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Bugaboo Cameleon

Strollin': Bugaboo Cameleon

First up on my Right Start stroller review — the multi-terrain Bugaboo Cameleon! Born in 1999 in Holland, the best-selling Dutch stroller has quickly become a favorite for families all over the world. The beautifully crafted travel system can work for a baby from day one through their toddler years.

Configured with an adapter, the base of the Bugaboo Cameleon ($899) fits many infant car seats (Graco Snugride, Maxi-Cost Mico, and Peg Primo Viaggio) which makes it easy for moms to transfer the child from the car to the stroller with one simple snap. While most car seats are safe and cozy havens for wee ones, many doctors advise parents not to let the child spend too much time in the seat as they need to develop their muscles and stretch out their body. For parents who plan on spending lots of time on the go with their newborn, the bassinet feature of the Bugaboo Cameleon is an added bonus.

To find out more fun facts about the Cameleon and see a video of it in action,

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Many parents find the bassinet reason enough to buy the expensive stroller. Suited for a newborn, infants can sleep easy while mommy runs errands or lunches with the ladies. Back home, some parents choose to lock the break and keep the stroller stationary making the bassinet the baby's actual sleeping place for the first few weeks of life. This eliminates the purchase of a Moses basket or co-sleeper.

Once the child graduates from the bassinet stage, they move into the bucket seat that pops onto the original base and can grow with a youngster until 40 pounds or four-years-old. When parents opt to have another lil one, they can add a wheeled stepping board for the older child to coast on while his lil sidekick rests.

Some of the benefits of the Cameleon are that you can move the adjustable handle bar (great for height differentiated families) back and forth so you can watch your tot snooze or choose to let him soak in the sights. The foam filled tires make for a smooth ride and less stops at the air filling station. Additionally, parents can pimp their wee one's rides by customizing their colors and fabrics, which are also machine washable — a huge perk for moms of messy youngsters!

As a multi-terrain stroller, the Bugaboo Cameleon can take a family anywhere. The downside is that most families end up buying another lightweight stroller in addition to the Cameleon as it is not the easiest stroller for travel. It is on the heavier end of the scale weighing 21 pounds and breaking it down is not a simple task, as you have to remove the seat or bassinet before folding it up for storage. However, like most strollers, many moms I know agree that you just get used to it and it becomes second nature.

Tell us what you think about the Bugaboo Cameleon.

We will be finishing off our mini season of original stroller reviews with a special giveaway in October. Stay tuned for more details.


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quivondra quivondra 7 years
I got one recently but haven't used it as my baby is still in my belly :) I will say this, we were able to find ours for around 700 including shipping... which is a bit better than $899. You should look on cost comparison sites if you're serious about buying one.... or consider buying floor models should they become available at stores/boutiques. The other thing to consider is that the resale value of these is upwards of 300-500 bucks, so if you keep it in good shape, you can get quite a few bucks back. Finally, you can always jump on craigslist and find a used one for that price including all the additional perks (i.e. drink holder, mosquito net, etc.)
quivondra quivondra 7 years
I got one recently but haven't used it as my baby is still in my belly :) I will say this, we were able to find ours for around 700 including shipping... which is a bit better than $899. You should look on cost comparison sites if you're serious about buying one.... or consider buying floor models should they become available at stores/boutiques.The other thing to consider is that the resale value of these is upwards of 300-500 bucks, so if you keep it in good shape, you can get quite a few bucks back. Finally, you can always jump on craigslist and find a used one for that price including all the additional perks (i.e. drink holder, mosquito net, etc.)
Greggie Greggie 7 years
It was just the basic Graco travel system, but purchased back in 2000. I didn't realize the newer ones didn't have it.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 7 years
My Bugaboo Frog was the best baby present we got! Living in a city (and not having a car), we tend to walk everywhere - miles and miles every day - and I am so comforted knowing that he is comfortable in it. From the day he came home from the hospital, we have used this stroller and been thrilled with it. While I will admit that we got an umbrella stroller for public transportation and travel, I have also traveled with the Bugaboo and found it to be fine (though a little cumbersome). Even when we have had issues with it (a tire leaking, a rain cover that mildewed, etc.), the company has been great about replacing items free of charge (they even overnighted us a new wheel). Needless to say, I'm a huge fan. We have used it everyday for 2.5 years and I will be sad when my son actually outgrows it. It really is a great investment!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 7 years
My Bugaboo Frog was the best baby present we got! Living in a city (and not having a car), we tend to walk everywhere - miles and miles every day - and I am so comforted knowing that he is comfortable in it. From the day he came home from the hospital, we have used this stroller and been thrilled with it. While I will admit that we got an umbrella stroller for public transportation and travel, I have also traveled with the Bugaboo and found it to be fine (though a little cumbersome). Even when we have had issues with it (a tire leaking, a rain cover that mildewed, etc.), the company has been great about replacing items free of charge (they even overnighted us a new wheel). Needless to say, I'm a huge fan. We have used it everyday for 2.5 years and I will be sad when my son actually outgrows it. It really is a great investment!
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
Greggie, I had no idea you could get a Graco with a bassinet attachment! What 'style' was yours ... if I were to look it up how would I do that?
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
Greggie, I had no idea you could get a Graco with a bassinet attachment! What 'style' was yours ... if I were to look it up how would I do that?
Greggie Greggie 7 years
Aren't most travel systems at least two strollers in one? Our Graco one was three - one as a carrier for the bucket seat, one with the bassinet, and a regular stroller on its own.I kinda figure if I can spare $700 for a stroller, my kids' college funds are pretty secure as well. *lol* I keep coming back to just drool over it. I can't even afford one secondhand.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
Aren't most travel systems at least two strollers in one? Our Graco one was three - one as a carrier for the bucket seat, one with the bassinet, and a regular stroller on its own. I kinda figure if I can spare $700 for a stroller, my kids' college funds are pretty secure as well. *lol* I keep coming back to just drool over it. I can't even afford one secondhand.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 7 years
Sorry. That's about $700 that could go someplace more worthwhile.. you know, like a COLLEGE fund.
tigerlily10 tigerlily10 7 years
If you're a city dweller, this is a great stroller for "around the neighborhood". It goes over curbs and cobblestones very smoothly. It's also very easy to steer with one hand (I'm able to walk my dogs at the same time).Lugging it up and down subway stairs is another issue entirely -- it's big and awkward (and then there's the inevitable stink eye from other commuters). I can't wait until my daughter is big enough for a cheapo umbrella stroller.
tigerlily10 tigerlily10 7 years
If you're a city dweller, this is a great stroller for "around the neighborhood". It goes over curbs and cobblestones very smoothly. It's also very easy to steer with one hand (I'm able to walk my dogs at the same time). Lugging it up and down subway stairs is another issue entirely -- it's big and awkward (and then there's the inevitable stink eye from other commuters). I can't wait until my daughter is big enough for a cheapo umbrella stroller.
marieantoinette marieantoinette 7 years
nice to see that people like this stroller, I've just bought one in beige.quite pricey but you get two stroller in one so i think it's worth it, and this is for our first child.
marieantoinette marieantoinette 7 years
nice to see that people like this stroller, I've just bought one in beige. quite pricey but you get two stroller in one so i think it's worth it, and this is for our first child.
kmkbean kmkbean 7 years
Thanks Baby for the review. Am looking for strollers right now and it is so hard to decide. Would love to hear more moms opinions.
macgirl macgirl 7 years
My Chameleon was a gift from my mother in law. Without her I wouldn't have it as I could never spend that kind of money. This stroller with it's basinet feature was such a lifesaver. Having to take a 6 week old baby to 3 hour Little League games for my 9 year old was a scary thought. This basinet made it so much easier. I could change his diaper and put him down for a nap and keep him bundled up and snug as a bug for those evening games in March. I love the handle that can move from one side to the other by the simple squeeze of a couple of buttons. While I don't use that feature to change him from forward to rear facing as I would rather remove the seat and turn that around- it has come in handy when we are in restaurants and I have him butted up against the table and want to move his stroller more out of the way. I agree with Katedavis that it works well for travel in the car as it gets down pretty small (now that I'm not using the basinet feature). Very true that it isn't good for public transportation as it doesn't collapse in one piece.
aj17 aj17 7 years
This is my dream stoller! I love that it is machine washable!
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I have the Frog and I LOVE it too. In helping to rationalize the price my husband and I figured we wouldn't have to buy a bassinet/pack n play b/c the baby can sleep in the bassinet of the stroller, and we didn't need to buy a booster seat b/c a baby can eat in the stroller- you can flip the handle bar or drop it to the floor to put it right up against a table. And you don't need to buy a snap n go if you have a graco car seat because the base works for that.I walk around all day with my son and it is SOOOOO easy to push and steer. We definitely made the right choice for us. I also love that it comes apart in 2 pieces so you don't have to lift anything heavy into a car (and if you're packing the car up for a trip you can put the pieces in different places in the car to pack more efficiently). Downside: I haven't taken public transportation with it b/c it would be a nightmare and I can't bring myself to wait for someone to help me with it.
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I have the Frog and I LOVE it too. In helping to rationalize the price my husband and I figured we wouldn't have to buy a bassinet/pack n play b/c the baby can sleep in the bassinet of the stroller, and we didn't need to buy a booster seat b/c a baby can eat in the stroller- you can flip the handle bar or drop it to the floor to put it right up against a table. And you don't need to buy a snap n go if you have a graco car seat because the base works for that. I walk around all day with my son and it is SOOOOO easy to push and steer. We definitely made the right choice for us. I also love that it comes apart in 2 pieces so you don't have to lift anything heavy into a car (and if you're packing the car up for a trip you can put the pieces in different places in the car to pack more efficiently). Downside: I haven't taken public transportation with it b/c it would be a nightmare and I can't bring myself to wait for someone to help me with it.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 7 years
This stroller ROCKS! I have had the Bugaboo Chameleon since my son was born (he is now 18 months). I can't say enough great things about this stroller. If you can afford the splurge, do it! You will be SO happy that you did! I would also recommend the Bee if you are looking for something more compact and travel a lot. I have been extremely happy using both!
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Surprisingly, it looks easy to compact.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I would KILL for a Bugaboo. It's one of the few high-end items that I actually want, and dream of getting. Unfortunately it's way out of our price range. Most travel systems I've seen with a bassinet feature allow the handle to be flipped to baby can face toward or away, though. The bassinet of those double at home as well. At least the one I used for my two older sons had both those features, and were regular Graco travel systems. Also, height adjustable ones are common now. Still, I dream of the ease of handling of the Bugaboo. They also fold a lot flatter than any other travel system. At this point, with my daughter out of the bucket seat for the most part, I dream of finding a good, easily steered umbrella stroller with a good basket underneath and realistic hooks for my purse.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I would KILL for a Bugaboo. It's one of the few high-end items that I actually want, and dream of getting. Unfortunately it's way out of our price range.Most travel systems I've seen with a bassinet feature allow the handle to be flipped to baby can face toward or away, though. The bassinet of those double at home as well. At least the one I used for my two older sons had both those features, and were regular Graco travel systems. Also, height adjustable ones are common now. Still, I dream of the ease of handling of the Bugaboo. They also fold a lot flatter than any other travel system.At this point, with my daughter out of the bucket seat for the most part, I dream of finding a good, easily steered umbrella stroller with a good basket underneath and realistic hooks for my purse.
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
I've always thought this was an interesting stroller... but in addition to that I've also thought would I really want to pay $899 for a stroller?! But Babysugar you have pointed out some really awesome features that I had no idea about: --the bassinet can be used for night sleeping instead of having to buy an additional bassinet --the lock looks awesome... I'd have to check it out in the store myself, but it looks like it would be secure and do its job --the handle adjusts for different heights --> I'm 5 ft even and my guy is 6'2" so this feature would be amazing for us --you can flip the handle bar so that the baby is facing forwards or backwards the only con that I can think of right now is that it doesn't come with its own infant seat and you would have to buy that too (even more $$ to spend) . ... Oh and the cost of the stroller is still a con for me ;)
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