Finding out that we were going to have a baby was a wonderfully happy thing for my husband and I. But, it was also very much uncharted territory for the both of us. I had spent all of my life up until that point blissfully ignorant about babies and the things that they need. Any time a friend or relative had a baby, I would buy what looked like a really cool pair of shoes (baby sneakers, how awesome!) and be done with it. I'll admit that we procrastinated a little on researching what we would need once our little guy finally arrived. There's a good reason why: for me, procrastination happens either when I'm totally disinterested/afraid/unhappy (totally not the case here) or overwhelmed by choice.
Here's the thing about having a baby.....there's a whole lot of stuff involved. People will tell you that you need all manner of things. Big things, little things, duplicates of things in case of loss or stays at Grandparents, overly expensive things, itty bitty and easily misplace-able things, adorable things, and downright ugly "why is everything that strange shade of green plastic?" things. People will unload a whole lot of guilt on you as well, if you don't want the things that they insist you need. Sometimes, they are right, and sometimes they are wrong.
So my husband and I likely procrastinated on some of this stuff because we were overwhelmed by all the stuff, puzzled by the ugliness of some of it, and a bit shy about cluttering up our relatively small urban living space (a whopping 750ish sq. feet) with all of it, especially if we didn't necessarily need all of it. Everything from snot suckers and swing chairs (both immensely useful, by the way!) to soothers, swaddling blankets and teething gadgets. Babies are only babies for a short while after all, right? (insert single tear here). Our tastes are modern, our quarters are a little cramped, but our minds are always open. As such, we listened to much advice, accepted some hand-me-downs, and then tried to edit our way tastefully and thoughtfully through the rest.
A stroller, is not one of those things you take lightly in deciding on. It is a workhorse of baby things, so to speak, equivalent to a classic shoe, coat or handbag in your wardrobe. You'll probably use it almost every day, so you had better like it, and it had better be functional. I like to get out and walk a lot - we're talking 5 km a day or so to keep me sane. Finding a stroller that fit my lifestyle and my style was essential.
After much consideration - we came across the Bugaboo Bee 3, and totally fell for it. As I said before, I knew very little about baby stuff going into my pregnancy, but I did know that Bugaboo was known for quality and design. The Bee is Bugaboo's lightweight city stroller, foldable in one piece with the seat configuration. (So important when your front hallway is the size of a postage stamp.) We also opted to add-on the pram body (shown below) for a little extra protection and comfort in the early months of our baby's life. Our little guy, Archer, was born a bit prematurely and was quite sensitive to chillier temperatures. Once he was ready to be out in the world the pram body gave him the warmth and security he needed. Bonus: the pram body is excellent for being on-the-go without disturbing baby's sleep. Just disconnect from the chassis and carry it with you.
The Bee is perfect from birth to toddler, is compact and comfortable, and light and easy to move around. For people like us that use transit and walk, the fact that the stroller is light (I can lift it myself if I need to) is so essential. Let's not forget about looks though, shall we? Because let's face it....this is one cool looking baby vehicle. Since little Archer's arrival, I can't tell you how many times someone has told me "that stroller is so awesome".....and this includes many single dudes that have likely never, never uttered such a phrase. I love the colour options (we went for the iconic bright yellow extended sun canopy, but there are others) and sleek design. It was actually really fun choosing all the design and functionality options for our Bee. Four-wheel independent suspension, comfortable harness, extendable seat, zippy colours.....it was almost like building a race car. Almost.
If you're in the market for a stroller and city-living is your thing, I definitely recommend checking out the Bugaboo Bee3. You can find all about it and have fun configuring the right one for you here. Happy strolling!