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A reversible buggy for a 10mo after a Bugaboo Cameleon

Eline • 20 Nov 2021

Hi!

I'm looking for a new stroller for my 10-month-old son. At the moment we're still using a second hand Bugaboo Cameleon with the seat unit but it's so big and we don't live on the ground floor, so we're looking for something simpler now. I check your site regularly for specs and reviews when I see a buggy on sale but there's always something that keeps me from buying! I've read all your guides, but still can't figure out which one would be best.

My son is quite big, so I would like one that has a bit more spacious seat (if that's even a problem with a buggy, I don't know) and can go until 22 kilos. I also would really like a reversible seat because I love to talk to him during walking. I use the basket below a lot so it would also be nice if there was a large basket. We will mostly be walking in the city, but of course, the stroller should be able to move forward for the occasional forest walk. At the moment I have to first bring the baby upstairs, and then come back for the Bugaboo, so it would be nice to be able to carry both baby and stroller at the same time. However, I assume a buggy will be a lot smaller than the Bugaboo anyway, so compactness and weight aren't the biggest issues.

As for budget, we don't want to spend too much, but we're willing to spend a bit extra for a good quality stroller that checks a lot of boxes.

I read the Oyster 3 review and that one seemed really interesting and seemed to check most boxes but it's not for sale here in The Netherlands unfortunately! :(

I hope you'll be able to help us!
Thanks a lot in advance :)

Eli • 22 Nov 2021

Hello, Eline!

There are two opposing things in your demands, which means I cannot really make you 100% happy. To me, you know, it seems like you need a buggy. And a buggy means simpler, smaller, lighter, and that means not a reversible stroller. I mean, you already have an actually rather lightweight reversible pram, which is your Bugaboo Cameleon, and because of its reversibility, it is bulkier. Almost every full-featured stroller will be like that or even heavier (the Oyster 3 most certainly is more compact but heavier for sure, thus not a buggy really, more of a full-sized pushchair... So, even if it ticks on the box of reversibility and compactness enough, it is not what you need.

The reversible pushchairs of lower weight, if I really have to suggest some, would be the Cybex Mios, Easywalker Charley (full Easywalker Charley review here and similar... but they are not all-terrain much, even if these two are actually quite well built, so some grass will be fine... A real " reversible buggy" here will be, I believe, only a Cybex Eezy S-Twist2, so maybe check that, as no other buggies are reversible, really. Again, it will be smaller, simpler, less sturdy, all that a buggy normally is.

Moving on, I'll tell you what I would actually do. I would still use your Cam, as it is not a bad choice for a lighter reversible-seat pram. I would use it about 2 to 4 months longer until you feel like you can go to a non-reversible stroller, not needing the parent-facing option anymore... Then I'd get a lightweight, comfort pushchair that only faces forward, making your buggy of choice MORE affordable, lighter, more spacious, more compact and easier to carry, and lasting till the end (e.g. an Oyster Zero, a TFK Dot 2 or a Baby Jogger City Mini GT2.

Hope I helped and inspired you enough! Take care, Eline.

Your -very berry- Eli.

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