twins plus a toddler stroller ideas

Lizz - posted on 01/11/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My husband and I recently found out that I am pregant with twins and we are starting to look into buying all the wonderful baby gear. I am having a hard time finding a stroller that will allow for two infant carseats and our little girl. She will be about 20 months when the twins are born and I need one stroller for all. Thanks guys.

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Lisa - posted on 01/24/2011

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i found the mountain buggy from New Zealand the best. you can also get a toddler seat that sits on top and is forward facing and can be removed when the older child is able to walk further.

Judi - posted on 10/16/2012

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my daugter has a two year old and is pregnant with twins too. I babysit two times a week so we both need a stroller to accomodate two infants and a toddler. I see strollers for triplets but they dont seem to be good for infants. Is there a stroller out there where you can put two infant carriers and a regular toddler seat?

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2011

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I have twin toddlers and a 10 mo old. I went crazy looking for a stroller to fit all three (the twins were 19m when the baby was born) but in the end wasted a lot of money on a huge tripple stroller that never worked. Think about where you will REALLY be going with newborn twins and a toddler....Chances are you won't be going out with all three alone to often...you might want to invest your money in a mother;s helper instead of a tripple stroller. That being said....the twin stroller I found amazing was the city mini double stroller. IT got me thru every doorway and thru every aisle in every store imaginable! It might make more sense than a triple...I used it with my twins when they were 6 wks old to go for power walks and they are still using it at 2.5Yrs...Hoope this helps & best of luck ~ twins are so great!

Kara - posted on 01/11/2011

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There have been only 2 strollers I have found...This stroller is very big and cannot fit in my Rav4 and the toddler has to sit backwards in the back. I think you can put 2 carseats on it with an adapter. http://www.amazon.com/Joovy-Caboose-Stan...

This stroller is amazing but is very expensive and I don't think you can use the carseats on there with the toddler seat. But the seats lay flat for the babies. http://www.strollermama.com/valco-twin-t... Here is a good picture http://babyboygolon.blogspot.com/2010/08...

You could also just get a double stroller and always wear one of the babies..but that may not always be the most comfortable/practical.

Tarina - posted on 01/20/2011

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This is the EXACT situation I was in. My son was 19 months when my girls were born. The Joovy Big Caboose SOUNDS like a great idea... and we bought one. It is HUGE. I have an SUV. and it either takes up the ENTIRE trunk lying diagonally, or it has to go Up over one of the seats like a ramp. It does fit the carseats well, and its long instead of wide so it goes thru most doors easily, but that backwards facing toddler seat does not work. It doesnt slide out as far as you need it to, so your kid has to duck down to not be hitting his head on one of the carseats, and hold on so he doesnt fall out. I dont know ANY toddler who will sit this way willingly, Mine sure doesnt, So he walks next to me anyway. I would honestly recommend just getting a side by side stroller for the twins, and encouraging good habits with your daughter to stay close and follow/keep up. If she gets tired you can have her sit up on the handlebars, or you an carry her piggy back or on your shoulders if she will do that. Another option is to carry one of the twins in a sling or baby carrier on you and let your toddler ride. It becomes easier once theyre all sitting up and dont need to be in carseats for the stroller ride, but Im not gonna lie... its a struggle getting that many small bodies to do what you want them to. Good luck. Feel free to add me to your circle Im sure I can give you lots of advice or even just be a great comforter when the stress builds up, being in the same situation!

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Heather - posted on 02/04/2013

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We had two different strollers. The ABC quad. It was then lost, so we got a valco double tri-mode with a toddler seat. Since, we just found the ABC quad (several months later), and we are hoping to sell it if anyone is interested in it. I found both to be a great solution, and as long as you can buy it secondhand, isn't too much out of your bank account. The valco will be much easier to find in the states. You could try to find a used tri-mode double, then buy the joey seat online. The ABC quad is great, but will be harder to find second-hand as it comes from New Zealand.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2011

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Kate, I do the SAME THING....lol...people would look at me funny when they saw both the twins in the back of the twin stroller, but the twins loved it and were more comfortable..

Kate - posted on 01/16/2011

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might sound a little crazy but when my twins were born i had a regular twin stroller. I would put my 18 month old in the front seat and recline the back seat and put both twin in the back seat. once they started to get older i would just have my oldest walk with me or i had another adult with me to assist. another option is two in the stroller and wear the other one in a carrier on you. this would be a good option if you end up with one that's a little more fussy than the other.

Diane - posted on 01/15/2011

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I would put one baby in the stroller with the toddler and put the other baby in a carrier, like a moby or a mei tai, in fact, now that my twins are older (17 months) I tend to put one in the carrier and other in the cart at stores and skip the stroller altogether and then at least one of them is close to you, When they're brand new you can even put both of them in the same moby wrap which is really nice and cozy, good luck!

Rachael - posted on 01/15/2011

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Hi, I was in the same boat a while back now. I was expecting twins with a toddler who was walking but not everywhere for long distances. We ended up buying an icandy pear for the twins which are quite expensive but is a lovely pushchair which can have car seats attached, plus if you dont mind 2nd hand you can get them cheaper off ebay, then for our toddler we bought a buggy pod which is fantastic and highly recommended! It fits onto most pushchairs and its basically a fold down seat that you can fold back up when your toddler wants to walk. With the pushchair we had it ended up basically being a double front to back and whenthe buggypod was in use it was like a double side by side too so can still fit through most doorways etc! Also you can easily attach/de tach it when you toddler is not with you :) hope this helps x

Mary Alice - posted on 01/15/2011

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Our daughter was 15 1/2 months old when our twins were born. My sister advised me to train her to hold on to the twin stroller and the cart at the grocery store. She was still holding on to carts when she became a teenager!

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2011

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I know that Target has a triplet stroller. It can fit both carseats and a toddler. I have a little girl who was 14 months old when my twins were born. The stroller was too expensive, so what I did was bought a double stroller. I put my toddler in the front and laid both twins down in the back. When they started to get bigger (they are 8 months now), I put one twin in the back part of the stroller, my toddler in the front, and then the other twin in a back pack. It helps out a lot. I hope you find something that works for you. :)

Nichole - posted on 01/14/2011

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My Hubby and I have a three year old little girl and two year old twin boys. I too felt like I had to have a triplet stroller for all of them when we brought our boys home. It turns out that the triplet "caboose" stroller is very heavy and diffucult to push, although a great workout for your legs! They are expensive as well. Another dislike was that our twins did not fit in the stroller for that long, and when they could sit on their own, the middle guy always kicked the seat in front of him. We now have a side by side stroller made by Jeep, and it is awesome, it also fits through doors. Our three year old has a stroller all to herself. Let's face it, with three toddlers, I don't go out alone too often, so there is someone else there to push the other stroller. Congratulation on your twins!!

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get a lightweight umbrella stoller (compact & cheap) for your toddler. then for the twins I had a double frame stroller that the car seats clipped onto. very easy to open, fit in the trunk well and when twins fell asleep in car i didn't have to wake them up to move into seperate stroller. at 1 yr old i bought a regular double stroller. i tried the side by side double strollerr but found doesn't fit well in most stores.

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2011

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I was in the same situation....I used a double snap n go for the 2 carseats and my daughter 24mos at the time walked along side or sat on the handbar holding onto me for short trips.....when they were a few months old, I used the "foundations" quad stroller for walks and trips from the house. With the baby positioners for carseats- the boys in the back with the 5 point belts and my daughter in the front. the extra seat was useful for snacks, toys bags.....I have found that the quad stroller was more manueverable and easier than any triple out there. and it is compact enough to get through standard doorways and the grocery checkout isle.

Annette - posted on 01/14/2011

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we have a singleton boy, and when he was 22 months, my twins were born. Our boy did only start walking quite late (around 18 months), so he wasn't a great walker by then. We initially had a (second hand) huge double stroller monster by Emmaljunga and a kiddy board for the older boy to stand on, trailing behind the stroller. But the E. was just too heavy to manoever it around - and despite its size, the cots were tiny, so my big twin boy was too broad to lie in it when he turned 6 months. So we invested a ton of money and bought an Urban Jungle Mountain Buggy, see here for reference: http://mountainbuggy.com/en/buggies/doub... and that solved a lot of problems. Together with a baby carrier (we had the "Ergo Carrier", see here for reference: http://www.ergobaby.eu/ which is similar to the "Manduca" carrier, we were able to transport all three kids at the same time. When the twins turned 1, we moved to India for two years for business purposes, and we spent a lot of time in airports etc. The combination of a double stroller and a baby carrier has proven most effective. The carrier is constructed in a way that even allowed for our oldest child to be carried - so they all took turns sitting in the stroller and cuddling with mom (or dad, that is). We had it until the twins turned 3 and then gave it away for charity. It had been heavily used but was still functional.

Christine - posted on 01/13/2011

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I have somewhat the same problem. My twins are due in March and I will have a 2.5 yr old toddler at that time. After hours of research online, I went with the Valco Baby Twin Tri Mode. Now it cant hold two car seats but it does recline fully flat for newborns and you can buy either the toddler seat that sits up front or a hitchhiker board for the back. It is a side by side stroller and pretty price but it was the best option I could find. Triple strollers dont fit in many vehicles and are hard to manoever. This stroller is compact and can fit through most standard doorways, and it turns on a dime, I cant wait to take it for walks with my 3 kids. Hope this helps

Elaine - posted on 01/13/2011

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I never really had that problem i had my twins before my wee baby arrived my boys turned 2 afew days after i gave birth so never really had them in a buggy after that, x

Liz - posted on 01/12/2011

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We have a set of b/g twins that will be three in June and a son that will be a year in July. We have the Joovy Big Caboose stroller. It's a triple sit and stand, and it has converters for the infant carrier that will fit any model. We love it, and it has been a real life saver!

Elaine - posted on 01/12/2011

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i know mother care do a triplet buggy side by side but dont know if it allows car seats but the buggy is from new born

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I am in the same situation as yourself..pregnant with twins and have a toddler...I found a great product during research online I purchased already and think will work great...its called a buggypod.

CHERYL - posted on 01/11/2011

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hi congratulations here in the uk ive seen a side-byside buggy suitable from birth with an extra seat on the top.unsure what its called.or could u get a child standing\sitting board that fits on a pram? sorry could be any more help.

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