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Bugaboo - Gecko or Cameleon??

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kittypower Mon 30-Apr-07 14:14:38

We have decided on a Bugaboo (I know some people don't like them!) Do you think it is worth the extra to get the Cameleon rather than the Gecko??
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Nixies Mon 30-Apr-07 15:05:24

We've just made the same decision and are going with the Chameleon, mainly for the bar over the carry cot / seat part. Considering you will need to lift off the seat part to fold down the base, it just looked far easier to lift it off and carry around using the bar.
(Also, we were out to lunch yesterday and the toddler in a bugaboo at the next table was using the bar as a teething ring - a good bit of multi-tasking! )

I think the gecko doesn't have an adjustable handle either, which was vital to us as DH is a foot taller than me and has a bad back!

beckmo Mon 30-Apr-07 15:07:41

I like the gecko because I don't like the felt material on the cameleon.I think the carry handle on the cameleon makes it more practical and it is slightly higher -but for an extra £100 I can do without those things!Its also heavier than the gecko and I have stairs to drag it up....

krabbiepatty Mon 30-Apr-07 15:09:25

Watch out for the brakes on bugaboos, they get a bit wonky quite easily.

beckmo Mon 30-Apr-07 15:09:51

Then again -it has taken me all my powers of persuasion to get DH to spend out on a gecko. Maybe I prefer the gecko because I know there is no way I can push him any further!

MissTFied Mon 30-Apr-07 22:52:36

We looked at the Gecko and the Chameleon. We liked the basic design of both, but discounted the Gecko because of its lack of carry handle for the carrycot, and thought the Chameleon was too much money to pay for a carry handle/better suspension/adjustable main handle, so we went for a Frog on ebay and haven't been disapointed. I don't know why they discontinued the Frog in the first place.

Hanifah Thu 21-Jun-07 00:04:21

Hi,i have a bugaboo cameleon,for the record i think theyre a nitemare and wish id stuck with something simple like the 3d silvercross(whole reason for getting bugaboo was bcos of carrycot but its too heavy to take baby upstairs in anyway)not to mention the brake doesnt work properly when in motion (on tram etc-would b way too scared to get on bus as have no idea how to fold down those wheels,even dh struggles when getting it from car to use with car seat)also it doesnt shade the baby properly,is too open to dust etc and uhave to buy EVERYTHING for it,doesnt come with harness or anything,footmuff is expensive altho u can buy ur own and u HAVE to buy their parasol as others dont fit,only way to put mobiles on is on the bar infront which blocks d baby,ahh its just a nitemare,im told the pushchair part is much better but it doesnt look to comfy to me,having major regrets...also the fleecy material is VERY hot for summer, u cant fit bags or anything on the handle and its too flimsy anyway,feels like baby could just fly out,little basket doesnt give u much shopping space either...the wheels r also huge,the only good thing is it moves really lightly and is easy to push,oh and the zip up part is cool,its also nice to put the hood down,slightly up,more up etc and the pushchair part is good that u can choose the angle BUT the main problem is the carrycot is really narrow and if u have a big baby like mine(but only 3mths so unable to sit up) - what r u supposed to do when the babys squished but not old enough for the pushchair?It says 6mths + for the pushchair part, I dont mind putting ds in carseat/rockerchairs etc which are slightly seated but the bugaboo pushchair looks like its only possible for babies that can sit up properly(eventho u can lie it down its still a seat),dont want to ruin dh's back n make him uncomfortable BUT the carrycot isnt comfy anymore either.The washable materials are a nice idea but the cameleon ones get a bit bobbly looking due to the fleece material. All in all id say save ur money I feel embaressed when Im out cos it just doesnt seem comfortable or safe enough for the baby,I think its a gimmick and I wouldnt fall for it again. It does have its advantages and im looking forward to it when dh is a bit bigger later in the summer but I still regret it - Id go for something that u can fold up when travelling and put your car seat on without taking the whole thing apart, if u use the car a lot and have a small baby then it could b useful but as my dh didnt even sleep in his moses basket- there wasnt much hope for the carrycot which is similar size mattress if not slightly narrower in width. Anyway they look pretty dont think theyre chav just not all theyre made out to be!

everexpandingtum Thu 21-Jun-07 00:42:48

we've just gone for a gecko. We chose that over the chameleon as we already have a moses basket and travel cot and couldn't see that the chameleon offered us anything much more than that worth the extra money ( to us anyway). I guess if the height difference was relevent to us that would have played a part.

as we only have one care, i will be doing lots of walking/buses when he has the car and the bugaboo is just SO much easier to move about than all the other ones prams/pushchairs we tried. And as someone else mentioned it is very light to carry.

love it and very happy with our purchase!!!

although, i agree with beckymo, not sure i could have pushed DP any further on cost!!!

everexpandingtum Thu 21-Jun-07 00:42:50

we've just gone for a gecko. We chose that over the chameleon as we already have a moses basket and travel cot and couldn't see that the chameleon offered us anything much more than that worth the extra money ( to us anyway). I guess if the height difference was relevent to us that would have played a part.

as we only have one care, i will be doing lots of walking/buses when he has the car and the bugaboo is just SO much easier to move about than all the other ones prams/pushchairs we tried. And as someone else mentioned it is very light to carry.

love it and very happy with our purchase!!!

although, i agree with beckymo, not sure i could have pushed DP any further on cost!!!

Sixofone Thu 21-Jun-07 13:28:47

We have the Chameleon. Adjusting handlebar a godsend for me who is short and my hubby, who isn't. We decided it would be dangerous to take carry cot off frame with baby in it without a handlebar (and the gecko doesn't have one).

Also, our dd used the carrycot as her bed for the first about 8 weeks (she just would NOT sleep in a moses basket) so we are glad we got the Cham that has the better mattress.

However a year down the line I just want to 'fold and go' so am thinking of buying a lightweight McLaren or something...but we definitely think the Chameleon was worth buying

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