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Blog: Peg Perego – Book Cross Stroller and Primo Viaggio Car Seat Review

When picking out a stroller/car seat/travel system, I think it goes without saying that safety and functionality are the two top priorities. For us, price was a tertiary concern. Not that I’m a big spender, you can ask my wife how I budget everything to the letter and adhere to it with donkey like stubbornness. I’ll go for savings on baby clothes, baby toys etc…, but when it comes to something that ensures the safety of our daughter, I want the best.

Peg Perego really impressed me with the overt attention to safety of their Primo Viaggio 4-35 car seat. First off, it lasts a long time; from 4-35 pounds should get you to age two or so. Huge bonus: as your baby gets bigger, so do your biceps. Knock out some curls every time you put them in the seat, and by the time they’re two, you’re going to look like Arnie. This is also one of the reasons why the light weight of the car seat is so key, because once your baby hits toddler-hood, it’s not so easy to sachet out of the house with child in bucket – it looks more like parent dragging anchor to car. SO every pound off of the weight of the actual car seat is important.

The extra padding around the head to help with side impact and the anti-rebound bar that is built in to the base give it a few perks that some other seats just don’t have.

It’s nice that the car seat can be purchased separately as well. Sometimes you may have a stroller you love, but aren’t sold on the car seat that goes with the travel system, and it stinks if they only come as a unit.

In this case, I loved that you could get one or the other, and each piece stands on up on it’s own.

The stroller counter part to the Primo Viaggio is the Book Cross, and this stroller actually made us reconsider the other stroller that we had. (Notice I say HAD).

When I first took the Book Cross out to set it up, it immediately struck me how easy it was, and how sturdy it was. The thing folds down to nothing, without any discernable effort, and all folds in on itself, so it keeps very clean.

I have pinched my fingers in a number of other strollers as I try to figure out the best way to collapse them, and then have to put on my Tetris expert-level suspenders to try and wedge it into the trunk of our SUV. Notice in the picture how much EXTRA space there is beside the stroller in our trunk. This space was previously taken up entirely by the girth of another stroller. I feel like I got my trunk back, which is huge.

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The slimmer profile also means you can get around in malls and stores much easier, most of which aren’t built with young families in mind. Have you tried to navigate the golf section at Sportcheck with a stroller? I have, and let’s just say it basically turned into a giant game of expensive dominos. And as I told my wife, I HAD to make it up to the store clerks, hence the new driver in my bag…  it seemed like the perfect plan at the time. If I had this stroller at the time, it all could have been avoided, but then I wouldn’t have the… ok, I might be talking myself OUT of this now, but it would be for all the wrong reasons.

We (and our daughter) really like the deep canopy on the stroller to shield the sun and elements from her. Another stroller that we had, had a very shallow canopy that often left the sun in her eyes and the wind in her face. So now with the Peg Perego she stays nice and shady on sunny days, and nice and dry if you say, get stuck in the African Savannah section at the Toronto Zoo and have to walk all the way back to the packed parking lot in the pouring rain. So dry in fact, that she could take a nap while her mother got completely soaked.

When we first put our daughter in the Book Cross, she checked the thing out like she was test-driving a new car. She squeezed the Picture2plush hand bar, inspected the stitching and ran her hands over the fabric of the seat…then spilled her sippy cup on it to see how easily mom and dad would be able to clean it off… it passed with flying colours! She (and we) love it.

For a family that is on the go a lot, the combination of solid, light-weight construction, super easy storage, and a slim profile, make it the perfect stroller to take with you wherever you’re headed. My wife laughed at me the first time I folded it up, because I basically lost my mind, and let’s face it, that’s kind of weird for a dad to do over a stroller.

There are a lot of options out there for strollers and car seats, but I’d have a hard time telling you that you would be going wrong with either the Book Cross or the Primo Viaggio.

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