Our first outing with a newborn & toddler 

Having spent two weeks cooped up indoors since my little munchkin arrived, I’ve been feeling increasingly sorry for my biggest boy, who is getting more and more bored at home on the days he is not at nursery. Don’t get me wrong he still gets the majority of my attention, apart from when I’m feeding my newborn (which often takes over an hour). But the poor thing must be getting super bored and is fighting for mummy’s attention while he comes to terms with the fact the ‘baba’ is here to stay.

So yesterday I decided I would take him to a new stay and play group round the corner, and wrap the baby up warm so we could take him with us (I’m breastfeeding on demand so he goes where I go). It sounded simple in my head; get the boys dressed and ready for 10am, and off we go… it’s a five minute walk, how hard could it be…? I’m actually laughing at myself because of how wrong I was. This is how our morning turned out…

Both boys were up around 6.30am as usual. So I changed and dressed my biggest boy whilst my baby screamed in the background. Calmed the baby down while my biggest had breakfast and then spent the next couple of hours feeding and changing then feeding and changing my baby while my toddler occupied himself and battled for my attention!

I then made the mistake of putting my toddler’s shoes and coat on first. He was then determined to go outside and would not leave the front porch. Only I needed to get through the porch and to the car to get the base of the pushchair and set the bassinet up for the first time. So we had a little meltdown at the door for ten minutes or so, while the baby was screaming in the background! The people at Ocado decided this was the perfect time to deliver our online shopping, so I then had to bring all the shopping in and put it away without my toddler running off through the front door into the street..whilst the baby was still crying.

So once the shopping was dealt with, I finally set up the pushchair and got the baby’s coat on. He had, thankfully, now fallen asleep despite all the commotion. So we were ready to go, finally. Although, when my biggest boy saw the baby go into the pushchair and realised he wouldn’t be going in it he had another major meltdown! Luckily, the lovely people at Bugaboo had sent us a toddler board along with the Bee 5 we are road testing, so some quick thinking and five minutes later we had the toddler board all set up and we were actually finally ready to go! One whole hour later!

The bassinet was so lightweight and easy to push, and the toddler board was a hit although he did switch between sitting on it and walking which is still a new concept for him. My biggest boy loved the stay and play, I can’t believe we have never been before when it is literally on our doorstep! My littlest boy slept the entire time we were there, so the ordeal to get out was definitely worth it.

I’m sure as I get more used to having two boys we will find things like this get easier.  But having not slept more than a couple of hours the night before, the morning was just a disaster and the whole day then felt the same. Today is a new day. The toddler is off having fun at nursery, and my littlest boy has just fallen asleep… time to put the kettle on 😄.

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..