What buggy to purchase is probably one of the biggest decisions in terms of baby kit. Bugaboo, uppa baby, icandy … It can seem to be an impenetrable field when there is so much choice and you haven’t even has the baby yet so have no idea how much you will even use the thing!
We did a lot of research prior to our purchase and for us the choice was made on three areas, brand, size and multi-use.
I loved the shape of the chameleon from the moment I saw it. It has a classic pram feel whilst still looking modern and I always noticed how smart it looked when I saw people pushing it out and about whether with the carrycot or the seat.
Our choice was also partly made on the size – it needed to fit through out doorway and although I loved the uppa baby vista too with all its tricks it was simply too wide. The same counted for the bugaboo donkey which has the ability to hold two seats for a baby and toddler if you were planning two in quick succession. I also knew I didn’t want a buggy too small as I thought I would eventually buy a lighter pushchair and didn’t feel that I liked the Bee enough for it to be both buggy and pushchair.
So pros and cons of the bugaboo chameleon after using it for over a year:
It is beautiful especially in the ‘classic’ style
It is brilliantly easy to manouve and the suspension is great especially when you have a newborn and worry about going over every little bump!
Dads love it too – it is smart, well engineered and the adjustable handle make it easy for them to push too
It works with the car seat and is a system from birth to 3.5years
It folds up well albeit in two parts and is pretty light considering its size
They hold their value in case you want to sell on in the future
It does fit on a London bus – just
It feels very sturdy and protective around your little one
The hood comes down nice and low which is useful to get them to sleep
To fold you have to take off the carrycot/seat which is annoying
You can’t use the basket under the carrycot very well – this is greatly improved when you switch to the seat
It is heavy – not as heavy as others but still enough to make you feel it if you are going up and down stairs a lot
The accessories are expensive. Need a matching footmuff that is the best part of £100 need an airy sun hood – £65
It doesn’t fit easily on a bus and you have to get on the back of most buses which then means leaving the baby whilst you go and tap your card at the front
Overall I’m extremely glad we got the Chameleon but after 6 months I have to say we have used our other smaller/lighter pushchair a lot more. Maybe it is because we are going up and downstairs all the time to get to our house but I just find the whole two things to carry down a bit much on a daily basis. However, for long walks, off road countryside and style the Chameleon definitely wins.