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When we were first having our child, I was blinded by the range that was out there. It was very hard to decide what would be best to spend money on and it all seemed so expensive. I've admitted before that Im very keen on baby equipment and I had always know that my mum had a Silver Cross Pram for me, so hearing the name made me think 'yeah, this is a brand to respect' We chose a Silver Cross Ventura carseat for one of our cars and a Graco for the other. If we were going back in time we certainly wouldnt buy two infant carriers, but we were a little clueless!
Of the two that we had the Silver Cross Ventura was by far my favourite. There are many reasons for this, but above all I found it very warm and snuggly for a newborn. It does have its issues too, but I found myself inclined to chose this over the Graco despite these.
Silver Cross +++++++++++
I am quite sure that many people reading this will have heard of Silver Cross. They have manufactured baby products for almost 150 years and quite a few of us will have been pushed around In one of the huge Coach Built Prams. In recent years they have had a huge makeover and are climbing back to the top of the baby equipment market where they used to have precedence. If you look at the most searched prams section of Ebay at the moment you will see Silver Cross is ranked second after Mamas and Papas, and I am very sure it will continue to get more popular.
The Ventura ++++++++++++
The Ventura is a Group 0+ Carseat. This means that it is suitable from Birth. It will safely hold a child up to 10kg. We moved our son to a forward facer at 10 months as he was a large and sturdy child, but we could have probably gotten another few weeks from it. There is much information to show that rear-facing is best for babies so this roomy carseat is good for getting a little extra use from your investment.
It is available in all of the colours available in Silver Cross Pushchairs. This is because they can be installed onto the frame of the buggys by a hook system.
Colours for 2007/2008 ++++++++++++++++
Cargo: A dark grey and black seat with fleecy lining. I love this one- It has a little logo which says ‘precious cargo on board’ How apt is that for a newborn!
Pistachio; This is the one we had- it is the Dark grey and green colourway with little circles all over the hood. It is one of the most common ones.
Apollo: Blue and Grey with little odd shaped squares all over.
Zest: Grey and Lemon colour way- you can view this on their website.
Flash: Grey and Green colourway- also available for viewing on the website.
There are also the colourways: Sienna (brown) , Vintage (Beige), Shoreline (Im not sure of the colour exactly but I think there is a blue stripe on the apron)
Accessories and Appearance +++++++++++++++++++++
My main reason for liking this over the Graco we had was the lovely muff that was attached to the front to keep the baby warm in the car. We had not been told at the time that this should not be placed on the baby in the car as it obscures the view of the three point harness, but it should be kept in mind.
To fit the carseat in the car you have to remove the hood, this is a bit of a pain but in general the carseat is so simple to instal so it is a little fault.
Fitting the Seat +++++++++++++
It is deemed to be a universal carseat which means it should fit most cars although I would strongly suggest you fit this carseat into your car before purchasing. It fits very neatly into our Vauxhall Astra but was not a good fit at all for our Fiesta- it is big and too bulky for the belt to go around safely.
When you set the seat into your car you simply use the lap belt part to rest above the child’s legs. There are Blue coloured Routings for this. Then you use the long part of the belt to slip around the back of the car seat. This then slips into the blue routing at the top of the carseat (facing outwards to which ever side you have chosen to install the seat)
If your car has airbags and you are placing the carseat in the front seat then you should always have the airbags deactivated. We have never used our carseat in the front so we did not have an issue with this but it is well worth taking in to account.
When the seat is in place you click the carrying handle into the car-position which is to the front, facing the back seat of the car. This way in case of accident the car seat will have an anchor so to speak and the baby has an extra point of safety.
Fitting the Baby ++++++++++++
The baby sits underneath the straps and is fastened by the harness. This is a three point harness and is very simple to clip together. I also find that it is extra sturdy when you give it a good tug (I like to be thorough with safety equipment)
The seat arrives as new with a Head-hugger to keep baby’s head safely in one place as a new born. This is very soft and so is great for a newborn. New research shows that babies should not be left to sleep longer than 90 minutes in a carseat due to the angle of their back, so when you are taking a journey with your baby remember to take decent breaks to let your child stretch. The head rest and support are removable as you child gets older so that the baby can have more space to grow.
You can find the Ventura retailing anywhere from £65 for previous seasins colours to £89.99 which seems to be the RRP. It could be worth shopping around or buying as part of a travel system as you will probably get a better deal that way. You can purchase the ventura at many shops such as Mothercare and from many independant baby stores.
What I didn’t like about my Ventura ____________________________
1) You have to remove the hood to install the carseat 2) You cannot get a base for this model, a base would be very handy 3) It does not fit smaller cars very well
Why I loved by Ventura _____________________________
1) It is such a roomy car seat 2) The finish and quality is second to none 3) It ‘feels’ safe 4) It is lightweight 5) It is easy to install
So as you can see I think this is a great first stage carseat and would be happy to recommend it to anyone.