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Bugaboo Sun Parasol
I bought the Bugaboo sun parasol back in the winter months when I was hoping that we would have an occasional odd nice day, not the beautiful summer we ended up having. Anyway I was delighted that I bought the Bugaboo sun parasol when I did because I believe a lot of people had to wait after the nice weather hit until they could replenish the stocks of the parasols and get them back in store.
I love my Bugaboo buggy, but it was expensive and sadly that also means that all the additionals or extras are also expensive. I did initially think that I might invest in one of the parasols that are meant to fit a range of buggies but then speaking to a friend that worked in Mothercare I found out that most generic parasols won't fit the bugaboos frame. So I was stuck paying £29.99 for a little sun umbrella that I wasn't sure I would even get to use all that much, because I live in Scotland which is a beautiful country but its certainly not known for its warm balmy days.
When you purchase the Bugaboo sun parasol it comes in a rectangular box with a set of instructions and two clips, one to fit the Bugaboo chameleon and one to fit the Bugaboo Donkey and Bee. Initially I was a little confused about fitting the sun parasol as in typical Inchy fashion I stomped on ahead without reading the instructions. My advice to anyone who buys one - read the instructions. It took my literally minutes to have the sun parasol in place after I had finally read the small instruction pamphlet.
The Bugaboo sun parasol is exactly what you would expect, i.e., a small sun umbrella that provides UV protection and keeps the sun out of your baby's eyes. The parasol is a good size and has a lot of flexibility meaning that you can push it about to get the needed coverage, it can be a bit of a pain when you are out for a walk because a lot of readjustment will be needed. However, I used the sun parasol a lot over the summer where all I wanted was to allow my baby a safe area to have an out door nap while I read my book or otherwise sun lounged, which it was perfect for. I would have to say that the sun parasol didn't exceed my expectations but it did do exactly what I wanted it too. It even held up quite well with some light wind.
One of the great things about the Bugaboo in general is that they are keen on providing their customers with quite a large and decent selection of colours and patterns. I know a few people with Bugaboo chameleons and not one looks the same. I opted for the sun parasol in red, to contrast the lovely greeny teal hood of my buggie, I could have chosen the matching colour but I liked the contrast. I was initially a little torn between the red and the orange and the hot pink, but in the end I liked the red that little bit more. And the red is a lovely and strong red colour, it's bold and its noticeable - I love it.
To sum, the Bugaboo sun parasol delivers exactly what you would want - a sun umbrella. It's relatively easy to use, it's easy to attach to the pram and although it can be a pain readjusting it to ensure your baby stays out of the sun I'm not sure there is a sun parasol out there that doesn't have that issue.
Also after a full summer's worth of use my sun parasol still looks like new and I am sure that I will be using it again next year.
Five out of five stars.
WHAT IS IT?
A parasol to fit the Bugaboo Chameleon, available in a selection of colours to compliment, match or contrast with the fabric of your stroller.
The clip will attach to other Bugaboo frames but is most comfortable on the Chameleon. The parasol bends in three places so you don't need to move it up and down the frame to shield your baby from the sun. The parasol is wide so will protect your babys whole body as long as you are careful where you place it in the first place.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I've owned my yellow Bugaboo parasol for six years and have used it through both of my daughters summers while they were in their stroller, my husband brought it down from the attic last night as we have begun getting everything together ready for our third baby to be born in two weeks. I had stored it in a plastic bag and it still looks brand new, the parasol doesn't get very dirty but I have washed it down regularly with hot water and washing detergent and the colour hasn't faded or altered at all.
The parasol is easy to fit and changes position smoothly, when tilted a certain way you can block the sun from reaching any part of your baby or when they are older just tilt it backwards to shield your baby's head and face but allow the sun to reach their body. The yellow is a lovely bright colour and looks stylish yet fun in the summery weather, I have seen other colours in the range and all are good bright shades without being garish.
The fabric is slightly stiff to the touch and is very good quality, it keeps the heat out of the stroller as well as the suns rays to keep your baby cool even on hot summer days. I am looking forward to using my Bugaboo parasol again soon and hope the sun lasts until she is born.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I love my yellow Bugaboo cameleon pram however i don't like the idea of having to buy the added extras these are costly. I have purchased the changing bag, footmuff, cup holder and in summer the matching parasol. You can purchased these extras from Mothercare, John lewis, Ebay, Amazon and direct from Bugaboo. I went to John lewis as it was my nearest store and paid £29.99 for the parasol.
Bugaboo parasol fits the cameleon pram, donkey, and frog models. These come in a huge range of colours to match your pram or pushchair as i have the yellow Bugaboo cameleon i had to buy the yellow one black would have matched also but prefer the brighter colours.
Bugaboo parasol is a basic sunshade that attaches to the pram chassis and goes up like an umbrella for sheltering baby from the harsh sunlight.
The Bugaboo parasol has a flexible arm that can be pulled into position and has a black plastic clamp fitted to the bottom, this attaches to the chassis and can be tightened up to make it secure. Bugaboo parasol when pushed up is big and wide enough to fit over the cot part of the pram, this also has uv protection and although it shelters baby its not dark or dull underneath the parasol. The parasol shade is made from polyester and even shower proof.
Should the Bugaboo parasol get dirty its easy to clean with a damp cloth. I found the Bugaboo parasol easy to attach to the pram it takes a mater of seconds to do and covered up my daughter well on hot days. I took my Bugaboo on holiday and the parasol was a god send , my daughter was the only one comfortable in the heat. I used this all summer and looks brand new. I did need to remove the parasol every time i folded the pram up as its gets in the way and stops the folding process.
If you have a Bugaboo i definitely recommend the parasol shade for the summer months and looks very smart on the pram. I felt comfortable knowing my daughter was shaded from the harmful UV rays.
We had two summers use out of one of these before the plastic mount broke where it attaches to the ratcheted angle adjuster. Speaking as an engineer, this is simply poor design. The cross section of the plastic in this area is insufficient given that the stem of the parasol includes a flexible metal section to allow you to angle it across the pram. As a result, it is natural to expect to be able to bend the parasol stem to position it. When you do so, as well as the flexible metal section bending, the plastic mount bends. It'll withstand this for a while, but as we discovered, eventually it just snaps off!Not much use and very disappointing considering it costs £30! If it wasn't for this fault, I'd give it a 4/5 star rating.
I live in Spain and my son was born last June so a parasol for his pram was something that was a must-have purchase for us. I bought this at the same time as buying our bugaboo cameleon (which I adore!) and paid 29.95 for it though I think you can find them cheaper on ebay. Mine is in the bright blue colour but they do a variety of colours to match the pushchairs.
How it works - It simply clamps onto the padded areas of chassis or the carrycot/pushchair carry handle. As far as I can tell it can only be used with a bugaboo (we also have an umbrella type pushchair and this cannot be attached to that). It opens and closes easily. It can swivel so that you can move it without having to unattach it from the pram.
From day one of using our bugaboo we had to use the parasol. I was happy that the parasol actually has UV protection too.
Unfortunately I have not found the parasol to be easy to use. At first I was pleased with the colour and found it easy to attach to the pram. However I find that I constantly have to rearrange it every time I turn a corner if I don't want the sun to hit my son. Within a month of using it one of the ends of the spikes came off and the fabric pulled back, so now there is dangerous spike sticking out. I have tried pulling the fabric back but it just slips back.
Another problem is that once my son was using the pushchair he would pull on the parasol until it popped off the chassis. He became a pro at doing this and could remove it within seconds by the time he was 8 months - at this point I gave up using it.
I now have a shade-a-babe UV cover and find this to be much easier to use.
When my daughter bought her Bugaboo Gecko Stroller she was given a bundle of accessories which included this parasol, designed specifically for the Bugaboo Bee Stroller but actually universally fits all other Bugaboo buggies.
This one is a beautiful crimson colour which matches the body of the pram perfectly, she also bought a yellow one which contrasts with the red pram wonderfully and looked lovely and sunny last summer. When I inherited her Bugaboo (after very little use) for when my 19 month old granddaughters visits I was pleased to receive the parasols because they are so bold and attractive.
The parasol is attached to the chassis of the stroller easily using a simple clamp which securely moulds itself to the metal pole, it's stable once attached and there is no excess movement from any part of the parasol. The stem is long enough that the parasol is completely out of my granddaughters reach
The fabric part of the parasol is solid which provides better protection from the sun than the lacy parasols you can buy, it opens into more of an umbrella shape than a typical rounded parasol which again provides a wide area of shade when you're out with baby in the sun. The mechanism to open and fold the parasol is easy and smooth to operate and I like how solidly it locks into position as there is never any fear of the parasol collapsing over my granddaughter.
There are three points where you can adjust the angle of the parasol from and each point has a wide turn so I can always ensure my granddaughter is completely shielded from the sun. At the moment we have the bright winter sun which my granddaughter hates in her eyes so I use the parasol even in this colder weather but just to stop the glare of the sun, obviously if we get any summer this year she will be slathered in sun cream and the parasol angled to shade her whole body.
I cannot fault the Bugaboo Parasol at all; it does its job extremely well, looks fantastic and protects my granddaughters sensitive young skin. You can buy it in a range of colours to match the Bugaboo Strollers with every colour being vibrant and rich, I have a nephew who is a punk and when his baby son was born last month I bought him the black parasol from the range and he loved it because he couldn't find a parasol to fit his rather gothic image!
As I said, my red parasol came free with the stroller but I purchased the black one from Amazon for £25. Do have a look on Ebay though where used ones can be picked up much cheaper, and honestly these parasols are so hard wearing that a second hand one would probably not look out of place on your beautiful stroller unless it's obviously grubby or damaged.
The co-ordinating Bugaboo Parasol provides UV protection for your child and can be attached both to the foam parts of the handle and to the seat unit handles for optimum shade.