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Stroller ?

I know it's been asked before-- but what double strollers does everyone recommend? I want to get a tandem stroller that is compact and easy to use-- haha Smile I want to say I've heard of some that have the capability of letting the babies either face toward or away from you. Am I crazy, or do they exist?

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They do exist, but they are not compact. Biggrin I would peruse some baby shopping sites and see what you can find. I always liked browsing at BRU because it seemed like they had the largest selection of double strollers. Quite honestly, I would not want a tandem stroller. They seem like a big long trolley to me. Biggrin My girls love their side-by-side and I like that they can both see out of the stroller. There are pros and cons to both though. If I had a tandem, I could probably navigate to some places in stores where my side-by-side doesn't fit. However, I would also be making wide turns and taking people out! Lol

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Ok... I meant side by side. Oops.

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i have the chicco together and love it. we decided to do one double and a single instead of a triple. i can lift in and out of my suv no problem. it is longer, but super easy to maneuver. if any of your stores carry them, go try them out. out bru doesnt, but im sure its an alaska thing. lol/ugh

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Our bru here in Mobile doesn't carry ANY twin strollers in stock. There isn't a store anywhere here in town that does. :/ So I can only go off of reviews and reccommendations. Rather frustrating.

How essential are the trays and cup holders? I know this isn't a side by side, but I like that I can face them both front, or back, or face each other. No trays or cup holders though... I'm thinking that might be a problem.

ETA: I forgot the link... Lol
http://www.amazon.com/Kolcraft-Contours-Options-Tandem-Stroller/dp/B000J2DQPA

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I think I want it... http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_scooterx2_about.php
And eventually 2 of these. There is a picture of it on the single version of the stroller. http://www.amazon.com/BRICA-Inc-53002-Safefit-Snack/dp/B0030DG4OU/ref=sr_1_90?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1315360717&sr=1-90

Anyone heard anything about it?

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We have a double Baby Trend Sit N Stand and a single stroller for the three girls. Going through stores with all three in tow, many stores don't allow much room between racks of clothing that are wide enough for side by sides. The girls love their stroller, they can both see very well as the back seat is elevated. We use the trays often for small snacks and their cups. Without the holders, they'd be dropping them consistently on the ground. I have a bad back, but I'm still able to easily lift and set up the stroller as well as fold it back up.

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We have a twin Valco.... LOVE that stroller!!!! I first heard about it on this board, and I'm still thrilled with it. The only thing I don't like is that (like all double jogging strollers) it's heavy. So I don't like getting it in and out of the van, but other than that, it's an awesome stroller.

I know you're not looking for this kind of stroller, I just have to bring up Valcos whenever I can. Wink

Now that we're out of those intense early days, I think I'll probably get the twin Peg Perego Aria. We have the single Aria that we used for my DD and we LOVED that stroller!! It weighs all of 8 or 9 pounds, it's easy to maneuver around, and the best part (when they get older and just need a stroller on occasion) the snack tray lifts easily, so they can climb in and out. Great stroller. I actually saw a family with a twin Peg Perego this weekend and asked them about it, and they liked it. The only thing they didn't like is that you can't take it 'off road,' because the wheels are too small - but that's what a jogger is for, IMO. For shopping or any other flat surface, they said the Perego is great. It has good storage underneath, the canopy is nice and flexible, and the snack tray is great. The only downside is that there is no cup holder for the parent - but maybe the twin stroller has one? I'm sure you can buy an off-market one.

Good luck!

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As far as side-by-side strollers go, I love our Combi. It is easy to lift in and out of the car, has a carrying strap (if you would ever need it, in an airport maybe?), and it folds in seconds. It will go off road, although, it probably isn't really designed for it. I really have few complaints. No cup holders for adults, cup holders too shallow for sippys; however, snacks fit in those perfectly. There are actually 3 holders in front. I am not sure why, but my girls like it. Biggrin You can buy clip on cup holders and mommy hooks for strollers. I have used that side-by-side in a restaurant (Noodles and Co., I believe) when my DH was out of town and I had all 3 kids. The girls were only crawling and I could not get everyone in there by myself. So, the girls ate their mac and cheese using those holders in the front of the stroller. We have even used it that way at a summer picnic to keep the girls contained during the meal. It was a awesome for use at my DS's soccer games too.

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We have the Baby Jogger City Mini, and I like it. It's compact, fits through EVERY doorway, folds and stores easily, and is light weight.

I don't like how far the boys lean back (well, THEY don't like it now that they are a year and a half) but I have fixed that problem by not buckling their shoulders in so they can lean forward, and now that they are heavier and I'm pushing 50+lbs of baby, it doesn't turn as well as it did when they were smaller.

However, I think they only way to get around the turning issue / handling is to get a double jogging stroller with pneumatic wheels, but I didn't want that so went with more of an umbrella stroller.

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Thanks ladies! I will have to look in to those. Smile

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I bought a used Peg Perego Aria when my used Peg Perego Tandem one broke. The Aria is side by side and super light. The wheels are not huge, but I push it through gravel and grass fairly easily, snow as well. I think because it is so light, it is easy to maneuver through difficult terrain. I prefer not to push it through those, but have many many times. Smile Mine is old, I think 2003 or so (my Tandem was 10yrs old when the buckle broke) and those things last a long time, anyhow... no cup holders/trays for babies or me, and we have done just fine. Sometimes they throw things out, but I think they would do that even if it had a tray. I just stick their sippies in with them or their snack trap or whatever. It is super easy to fold and unfold and again, really light. I'm cheap, so I had to go used, definitely worth the money spent. Smile

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Combi really can't be beat for quality + light weight + compact. I LOVE it and still use it off and on when I can get away with it. I think the biggest down side is that it's not all terrain. It's GREAT for stores and anything paved, but we're in suburbia so it's worked for us.

We also have a Valco and OMG is that thing nothing but love! It's a big heavy jogging stroller, BUT there are a couple options for adding a spot for a third kid to ride. It's the only Triplet option I found that is "drivable" so to speak. It fits anywhere a wheel chair will, so I can have a spot to strap down all three kiddos when needed, and can still go pretty much anywhere.

Both were recommended to me here. This board knows their strollers~

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After much deliberation, review research, and an email to the company I decided to purchase the Joovy ScooterX2. $199 including tax and shipping. There were so many aspects about it that appealed to me. I plan on selling our Graco Duo Glide once it gets here to help with the cost. I am hoping that I love it as much as I *think* I will. As far as double strollers go it is fairly new, but of the dozens of reviews I read/watched, there were only 2 not so great ones. And I think that's because they were really wanting a stroller that did better "off road". We have no reason to really stray from the pavement, so I don't think it will be a problem for us. If we end up not liking it, we will sell it and go with the Combi.

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"Stompin" wrote:

We have the Baby Jogger City Mini, and I like it. It's compact, fits through EVERY doorway, folds and stores easily, and is light weight.

I don't like how far the boys lean back (well, THEY don't like it now that they are a year and a half) but I have fixed that problem by not buckling their shoulders in so they can lean forward, and now that they are heavier and I'm pushing 50+lbs of baby, it doesn't turn as well as it did when they were smaller.

However, I think they only way to get around the turning issue / handling is to get a double jogging stroller with pneumatic wheels, but I didn't want that so went with more of an umbrella stroller.

Our Combi still turns like a dream and I don't think it has jogging stroller front wheels.

I hope you like the Joovy. If not, I do highly recommend the Combi. We just took it for a spin in the grocery store yesterday. So, easy to push and turn. Love it! Now, if my DS would stop begging to push it! Lol He can push it easily, but forgets that it takes up some room and I am constantly moving it to allow people to get through an aisle. I am sure people hate us at the store. Biggrin

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