As the adage goes, “mother knows best” when it comes to making decisions on what stroller is suited for baby. As new as they may be to the parenting game, mothers look for features that suits their newborn as it does their own lifestyle. That said, a stroller that can bring confidence to a new dad is equally key. In that respect, the Bugaboo Fox 3 ticks the boxes of functionality, portability and ease of use for these dads—from allowing them to easily navigate busy city sidewalks, travel abroad to venture across testing outdoor territories.
Three dads share with Vogue Singapore what they deem priority when it comes to selecting strollers, and how the Bugaboo Fox 3 nudges them into ‘Brave Parenting’ mode.
Active and adventurous dad
For this dad, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in four days was more adrenaline-inducing than becoming a new father, “however being there for our first born was the most emotional experience”, says Brian*. For someone who counts ziplined from the top of the Esplanade Arts building to the bottom of the Singapore Merlion as just one of his many notable athletic achievements, when it came to a newborn, confidence wasn’t always a given, “I questioned whether I’d be up to the task. Here I was, looking into the eyes of the only person in my life that made me feel equally as strong and terrified at the same time,” he adds. Keeping his free-spirited way of life whilst being able to provide safety and comfort for his child was at the forefront of the must-haves.
The Bugaboo Fox 3 with its pioneering design offers these things and more. As a solution driven product, the Fox 3 allows dads to live vibrantly thanks to elements like fingertip push—a pram so responsive you only need a touch to start exploring. One hand recline enables an agile father to multitask on the run. In short, the Bugaboo Fox 3 is extremely easy to manoeuvre. Machine washable fabric, a waterproof canopy along with a beach setting (two-wheel mode) means parents can go-anywhere and do-anything with their newest family member. “Our little one had to adapt to our lifestyle—that included running up hills, going off-road, racing down hills.” An ideal stroller enhances the way of life, “given I love the outdoors, I would recommend something that can withstand the bumps and handle some speed, while also being lightweight.”
Busy corporate dad
As someone who has lived day-to-day assessing targets, USPs and KPIs for the past 15 years in a corporate environment, there are two main things to check off the list for Ken*. “Safety is always number one. When babies are very young, prams can facilitate nap time—in other words, is it safe for short-term sleeping?” With the Bugaboo Fox 3, the signature central joint coupled with four-wheel suspension and large puncture-proof wheels allows for an extremely steady ride and baby’s second sleep spot outside their crib. Ergonomic design with high seat placement (59cm from the ground) permits parents to check on their child regularly with ease. Dads can also breathe easy knowing that this bassinet has a new ventilation system which helps its precious passenger regulate their natural body temperature while being super cosy in a high performance, sleep-inducing mattress made of 3D mesh.
Bugaboo’s many attachments such as the Bugaboo Stardust, which doubles up as a play yard and mattress for baby means that being on the move does not have to hinder baby’s routine.
“Outside of the obvious in your child’s comfort, I care about functionality—can I fold it quickly? Is it light?” A busy father will be pleased to know that the Fox 3 has a quick-click harness with 5-point buckle making it uncomplicated for baby to be taken in and out. The ultra compact folding option makes the Fox 3 extremely nimble for a time poor dad. But with an overabundance of items to procure before a newborn arrives, would this father consider a pram investment-worthy? A notable ROI? “Yes—it is one of your most utilised items, and if thought through, can alleviate a great deal of planning stress, especially for those who like to discover the city. It can also act as a second ‘home’ for your child. If they are comfortable in their pram and can sleep well, it gives you as a parent so much more mobility and confidence.”
Cool creative dad
Pre-pandemic, this father was covering up to 10 events per week both here and abroad as a photographer—each more elegant and exciting than the other. From capturing famous faces to fashion weeks, Formula One parties and soirées anywhere from Singapore, to Korea and Italy, Richmond* is a dad on the move, but he takes it all in his stride. When it comes to pushchairs, certain features stand out: “it has to be lightweight, compact and must have an ample slot to store heavy shopping loads. It’s also ideal if it’s good for travelling and easy to open with one hand if the other hand needs to carry or assist another child.”
Good thing then that the always accessible Bugaboo Fox 3 underseat basket allows for up to 10kg of extra storage, plus additional pockets on the inside—perfect for all the paraphernalia required when on the go or overseas. Ideal for a growing family, this pram is so easy to operate that older siblings can pitch in with the pushing. For artistic and expressive dads, styling their own look is as simple as choosing chassis colour and one of three soft fabric options. In terms of travelling from the tropics to a winter climate, the integrated attachment points enable seamless amalgamations with a variety of Bugaboo Fox 3 accessories. Newborn inlay, performance footmuffs, sun canopy and rain covers have any dad covered, any time.
The Bugaboo Fox 3 is available for $1,999 from First Few Years, Mothercare, Motherswork and is also available for purchase online at the Bugaboo Official Store on Lazada and Shopee. Visit Bugaboo for further details
*Names of persons have been altered for privacy reasons