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double stroller?

hi ladies! i know i haven't been around recently. i took a break from preg.org because ttc was just getting too discouraging. i honestly have been online reading about how to raise an only child and had come to accept that because i was so exhausted from dealing with fertility issues...and then we found out we were pregnant!!! total shock. but we are very excited. i'm only about 7.5 weeks along.

so, i know it's a little early to be shopping but i've been researching double strollers for the last two days, and i'm completely confused. it honestly seems like there are no good options...even the $800 ones get bad reviews and all the different types seem to have issues and problems! they all seem bulky, hard to push, hard to fold, hard to store, can't fit through doors easily, can't hold children who are too big or too small, etc. anyone have any luck with a double stroller? should i just strap the newbie to my body and then hope DS1 is old enough to walk around on his own by the time the baby needs the stroller?? currently, we walk almost everywhere (library, church, pool, playground, grocery store, coffee shop, etc.) and i also like to walk for exercise, so that's why i've been looking into this, but i'd hate to spend hundreds of dollars on a stroller that isn't really useful.

i'd love to hear anyone else's experiences or thoughts on this!

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

hi ladies! i know i haven't been around recently. i took a break from preg.org because ttc was just getting too discouraging. i honestly have been online reading about how to raise an only child and had come to accept that because i was so exhausted from dealing with fertility issues...and then we found out we were pregnant!!! total shock. but we are very excited. i'm only about 7.5 weeks along.

so, i know it's a little early to be shopping but i've been researching double strollers for the last two days, and i'm completely confused. it honestly seems like there are no good options...even the $800 ones get bad reviews and all the different types seem to have issues and problems! they all seem bulky, hard to push, hard to fold, hard to store, can't fit through doors easily, can't hold children who are too big or too small, etc. anyone have any luck with a double stroller? should i just strap the newbie to my body and then hope DS1 is old enough to walk around on his own by the time the baby needs the stroller?? currently, we walk almost everywhere (library, church, pool, playground, grocery store, coffee shop, etc.) and i also like to walk for exercise, so that's why i've been looking into this, but i'd hate to spend hundreds of dollars on a stroller that isn't really useful.

i'd love to hear anyone else's experiences or thoughts on this!

Firstly congratulations again Yahoo

Ditto

I am looking at the Phil and Teds inline stroller with the attachable toddler seat, we don't have much choice here when it comes to inline maybe 3 or 4 brands. The phil and teds is in our price range and I would rather an inline over a side by side.

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Congrats!

We have a side by side stroller. I personally love it and would never go to a different type. The ones where they sit one in front of the other seem like a huge pain to me.. Everyone I've known that has had them say they allow for the kid behind to kick the one in front, plus it's hard to lie both down to nap. Mine has it so both sides go down individually.. So if Hayden was napping when she was little, Paxton could still sit up.

I will say tho that since Paxton was 22 months when Hayden was born, we only got about a year of use out of it and then Pax wanted to walk everywhere. Now he walks and holds my hand or the stroller and Hayden is just in the single stroller. Even at zoos, parks, museums... He wants to walk because he's a "big boy". Or we use our wagon... As seen in my picture below lol

I'll post a picture of my stroller later when I'm not on my phone.

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Congrats! Although I do not have 2 LO's we are TTC and like you I am shopping early. I'm not sure when we will actually get pregnant but I have seen strollers I would like if Connor were say...under 4. There are ones I have seen that have an infant/toddler seat in the front and then kind of a bench/standing seat in the back at the handle. Not sure of any brand names or where the heck you can buy one. But I have seen these at amusment parks and such.

Good Luck and Congrats again!

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I think it was one of the moms here that reccomended it but I am going with the Combi double stroller. I want/need something small. The reviews pretty much say it doesn't handle rough terrain well but you can't really expect a small double stroller to do that anyways since it'd need bigger wheels. I plan on getting a double jogger (Schwinn unless I get the used double I want at a rummage sale tomorrow, $30! It's a Baby Trend which has it's problems but for $30 can't beat it since it will be mostly something for home/running) anyways as I want to start running so I'm sure that will handle what the Combi can't.

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My kiddos are 14 months apart, and I spent a lot of the first few months wearing Andrew and pushing my daughter in a Macalren Umbrella stroller. For grocery shopping I would wear the baby and put Ava in the seat on the shopping cart. We also have a Bob duallie Revoultion double stroller that is seriously my right arm. It is a pricy stroller, but I needed something beefy since I had horse and took the kids to the barn with me. I'm also a runner so I love the ease the stroller is for running.

If I was you, I'd wait to buy the double stroller until there is a need for it. By the time your new addidtion is too heavy to wear, your older child will probably want to walk most places anyways.

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We are quite experienced in the arena of the double stroller! Initially we got a Graco Duoglider, which is an 'inline' stroller, one behind the other. For me it was the only choice because it was one of the only doubles available that could accommodate two car seats, which we needed. But it was big and bulky and hard to push around, and the wheels did not off-road very well, and we didn't have sidewalks in our old neighborhood, so the boys got jostled around alot! It was clear that we needed a switch. So after lots of research, I forked over $700 (with the help of family!) for a Bumbleride Indie Twin. It's a side by side, and it is AWESOME. I love it. It's so easy to push around, and I haven't yet found a doorway that I couldn't get it through. I only grocery shop with it and the basket has plenty of room underneath. The only thing it doesn't have is a tray on the front for snacks (you can buy it separately of course) but we don't need one anyway so it's not an issue. If you can start saving money now, I definitely recommend this stroller.

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Congrats! I am so excited for you!

I am the one who recommended the Combi! Biggrin We love it. Sure it isn't the BMW of strollers, but it also won't eat up your savings to get either. It definitely does not off road well, but it will if you need it to. I have taken it through grass a few times. It has been our best friend with the twins. The seats recline individually, the pockets on the back of the seats hold my car keys, drinks, phone, wallet, etc.. (Just be careful with a large drink from a restaurant--my girls rear back and will make it leak). It does not have a cupholder for adults and the ones on the front are too shallow, but we make it work. We have cupholders for the stroller, but I don't know how they work, so I never put them on. I must learn how to use them. It is really easy to push around and you can always buy a Mommy Hook to hang the diaper bag or other objects on it. The baskets are a little small, but they will hold enough. I can make an entire run to Target and it will fit everything, but a box of diapers. I cannot grocery shop with the baskets, but I have a family of 5. I pack an entire cart with food and things we need every week. Some day, I will be the mom with two carts to try and get enough food to feed our family. Scary thought for the day! Biggrin

Oh, and just my opinion, but life with any double stroller, no matter how well-made, is just a pain. My stroller fits easily through doors, but forget getting down racks of clothes in store like Kohl's. They just put everything too close together. That part of life with more than one kid is really annoying.

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Melanie- do you know the difference between the regular model and the EX? My mom did not want to buy off amazon (or diapers.com...or albeebaby.com Lol ) so she ended up ordering at ToysRUs, but she ended up ordering the EX. From what I could tell the only difference was the price and color but I still haven't seen either model in person.
Oh and there was the cutest Bumbleride twin at ToysRUs! They normally don't carry them in our store and I guess someone ordered it and didn't like it, it was marked down to $450....between that being more than we wanted to spend and it being bright pink we didn't get it but it seemed like a great stroller.

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We have the EX. Although, it wasn't called that when I bought it because that Cranberry Noche color was brand new. I think the color is the only difference from what I can tell. I hope you like it. Another one of the multiple moms bought a Combi twin sport and she loves it also. I hope it works out well for you. Smile

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I'm pretty excited about it, we had it shipped to our store (we had an 'in store only' coupon and that was how it had to work so we could use it, saved a lot of money!) and they said it should be in this Friday.
I really do think I'll like it, I've read a ton of reviews on it and most of the negatives are things I don't care much about or could be easily corrected (mommy hook to hold diaper bag, buy a seperate adult cup holder). The only thing I'm slightly worried about is it fitting in my car. I have a Honda Pilot, which is a small SUV and when the 3rd row up there is *very* little storage space and obviously with 4 kids I need the 3rd row up. Not that I'd be able to solve that problem with any other double. The only side by side double I've seen locally is the Jeep double umbrella stroller and I don't even think that would fit, but looking at the single combi in the cranberry noche at ToysRUs yesterday I almost think it's more compact than an umbrella in some aspects

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The Combi folds up into a rectangle. It is hard to describe, but for a double stroller, I think it is as compact as you will get. It really is easy to fold and unfold once you get used to it. It literally takes me probably 10 seconds to fold and put in my trunk. It does fit well in my trunk and it will fit in our Trailblazer with the 3rd row up. I don't think the Trailblazer is as narrow as the Pilot, but I still think it will work for you. Just be careful with how you load it. It rocks around in my trunk and the handle hit something hard and part of the plastic broke off. You cannot control such things though. It is built really sturdy. I just have a bunch of stuff in my trunk when I am working because I travel around to different schools.

The other thing I love about it is how the seats recline. They are so easy to move up and down.

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Yeah, dh wanted to know why we couldn't just get the $80 double umbrella (I think the Jeep was a little more but we did find a double umbrella online for 80), but it seems like you have a lot more options with the Combi. Like being able to recline the seats seperately and it sounds like I can use it with our carseat. Not to mention I like how it just has the one handle to push.

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thanks for all the feedback, mommas! i am totally drooling over the bumbleride, but i think the combi will be a great fit for us. i'm excited to have found an option that gets pretty good reviews and doesn't break the bank! we'll probably wait til baby arrives and decide how badly we need/want it, but i'm thinking with all the walking we do around our neighborhood we will end up going for it. so, it can hold an infant carseat on one side? that's a big plus!! i've also heard that babies r us does a trade-in thing where you can bring in any old worthless stroller and get a discount on the new one? i'll have to watch out for that, 'cause we have 3 single strollers and only use one of them regularly!

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

thanks for all the feedback, mommas! i am totally drooling over the bumbleride, but i think the combi will be a great fit for us. i'm excited to have found an option that gets pretty good reviews and doesn't break the bank! we'll probably wait til baby arrives and decide how badly we need/want it, but i'm thinking with all the walking we do around our neighborhood we will end up going for it. so, it can hold an infant carseat on one side? that's a big plus!! i've also heard that babies r us does a trade-in thing where you can bring in any old worthless stroller and get a discount on the new one? i'll have to watch out for that, 'cause we have 3 single strollers and only use one of them regularly!

The Combi held one of our infant seats. It probably was not used properly because it didn't hook/latch in, but the seat was very snug and secure in it, so I didn't worry much. BRU does have trade-in deals at least twice a year. Just keep looking at their mailers and it will eventually happen. I am going to guess September or October and again in March/April. We have benefited from that twice. Smile

Oh, and I have drooled over the Bumbleride as well. I just could not spend the money.

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BRU Great Trade-In Event from 8/26-9/18. Make sure you check what brands you can trade-in. You will get 25% off per item that you trade. Make sure you read the fine print for all the terms and conditions. I believe you might have to redeem the 25% off the same day of the trade-in.

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I have to look at all the fine print, pretty excited about it since we need another convertible seat.
I got our combi and really like it Biggrin Haven't actually used it yet but I think it'll be great. It does fit in the back of our pilot but I have to take the front wheels off to fit it. Not all that disappointed because with how small the back is I was pleased it fit at all. Still have to try it with our infant seat (Chicco)

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"mandi04" wrote:

I have to look at all the fine print, pretty excited about it since we need another convertible seat.
I got our combi and really like it Biggrin Haven't actually used it yet but I think it'll be great. It does fit in the back of our pilot but I have to take the front wheels off to fit it. Not all that disappointed because with how small the back is I was pleased it fit at all. Still have to try it with our infant seat (Chicco)

So, do the front wheels go back on pretty easily? That kind of stinks that you have to do that though.

We put our Chicco seat in it. As I said, probably not following some safety standard, but it sat in their very secure and we did our grocery shopping that way. Often, one of the twins would be asleep when we got to the store, so that one stayed in the infant seat and the other got to ride in the stroller.

Oh, and I pushed my Combi through grass yesterday at my DS's back to school picnic and it pushed like a dream. Smile We also use the cupholders (which don't really hold a cup well) as snackholders. We throw pretty much anything that can be a finger food in them and the girls love that.

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Yep, the wheels just pop right on and off, not too hard at all. I can probably fit it with the wheels on if I fold down one of the 3rd row seats but I like having some space between the girls back there Lol Glad to hear your chicco fit, I'm sure it's fine for basic use as long as you aren't hiking or something with the infant seat in it WinkLol

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"mandi04" wrote:

Glad to hear your chicco fit, I'm sure it's fine for basic use as long as you aren't hiking or something with the infant seat in it WinkLol

Exactly! Lol I am sure the mall or grocery shopping will be safe enough.

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Wow--Congrats on the surprise pregnancy!!! I am definitely looking for a double stroller. I am saving some $$ for a Bob revolution duallie for jogging and off road walking and general utility stuff, and have been looking at the combi twinsport--but balked at the price, but NOW I see that BRU is doing that trade in thing, and I am sure I have an old pnp I can trade in for the discount on one of those strollers. Smile Woot!!

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I'm loving the combi so far but I have yet to bring it anywhere other than home. We have two dr appts tomorrow (DD1 and DS2) and I'm bringing it then so we'll see how it does, I'm just hoping it will contain DS1 until we get in a room! (my first time going somewhere with all 4 kids by myself...wish me luck! Lol )

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Good luck Mandi! The stroller contains the girls pretty well. Just know that the girls like to put their feet on the foot rests and push themselves to a standing position. So, make sure the lap belt is on for sure.