Double Strollers :)

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Double Strollers :)

So one of my "big" purchases for this pregnancy will be a double stroller. I really have to buy almost no clothing since it's a he born 2 weeks before Evan was I'm good there. I have all the other seats etc. So crib and stroller are it! When it comes to a double stroller we want 3 total so it will get use with Evan and baby #2 then Baby #2 and #3. We don't live in an urban area where we walk a ton and I don't need a super fancy jogger though I would like one I could lightly jog on a flat, paved bike path fairly comfortably and take to the mall or store etc. I'm not against spending a little extra since it will be used for multiple years and we didn't spend much on a single stroller for Evan as we got one second hand and one for my shower. I don't love it though so I know I want something a little nicer than the cheaper Graco we have.

Anyone have recommendations? Or just as good strollers they DON'T like?

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Ive Ben contemplating the double stroller and finally decided they are too big for me. So yesterday I bought a pilko three that ive been eyeing for a couple of years. It's a single stroller but has steps on the back that Mélodie can stand on while I push. She loves it!! The grade off is that because it's made for a child to stand, you have two handles instead of a bar so she can stand in between. This means you need both hands to push and steer. You can also adjust the handles up which is awesome fir s tall gal like me.

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We don't have much choice across here when it comes to double inline strollers. We are settling for the phil and teds with attachable toddler seat. I don't want a side by side as we won't necessarily have both kiddos at times.

Hope you can find something you like Smile

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I like the idea of the phil and teds, because its so versatile, but I also want to get back into jogging/running in the spring, so I am looking at Bob Revolution Duallie's. I pushed one briefly at a store this week and was amazed, so was dh. He actually really liked it, and my not balk at buying it. Especially if we can order it from out of state and avoid sales tax...

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Sorry, but I never did a double stroller. I found that they were not only way too hard to manouver (through stores, especially!) but they were just a waste for me, as my kids are all pretty evenly spaced apart, and were at least two years old when the new baby would come. They knew that they were going to have to walk when the new baby came, and they all did really well with it actually. Worst comes to worst I always had the option of the backpack/kid leash lol! Below is the stroller that I registered for this time around. It's super light, simple, and is built to be able to jog with as well (plus it has an ipod adapter and speakers right in between the cup holders, which I loved!)!

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4089524&fromRegistryNumber=47182515&product_skn=462029

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We have a phil and Teds. Love it! The only thing is, that my kids hated being strapped down, ya know? So we only used it when we were going for a LONG walk, or out for the day. We also have a Peg Perego Plinko 3 single, with the kid step built in. The #1 thing I LOVE about it is the "freedom harness", its a 5 point, but lets them (when you unclick it) move forward. It saved my life plus its light! So we will just be using the Plinko with this baby. If we go to the fair or what not, I will wear the baby, Nya will be in the stroller and Deacon can stand at the back. Smile

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"Freesia34" wrote:

Ive Ben contemplating the double stroller and finally decided they are too big for me. So yesterday I bought a pilko three that ive been eyeing for a couple of years. It's a single stroller but has steps on the back that Mélodie can stand on while I push. She loves it!! The grade off is that because it's made for a child to stand, you have two handles instead of a bar so she can stand in between. This means you need both hands to push and steer. You can also adjust the handles up which is awesome fir s tall gal like me.

"megan23" wrote:

We have a phil and Teds. Love it! The only thing is, that my kids hated being strapped down, ya know? So we only used it when we were going for a LONG walk, or out for the day. We also have a Peg Perego Plinko 3 single, with the kid step built in. The #1 thing I LOVE about it is the "freedom harness", its a 5 point, but lets them (when you unclick it) move forward. It saved my life plus its light! So we will just be using the Plinko with this baby. If we go to the fair or what not, I will wear the baby, Nya will be in the stroller and Deacon can stand at the back. Smile

I have the p3 too. Something we do is just lay the backrest flat and older kid sits there, instead of the foot step. The foot step is small and awkward, IMO. When used as a travel system, the 2nd kid can still fit on the back rest too. Also the foot step can't be used when the baby is reclined. I wish they would come out with something like the new MB+one.

PS The new Peg's did away with the freedom of movement harness. Although never a safety hazard, peg got so many complaints of people saying they didn't understand how to use it, it is too complicated, people saying they felt it was a safety hazard they did away with it. I

I have 4 doubles, but we walk eveywhere. I really think if you didn't use your single much, you will use a double even less. Doubles are bulky, even the ones that claim to be the size of singles are still as long as a typical tandem. The smallest "double I have found (and have) is the Peg skate with jumper seat. It can be used as a travel system w/ the toddler seat, but the bassinett feature will not work. This IMO makes it useless for the NB stage. I hate to see babies in the infant carrier all day. It is a serious pet peave of mine. But when both kids can sit, it is awesome! It is much shorter than any double or inline.

I also have a TFK twinner, which is great for both kids if they both want to sleep or needcovering from weather. It pushes well. But it is about the same as any of the air tire side by side doubles on the market.

I have an older model inglesina which is nice because it is like an inline in that it is a single or a double. Only problem is that all wheels are fixed, so to turn it, I have to put the weight either on the front or back wheels and turn.

I have a Croozer which is actually a bike trailer/stroller in one.

I have a Heike Hauck Limone, which is a single with with a toddler seat. I can also attach a thrid seating option (it also fits my Twinner). So I can have 3 kids sitting on a single stroller.

(then there are the singles....)

I write a blog about strollers and so I am constantly reading info on them to make sure I am in the know Lol I have tons of opinons on nearly every stroller out there. I could go on and on, but I will just stop Lol

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I just thought I'd chime in and say I have this:

http://www.babyjogger.com/city_select_lp.aspx

It was pricy but I use it nearly every day and I LOVE IT!!! I'm going to be heart broken when I have to get rid of it. It's like stroller porn for me Lol I love that it can be double or single and all the combos you can do with it. Also it's so light to push even with a 34lb toddler and 21lb baby Smile It always gets commented on by other mums who are jealous Smile

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OOoOOoo I love that one! I was looking at one kind of similar Mountain Buggy Duet....

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The BJCS is nice, but it is really big. It is nearly as wide and as long as a double or a tandem. When both kids are laying flat, it is longer than a typical tandem. BUT... joggingstrollers.com is going out of business and had them a few days ago for ~$150 for the single and ~60 for the second seat! That deal is hard to beat!

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ohh looks like they are wiped now

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"lil96" wrote:

The BJCS is nice, but it is really big. It is nearly as wide and as long as a double or a tandem. When both kids are laying flat, it is longer than a typical tandem. BUT... joggingstrollers.com is going out of business and had them a few days ago for ~$150 for the single and ~60 for the second seat! That deal is hard to beat!

It is long but I got used to it pretty quick after my single was a Graco Tour Delux and they are pretty massive Smile I think when DS1 doesn't need the stroller any more I won't use it because it is massive as a single..it will be a sad day

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"rubber_da_glove" wrote:

It is long but I got used to it pretty quick after my single was a Graco Tour Delux and they are pretty massive Smile I think when DS1 doesn't need the stroller any more I won't use it because it is massive as a single..it will be a sad day

Sometimes my husband asks me about when that day comes that no one wants a stroller. He jokes about it, but then he says, "Seriously, we will still use them for grocery shopping. It makes life so much more convenient." Lol He says the same thing about the doubles, when the youngest is the only one in the stroller, we should use the extra seat for storage. I don't know how you do your shopping though? But it does make "big" shopping trips easier.

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"lil96" wrote:

Sometimes my husband asks me about when that day comes that no one wants a stroller. He jokes about it, but then he says, "Seriously, we will still use them for grocery shopping. It makes life so much more convenient." Lol He says the same thing about the doubles, when the youngest is the only one in the stroller, we should use the extra seat for storage. I don't know how you do your shopping though? But it does make "big" shopping trips easier.

Lol

I often make DS1 walk home from the shops so I can put things on his seat Lol

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We have a Graco Quattro Tour Duo. It's done me well, although it is hard to push now with 2 kids who both weigh over 30 pounds in it! With nobody in it, it steers on a dime and is so light! Then add 60 lbs worth of kids, plus a purse and diaper bag? Yikes.

I like the tandem because I can fit through doorways, but it is quite long. When I first put it together, DH was like, "Woah. You bought a school bus." :rolleyes:

I like it because I can snap the infant seat in, but lots of them have that capability now.

We had a side by side double jogger that we recently sold. I think I'd go insane trying to use that thing in the mall!

I guess it depends on if you're using it mostly for outside walking, or inside mall walking Biggrin

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I have the double Valco Trimode . I love it. It is so easy to push ( even with 3 kids on it, sitting on the footrest) and I haven't found a door I can't fit in b/c it's width is that of a standard wheelchair.
We took it to New York City last year and it was a life saver.

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I am so in love with this one

http://www.joggingstroller.com/phil-and-teds--dash-stroller-doubles-kit-1.pro

It is quite expensive and I am pretty sure they only sell it in one store where I live and I will probably have to buy the second seat to make it a double and the carseat separately. But my mom offered to pitch in and my grandma will probably as well and hopefully Robs mother as well since she offered to buy us a playpen that we don't need. Plus any extra money I get I will try and save to go towards that.

So maybe just maybe we will be able to afford it.