Convertible car seats … What an amazing concept! Two car seats for the price of one(ish). It makes me so happy I could kiss someone. Or maybe I should just kiss my Peg Perego Viaggio SIP 5-70 Convertible Car Seat.
Aside from the obvious “two-fer” deal found in any convertible car seat, the Peg Perego has a multitude of perks, pluses and simple joys. Let’s begin with how easy it is to use.
The Viaggio SIP 5-70 can be installed with your car’s seatbelt or LATCH system, and boasts an incredibly easy-to-use harness. You may be asking yourself how hard could it possibly be to buckle or unbuckle a car seat. So let me answer your inquisitive mind: It can be quite difficult. Through babysitting experiences and lots of auntie-niece bonding time, I’ve had more than my fair share of experience with buckling car seats. And there are some out there that require a two-handed push and sometimes even a good grunt—and that just isn’t my cup of tea. Which is probably why I appreciate the easy insert-and-click buckling and gentle-push unbuckling of the Viaggo SIP 5-70. It’s not easy enough for my muscle man to figure out, but it does keep my hands from getting sore.
The fabric of the Viaggo SIP 5-70 is also a pleasantry worth noting. It’s not your typical shiny, wipeable, blah car seat fabric. It’s Fresco Jersey, which implies it is wonderfully soft, washable and breathable. After a quick wash and air dry, the fabric looks good as new and is still super soft. On hot days, the breathability helps keep my little man from getting that sweaty patch on the back of his head, and keeps him comfortable with its incredible softness. Did I mention how soft it is?
Now, let’s talk safety, shall we? The “SIP” of Viaggo SIP 5-70 stands for Side Impact Protection. This system protects your child’s head, neck and spine in the event of impact of the lateral nature. It manages this by allowing you to adjust the seat to 10 different positions. The headrest, recline and shoulder straps all adjust to fit your child. The most convenient part of this perk: You can make all the adjustments you need while your child is sitting in the seat, eliminating the guessing game.
This seat is made with Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS) and a Shock Absorbing Foam Element (SAFE) that helps absorb energy upon impact. Basically, this foam crumbles when put under the pressure of impact so your child’s body doesn’t. Sounds good, right?
The Viaggo SIP 5-70 helps you follow the Academy of Pediatrics recommendation to keep your child rear-facing until their second birthday or until they reach the maximum height for their seat. Your child can remain rear-facing in this seat as long as his head is an inch below the top of the head rest or up to 45 pounds. For us, this meant we got to keep our babe rear-facing through his 18-month mark. And considering his 96th percentile for height and 98th for weight, I’m calling this a win. In many car seats, I would have been forced to face him forward much earlier based on his height and weight.
All in all, the Peg Perego Viaggo SIP 5-70 Convertible Car seat is all I could ask for in a car seat. It is a is certainly an investment, but one of high-quality with long-term use potential and up-to-date safety features for your babe.
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