Spring 2014 saw the debut of the father-and-son duo, as “Daddy’s Diary” became the featured article in the new edition of the Isetan-Mitsukoshi baby goods catalogue.
In addition to the diary, I also reviewed the Bugaboo Chameleon buggy, a stroller that’s a favourite of parents in the UK and the US, but not seen so often in Japan.
Twinkletame and I had had long discussions about strollers. I dislike most of those you find in Japanese baby departments as they are too small, unstable, and I always seem to trip over the back wheels.
The Bugaboo Chameleon though is something else…! Really nice build quality, sturdy with large wheels that make it easy to mount kerbs and cross uneven surfaces. We’ve also used it in the Tokyo snow without a problem (just reverse the handle so that the large wheels are at the front). The handle is adjustable meaning that even tall people like myself can use it with having to bend over – or trip over the wheels. Also, it’s perfect to attach windmills to!
Following our test we looked into buying it, and were delighted when the manufacturers kindly allowed us to keep the one we had. Big thanks to all at Bugaboo for their generosity.
Ricky himself loves it, giving him a smooth ride wherever he goes.
Thanks also to writer / editor Sumiko Ayata for coordinating this / making it all possible.
Update: 2.5 years with the Bugaboo Chameleon3
The Bugaboo Chameleon3 really has stood the test of time. It has been just fabulous, and we can continue to use it on an almost daily basis.
Ricky is no longer a baby: he now weighs 15kg, and is always jumping around all over the place. The Bugaboo hasn’t suffered any damage in all the many miles we’ve travelled, and remains completely solid – unlike another (cheap) buggy we had which has required 2 wheel replacements.
Since our second son Jack was born last autumn, we’ve mainly kept it in newborn mode, with the flat pram-type top section (switching from city-mode to newborn mode is very easy). We also often use the pram section as a crib for Jack to lie in, especially when we get home from a trip out and he’s still asleep: we don’t want to wake him, so just remove the entire top section and place it (and him!) on the floor in the living room.
Ricky’s not left out either, as we recently purchased the wheeled board accessory so that he can stand on it behind Jack and also be pushed along.
Based on my experience over the past few years, if I was in the position again of choosing a first buggy, I would definitely go for the Chameleon3. It would be a great investment.