Whether you are expecting twins or have a second child on the way, it is undeniably an exciting time. However, as exciting as it is, the reality is that you’ll need to invest in some purchases specific for having two young children in your life at the same time. By far, one of the most important is the ingenious double stroller. However, with so many different double strollers on the market these days, you might find it overwhelming deciding on one.
That is where we come in. With this guide we hope to help make the choice of which double stroller is best a little easier, by discussing the most important considerations you need to make while searching for one.
Is it For a Baby and Toddler or Twins?
First things first, you need to think about who you are looking to put in the double stroller. If you are buying one for twins, you need two seats that are suitable for babies. However, if it is for a toddler and baby, you need to look for double strollers that feature seats that can be reclined separately. This means that your toddler will be able to stay up and look at the world, while his or her younger sibling is fast asleep. It may also be a good idea to consider a double stroller that can be converted into a single one, once the older child is able to walk by your side.
Think About the Buggy Style
There are two main types of double stroller available – that is, tandem, or one in front of the other and twin or side-by-side. Both options have their good and bad points. While twins make it easier deciding who sits where, when they are old enough to compete because there is no front or back seat and they are lighter in weight; they are also much harder to navigate through narrow doorways and passages.
Tandem strollers as you’d image, are a little longer in size and although they are not best suited to twins, they are ideal for navigating in and out of places and around the supermarket. There are even tandem double strollers that can accommodate two children without taking up much more space than a normal stroller for one child.
Where Are You Most Likely to Use It?
The best stroller or strollers for you and your growing family will very much depend on your lifestyle and what you do on a day to day basis. For instance, if you are going to be spending most of your time out and about, then as we highlighted above, a tandem double stroller will probably suit you better. However, if you live on the 10th floor of an apartment block, you might opt for the lighter twin side-by-side option.
If you live in the city, either of these will be a good enough option. However, if you live in the countryside, it may be worth investing in a model with sturdier wheels and one that is designed for off-road use. You also need to consider the people who will be pushing it. If there is a dramatic height difference between you and your partner, it is recommended you look for strollers with adjustable handles. Furthermore, if your day to day life involves a lot of getting on and off public transport, the weight of the stroller and how easy it is to fold down is also vitally important.