Review: Bugaboo Donkey
Adaptable ... The Bugaboo Donkey in mono, duo and twin form.
With the birth of our second child only a couple of months away, it was time to start making lists of things to buy. New furniture, new clothes, and also a new pram.
After searching for weeks, my husband and I finally decided on the Bugaboo Donkey Duo because of its versatility - we can use it as a mono until I give birth, and then transform it to a duo.
It's so handy not to have to bend down for the shopping or my bags - especially when I'm 30 weeks pregnant!
Our only regret is that we wish we had purchased the Donkey for our first child!
As with all Bugaboo products, the quality of the materials are fantastic. The pram was easy to put together, the instructions were easy to follow and no tools were required. I also love the fact you can choose so many different colours to customise it – we decided to stick with classic black as we have a girl and are expecting a boy. Another great feature is that the linings are removable and washable, so it's easy to keep clean. The sunshades are also large enough to actually block the sun at different times of the day.
We're currently using the mono mode with the storage basket on the side. It's so handy not to have to bend down for the shopping or my bags – especially when I'm 30 weeks pregnant!
The Donkey doesn't feel bulky while wheeling my 16-month-old around, and it's only 60cm wide. It's easy to manoeuvre and steer. The adjustable height for the handle is easy to use and handy too, as my husband is 180cm and I'm a measly 157cm. Reclining the seat is also really easy with the one hand control at the back of the seat.
We have had a go at the duo mode, and this is where the Donkey shines above other double prams. You just click three things and pull the pram out wide, then replace the storage basket with the bassinet. The duo width is amazing (74cm), as it can still fit through the doorways in our house.
I also love the fact you can choose which way you have the seats; my toddler can face the world while I can have the newborn facing me. As in mono mode, it doesn't feel bulky pushing around and is easy to manoeuvre.
Folding is a little tricky to get used to, but in time I think I'll get the knack. To fold it down completely you remove the seat as well as two of the wheels - this means it can fit even in a small car boot. If you have a 4WD or large sedan you can just use the one-fold technique and it will fit fine, so you wouldn't need remove the seat/bassinet at all.
All in all, the Bugaboo Donkey is a fantastic pram, and, like I mentioned earlier, I wish we'd bought it sooner. It is on the expensive end of the market ($1999), however I think this is well worth the outlay if you buy it for your first and keep it for second/subsequent children.
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