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 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..



Six months young..

Six months ago today at 1.01pm, my little munchkin flew out of me (quite literally). I can’t believe that he is now six months old, and has gone from a teeny tiny bundle (a beautiful one mind), that would just sleep, cry (or should I say SCREAM) and feed, to a lovely bubbly little human who is just so happy and cheeky.

He really does have a lovely little personality already, and he certainly knows how to get his own way, and because he is just so cute, it’s hard not to give in. I really wish I could press pause sometimes and properly take everything in. There’s so much I want to do but just not enough hours in the day (even though we’re up from 5.30am everyday 😂😂).

This last month has been all about getting my munchkin to self soothe himself to sleep, which he is doing brilliantly (he still tests me though). And I’m pleased we have not had to leave him to cry himself to sleep whatsoever. I say we, but let’s face it I mean ‘I’. The husband doesn’t get involved with bedtime, night wakings or naptime.. Lucky him!

Although we’ve tackled getting Sami to sleep, for the last 2 months or so, his sleep patterns have changed considerably, and the amount of night wakings has increased SO SO much. It’s safe to say I am insanely sleep deprived, I don’t even know how I am functioning. I long to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time, and right now am jealous of everyone around me who gets that and more (a lot more).

It’s been way too long, and being this sleep deprived can make you irritable, short tempered and generally moody. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and mother, (the people who spend the most time with me) who just ignore it and let me be. I often can’t go back to sleep after being woken, and am just waiting for the next waking (for hours). I honestly have so much love and respect for all mums out there. You really don’t appreciate what it’s like until you’ve been through it.

Anyway, enough of that. Even though the last month has been solely focused on Sami’s sleep and nap times (I don’t go out for very long in the day as want him to have all of his naps at home while he is still learning to self soothe), I feel that six months old is full of exciting firsts and new experiences. Here are ours:

  • Sami tried his first food threedays ago, puréed carrot, which he loved. He hated puréed potato the next day, and loved sweet potato on day 3. I am loosely following Annabel Karmel’s weaning guidance, and have a couple of her books. I will let you know how we get on.
  • Sami moved into his ‘big baby’ cot three weeks ago (a little early but he was ready and it’s actually helped with naptime tremendously. He also moved into his own room a little early, at just before five months. It has helped us both as we are both light sleepers and I would often wake him getting into bed and getting up to use the loo.
  • We will be saying goodbye to Sami’s carrycot base on his bugaboo, and he will be forward facing which I’m so excited about. He loves going for walks and we often go on very very long ones. He will be able to see so much more :).
  • Sami’s high chair arrived today, and I can’t wait for him to join us at meal times, as we continue to experiment with flavours and textures.
  • Sami’s babble game is now strong, and he is experimenting with sounds. I am so impressed with all of the different sounds he is trying to say. My personal favourites are ‘mama’ and ‘dada’. I’m not sure wether he knows what he is saying, but he often makes these sounds when in his cot trying to sleep and wants us to come.
  • We are so delighted and excited with the fabulous news that Sami will have a little cousin- due June 2016. Exactly one year younger than Sami. I have grown up with a sister and cousins of similar ages, and I can’t tell you how valuable this has been for me. I am overjoyed that Sami will experience this, and I just can’t wait to welcome my nephew/ niece.

All in all its been a very eventful month, I feel like he is growing so much and learning so much and I’m just so excited to see how he develops further. He is worth all the sleepless nights, and lack of social life. I literally devout my time to him 24/7, but he is so worth it, and he is such a happy baby, I think he knows that he is loved so much.

I will leave you with some pictures of the finished nursery 😄



My Travel System..

I thought I’d share my experiences of my travel system so far. And no I don’t mean my fancy new wheels (I wish). Gone are the days when I could drive around in a lovely sports cars with two doors, two seats and a teeny boot. When I say travel system, I am referring to my baby’s travel system.  Talking of cars though, I do struggle with my normal size hatchback to fit everything I need for baby, so perhaps I do need some new wheels (hint to the husband).

When looking for a car seat, safety and ease were the two factors that were most important to me. Myself and the husband debated on the safety element for some time, and in the end we reached a compromise and went for a car seat that fitted the bill for both (or so we thought). So, we opted for the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, which is suitable for age 0-12 months and would slot nicely onto our pushchair frame. The car seat itself was £190, but we were lucky enough to have this gifted to us from my sister. In addition the base is £150.

My baby was a tiny baby, weighing 5 pounds 13 oz at birth, and to my surprise, I found carrying him in the car seat a struggle from the start. I have no idea how mothers cope with bigger babies, and I stuggle even more now that he is so much bigger. I guess to combat this, it fits nicely onto the pushchair frame, but in my experience I find it a bit of a faff to get on and off the pushchair frame, and ever since I experimented with this and using the adapters, the isofix base in the car sometimes freezes.. Not quite the ‘ease’ factor I had in mind.

To make matters worse, my baby dislikes being sat in the car seat, and will often scream and have a tantrum until I take him out. My visions of popping into my mum’s with a peaceful sleeping baby, undisturbed still in the car seat, has been well and truly shattered. My car seat remains in the car all of the time and I am always scared we will have a tantrum on our hands every time we step foot in the car. So, I no longer need the ease and portability factor and am therefore kicking myself for not listening to the husband and opting for a safer car seat that lasts until the baby is much older. Take this as a lesson and think hard and long before making any purchases.

Thank god for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3. We opted for the limited edition navy (suitable for a girl or a boy), setting us back £875. My baby has loved this since the very first time we used it (much to my surprise as we were struggling so much with car seat journeys at the time). I find the frame easy to assemble and dissemble, and the carry case clicks into place easily. I can manoeuvre the pushchair easily and it is very lightweight, perfect for a petite weakling like myself. The best part about it is my munchkin loves it, he much prefers being lay flat and can look around and take in the sights. The only downside, as mentioned previously, is it does take up most of my boot space, and there isn’t much storage for baby bag/shopping.

My munchkin is lucky enough to have enjoyed many walks in the park, the countryside, and around my local shopping centre and so far, this has been one of our most successful purchases for Sami.