When you find out that you are expecting you start to make lists of what all your need for baby, and one of the key items that is on everyones baby list is a stroller. This is an item that is sometimes overlooked, and rushed into, when really it is one you should take some time researching and investing in. You are going to want a stroller that will grow with your little one, and hold its own. Bugaboo has done just that with their strollers, and back in September they released the Bugaboo by Diesel Denim Collection.
I love how the fabric on the Bugaboo by Diesel Denim collection is all washed and specially-treated denim, the fabric feels like soft worn denim and looks like your favourite pair of broken in jeans. The beauty really is in all of the detail that has gone into this collection. From the paint splatter and fading, to the copper zipper and the rivet button. There is even a touch of black leather-look on the handlebar, and the seat. The denim colour is the perfect neutral shade, but stands out from other strollers you see around the city.
What sets this stroller apart from others on the market? Bugaboo has made a name for themselves based on their designs and ideas. Bugaboo has set about creating strollers that are functional, fashionable, and have a smooth ride. All of which we can attest to.
We tried out the Bugaboo by Diesel Denim Buffalo, which is their all-terrain stroller. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to assemble to stroller, thankfully Bugaboo has great instructional videos. I was impressed with how easy it was to convert from the bassinet to the child seat, and back again. This is thanks to the fact that the fabric attached with multiple velcro straps that wrap around the frame. The bassinet is very long so you can use it for a decent length of time with an infant. Our 4 month old still has plenty of room left in it, but would easily transition to the child seat once she can seat unassisted. This is thanks to the way the buckle of the seat is so easily adjustable for children. The bassinet for this stroller has a great mattress and fabric cover. It is nice and soft, and does not break down easily. It’s perfect for outings with a young baby who needs to be lying down while out, and have a safe, secure area.
Now there are two things I do feel Bugaboo could improve upon. The break, and the extendable handlebar. I found myself having to stop pushing the stroller to be able to change the height of the handlebar if I did not like where it was. It also took some adjustment to get it to lock in place properly. I would really like to see the handlebar be extendable with one hand. Parents need to be as hands free as possible, and when adjusting anything on a stroller it makes it so much easier if you can do that with one hand. I would also like to see a break that I just have to step on to lock, and step on again to unlock. Think car parking break. With this stroller you push down with your foot to lock, and you have to lift it up to unlock. It comes down to ease of use; I know come summer I would be attempting to unlock the break with just my flipflop to avoid hurting the top of my foot.
I really appreciated on this stroller was the large extendable sun canopy. When our youngest was in the bassinet we were able to extend the canopy to make it dark in the bassinet so she would fall asleep more easily. When our preschool was riding in the child seat this large canopy ensured the sun did not get into her eyes. Something else that Bugaboo has also thought of is the fact that parents tend to put the diaper bag on the handlebar of the stroller. Their stroller has bag hooks, and is certified to hold 6kg (about 13lbs). This was so helpful with having easy access to the diaper bag while we were out with our girls.
This stroller is definitely the smoothest ride I have ever seen for a stroller. Well done Bugaboo, I am very impressed. Going down the sidewalk I never worried about my newborn being bumped around too much while in the bassinet. The Bugaboo Buffalo has incredible shock absorption. It was also very easy to steer this stroller with one hand. I had no problem turning this stroller around in the tight aisles at the grocery store with one hand because I had my morning coffee in the other. This stroller was meant for multi-tasking parents.
The Bugaboo by Diesel Denim retails at $1549.00 which may seem pricey, but when getting a stroller think of it as an investment piece, something you want to last. Will you be using the stroller with multiple children? If so you definitely want a stroller that will last from day one, and on as your children grown up and out of the stroller.