Of all the things to buy when you are expecting a baby, the pram is one of the biggest (quite literally). It’s a hard decision as there are so many choices, and one that is very annoying to get wrong. I spent quite a lot of time looking into which pram to get, and here’s why I eventually selected the Bugaboo Buffalo.
5 reasons we chose the Bugaboo Buffalo
1. It’s for use on all-terrain
Now I appreciate this isn’t important for everyone, but for us it was an essential. We have a big park near our house, with lots of bumpy paths through woods. I knew I wanted something that could cope with that without jolting baby all the time. And without breaking! I pushed a lot of prams around in Mothercare, and quite a few seemed fine for walking around town, but I felt like they’d fall apart after a walk or two bumping over tree roots. The Buffalo feels so sturdy, and 16 months on, it’s showing no signs of giving up on me. It has 4 large wheels, which help with bumps. We’ve done some quite lengthy country walks with the Buffalo and several times I’ve thought “there’s no way we could do this with a different pram”.
If you are outdoorsy, I highly recommend the Buffalo.
2. It looks good
Very superficial I know, but I really liked the look of all the Bugaboo pushchairs. For a while I was torn between the Chameleon and the Buffalo—the Buffalo won because of the all-terrain use thing, but they look very similar. I liked the way that you can choose the sun canopy and carrycot apron colour. We went for petrol blue in the end, which I thought was a nice unisex colour. The good thing about it is that if you really wanted to, you could buy a new sun canopy set to change the colour if you had another child. I probably wouldn’t, because I don’t really believe in the whole boys and girls colour thing, but you could.
3. It’s adaptable
The Buffalo is very adaptable. It’s suitable from birth up to 3 years, which makes it feel like reasonable value for money. The carrycot is spacious. Jacob didn’t grow out of it, we had to move him to the seat because he started sitting up. And he was a pretty big baby! The seat has 3 recline modes: upright, slightly reclined and lying back. It’s also possible for the seat to face towards you or away. I like that flexibility.
Another really important thing for us was comfort when pushing. We have a pretty big height discrepancy (I’m 5 foot 4 and my husband is 6 foot 3!), so we needed to make sure we could adjust the handlebar. It easily extends to be comfortable for my husband. We struggled with that with a few of the prams we tried.
4. It’s car seat compatible
I found the ability to attach the car seat really useful when Jacob was small. I had to buy separate adaptors, but they were pretty cheap, and our MaxiCosi car seat clicked on so easily. It was perfect for popping into shops when he fell asleep in the car and I didn’t want to risk waking him.
Considering it’s a pretty large pram, I find it really easy to manoeuvre. The turning circle is pretty impressive and it doesn’t feel at all clunky. It’s clearly really well designed.
Other good features
- The extendable sun hood is brilliant. It almost covers Jacob completely, which I find really handy when he falls asleep and I want to keep him asleep.
- The shopping basket is huge. I’ve got almost an entire weekly shop in there. I just looked it up and it says it can take up to 16kg!
- You can use the carrycot as a travel cot. It’s completely safe for baby to sleep in overnight. There aren’t many that are suitable for that. It’s freestanding when you take it off the base, which is brilliant.
- It folds in one piece, and once folded it stands up by itself.
The not so good bits
In the interest of being completely honest, there are two main problems with the Buffalo.
- Price. It is expensive. BUT, I think it’s value for money. It’ll last for 3 years (and hopefully for another child if we ever have one!). They also hold a lot of value so you can sell it on once you’ve finished with it.
- Size. It is pretty big. If you get a bus a lot, I’d say this might not be for you. It does fold down to be quite compact if you take the wheels off. We have a Qashqai and easily fit it into the boot in two parts without taking the wheels off.
Overall, I highly recommend the Buffalo.
Uber Kids have the Bugaboo Buffalo for £909 at the moment in the end of year sale.
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