Bugaboo Butterfly
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Bugaboo Butterfly

NEW 2022
The Ant-successor
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The Bugaboo Butterfly is, after the reversible ultra-compact Bugaboo Ant, another ultra-compact stroller that is even approved by IATA (Internationa Air Transport Association), which means fuss-free traveling with the Butterfly as a piece of cabin luggage. The Butterfly, unlike the Ant (and much more like the well-made Joolz Aer), is forward-facing only, which means you cannot make the child parent-face, but it also means much larger seat which a higher backrest that reclines partially, an adjustable leg rest, and a pivoting bumper bar as well. Lastly, the BGB Butterfly stands by its 22 kg weight capacity in the seat plus 8 kg in the basket, meaning a whopping 30 kg maximum capacity overall. The 56cm seatback is also the tallest on the market in the ultracompact category, and is not that slanted, meaning a quite upright seat for a travel pushchair.

The Butterfly, launched in April 2022, is, therefore, a quality travel buggy for parents of babies to toddlers, boasting not just an adjustable world-facing seat unit but also a car seat compatibility for use from birth as a travel system (using of this stroller without a car seat is best from about 8 months on). There's also the extendable hood with a ventilation mesh part, an all-wheel suspension, a carry strap, and a one-second, one-hand fold. The Butterfly was launched in three base colors and poses a real competition to very similarly-functioning Aer.

Bugaboo Butterfly Features & Specifications

The Basics

Pushchair (seat and chassis only), Travel system
Stroller weight
7.3 kg
Unfolded dimensions (h×w×l)
102.4 cm x 45 cm x 92.5 cm
Folded dimensions (h×w×l)
54 cm x 45 cm x 23 cm
Chassis material
Country of origin
Stroller available as a pushchair (seat unit configuration) only; newborn accessories (like a carrycot) need to be purchased separately

The Seat unit

Maximum weight capacity - seat load
22 kg
Recommended age range (best to use with a child of)
0-42 months
Reversible seat unit
Easy-release memory button(s) on the seat or the carrycot
L-shaped, bucket-type seat unit
Reclining backrest
Yes, infinite recline
Full-recline backrest (a bigger-than-a-150-degree-angle to a lie-flat)
Backrest recline type
Strap-operated, Rear-located recline mechanism (e.g., lever-operated)
One-hand backrest recline system
Extendable backrest
Legrest positioning
Yes, 4 positions
Extendable leg rest
Wipe-clean layer on the leg rest
Backrest height
56 cm
A higher seat unit's position on the chassis
Height-adjustable seat
Seat unit's proper attachment indicator
2in1 convertible carrycot/seat unit (pramette travel system)
Fabrics removable for cleaning
Seat fabrics cleaning
Machine washable
Safety harness type
Harness padding
Height-adjustable harness belts
Ventilation integrated into the seat
Second seat can be attached (single-to-double convertibility)

The Canopy (Hood)

Seat unit equipped with a canopy/hood
Extendable canopy/hood
The canopy/hood features a sun visor
Floating, follow-the-sun canopy
Height-adjustable canopy
Removable canopy
Waterproof canopy
UV protection in the (canopy) fabrics
Ventilation integrated into the canopy
A pocket integrated into the canopy
Peek-a-boo viewing window present on the canopy
Peek-a-boo window can be closed/covered
Quiet (magnetic/no velcro) peek-a-boo window
Reinforcing side clasps present on the canopy

The Bumper bar

Bumper bar
Bumper bar type (style)
Removable bumper bar
Gate-opening (swing-away) bumper bar
Height-adjustable bumper bar
Bumper bar features a fabric (non-wipe-clean) cover
Bumper bar features an extra crotch strap

The Wheels

Number of wheels
Front wheel(s) type
Rubber-coated wheels
Rear wheels type
Rubber-coated wheels
Front wheels diameter
11.9 cm
Rear wheels diameter
15.2 cm
Swivel wheels
Lockable wheels
Removable wheels
All wheels are double wheels
All-terrain version of wheels available to purchase separately
Wheels equipped with mudguards
Two-wheel mode

The Suspension

Wheels with suspension
Suspension type
Open springs, Mechanical (internal spring-loaded mechanism), Frame
Adjustable suspension softness
Rocking chassis

The Brake

Central brake system/type
Push down-lift up pedal brake
Deceleration handbrake

The Fold

Folding system
Flat (compact) fold
One-hand fold
Plane-travel-friendly stroller with an ultra-compact fold (suitable as carry-on luggage)
Folds with the (forward-facing) seat attached
Folds with the rearward-facing seat attached
Self-standing fold
Auto-lock feature of the folded chassis
Folded stroller can be pulled behind like luggage
Stroller folds and/or unfolds by itself
Equipped with a carry strap/carry handle
Outward fold (the seat fabrics are on the outside after folding)

The Handlebar

Handle height adjustment
Handlebar material
Leatherette (PU/eco-leather)
Handlebar height
102.4 cm
Reversible handlebar (handle can be flipped to the other side)
Safety wrist strap

The Basket

Shopping basket
Large shopping basket
Basket's weight capacity
8 kg
Closable basket
An extra basket can be attached to the frame
A pocket integrated into the seat/elsewhere on the stroller frame

The Carrycot

Carrycot compatible

The Car seat

Car seat compatible
Yes (with adapters)
Car seat sold separately
Maxi-Cosi/Cybex car seat attachment-type adapters available
Britax Römer car seat attachment-type adapters available

The Accessories & Extra features

Parent tray/organizer on the handlebar (included)
Cup holder can be attached
Reflective elements
No pushchair mode/seat-unit configuration available
Rain cover included
Mosquito net included
Leg cover (apron) included with the seat unit
Seat liner/insert included
Changing bag included
Carry bag/transport cover for the folded stroller included
LED light(s)
Built-in audio speakers
A storage/bag can be attached instead of a seat

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Parent reviews of the Bugaboo Butterfly

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Excellent but with some drawbacks

  • Smooth one handed steering, glides on flat terrain
  • Exceptional sun canopy coverage
  • Easy to fold
  • Compact for travel
  • Struggles on even slight curbs, need to tip buggy back to mount the pavement
  • Seat does not allow child to sit completely upright
  • Basket is large but items may slip out
  • Not all terrain but not advertised as such

Excellent but with some drawbacks.

  • fantastic quality
  • great looks
  • great to push 😍
  • compactness
  • tall seat back
  • price
  • not all the colors and accessories available

Sooo lovely. The fabrics are high-quality and very comfortable to touch. I was afraid of the half-lie-flat but the position is actually comfortable for my son.

I am sorry the mesh after prolonging the hood not being UPF protective, however. And, at the moment, only the black color was available, which makes me afraid it might fade after the summer - but they said they have spare fabric sets in the shop. My last niggle is the belly bar which I don't have as they did not have it in stock, so I have to wait (missing that!).

  • Design
  • Comfort
  • Compactness
  • Tall seatback
  • Price
  • You always wish for larger wheels with these small buggies

Totally waited for this travel pushchair, tall seatback being so rare in this folded size category. The stroller feels quality even if not the sturdiest, and it is comfortable for a taller (3.5 yo) toddler girl.

The Butterfly can fly with you ;-)

  • size
  • quality
  • suspensions
  • basket
  • maximum weight
  • materials
  • padding
  • cleaning
  • backrest
  • small front wheels
  • narrower seat

I am incredibly glad Bugaboo came with this one. I searched for something cabin-sized but with enough space for my 2.5 years old. So yeah, the Butterfly can fly with you ;-) and is the perfect solution for a toddler as well (not like the Ant which I gave up on after trying out in a shop). Not even talking about the quality.

The front wheels are, of course, very very small, so don't expect an all-terrain monster, but the suspension is nice enough for your regular bumpy sidewalks. Loving the basket, nice for the size of the buggy, and the canopy, too!

Super small, super high back rest. Loving it, the quality is superb, and you can bring it on pretty much any airline.

Your questions about the Bugaboo Butterfly


Hello Eli,

Does the seat on the Butterfly not move to a fully upright position like the Bee? It seems very reclined for my 2 year old to sit up straight and enjoy the view?

Thank you!

Hiya, Sam,

It will not go completely upright, no, I am sorry. As an ultracompact, thus a travel stroller meant for occasional and not demanding use (more about those here), this is a simple, as small as possible stroller, which has its price. I mean, just compare the Bee and this one's folded size ^_^ So, it is actually more upright than many in that category, but it is not completely upright, no.

.eli - 01 Oct 2022

Hi Eli,

My boy is 2 years old, quite tall for his age. I still can’t decide between the EW Jackey or the Bugaboo Butterfly. We live in the Netherlands so eventually old/stone streets are very popular here. Could you please tell me which buggy could be the best choice for me knowing that my boys still naps twice per day?

Hi there,

From these two, definitely the Butterfly. I mean, a 2 years old is already a larger toddler, and he's going to just get bigger. The Butterfly has a MUCH taller backrest and a longer le rest, so even without the full lie flat, your boy will nap more comfortably and will have more space overall to grow in.

Remember, though, that BOTH are ultracompacts for OCCASIONAL use, meaning not really made for cobblestones, terrain, nor everyday multi-hour use and naps. I personally would go here for a bit larger stroller, not a travel stroller which both are. People seem to forget that you don't need, want the smallest thing possible for everyday use - it's use will always be limited - by the small wheels, the narrower seat, the less sturdy frame... Just food for thought, I personally would rather go for comfort of a larger seat of a mid-site pushchair (e.g. Oyster Zero with a nice wide seat).

.eli - 09 Sep 2022

Are there any plans for a carrycot for the butterfly as there is with the Joolz Aer and Babyzen Yoyo?

Hi, Karen,

I cannot promise, as bugaboo did not mention anything like that so far, so nobody knows anything - but often it ends up like that, as customers demand that. I believe they just might, but if it even happens, it's going to take time as this pushchair is completely new. In the meantime, a reclinable car seat (like the Joie i-Level) or maybeee, just maybe the Cot To Go from GB (that fits the same adapters as the car seats) could be used for a newborn with the Butterfly adapters.

.eli - 20 Jul 2022

Does the seat lie completely flat?

Hiya, Adelle,

No, the seat reclines only partially, so it is not suitable for newborns or children that don't sit by themselves just yet. For an older toddler, though, the recline is quite ok for a nap.

Btw this info is also under The Seat Unit part on the stroller's page ^_^

.eli - 19 Jul 2022

Will there onky be 3 colours to the Butterfly, or will more colours get launched?


For now, as it is totally new, there only will be three colors for a time. It is very possible that after a season or a year, multiple colors will be added, depending on the popularity of the pushchair. I cannot guarantee that, of course, but usually, Bugaboo adds colorways and configurability over time.

.eli - 14 Jul 2022

Like most Buggaboos I've had, the fabric sun fades very easily. Will this happen to the Butterfly???

Hi, Charley,

Well, I have not yet seen one faded, but the model is very very new, so it is hard to tell. Bugaboo did not change the fabric quality much, though, so it is possible that if the newer models faded in the sun where you are located, it might happen to the Butterfly. An advantage with the Bugaboo strollers is, however, nice customer service and spare parts availability, and extra canopies that can be bought, which many other brands don't have - and when those strollers fade, there is no easy replacing the hood.

.eli - 14 Jul 2022

Can I attach a buggyboard to this stroller?

Hi there,

In theory, yes, you can - some of the universal ones, e.g. Lascal Buggy Board or Bumprider should fit and be usable. However, the stroller is VERY small, it is from the group of ultra-compacts (more about those here) meant fo occasional use and traveling, meaning NOT a sturdy, robust frame. Such strollers are much more prone to loosening up, getting damaged etc. by overstraining them, and that is why I perosnally WOULDN'T recommend using a sibling skate in the back.

Read this guide about strollers and buggy boards to have a better picture.

.eli - 13 Jul 2022

Hi Eli,

I read on Bugaboo’s website that some people have experienced pilling on the seat fabric after a very short time of use… Does the fabric seem prone to pilling? Do you know if the existing Bugaboo seat liners fit on Butterfly in case a new one is needed?

Thanks so much in advance!

Hiya, Ava,

I must say I have not yet heard about pilling in the case of the Bugaboo Butterfly, no. A seat liner should definitely take care of that, though - and, btw, the Butterfly already comes with a liner that can be changed if there is a wear/tear of the fabric on there. Other Bugaboo liners should fit as well, too, even if not as perfect as the Butterfly original one.

.eli - 12 Jul 2022

Is the mesh viewing window protective? Can I keep it open?

Hi, Shane,

It depends on what you need protecting from. If you mean UV protection, though, the mesh is not completely UV protective, but unless the sun is shining fully on your baby's head, the answer is YES, you can keep it open for sure. Pretty much all moms open the canopies during the summer. Just watch out so that your little one is not left in the direct sunlight, and/or let him/her wear a hat as well (I recommend that on a sunny day anyhow) ;-)

.eli - 11 Jul 2022

Hello Eli.

Would you please tell me which one is the total length of the seat unit (backrest, seat and footrest).

My son is nearly 3 and very big and tall and still takes a nap sometimes in the stroller. We also travel a lot. Would you recommend this one better than Easywalker Miley2? The price is very different…

Thank you

Hi, Patricia,

Compared to the EW Miley, the Butterfly is INCREDIBLY larger in the seat area, especially in the backrest length which is pretty much about 10 cm taller. So, yes, the Butterfly will be MUCH better for a taller toddler. However, bear in mind we're talking about ultra-compact strollers and that still means a smaller, narrower seat, as the main priority with these is to be super small, the most compact possible. You should be able to fit a larger toddler in the Butterfly, but don't expect him to have openty of space around himself. But that would also be so, I mean even worse, with the Miley 2.

About the exact length, I have not yet have the change to measure the whole, but I can make an educated guess of about 93-95 cm.

.eli - 08 Jul 2022
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