Two years later, and Archer and I still love the Bugaboo Bee! Photo by Tobias Wang
A little over two years ago, I gave birth to my son. The details of his arrival into the world are story that I love to tell. I was 35 weeks pregnant, had started the day with a workout at the gym (burpees were involved, though slower than normal) as I had continued to stay active throughout my pregnancy. I later spent time with my husband sorting through gifts we had gotten at our co-ed baby shower a few days before, then I went to see some shows at Toronto Fashion Week (or whatever incarnation or title it had in 2015). Somewhere during the 6pm show I was watching, I realized that my stomach was indeed not so much upset as I had believed it to be, but sort of cramping at regular intervals……oooops….and just over 12 hours later our son Archer arrived into the world, and although he was tiny and weak due to being born preterm, he was very determined. Our lives were changed forever, and we have been smitten with our bright, chatty, stubborn, funny, adorable, creative, busy little man (who has now grown with leaps and bounds ever since and is not so little).
And yes, while everything has been different since then, I should note that my husband and I are still very much the same people with the same interests that we had before we had our son. It’s almost like I find becoming parents was for us, and I am sure many others, is like finding an an additional room inside a house that you have never seen before; one that is beautiful, magical, and becomes the most important to you – but everything else is still there. As new parents, we tried as much as possible to make choices that reflected who we are: urban, active, somewhat minimalist, lovers of travel….etc. Like all things, your baby gear needs to fit into your life, both in terms of form and function. Because a stroller is one of the most important items in a new parent’s life (I know I use mine every day), we did not take the decision of choosing which stroller we would use lightly. We decided that the Bugaboo Bee was the right stroller for us for so many reasons: it was sleek and light (no SUV-sized strollers for us), travelled easily (meaning we didn’t need to buy 2 strollers), had sturdy construction and great design features. In fact, I became the first Bugaboo Partner in Canada, which is a fact that I am really proud of because I love everything about the brand, and I don’t put my name to anything that I don’t believe in. When my son was a few months old, I shared my experiences with our beloved Bugaboo Bee 3, which turned heads everywhere we went. We started out with a black frame, cheery yellow canopy and grey melange bassinet, then black seat. Later we swapped out the yellow canopy for a sophisticated grey mélange canopy, and have been rolling with that ever since.
Truly, in the past two years, we have gone….everywhere. I’ve continued to stay active since my son was born, it’s part of who I am and always will be (some might call me a “health nut”), and because of that I like to walk everywhere in our city of Toronto, and beyond. Because the Bee is so light and smooth, it makes the amount of steps I take with it a pleasure. We have travelled with it to San Francisco on our son’s very first trip, and it was a breeze. Because I love to run, I of course have the Bugaboo Runner chassis, which I fit my Bee seat on, and off I go. We tell everyone who asks how much we love our Bugaboo Bee, and it’s true. It’s been perfect for us, and I have never wanted another stroller. Until now. No….no, I haven’t been swayed by another make or model. It’s just that there is a new Bee in town.
Yes, yes! Bugaboo has recently launched the Bee 5, and while I really had no complaints about my original Bee 3, I really, really love the upgrades that have been made. One of the best things is how many more options there are available now – the Bugaboo Bee 5 allows parents to customize their stroller based on their personality, without compromising on function or durability. Some of the new highlights include:
More than 100 updated parts
Improved suspension for a smoother ride
All-new padded seat
New integrated attachment points make it easy to click on Bugaboo accessories like the cup holder and comfort wheeled board without adaptors
15 new colors and materials have been added to the portfolio along with new changeable wheel caps and faux leather grips
More styling options than ever before with 700 possible design combinations
All this means that whatever your style, be it health nut, minimalist, dreamer, or so on (and on, because we’re all more than one thing, right?) there is a Bugaboo Bee 5 for you and your babe. Let’s just say, both Archer and I are very happy with our new wheels, and are already making the most of the warmer Spring weather by taking it for a spin all over Toronto.
If you’re looking to customize your own Bugaboo Bee 5, I suggest checking out this list of retailers, and take it from there. Happy strolling!