Let’s face it, there are a million decisions to make when it comes to choosing what products you are going to use for your baby – and from clothing to nursery furniture to types of baby food, those choices can seem bewildering at best.
Choosing a stroller can be particularly stressful since there are a load of similar-looking products on the market and also since it is a product you will be likely using on a daily basis. In short, the stakes are high.
Fortunately, Bugaboo tries at least to take the guesswork out of what kind of stroller to buy for your baby. This high-end stroller/car seat combo gives you style, safety and comfort in one elegant package and is a very popular buy for new parents.
This Bugaboo Cameleon 3 review will give you the information you need to make an informed choice before buying a stroller/car seat set.
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An Introduction to the Cameleon 3
Bugaboo has a well-earned reputation for being part of every stylish baby’s wardrobe and it designed with the thought of urban, chic parents in mind. And Bugaboo considers the Cameleon to be its iconic stroller, leading the rest of its products in both function and design. It has a vintage, perambulator sort of look but with all the modern conveniences and safety features that only modern parents can enjoy.
The shape of the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller itself has a charming, old-timey feel and color choices about for the seat/bassinet frame (which comes in an aluminum, black, elements or blended finish), the canopy (which comes in petrol blue, orange, ice blue, soft pink and red), and the seat (which comes in dark gray or black).
Parents are able to mix-and-match these colors to come up with a stroller which is uniquely designed for them. This gives each stroller a unique and fashionable look, one that has been designed to meet each family’s personal sense of style.
Safety and Comfort for Your Baby
While a stylish stroller is great, obviously the first thing on your mind is going to be keeping your baby safe and comfortable while you are out and about. Fortunately, the Bugaboo manages to balance all three. This stroller/bassinet/car seat combination come highly rated for safety. Parents will like features like the 5-point harness with adjustable straps that fits snugly around your baby no matter what his/her shape in order to keep them in place.
The designers of this stroller even help protect your baby from the sun: its bassinet cover has a sun protection factor of an impressive UPF +50, so there is no need to slather your baby down with sunscreen every time you leave the house. For parents living in sunnier areas, such as the South or Southwest, this is also an important consideration. Parents reported that this protection was one of their favorite features about this product.
Your baby’s comfort has also been thought of. Its lined, quilted interior and aerated mattress inlay guarantee that your baby will have a soft and comfortable ride; it also adjust so that your baby can lie flat on his back (remember, this is the safest position for infants to sleep in!), recline slightly or sit up, depending on how you want to set it up.
You can also adjust the stroller seat so that your baby can either look up at you or out at the world, depending on his/her preference. Its suspension and foam-filled rubber tires keep the ride smooth for your little one, even over rough, uneven surfaces. And that bassinet cover is not just for avoiding UV exposure: it keeps your baby covered if you are out in bad weather as well. For parents who live in a climate with a lot of rain such as the Northwest, for example, reliable weather protection is another important factor to consider when choosing a stroller.
Convenience for Mom and Dad
While baby is what’s foremost in the minds of Bugaboo designers, don’t worry – mom and dad have not been left out either, and there are plenty of features about this stroller that makes parents fall in love with it. It was definitely designed to make life easier for families who are often in transit (say between home and day care) and who want to make their frequent travels as easy and seamless as possible.
It is, to begin with, easy to fold up and store in your trunk so that you are not hampered when you are on the go. It also comes with generous under-the-seat storage space so that you can bring along your diaper bag, extra toys or blankets or whatever other paraphernalia you might need for the day.
Moms and dads will also be happy to learn that this system is also car seat compatible and will click easily into a car seat adaptor. The handlebar is adjustable for height, so it will be comfortable no matter who is steering and maneuvers easily around objects and into tight spaces, making it a good choice for parents who often bring baby out to eat.
It is also designed to be easy to care for and maintain, with all fabrics being machine washable and line dry. The aluminum chassis of the stroller and frame and be easily wiped off with a damp cloth in order to keep your baby’s environment clean without spending a ton of time on it.
Yet another feature that parents will be happy about is the fact that this product is meant to grow with your baby. It is approved for infants and young children between 4 and 37.5 pounds. This means that it is a good choice for premature babies who need extra support and protection due to lower birth weights.It also means that babies can use it through most of their toddlerhood and the seat itself is designed to be either a bassinet for
It also means that babies can use it through most of their toddlerhood and the seat itself is designed to be either a bassinet for baby for a reclined seat for older children. In other words, you can plan on having this stroller for a long time to come! And because of its high quality, parents will often save it for the possibility of younger siblings in the future. In other words, you don’t have to use this product for just one child.
Down Sides to Keep in Mind
No matter how well it is designed, the simple fact is that no stroller is perfect. It is important, before you buy this product, to understand its drawbacks. The good news is that the down sides to this stroller are minimal – and more importantly, do not affect the baby’s health or safety.
Although complaints about this product were few, one issue that cropped up was that some parents found it difficult to fold it easily into their car. While not everyone experienced this problem, for parents with small or compact cars, for instance, this might be something to consider.
Other parents found that when the larger wheels were in the front position, this made it easier to take the stroller over rougher terrain (such as unpaved trails or driveways) but slightly harder to steer. Again, however, these complaints were all fairly minor – though good to be aware of in order to get a well-rounded view of this product.
Mention should be made of the price as well. At around $1,239.00, this can be considered to be one of the more high-end strollers and while money is not a high consideration for some parents, for other families on a budget, the price can be a major drawback. However, the Cameleon does have a reputation for being long-lasting and many parents will use it for more than one child, making it a more reasonable investment.
In short, it is easy for parents – particularly for first-time parents – to stress over decisions like which kind of stroller to buy for their baby. This is a product that will need to last a family a long time and is often used on a daily – or sometimes nearly constant – basis, so it is no wonder that parents worry.
However, looking for a stroller that is safe and convenient as well as being stylish is a good bet, particularly if that stroller is designed to accommodate your baby as it grows into toddlerhood so you will not have to go out and buy a whole new product.
The Bugaboo Cameleon 3 has a lot of features for both baby and parents that make it a good choice, provided keeping a tight budget is not an issue. Parents are certain to be attracted to the vintage but urban style, while the safety features for baby and conveniences for parents are sure to make it loved for other, more practical reasons.
While there are some drawbacks to this stroller set, these are minimal and the vast majority of customers have been happy with their purchase. This emphasis on beauty and design make it a great purchase either by new parents or as part of a baby shower registry to get a little one off to the right start.