I am thinking of getting the bugaboo bee plus for my first baby due in December. I'd really like some feed back on how people have found it before I make a decision. Has anyone had any problems with it?
I've had two. The first one I had was stolen and I had a gap of 3 months where I was just using a baby carrier before the second one arrived. That was a couple of weeks ago and it is already getting on my nerves. I loved it when she was a tiny baby as she was very comfortable in the cocoon and it's a dream to push but now she's 8mo the niggles are becoming more of an issue.
Likes: - lovely snug cocoon for a newborn; - easy to push; - fairly alright basket underneath; - good buggy board design for my 3yo; - hood gives good coverage for protection from the sun; - folds in one piece front and parent-facing.
Dislikes: - you need to spend an awful lot on accessories to make it work properly e.g. can't be used without the cocoon for a newborn, isn't padded enough for an older baby without the seat liner or footmuff. That's £200+ before you've even begun; - the crotch strap really isn't long enough (too short to do up DD's harness and she's 8mo) and this is a known fault; - the chassis scratches really easily and the foam on the handle separates; - in parent-facing mode it's a bit of a pig to unfold as my foot keeps catching the seat; - you need both hands to fold and unfold it; - it takes up most of my boot and I don't have a small car.
I was umming and ahhing about replacing the first one but decided to go for it and wish I hadn't. If I could do it over again I'd use my Caboo and Ergo carriers for the first 6 months and get a Babyzen Yoyo after that. I still might
I loved mine, which was also stolen from the hallway of our house. Seriously bear that in mind, as it's really common now - apparently one of the most quickly rising crimes in the UK!
I think all buggies have niggles. It was good for public transport (i live in London) and I don't use a car so walked miles with it and it's pretty lightweight. The foam wheel started making a screechy noise after 18 months and as it was from John Lewis with 2 year guarantee they sent us free replacement. Our neighbours had the micralite which was amazing but you do pay quite a bit more. I would definitely recommend the bugaboo bee plus.