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#1 WinterIsComing

Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:57 PM

Hi all Bugaboo Cameleon owners!

DS is pretty heavy for his age, and long. He is 12 weeks but there are just a few centimeters left untill he fills the bassinet completely. He also is becoming very unsettled in it, he hates the flat position and wants to look around.

Is it OK to move him into the seat before the recommended 6 months? (He will probably reach 9 kg well ahead anyway, as already 7.5).

What is the rationale for using the bassinet for so long? Something to do with spine development?

A bit annoyed that such an expensive pram only caters for average/small sized babies. Something I will consider with my next equioment purchase.

#2 paddyboo

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

is he sitting by himself? Does he have good head control? I think we changed Pat about then, but he was kept in the flat position.

#3 tilley1019

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

Hi there.

I changed it over for my little girl when she was 13 weeks (and about 6.5kg).
She loves looking at the world! Like your little one, she was getting frustrated not being able to see anything except the hood and the warning labels. I also decided to get rid of the bassinet because every time we walked down a hill her head would move to the end of the bassinet and get squashed.
I only ever put her in the laying down flat position, or the 45 degree tilt, and she looks perfectly comfortable in it.
It's so much easier to get in and out of the car now as well.

#4 WinterIsComing

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

Head control OK, wobbly occasionally but not sitting unsupported yet.

#5 WinterIsComing

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

QUOTE (tilley1019 @ 26/04/2012, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there.

I also decided to get rid of the bassinet because every time we walked down a hill her head would move to the end of the bassinet and get squashed.


My gripe as well.


#6 amesv

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

I have the BJCS and have found the same thing, already I feel bubs (9 weeks old) is getting to big for it, she is very tall, 95% percentile. I put her in the seat the other day rather than the bassinet and will continue to use both for awhile because I do feel she is a to young too be only in the seat.

#7 ell80

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

QUOTE (Nat1976 @ 26/04/2012, 04:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Head control OK, wobbly occasionally but not sitting unsupported yet.



I'm not sure what comes with the Bugaboo, but I bought a rounded head-support for my (different) pram when the babies were new into the seat rather than the bassinet.
I can't remember the brand, but there a few of them and they support the head well when the seat is tilted (doesn't work so well when sitting fully upright...)

#8 tenar

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:18 PM


I'm pretty sure the chamelon bassinet is larger than most of the, actually.  It certainly looks it, compared to others I've seen on the street.

We moved DD1 at about 4 months (last in my mothers group to do so because I was worried about the "6 months" rule) and DD2 at about 3 months (I was less worried by then - second child!).  DD1 was a big bub (90th percentile) and DD2 is a whopper (over the 97th percentile).  Both very strong with great head control.

I think try it and see if he looks comfy in the seat.  He may love it or he may hate it.  He'll let you know.  The seat lays back fully so it's actually fine for them to sleep in etc.  The main difference is needing to use the harness, but you'll soon get used to that.  

Enjoy!

#9 WinterIsComing

Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:21 PM

Thanks ladies, we will be trying the seat tonight.

It will be a relief if he likes it, the weather is still warm and I find the bassinet has a glasshouse effect so hot inside, I am forever worried about SIDS and always underdress DS, which means he is potentially too cold when I take him out outside.



#10 SummerStar

Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:53 PM

I used the seat from about 8 weeks. My baby had reflux and absolutely hated laying down flat. With the seat tilted back she was laying but her head was propped up. I then used one of those pillow things that go on the seat and kept her from sliding around.
It worked for us that way because she could not use the bassinet anyway and so we would end up pushing an empty pram while carrying her when out.
I think if they can be supported properly you should be able to move them over any time. Had I known before hand that she wouldn't be able to use the bassinet I probably would have got a different pram.

Edited by SummerStar, 27 April 2012 - 04:54 PM.


#11 WinterIsComing

Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

I can imagine why SummerStar, because initially I absolutely loved the bassinet and he slept so well in it on so many walks!

I think he should be fine in a 45 degree position, he helds his head at the centre of his body very well and when carried, sits upright and looks around now.

#12 flutterbudget

Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

Hi,

Just bumping up this thread with a related question - DS is 5 months old and still in the Cameleon bassinet. He gets very frustrated when awake as he wants to see the world - this also means I have to sit him on my lap or hold him when we are stationary, otherwise he will just cry in the bassinet as he can't see anything.

When he's tired he sleeps fine in the bassinet.

We changed to the seat today and he loves looking out at the world while awake. We tried both the flat and semi-reclined positions and he seemed happiest in the semi-reclined as he could see everything. However, we were out for a few hours and he didn't sleep at all - which is unusual for him. He also looks a bit awkward in the lying down position with his legs sticking up as the seat is shaped like a V whilst flat so I'm wondering if he's comfortable and whether we should change back to the bassinet (lady in the baby shop said we should use the bassinet 'til 6 months due to SIDS risk of babies sleeping not completely flat).

Any comments from others on their experience with this would be appreciated! Thanks in advance :-)

Edited by flutterbudget, 19 August 2012 - 07:00 PM.


#13 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (flutterbudget @ 19/08/2012, 06:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

Just bumping up this thread with a related question - DS is 5 months old and still in the Cameleon bassinet. He gets very frustrated when awake as he wants to see the world - this also means I have to sit him on my lap or hold him when we are stationary, otherwise he will just cry in the bassinet as he can't see anything.

When he's tired he sleeps fine in the bassinet.

We changed to the seat today and he loves looking out at the world while awake. We tried both the flat and semi-reclined positions and he seemed happiest in the semi-reclined as he could see everything. However, we were out for a few hours and he didn't sleep at all - which is unusual for him. He also looks a bit awkward in the lying down position with his legs sticking up as the seat is shaped like a V whilst flat so I'm wondering if he's comfortable and whether we should change back to the bassinet (lady in the baby shop said we should use the bassinet 'til 6 months due to SIDS risk of babies sleeping not completely flat).

Any comments from others on their experience with this would be appreciated! Thanks in advance :-)


Hi, our son is a bit over six months and used to sleep extremely well in the bassinette ...so we didn't change it over until a week ago! He is definitely happier in the seat when he is awake...for the first few days he didn't sleep and I was worried because he is in the stroller ALOT (school drop off and pick up for DS 1) ....but the last couple of days he has happily drifted off ....in semi reclined position, I found it was when I switched him to lying down that that would rouse him ....if your son is five months, good head control...I would be inclined to try the seat out ...


#14 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:44 PM

I switched my pram when my DS was about 3.5 months, his head control was good and he wanted to look around.   I was worried about the 6mo recommendation but checked with the clinic nurse and she said it was fine.  

He sleeps fine in the seat, but I need to put it right back before he will drop off, and put a muslin over the top.  He looks funny with his legs sticking out all froggy but he doesn't seem to care.   I wait til I see his eyes glaze then pop the seat back and put the muslin over, and he drops off.

#15 flutterbudget

Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:22 PM

Thanks for your replies. He is loving the seat and slept in it the second time we used it. He is happy with it kept in the flattest position - he can still see a lot more than when he was in the bassinet. I also checked with my early childhood nurse who said it was ok - he has good head control.




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