"not suitable for a tall but light baby so under the 25th centile in weight…"
I bought this seat for my grandson because my daughter, his Mum was on bed rest and very poorly. He was 4lbs 9oz when he came home & 6 weeks prem. The seat was not really small enough but the nurses put a towel over his head so he could go home. He's used this seat until now 13 months later. He weighs 18lbs but is too tall for the seat. There are 3 slots for the straps when viewed from the back but the top one is no good. This means that I have to buy another rearward seat until he is heavy enough to face forwards. I should have bought the Britax or Maxi Cosi which have higher straps. The Ventura seat is no good if you are likely to have a slim child ie slim parents! I just want to warn parents that they are better off buying the more expensive seat so that they don't have to buy two. I wasn't told about this in Mothercare. We were more concerned about the seat being small enough. Now I am going to see if he fits in the Britax Baby Safe which was the other choice. The nursery shop I bought the seat from no longer deals with Silver Cross because they were not a helpful company to deal with. That said the Ventura seat is very nice for a tiny baby & it fits on the Linear Freeway which is a lovely pram.Read moreLess
"I'v got the ventura plus S which is meant to…"
I'v got the ventura plus S which is meant to last longer, 15kgs I think although I'm looking to change it already at 8 months!! My LO isn't huge, she's 8.5kgs but her legs are getting too long now and against the actual seat of the car!! Plus she's not sleeping straight away like she used to in it and I think she'd benefit more from a forward facing now she's older.
It's also very heavy to carry, I manage to carry her in it but it kills your thighs as it bangs on them!!
The cover and hood are great though and installations easy once you get the knack!! Wish they did it with an isofix base though!!
I used it as a travel system with the surf and couldn't fault it.Read moreLess
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"great looking seat, heavy though but most are this size.when…"
great looking seat, heavy though but most are this size.when my baby was 4 months she was already in the top harnesses and when i rang silvercross they said once the straps are over 2cm below her shoulder then she's too tall for the seat.she only weighed 13lb! her shoulders kept coming out of the straps as they were going up and over her shoulders.i ended up buying a graco logico car seat with more harness slots.
loved the way it clipped straight onto the chassis of my pram but not much good as it only lasted us 4 months.Read moreLess
"Have been using this car seat for 6 weeks now.…"
Have been using this car seat for 6 weeks now. Pleased with it on the whole, it clips on and off the pram frame very easily, it is very sturdy and my daughter always falls asleep instantly in it. Getting the seatbelt in the top clip is fiddly and awkward sometimes. It is heavy, and I do have bruised thighs to show for carrying her in it, even only short distances, but she seems to like it which is the main thing. It looks good with the Linear Freeway system too.
Most shops offer it in a deal with a Silver Cross pram - I bought the Linear Freeway (pistachio) forRead moreLess
"This was a great seat initially, apart from the hassle…"
This was a great seat initially, apart from the hassle of having to take off the hood every time we put it in the car. However, as our son has grown, the problems have been revealed! His legs were soon too long for the cover, the weight of the seat meant that I could hardly carry it with him in it from about 4 months and, at 6 months, we are now having to change seat as the harnesses are too low (the instructions are quite explicit about the fact that they should be level with the shoulders, and this has not been the case since he was 4 months old, and the difference is now too huge, and we've been advised that this is now a safety issue). Thankfully, our son is sitting well, so we do have some flexibility with choosing a new seat, but it is an expense I hadn't wanted to splash out on yet.Read moreLess
"Looks great, fits into car easily (after a few practices),…"
Looks great, fits into car easily (after a few practices), feels sturdy and safe. Foot muff is lovely and warm, but the velcro which attaches it to the seat is a bit weak and easily unattaches, especially when baby's legs get a bit longer. It's also rather heavy which wouldn't be such a problem if you have a small baby but my son is huge so have to struggle to carry it with two hands. Also great when used with the 3D pram, my son stays asleep for hours in it. Shame there's no isofix base made to go with it for easier installation.Read moreLess
"I really like this car seat. The foot muff and…"
I really like this car seat. The foot muff and hood are brilliant, especially if we have to go out when it's raining. I liked the head hugger, however my son was too big for it at 6 weeks old and then found it uncomfortable. He was much happier once we removed it. It is quite heavy, but sturdy and seems very safe. My only negative is that you have to remove the hood to strap the seat in and then put it back on if it's sunny.Read moreLess
"The car seat fit into my car without any problems,…"
The car seat fit into my car without any problems, and was fairly quick and easy to install after a couple of practice attempts. It also fits easily onto the 3D. However one problem we found was the weight of the car seat - I found this really heavy and it was impossible to carry very far. Also, our baby did not seem comfortable in the Ventura and was not content to sit in it for long. In fact he was actually sick on several occasions as soon as we put him in it - I can only assume that this was because of the uncomfortable position he had to sit in. After four months, we stopped using it and bought an alternative. So in our case, it was not good value for money as we got so little use out of it!Read moreLess
"We have been very impressed with the Ventura Plus, which…"
We have been very impressed with the Ventura Plus, which allows a baby to be transported to 13kg/28lb. Our baby continues to be very comfy in the sturdy seat at almost a year old, and has no problem going to sleep in it during car journeys. In the early months we used it on the pram chassis which it clipped onto very easily, and it also clipped onto the bedside stand which we got with the Silver Cross Sleepover pram, so we could take that to friends houses/restaurants etc. Friends commented how the back was nicely reclined allowing the baby to sleep, and it had an included head hugger for when he was very small. Yes it is heavy but only when carrying the seat plus baby by hand, which isn't often. The only negative point is that the included footmuff can be kicked off when your babys legs grow. We will certainly keep our baby in it until he reaches the weight limit or his head is one inch from the top of the seat, then he will be transferred to a rearfacing seat to take him to the approx age of 4. see www.rearfacing.co.uk for the reasons why!Read moreLess
"Heavy seat which requires a long seatbelt and a large…"
Heavy seat which requires a long seatbelt and a large car. Due to the length it will not fit into smaller cars. Not as easy as some seats to get the child in and out. Adjustable straps are good to allow a good fit.Read moreLess
"This is a quite heavy car seat with a lot…"
This is a quite heavy car seat with a lot of good points. It's easy to strap in, baby seems to be comfortable and the straps fit well and don't rub. On the negative side, if you want to put the canopy on it has to be done after strappint in and removed before unstrapping which is a bit of a painRead moreLess
"Really heavy and difficult to carry. Also DD could only…"
Really heavy and difficult to carry. Also DD could only be in it for up to an hour at a time, otherwise she got very uncomfortable and came out of the car seat screaming. After 4 months we stopped using it and borrowed a Britax one from a friend which she finds much more comfortable and is a lot lighter. Over all, really like the Silver Cross 3D pram but hate the car seat.Read moreLess
"A lovely car seat, couldnt fault it other than the…"
A lovely car seat, couldnt fault it other than the weight and it isn't overly easy to rock, but J is nearly a year now and I still use it as an absolute emergency with relatives as the weight limit is 23lbs so you do get value for the money. It looks nice as a travel system and when the baby is really young as you can use the apron and the sunshade. Good value for money esp if you can get it thrown in as a travel system like we did. The top seatbelt holder thing is a little tricky.Read moreLess
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"i find the ventura very easy to fit and it…"
i find the ventura very easy to fit and it is quite heavy but it fits in most cars i have tried it inRead moreLess
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"Very heavy seat. Straps easy to adjust and seat seems…"
Very heavy seat. Straps easy to adjust and seat seems comfy for baby. Easy to install in car. Attaches to pushchair chassis.Read moreLess