Product Type: Bugaboo prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Bugaboo Bee - Red
Member Name: jo2308
Advantages: compact, lightweight, nimble and stylish
Disadvantages: accessories are expensive and the button to collapse is quite stiff
When I was pregnant and looking for a pram/stroller I had a few criteria:
- be front and back facing so that I could have the baby facing me even as they got older
- be compact as we had a Mini Clubman and a lot of the prams we looked at were way too big to fit in the boot
- can be used as a travel system and have a car seat attached to it when the baby is young
- be easy to put up and collapse
- be sturdy and easy to maneuver as I knew I'd be doing mainly town visits.
After lots of research the bugaboo bee seemed to fit the bill. It was expensive but to be honest it was a lot cheaper buying this than changing our car (it really was one of the only one's I found that would fit without having the wheels removed.
I have to say that I have been really impressed with it since my daughter has arrived. It's a dream to push - very nimble and the small swivel wheels give a smooth ride and can also be turned 360 degrees with ease. It fits into our car easily (apparently it will fit into an ordinary mini too, or so the man in John Lewis assured me.) The handle is adjustable and means that neither my husband or myself have to bend down to push it which makes for a comfortable journey for both of us.
The travel system only works with a maxi cosi seat and you have to buy special adapters to use it which I thought was a bit of a rip off as they're two little shaped plastic things that cost £20 but you can't use the car seat on the frame without them.
Although I've mainly done city trips with it I have taken it on a couple of long country walks and it's coped fine - OK, it's not an off roader type and does get stuck in long grass but overall I thought it coped pretty well and there was certainly no damage to it.
Changing the seats over is a bit of a pain at first - it took me ages to work out how to get the proper bugaboo seat on the first time I used it (I'd just been sticking to using the maxi cosi) and I even had to resort to looking up a youtube video that showed me how! But after a couple of times doing it it's become second nature now. The button on the handle to collapse the frame is pretty stiff and takes a lot of getting used to. It's so stiff that my Mum who has mild arthritis in her hands can't manage to do it. the clips that extend the handle length are also very stiff - in fact after 6 months of using it every day I still struggle to every time I do it.
But overall I think it's fantastic - primarily for the fact that it's so compact, light and easy to maneuver. I have to say I wasn't that bothered about it's trendiness but it is a good looking little pram and I have had a number of people ask me about it. We've bought the red as I had been told by a friend that the yellow I'd originally fancied was an insect magnet in the summer (apparently insects are attracted to yellow.)
The only trouble we've had with it is the carry handle snapped off a few weeks ago. I contacted Bugaboo (it comes with a 2 year guarantee) and they've asked me to send some pictures of it and they will take it from there. I'll wait and see how good their customer service is about it but I've heard good things so I'm not anticipating any problems having it replaced.
Summary: A great little pram but expensive - especially if you want all of the accessories.