This week it was all about choosing a Travel System, so I took a dive in to the world of too many choices that pretty much all do the same thing! I struggle with making choices at the best of times but with this, there are just so many to choose from. As many of you know I have a 5 year old boy already and do have a Silver Cross system which I used for him but I wanted to get a new system for baby number 2.
I started looking online but I feel like this is the type of thing you really need to see in person so I took a trip to Little Peas in Dunfermline (www.littlepeas.co.uk) where I had got my previous system. They are lovely and very helpful. They had a Silver Cross system which I quite liked but I felt the car seat was a little heavy for me and I wasn’t quite sure of the colour options. I then visited a large baby store, which I will leave unnamed. There was lots of choice here but they didn’t have a public toilet (epic fail in a shop that caters for pregnant women. Let me tell you, the amount of time that is needed to make these kind of choices will ultimately result in said pregnant lady needing to use the bathroom at some point) and I felt the staff were not as helpful as I would have liked.
From this visit however, I did see the system that I have ultimately chosen. That system is a Venicci System (www.venicci.co.uk). After visiting family who were on holiday in Alva, we visited the Stirling Pram Centre (www.stirlingpramcentre.co.uk) who stocked the Venicci range. There are so many different styles you can choose in the Venicci range. I have chosen to go with the Carbo Lux style which has a grey base and a light grey material. It is a lovely system with a light chassis which is easy to lift in to the boot of the car. It actually has a suspension system which you can feel when you push down on the prams handle making it really easy for lifting up and down pavements or steps. The handle is adjustable too. The tyres feel very sturdy. They are 360 degree rotary wheels and are air filled. The material is waterproof and has a UV 50+ filter. It also seems very easy to clean. It comes with a changing bag to match, a rain cover and cup holder too! It can come as a 2 in 1 system with pram and buggy or a 3 in 1 with pram, buggy and car seat. I have chosen to go for the 2 in 1 system after the lovely staff at the pram centre gave me some very helpful advice on the car seat. I decided that although the Venicci car seat is a good car seat, the Maxi Cosi Rock (www.maxi-cosi.com), which is actually compatible with the Venicci System, had a few benefits over the Venicci that I preferred. It is I-Size compliant (if you haven’t heard of I-Size I would google it as it is too complicated for me to go in to in this blog) and comes with a 2 way Isofix base which means you won’t have to purchase a new isofix base when you purchase the next size car seat. It is also very robust and feels very safe and secure for baby.
If you have still to choose your system I would highly recommend you take a look at the Venicci range. They have so many different styles and colours and there are often offers on certain models. I would also recommend a trip to Stirling Pram Centre. The staff, especially Lynn who I dealt with directly, were extremely helpful and will take the time to look at lots of different choices with you. They also have a public toilet and baby changing!!!