Product Review- The Bugaboo Bee⁵

As many of you are aware from my recent posts, for the last few months we have been road testing the new Bugaboo Bee⁵. It’s been a crazy and exciting few months where we’ve welcomed the birth of our second baby boy, alongside my oldest monkey finally getting to grips with walking and not wanting to sit still. So the road test couldn’t have come at a better time to allow me to see if I really need a double buggy (don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with them but being so teeny tiny myself I really don’t want to go down this route) or if can I ‘make do’ with a compact system paired with a toddler board?

Bugaboo set us some exciting challenges so we have taken our Bee⁵ everywhere from the high street using public transport, to a nearby national trust site on an Easter egg hunt, oh and many a lunch/ play date with friends. So we have really put it to the test, and below is our review on how we have found it…

We are major fans of our actual travel system, the Bugaboo cameleon³, which is why we were very excited to test out the Bee⁵. Being new to the Bee, we couldn’t wait to see why this compact system is so highly rated.

Some of our favourite improved features are:

  • Fully customisable from top to bottom (yes, even the wheels can be customised). More on this a little later.
  • Improved seat design which features a super comfy padded seat and a seat that adjusts and can grow with your child.
  • Newly designed basket under the seat which includes a handy pocket for the rain cover (ever been caught in a downpour and it takes forever to get to your rain cover as your basket is filled with so much stuff?!).
  • Five point safety harness which, for some reason my monkey lets me strap him into, using the four straps (no other contraption at the moment is popular, we have daily struggles getting into the car).
  • Improved front wheels and suspension, ensuring a smooth ride.

You can click here, for more details on the specification and features.
So what did we love about the Bee⁵

As well as some of the improved features mentioned above, there were five stand out things we just love about the Bee⁵…

  1. It does what it says on the tin…it’s compact and lightweight! In fact it’s 8.9kg compact! For a short and petite person like myself, it’s so easy to maneaouvre (one handed) and assemble and dissemble. I’m lucky enough to have my mum and sister help a lot with the babies and the added bonus here is that Bee⁵ is also lightweight for my (kinda elderly) mum to use on public transport and it actually fits inside my sister’s boot! This was a major bug bear with my actual travel system as my sister takes my monkey out a lot! Oh and the Bee⁵ fits perfectly assembled in my awkwardly narrow front porch which means I can get a sleeping baby safely in the house without waking them up…massive thumbs up for this!
  2. It’s versatile. The Bee⁵ has made the transition to two babies under two so, so much easier. My oldest monkey had been using the Bee⁵ for around a month when his little brother came along, and the first time we got the bassinet out he broke down hysterically as he felt his brother had taken his place in the pushchair. Thankfully we had the toddler board already so I got it out and made him feel special about his new ‘chair’. I love how I can take them both out using the toddler board and when my biggest monkey decides he wants to walk instead I only need one hand to steer the Bee⁵ so can keep one hand on him! The bassinet is nice and cosy with the extra padded insert, but the seat can also be reclined flat for a newborn. This is great for only having to take one thing out with me, and the frame, bassinet, seat, and toddler board do all fit nicely in my boot. I love how I can keep my options open, with a sling packed in the underseat basket, I can switch who is in the stroller between my toddler or newborn easily. Mums of toddlers know how quickly a toddler can change their minds or not co-operate, so this really is a blessing! It’s also versatile in terms of who is pushing, the handle bars adjust easily to suit the height of the person pushing, and the seat can be world or parent facing depending on preference or where you are and what your doing.
  3. Customise to suit your style! There are some days were I barely make it out of my pjs, but when I do manage to make an effort I want to look and feel good.. and I love how the Bee⁵ can be customised to suit your style… I’m a little obsessed with pastel colours at this time of year, so I love how I can compliment my pastel blue coloured bassinet (call me sad, it’s okay I know), and the leather strap is so on trend! I love how you can give your stroller a makeover for different times of the year (particular love the sun canopy for warmer weather or holidays), or even if you wanted to change how it looks for a new baby without forking out for a new stroller. 
  4. Easy to assemble and dissemble. The Bee⁵ gets a big thumbs up from me on this front. And the whole family have learnt how to do it too (which may sound silly but not everyone could work out how to do it on my actual travel system). It did take me a few attempts to get the hang of attaching and detacthing the seat but it’s super simple once you do get it. And once I discovered you can dissemble the entire stroller with the seat attached, it was a game changer. When your out and about and it’s no longer in use, it’s very useful to be able to dissemble it (one handed in one easy step)… this would be ideal for holidays and travel! Myself and husband share a car and we’re always having to take all the baby essentials out of the car when he goes away for work trips. Having just one piece to move around and store makes things so much easier. This feature is also great if you don’t have a car or use public transport a lot, or like me have a hands on grandparent who doesn’t drive. 
  5. The seat.. I’ve mentioned most of the benefits already, but felt the seat itself needed a thumbs up all by itself as it is so versatile. The seat can be adapted to different situations, you can recline for naps (and all the way flat for newborns), or have your monkeys sat upright in the nicely padded seat. As mentioned, it can be world or parent faced and the stroller dissembles with the seat in place.. for me this is the best thing about it and has made my life so much easier.

For me, the Bee⁵ has proven to be easy to use especially with two babies under two, and above all versatile. It really does suit parents and families that are always on the go. Having road tested it extensively, I have truly loved using the Bee⁵ and love how great it looks, I’ve never been complemented so much on my buggy! 

I only have a few niggles to point out.. 

  • You have to walk towards one side when using the toddler board (like any other stroller and toddler board) and walk at a slower pace if like me you have a toddler that may not cooperate and sit still! This is not always great if your trying to get your newborn to sleep! But this is something that happens with all toddler boards, and is a small price to pay if it means you don’t have to carry your toddler when they get tired!
  • It can be tricky to access the brake with the toddler board in use.
  • Access to the under seat basket is via the front of the stroller, which took me awhile to get used to. This isn’t a major issue, just something a little different.
  • Attaching the sun canopy turned into a little ordeal (taking me an hour to figure out), but I was sleep deprived and had two screaming babies to contend with. I’m pretty sure it would have been so much simpler had I not had a newborn screaming and severe baby brain! After the first time, I’ve not had any issues and can now attach and detach it in seconds.

So will I be getting a double stroller? Hell no! After using such a lightweight and compact stroller, I wouldn’t be able to switch to a larger and bulkier double…I’m so glad I didnt rush to buy one before my newborn arrived! I will be sticking to the systems we have in place now as I’m confident they will continue to meet the needs of my little family.



I recieved this product from the lovely people at Bugaboo for the purpose of road testing and reviewing it, however all opinions expressed are my truthful and my own, my little family truly love everything about the Bee⁵. 

Our first impressions of the Bugaboo Bee 5

I’m a big fan of my current travel system, the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 (read my review here) and was therefore delighted that me, my monkey (and bump) have been lucky enough to road test the new Bugaboo Bee 5. And this is what we think so far…

It’s super light weight.. and I mean super, super light weight. I thought the Cameleon 3 was as light as it got. Friends often comment on how light and easy it is to manoeuvre, but the Bee 5 is on another level. Being a petite 5ft 2, shorty, it’s perfect for me! Being so small and lightweight makes it great to push around the shops and small spaces. You almost forget there’s a baby inside!

Easy to fold & unfold.. this is a big plus from me and where I have found the biggest difference to my current travel system. It’s just so easy to click and fold/ unfold, you can do it with one hand. I’ll be honest it took me a few practise attempts to get the hang of it, but once I did, it’s just so easy. I found attaching the seat sightly trickier, but again after a few practise runs I’ve got the hang of it, and again for a small person like me, it couldn’t be easier.

Compact..this is intended to be a compact system, and Bugaboo have definitely delivered. I love how compact it is. Me and my husband share a car, and we are forever taking the travel system in and out of the car and storing it in the house for a few days when he is working away. I find our current travel system takes up a lot of hallway space (we have no other place to store it), but the Bee 5 folds away into a tiny shell. The added bonus is it fits in my sister’s boot ( a VW polo), which means she can finally take my monkey out on more substantial outings.

Sturdy underseat basket.. I often go for long walks, end up buying way too much on the way and struggle to get it all in the basket. I’ve found the underseat basket on the Bee 5 to be a lot more sturdy than my current system, and fits a lot more in! This is great as it means I can shop away!

The leather strap.. this speaks for itself, it looks great, as does the Bee 5 in general!

I’m loving using the Bee 5 so far, and it certainly gets a lot of attention when out and about. I’m looking forward to testing out the bassinet with my new baby as it looks so snug and cosy.  I’m also looking forward to seeing how my monkey gets on with the toddler board.. which could either be a winner and mean no double buggy for me, or an epic fail as my monkey is very firm on his likes and dislikes right now! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

I’ll leave you with some snaps of our adventures so far..



Travelling long haul with a little monkey.. 

We did it. We travelled half way round the world (literally) with our 13 month old monkey and survived to tell the tale! When people warn you that holidays post baby are ‘just not the same’ they sure aren’t lying.. So pre warned and feeling anxious I held my expectations low and packed our bags (all five of them), our Pram, our baby Bjorn, crap loads of mosquito repellent and enough kiddie snacks to feed a small army, and we (reluctantly) set of for our month long adventure.. Oh and we also packed two aunties for good luck (and babysitting services). 

We travelled to Bali, the Gili islands and Dubai and were fortunate enough to stay in some amazing places, in pure pure luxury. I have a months worth of antectodes to share, but I won’t bore you with allll the detail but I do want to share my family travel do’s and don’ts.. so here are my top travel tips:

  • Travel light! I thought I had but it’s so hard to travel light with a baby when your away for a month.. luckily as the nappies and snacks were consumed our bags became lighter and lighter. But we still couldn’t avoid having 2 large cases, a small trolley and two bags and a baby bag to lug around with us. We moved around every 3-4 days so this was the biggest nuisance and biggest learning for me, I will ALWAYS travel lighter in future. The icing on the cake was arriving on the small island of gili trawangan after a horrendous two and a half hour rocky boat journey watching everyone else embark into the sea to get to the shore with their backpacks.. followed by our gang and our collective haul that had to be carried on the poor crew’s shoulder to the shore! To say we were embarrassed was an understatement.. we then sat on the beach for over an hour with our large pile of luggage waiting for a gili taxi to get us to our hotel (also known as a horse and carriage). The ‘drivers’ would take one look at us and our excessive luggage and quote the most ridiculous price. In the end we caved in and paid over the odds and had to get an additional taxi just for our luggage.. I just felt sorry for the poor horse! So anyway it’s safe to say we learnt the hard way, so trust me on this.. travel light! 
  • Include a stopover. I usually advise against stopovers, I usually prefer to pay more and fly direct. But when flying long haul having to stop anyway and with a little one in tow, I was so thankful for our stopovers. We stopped in Dubai both ways, three nights on the way out, and four nights on the return journey. It does add time on to your vacation but when travelling long distances with babies or children it’s a must. We were able to freshen up and relax before our 9+ hour flight from Bali to Dubai and felt like we had a mini holiday.. same on the return journey and your not returning home completely exhausted. It was a win win for us. My sister and cousin joined us at Dubai airport having come straight off their UK to Dubai flight, joining us for our flight to bali.. and let me tell you a few hours in they were like zombies! 
  • Take a night flight. This was a god send for us.. we took two night flights, UK- Dubai (approx 7 hours)  and also Denpasar (Bali) to Dubai (approx 9 hours) and my little monkey slept the majority of both flights which meant I could too. You do arrive at your destination having not had a comfortable full nights sleep but we found Sami was still sleepy enough to have a long nap and it was better then the alternative which is to keep a baby entertained for the best part of 9 hours with limited space and limited resources. We purposefully didn’t take a night flight on our return home so that we arrived at Samis bedtime and could get back into a routine as quickly as possible. 
  • Don’t stick to a rigid routine. At home Sami goes to bed and has naps following a strict routine. But with a huge time difference, we decided that he would be adjusting to the new times anyway so we may as well mix up his routine slightly so he could go to bed when I did. This did meant we had a grumpy baby some evenings but the trade off was we got to have evenings out and about instead of me having to sit in the dark and silence at 7pm every night. Sami quickly adjusted and napped on the go or would have a late nap before going out for dinner, but i won’t lie to you and say it was all a breeze. We had a grumpy overtired baby on many occasions as sleeping on the go is not easier for a little one when it’s so hot and everything’s so new and exciting. 
  • Go to a laundromat. I had taken travel wash and optimistically planned to wash clothes (mainly my little boys), but I should have known this would never happen. Especially when travelling for a longer holiday, take less clothes and get them washed so that you CAN travel lighter (see point on travelling light). Don’t use the hotel’s laundry service as we made this mistake once before and paid a small fortune, find a local laundrette and have a nice meal with the money you’ll save. In all honestly my baby mainly wore nappies and nothing else so I really didn’t need to pack so many clothes for him!
  • Take a solid travel system. We opted to take a cheap stroller as I was worried about my beautiful bugaboo getting ruined on the plane.. big mistake. Not only was it not comfy for my monkey to nap in (which he ended up doing loads), it was hard to assemble and dissemble which resulted in some embarrassing moments in the first few days. On one occasion we had the stroller fully assembled on the front seat of the taxi 😂😂. 
  • Hire a car.. and a car seat. The whole time we were in Indonesia we hired a driver and a people carrier, but there was no option for a car seat. And let me tell you car journeys were HARD. My little monkey was agitated, upset, inconsolable and uncomfortable for nearly every journey, and he would only remain in my arms which meant car journeys were not fun for me either. When we got to Dubai we hired a car and seat and the rest is history. Car journeys became a chance for me to put my feet up and we had a happy (and sleeping) baby. 
  • Pack a plane bag. With all your essentials for baby including snacks, nappies, spare clothes, and lots of little toys. We used the same packed bag for all our outings and it made life so much easier. Don’t forget it’s always cooler on planes so take blankets and layers for your little one. 
  • Take your gro-bag/ usual blankets. Even if travelling to a hot climate, remember due to air conditioning it’s cool at night, so don’t forget to take your usual gro bag or blankets. 
  • Feed baby on take off/landing. I was lucky enough to still be breastfeeding my 13 month old, so I fed on take off and landing to help with his poor little ears. A bottle would have the same affect. Breastfeeding also helped with my little one not getting ill by the local food, as he was still not fully established onto solids until 14 months old! 
  • Don’t over do it. Although we fit a lot into our holiday we had lots of time to play with so didn’t have too many plans for any one day. This is essential for not getting stressed and feeling like you’ve had some relaxation time. We did however move around every 3-4 days and this involved long car, boat or plane journeys. This is something I would not recommend. In hindsight I would stay put in one location or maybe have picked 2 or 3 max. We managed 8 different locations! Hectic was not the word! 
  • Don’t expect too much. Lower your expectations, holidaying with children is not going to be the same and as long as you are prepared for this and set your expectations right, you will enjoy yourself. I had set my expectations low, but travelling with other young people, and in a large group for many parts of the trip, I was the only one with a baby or child so it did suck a lot of the time. Especially as my monkey was super clingy and wanted mummy only, so daddy and his aunties could only do so much. If you are travelling in a group, I would strongly advise to travel with other families so you can all plan like minded activities and you don’t feel like the odd one out. 

We had a lovely time, saw some beautiful sites, stayed in some lush places and have some great memories but I won’t pretend it was all fabulous. It was HARD. It does come down to your babies personality, and my baby loves routine, is easily irritated and is very dependant and clingy to his mummy (mainly down to breastfeeding). Some babies would adapt a lot easier and cope with the changes more smoothly, but I guess you don’t really know how they’ll cope until you get there. For me, coming home was like a holiday and I was so happy to be home, but I will cherish the memories, I just don’t think I’ll be travelling long haul again. A 17 hour journey is perhaps a little much for a baby, but there are plenty of destinations MUCH closer to home for future trips.. I’ll leave you with some snaps..