My son was bought the small Wheelybug Bee by his grandparents for Christmas when he was a year old. I don't know how much they paid for it, but I do know that the Wheelybug Bee is available on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for £45.44, which includes delivery. To be honest, I think this is pretty expensive and I'm not sure I would be willing to pay that amount for it when there are similar toys for much less price. Having said that, it was a present gratefully received and my son has enjoyed using it since then.
The small Wheelybug Bee is aimed at toddlers aimed between 1 - 3 years old. There are larger versions for children over 2.5 years and so this is a good option. There are a number of Wheely Bugs to choose from, including the Wheelybug Bee, Wheelybug Tiger, Wheelybug Ladybird, Wheelybug Mouse, Wheelybug Cow and the Wheelybug Pig. They are all nice designs and I think they would all be appealing to children. As I mentioned, we have the Wheelybug Bee - which, as you might expect, is designed in the style of a bumble bee, with yellow and black stripes and little antenna at the front.
The Wheelybug Bee is set on a coaster which has four multi-directional wheels underneath which allow the been to freely move in any direction. The idea is that the toddler sits on the rounded bee's body, holds on to the handle, and can then move around the floor by using their feet on the floor. When my son sat on the bee his feet were able to reach the floor from about 15 months without any problem, although when he was 12 months he was only able to reach the floor on tiptoes. The actual bit that consists of the bees body that my son sits on is padded and soft - although it also has enough rigidity in it that doesn't completely get squished when my son sits on it and it does retain it's shape. The outer layer of the seat is made of plastic and so it's perfectly wipeable, and also quite robust.
My son did really enjoy using this toy. He enjoyed it mostly if be was on a wooden floor or outside on the patio / pavement because this was how the Wheelybug Bee seemed to move most freely. While it did move on carpet and on grass, it was much slower and took a lot more effort.
Overall, I recommend this toy because my son really enjoyed it.
My mother bought this for my son's 1st birthday and I have to say, I've been qute disappointed with it.
Visually, it's great. Really cute design (we have the bee) with nice clean lines and no plastic rubbish on it. My son loves playing with the springy bits on the front! It's obviously a quality item and works really well on our wooden floors but it's just too small. My mum bought the small size as it said that it was age 12 months+ and the larger design was age 3 years+. Like I say, this was a first birthday present but my son had outgrown it after he'd had it only 3 months or so. It took him a while to get the hang of using it too, so he's only had about 2 months quality play on it. His knees hit the floor now when he's riding it and I think he's just too heavy for it. My son is quite tall for his age but in hindsight, I think my mum would have been better of spending her money on something else.
I bought a wheelybug for my daughters 2nd birthday. She absolutely loved it! It took her a couple of days to get the hang of it, but once she did there was no stopping her, spinning and scooting around. It's a quality toy, the base is made from wood with 4 independant swivelling wheels, topped by animal design vinyl covered seat with a metal handlebar. It's very sturdy and the vinyl material wipes down easily for cleaning. The wheelybug works brilliantly on wooden and laminate floors, we also use it outside on the pavement, however it's important that the surface it's used on is level as they don't work properly on uneven surfaces and there is a risk that your child might fall off. The wheelybug doesn't work well on carpets or grass as the wheels get stuck. The wheelybug does require the rider to have a certain amount of co-ordination so some 12month olds might struggle, but when they do fall off it tends to be a fall straight on to their bottom and not from a great height. I now have 2 of these to stop my kids fighting over them!
I brought the small wheely bug for my daughters second birthday and have to say I think it is great.
The wheely bug has four multi directional castors on the bottom meaning that the child can ride it forwards, backwards, sidewards and even round and round in circles!!
The wheely bug can be pushed, pulled and ridden on too although I would say that the child needs to be very steady on their feet and that this product should not be used as a walking aid for very small babies.
My daughter loves her wheely bug. She kisses and cuddles it, rides on her belly and bottom, drags her teddies round on it BUT she also uses it as a stepping stool to reach things higher up. This worries me every time but I am loathe to put the toy away as she gets so much enjoyment out of it.
The wheely bug is very robust and easy to clean. The wooden base is smooth and varnished and the bug seat it covered in pvc meaning those little spills can be easily wiped away.
I think the toy is quite expensive but buying second hand would be a viable option as the toy can be very hygienically cleaned and they do seem made to last a good few years at least!!
I bought a small ladybird wheely bug for my son when he was around 14 months old. I paid £55 for it at John Lewis, this included free delivery. The price did seem steep but my nephew had one and was always whizzing about on it, so I was hopeful it would get plenty of use.
Description & features...
Small wheely bugs are designed for ages 1-2.5 year olds. The dimensions are: approx. 38cm long x 23cm high x 22cm wide. You can also buy a larger size for children over 3 years. They are available in a range of cute, colourful designs (including: ladybug, bee, cow, mouse & tiger) which are suitable for both boys and girls. Wheely bugs are designed to promote balance, spatial awareness and gross motor skills.
Wheely bugs have four multi-directional castors underneath, allowing them to go backwards, forwards, sideways, and round and round. They are ideal for indoor use on smooth level floors. The wheely bug body (child's seat) is padded and covered with tough polyurethane leather-effect fabric which can be easily wiped clean. The design incorporates an easily grip-able handle bar, allowing babies to use it as a push along toy when taking their first steps. Wheely bugs are handmade and are International & European Safety Tested (EN71).
As soon as the wheely bug arrived it was a huge hit with my son. As we have mostly wooden floors at home he had great fun wheeling about and picking up speed! Although it didn't get daily use, the wheely bug was played with 2-3 times a week. When my little boy got nearer to 2 years he started trying to use it as a stool to climb onto the sofa - so sadly it has had to be packed away for safety. It's now being saved for baby number 2.
I do feel that perhaps it was a little too expensive for a ride-on toy. Saying this, it is definitely a lot more robust than the plastic ride-ones and has lasted brilliantly after a year, with plenty more life in it yet. I would recommended it but would advise shopping around for a competitive price. Prices vary but if you hunt around online you can pick a brand new one up for around £40.
I bought this for my bubba's first birthday and I literally can not get her off it now.
Basically, it is a sturdy bee designed seat that the child can sit on and be wheeled around on castors, they go really smoothly across wooden floor and tiles. I have yet to test on the carpet. My little girl is just learning to pull herseldfup, so the handle is great as she can pull herself up and whizz across the room toddling along.
I personally love the design and think it looks great, way better than some of the kids toys these days. It is really easy to clean, just wope over the surface and friends always comment on how much they like it.
I have seen them in shops for up to £65 but if you shop around online , you can get them for about £40 brand new, I am sure my little girl will definately continue to use it for many years to come.
Overall, I really like it, it is really robust and my little girl can climb on it herself, she is just over 1, it is a simple design yet stylish. I would definitely recomend in place of a toy sit/ push along car.
Okay I bought this wheely bug for my 1 year old on her birthday, she loves it. I bought the wheely bug mouse design and it is so so cute, very sturdy design, great castors that whizz about the house. My baby seems to like to hold onto the handle and walk with the wheely bug. Saying that since i bought the toy I can honestly say my 5 year old has had the most fun out of it. In fact as i type she's sitting on it right now. People seem to always be fascinated with a wheelybug for some reason, when you take it outside you always get a passing comment from someone.
So overall great design, very robust wheels, it is quite a fast little mover, comfortable and the fabrice is very easy to clean. The handle is great for babies to hold onto. This will appeal to all kids really up to the age of 7 i'd say. Very sweet little toy and if you look about you can get them for the £38, you don't have to pay £55 for these like some shops sell them for!!
I bought mine online and I wish I had seen them in a shop before so I could have compared the "small" versus "large" versions. I purchased the smaller version as my son was 2 years old and the larger version stated it was for ages 3+ and I was quite disappointed when it arrived to see how small it actually was, so a few months I had to order the Large Wheely Bug for him - and my one year daughter old fits on the Larger one fine so I don't really understand why they bothered making a smaller version and why they say the large one isn't suitable for younger children. Both my children love their wheely bugs and use them on a daily basis - they never get bored of it! They are great quality too and worth what might seem a high retail price as it's the sort of toy you can pass down generations. Keep a look out for online deals too as I've seen a few sites doing them at half price.
When my partner initially bought the wheely bug, I could not understand why it commanded such a high price tag and at the time of purchase, I thought that the price was way too high.
But the toy has grown on me since and I now think that it is actually well worth the money.
The whelly bug has a hand crafted feel and looks like an old fashioned toy, the sort that Santas Elves would make in a workshop.
It is made primarily of a good quality wood base, which is smoothed and shaped very well with a great finish this gives the toy its handmade look and a really solid feel. It is a good hardwood that is laquered well, so it can take a fair bit of bashing against walls and furniture.
Secured to the base of the Wheely bug are four plastic castors, which I think look like the cheapest part of the toy, but despite their cheap look, they are solid and wheel nice and freely over carpet and wood floors. The wheels are evenly placed so when the child is riding the Wheely bug, it does not tend to become unstable and the centre of gravity is kept low to prevent toppling.
On the top side of the bug, is a hard plastic shell which makes up the body of the bee. This is covered with a lovely soft, leather like material which is very well stitched and secured to the body, without any areas that could accidentaly come off or peel off. The material is striped black and yellow which is really great for little ones as they instantly recognise the bug as a bee.
There is a handle which is very secure and has a comfortable rounded grip, which is covered in soft material. This also comes in handy as a teething aid as the child can sit on the bug and bite at the handle. The material is soft enough not to hurt their mouth, but not so soft that it is easily punctured by tiny teeth.
At the front of the bug are two antennae, which are solid plastic balls on the end of springs. These give the bug its 'buggy' look and are great fun for the little one to bop back and forward. The platic balls are secure enough not to fall off and the springs are wide enough not to pinch skin or hair.
The bug states that it from 12 months, and this is probably about right because they may not be interested in riding it before that age. It really becomes popular about 18 months to 2 years and can last them well into 3 years.
The £49.95 price tag looks high at first glance, but when you realise that this is not some cheap plastic toy and that it is of very high quality, the price tag does not seem so bad and actually seems good value.
This toy will become like rocking horses of old. A great looking toy that will survive the test of time and can be passed down through the family.
This is just a beautifully made toy which looks great and also provides endless hours of fun. I bought one of these for my daughters first Christmas present and her reaxtion when she saw it was fantastic, the bright colours really appeal to the little ones. When I gave this to my daughter she was too little to use it as a 'ride on' toy but she still enjoyed pusing it around while she was learning to walk. When her legs had grown she was soon riding around very happily and looking very proud of herself. The bug will go in any direction and is therefore far more manoverable that many other ride on toys. I am no on baby number 2 and my 14 month is now also getting lots of fun from her bug. My onlky regret is that i wish i had bought the larger size bug as the small does seem very small and i think the large would last your little one for much longer. I also love the look of this toy is make such a refreshing change from all the plastic in my house.
The wheelybug is a ride-on toy produced by Hippy Chick. It comes in two sizes and several animal designs including a bee, mouse, cow, tiger and ladybird. We have the bee in the smallest size but will soon be upgrading and I've yet to decide which of the cute animals to purchase.
The small wheelybugs are for 1-2.5 year olds and are 40cm long, 23cm high and 21cm wide. They are currently priced at £43.95 with free postage from thatcuteage.com but are often available via Boots in their 3 for 2 Mix N Match Promotion.
The large wheelybugs are for 3-5 year olds 47cm long, 28cm high and 25cm wide 3 - 5 yrs and are priced at £53.95 with free postage from thatcuteage.com and are also often available via Boots in their Mix N Match Promotion.
Littlest HonestBob is 19 months old and quite tall (with size 7.5 feet!) so has almost grown out of his small Bee.
This is no ordinary ride on toy. Each is hand made and consists of a wooden base and sponge filled easy wipe clean polyurethane body. Each wheelybug has a smooth rounded handle and four multidirectional castors which enable the toy to move forward, backwards and in all other directions. This ride-on can be used inside or out but I keep my sons Bee for use inside as it is the best sit-n-ride toy I have found for moving around in small object filled spaces.
The wheelybug has won several awards, including one from Mother and Baby magazine.
This is so much better than some of the nasty plastic ride-ons around. It is purely a ride on toy. No rear handle to make it a pushalong and no electronic gadgets to make it a learning aid. Its simplicity in design and functionality is what makes it so unique. Plus it feels nice, looks friendly and is extremely durable. This is one of those toys that I envisage keeping hold of for my grandchildren (of which there will be many!).
The only drawback really is the price. Compared to other ride-on toys this is expensive. However, if looked after, it will last more than one generation of children. Plus it's huggable and that's always a bonus!
Wheelybugs go backwards, forwards, sideways. They can be ridden, pushed, pulled, kissed & cuddled.