Double Strollers

Heather - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I have a year and a half year old and am expecting another baby this June. We are starting to decide on the things that we will need for the new addition, and a double stroller is top on the list! However, I have NO idea wether to get a side by side stroller or one where the seats are one infront of the other?? any suggestions?? thanks for your help!

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Tamara - posted on 02/09/2010

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My children are about the same age difference as yours and I faced the same problem. I have owned 5 strollers and my kids are only 2 and 9 mos. I own Graco Quatro duo and it is a very good stroller for me. This is because I can fold it with one hand and hold infant with the other. It is compact enough for me to lift into my trunk by myself. Also it is easy to manuever and I use it daily on a walking trail. I can use it with my carseat or my infant can lay in the back (back seat comes w/ convertible flap). I like all the extra pockets and cupholders (coming from a mom that would forget her brain if it wasnt attached). In my opinion it is more durable then some of the fold up side by side double strollers. Also I like my kids to sit a little high up and not so close to the ground.

Tonya - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have tried three types of double strollers--side by side is horrible going in stores but the weight is easier to push--the front and back is good if you can keep the one in the back from hitting or kicking the front :)--I love the sit and stand and it is very easy to use with an infant seat in back and your younger can sit in font as they get older the younger can sit in front and the older can sit in back or stand in back it is very light weight and stores easily

Jo - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have a Graco tandem.I have the car seat which just goes in the back and it also fits my single Graco.I bought one 7 years ago,for baby3,loved it,it lasted 5 years till it was damaged in a car accident.Replaced it with the same kind cos I love it.When my youngest baby number 7 was born it was a godsend.We do a lot of walking in town,in and out of shops,we can't have a side by side.A double will always be quite heavy,but I've no trouble pushing this,and we used this for a long while with a newborn in the back,a 15 month old on the front seat and a 2 and a half year old hitching a ride on the bar of the back seat.Has a massive shopping basket too to cart around all their gear.
I used to have a side by side but once managed to get it into the supermarket only to find I couldn't get it through the checkout,or back out through the exit.

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I got the one that you can attach the car seat onto it. It's a pain trying to take out a little baby and buckle them in with a 2 year old kicking around. But it's huge! You would have to have a van for the one i have! I've heard alot of complaints about the wide strollers not being able to go in doorways of some stores. I think it would depend on what you want to go out and do. I would see if you can try them out in the store and push them around to get a feel for them. Honestly, I have 3 strollers for different occasions LOL

Ashley - posted on 02/09/2010

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@ amber A

I had a two year old that loved being able to stand the entire time and just watch people going by and when he was tired he just turned around and sat down. It worked perfectly

Ashley - posted on 02/09/2010

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i have a sit and stand stroller and adore it because it can be converted to except a car seat in the back. I have an almost four years old, a three year old and am due mid May. I think it would be a better chose because you can use it as they get older too and they seem less stressed about staying in it because they have options as to what they want to do ( sit, stand or walk).

Dyan - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have twins, and own both a tandem and a side by side. the Tandem is great for turning them to face each other when we're making day of it...(like when we went to the aquarium, or long walks on the walking path or a day at the park...for just running to the store though...my side by side is the best. I don't have any issues in stores with my side by side at all. the tandem is quite heavy, doesn't fold very flat, I have to use my van if I'm going anywhere with it b/c I can't fit it in our car's trunk. Put one of each on a baby registry and then maybe you can pick and choose based on which you like best for the occasion. I agree also that they tandems are more difficult to steer...but I love it for the long days in a stroller.

Andrea - posted on 02/07/2010

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side by sides are harder to get through must generic door frames, where as front seats can topple easier if your toddler likes to rock in the pram, generally its up to you but they wld be the two main things to consider, i know i had to think about them with my two littlies

Kristy - posted on 02/07/2010

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I recomend a front and back 1. I have twins and have a side by side pram. I have trouble getting into places. I couldn't get into a parents room the other day whish is so stupid and on another day i couldn't get into JB's. When i go shopping i can't always fit down ilse and people don't make room for you as it's so big and not to mention when we go to my GP i have to get someone to come with me as i have to open the double doors to get into the place and the pram doesn't fit in the doc's office.

Erika - posted on 02/06/2010

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Congratulations your pregnancy! My children are about 19 months apart. I personally LOVE my Graco DuoGlider. It's a tandem stroller. I love it because my daughter's infant car seat is able to click into the front & back of the stroller. It has worked out really well for us. We have taken it on a cruise, Disneyland, and other Amusement Parks. It is a bit heavy, but it's a nice workout! I do plan on getting a smaller side by side Graco stroller in the future.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Annie - posted on 02/06/2010

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Check out B.O.B. Strollers I love them. I have three kids and I have one thats a double and one a single. You can get an attachment so you can put your car seat in it so your baby would be facing you. I never got one, but I put my little one right in their with some bunting and did well.

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I've got a sit-n-stand. i love it. My youngest sits in the froont seat and my middle daughter can either stand or sit buckled in the the bech seat when I need her to stay put.

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the sit and stand stollers are great but what 2 year old would want to stand and behave the ENTIRE time your shopping... i think none lol.. just an fyi...

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Amber thats the one i had the graco stadium duo! It was great i loved it it wasnt too heavy to push or to go up and down pavements and i have steps to the front of my house so i could get it up there no problems. When my oldest turned 3 i bought a stroller and fitted a buggy board to it.

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How about a sit and stand stroller? When my next baby is on the way, I'm getting a Joovy Ergo Caboose! Any Joovy Caboose is cool, but the Ergo is better because it's car seat compatible in the back with an adapter, and a toddler can ride in the front seat in a 5-point harness. Then when you no longer need the infant carrier for the younger one, you can remove the adapter from the back, let the older child ride back there (again, it's a sit and stand, so they have their choice) and put the younger in the seat up front with the 5-point harness. It's super functional, and I love the sun shade on it! There's actually a video review of it from Baby Gizmo, which really shows you the ins and outs of it. I'd watch that for sure, just to see what it's about, if I were you. It's what sold me on it!

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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also, I forgot to mention, you can purchase an addition to your stroller, too. It is a platform that sits above the wheels on your current stroller. In enables the older child to "ride" standing up. It costs about 80 bucks. My ped. suggested this to me when I had my second child. Good luck. You will have to look online for this item.

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Well, they also make a stroller that has a place for the little baby to sit/lay and the bigger baby can stand. there is also a little seat with a seatbelt for the older child, but he/she has the option to stand. My husband and I were going to get this one, but our oldest ended up prefering to walk. lol. But this one seemed like the best one that will allow your older child to grow out of it. If not this one, I would suggest the one that has the babies in front of one another. The side by side ones are HUGE and take up ridiculous amounts of pathway space.

Theresa - posted on 02/05/2010

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Side by sides are a pian to push through stores. They're so wide they don't go through isles very well. Tandums are easier that way, but sometimes it feels like pushing a bus. I have the sit stand and I call it the bus, but stilleasier than side by side. Just make sure it has a big, accesible basket. that's one thing I don't like about the sit stand, the basket is very hard to get at. I bought it because we had two foster kids at the time that were 10 mos and 2 1/2. Now we have our own that will be 1 1/2 when our next baby is due. I'm going to sell the sit stand and get a tandum. you may want to take your infant car seat along to make sure it works with the stroller you're going to buy. I also plan to but with a five point harness. My daughter is a little Houdini and can get out unless it's a five point.

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i have been doing the same research you have been doing but... i have found that the graco duo tour stoller is the best its roomier than most has a huge basket and not too heavy and not bulky... it fits an infant carseat that just snaps in and also has the car seat bases that snap into your car so easy switch from the car to the strolller without waking the baby and the seats lean and tilt back for the toddler.... way simple and wayy cool.. check it out www.gracobaby.com

Pamela - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have 14 months between my boys and we got a side by side one as they can both recline and snooze its very cute watching them sleep in it.

The pros are
easy to push
light weight
in the UK I could fit anywhere through doors
they both get to see the world
they can both sleep.
Loads of storage.
they hold hands now when we push them along

I have a 360 out n about I got it second hand.
Cons are:
Can't fit though many door or check outs with them by just 1 cm which is really really annoying
they can see each other so there for in the beginning my oldest would sometimes found it hard to leave the younger one alone.

its really up to you your son will be two buy the time you have your little one and from2 my son wont be in a stroller/ buggy much he wants to walk every where if I was you I would invest in a good three wheeler with a toddler seat that way its not heavy but your toddler if tired can still sit in it .. we often just take a single buggy out with us as Cameron is just turned 2 and Ewan is 11 months and both have been walking since 8 months so they like to explore the only time I use the double buggy is if I need to go someone for a long time where there is no trolleys ( in the trolleys ewan sit and cameron stands or walks next to me ) Both my boys are FULL ON FULL OF BEANS so I guess it depends on your two if they are relaxed and love the luxury of being push around heheh .. good luck and congrats

Adrienne - posted on 02/05/2010

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My boys are exactly a year apart. (same bday) We bought a double stroller where the seats are one infront of the other. My problem was that my oldest was able to sneak out of the stroller without me feeling the stroller move. We kept the stroller until my youngest could sit up and bought a double umbrella stroller that sits them side by side and we love it to death. The only thing about the side up side strollers is that when going to a store it depends on how wide the door is but it might be a tight fit.

Lisa - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have used both types of double buggy and although the side-by-side option is harder when space is limited I have to admit that this was the perfered option. I found having the weight of the older child on the front was extremely awkward when crossing the road or trying to deal with bumpy paths or such.
I hope this helps, :)

Debbie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi I have one where the seats are one infront of the other. I find it really easy to get around the shops. When it's down I can't pick it up as it's to heavy other than that I really like it. Your best bet would be to go into a shop and push some about and see what feels best for you, thats what we did. good luck with the new baby.

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i would go for the tandem one in front of the other pram. I had one on my two oldest and it was brilliant my friend got a side by side one and she struggled to get it around shops, some she could get in at all with it. The tandems are brill prams i loved mine.

Shana - posted on 02/05/2010

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I HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD AND A 2 YEAR OLD, AND I HAD THE DOUBLE STROLLER ON BEHIND THE OTHER AND IT'S HARD TO PUSH, WE PPL SEE US COMING THEY SAY HERE COME THE LIMO MOVE OUT THE WAY.MY HUBBY WISHED HE GOT THE SIDE BY SIDE BUT ITS RATHER LATE FOR THAT. WE WILL STICK WITH THE LIMO AND PLUS WE HAVE A 2 SEATER WAGON AS WELL.

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definitely get the one where they sit front and back, it's easier to go places where as with a side to side you won't be able to fit thro most store entrances. Plus the front to back one is easier to fit a infant carseat on the back where as your oldest can sit in the front. That's what i do.

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