Product Type: Bugaboo prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Bugaboo Bee - a fabulous buy!
Member Name: chiliflea
Advantages: lightweight, easy to manouver, parent and forward facing
Disadvantages: price, turning into a travel system is a bit silly
I must admit to being a bit of a pushchair-aholic! With our first child we went through 4 different pushchairs in the first year - a Gracco that was far too big to push round the shops, another Gracco that was smaller, the Loola, after reading an article about the benefits of parent facing pushchairs, and finally the very lightweight buggy from toys r us....
Whe I found out I was pregnant with baby 2, myself and my partner decided on a few criteria that our new pushchair would need to fullfill. My main criteria was that it could be both parent facing and forward facing, my partner's main criteria was a lightweight pushchair.
Parent facing pushchairs are now quite common and there was a wealth of choice but I found that to find one that was both parent facing AND lightweight was quite a challenge! Especially with the budget we had.
I'd seen the Bugaboo Bee at the Baby Show in the NEC and had been quite impressed with it, but not by the price! It is a lightweight and narrow pushchair that can be made into a travel system with the addition of a maxi-cosi car seat and car seat adaptors.
Luckily my parents helped us out with the £419 cost (ouch) and I bought the pushchair from Mothercare, along with the car seat £115, car seat adaptors £29.99 and the baby cocoon £67.
The Bugaboo Bee comes with a raincover and underseat basket and was delivered pretty much fully assembled. All I had to do was click in the 2 front wheels which was very easily done.
It's very straightforward to unfold and fold the pushchair, although the first time took me a couple of attepmts to get the right technique - you need to sort of "flick" the chair to get it to click into place.
In order to make the chair parent facing, the seat unit is unclipped, turned around and clipped back in... The mechanism is quite stiff at the moment but I would imagine this will get easier with time and use.
The car seat can be clipped onto the chassis (with the carseat adaptors) with the seat unit in place or not, but what annoys me about this is that you need to take your child out of the car seat to click it into place... This seems really stupid to me... If I was out and about alone I would have to take my baby out of the car seat and leave her unattended in order to put the car seat onto the chassis. For this reason I have not used this option, I prefer to take her out of the carseat and put her into the pushchair in the lay flat position.
The Bee has 4 seat positions so it is suitable from birth, and you can choose the colour of the canopy hood although I was told in Mothercare that the yellow attracts wasps!
The under seat basket is a good size, although it's quite difficult to access when the seat is parent facing. I haven't used the raincover yet as have not taken her out in the rain... It's great that the handle is height adjustable to any position too.
My daughter looks very comfortable in the seat (although she looks quite far away from me!) and slept for the entire trip about the shops, and the manouverability of the Bugaboo Bee was outstanding! Getting in and around displays and rails in shops was a doddle, as was getting through doorways which in the past with other pushchairs has been tricky! I've even pushed my 3 year old son around the house in it, and it still manages to turn on a sixpence and is still light to push...
All in all I'm glad my parents made it possible for us to purchase the Bugaboo Bee. So far it's been a very nimble and practical pushchair.
Summary: a good buy if you can afford it...
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