The Bugaboo Donkey Duo: First Impressions
Posted April 7, 2016 by Bethanie Lunn
When I became pregnant with my second child, one of my first thoughts was, ‘how the hell am I going to get about with two children, TWO?’ I found it tough enough simply getting out of the door with one child (and a dog), and started to panic; day- dreaming about being prisoner in my home for fear of not being able to move beyond our living room. So, I immediately took to the internet to research the best gadgets and get-bouts for two children of different ages. In terms of a travel system, this is what I discovered…
What I needed
My children are aged 2.5 years and six weeks old, and with my sons third birthday looming, there is approx 2.5 years between them. Whereas my toddler is great at walking – he learned how to walk at just nine months only (and I’ve not sat down since) – he does of course get tired easily and when he gets tired – he turns into The Hulk.
Having a stroller has therefore been our go-to solution but now with a baby who needs to mostly lie flat, and is reliant on a pram for long distances, my next travel system needed to cater for both ages, comfort and needs.
Importantly, I needed a travel system that was quick and easy to use. No hidden, ‘how-the-heck-do-I-do-this’ buttons and levers. We wanted to use the system for a number of aspects in our busy and active lifestyles – from beach walks and meet ups to travel and holidays. It needed to be smart, slick and adaptable.
The design snob in me also wanted it to look good. Think what you like of me but I like my children’s toys and equipment to blend and become part of our adult space and interior design. I don’t mind mess, that’s half the fun, but if things are lying around, being permanent features of our home and therefore creating a space we all love and enjoy as a family – they might as well be beautiful!
Choosing the right pushchair can make or break your day. Get stressed, and it can mess up your mood and plans and subsequently the mood and plans of your kids. Make the wrong choice and you’re making life difficult for yourself. The right gadgets and gizmos make everything flow better.
I had my eye on The Bugaboo Donkey Duo* for all of the above. It seemed to meet all of our needs. Designed specifically to grow with your family, the Bugaboo Donkey transforms from a mono (for just one child) to a duo pushchair (for two), and back again. This means you can use it for one kid, two kids of different ages, or twins.
When The Bugaboo Donkey arrived I got as excited as I would usually do over a pair of designer shoes – it was so darn pretty. I posted this picture on social media and it became the envy of my friends and followers too:
I chose pink and blue to be a little tongue in cheek and have some fun with the fact that I have a boy and a girl. You can choose whatever colours you like from the range, opting for a different colour on the apron to the canopy or the same colours for a more uniform look:
The only negative we have discovered so far is the challenge of putting together the hoods. It arrives in several boxes and a number of parts, which in total took my husband 90 minutes. He did say the instruction manual and diagrams were excellent and made it easy to put together but that you have to assemble the hoods by weaving in the frames which tested his patience. Fully assembled, the hoods are quite jerky in comparison to the rest of the slick engineering.
The Fundamental Basics
- Suitable from birth to 17 kg / 37.5 lbs
- One hand release carrycot
- Storage: under seat basket 28 l / 7.4 gal / 10 kg
- Width in duo: 74 cm / 29” width in mono: 60 cm / 23,6”
- Width with one car seat: 84 cm / 33.1”
- Dimension one piece fold in duo:52 x 74 x 93 cm / 20.5 x 29 x 36.6”
- Dimension compact fold:91 x 60 x 24 cm / 34.3 x 23.6 x 9.4”
- Weight pushchair with 2 seats: 15 kg / 33.4 lbs
- 10” Swivel wheels & 12” rear wheels with air filled tyres
- 2 rain covers
- side luggage basket
- under seat basket
- 2 base seat fabrics
- 2 frames
- 2 sun canopy wires
- chassis with wheels
- carrycot apron
- 2 extendable sun canopies
- 2 carry handles
- air pump
- base carrycot fabric
Summary so far
I’ll be posting a full and final review shortly including a video to demonstrate how easy it is to manoeuvre and convert, as well as discussing key factors such as transportation, comfort and the all-important fold!
Stay tuned. x
For more information and ranges, visit: www.bugaboo.com
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