Reviews - Strollers

Peg Perego Booklet

August 28, 2015

When we received an opportunity to review the Peg Perego Booklet we jumped on it immediately. This Italian brand is notorious for innovative and top of the line products and the Booklet doesn’t fall short from the hype.

When our Booklet arrived we quickly opened the much anticipated package and with any new model, we did not know much of what to anticipate with the Booklet.

I knew that it had been marketed for easy fold up and a light weight body but we would soon learn the characteristics go beyond that.

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Upon opening, I first took notice to the leather detailing on the end of the seat (which also has an interesting recline) and the leather on the bar that goes across the map area, though without physically touching the lap.
We have learned our little likes to use this as a ‘pull up bar’ because sometimes we just don’t have the same sleep agenda, as she prefers to see everything when she’s in her Peg Perego Booklet.
An initial concern of mine was how the faux leather would do in the Portland heat wave as most of the usage occurs outdoors. We were anticipating sweaty baby legs and extra sun drawn heat from the leather. I was both relieved and quite pleased to learn that my concern would soon be nixed. Not only did the Peg Perego Booklet withstand the heat, but also the long trunk ride through Portland to various attractions.
As stated in the opening sentences the Peg Perego Booklet has a lot of hype. From design to material and even the body of the stroller there were a lot of great qualities that we had the chance to discover.
With the leather accents aside, the Peg Perego Booklet has a great seat material that seems to never get Bebe too warm but also is not irritating to the skin. We did opt for the black Peg Perego Booklet which most would argue attracts heat, nay we have been fine at the least.
Although if there ever is a heat concern, the Peg Perego Booklet has a sunshade that includes a UVF* portion at the end to protect Bebe from even the sunniest of days.
Due to the material of the seat and the leather accents, both are quite easy to wipe down and clean for crumbs or liquids.
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The push bar material is a soft easy to grip foam but durable and will withstand any rough conditions should the occur.

One of the first quirks we noticed was the adjustable push bar. It is not adjustable in the sense of sliding up and down into the frame but rather in different positions, for a total of five points.

 My husband and I are both on the tall side, to help you visualize, I am 5’10” and he is 6′ so when our nephew wanted to push the Bebe around, we were thrilled to let him. A great feature on the Peg Perego Booklet is the ability to let the handle up or down to adjust for different users. When Carter wanted to push the Bebe we simply held in both buttons on each side of the push bar and we were able to lower it significantly to conform with his childlike height.
A small issue I did notice when adjusting the push bar was the left button sticking and not popping back out. After a few tries we fixed the problem by pushing the button on the right in and then the left would follow lead. Again, this is not a common issue but I do want to note that it has happened. Nothing serious and certainly not an issue that can’t be fixed.
Aside from the push bar, the Peg Perego Booklet has various other design features that are well worth to be noted. Something I was personally a fan of, that is not on many strollers we have seen, was the hooks on each side of the handlebars that are used for holding a diaper bag, purse or anything of the like. We just love the extra space that this gives for the storage at the bottom and it also leads to easier access of anything within the bag.
I have found myself, more than once, rushing to find that snack or toy for a fussy little and having to rummage through the bottom storage.
We can’t applaud this feature more!
Keep in mind the hook loops are there but do not actually come with the hook to attach. Those are purchased separately.
Also, we have a leather backpack that we use as a diaper bag and it works just the same with the hooks as a tradition bag would.

In the discussion of storage, the bottom compartment on the Peg Perego Booklet does not hold many items (another reason the hooks come in handy!) though with the ability to hang the bag as opposed to placing it in cargo, we didn’t seem to mind this at all. We were able to get shopping bags in the bottom storage with ease, along with any random items.

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My only advice is to keep in mind the bar which collapses the Booklet is right above the bottom storage so larger items will not fit in the storage.
Small storage aside; hooks to hang the diaper bag. I can’t get over that! Once you use those you will never want to convert back. Plus it helps keep the diaper bag clean.
The only issue that we came across with the hooks was that when the seat was all the way down, the diaper bag did not adjust well and would get pushed up.
A neat feature involving the seat on the Peg Perego Booklet that stands out from any other stroller on the market (remember the hype?!) is the way it reclines. There is a strap that loops around the seat and comes out of a slit in the back with a clip attached to the extra fabric that hangs. This was a bit tricky to figure out at first. The fabric, along with the clip work to adjust the recline on the seat, leading to various positions for your Littles comfort.
To adjust you simply move the clip up or down in the desired position and then push the seat to fall to the level in which was chosen and the same goes for adjusting the seat to an upright position as well. We love this feature! And you need not worry, it is completely safe as we have moved it both with our little in and out and there has been no rapid falling of the seat whilst reclining.
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On the seat is a five-point harness for those growing Littles.
Although the harness is immensely adjustable, I did find a small detail that seems to bother me whenever I am securing our Bebe in her seat. The harness does not come from behind the seat through a loop but rather the other way around as if it is on backward so the belt that clips around the legs has a piece of fabric connection each strap and thus fabric is on top of the seat.
As for the buckle I love that it gives the ability to have the full harness or just the waist belt. We usually only use the waist belt because of our curious little lady who wants to break out but we do suggest using the full harness.
A nice feature for added comfort is the padding that is on the shoulder straps as well as the buckle at the bottom. We have never experienced imprints left on our Bebe or uncomfortable wear.
For the larger children there is a foot rest underneath the seat. We have an 8mo so we haven’t had experience with this part of the Peg Perego Booklet yet.
As for features such as snack trays and parent trays, the stroller is not equipped with them.
The Booklet does have a UV Protection sunshade and peak-a-boo window.

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With the design features aside, I would like to talk about terrain ability and maneuverability; we found that the Peg Perego Booklet had an amazing turn radius and if you are at all familiar with Portland cross walks, you know this is a great feature.
From every stroller we have tried- and we are avid stroller purchasers- the Peg Perego Booklet has the utmost best turn radius we have seen.
The ease from the turn radius leads for a smooth maneuver in any situation. When you have a sleeping Bebe, this could not be any more helpful.
As far as terrain goes, this is what we would call an urban stroller (especially with the sleek design) so it is not best equipped for off roaming situations due to the smaller wheels and compact body, but it isn’t horrible in them either. We do suggest remaining on pavement when in use though!

Don’t let that small frame fool you though; the Peg Perego Booklet has plenty of seat space.

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Although, because of that compact body, there is also a compact fold-up attached. All In all the frame and build are very light weight so carrying the Peg Perego Booklet around when folded is always done with ease. Fold up and set up are done with the most grace I have ever seen in a stroller. This is truly a one-hand process.
There are two bars on the bottom of the Peg Perego Booklet right above the bottom storage and when clinched together, in one clean swoop the Peg Perego Booklet folds up.
Sounds easy, eh? We guarantee you it is!
Setting the Peg Perego Booklet back up is just as smooth, there is a clip which keeps it folded and when slid up, the stroller pops up nearly on its own.
We couldn’t ask for any better!
Keep in mind that the Peg Perego Booklet is also self-standing which is great for optimum storage.
Peg Perego optimizes their products to work together, virtually anything can be purchased to go hand-in-hand.
If you have a newborn, the bassinet works great with the Booklet. For those who prefer carseats for newborn days, Peg Perego also has adapters.
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We have had an amazing run with our Booklet and aside from a handful of minor issues, we can see ourselves keeping the Peg Perego Booklet in full swing for years to come.
You can purchase your own Peg Perego Booklet here
Pros:
Easy fold up and unfold
Easy to clean
UVF sunshade
Hooks for diaper bag
Adjustable push bar
Great turn radius
Self standing
Lightweight
Large seat space
Compact frame
Cons:
Minimal storage
No snack tray or parent tray
Buttons stick when adjusting the push bar at times
Recommended for: we recommend the Peg Perego Booklet for parents who want an urban stroller with a compact frame that doesn’t compromise seat space. The peg Perego booklet has an optimal self-standing frame and easy one hand fold up. The Booklet is great for parents on the go and busy bebe.

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