I never write review posts; it’s never been my intention to make my blog in to a business (although I’m sure my partner would be happy if I did!) so I never really felt the need. However, on Saturday we went in to our local town centre and when we were in the lift at WHSmiths a couple got in and were asking about our pushchair. It made me realise quite how passionate we are about the one we chose and that we really did make the best decision, so here is my Bugaboo Cameleon review…
First things first, the model is a Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and we chose the colour pack to have a red hood and a dark grey base – this means that the bottom section of the carrycot and the pushchair seat are grey, as is the basket and the canopy and carrycot cover are red. We chose red because we were ‘team yellow’ so we wanted a unisex colour and we thought that the dark grey seemed to go pretty well. We even decided that should we wish to change the colour in future it didn’t matter hugely as a new colour pack wasn’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things. At the time, it was a bit of an impulse purchase (you can read about us buying it here) when we were both earning quite a lot of money and living in a one bedroom flat so I can’t say for certain whether it would even be an option if we were in a different position, but I’m glad we bought it when we did.
“The 3rd generation of the iconic all-in-one stroller is even more versatile, stylish and functional than ever before. Light and compact, it’s also easy to lift and store. Suitable for a newborn or toddler, the multi-terrain Bugaboo Cameleon³ can seamlessly adapt to your journey – whethers that’s through the city, woods, sand or snow. The original and best just got even better.
To personalise your Bugaboo Cameleon³, choose a base fabric colour, then a tailored fabric set colour. Bugaboo Base fabric and tailored fabric are 600 denier; strong, durable, UPF 50+ and weather-resistant.
What you get:
The reasons we chose it are:
- It was pretty, and I was a bit of a princess, spoilt brat that really wanted it.
- It is multi terrain – meaning we could take it on dog walks with our in laws who had moved in to a cottage in a tiny village surrounded by muddy fields, we wouldn’t suffer in the snow, and we could take it on holiday. The front wheels can be locked in to position too, so no issues with the twisty wheels taking you off in random directions. The handlebar can be switched over too so you can have the larger wheels at the front.
- It’s light! It was one of the lightest pushchairs we had a go with, as I get awful sciatica and my partner gets a sore back from having a very manual job we decided we wanted something as light as possible.
- The carrycot can be used as a moses basket! When we went away (my family all live up North) we didn’t have to pack a moses basket as well as the pushchair because it had a fab mattress and was as spacious as a moses basket meaning we could actually fit everything we needed in the car.
- It can be used for a toddler (it even has adjustable suspension); we didn’t want to have to buy a stroller when he was bigger, we saw it as an investment really – we even called it our 2nd car!
- It was a travel system. We bought the maxi cosi cabriofix car seat and the connectors that attach it to the frame of the pushchair so that quick trips in to town weren’t too much faff. It was great being able to just get him out of the car in the seat and pop it on the base.
- It had parent facing or outward facing options. I always wanted to be able to see my baby to know that he’s ok, because I’m a bit anxious in that way. In the end I loved having him facing me so much that he still does at almost two years old. There have been loads of articles (read one here) about the benefits of parent facing which means I get to tell everyone else that it’s for him, and not me, but really it’s for both of us. I could go off on a tangent about why I like parent facing, but I’ll let you do a bit of googling on the subject.
- We wanted something that was of a really good quality that would last. Not just last for one child, but so that we could store it and use it again whenever we decide to have a second child.
- Lastly, it had to be simple to use. I’m a bit ditzy sometimes and can’t figure out how things work, so we needed one that was simple. It still took me a little while to figure it out, but it’s like second nature now – the wheels pop off at the press of a button so if they are too big for a small boot it’s really not much bother. I always managed to get it in to my friend’s Peugeot 206; we have a skoda octavia so boot space was no issue for us.
- The tyres are filled with gel, so no flat tyres! We recently saw a family getting out of their car and having to pump up the tyre of their pushchair before they went anywhere, can you imagine how annoying that is, and if it were raining too? Not. A. Chance.
After we bought it we found out that lots of celebrities have bugaboos. It was even rumoured that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had bought one for Prince George, which makes me feel like I’m in an elite owners club (the Daily Mail refers to them as the ‘Bugaboo Brigade’), I love spotting other parents with them and feel like we should have some kind of secret handshake or nod of the head. Some British celebrities with the Bugaboo Cameleon include James Corden, Tom & Giovanna Fletcher, Fearne Cotton and Elton John.
I honestly cannot recommend it enough, although everyone’s needs are different, this seems to cater for most of them. Admittedly I have never tried to get on public transport with it so I can’t offer any advice regarding that, but it is a dream to push along, and I am never worried about it breaking or not being able to get over bumps. Oliver always seems happy in it too.