Double wide or long stroller?

Kristin - posted on 10/25/2011 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I'm about to have a second baby (oldest will be 3) and want to know what people recommend. I've heard pros and cons for both but if you could only pick one which would you get?

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Jenn - posted on 11/11/2011

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I have a Joovy Caboose. They're awesome. The older child can sit on the back seat (buckled in) and the front comes with a universal car seat adapter. It's easy to use and takes up very little room, plus as your older child grows, they can stand up while riding. Amazing stroller!!

Bernadette - posted on 10/31/2011

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wide ones would be difficult to navigate through shops, etc - checkout lines aren't wide enough, and a lot of smaller stores like clothing stores, have all their racks piled in so close that it is difficult to get around even with just a single pram. Also, it would be much harder to steer one-handed, which as a mum I'm sure you find you often have to do. Get something that is easy to manouvre, because I have often found myself having to carry one of the kids and push the pram with one hand - this is not easy to do, and would be almost impossible with a wide one, I think. I have a phil & teds three wheel buggy, and it is nice and easy to steer. It also ends up being no bigger than a single pram, really, because it isn't a double length one it's just a single pram, which has the add-on extra seat that clips on the back. You'll probably find that your three year old won't want to spend all that much time in the pram anyway, and you'll only use it for him/her when you're in a hurry and don't have time to wait for a straggling child, or if he/she gets tired/rowdy and doesn't want to walk anymore. In that case, you definitely won't want something too cumbersome. And then, when the older child no longer wants to ride in the pram at all, you can just put the second seat away altogether and keep using it as a single pram. There are a lot of different ones on the market these days that have an add-on seat. Also, another thing I'd recommend, in terms of what I mentioned before about having to push one, carry one when they crack up and no longer want to be in the pram - get one with one continuous handle that goes all the way across the back, not two seperate handles! That way, when you are trying to steer one-handed, you can put your hand right in the middle. It is difficult to push straight if your hand has to be to one side! You'll just go round in circles........

Jane - posted on 10/25/2011

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I had a double-wide, It was usually easy to maneuver, except sometimes through doors, and it let the kids be "equals," sitting next to each other.

My brother had a long stroller and the biggest problem is that the kid in the back pulled the hair of the kid in the front and otherwise caused general mayhem. Granted, their girls were very competitive (and still are) but a side-by-side stroller seemed to avoid the superior/inferior positioning.

So my choice would be (and was) a double-wide.

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2011

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My double wide stroller is easier to manevuer but it has less storage and sometimes is too wide for doors. My long stroller has better storage but can be difficult to manevuer.

It really depends upon what you're using it for. Love my double wide for going for walks with the kids but I couldn't take it anywhere where we'd have to manevuer it through doors.

I have both but if I had to pick one, I'd pick the double wide because we use our stroller more for going for walks and in a pinch, I can fit three in the double wide.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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I have had the pleasure of using both the double wide and the double long strollers and in my opinion, I preferred the double long one! It was easier for me to get through doorways and folded up better than the double wide. Either one you choose, you have to be comfortable with it, so try it out a bit in the store to see which feels better to you and your child(ren). Congrats on the new addition!

Corinne - posted on 11/24/2011

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I had my kids two years apart and by the time #2 came along, Mia loved to walk. Instead of getting a double stroller, I bought a LITAF seat to go that fastens to the back of most prams. It has 2 steps, one for sitting and one for standing, so she could hitch a ride if she got tired. She was always strapped to the bars too, so if she did decide to walk, she couldn't do a runner.

Debbie - posted on 11/24/2011

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Just a thought for you with the long stroller vs the wide stroller-if your baby starts to annoy the 3 year old, it is easier to put the older child in the back seat and the baby in the front if you have a long stroller. I have an old graco double stroller, and I love it! I have a 3 1/2 yo and a 1yo and I have used it since the baby was born. My son pulls my daughter's hair, and it is so easy to have him up front where he can't annoy her. It makes for much quieter shopping trips!

Sherri - posted on 11/12/2011

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Just remember Crystal the only problem with the wagons is that wagons don't fold up to fit in your car.

Crystal - posted on 11/12/2011

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we were thinking about the sit and stand stroler but we were all so looking in to the wagons that have the seats in them. that way either one can walk and the other ride or both can ride. we only need stolers for the zoo or when we go on walks so i think that might work best for us. it just all kind of depends on what you will use the stoler for.

Jenn - posted on 11/11/2011

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Quoting Jenn Black: "I have a Joovy Caboose. They're awesome."

See i told you the Joovy was the shyt!! :) lol

Jenn - posted on 11/11/2011

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Best stroller for you to buy hands down is the Joovy Caboose sit and stand stroller. Your three year old can change from sitting to standing on his own without having to stop the stroller or be lifted in and out, And most standard infant car seats are compatible with it and can be strapped into it to become a full travel system. It has a removable tray with cup holds, a large canopy that can cover both children at once or can be fully removed. When it is folded up (which is very easy to do) it is not much larger then a normal sized stroller, and can easily fit in the trunk, etc. It also is not much longer then a normal stroller so it is very easy to maneuver in crowds, store aisles, etc, whereas the side by side strollers are next to impossible to shop with. It also has a higher handle so you do not have to bend over to push it, making it easy on the back. And large wheels allow for a very smooth ride and easy to push even through gravel, etc. I could go on and on, i sound like an infomercial but honestly, i could not live without my Joovy stroller and have recommended it to EVERYONE. I have a two year old and a four year old. And it will last you years, it works as your children grow. Here is a link check it out. I promise you wont be disappointed. Ask any mom who owns one:)

http://www.joovy.com/p-108-black-caboose...

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2011

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I had three kids in four years. I loved my long stroller because it made it easier to go shopping. When the older two outgrew the stroller I used the back seat for Christmas gift, groceries, ect when I went shopping. I love living in areas where I can walk to everything. Later I gave it to a friend who was starting the multiple kids phase. Now my oldest is eleven.

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2011

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I haven't had to worry about it as, when my 2nd child was born my first child (who was 2) was walking well enough that she just used a harness and not the pram anyway. However, if I had to choose I would choose the double wide pram as I've seen the long ones and, to me, it just looks like one is sitting on top of the other and the one at the bottom (or back) gets to spend their time just looking at the back of the other one without really being able to see what is around them.

Valerie - posted on 11/04/2011

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i have 3yr old twins and imo id go with the long one. its a boat both are in their own way but the double wide can be too big for doorways and to move around in stores and there is nowhere to put anything. if you want to say go to the mall with friends once your in that store you cant move in and out of the racks and you have to carry all your bags ontop of a diaper bag and push the stroller if you have the double wide. so althought the long one is a bit more pushing work it is worth it. there is also a stroller call a duo-glide twin. its similar to a snap and go but it was designed for twins. if you can afford it. that might be worth it. it comes like to umbrella strollers front to back but they both move so they can both face foward back or eachother. and it has an attachment for an infant carseat. that has lots of storage on the bottem and is a bit easier to push. i wanted that sooooo bad it was on my registry but my husbands aunt go my stroller and she thought it was ugly cuz it was red and picked a green jungle graco double stroller. i was greatful that i had a stroller but i had girls and had a brown and pink flower set. she could have atleast gotten a girls stroller. it totally screamed boy to me. sorry i have to rant whenever i think about that. lol good luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/01/2011

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I have a side by side valco. Fits through standard doors no problem. very easy to maneuver. I had a 3 year old and then twins so I got the add on toddler seat. great stroller. You can even add on a roller board for the back for a 4th child!

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I have a long stroller and although its sort of heavy, its worth it.......you can go anywhere a wide one cant go. You cant go everywhere with a wide stroller if there is no room for it. i would go with the long one. you can also look at the sit and stand one.....the oldest could sit or stand and im almost positive you can attach the car seat to the other seat, then when the baby gets older it becomes a regular seat :)

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we have both one for trips like going to the zoo or things like it we take the side by side we got the jeep one it was so affordable at babies rus $80 and so far with my 2 little ones who are 10 months apart it has been great and that one is light weight now my other one is huge takes up my whole back end of my suv and boy is that thing heavy its from graco and it easy to move but once folded down its still huge we call it our limo stroller we only take that when we go to the mall or when we know the double wide will not fit. good luck and congrats

Serena - posted on 10/30/2011

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I had the long kind. It was easy to maneuver and I feel like it would have been more difficult to fit in certain areas (particularly shopping) with the wide kind. Plus I was actually able to lay the infant car seat sideways across the back stroller seat so I could leave the baby in the car seat.

Whittney - posted on 10/28/2011

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I have a long stroller, eddie bauer it is easy to manuever however major lack in storage. but I love it

Tinker1987 - posted on 10/28/2011

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definetly a sit and stand...chances are your 3 year old will not like being strapped down in a side by side,once they are walking and running he will want more freedom.

Sharlene - posted on 10/28/2011

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Hi . I have a duble side by side pram. now that I would'nt thought about my choice would be the long stroller easy to enter through shop and other place.LOL cheers

Jo - posted on 10/28/2011

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It depends mainly on the personality of your older and how you use the stroller. I find the front/back doubles were more designed for a newborn and a younger child. The seating arrangements were awkward. If the front was down, the back could kick the baby, etc. Also, they are very difficult to fold. I got a jogger stroller, side by side- just seem easier to adjust both seats separately without messing up the other passenger. BUT, there were times i could not fit through doors. I had to learn where i could and could not fit through. I wanted to get the sit and stand, but absolutely could not deal with a toddler jumping on and off at will. When mine were in the stroller i needed to get things done or was in an area where i wouldn't want my toddler to be able to get out and run around. but 3 yrs is older and depending on how much he/she weighs they probably won't be in the stroller for long. Many times I used a wagon actually. As long as you can fit it in the car. You can put the car seat in it, they make ones with backs/seats and they are more all terrain. I thought of it when using it at the pumpkin patch.

Skye - posted on 10/27/2011

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I faced the same question. My son was almost three when my baby was born. We got the sit-n-stand and have loved it. My oldest can get in and out whenever he wants to (as long as he asks me to stop) and I didn't have any problems with either the baby carseat (it was Graco, and so I had to use the seatbelt cord the baby trend stroller comes with) but it wasn't too long before I could put the baby in the front one. Good luck!

Jill - posted on 10/27/2011

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my experience with the double wide strollers is that they are harder to maneuver through crowds. people tend to not move out of your way, rather forcing you to move out of THEIR way. so i would suggest a long double stroller. a sit-and-stand is also an excellent choice. they dont have very much storage for bags and things but your 3 year old will love being able to get in and out on her/his own and you dont have to lift in and out. we chose the long double stroller b/c we thought our 3 year old (at that time) would like to sit back and fall asleep if she needed but that never happened. so i would've gotten the sit and stand. another good idea: if you have a friend who has one or the other, give them a try. so many different brands and styles all have different ways of maneuvering, etc. good luck!

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2011

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I am expecting a newborn it 2 months and I have a 2 1/2 yr old toddler. I got a sit and stand (long vs. wide) because my toddler is impossible to keep in a regular stoller. She is always wanting to alternate to walk, then to ride. It is super easy for her to get in an out of by herself. I have taken my daughter for a stroll and she loves it. (We put a doll in the front to show her that's where baby sister will sit.) Can't say yet how it will handle with a carrier for the baby yet, but I have high hopes. And it folds to nearly the same size as my single stroller/travel system.

Brianna - posted on 10/26/2011

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oh get the sit and stand stroller i really want one when i have another baby lol (trying to concieve). i tried my friends stroller and i loved it and so did my daughter

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I liked the long one. I went to the store and tried a few of them out. It seems everyone has a different opinion, so you've got to just go see what works best for you.

Katherine - posted on 10/26/2011

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Long stroller. Double. It's easier to maneuver.



Edit to add: Easier to store too.

April - posted on 10/26/2011

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i picked a long one due to the isles at any store plus some city sidewalks do not allow enough space for anyone to walk by if you have the wide one

Sherri - posted on 10/26/2011

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I say long stroller the dbl wides are impossible to go anywhere with because they are so big, you can't fit through crowds, doorways etc. They are a nightmare.

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2011

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I had the same problem with fighting over the front seat and hair pulling too. They don't do it anywhere near as much now they are side by side

Michelle - posted on 10/25/2011

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I have 3 kids. The only ones I've ever been happy with are the side by side. I just could not maneuver the long ones. It's easier for the older ones to get in and out too.

Rebekah - posted on 10/25/2011

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I have had several double strollers and have only been happy with the side-by-side (double wide). It may be because I'm short, but I just could not push and maneuver a long stroller. Both of my side-by-sides (a basic double umbrella stroller, and the baby jogger city series double) fit through a standard doorway. I've only run into a doorway too small on a couple of occasions (usually for a restroom). AND my kids love riding next to each other and argue too much about who gets the front seat when we use the long stroller.

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2011

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I had a long one when I had my daughter, I found it became abit top heavy and hard to manouver. We live in a very hilly area and it didn't feel very safe crossing the road on a hill.
I ended up getting a double one and I love it. It's not too wide that it doesn't fit through doors, although some shops don't have very wide checkouts so I have to pick where I line up to pay for things

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