Double Stroller...

I'm going to need one. My little man actually enjoys riding around in his stroller and he will have a little sister in just 3 1/2-4 short months. So the question is-Which one do I get?

I'm all about hearing from real moms who have actually used double strollers or have friends that have. So my question for you is- Do you have a double stroller? Do you like it? Is there a kind I should steer clear of?

Am I going to be able to steer it around in stores? Will it take up all of the room in the back of my

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26 comments:

Tangerine Kitty said...

Hi,
I use to have a double jogger (they sat beside each other) and really liked it, I do suggest if you get a jogger make sure the front wheel turns...it makes it easier to turn and go around things.
I have never used the double stroller ones where they sit behind each other.

Sarah @ Queen Mommy said...

Hey Dee, we bought the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem Stroller for the twins at first and also purchased the Easy Walker Duo since that's a side by side. It's awesome and can go through anything! Mamabargains.com has some great deals one them. Keep your eyes peeled.

erica mueller said...

Graco's are good! Mom had one she used for years and I have a friend who has one and loves it! They hold up very well, are easy to use and rice smoothly!

Julie said...

I have a Chicco umbrella-style double stroller. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I've posted about it several times. It's light-weight, easy to use, folds down to practically nothing...it's awesome!

MamaJoss said...

Hi Dee - We also have the Kolcraft Contours Options Tandem Stroller. I like that you can pop in the carseat/carrier (right in front of me while pushing) when they are little...while my big boy sat up front. Now at 20 months and 8 months they both sit in the regular seats facing each other...they love it. It is super easy to push (like my Bugaboo, really)...folds easily and is easy to assemble. I also did a lot of research and this one always came out on top for us. They even make a model now with an ipod dock & speakers! Have fun shopping around:)

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I have a Schwinn double jog stroller. I really like it. The particular one that I have is a bit older and winder so it has trouble with some doorways but I have heard rave-reviews of the Bob revolution double stroller. Double jog stollers do take up more room in the back of the car but really like having one.

Sallie said...

We have the Graco DuoGlider and it works pretty well. It does take up some room, but fits in the trunk of your car easily. We also have a double jogger, but never use it - it's huge and very heavy. Would be nice for walking around the neighborhood, but we don't live where we can use it and have no where to "park" it in the meantime. I tried and tried to find a double umbrella stroller, but couldn't. I would think that would be ideal. I'm jealous of the previous poster that has one!

NHmommy said...

hi dee,
a lot of the moms in my mom group have the Graco Quattro Tour Duo Double. I plan on getting this one also if and when that time comes. It's great for the bigger kid in the front since they can just climb up in, no drink bar thing in the way.

Tammi said...

I have the Graco Quattro as well. Not sure If I got a defective one or not - but the thing ticks me off!! It catches when it opens and I've had to replace the cupholder tray twice because of this (it has snapped right off). This just happened AGAIN last week and Graco still hasn't gotten back top me about what they'll do about it. (I have twin babies still in carrier seats, so I need this stroller. But it has been broken more than not) It started after using for 1 month, and now I've used it for 7 months and loathe it. But, it was all that was available near me (in Canada).

Anonymous said...

As a person who never had used a stroller but been in the path of one, I would say do not get the side by side one. They take up too much room and tend to be too big for sidewalks and large events.

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

I'm in the market for a double also, and have received conflicting advice. Looking forward to seeing the responses to your question.

I really like the Phil and Ted's that can convert to a double, and the Baby Jogger City Mini, but both are SO pricey!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I had a Graco duo. Mine 2 littlest are 21 months apart & it was perfect when the baby was in the carrier. It was kinda bulky for me (but I'm little) & it fit in the back of my Suburban fine. Then we upgraded to a side-by-side umbrella. It's kinda wide but not as bulky.

Kelli said...

We used a Jeep Twin Umbrella Stroller. I really like that it folds down pretty compact and doesn't take up all the space in the back of my SUV. It reclines independently which was good when the younger one was asleep and the older one wasn't. It is a little wide and sometimes hard to manuever through small spaces, but all in all I really like it!

Zonie Mama said...

I have a double, but not your traditional double. I have the sit and stand (by baby trend I think) amd I absolutly love it. The front is where Lucas sits but when he was an infant it has an attachment that allows the infant carrier to attach and you strap it down. Garrett sits in the back, there is a seat and he can sit or stand. Also it has buckles so that you can buckle the older child in. We still use it. But beware having 50 lb 5 year old and a 30 lb 1 year old does make for quite a workout.

Emily said...

I have a sit-n-stand and I LOVE it! I like it a lot better than a regular double and am glad I didn't get one of those. When Charlie was little the infant carrier would fit securily on the "stand" part while Melody could sit in front. Now that he's older and not in the carrier, he sits in the front (the tray is removable and removes super easily) and Melody "stands". That's perfect for her, as she's now two and sometimes like to walk.
You might want to check out this website (www.babybunching.com) on tips for mommies with kids close in age. One of the authors is a personal friend of mine and it has a lot of great info! Good luck!

Emily said...

Also, I find the sit-n-stand to be pretty lightweight (compared to traditional doubles) and it manuvers very easily.

Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

Since you will have a baby and toddler, the Phil and Ted singles would work.....It can function as the double you would need, yet still only be a single sort of stroller in size. I haven't used my Phil and Ted Sport with 2, but I love it......

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

The Phil & Teds has been amazing for me. We actually gave away our old stroller to someone who needed it and just have this one - it can be single or double and its footprint isn't really much bigger than a regular single. Tommy still loves riding in it, and the way it set up for the infant was incredible (the infant can lie flat and the toddler seat actually sits above it, no one really even notices the baby is there - which is great if you don't like pokes from strangers or little old ladies :). I know if you pop around my blog you can see it in several pictures.

Hollie said...

We have a sit n stand and I love it! The only problem is when I use the infant car seat (for the first few months) it is difficult for my son to sit in the back, so he tends to stand. Once the baby is sitting in the front, it will probably be even easier.

Nutty Mom said...

My kids are 15 months apart. Here's my thinking. When the baby is real young, they're too small for a stroller anyway, so I always used a front pack for the baby and put Peanut in the stroller. Now that Donut is big enough to ride, Peanut loves to walk, so I immediately taught her to always keep a hand on the stroller. She does great and I never had to spend the money on a double stroller!

Cher said...

I had a hand me down Phil & Ted double and I hated it. Once Gavin got to about 8 months old, he was too wild for the bottom seat. I know have a Peg Pergo Azia Twin and I love it! It is a side by side, but it rocks. It also folds flat so it is wide (30 inches) but it is pretty compact. Easy to open, but was costly ($330).

Ronnica said...

Sorry, can't help you on the stroller, but I did want to stop over from SITS and say "hi." Congrats on the new little one!

A Psych Mommy said...

I have the Phil and Teds that will convert into a double stroller. My neighbors all have it and they love it (they actually have two kids unlike me). I decided to get it now so that I could add the attachment later.

Rebecca said...

I've used the Graco Duoglider for the past 5 years - it's a good value (especially for the amount that I've used it) but I find it got heavy and harder to manoever the older the girls got (and I have had 3 and 4 year olds happy to be in a stroller). We're now expecting again, and I'm looking into replacing my single and double with the Phil & Ted with second seat attachment. I want the "shorter" factor so it will be easier to steer, and love that it's a jogger but that the front wheel swivels. And I don't recommend a side-by-side - they're too wide for most doorways and not practical at all for shopping. I would probably consider a sit-and-stand but am tired of switching my strollers all the time in my vehicle and use both single and double equally.

clarkie said...

I'm passionately in love with my Phil and Ted's Sport. My boys are almost 3 and almost 1 and it works perfectly for them. It steers really easily, folds easily and can fit tons of stuff in the basket. And my boys *love* riding in it. It fits in the trunk of my Acura sedan with room to spare, although it was a little wide for the Chrysler Town and Country my parents rented--we had to stand it up on end. I think it would be perfect for you because you could start using it as soon as your little girl is born--the main seat reclines flat. I could just go on and on, the design is so smart and simple I'm just thrilled with it! (And I must admit I also like all the Oohs and Aahs it gets from strangers!)

Aura said...

With 2 sets of twins we've definitely been through our share of strollers. We started with a Graco Duoglider and Maclaren Twin Traveller (now twin techno) with my first set 5 years ago. The Graco was great with it's tandem design although crossing streets was a bit tricky (going to the front to look for oncoming cars). The basket is huge and the foot space for both kids is pretty nice. It also accepts are car seat in each seat which is convenient. It only fit in the trunk of my Hyundai if I took off the front hood and tray which was a bit of a pain but I noticed not many people use them anyways and they were redesigned. The price was good but after 2 years the wheel started popping off so I got rid of it. The Maclaren is so sturdy and they guarantee it that my SIL got so sick of hers after 8 years she gave hers away. The baskets aren't too great but it's very narrow and folds tiny. The recline is good, seats are washable and I'm pretty happy with it although I do feel the weight of each kid. We tried the Inglesina twin which is very similar but cheaper. My friends tell me it's not well made though. The twin Aria pushes well but falls apart quickly and I don't like the fold. We just got a jogger- the baby jogger city elite. It's huge and wont even fit in my minivan without folding down the backseat but I use the maclaren in the car and the jogger to go walking. It doesn't fit in stores but it pushes like a dream. It you just want one stroller everyone I know is happy with their Baby Jogger City Mini. My twin sister loves hers as do many of my friends. The customer service is pretty good too. I don't like the Phil and Teds, well really my kids hated it and the Uppa Baby recently came out with a similar jump seat. You could try a sit n stand or just attach a buggy board to any single if your little guy doesn't mind standing. My sister in law is happy with her single baby jogger with the front captains seat since by the time her baby was old enough to sit up her toddler was in school and used the buggy board (she invested in the valco one for the shocks). There is also the Bumbleride that looks really nice and I tried it out. They seem to be allowing lots of bloggers to test it so try them. I liked the perks and luxurious ride of it but chose the baby jogger instead for the price.

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