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09-10-2003, 01:16 PM
I am in the process of looking at double strollers and was wondering if anyone had any advice for me! I will have a baby in January (my two kids will be 14 months apart) and want to find one that isn't too heavy or bulky, can move around easily, is durable, etc. I currently use my single stroller a lot. We use it when we go to the mall and also for a lot of walks.
I've looked at the jogging strollers but would think they would be hard to manuver in the mall. The other styles I've looked at have stadium seating which I think is nice but there are so many out there. Maybe I need to get both???
Anyone have one they just love and would recommend to me?
09-10-2003, 01:29 PM
I went through this myself not long ago. My kids are almost 14 months apart. I test drove a few at Burlington (Baby Depot). I didn't buy it there, but they have them all out on the floor. I opened and closed them, tried steering them around and sized them up to see which was lightest and which would fit in my car. I thought about stadium seating and being able to turn the front seat around so they could face each other (think twice about that option with 2 kids so close in age. My daughter would've poked my son's eyes out if they were facing each other!). I wound up buying the Peg Perego Tender Twin. It's a bit expensive, but it was the lighest one and it was very easy to steer. The back seat reclines fully so I was able to put my son in it right away. Stadium seating didn't really matter to me since my son was so young. He wasn't going to be able to sit up for a bit. I still love it, although it doesn't have much storage room in the basket. I travel pretty light so that's not a big concern for me. I was mostly interested in it being easy to steer with 2 kids in it and being able to fold it up easily. I bought it brand new on ebay for $100 less than in the store.
I did some research when I bought mine. They said to stay away from the side by side ones unless you have twins. The kids will be different weights and it will be hard to steer. Also, it looks hard to get through doorways! The Graco was highly rated, as was the Peg Perego.
09-10-2003, 01:50 PM
My kids are 13 months apart. I agree with NOT going with stadium seating. Mine would pick at each other constantly if I did. I got a regular Graco double stroller. Our carrier was Graco so I went with the Graco so the carrier would snap on (in the back seat). I can truly say it is durable! My kids are 3.5 and 4.5 now and we still use it (although not much since the 4.5 year old is quite tall). It is really easy to fold and throw in the van.
09-10-2003, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the stadium style seating info. I thought it sounded like a good idea but maybe it's not! I can definitely see arguments over that.
09-11-2003, 12:37 AM
My girls are 18 months apart. We started out with the Graco double stroller. The front-back models all seemed big and bulky to me, but that seemed like the safest option for our newborn. We also liked the fact that we could use the carseat in it. HOWEVER, I hated it for taking walks. It was fine in a mall or on a leisurely walk, but it was horrible for a brisk walk--too slow and hard to steer.
As soon as DD#2 could sit safely in one, we bought a double jogger. The jogger turned out to be great for our frequent walks--on sidewalks and on rougher terrain. I've never regretted that purchase. But I also have to say that it's not very portable. It takes up the whole cargo space of my minivan, so we don't travel with it.
Soooooo--we also ended up buying a double umbrella stroller. This is our cheapest ($50) and most used stroller. It is always in the back of the van. We use it for pretty much anything in the city. And it's very easy to take along on a car or airplane trip.
My girls are now 3 1/2 and 2 years old, respectively, and we still use the double jogger and the double umbrella stroller all the time. I imagine we'll get another year's use out of both of them before my older daughter flat out refuses the stroller altogether. We sold the big ol' Graco to another family with closely spaced children for about half what we paid for it.
Edited to say: Both the jogger and the umbrella stroller are side-by-side models and my girls really like it. I've never noticed a problem caused by their different weights. But they're not that different--maybe 10 pounds apart.
09-11-2003, 08:16 AM
I never tried the side by side. I'm still afraid my kids would pick at each other :D !! They can be brutal! I use my Peg Perego all the time. You can't fit the car seat/carrier into it, but that was never really a problem for me. My son grew out of the carrier so quickly and it wasn't a hassle to move him from the car seat to the stroller for the couple of months he was in it. Also, he was way too heavy to carry around in the carrier! I find my stroller to be very easy to handle on all kinds of terrain. I use it for walks around our neighborhood as well as walks on a trail around the reservoir near us. I just really love it and can't say enough how glad I am that I bought it.
Robyn, I'm really curious about the ease of getting through through doors with a side by side. I take my kids everywhere and I've had trouble trying to push a single stroller through some stores because the racks are so close together. I've never tried it so I don't know the answer, but I could picture myself trying to get into the door in a store and not being able to fit through. That's probably the main reason that I never even looked at one. Also, are they comfortable to steer since the handles are further out on each side?
09-11-2003, 08:24 AM
The double jogger is definitely too wide for "city" use. But the double umbrella stroller is smaller. Sometimes it looks like it's going to be a close fit on some of the store doors, but I've never gotten stuck. The way they stuff department store aisles these days can complicate things. Sometimes I have to detour to get where I need to go, but I've always been able to get through the main aisles without any trouble.
09-11-2003, 10:16 AM
I have twins so I have a slightly different perspective on the double stroller issue. However, many of the issues are the same. I got a lot of mixed advice on the side-by-side vs front-back strollers and we eventually chose a sbs- the Maclaren Opus Duo. We chose a sbs because weight balance was not an issue, both seats could fully recline (to use used by infants), the (relatively) lighter weight of the stroller, itself, and that periodically I need to haul both kids and the stroller up three flights of stairs. We chose the Opus Duo because it is 29.5 inches wide, (relatively) light, folds very compact, and could be used with two infants. The downsides are that the baskets are too small to carry anything more than a teddy bear, the wheels are too small to handle the cracks in our sidewalks, and the canopy is so small that the sun must be behind us for it to block anything.
Also, it is pricy (~$400) compared to the Graco Duo Glider(<$200)and we occassionally regreted not being able to move the kids in their carriers directly to the stroller- but then they grew out of their infant carriers by 5 months and the DuoGlide was too big and too heavy for our needs.
At 29.5 inches wide, we have only found one door through which we could not pass. It was an elevator door at a very old apartment building in NYC. An occassional department store aisle is too narrow, but they have been vary rare. I have heard that the Americans with Disabilities Act pretty much requires 30 inches for wheel chair accessibility, so while some doorways are a bit tight, this particular side-by-side does fit. However many sbs's are >30inches wide.
Also, MrsReber was right on when she suggested Baby Depot/Burlington Coat Factory. In our area, Baby Depot has the best selection of double strollers. If you can, try out several, and you will get a better feel for each's strengths and weaknesses. However, you may easily find a cheaper price on line.
09-12-2003, 07:35 PM
Thanks for all of the advice! I went to Babies R Us today and was able to look at a few. They had an Eddie Bauer, Graco and Jeep. The Eddie Bauer and Jeep were super long, heavy and hard to move around. The Graco was a lot lighter and seemed to move around pretty easily. I'm going to head to Baby Depot this weekend to check them out. I have some time to research so that's a good thing!
I do think I'm going to end up getting a double jogger as well for when they're a little older. I love to get outside for walks and I was a runner before the whole pregnancies began so I think it would be a wise investment as well!
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