating Foot Muff
- Snack tray
- Rain cover
The Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 Infant Car Seat
As I mentioned, this seat is one of the top rated car infant seats. It has impressive side impact protection (exceeds the most stringent test in the world), an easy to use Latch base (also works with seatbelt), "Comfort Dry" microfiber cloth on headrest and padding (great when you have a serious spitter) and has a 5 point harness with neck padding. We used this seat for my son until he outgrew the height and are now using it for my daughter. This seat makes me feel confident in my baby's safety and looks great even after regular use. It's easy to install with the Latch system or a seatbelt and the seat goes from car to stroller seamlessly. My only complaint is that it's a touch heavy, but from what I've heard that's a pretty standard complaint with infant seats and I'll trade a little weight for top rated safety. Plus, isn't that why God created strollers? Speaking of, the Primo Viaggio is easy to snap securely into the Switch Four stroller base or the bassinet stand (great for when you have a toddler who is obsessed with pointing out baby's eyes).
Navetta XL Bassinet and Stand
I've never owned a stroller with a bassinet feature before and I LOVE it. The system comes with a stylish bassinet and foot-muff that attaches easily to the stroller and can also be used with the included stand or placed on the ground and rocked or stabilized with fold away feet. My little girl often falls asleep during walks. I know she's comfortable in the bassinet and can keep napping even after we get home.
My son helping me unpack the stroller and showing how large the bassinet is. Of course he's too large to actually ride in it safely. The weight limit is 20 pounds and the bassinet should not be used once baby can push up.
Switch Four Stroller
I could take up a whole rest of your day just talking about this stroller. This is one of the best designed strollers I've ever used. All the features function smoothly and it's clear the designer really thought about how moms want things to work. There's no jerking or pounding or cussing that is sometimes associated with opening or closing a stroller and the seat, car seat, or bassinet can be securely attached and removed with ease.
- Seat can face forward or backward
- Weight limit 45 pounds and 43 inches
- Fully reclining seat that easily transforms into a carriage
- Adjustable leg and back rest
- Large, handy storage basket that holds all the necessities
- Telescoping handles for taller adults
- Adult cup holder
- Large hood with peek-a-boo window that unzips to become a sun canopy
- Built-in rear footboard that provides a safe ride for a second passenger
- Included foot muff and rain cover
I have thoroughly (and unintentionally) reviewed how easy this stroller is to push. For some insane reason, I decided it would be a good idea to load a fussy baby into the stroller and head out with my toddler (walking) and yellow lab for a walk to the park. Half way there the baby had not calmed down and I remembered that dogs were now banned from the neighborhood park. Unsurprisingly, little man did not want to turn around. Cut to me pushing stroller with screaming baby with one hand which is also holding the dog's leash while carrying a 30 pound screaming toddler under the other arm. The only one not having a bad time was the stroller. It was actually possible to maneuver thanks to its four large wheels, ball bearings and suspension system. With two hands, or heck one dedicated hand, it handles like a dream. It's the first stroller I've had that handles as well as my jogging stroller.
I can't say enough about how great this stroller folds. You know how you always imagined a stroller should fold? Yeah, this one folds that smoothly. A quick squeeze of a trigger on each handle (these can be done independently if you are operating with one hand because HELLO when are you not working with one hand?) followed by a tug on the folding handle and you have this:
It's a free standing, super compact stroller. It also folds with the seat attached forward or rear facing.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy... This stroller system is the cream of the crop in modular strollers. It has everything a new parent needs to get started. With the bassinet baby even has a place to sleep for the first few months.
Or Not to Buy... The Switch Four Modular System is so complete that it may be more than a repeat parent needs.
Shop! The Peg Perego Switch Four Modular System will be available in Zaffiro, Pois Grey, or Geranium for $1099. It currently has limited availability at Amazon.com, but expect to see this system at respected retailers around the country soon.
Win! A Peg Perego Switch Four Modular Stroller System!
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