0 people bested this!
As soon as I clapped my eyes on the Bugaboo (it was a bit hard to avoid as every time I opened a glossy magazine, there was invariably some celebrity walking their little bundle along the streets of NY, LA, London) I knew it was the pram I wanted. Sure, its status as a ‘must-have’ baby item was a factor but more than that, the Bugaboo just looked so cool, I was sure it would change my life or at least my exercise habits.My husband needed more convincing but on the first day of my maternity leave when I was exactly 34 weeks pregnant, I started my Google search for all the coolest baby essentials...including the bugaboo.I looked at various prams, including the Bugaboo, Stokke Xplory, Macclaren, and one of the crucial facts in buying the bugaboo, besides the obvious appealing array of color choices and the ability to buy even more custom ones, was that the bugaboo could double as a bassinet for the first few weeks. This was very important as we have only one bedroom and hadn’t decided on a crib, besides cribs are so big for the little one. The ability to choose your own colour combinations with the Bugaboo Chameleon was a big hit with me as well; we chose a dark grey base with orange fleece and we also ended up buying a custom made cover.Developed by Dutch designer Max Barenburg and his physician brother-in-law Eduard Zanen, in an attempt to create a stroller that was both fashionable and functional, the Bugaboo first hit the pavements in 1999 in Holland with the Frog model. It became popular with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker and its status as a ‘must-have’ item for parents was born. To offer more choices, Bugaboo introduced the Gecko, Chameleon and Bugaboo By range to offer rabid parent consumers a wider choice.More recently, Bugaboo now offers the hood, seat and apron in the same canvas material that the base is made from. Personally, I think I would have preferred this to the fleece. However, I have washed my fleece hood and seat several times and they come up very well. There is also a Bugaboo Chameleon Denim model available now, which will appeal to funky urbanites who love the hard-wearing and classic material.The Bugaboo is a pram that draws admiring (and sometimes envious) glances from people. It is expensive but I figure that it is probably the biggest equipment purchase you will make and something that you will be using daily. The Bugaboo is also a fashion accessory; it is chic, sleek and functional. Just like the fashion sense I am aspiring to, although sometimes it is hard when you are sleep-deprived and don’t have time to do your hair.I have purchased additional accessories for my Bugaboo - footmuff, UV sunshade and cup holder. There is also a Bugaboo Breezy canopy hood, which offers extra ventilation on hot days. Interestingly, as Bugaboo brand awareness has grown, so too has the incidence of Bugaboo thefts! We were advised to always have it well concealed in the car as Bugaboos have a high resale value on places like eBay.ProsLightweight. Streamlined and easy to maneuver. Adjustable tension settings on wheels.height-adjustable, telescoping handlebar that changes direction so that you can have baby facing you. You don’t realize the necessity of this until you start walking with another stroller.Larger undercarriage bag - 6.3 GallonsPick and mix your own color combos.Long Seat/Bassinet Frame, accommodates a child as they grow four more inches.User adjustable front suspension stiffness Oversized, sun canopy Sport Fleece Tailored Fabric Colors: Sport Fleece wicks away moisture keeping baby drier and cooler than other strollers Carry Handle across seat/bassinet frame: The carry handle makes the sale for the Cameleon. The bassinet is easier to carry in the Cameleon because of this handle. When in the seat, it become a grab bar - great for hanging toys Separates into two (2) pieces during folding: Two piece fold makes stroller much lighter than its rivals. You now have two lighter pieces to manage versus one heavy stroller Removed, Seat sits upright without assistance: When removed from the stroller, the seat can be set on the floor without tipping backwards or sideways (the GECKO does not do this) Looks great!ConsThere are a lot of extras that you just want to buy to customize your stroller...cup holder...bag clips...FAQs about that BUGABOO CAMELEON...Are there ever coupons or discounts on Bugaboo? Answer: No, Are the differences between the Gecko and Cameleon worth $200? Answer: Yes, for a tall person who seeks an individualized stroller which is the top of the line, the Cameleon shines When do you adjust the front suspension? Answer: Every 8 lbs, adjust the front suspension to be stiffer When do babies get out of a stroller? Answer: It depends on 1st child or 2nd child, but typically around 4 to 4-1/2 years old Can I buy a Cameleon without the $99.00 textile? Answer: Not really because you will have NO sun canopy and an incomplete bassinet What's included as Standard for $879.00? Aluminum Chassis One (1) Seat/Bassinet Frame Base Fabric for the Seat Frame Base Fabric for the Bassinet Aerosleep TM Matress Two (2) Rear inflatable wheels Two (2) Front Adjustable suspension, swivel wheels Bug netting (not UV Rated) Storm cover for keeping the rain out Maintenance Kit Instructions, warranty card and DVD Tailored Fabric includes: Sun Canopy Textile, Bassinet Foot Covering Textiles, Seat Back Textiles