Bugaboo Camelion 3 review
An honest review of the Bugaboo chameleon 1 year down the line
On finding out we were expecting I initially didn’t look at prams, this was something we did when I was pregnant the first time and unfortunately miscarried so I wanted to wait until further Down the line. The purchase of our pram was probably the most important thing on our to buy list and something I did not want to get wrong. I can remember my mum saying (who looked after children for 20 years) to always invest in a good set of wheels otherwise you would probably always hate it and also want to change it. I also knew I wanted to buy a pram that I would be able to use
Once we had our 20 weeks scan we began to buy a few bits and started researching what new prams were on the market and also what styles we liked. Although I had heard of the bugaboo prams I hadn’t seen that many out and about. We first came across the it in mothercare and reggie walked straight up to it and said yep I love this one! I have to say on seeing it I pretty much instantly fell in love with the grey melange fabric and quilted cream interior. The price ticket very much reflects on the quality of the pram and something that did almost put us off however with Emelia being our first baby I wanted to buy a pram I A. Would t want to replace and B. Could use again.
There were several other prams we were debating between but we always came back to the bugaboo and I have not regretted the decision at all. It has been a dream. The bassinet is a brilliant size and Emelia stayed in he lay down cot till nearly 6 months and to be honest I think I probably could have kept her in it longer. She hadn’t out grown it didn’t seem uncomfortable or unhappy I just assumed that because she had been sitting since 3 months maybe having a more upright view would be better for her.
1 Hand assemble!
I can easily assemble the pram one handed. So on the odd occasion when Ive had to balance Emelia and precariously put together the pram its been very easy. Dissembling wouldn’t be as easy though and 2 hands would be required.
The basket size with the bassinet attached is fairly small and there isn’t much access to it however once the next stage seat is attatched it is easy to get to and large in size. It features a draw string so items can be well hidden and secured underneath without the addition of extra bags.
A break not quite where you'd expect
The pram break is located on the side of the pushchair as to oppose as a foot bar. This usually throws people off if they are pushing the pram but because we know no different it does not bother us at all. The harness features a 4 point click in for safety and the seat can recline into 3 different positions. You can front face or parent face the seat. Emelia is 1 and although I put her front facing she is always turning around trying to look for me so I still parent face her the majority of the time.
Pram off roading
I haven’t had many issues with this pram on different surfaces. We did initially want to purchase the bugaboo buffalo which is larger in size and has the same size back wheels on the front but with the ability to switch the Camelion handle over so that the larger wheels do the work on harder surfaces if your just occasionally doing “off road” style walking we decided to stick with the Camelion. I’ve used the pram on sand, stones, grass and obviously tarmac and the only time I have struggled is just on very lose gravel (which I think most wheels would struggle) and if I hit a largish stone or dip in the road or path.
I like that their is the option for a buggy board seat attachment if you have any more children and are not wanting to change to a double to accommodate. One off putting factor could be the expense of the accessories you may need for your pram. And just like everything else baby related you can pretty much get an accessory for just about everything! From cupholders to parasols, foot muffs and bags everything other than the chassis seat and carrycot is classed as an extra. To be honest a lot you don’t need. And those bits you do need there are plenty of universal products out there that would probably work just as well. We did purchase the bugaboo foot-muff simply because we wanted an exact colour match, but things like the parasol we have brought universal.
All in all so far this pram has been brilliant. It washes down perfectly and after a year of use the wheels are still in great condition and its not really showing any signs of wear.
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