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Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat
We bought this car seat to add to the travel system of the silver cross 3d pram. Bought this car seat in sugar almonds colour from mothercare for £125 we bought this as thought it was suitablefor little girl, comes with head rest, padded shoulder pads and footmuff. Also has a hood that can be detached if needed.
I loved this car seat due to how perfect it was for my daughter, straps were completely adjustable as you could change them to different slots for different lengths and tighten them if too loose. The head rest also kept her head nice and snug when she was a newborn but diet use it much after first couple of months. The footmuff was also ideal as saved you having to take blankets with you as kept baby all snug.
The car seat is easy to attach as travel system to silver cross prams, as the handle on the car seat just locks it into position so you know it's nice and stable, also ideal if child would like to sit up a little and face you so this is when it's ideal to use car seat on travel system.
Car seat does have a handle which goes into 3 different positions, one is to carry it, 2nd is for when its in the car so its out of the way and then to lock it on to travel system which makes it very easy and great.
This car seat does child from birth up until 28kg but my daughter was in a forward facing car seat at 9 months due to her legs being too long for this car seat but otherwise I would have used it for as long as I could.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone buying a car seat, it may be a little pricey for buying it by itself but its definitely worth the cost.
The Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat is a rear-facing car seat that is in theory suitable from birth up to the time Baby weighs 13kg. We have had 28 months of use so far from this car seat, and generally been very happy. However, Baby CrazyEgg is a long way off 13kg* and is very much ready for a forward facing car seat as her legs are getting a bit scrunched up**, although her head remains below the top of the car seat.
We got the Ventura car seat free when we bought our Silver Cross 3D travel system, which is basically a chassis which can be a pram, or a pushchair, or have the car seat attached to it. It was attractive because of the price, the versatility and the fact that it could be secured in the car with the seatbelt- our car being without isofix points.
Easy to install?
Once you get used to it, yes- it is quite straightforward. However, for the first few journeys I did travel with the instructions. Baby is easily strapped in with a harness that goes over the shoulders and between the legs, the three strands clipping together around the tummy area. The seat belt is secured in three places around the car seat, all of which are clearly marked. It can be tricky leaning over baby to get the seatbelt clipped in, and Baby CrazyEgg did protest more than once at having the toggles of my coat dangling in her face as I perform this manoeuvre. It can be hard to locate the seatbelt socket as you lean over, invariably creating further shadowing and murkiness as you do so. This can make you bad tempered if you are in a hurry. Such dramas are avoided if there are two of you travelling with Baby as one of you can sit in the back to clip it in, whilst the other holds the seat belt in position and extended.
Once the car seat is strapped in it has to be further secured by ensuring it is wedged. The carry handle flips forward to form a barrier against the back seat of the car, and the back of the Ventura car seat has to make contact with the rear of the front passenger seat. (We have always travelled with Baby CrazyEgg in the back of the car, I tried putting her in the front in my Peugeot 206, but the seatbelt was not long enough to secure the seat.) The effect of this is that the passenger seat is pushed backwards to secure the car seat. It has to be the passenger seat for me because I have quite short legs: if the car seat were behind me it would be insecure. Your travelling companions should be made aware that the passenger seat position is non-negotiable.
Easy to carry?
There is a sturdy carrying handle that has three positions: one to secure the seat in the car, one for carrying, and one for ensuring the seat is stable when it is put on the floor whilst being used as a carrier. It is heavy. It is awkward to carry, and as Baby CrazyEgg gets heavier I struggle to lift it. It bashes against the side of my knee as I carry it and I have to swap arms, or use both hands to carry it. Luckily, mostly I can just take Baby C out and carry her, I rarely have to take the seat out of the car these days, but when I do have to carry her in the car seat I see if there is anyone stronger around.
Comfortable for Baby?
Yes. The seat is well padded. It comes with a fleecy liner and a squidgy head protector that reduces head wobble during the time when baby is still learning to support their own head. Be aware though that the fleecy lining will make Baby very hot. In fact, even now that we have removed this, the seat still makes Baby CrazyEgg very hot- travelling with a jumper or coat on is unthinkable. Even in quite mild weather her back will become very sweaty. The material the seat is made from is hard wearing- but perhaps not the most breathable of fabrics.
Your baby will be in a semi-reclined position in this seat. Great for encouraging sleep. Not great for keeping baby awake, and not great also if your baby has reflux and needs to be kept upright. Indeed I stopped using this car seat on the buggy because Baby CrazyEgg was so frequently sick immediately I put her in it. Incidents were much reduced when she was in the more upright pushchair. Such talk begs the question...
Yes. The fleecy liner and headrest are easy to remove and wash. The main seat cover is also relatively easy to remove and wash, but quite trick to put back onto the frame of the seat. It has to be pulled very taut, and the straps pushed back through some very narrow apertures. So, this is not that easy, but I guess it has to do with the safety of the seat.
Up to 13kg?
Well, so they say. I guess it depends how the weight is distributed. Recently Baby CrazyEgg has grown taller, and the growth seems to have been in her legs. She looks set to be long-legged like her Dad. So although she is less than 8kg she is not going to be comfortable in the seat much longer. She can stretch her legs straight, but they go halfway up the back seat of the car. Also of course, in our circumstances it would be better that she faced the front now because she is very interested in everything and she would get to see more.
Would I buy it again?
I think I would ask around more! Now that I have friends with babies I know that there are rear-facing car seats where Baby is more upright, and also where getting them in and out seems less fiddly. However, I have been very pleased with the security and strength of the seat, and feel that any negatives listed above are relatively minor. I'll be giving the Ventura car seat 4 Dooyoo stars.
*7.7kg at the last weigh in....hooray, the new super supplement seems to be working...!
** We have a new seat ready and waiting, but the minimum weight is 9kg. Hopefully with this new supplement she will be in it before the year is out.
Since the day our little girl Freya was born we have used this car seat and she only weighed 6 pounds 14 oz, but she still looked very secure in it coming back from the hospital .
We bought this as a set, it came with the silver cross pram and all was £300 as a deal that was going and may still be going. Ever since we got it our little one really loves it, she smiles when she gets put init, and before we bought our bouncer for the living room, we would put her in there at 2 months to look around.
She also loved being rocked in it, which is another feature you can use it for, if like us we was late in buying a bouncer. The motion of the rocking would make her fall strait to sleep pretty much.
The feel of the interior is very soft, so she must love how it feels on her body when shes in it.
I love how attractive the seat looks, to me it looks like the perfect car seat, with its roof that hides the sun, pretty much the same as the ones on a pram which is really clever and different.
The only bad pointer is the same with the pram really, and thats just that they are both quite heavy even without the 15 pound baby inside!. This is why my strong partner carries it most of the time for me :).
It is still definately worth the weight and they will grow out of it when they are around 1-2 so enjoy the beauty of it while it lasts!
Thanks for reading
Our Silver Cross Ventura Plus car seat was bought earlier this year to match our baby's pram, it cost us £125.00 instore at Mothercare and is compatible with the 3D range of Pram systems offered by Silver Cross. Ours is the new Oxford Grey colour which is a new release for 2012 and is a rear facing car seat/infant carrier designed for newborns and babies weighing up to 13kgs. Any car-driving parent will know that a car seat is something that you will definitely need and whilst there are a few niggles with this one in particular I do think that overall it has been a very good buy.
On the positive side the car seat is beautifully made and extremely well padded. It looks comfortable for our 8 week old and he always settles and sleeps soundly whenever he is in it. My son was quite small as a newborn and I found the addition of the "head hugger" (a shaped piece of padded material that fits snugly at the top of the baby's head) to be a great feature as it bridged the gap between the top of his head and the edge of his seat. Similarly the shoulder and body straps are nicely padded and the foot apron is thick and keeps my son warm whilst we're in the car. All of the materials have a quality look to them, the stitching is tight and neat and the "Silver Cross" logo is nicely picked out in a contrasting colour. The carrying handle is comfortable to hold and feels secure, it is hinged at the sides by 2 release catches which allow you to adjust it forwards and backwards and whilst the catches are sometimes a little awkward to release I would say that once you've got used to how it works it soon becomes easier to use.
A well illustrated instruction booklet is provided which shows how to fit the seat into a car and it's at this point that I need to mention that due to the size of the seat you might have problems with your car seat belts fitting around the back and fastening into position. The car seat is large I have to say, it's very bulky and whilst there's no denying that it's extremely well made I do think that it will struggle to fit in smaller cars. My car is a Vauxhall Meriva and the back seat belt is stretched to capacity when it's holding the car seat in place, because this is a rear-facing car seat it can't be used on the front passenger seat if your car has air bags (which my car has) so mine has no other option but to go in the back. This could potentially cause problems for some so definitely worth mentioning here although that said, if your seat belts stretch long enough then holding the car seat in place is easily achieved and doesn't require too much faffing but is made easier if you have the assistance of someone else at the other side of the carrier to plug the seat belt in.
As mentioned due to its size and bulkiness this makes the car seat quite heavy, it apparently weighs just under 4 kilograms but to me feels a lot heavier than that. It's shape and size makes to quite awkward to carry I think and although it can be fixed to the chassis of the 3D pram system via an Isofix accessory (sold separately) we never bothered doing this as it just proven itself to be too awkward and instead we rely on his pram and pushchair when our son isn't in the car.
Whilst I do think the car seat is very well made and provides my son a great deal of comfort and protection when we're out in the car we use ours exclusively as a car seat and don't bother with it as a carrier. It's just too heavy for us and too awkward to manoeuvre around when it's not secured in place in my car so I would advise that you check one out for yourself instore somewhere rather than buying online without giving it the once over.
Do bear in mind as well that this car seat is often bundled together free of charge if you buy the Silver Cross 3D pram system so potentially you can save £125.00 if you time it right. We bought ours separately earlier this year and missed out on the promotion by a matter of days, an email and phone call to Mothercare saw us receive a refund though which was good of them but definitely ask instore if you're thinking of buying the whole pram system. For us it has been a good purchase (even better as it worked out to be free!) despite its flaws and as a car seat I do think it's excellent, it's just a shame that it is very heavy to carry around and can be a bit of a dog to fix in place in a car.
4 stars as a rating seems fair basing this on everything mentioned in this review. Thanks for reading!
This car seat came with my pushchair as part of the travel system from Mothercare. Normally you buy it separately but I was lucky at the time and it came free. This retails for about £115.00 on it's own and is fully compatible with the Silver cross Travel System. Mine is Charcoal with an orange trim and and before I get into the details, I can tell you I absolutely love it.
This is what is classed as a level 0 which means it's suitable from birth to 10kg. The car seat design itself comes in a variety of colours and different trims. The actual seat feels quite heavy and weighs about 8lbs so when you add an 8lb baby in there it isn't the lightest one on the market. Having said that though you're not going to be carrying it for miles anyway.
It comes as standard with a newborn baby insert, adjustable hood and a cover. It also has removable pads for the straps and the best bit is it is FULLY washable.
The actual padded newborn insert is one of my favourite things about this to be honest. It isn't just a head hugger like a lot of car seats have - this is like an insert that is molded and padded, so that it elevates your little one and keeps them snug and very secure. So much so that on the way home from hospital after my 2nd youngest, her head wasn't resting against her body like you get with newborns in car seats and the straps fit perfectly around her very little body(she was 6lb 5oz~). This was used with both my children until at least 3 months of age but with my little girl she was nearly 5 months old before I discontinued with it.
The Straps are fully adjustable and the car seat has different levels for you to put the straps through ensuring a perfect fit. Complete with removable pads for when they get older, it ensures they are comfy and that they don't dig into delicate shoulders or necks. The cover is fantastic when they are little and makes the car seat cosy and warm, so when it's raining, no more wet blankets but I do have a problem in the fact that, as soon as they get past tiny stage and their legs get near the bottom it doesn't seem to fit, even though there is a couple of inches left. It is easy to put on and it stay's on even with kicking legs underneath. The hood is fully moveable and acts as a good shade from the sun in the car or from rain when you're outside.
The handle has 3 positions one of which is for carrying, one for the car and one to lock onto the pram and this is moved by pressing both catches at the sides and turning. You cannot do this one-handed so, if you have a toddler to keep hold of , it can prove a little tricky. The actual carrying handle has indentations for where your fingers go and they are hard not padded. I found these perfect for my hands but my husband complained about the spacing of them saying they just didn't sit right(he has huge hands though!!!).
The actual fastening in of the car seat took me about 30 mins the first time i tried but after a couple of goes i managed it in about 25 seconds. It was just getting the hang of it and because i was so fussy i had my husband try and move it. It wasn't budging and for me that was just a little extra reassurance.
Having had a sicky baby - I was relieved to find you can wash the car seat fully and it comes back sparkling every-time. I think I must have washed mine at least 20 times and it hasn't faded or shrunk.
I have to say that this car seat has stood the test of time with 2 babies and thousands of car journeys. It has been loved and appreciated and now I am expecting baby 3, while the pram is no longer usable the car seat is still like new. What a buy!!! I would highly recommend this car seat even if you're not getting the pram. Perfect for teeny tiny babies up to strapping big ones(well about 11 moths with mine). You won't be disappointed and with Silver Cross you know you're in good hands!!!
Silvercross ventura carseat
I have just reviewed my Silver Cross 3D pram and this is the Ventura car seat mentioned in that review. I had this in the pram package I bought for just £35 off Ebay so I saved myself a lot of money!
This car seat is so smart looking, it has a hood and a little apron that attaches to the seat with velcro and it really looks so cosy for babies. My newborn son was brought home from hospital in this carseat and he looked so teeny and cosy all wrapped up with the little cover over him.
It has a 3 point harness and not only is is brilliant for in the car it also attaches to a range of Silver Cross prams, these are ~
I have the 3D and to attach it to this pram, on the pram is a little flap which hides a plastic fitting onto what the carseat sits, I am not sure about the other models but I am expecting it's the same priniciple.
This is a Group 0 car seat which means it is suitable from birth to approx 29lbs which I guess around 6 months or so.
I like these seats for newborns upto a few months old but sometimes I see older babies who have been shoved into one of these and their little legs are hanging out etc... I think as with most things in life, when your baby looks to big for the seat then it's time for the next stage one!
Something I really like about this car seat is how padded and comfortable it looks, it also has side-impact protection in case you are ever unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident, it gives a little reassurance that your baby is protected by the seat.
It also has a shaped base which allows it to be used as a rocker, handy when baby has just been brought in from the car fast asleep and starts to wake, a gentle nudge and he'll be off to sleep again in no time! Giving you enough time to put the shopping away!!
From my review you can probably guess that I do indeed like this little car seat but I will tell you I do not like the high cost of these bought new! I know sometimes there are things that shouldn't be scrimped on but I was assured that not only had it never been involved in an accident it had in fact been used only twice! This does show as it was immaculate as was the pram when I bought them.
I have noticed in reviews I read when I was pregnant that people have said this car seat seems on the heavy side, I have had travel systems for my 3 previous boys and to be honest I think every 0 stage car seat I have ever owned has been roughly the same weight so it isn't really something I have noticed!
We bought a Silver Cross Ventura car seat for our newborn baby to go with the Silver Cross Travel System that we had purchased (see seperate review). We purchased it in charcoal, which is a dark grey colour with silver circle patterns. It was priced at £115 in Mothercare, which I think is pretty expensive for a car seat but we wanted to be able to use it with our pram so were prepared to pay the price for this function.
The seat is for babies from 0-12 months (up to a weight of 10kg) so you do get a good years use for your money (or more if you have a little baby). It is well padded and comes with a good padded head support for newborns and younger babies who are as yet unable to fully support their own head. We found this head support excellent when our son was newborn, but as he has got older (he is now 3 months) it is increasingly hard to get him in the car seat in a comfortable position with this in place. He is not quite there yet with supporting his own head entirely so I feel that we need to leave this in place for now, but as he is quite a big baby it would be nice if we were able to adjust it slightly to be more comfortable - I am happy with the support it offers though.
The seat belts attached to the chair fit nicely over the baby's shoulders and have a padded cover to prevent rubbing. These are easily adjustable in length and positioning so can be changed to suit your child as he/she grows. These click into the base in the same way as car seat bels do, with a red release button. This is located between the childs legs, where there is further padding for comfort. These feel very secure and safe.
The seat can be fitted to the back seat of your car (as with all car seats it must not be used in the fromt seat if air bags are enabled). It is fitted using your car's seatbelt. This is a little fiddley at first and takes some practice, but once you know how to do it, can be done with relative speed. There are blue stickers on the slots where the seat belt is to be threaded through to guide you. There are four points for this and it is clearly explained in the user manual how to do this so I won't go into too much detail! One point worth mentioning, and considering before purchase, is that your car has long enough seat belts to do this. Most shops will allow you to try and fit the seat in your car before purchase and it is definitely worth doing this as some cars do not have the required length belts. Ours is a Ford Focus and it fits fine (if a little snuggly!). One in place, the seat feels tightly held and very secure. It is a rear facing seat and does take up quite a bit of room, so you may need no move your front car seat forward slightly to accommodate it.
The seat also comes with a foot muff and sun shade. These are nice accessories to have, but have little use when using the car seat in the car! They are useful if carrying your baby in the seat or when using it as a pram attachement.
The car seat is fairly heavy - 3.8kg. As your baby grows, this means that this is increasingly difficult to carry anything more than a short distance, but I wouldn't feel that my baby was safe if the seat was too lightweight so I actually find this quite reassuring. The seat is really simple to fit to the Silver Cross pram frame, attaching over the pram bar and two plastic levers which can be easilt flicked up into position. Once in place, it feels safe and secure.
This is an excellent car seat for young babies that I would highly recommend.
We bought the Ventura Car Seat to go along with the Silver Cross 3D Travel System, though we never used it for the pushchair in the end. The main reason we got this car seat was because it was on offer with the pram system.
It is suitable for from birth and we used it until my daughter was 9 months old. The car seat is easy enough to fit with sections coloured blue showing where the seat belt needs to be positioned in order to make sure it is securely fitted in the car. It is easy to strap babyinto the car seat. There are 2 strap that go over their shoulders, both of which have cushioned shoulder pads to prevent them rubbing on the baby's shoulders/face/neck. You click the buckles in place in the mechanism on the strap that goes between their legs and then pull the strap that is threaded through the end of the car seat. This then tightens the straps so that baby is secure in the seat.
Once the seat is fastened into the car, the seat feels extremely secure. I never had any worries that my daughter was not safe when travelling.
The car seat comes with a hood and a cover to keep baby snug and warm, though we found it hard to fit the seat in the car with these on. The hood did not seem to stay up and once we put the seat belt around the seat, we couldn't fit the cover one, so they were both pointless unless you use the pushchair and car seat combined. The car seat itself can be quiet heavy when baby is in it but it is easy enough to carry around for short distances. According to the Mothercare website, this car seat is approximately 3.8kg in weight.
My daughter easily fitted into this car seat until the required weight/height requirements for the second stage car seat. She was starting to get quiet restless in this which I am assuming is because the space was getting quite limited.
This is a lovely car seat which attaches to the silver cross pram frame.
I bought this car seat as part of a package with the silver cross 3d pram and paid £300 for it all and was definately a bargain.
This car seat is easy to use and is easy to install once you have got the hang of it and does seem complicated at first like most car seats are but is really quite simple and fits in the car using the seat belt.
One of things that I really like about it is that it comes with a hood and a footmuff. I had a summer baby so didn't really use the footmuff but I definately think that is handy for winter and also when attaching it to the pram. The hood was very useful as it pulls quite low down so stopped the son from getting in my baby's eyes. It also comes with a soft head hugger to keep your baby's head in place which is very useful.
This car seat can also rock when it is on the floor which soothed my baby when he was in it. The handle goes in different positions so you can also make sure the car seat is flat on the floor so it won't tip over.
The only downside to this car seat really is that it is quite heavy which is ok with a newborn but when my son got to 9 months old he was too heavy to carry in it.
I found it very easy to strap my baby into this and very easy to open. It is very sturdy and well made and after using for 10 months is still in perfect condition so can definately be used again. I would definately recommend this.
I bought this car seat to go with the Silver Cross Linear Sleepover pram system to enable me to use the car seat directly on the chassis. It cost £115
Information from Silver Cross:
The Silver Cross Ventura Plus car seat is our award winning, rearward facing infant carrier, brilliantly engineered to keep your baby safe and sound in the car, right from birth to around nine months (13kg).
It is perfectly compatible with the Sleepover, Freeway, 3D and Halo prams, turning them into complete travel systems.
The following accessories are included in the price:-
* Crotch pad
* Shoulder pads
* Multi-award winning rearward facing car seat
* Group 0 : suitable from birth to 13kg (29lbs) approx.
* Advanced side-impact protection
* Comfortable padded interior with foam wedge head support for smaller babies
* 3 point easy adjust safety harness
* Apron, crotch pad, chest/shoulder pads and hood included as standard
* Easy 3 point lap and diagonal car seat belt installation
* Can also be used as a rocker and low seat
* One click attachment to Silver Cross pram chassis
* Available in over 10 colourways
* Can form a travel system with the following Silver Cross models: Halo, 3D, Sleepover Classic, Sleepover Linear, and Linear Freeway
It is currently available in 16 colour ways.
Enough information, what do I think?
I have used this car seat for 8 months now and have just ordered the next stage for my Daughter to use from 9 months of age.
The car seat has a very attractive design and I liked that it matched my pram. My Daughter took some time getting used to the car seat and never seemed to settle in there for long. She also did not look very comfortable as she is quite a long baby.
It's harness has been easy to adjust in length, however it has one of the annoying fastenings that you have to line up completely in order to click into place. Can be very annoying when you are in a rush or have a wriggly baby to contend with!
The head rest is well padded, although it does not always seem to be in the correct place for my Daughter and at times, she looks very uncomfortable.
I though am not one to let my Baby stay in a car seat for too long and she is simply in there for car journeys. I always take her out even if she has fallen asleep, so that she can stretch out in her carrycot or crib in comfort.
Safety wise, it is easy to fix into the car using the normal seatbeat system and the harness feels secure. It also has side impact protection and cushions for around the harness.
In summary - I guess this car seat is just like any of the other leading brands for the Stage 0-1 up to nine months. I would purchase again, purely because it has been handy to use with the chassis if you are just popping into a shop and your baby has fallen asleep in the car. Also for the ease of just plugging the car seat into the chassis and going, rather than having to assemble a carrycot onto the chassis and then transporting your baby.
My Sister bought the Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat along with her Silver Cross 3D Pram when she found out she was expecting a baby, and said baby is now nearly 9 months old.
The car seat is mostly black, with silver stripes in places and silver writing. The handle is black and gray, and there is a head rest/head nest in the car seat, to keep your child protected and comfortable at the same time. There is also an adjustable hood on the car seat, which you can pull back all the way, or you can pull it forward to cover your child from things like the sun whilst you are driving along.
There are three safety straps inside the seat, two which go over your childs shoulders and one between the legs to clip into the two shoulder straps. I think this is a great way to secure your child into the seat, without them being totally strapped down and uncomfortable. I found that this chair was very easy to secure into the car, and the instructions provided are very easy to follow. Once strapped into the car, I found this seat to be immovable, which is great peace of mind for when you are driving along.
This seat is suitable for newborns, and my Sister has happily used it from the birth of her child and continues to use it now my Niece is nearly 9 months old. She still fits in the chair perfectly fine, and should do for a while. My aunt has the same car seat (and pram!) and her little boy is closing in on 2 years old now and he still sits in his seat fine.
I found that this car seat is not the lightest of car seats out there, but there is heavier too. You do need some strength for this one, especially as your child gets heavier. It is a very sturdy chair though, and I am happy knowing that my niece is safe in this when she is in the car. The straps can be tightened and loosened as required, so as your child grows, you can loosen the strap length so that your child is still secure yet comfortable at the same time.
This car seat fits perfectly onto the Silver Cross 3D system, which is the pram my Sister has, and there is a section on it that you can clip the car seat into the pram nice and securely, so if your child has fallen asleep in the car seat, you do not have to wake them up to put them in the pram. This has been a brilliant thing, as sometimes my niece will be a hard one to get to sleep, so when she does go to sleep, we do not want to wake her up in any case, so just popping her from car to pram without having to take her out of the chair is an ingenious idea in my opinion.
The seat comes with what is known as a "cosy-toes". This is a removable thick cover type part that slips over the end of the chair and keeps your babies feet and ankles warm. We found this to be a god send in the winter, as no one wants their baby to get cold do they? It is washable, and removeable, like many parts of the chair, including the head rest and straps. The removeable and washable aspects of this are brilliant, as it would seem my niece can get rusk and other snacks in places we didn't know there was places! A cool wash is best for this, and the fabrics are also wipeable, for the smaller marks and dirt.
We have used this car seat in a variety of different cars, including: Passat, Polo, Ford Transit Van, Rover 200 and Rover 400 and there has been no problems with it fitting in. This should fit the majority of cars, and it does come with all safety and useage instructions that you need for safe and easy use of the chair.
This is definatley not a cheap car seat by any means, my Sister paid around £140 for it, but it is some what cheaper now at around £115.00 in some places. My Sister bought hers in Mothercare, but it can be bought online in quite a few places and also in John Lewis. I recommend looking around for the best price, but do not buy second hand, as with all car seats.
Personally, I totally recommend this car seat and when I have children of my own, I will be getting this car seat for my kids. It is worth the price, I think, and if you can afford one of these, I definatley think you should get one.
When you discover you are about to become a parent one of the first things you look to buy is a pram and a car seat to transport your little one and as a girl I always had Silvercross prams and pushchairs so when I fell pregnant with our first child I wanted a brand that I was familiar with and knew could be relied upon and that was Silvercross.
Silvercross have been in business since 1877, based in Yorkshire they have the reputation for building high quality prams and pushchairs and to this day they still maintain that reputation and now also produce a range of additional products which include the Silvercross Ventura Plus car seat.
*~*About Ventura Plus*~*
The Ventura Plus is suitable from birth to approximately 9-12 months (29lbs) and is a rear facing infant carrier that can also be used as a stationery chair or rocker.
The handle on the seat has 4 main functions to ensure the seat is operated correctly;
A Stable position
B Storage position
C Carrying and rocking position
D In car position
To change the position of the handle you will need to push on both of the buttons located on either side of the handle and move to the required position until it clicks in and is then secure.
The seat weighs 7.1kgs when empty and can take a baby weighing up to 29lbs now with a baby in the seat I do find it quite heavy to carry for long periods of time, I think lightweight car seats are now a thing of the past!
*~*Using the seat in the car*~*
The seat should not be fitted into a passenger seat with an airbag as this can cause serious injury or even death to the baby.
To place the seat in the car you need to place the seat with the baby facing the rear of the seat and move the position forward to the "in car" position ensuring it clicks into position.
The seat belt then needs to be clicked in to secure the seat by pulling the lap section of the seat belt across the front base of the seat and securing in the blue seat belt guides located on either side. Once this is complete you will then need to pull the diagonal section of the seat belt around the back to secure it, make sure that you only use the one diagonal guide the one that is furthest away from the seat belt or you may struggle to fit the seat as I did.
Once you have done this make sure that any slack has been removed from the seat belt and that the seat is as flat as possible to ensure maximum comfort for the baby.
To get the seat belt into the diagonal guide quickly pinch it into two and it will slot in nice and smoothly and save so much time!
*~*Removing The Seat from the car*~*
Firstly unclip the seat belt and then remove the lap section of the seat belt taking care that this is done slowly to prevent any injury to the baby. Then ensure the diagonal section of the seat belt returns to the storage position and change the position of the handle to the carry position.
~*~Using the seat for other purposes*~*
The Ventura Plus can be used as part of a travel system when used with the following Silvercross Chassis;
Halo, Surf, Linear, Sleepover, 3-D.
It is recommended that the seat is not used for long periods of time with the chassis but is fantastic for a quick shopping trip or visit to the doctors and also saves space in the boot of your car.
* Advanced side-impact protection
* Comfortable padded interior with foam wedge head support for smaller babies
* 3 point easy adjust safety harness
* Apron, crotch pad, chest/shoulder pads and hood included as standard
* Easy 3 point lap and diagonal car seat belt installation
* One click attachment to Silver Cross pram chassis
* Available in over 10 colourways
Marina - Navy Blue and Cream piping
Ice - Pale blue with umbrella design
Pistachio - Black with lime green circle design
Charcoal - Deep grey and pale grey circle design
Jet Sport - Black with grey piping
Black Denim - As the name suggests
Fusion - Black with white air balloons design
Cargo - Grey design
Ebony - Black
Stone - Stone colour with white building blocks design
Vintage - Cream with embroidered floral pattern
Green Tea - Pale green with white bird design.
We opted for the pistachio design which is neutral for both genders, despite having lime green colour it is very subtle and a very modern design.
*~*My User Opinion*~*
Having a Ford Focus 2005 I have a problem of having slightly shorter seat belts and at one point we thought we had purchased a car seat that would be of no use, that was until we read the instructions and realised that the seatbelt did not have to go through both of the diagonal guides, it was still a tight fit however and a bit of a struggle to get in and out without disturbing the baby but that is all down to Ford as it fits perfectly in my husbands car which is a Honda Accord so somehow I think Ford got it wrong when they designed that family car of the year!
It is great to have a car seat that you can use with a chassis as you can get away without disturbing the baby too much when arriving at your destination, although it tends to only be for trips nipping in and out of town.
The baby sleeps perfectly in the car seat and I think this is due to the design of the seat it is fairly deep and the additional padding is ideal for a newborn keeping them in position in the car and free from rolling around in the seat if they are very little like our little one!
The covers are easy to wipe and clean although they cannot be washed in the machine.
Overall this is a good quality car seat which is reliable and sturdy and the head hugger is ideal for new borns as well as the pads for the harness to prevent them causing any discomfort to the baby.
We bought ours from Mothercare where it currently retails at £110 the RRP from Silvercross is £115 so it is worth shopping around on the internet and looking for discount codes to reduce the price.
i bought our ventura car seat at the same time as i bought the silver cross 3d travel system, as the two were compatible which is exactly what i was looking for. we brought our little bundle home from hospital in this seat, and she looked so tiny, but was very well supported by the 5 point harness, and head hugger which was included. i found it fitted easily into the car, although in my partners car (grande punto) we had trouble fitting the seatbelt over the babyseat, as it seemed to be a little too short, causing many times of frustration, particularly when the weather was awful and we'd get soaking wet while fighting to fir her in the car.
but at 6 months old, our little one is starting to get a little too long in the leg for this chair, and i have now purchased a new forward facing seat for her. i was fairly disappointed in the ventura for this, as it states up to 9 months, and our baby is far from being long for her age.
it is incredibly sturdy, but is very heavy to lift with a little one inside.
i also found a bit of an issue with the hood having to be taken off at one side to allow the seatbelt to thread through, as it was just a little bit of a pain when you're in a hurry to have to faff around with small factors like this.
overall a good product though, just wish it lasted longer!
I got the Silver Cross 3D pushchair so it made sense to get the matching car seat, infact I didnt even look at any others. It fits onto the 3D pushchair, not as easily as other models and does make the pushchair very bulky and heavy to push but its nice to have the option when baby is young.
Its easy to fit but is very bulky and from speaking to others ive realised it doesnt fit alot of cars as the seat belts arent long enough to go round the back of the seat and over baby's lap.
There is a cushion you use for the newborn baby's meaning its very snug and safe and it can be used in two positions for when they have grown a bit.
The hood is good as it comes down really far to shade baby, and when the seat is on the pram it meets the pram hood so baby can be completely enclosed. It also has an apron which is easy to fit and means you dont need a blanket. The handle can be moved into different positions to make it into a rocker or a seat which is useful but its not recommended to keep baby in a car seat for more than two hours due to the pressure on their spines.
It did get quite heavy to lift as my baby grew but it lasted him a long time and we will use it again for our next baby
I purchased the Silver Cross Ventura Car Seat whilst pregnant after noticing one being pushed around a shop attached to a chassis. I considered this to be an excellent idea for short shopping trips in busy stores without having to lug around a huge heavy pram. Fantastic for those clothes stores that never seem to give you enough space to get past displays!
Design - Modern Sleek and Stylish design and available in 6 different designs and colours:
Salsa - This is a dark grey and red colour with red stiching around the co-ordinated footmuff - this was the one I purchased and feel the colours compliment each other well. Unisex Colours.
Jet Sport - This is their basic black version, still stylish and ideal for those not knowing the gender of their baby.
Apollo - This is a light blue and grey patterned design, easy on the eye and features nice square patterns.
Sienna - This is a mocha brown colour, my least favourite of them all as it appears to make it look quite dated and old although brand new.
Pistachio - This is a lime green and and black car seat and co-ordinates with the pistachio range in their 3D pram collection. Very fashionable and the lime green is a nice bright colour.
Blossom - This has a denim look about it and features an embroided blossom flower on the bottom of the apron and features a pink chequered design inside. Would recommend this style more for girls because of this.
There is an easy to adjust silver handle which goes over the car seat which is easy to and manouvere. One position for carrying, one for rocking, one for whilst in transit and one for positioning the car seat still on the floor to prevent movement.
If you also possess a newer style silver cross pram then the car seat can be attached to the chassis making it a very lightweight and compact travel system. It is recommended though that you do not do this for longer than 2 hours for you childs health and safety, so only really ideal on short shopping trips.
Size - This car seat is approximately 3.8kgs in weight, 42cms in width, 59cm in height and 65cm in length. It is a group 0 car chair which is recommended for infants aged 0-9 months or birth to 10kg (22lbs). Although, my daughter is nearly 4 months and already her feet overhang the end of the car seat which makes it hard to fit the fleece apron over as this only attaches by velcro at a certain point so the fleece apron cannot be adjusted or will just fall off.
Safety - This car seat is easy to fit, but does not come with a base to leave in your car so you do have to check that it fits snug enough on the seat to prevent movement whilst driving. It features Advanced Side Protection, Padded head support and a smaller cushion for smaller babies. Its important to remember that not all car seats fit all cars so I would recommend trying before buying as we were getting a lift to a wedding in a V reg mondeo and the rear seatbelts would not fit around the seat therefore deeming it completely innapropriate for this type of car. We currently have a Hyundai Sante Fe and a Vauxhall Zafira and the seat fits nicely in both of these cars.
Price - The price seems to vary a lot with this car chair with prices ranging from £60-£90 so its best to shop around. Some retailers do sell it as part of a complete travel system so you may save some money here if you are purchasing with a silver cross pram and other retailers insist on you buying separately.
Overall - I find this seat to be a safe and sturdy option for your infant travel needs. The fact it can be added to the pram chassis also is a nice feature. My daughter also looks very comfortable and snug in this seat and feels very secure and safe which is the main thing.
This is my own review which has featured on other review websites.
A group 0+ infant carrier in cool pistachio fabric which can be fitted to any Silver Cross pushchair chassis to create a travel system. Its design incorporates excellent side impact protection. The harness adjusts with a single drawstring and the aluminium handle features a comfort grip. It's supplied with a head hugger, shoulder and buckle protectors, hood and zipped apron.