September 6th, 2012
The New Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller
So, you may ask yourself what the real differences are, and how they will really affect you and your decision to buy one of these beauties. Here’s a helpful rundown for you;
New for the launch of the Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller is a brand new base color. Black has now joined the lineup, along with current colors Sand, Dark Brown, and Dar Grey. Even though the Dark Grey color often passes for black, more and more customers have been asking for a true black and Bugaboo delivered.
Tailored Fabric Sets
This is, perhaps, the most noticeable aesthetic change. Previously, the tailored fabrics came in 3-piece sets; (1) the stroller canopy, (2) the bassinet apron, and (3) the seat inlay. Going forward, Bugaboo made the tailored fabrics 2-piece sets consisting of the stroller canopy and bassinet apron only. This creates a more visually streamlined look. To make this easier to visualize, your stroller seat will now be the color of your base color (Sand, Black, Dark Brown, or Dark Grey). The seat inlay or “slip cover” is gone! Also new to this year’s color pallet is the introduction of Petrol Blue.
For those of you who have tried the current Bugaboo Cameleon, this will resonate well. Bugaboo removed the two small clips that hold the stroller chassis’ front and rear frames together when collapsed. Without these clips unfolding the stroller is much simpler and easier.
As I eluded to earlier, the design has not changed much. However, what has been changed makes a huge difference. The main aesthetic difference is in the front wheel top rims. In the previous version, the front wheels penetrated trough the wheel slots much like a stem on a fruit. The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller has a clean cap, or to use my fruit analogy, the stem has been sliced off! It creates a much cleaner look. The other noticeable change is in the wheels. The design is more current with eye catching 5-Star spokes.
One Hand Release Bassinet
Bassinet can be released by one hand from the chassis. You will still need to push the bassinet release button on each side, but it’s now possible to push one at a time, rather than having to push them both at the same time (thus needing 2 hands).
Easy Releasing Wheels
All Bugaboo Cameleon3 wheels can easily be released by Bugaboo’s recognizable white buttons. This feature is particularly useful when putting the stroller in the Bugaboo Transport Bag.
The chassis is made even stronger; the new construction of the connecting plastic joints and the aluminum tubes going into those parts, makes the total stroller more solid. I have, personally, had a Bugaboo Cameleon stroller for 5 years and never had an issue. So, I can imagine that reinforcing an already tried and tested product will only lead to more satisfied customers and an even longer usage cycle.
Flat Fold Bassinet (With Attached Fillets)
Fold your bassinet fully flat with a few easy adjustments for compact transportation and storage. The basinet supports, or fillets as they are more formally referred to as, are much easier to put up and take down. This makes it very easy to fold it up and make it more compact in a hurry. To ensure that you never lose them, these fillets are now woven into the bassinet fabric.
Padded Adjustable Harness
The height-adjustable shoulder buckles secure a safe fit for a growing child. Basically, the seat buckle padding is a little thicker and more comfortable. Additionally, it is now easier to tighten the straps to secure your child once in the seat, making it safer than ever.
Maximized Underseat Bag
The maximized underseat bag optimally uses the available space under the stroller for storage of your goods and can be closed, so your belongings don’t fall out when carrying the compact chassis. If you are very familiar with the old Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller, you will notice that this bag fastens to the stroller frame easier (with clips rather than velcro), and is slightly larger.
The Bugaboo Cameleon3 Stroller carry handle can swivel! Previously constructed with a single piece of inflexible hard plastic, the new carry handle unclips easily and swivels to provide easy access in and out of the stroller seat.
Even though the stroller looks quite similar to the old Bugaboo Cameleon, don’t be fooled. There are more than enough enhancements on the new Bugaboo Cameleon3 or Cam3 to make it worth your while, and more importantly the $979 price tag.Tweet This Post Bugaboo Product Reviews Uncategorized No Comments »
October 5th, 2011
The Bugaboo Donkey had a limited production run in early April 2011. Customers snatched them up almost as fast as an iPhone on opening day. Since April, it’s been hard to get one…until now. October 1st marked the nationwide release of the Bugaboo Donkey stroller, which is now available at many retail stores across the US. We started selling them a few days ago, and they are still flying out the door…
There has been so much publicity about this new breakthrough stroller, but there are still so many people that are not quite sure what it is or why and when to buy one. So, I wanted to take a few minutes to answer some of the FAQs we’ve been getting in hopes of providing you all with a better understanding of the wonderment that is the Bugaboo Donkey.
What’s so great about this stroller?
The Bugaboo Donkey is a revolutionary product for it’s function. It is a single stroller that will expand into a double. The expansion is made possible by releasing 3 clips and pulling the stroller out width-wise. It’s really as easy as it sounds. It takes approx 15 seconds to expand or contract the stroller.
As a parent of 2 boys and a store owner selling these products, I’m a huge fan of strollers that can accommodate multiple children while still being able to function as a true single stroller. In years past, customers would purchase a large, clunky double stroller if they had 2 kids. However, what happens when you only have 1 of them that morning? Or the older one is now in pre-school. Do you just push your large double around with one empty seat? or perhaps buy a single stroller just for those days? Yesterday, I might have advised you to do one of those things. Today, there are a few stroller companies that have engineered the perfect strollers to accommodate a growing family. Bugaboo is one of them, and the Donkey is the newest and best (to-date).
There are 3 Bugaboo Donkey models. Which one should you buy?
Before I answer that, I’d like to clarify that all 3 models share the SAME stroller chassis (frame). So, whether you purchase the MONO, DUO, or the TWIN version, the stroller frame is exactly the same. The Bugaboo Donkey MONO
So, again, regardless of the model you select, the stroller chassis (frame) will always be the same. So, if you are buying the Bugaboo Donkey MONO stroller now, all you need to purchase for baby #2 is the DUO extension kit which is essentially the second seat.
Can the Donkey fit through a normal doorway?
Yes! The Bugaboo Donkey MONO is 23.5 Inches wide. In the DUO/TWIN configuration, it’s 29 inches. A standard doorway measures 30 inches. So, in every configuration, the Bugaboo Donkey will easily fit through the door.
Is it easy to fold?
Yes! The stroller folds much the same way as the Bugaboo Cameleon. In addition to the 2-piece fold, the Bugaboo Donkey can also be folded as 1-piece. It’s a little bulkier and heavier to do it this way, but if you’ve got the space in your trunk it’s a little quicker. The stroller weighs 28.6 pounds as a MONO and 33 pounds as a double (DUO/TWIN). Definitely one of the lighter doubles on the market.
What about accessories?
Bugaboo has updated most of their stroller accessories this season to be compatible with all Bugaboo Strollers. So, whether you have the Bugaboo Cameleon
The Bugaboo Donkey is offered in 2 base colors, Sand and Black. The canopy (Stroller Canopy) and Tailored Fabric (Canopy + Bassinet Apron) colors are Black, Red, Off-White, Pink, Royal Blue, and Sand. In typical Bugaboo fashion, you can mix and match to create your own unique color pallet.
To sum it up, we think that the Bugaboo Donkey is an incredible product; a definite advancement in the stroller industry. Meeting the demands of a growing family, this stroller will be as popular in its MONO configuration as it is as a DUO/TWIN. It’s been a long time coming, but Bugaboo certainly did not disappoint. So, when you are thinking of dishing out about as much as you would for a used car, I would strongly consider this stroller.Tweet This Post bugaoo donkey review
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January 31st, 2011
BOB is abandoning the “AW” or All-Wheel term. Instead, they are classifying their strollers into two categories; CE for City Experience and SE for Sport Experience. For those of you that are familiar with the brand, the AW strollers featuring 3 12″ wheels are now known as “CE
New fabrics provide more technical benefits and bold new colors. The 2011 BOB Strollers are now available in Orange, Red, Navy, Yellow, Blue, Black, and Plum. If I had to try to describe the new fabrics, I’d say that they are more vibrant, lighter, and more resistant to the elements.
Integrated Accessory Adapter
This is perhaps the biggest change for the 2011 line. Brand new for all BOB strollers, the integrated accessory adapter allows for quick and easy installation of BOB infant car seat adapters and snack trays. Instead of having to bring your stroller into a bike shop and having to unscrew your adapter, this new system allows you to install and remove the adapters with the click of a button. Also, instead of a “one size fits all” adapter, BOB came out with separate adapters for each brand of car seat. BOB Single Strollers are now compatible with Graco, Peg Perego, and new for this year, Chicco Infant CarSeats. The BOB Duallie Strollers are compatible with the Graco Infant Car Seat adapter only.
The new and improved snack tray has room for a sippy cup, snacks, and more!
Improved Seat and Harness
With the new seat fabrics, BOB has also re-engineered the stroller seat itself. The ultra-supportive, redesigned seat now features heat press technology for additional padding and added back support. In layman’s terms, the seat has pockets of padding throughout the seat, similar to a pair of well padded bike shorts! Ultra soft and incredibly comfortable. The 5-point seat harness now features more padding to help secure children much more comfortably.
The 2011 BOB Strollers all feature a new buckle that fastens the stroller while folded. So, now your stroller will stay folded and safely locked in place.
The award winning (well, I’m not sure if they actually won an award, but we love it!) suspension has been improved as well. We can’t imagine a smoother ride, but BOB continues to improve their already flawless product.
BOB has really pulled out all the stops with this stroller. They managed to take the best jogging stroller on the market and improve upon it without losing their signature BOB style. We have been huge fans of this brand for years. With these new improvements to their 2011 BOB Stroller line, we are even more enthusiastic about the brand.
For those parents looking for an exceptional jogging stroller, or even a great all around stroller, BOB will not disappoint.Tweet This Post 2011 BOB Stroller Review bob stroller review
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April 29th, 2010
As all of you may have already heard, Stokke is coming out with the new 2010 Stokke Xplory Stroller this summer. Due to be released in June, it has now been pushed back to July 1st.
After playing around with the stroller for a while, I want to share my thoughts with you in hopes of answering most of your questions about it. There are several great blog entries about the new Xplory already on the web, so I thought I would focus on answering the most common or popular questions we’ve been receiving from our customers.
If you have the current Xplory in stores now, it IS possible to upgrade to the new one. For $399, Stokke will be offering a stroller seat package which will include the seat, seat fabric, canopy, and under seat bag. So, if you are getting ready for your second child and want to give your existing stroller a face lift, you are in luck!
So, what’s different about the stroller?
If you have an Xplory with serial number greater than 113464 (these have been in stores for months), the chassis will be almost exactly the same. The only differences are:
Chassis (Stroller Seat Frame)
- Brake pedal is now Red, not Cream colored
- There are 2 clips on the frame to hang your Stokke Changing Bag
- The under seat bag has been completely remodeled. It’s larger, has a zipper closure instead of a drawstring, and fastens to the chassis much easier than the current model.
Bassinet (available with the Stokke Xplory Complete Stroller Only)
The hard plastic shell that makes up the bassinet is exactly the same. The difference are:
- Textile set (fabric inside the bassinet) is completely different. Stokke replaced the current fabric with a new micro-fiber material. It’s designed to create a softer and smoother look and feel. It will also take moisture away from your child more efficiently, to keep them dry and cool. It’s also water resistant.
- The Canopy now has a visor (2 inch lip on the edge of the canopy). You can extend it or leave it tucked in. When extended, it gives your child more shade from harmful sun rays.
- There is a great mesh window on part of the canopy, designed for better ventilation. It can be opened and closed easily and securely.
This is where most of the changes are, such as;
- Increased comfort with upgraded textiles (same as the Bassinet).
- Deeper seat for increased comfort and support
- The back of the seat (previously exposed plastic) is now coated with the same color seat fabric for a sharper, sleek look.
- Tighter seat rail fabric padding with easy on/off capabilities.
- The footrest features a one-handed adjustment, as opposed to the current model which features 2 clips.
- The canopy is the same as the bassinet description above, complete with visor and mesh ventilation
- The under seat bag is larger and zips up for added security and convenience
So, what works and what doesn’t from the current to new model? The short answer is that all current accessories will fit the new Xplory. Here are the details;
- The new parasol does not need the clip/adapter piece anymore. It plugs right in. However, the current parasol WILL fit the new model
- The Sleeping bag is now only offered in one color, cream. It had been completely redesigned and will match any color stroller. The current sleeping bags WILL fit the new model
- The new Footmuff is softer, and has a drawstring to create a snug cocoon-like fit around your child. It’s also a bit larger. The current footmuff WILL fit the new model
- Car seat adapter have not changed at all and WILL fit the new model
- The changing bag has been completely remodeled. The current bag WILL fit the new stroller
- Also to come, Stokke is planning to add a summer kit (only to fit the New Xplory) and a sheepskin insert.
Stokke came out with a new Blanket that they refer to as the “Celebrity Blanket”. It’s soft and cuddly, but can also be used as a shield from the sun and wind. With 2 convenient snaps, it clips around the stroller canopy securely so that it won’t fly off. As a parent, I definitely appreciate that feature.
The new Stokke 2010 Xplory Stroller will be offered in 6 colors; Red, Purple, Green, Dark Navy, Blue, and Beige.
The Price will be increasing slightly. The Stokke Xplory Complete Stroller will retail for $1259.99. the Basic (without bassinet) will be $1059.99
The New 2010 Stokke Xplory Stroller will be available for pre-order in June for delivery during the first week of July. The dates may change, but this is what it is looking like at this point in time.
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In the meantime, if you have any other questions, feel free to contact us anytime.
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January 19th, 2010
The new Bugaboo Bee Stroller will be coming soon. The official date has not been announced, but it will be sometime in the Spring of 2010. Our best guest is sometime between May and July. We are all anxiously awaiting its’ release.
The new 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller will look very similar to its’ predecessor, however, there have been a few significant changes to improve the overall performance of the stroller. It looks like the designer, Jaap Der Boer, and the development team at Bugaboo listened to what customers had to say about the old Bugaboo Bee and worked hard to improve the already popular stroller. The seat is much larger and more aerodynamic and the knobs are easier to adjust and turn.
Some of the noteable changes are:
The new Bugaboo Bee features a height-adjustable backrest that simultaneously adjusts with the sun canopy and 5-point harness to four different height positions; a ground-breaking feature that has not yet been seen on any stroller in the market. This feature extends the height of the seat from 20 to 23.2 inches.
The new ergonomically shaped backrest has been redesigned to mirror the natural shape of a child’s back making the new Bugaboo Bee more comfortable for the child.Reversible Seat
The reversible seat has been re engineered with a circular joint system that allows the seat to be easily reversed so the child can either face the parent or the world.Wheels and Suspension
New rubber material and signature Bugaboo open star wheel design combine with less rigid, shorter springs for better driving Brakes
Optimized brake system. The way the brake works is the same, but the mechanism has been optimized to keep the brakes secure at all timesAccessories
The new Bugaboo Bee will now be compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Mico and Graco Snugride car seats. There will also be a new breathable seat liner, designed to whisk moisture away from your child keeping them dry and comfortable all year long. With a few improvements, Bugaboo kept the popular sun canopy and footmuff as well. Realizing that many Bugaboo customers have a Bee and a Bugaboo Cameleon or Bugaboo Frog , they decided to make a universal footmuff to fit all Bugaboo Strollers. With all the changes planned for this new 2010 Bugaboo Bee Stroller, this should be a great upgrade to an already popular stroller. It will retail for $649.
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December 8th, 2009
Our youngest son, Hudson, is finally ready for solid food, so we cracked open the Beaba Babycook
You might be asking yourself why you’d shell out $149 for another version of the food processor you have sitting in your basement or tucked away behind the pots and pans in your kitchen. I know I did… All I can say is that it’s worth the money and is much different than the blender you’ve already got.
Taking it out of the box, it’s pretty easy to assemble. There aren’t many parts to it, just the blade, splash lid, cover, spoon/spatula, and steaming basket. It took 2 minutes to put together. It comes with a cooking guide/Recipe book which is very basic, but gives you a good idea of how to steam and blend as well as some ideas on what to cook for your little one.
What makes the Beaba Babycook so unique is that it steams and blends your food in the same blending bowl. The steaming feature can be used to soften raw vegetables to prepare them for blending, or to defrost baby food that you have already made. Steaming time is determined by the amount of water you put into the Beaba. There is a chart in the recipe book to help guide you with that. We started by steaming raw carrots in our Beaba, then blending them…all with the flick of a switch! The Babycook has one dial, with 2 settings; “Blend” and “Steam”, so it’s hard to screw it up.
Beaba also makes the Multiportions Tray
Overall, this is a great machine. It will save you money by not having to buy all that expensive baby food. It’s also much heathier for your child and comforting for you to know exactly what you’re feeding them.
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December 7th, 2009
Pampered Tot is one of the largest Bugaboo Retailers in the USA. As a Dad to two young boys, I have had a 2006Bugaboo Cameleon for 4 years, and a 2009 Bugaboo Cameleon
Let’s start with the version or model, since so many of our customers seem to be worried and confused about getting the latest Bugaboo Cameleon on the market. The significant model change was in the 2008 model year. In 2008, Bugaboo added foam wheels (replacing the air filled ones) and easier height adjustment clips for the handlebar (previously a fly-nut that you had to twist). They have not made any changes to the stroller in 2009 or 2010 (aside from the Bugaboo RED Special Edition Stroller which has a black Chassis). So, any Cameleon made in 2007 or before is an older model. Anything made in or after 2008 is the new model.
The Bugaboo Cameleon comes in 4 Standard Base Colors (Sand, Red, Dark Grey, and Dark Brown) and one special edition Bugaboo RED Denim Base. These 5 Base colors can be matched up with any of the 9 Tailored Fabric Set colors to provide 45 possible color combinations.
What about functionality? Well, there isn’t much this thing can’t do. The stroller seat and bassinet can be placed on the stroller chassis in either direction, so you can have your child forward or backwards facing. Although, with the movable handle bar, there’s no need to move the seat. Unique to Bugaboo, the Cameleon (and Frog) stroller handlbar can flip forward or back, allowing you to change your child’s position and view without having to remove them from the stroller! It’s a bit harder to push when the larger fixed tires are in front, but it’s a nice feature to have when you want to change your child’s position without disturbing them. Shocks on the front wheels makes for a really smooth ride, not matter where you are. Large rear tires allow you to take this stroller anywhere. We take ours to the park, beach, and on unpaved terrain. It performs well on all surfaces. Add a height-adjustable handlbar for those really tall parents, and you’ve got a complete and comfortable ride for both child and parent.
There are so many accessories for this stroller, so you have to break them down into want vs. need. What you really need is a Cup HolderCar Seat Adapter
The Sun Canopy
The Sun ShadeParasol
elements. It’s a little hard to see into the “caccoon” to check on your child, but easy for them to see out. The Bugaboo Parasol is great at shielding your child from the sun, but requires constant adjusting if you are moving in different directions. So, the sun shade is great because it doesn’t require any adjusting. However, if you want to see your child and have better airflow for them, I would recommend the parasol. We used the sun shade when our kids were born (they slept all the time, so it was great to have full coverage), and the parasol when they got a little older and wanted to look around.
The Wheeled Board
So how big is it, really? Well, it’s not small, but it will fit into most 4-door and even hatchback car trunks. The 2-piece fold is a little frustrating at first, but shouldn’t deter you from buying one. After 2 or 3 tries, you won’t even notice it anymore. It’s easy to open, easy to put away, and rolls through the tightest spots at the supermarket and small retail shops. The underseat bag looks tiny, but is deceivingly massive. It’s a little tough to access, but has enough room to store just about anything you need for a quick stroll or a long day away from home.
Hopefully, this has answered many of your questions about the Bugaboo Cameleon. In the 4 years that we’ve had ours, we’ve never had an issue with it. It’s a stylish workhorse. However, if you do have an issue, the stroller comes with a great 2-year warranty (and the customer service is excellent).
Overall, the Bugaboo Cameleon is a great stroller. Very expensive…but worth the $979 price tag (I can’t believe I just wrote that…).
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December 3rd, 2009Table Top Baby Set
At $249, it’s pricey for a high chair. However, what most parents don’t realize is that the Stokke Tripp Trapp is weight tested up to 200 pounds. Therefore, it can be used by parents as well! The stength of the chair allows kids to use it as a desk chair when they’re done with it at the dinner table. It can be used with the Stokke CARE Changing Tabledesk
The Tripp Trapp comes in 10 cool colors to match your dining room, or to provide contrast to make a bold statement. Parents can also choose from several fun chair cushion choices, making the Tripp Trapp the most stylish high chair we’ve ever seen.
There are several height adjustment options for both the seat and the footrest, accomodating the growth of your child for years to come.
At Pampered Tot, we sell hundreds of these every month, and for good reason. It’s built well, made in Slovenia of solid wood. It has more uses than just a typical high chair. It’s also really easy to clean. There are no plastic parts with hard-to-clean and hard-to-reach nooks and crevices. It’s also not a huge eye soar. The chair blends into the decor of your home, instead of created a whole new theme.
Sleak, stylish, and unbelievably practical, this chair gets high marks from us. As a store owner and as a parent with 2 kids and 2 Tripp Trapp Chairs, I give this product and the Norwegian company that designed and built it very high marks.Tweet This Post Stokke Tripp Trapp Review Tripp Trapp High Chair
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December 2nd, 2009
So many of our customers are calling in and asking us when the new 2010 Quinny Buzz 3-wheeled strollers are coming in, and what’s different about them. So, here’s what we know;
The new Quinny BuzzMaxi Cosi Mico
Quinny lowered its price for the stroller to $499 (down from $579), a smart move given the state of the economy. The price reduction was made possible by removing a few less needed accessories from the box, such as the bug net and rain cover. Since most people don’t use these at all, why pay for them! At the $499 price, these should be flying off the shelf. Based on the emails and calls we’ve been receiving about them, we expect sales to be really strong.
The 2009 model was offered in a 3-wheel and 4-wheel configuration. The 2010 model will only be available as a 3-wheeled stroller, with an option to convert it to a 4-wheeled stroller by purchasing the 4-Wheel Accessory
If you find the standard stroller seat be be too small for your child, Quinny came out with the Buzz XL Seat
All-in-all, Quinny is moving in the right direction. The color selection for both the Buzz and the Mico are quite refreshing. At a more moderate price of $499, the Buzz is a very appealing choice.Tweet This Post new quinny buzz stroller Quinny Buzz
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December 1st, 2009
Many of our customers have been asking about the new Orbit Baby Stroller Collection
For all you Orbit Baby Stroller fans out there, you’ll need to be patient. The G2 collection is only coming out in Mid-February to early March 2010. Unitl then, stock of the G1 (current version) will be hard to come by. So, if you are expecting your child within the next 10 weeks, you better hurry and get one! If you have a few months to go, holding out for the G2 will give you the following new features;
The Stroller Chassis will feautre a solid cream color, a larger cupholder, slightly different handlebar adjustments, lockable front wheels, foam filled tires (no more tire pumps needed!) and their new patent-pending QuadShock system which Orbit Baby claims is the most advanced stroller shock system on the market.
New to the Stroller Seat, Orbit Baby has added a custom reversible infant insert (with hard outer shell so that it can be used from birth), a removeable support bar with detachable snack tray, an extendable and removable footrest and, the most impressive “3D Rotation”, the world’s first rotate -and-recline interface. Yes, that’s right parents, you can go from forward facing incline to a rear-facing reclined position with one easy motion. This is the only stroller seat on the market that can do this. This feature is sure to grab the attention of any Bugaboo CameleonStokke Xplory
The Bassinet will be a little deeper and offer a removable apron. The Toddler Car Seat and Car Seat Base will remain unchanged from the G1 model.
All in all, I think Orbit Baby is making some significant strides forward in the ever-competitive luxury stroller market. Being an engineering-minded company, their products are always thoughtfully designed and offer great features that every parent is looking for when buying a stroller.
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