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I bought his car seat to go with my silver cross sleepover pram when I had my son. I wanted something that was compatible with my pram chassis but was also safe and reasonably priced. At the time (nearly seven years ago) it cost me £99, which I didn't think was unreasonable.
The seat is a group 0, which means it is rear facing and suitable from birth to approx. 9 months.
The model I had was the jet sport which is black with a light grey trim so is suitable for both boys and girls. It comes with a head-hugger for newborns, which provides extra support and the chest straps are padded for additional comfort. The hood is removable and the seat also comes with a fleece lined cover to keep your little one warm and cosy. The inside of the seat is well padded and seems comfortable.
In comparison to some other models I looked at the Ventura plus car seat is fairly lightweight but still nice and sturdy. I had no doubt about the level of protection it would provide. The seat it simple to fit into the car using the three point seatbelt and for extra safety the handle it moved forward against the back of the cars own seat giving an extra level of stability.
The bottom of the seat is slightly bowed, meaning that when not in the car it can be gently rocked to help sooth your baby. My son loved this and it was one of the few things that kept him quiet. However if baby fall asleep in the chair and you don't want any sudden moves to wake them the handle can be moved all the way back against the floor to hold the seat still.
My one bug bear was that if you push the hood back to far it does have a tendency to pop off the little clips that hold in place, which did annoy me, but this was a very minor issue and I had no other problems with the seat.
Overall I couldn't rate this seat highly enough, and having since used the maxi-cosi cabrio fix seat for my daughter I felt this wasn't a patch on the Ventura. It is well made, it looks good, its hardwearing and it is considered to be one of the safest seats on the market, what else do you need.
At a Glance The Silver Cross Ventura Plus Baby Car Seat provides a high level of safety for young babies when on the move. It has multiple uses and can be combined with Silver Cross to form a travel system Features and benefits for Silver Cross Ventura Plus Infant Car Seat - Charcoal Suitable from birth to 13kg/29lbs (approximately 12-15mths) Side impact protection Complete with newborn head hugger, hood, apron, and shoulder pads to fully protect your little one on the move Must be used in a rear facing position Free 2 year guarantee Mothercare loves...??that this seat has side protection for your little's safety but also a head hugger, hood, apron and shoulder pads for their comfort too.Want to know more?The Silver Cross Ventura Plus Baby Car Seat is an award-winning baby seat with comprehensive side impact protection. It can be used on its own as a car seat, or with the Silver Cross 3D Pram system or the Silver Cross Linear Freeway pushchair to form a travel system for a total practical solution when travelling with your baby.The Silver Cross Ventura Plus Baby Car Seat has also been designed with your baby's comfort in mind and comes complete with newborn head hugger, hood, apron, and shoulder pads. The Ventura Plus can also be used as a rocker or low seat outside of the car and its lightweight shell means it's easy to move your little one to and from the car with this versatile baby car seat, as it weighs just 3.8kg.Don't forget...Mothercare stock a great range of travel toys to help keep your little one entertained on the move. Care Instructions: Wipe clean only Maximum child weight: 13.0 kg What's in the box: 1 x 3-point, quick-release safety harness 1 x Chest pads and crotch pad 1 x Head hugger 1 x Removable protective apron 1 x Removable, adjustable hood