Motherhood brings with it a whole new vocabulary. A few months ago, a Bee, Buffalo or Cameleon (though the spelling is different to our reptilian friends) were not necessarily 4 wheeled Dutch engineering marvels, but now, I know the difference between a Cameleon 2 and 3 😉
Okay, let me start from the very beginning. A pram is easily the most expensive part of your baby accessories preparations. And, I’d spent enough time on the Sea Point promenade (every day from around 5-8 pm, weather dependent is designated Yummy Mummy pram parade) to know that a pram is an investment in your sanity. A wobbly pram with bad suspension ruins a good walk for you and baby. I’d also realised that once the preggie hormones kick in, your desire to buy the latest “It” bag or “It” shoes slowly dissipates from your fashionista veins and is replaced by an instinct to forsake rational budgeting thoughts and get whatever baby “needs.”
But, after taking a few prams for a test-drive (yes, DO test drive your pram and have a clear idea of the terrain you plan to explore with your baby), I was settled on the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 and understood why those who use it are nearly evangelical about it’s “performance.” Yes, it has a very big celeb following – even Prince George is rumoured to have one, if this link is to be believed and Bugaboo high priestess Gwyneth Paltrow bought Blue Ivy one as a gift to Beyonce. Queens of style, Victoria Beckham, Lily Aldridge and Elton John chose this Dutch export as their babies’ mode of transport and even the Kardashians – Kourtney in this instance are avid believers. But, as much as I do enjoy the frivolity of seeing what celebs use for their babies, any purchase as big as this needs to be researched and considered very carefully. And, I’m hoping to add to our clan over the coming years, so I do see a pram as a long term investment.
There are many reviews available online of this pram, so I’ll leave you to googling them, but if you want to “book a test-drive”, check out their sole stockist in SA, www.kidsliving.co.za – they’ve just opened in De Waterkant and the lovely Joern and his wife, Sandra, are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to all things baby-associated. 🙂