Welcome to the Daddy.Guide’s Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 Review. If thinking about your newborn baby in a fast moving car with lousy drivers around you makes you sweat, fear no more. theDaddy.Guide has compiled our list of the best and safest options for infant car seats on the market. To kick off the list of acceptable choices (and calm your nerves) let’s check out the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 car seat. This rear facing infant car seat is comfort, style, and safety all in one. It doesn’t have the most budget friendly price, but hey it’s the price of safety for your little one and peace of mind for you.
Your child won’t outgrow the Primo Viaggio until they are about a year and a half old, depending on their size, (supports 4 to 35 lbs) which is more than the average infant car seat. And it comes with a cushion insert that you can remove once the baby is 8 pounds (which happened at birth for both of my children, my wife’s a trooper!), but you can leave it on for a preemie or a smaller baby. The cushion is made from a quality fabric that absorbs moisture, keeping your baby cool and dry.
The car seat weighs in at 9.5 lbs, has a short and compact handle making it easy to maneuver. The car seat can be easily used without the base as it has a color coded belt routing system. Another great feature of the Primo Viaggio is that the seat is supported by car seat adapters from a variety of top rated strollers (not just limited to the Peg Perego stroller frames!).
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Assembly and Ease of install
The Primo Viaggio goes from a rear facing car seat to forward facing. There’s 3 ways to install this car seat and all are relatively easy and most importantly secure.
1) Latch –
Installing this car seat’s base is easier than most of its competitors with the latch system. The Peg Perego has 2 slim anchors (they look like small seatbelts). You press each one of these onto the the U anchor on the vehicle (which are tucked between the seat cushion in the vehicle) and the are released by pressing the red button(s). These anchors are easy to use and very satisfying to click in. Se the related image for a closer look at the anchors.
The base also comes with a built in ‘leveler’ (green liquid with a bubble indicator inside) that will center based on the weight of your baby.
2) Base with Belt –
You can also install it with your car’s seat belt, which is slightly more challenging, but very doable. The color coded belt routing system that I mentioned above makes guiding the seat belt through the base more convenient. The rear facing belt path has two openings that the seat belt must go through, and there is empty space in between. You can install it whether you use a shoulder/lap belt combo, or a lap only belt. You have to lay the seat flat to allow access to the opening of the second slot and pass the seat belt through. A little awkward, but easily managed.
3) Seat with Belt (no base) –
You can install the car seat without a base as well. This is perfect for traveling, though you cannot use the anti-rebound bar in this case, which doesn’t jeopardize the car seat’s safety anyways. This means the shoulder portion of the vehicle belt wraps around the back of the carrier and threads under a clip to hold it in place. The lap portion of the belt travels across the lower portion of the carrier. The vehicle belt is easy to install on this seat and threads nicely.
The Primo Viaggio is also very comfortable when it comes to suiting your child’s growing needs. It inclines, which you can adjust as your baby puts on some pounds and you don’t have to re-thread. What this basically means is the opening for the belt thread are not holes, like many other car seats, but are open and therefore the belt threads easily. You don’t have to go out of your way every time your little one grows an inch. Thank me later!
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Buckling and Connecting
The buckle on the Peg Perego is easy to use with no major effort. You just pull down on the compartment door in the back to expose the harness and lift the straps to pull the harness up.
Most Infant car seat bases are large and bulky, but the Primo Viaggio’s base is narrow which is great if you drive a smaller car. The car seat has a weight of 9.5 pounds, and the base is 7.4 pounds. This is about average, which is good when you have to carry the car seat plus a sleeping baby out of the car. Story of my life, daddies.
It is compatible with any Peg Perego stroller, or you can purchase an adapter to use with another stroller.
When it comes to safety, The Primo Viaggio is well-equipped. It meets all federal safety and crash-test requirements. The base has an anti-rebound bar to reduce the force of a crash. The bar is non-adjustable, so it might not fit correctly in all vehicles. The energy-absorbing foam and head support will give your baby side-impact protection. The EPS energy absorbing foam runs throughout the seat to protects your child’s head and torso from impact forces, a shock absorbing foam element device located below the shell crumples upon impact, reducing stress on child’s neck and shoulders in the event of a crash. The car seat is also FAA-certified for airplane use.
- Includes base with “Right Tight System” (locks base in place for stability)
- SIP Side Impact Protection
- Newborn insert
- Travel System Compatible
- Non re-thread harness
- UPF 50+ canopy
- Reclinable seat
- Storage compartment for tether and manual
Overall, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seat is safe, comfortable and easy to install and adjust. The higher price tag seems justified by it’s quality and safety standards and the fact that it grows with your baby, ensuring a smooth and possibly tear-free ride. Albeit on the higher price end, we’ve awarded the Primo Viaggio our top rated convertible car seat!
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