I lived overseas for four years and just recently moved back to the USA. Before I left, I sold my beloved Uppababy Vista stroller that served me well for years and that I loved. I just felt that the Vista wouldn’t be the best choice for me, living in the city and using a car on a daily basis. The Vista is the most versatile, durable stroller, but the fold is quite large and it wouldn’t fit in my trunk well.
Here is why I am completely obsessed with my Bugaboo Bee:
1. The Fold
The Bugaboo Bee folds up so small and compact, it fits everywhere. While you do need two hands to fold the stroller, it’s the simplest fold in the world. The fabrics all folded inwards so that they don’t get dirty. The Bee takes up almost no room in my trunk so I leave it in there all week and still have room for grocery shopping, my double stroller when I’m going out with two children, etc. The stroller is really lightweight and easy to carry around when folded.
2. The Seat
Not too many strollers have a seat that can adjust to fit any size child like the seat of the Bugaboo Bee can. The seat extends both upwards and outwards – giving a larger child a deeper, taller seat. The seat fabric is really comfortable and easy to clean. The five point harness is super easy to do, although I do wish that when you open the harness, all four straps didn’t fall apart separately.
3. The Maneuverability
The Bugaboo Bee is designed to stroll smoothly on flat surfaces and it does quite well! I literally can push my Bee with my pinky. I love the suspension in the wheels. The wheels are small and are not designed to be all-terrain, but for everyday trips, it’s a dream to push. My 3 year old loves pushing my 18 month old and she can do it really easily with the adjustable handlebar.
4. The Canopy
The new Bee canopy is humongous. It extends quite easily to give almost completely coverage. While I would love a peek-a-boo window, Bugaboo does not put any on any of their standard canopies. Check out the Bee Breezy Canopies to see such an option.
5. Suitable from Birth
Both of my children did not like sleeping in a bassinet (was such a bummer because the Vista bassinet is both gorgeous and super safe), so I wanted to get a stroller that can accommodate a newborn in the seat or can work well with an infant car seat. I have both of these options with the Bee – there is a cocoon and the option of using a car seat adapter on the frame, which I plan on doing when my third one comes around. There is a proper complete bassinet available as well. The seat has a true-flat recline, so with the addition of a support pillow, I’d feel comfortable putting my newborn directly in the seat when it is fully reclined.
All in all, I’m quite happy with my decision of choosing the Bee3 as my all-around stroller.