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Not just another pretty face...

  • Feb 22, 2010
I have lusted after this stroller since seeing my first one several years ago. I know, they are EVERYWHERE and are thought of by many as “just a status symbol”. I assure you that this is NOT just a status symbol, and is popular due to its FABULOUS ride. It is SO smooth, turns on a dime, and has a true one-handed push. Yes, it is definitely pricey but not the most expensive out there, and in my humble opinion, worth the price. It comes with a bassinet setup as well as the toddler seat, and with all of the research saying how bad it is for babies to spend so much time in carseats (i.e. the “travel system”), the bassinet is a must-have for the parent who is concerned with possible oxygen desaturation, spine development, as well as "flat head" from carseat overuse in their newborns. The mattress provided gives just as comfy a bed as baby’s own crib at home.  I will say that in bassinet mode it does sit a little lower than I prefer, but that's my only little gripe.
As for the toddler seat, I love how upright the seat sits. My daughter loves sitting bolt-upright to see all that’s coming up. She naps so well in this stroller as well, I know it’s very comfy. It’s also extremely easy to reverse the seat to make it face me when we are chatting. 
The storage bag is very generous, and because it has a drawstring closure, keeps things clean and dry if you’re caught in a downpour. Luckily, should you be out in the rain, it also comes with a very nice, very tailored rain cover that will keep your baby cozy and dry. As for the other accessories, they aren’t included (except the bug net, which I have yet to use). However, they are very nice accessories, and where I live, the footmuff is a must-have. I have MANY many brands of footmuffs, but the Bugaboos are my favorite because they fit the stroller seat so well and are designed to not move around on you. Most footmuffs will scooch down as your kiddo moves and wiggles (as they all do!), and that drives me nuts! The Bugaboo footmuff stays securely and perfectly in place, keeping your baby cozy and warm. It’s not the thickest of footmuffs, but is perfect for fall temperatures. I happen to also love the parasol accessory, as it gives sun-protection without blocking baby’s view. 
Finally, my secret favorite attribute to the Cameleon is the ability to change out the fabrics. While this may sound frivolous and silly, I like it and will absolutely not apologize for it!  I can change colors with the seasons, holidays, and whatever just suits my fancy (for an extra cost, of course).
The major downside to the Cameleon is the fold/unfold.  It's a 2-piece fold, which for some is a deal-breaker.  It doesn't take that much room up in the trunk, as the 2 pieces do nest together nicely, or can be placed in different parts of the trunk if you're trying to stuff as much in as possible and are good at tangrams (you know, to figure out which pieces fit best where).  Once you get the hang of it, though, it's not too bad.  Maybe I'm uncoordinated, but it did take me a while to get the flick-and-kick just right to open it and not look like an idiot.  Otherwise, it's a truly great stroller!

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March 08, 2010
Great review, Jenn, thanks! Look forward to more!
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When looking for a baby stroller 17 months ago we decided on the Bugaboo Cameleon stroller.  I am so happy that we did for numerous reasons. It handles great in every type of weather (rain, sun and snow) It includes a bassinet (so baby can sleep flat instead of crunched) Once they are older they have a seat that can recline 3 ways User friendly Cleans well Handle adjust to different heights Excellent warranty (make sure you fill out the card) it's 3 years no questions asked.   Cons …
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The Cameleon stroller combines comfort and functionality, with an array of features for parents to tailor to their personal needs. The Bugaboo Cameleon base is an infant to toddler stroller that includes a stroller chassis, bassinet (for infants up to 19 pounds), and stroller seat (for children up to 40 pounds). Innovative features of the Cameleon include the famous reversible handlebar that instantly changes the direction of travel, a reversible seat that allows the passenger to look at mom and dad or out at the world, a 360-degree turning radius, and the signature Bugaboo suspension. Other features that distinguish the Camelon from other Bugaboo products include the height-adjustable handle bar, a larger under seat storage basket, a deluxe Aerosleep bassinet mattress for comfier napping and a larger seat and bassinet to accommodate taller children. The Cameleon is available in an exciting assortment of color combinations.

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Brand: Bugaboo
SKU: IQ1507

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