The first time I heard the word ‘carrycot’ my eyes goggled. I was pregnant and was beginning to look around for the items I’d need when the baby was born. Friends (mums) and shop-assistants kept telling me about carrycots. They could have been talking about science fiction (like buses running on time) as far as I was concerned.
Only a lot later did I understand that they were talking about the cot that, attached onto a compatible chassis, becomes a pram. Our carrycot can be used to transport the baby in the car as well if you buy the special car-transport kit. A seat can be fitted onto the carrycot’s chassis, turning it into a stroller.
In many cases, babies spend most of the first three months of their lives in a carrycot, so this is the main reason you should pay great attention to the features of the carrycot you are planning to buy.
Navetta XL, (which means ‘bassinet’ in Italian) ensures the baby is safe and comfortable. The sleeping area of a carrycot is difficult to judge until you actually have a newborn baby and you see how the baby is growing. It is, however, a crucially important feature because it must be comfortable, it must be easy for mothers to lay a baby in and move her without waking her.
Think of the summer and the heat. Other than being large, Navetta XL has a system that allows air to flow in the cot. Does this sound too technical? Let me explain this in different words. After picking up your sweaty baby you will notice a draught and your baby will catch a cold, giving her a blocked nose for two days and you two sleepless nights – that is when you understand that little details such as this can make a big difference.
The backrest and the footrest can be adjusted externally, making things easier for mothers who can put them in a new position without disturbing babies during their nap. Isn’t that just brilliant? And you don’t have to take the baby out of the carrycot!
Navetta XL is “great” externally as well. The sun canopy has a little ‘window’ so you can keep an eye on the baby without having to stop all the time, putting the brake on, bending over to have a look… this simple solution means you can check on her without stopping what you are doing every five minutes.
If your little one falls asleep as you step through the front door or you are about to get into the car, Navetta XL will prove to be a great ally. Just unblock it and lift it off the chassis – your baby will not notice. With its super retractable feet it can be put on the floor or in the car (it is part of the Group 0 items, for children up to 10 kg).
And if you really don’t want to put it on the floor, Peg Perego has created the Bassinet stand for you