I am currently pregnant with my 2nd child. I am looking into a double stroller. Are there any specific strollers I should stay away from and any that I should look into getting?

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Anna - posted on 02/11/2009

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I bought a Sit N' Stand. I hate it. It is a beast to unfold and my toddler refuses to sit in it most times.

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Samantha - posted on 02/12/2009

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I had the Jeep double stroller. It was great until the younger one got old enough to notice that only the front seat had the steering wheel. Other than that, it was great for me. When I baught it my oldest was 13 months and the baby was just born.

Lorelei - posted on 02/12/2009

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I'm planning on having another one while my first is still a baby, so when I went stroller shopping I kept that in mind.  I bought the Baby Jogger City Elite.  It goes for about $400 and you can buy a "jump seat" ($100) to make it a double.  The kids don't sit side-by-side and you have the luxury of a 3 wheel jogging stroller that is easy to push.  I can push with one hand and have a coffee in the other....  You also have a small undercarriage whereas with the Phil & Ted's you don't, and the Baby Jogger is so easy to fold - one handed pull strap and it folds to 1/2 its size for storage convenience.  Take a look at their website, it's a little pricey but very much worth it.



I had a regular stroller before so comparing their steering abilities, the jogging stroller makes a HUGE difference!

Patricia - posted on 02/12/2009

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I went with a sit and stand stroller and absolutely loved it! I wasn't a huge fan of the Joovy brand because when the younger child in the front seat is reclined, there is not enough space in the back for the older child to sit. I went with the Baby Trend version and love it. I have a few friends with the same stroller and they like theirs as well. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi. Understand what it is like looking for a stoller that fits YOUR needs. We now have our second child and I actully tried out a few strollers.

Joovy Caboose - A friend let us try theirs out. It worked well until our second son was actually here. Pros - very compact when folded up, has a nice size parent basket, and our toddler was able to get on and off w/o problems/help Cons - when the infant seat is in, the stoller seat had to recline back and our toddler was forced to lean forward the entire time while sitting. Our toddler did not like facing backwards while ridding and there is no parent tray, but you can buy one. You can't reline the seat back so a child can nap or you can change a diaper. There is virtually no sun protection.

Kolcraft Contours Options - I was really excited to order this one. I got it on line becasue Target had free shipping and a no hassle return in store. We got it and I put it together and it was much bigger than I thought it would be. Pros - neat concept to be able to move seats around, huge parent basket, child handle straps for when a child is walking next to you (they can hold the strap on the stoller), really has a nice look about it. Cons - Our toddler, of average size, looked huge in the seat and it looked like he would out grow it very soon. Seats do not recline and there are no child trays on either seat. It was just a very large and somewhat heavy stroller.

Graco Quattro Tour - Love this new model! This is the one we stuck with. Pros - large parent basket, neat little child basket for front rider (our toddler loves it for his "special" itmes), back seat fully reclines flat, lots of shade, our toddler can get in and out of front seat w/o help, both seats have child trays, parent cup holders & bag, very easy to maneuver with one hand, folds easily, and has a nice look about it. Cons - is a little heavy when getting it in and out of the truck and it still is a little large when folded up (it is a double stroller so that is expected).

Hope this helps you out a little. I wish that I would have taken my son with us when we were at Babies R Us so he could have actually tried out a few stollers with us. We just were trying infant seats in the different strollers. It would have been nice to have both. :) The Britax infant seat fit just fine in all strollers that we tried out.

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I just had my second child, my daughter was 13 months at the time. We went with a Tandem double stroller by Kolcraft contours. Its so easy to use. It is heavy to lift in and out of your vehicle and it takes up a good amount of room.  You can have both children facing you. each other, or out from you. It also has an easy snap in and out for an infant carrier. It is kind of pricey at $200, but I got my money worth already and my son is only 2 months old.

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009

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You DO get what you pay for in a stroller. Initially I bought a less expensive stroller because, well, it was cheap. It was cheap for a reason. After about two months of struggling with the first stroller, I spent the extra money on a Maclaren and I love it. It is a side by side, but fits through most all doors and has worked well for me in store aisles, etc. I have the BOB jogger and really like that too.

Deanna - posted on 02/11/2009

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i should add that i wanted to get the sit and stand, as my oldest never liked sitting in strollers and in fact i have a peg prego that allows a kid to stand on the back and she used that instead of sitting in the stroller (we didn't use strollers much with the first kid) but my middle child is a VERY active little boy who runs off and so i decided to get the phil and teds sport because i can strap him in if i need to. my husband didn't like that the child in back 'has no view' but whatever, in reviews many parents said the kid in back has never complained. we'll see!

User - posted on 02/11/2009

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The best double stroller is the Peg Pergo Aria. It weighs only 13 pounds, you can use it newborn and up. This is the best stroller and it folds flat so there is room in my Honda Accord trunk for it and groceries, diapers anything. It is side by side and fits everywhere I have taken it. I highly recommend this stroller. My husband even loves it. They are expensive, but you can find them on Craigslist. Congratulations on your impending arrival!

Deanna - posted on 02/11/2009

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i'm pregnant with my 3rd. my second, will be 22 months when this one comes, my oldest is 7. i bought a phil & teds double stroller, the one that goes front to back, NOT side to side. I hated the thought of a bulky huge stroller, i like to use the stroller to shop at target and not use a cart, i also hardly carry a purse, just that type of gal, so it being easy to move around inconspicuously is really important to me, i want my freedom! the stroller is expensive though, i think around $450 without the doubles kit, the doubles kit (the second chair) is another $50 or so. but i felt it's worth it. since it's a jogger it has 3 wheels and the front one can do a 360, so it can turn on a dime. there's several seating arrangement options depending on size of the children, and you can have the baby laying down in there too. i plan on doing lots of zoo and outing trips with my kids this summer, and i think this stroller will do the trick. it is very heavy though, a concern since i'm having a c-section. but nothing else came close as far as mobility and small footprint. plus my 20 month old can get in and out of the front seat on his own (we're using it with just one seat right now). there's the sport (which I bought) and the vibe, which costs more but doesn't seem to have any better features. check them out on youtube, there's several videos with demo's of them and all the features! i like that when my middle child is too old to ride i can just remove the back seat and still use it with my youngest. oh, and even my 7 year old can fit in the seat (i don't let her ride, but she wanted to check it out).

Tiffany - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have a 2 year old and a 2 month old - - after doing a LOT of research and test-driving quite a few through the stores, we went with the Zooper Tango.  It's a side-by-side that will fit anywhere a wheelchair can get through, plus it accepts an infant seat ( multiple brands - gracco, evenflo, peg perego, baby trend. . . ).  It's not the lightest stroller out there, but it is super easy to push, and turns on a dime.  check out www.zooper.com for more information.

Toni - posted on 02/11/2009

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i have two boys with a couple of years between them and bought a double stroller when the youngest was born but only used it for a couple of months as my oldest was too independant and wanted to walk everywhere and know a lot of people who have had the same problem. so i would just say think about how much you are likely to use it, and what you are using it for eg going to the park or long distance? anyways i found the double wide strollers better as the tandem is harder to push and dont worry bout getting through doors as places are all spoused to be wheelchair freindly now and if you get a mclaren double they are only a tiny bit wider than a single!! hope this helped

Angela - posted on 02/11/2009

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I recently bought a stroller from toys r us called the stroll and ride by fisher price. It is seriously the worst stroller I have ever had. The handle is too low and hurts your back. when there are 2 kids in it, it is very difficult to push and it steers terribly and the wheels are so small that you are very restricted as to where you can go, so I definitely would stay away from that one. I have let 2 of my friends use it and they hated it too!!

Angela - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Shelley:

I am currently pregnant with my 2nd child. I am looking into a double stroller. Are there any specific strollers I should stay away from and any that I should look into getting?



 

Gretchen - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have the quattro and it is good for trips to the amusement parks.  Too Too heavy for everyday use though.  The side by sides are too hard to push.  My absolute favorite is the Peg Perego p3.  My girls are 2.5 yrs apart so I just carried the baby in a sling or baby bjorn then when she was big enough to want to ride the 3 year old just rides on step on the back of the stroller  if she gets tired then we put the baby back in the sling or she gets carried or (now) walks.  It is by far our favorite stroller and both of my girls will tell you it is the most comfortable, which is reassuring to hear since we can't sit in them to try it out!  Good luck!

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Just bought a 2nd hand tandem stroller, one in front and the other behind, felt strange to begin with as it is longer than a single stoller, but at least you can get through the doors and isles when shopping,

Kathy - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have 2 small girls. They are less than 11 months apart. So, we needed a double. We both did not want the side by side one, because it is true, they do not fit through doors, forget going on escalators, etc. So, we went to Babies R Us and found one. It is by KolCraft. It is red and it comes with an attachment for the new baby's car seat. It also comes with 2 other seats for when the new baby is older. It has been a blessing for my husband and myself. The girls love it. We now use both of the big seats and the girls have fun. The seats change and go in at different seating arrangements. Best of luck!

Maria - posted on 02/11/2009

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Congratlations!!! We have just had our second child and have an 19 month age gap between the two. We baught the Mclaren twin, which we are really happy with, as both seats lie flat separately, and accomodate your child from birth to 4 yrs. It is also smaller than most double strollers, so fits nicely in most shops. It is also more reasonably priced than most. Good luck...

Crystal - posted on 02/11/2009

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I had a Peg-Perego side by side, and I loved it! My oldest two were 15 months apart, and I could fit through just about any door, and it was easy to steer, as well as being light enough for me to lift in and out of my trunk. It was also smaller folded up than the single stroller I had. We got it after going to Babies R Us as well. It helps to be able to steer, and see how each one works. I didn't like the thought of one of my kids being so far forward and not being able to reach them. I am thinking of getting the same one again. I didn't think I was having more kids and I got rid of it a couple years ago. I'm now expecting #4, and the last two will be about 20 months apart.

Nathalie - posted on 02/11/2009

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I got a phil and ted and loved it!! My little girl was 20 months when I had my second and it was great because he could lay flat on his back and her seat fitted on top, now I either use it as a single pushchair or put the spare seat on the bottom, Charlie sits in the front and Maisy somethimes hops in the bottom if she is tired or the other way round. They are now three and a half and nearly two and I still use it everyday for the school run. I loved it because it was like pushing a single pushchair all the time. Lots of poeple I know have got them and feel the same. I used to stop people I saw in the street with them before I got mine and ask them what they thought!!! Well worth the money!

Angela - posted on 02/11/2009

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A friend of mine had twins about 3 months ago and I had seen one in the One Step Ahead website. She really liked that one.

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I have the graco duo glider..we got it for the twins (now 2) since it was the only stroller (at the time) that I could find to hold both carseats. it's great, slim enough to go shopping and make it through doorways alone. I also like the big tires for walks outside, it has never tipped over. Now with the new baby I let one twin sit in the front and put the car seat in the back while the other twin holds my hand...gl

Karen - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have 2 kids myself - youngest just turned 4m, oldest just turned 3yrs. I went with One Step Aheads version of a Sit&Stand/Double. It has a conversion bar on the front that holds my infants carseat now which can be removed & replaced with the standard tray when he is ready to sit in the front seat. The back seat was only used as a 'seat' once or twice and is now constantly used as the Sit & Stand Option - he loves the ability to walk along side the stroller & then just climb onto the back jumpseat when he tires (long zoo walks) - it gives him the freedom to be a big boy standing or a tired boy sitting something he accepts better than being plopped into the 'seat in the back' One thing I do need to agree with what other moms noted is that it is a little hard to turn sometimes when fully loaded - but I had that same problem with any of the front to back strollers and I feel the great options presented by the Double Stroller Sit & Stand by One Step Ahead outweighed that occasional frustration. I love it & would buy it again :)

Laurie - posted on 02/11/2009

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I am too preggo with my second.  My daugther will be 21 months when number 2 arrives.  I've been doing a lot of research into double strollers, and the one that I have my heart set on getting is the BOB Revolution Duallie stroller.  It's not cheap, about $500 but it's well worth it.  I'm a very athletic person and it allows you to lock the front wheel for runs, but versatile enough to use everyday.  You can also buy the attachement for the baby car seat.  It's a side by side, check it out.  They're on sale at REI online.  It is a side by side, but I've tried the tandum ones and they are very difficult to stear/turn.  I guess it just depends on what you're going to be using it for the most.

Johan - posted on 02/11/2009

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a double side by side mclaren,was the best, fitted easily in door ways,and collapsed easy,wiv 1 hand.i went throu 3 until i bought that 1 and it was stil in gr8 nik 4 me 2 sell 2nd hand.the othr quite gd 1 was 1 infront of the othr but not the 3 wheel type...as that 1 only had the 1 wheel at the front which didnt distribute the weight evenly and it tipped 2 eithr the left or rite.hope that helps

Erin - posted on 02/11/2009

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I bought a double stroller from the magazine One Step Ahead...I love it because my kids are 16 months and 3 months...I love it because my son can sit in the back and I hook my daughter's car seat to the front...and when she is out of her car seat she can sit in the front, also when my son is too big to sit in the back I can take the seat out so he can stand....I think we paid $190 and by the time my kids have grown out of it it will definitely have paid itself off....I get questions on it all the time from moms when I am out...I hope this helps you...

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I currently have two children under 2.5 yrs and one on the way.  I ended up getting the Peg Perego Aria twin 60/40..it is a double wide stroller, however, it fits thru standard doors, very easy to manuever and much lighter than the single stroller that I also have (Safety First). I think Maclaren makes a skinny double wide also.






Definatly do your homework, and try out as many as possible (put your child in one seat and something heavy in the other and move around the store).  I personally found the one-in-front of the other strollers were very difficult to move around and very bulky.  Also keep in mine the overall size to fit in your vehicle. 






Good luck!



Kate - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have the Peg Pergo side-by-side double stroller and have really enjoyed it! It folds easily and is made of aluminum so it only weighs about 12 lbs. I was able to use it my my son was a newborn because each side adjusts; I could have him reclined back and my daughter could sit up straight. They made the width of the stroller small enough to fit through almost any doorway we've come in contact with!

But, now that my son is 2 and daughter is 4, I wish I could have the Joovy Caboose Sit 'n' Stand. My daughter doesn't like sitting next to her brother anymore! :) I haven't heard much about those strollers nor do I know anyone who has one.

We didn't buy our double stroller until after our son was born so we could test drive them with him in them. The weight of the strollers was a big issue for me because I am a petite girl and didn't want to have to lift a 20lb stroller in the back of my SUV all the time! :)

I hope this helps and happy shopping!

Sandra - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi, My suggestion is to do your homework. You get what you pay for. I have six children and bought a double stroller at a yard sale. Big mistake...the wheels would not turn and by the time I was done with my outing, i was frustrated and tired. I cannot recommend a brand as my youngest is now six. A good investment here will make your outings so much enjoyable

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have a 3 year old and a nine month old. My oldest was 2 years 3 months when my second was born. I have the Sit n Stand LX and I LOVE it. I am not sure how old your first one is but I highly suggest this stroller if he is over 18 months. My daughter hated being confined to a stroller and I didn't like the idea of having no where to put her if we were out and she starting acting up. It has an attachment to use it with most infant car seats and it really isn't that much longer than a travel system stroller, which I liked because I only have a car and didn't want my trunk to be able to hold nothing but the stroller. Good luck with whatever you decide. P.S. I got mine at Target.

Carolyn - posted on 02/11/2009

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my daycare worker has the jeep on that has one in front of the other and HATES it.  my sister has a double MEC bike trailor with the jogger stroller attachment and it's wonderful.      



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but it is not easy to get around it stores because of how wide it is.  have you thought about a sit and stand?  i know that there are a few different companies that make that kind of a stroller, i have never used one but i heard they are wonderful if you have an older child.  



Teniel - posted on 02/11/2009

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HI, I just went through looking for double strollers with my sister and what we did was went to Toys R Us/ Babies R Us and tried all the double strollers they had because they have a huge assortment. We even did the same at Sears.
After all the trying she got the Quattro Tour Duo stroller. I have used it and really like it.
But my best advice it to try them out.

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i say go with the front to back you dont want a side by side cause they cause too many fights of the kids pulling at eachother! ugh.. i like the graco duo glider myself it isnt as heavy as the other double strollers! good luck..

Amy - posted on 02/11/2009

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My only advice is to NOT get a double wide one. They don't fit through doors and are a pain to try and go shopping with.

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