New Mom looking for advice on a Stroller for Twins

Amber - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I'm a FTM and expecting twin girls in May. I'm just getting started looking in to all the twin stuff I'm going to need. One of the obvious ones is a Stroller to transport the kids while out an about. There are so many versions out there and not being a mom to begin with I have no idea what to even look for in a stroller. Is the travel system the way to go with twins or is it easier just to get them out of their car seats and into a stroller. I've also heard maneuverability is difficult with some double strollers so any warnings about types to avoid would be great too!!



Thanks in advance for your wisdom! God Bless

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Tami - posted on 01/31/2010

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You definately need the front and back one. Don't waste your time on the side by side.

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Michelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have twins girls and when they were little (newborns) I had the double stroller with the attachable carseats which made it really easy to get them in and out of the car. Then upgraded when they got older. My best advice is to get one that you can just "click" the carseats off the base out of the car on onto the stroller! Good luck!

Marian - posted on 02/02/2010

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We have a Mountain Buggy Urban Elite. They are made here in NZ but you can get them in the USA etc. It's the make of buggy that the baby survived a collapsing building in a few years ago. I love it as it's got suspension (most do not) and I can go from beach to hills to town with no problems. My kids are over two now and it's the only buggy they fit in the shoulder now.

What ever model you decide on can I suggest you go and see if you can collapse it and pick it up and lift it high enough to fit into your car? And then see if you car can take the size of the buggy. Our buggy is 18kg without kids in it and you have to have the physical strength to lift it to the boot of the car - some women can't do this post delivery for quite some time. Just make sure you buy something you can manoever and lift!

Jenna - posted on 02/01/2010

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We have the duoglider from graco and we love it for our 5 mo. old twins, we call it the cadillac because it's so long but it is easy to manuever for both of us. Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2010

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We went through the first 21 months with my twin girls using the Contours Duo & it was great!!! The only things I did not like were that you have to remove a seat before folding the stroller (although it wasn't a big deal because the seats are easy to get off/put on), that it will not roll when folded (you have to carry all 50+ lbs) and that it is so long I was always worried about pushing them out in front of someone or something that I may not see yet.

We just sold our Contours Tandem & bought the Valco TriMode Runabout. It is a side-by-side. My girls had started fighting over the front seat of the Contours so this stroller will solve that problem. With the Valco we can add the toddler seat and/or HitchHiker board so that the stroller will fit 3 passengers which will be useful if/when my 4 year old son wants to ride.

HTH & good luck stroller shopping :)

Alice - posted on 02/01/2010

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We got a Jane tandem duo with car seats, nice and easy to convert from car seats to normal seats, nice big basket and big wheels. Only downside was that it was still so big when folded but well worth it for the ease of everything else!

Kathy-Jo - posted on 01/31/2010

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The front in back frame that you can put the car seats in is the best while they are in the carriers. After that I STRONGLY recommend a side by side. We had a front and back and the twin in the back cried because he could not see.

My twins are 18 months old now and even though they have started fighting I would be lost without the side by side.

Sheila - posted on 01/30/2010

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By the way, I just wanted to warn you that you will get stopped much more often with twins than you would with a newborn.

Sheila - posted on 01/30/2010

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My twin girls are almost 14 months old, and I was given a used side by side, and didn't care for it much. I purchased a Graco Duo Glider, and I love it. It is not too heavy for loading and unloading into the vehicle and is compatable with your infant carriers. I bought mine at Sears, but you can probably find it anywhere.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/30/2010

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I really like my Graco double stroller. It's front back, and the car seats click right in. It's a little heavy, but pretty easy to maneuver and opens and closes really easy. I like the front back because it can fit through places better than a side by side. My twins are now 10 months and we got 2 umbrella strollers with the clips to hold them together and that works really well for the side by side. Also, the front back Graco can carry them up to around 40 lbs. This one is very similar to mine but it seems like there's a few advances.
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

At least for the first 6 months to a year I really recommend the front/back. The biggest advantage I've found it the ease of the car seats easing in and out.
Congrats on the twins!

Andrea - posted on 01/30/2010

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I have 2 strollers for my twins. I have car seat bunting bags so I don't have to worry about snowsuits in the really cold weather so then I use my graco quatro tandem stroller. It fits both car seats nicely. It is long but you fit down crowded, narrow isles. I also have a Jeep Wrangler side by side umbrella stroller for use when the weather is warmer. My girls love to hold hands when they are in that one. It has 2 position recline which is great when they want to take a nap. I love both strollers and use them for different purposes.

My advice to you is to think about what you are going to use the stroller for and make your decision based on that.

Marta - posted on 01/30/2010

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I too bought the contour...my twins are due in a month, and after researching so many different models this one seemed like the best, and I liked how the seats were removeable, and that you could change the direction they were facing. I am glad to hear someone else thinks it is a good stroller.

Tanya - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have two twin girls, 4 month and we use a Bumble ride twin stroller. Its a bit on a bigger side but the girls seem to love taking rides in it. It is very easy to fold, but a little heavy. I get a lot of compliments on it and people always ask me where I got it. If you are looking for something smaller, it is for sure not the right stroller.

Jamie - posted on 01/29/2010

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We used the Jeep front and back stroller until our girls were around 10 months old. We were able to get their car seats to fit when they were real little then sat them in the seats. Now we have a side by side stroller that is much easier to manuver but you don't always fit in the aisles in certain stores.

CHERYL - posted on 01/28/2010

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hi i have the icandi pear its like a single pram with 2 seat front and back it has carrycots you can put car seats on and also turns in to a buggy! it can face you or the other way you can also use it for differant age children and turn it into a single pram

Freddyka - posted on 01/28/2010

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I think the best is the snap and go while they are still in infant carseats, when my twins were born i had a 6 yera old starting 1st grade at a new school, you cant just drop kids off at that age, i dont know how i wouldhave done it as you will soon find out when both babies sleep at the same time its a beautiful thing, so waking them up and having to transport to another devise would have not been good esp with diffrent weather situations, i loved by double snap and go.

Samantha - posted on 01/28/2010

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I had a side by side stroller for my girls, I didn't like the other ones, I wanted them close me. When they were infants I just kept them in the car seats. If I was at the store I just walked with two carts, one for them and one for the items I was shopping for.

Moriah - posted on 01/28/2010

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I found the Baby Trend Snap and Go Frame to work the best for me when my twins were still able to be in their car seats. Once they got bigger and were'nt able to go in their car seats anymore I had 2 different strollers. A side by side and a Tandem. I loved them both. The Tandem was great because it fit in doors easier but the side by side was great too because it was easier for me to shop at the grocery store with, when it came to having to pull a cart behind me. Even though I loved them both the Side by side was the one I used the most due to it being lighter then the Tandem.

Good luck finding one you like.

Nancy - posted on 01/27/2010

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Our twins are 14 mos...I have a graco quatro front/back and I loved being able to click the car seats in it...i really think you need this type of stroller with twins especially if you travel at all. It is such a bonus...having said that, I wish we had just gotten a snap and go type as we only used it with car seats and not as a stand alone stroller....we moved on to a Chicco double stroller once we started flying with them..it is a side by side and really easy to use when travelling.
I looked at the Kolcraft and it looks perfect for twins...I may pick up one of those used if I can find it! Congratulations to you, twins are wonderful!!!! Get the book Twin Set...it is a big help and fun to read while you are pregnant!

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HI Amber...I have 2 sets of twins and for both I used a frame stroller because I didn't know how often we'd get out and what to buy and didn't want to spend a lot of money...you can fit your infant seats right on it and get it in and out of the car very easily compared to a regular front and back stroller. It is very lightweight, has storage underneath and you can use that until they are out of their infant seats then at that time you can decide what you think would be best to fit your needs. I think I got mine from Babies R us....I just gave it away otherwise I'd offer it to you! I also do have a front and back Graco and a side by side jogger...I exercise a lot and the side by side is great for outdoors...but doesn't really fit in the grocery store checkout counters and certainly not in any department stores. Front and back is great when I take the kids to the store. Hope that helps. And also, wait for garage sales....people are getting rid of them all the time. I got my Graco at a garage sale for $60! The frame stroller was $99 when I got it 3 year ago!

Shona - posted on 01/27/2010

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I find three wheelers not very safe at all when going up curbs (prone to tipping). I myself got a Bebe Confort Twin Club shipped over from France very expensive but well worth the effort and cost. Has chassis frame seats and car seats and is one behind the other with four good sized wheels. Too expensive then id try Ebay (as like myself) Who wants a pushchair u no longer need. They are listed after use and are a bargain!!! Hope this helps!!! The amount of comments and positive reactions i got made it all worth while and the amount of people who came over the street etc just to ask where i bought it was amazing!!! =0) XxX

Iridescent - posted on 01/25/2010

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Lol! We've been very happy with it, and the fabric hasn't faded yet, surprisingly! We also really love that you can leave one seat totally off if you are going somewhere with just one child, too.

Amber - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thanks for all the great advice! I looked into the Kolcraft Contours Tandem as that was one I hadn't run across yet in my own searching! I love the design and the versatility with seating. It also seems so much more open than other strollers. I like the fact that it is somewhat convertable too. The seats remove while they are in their car seats but easily snap back in place for use as they grow. I think that is the one I'll be registering for! Plus Being from Nebraska the Red color is a bonus!

Anne - posted on 01/25/2010

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I also have a Graco duoglider I love it I can use it now with the car seats and later with the 3 point harness It will last them untill they wont need one....I found mine at a second hand shop for half the price.

Maria - posted on 01/25/2010

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when my twins were born .. my sister found this "Baby Trend Double Snap N Go Stroller" let me tell you .. it was the greatest thing ever invented if your a mom who has too drive to stores .. you bundle the babies in their car seat in the house and then put them in the car and then undo theis snap n go in two seconds and put the car seat in the frame and off you go!! I LOVED IT!! made my life easy when going to out. And when my boys grew out them we got the the city mini stroller .. you can maneuver this carriage with one hand and it fits through any standard door! Greatest carriage ever in my opinion. Sorry to carry on!! Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2010

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I had three double strollers. The first one had the car seats that detach and connect with one child in the front and one in the back. As they got older I got a double side by side stroller. It was too hard to go through the clothing racks at certain stores. Then went back to a toddler size front and back stroller. But thank God they are too old for strollers now!

Stacy - posted on 01/24/2010

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They sale a stroller that is call a Snap and Go they are about $100 but the carseats snap right into them and its easy to manuver I used one with my 1 year old twins

Michele - posted on 01/24/2010

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I've got the Graco DuoGlider and I love it. I also bought the compatible (but not matching car seats). When my girls were younger it was so easy to just take the car seats out of the car and lock them onto the stroller. It's not a side by side and I have no problem manuvering it anywhere. You can check it out on Graco's website.

Monica - posted on 01/24/2010

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I loved my "Duoglider". One sits in front of the other and the back seat lays flat. I took it everywhere, from the grocery store to shot appointments. It was complete with cupholders and a full size basket underneath. My girls are almost 5 and I just stopped using it last year. It was very easy to manuever (could be driven with one hand while dragging a grocery cart behind me!)

Iridescent - posted on 01/24/2010

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We love the Kolcraft Contours Tandem. Both seats can be removed or turned the other way, can sit at any angle, big basket underneath, big wheels. Really versatile, good height and not so narrow it's tippy.

Heather - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have two month old twins, Mason and Avery boy and girl. I have both a side by side and front and back double stroller. When they are newborn i find keeping them in their car seats easier so i use the front and back one because my carseats clip right in. They are harder to maneuver, BUT they fit in doorways! the side by sides don't always get into where you've got to go! hope that helps you a little! :)

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