Hi, I love the neatness of the iCandy peach twin but it's £1000 which is so expensive. Does anyone know of a double buggy that's similar. I loved the baby select jogger but I feel it's very long. I'm short and I walk a lot so I really want something more compact and easy to push two babies.
Any help or any previous experience in double buggies would be really appreciated.
Although price can be a hindrance bare in mind how much use you would get out of it- some things can be well worth the money. I'm echoing someone else now, but I'd say your next best option could be the iCandy Pear. It has a lot of the same "neatness" but slightly cheaper.
Unique multi-mode tandem travel system with over twenty practical combinations
Multiple interchangeable combinations to suit all ages of children (up to 3years)
Suitable from birth, with optional compact carrycots/infant carrier car seats (sold separately)
Compact folded size – similar to single pushchair
Unique reward facing seat units available for both infants
Fully independently reclining seats in forward or rearward facing modes
Can be used as a single pushchair at anytime
Lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminium chassis weighing only 10.3kgs (including wheels & shopping basket)
Large rear wheels with air-filled tyres
Adjustable soft touch comfy grip handle bar with 7 positions
Independent all-over raincovers"
im choosing baby jogger over i-candy simply because you cant fold i-candys with the seat units attached but you can with the baby jogger also baby jogger seat units are bigger and comfier
i wouldnt say its that much longer just depends which way you choose to put the seat the way the baby jogger folds down is also amazing :-)
I bought iCandy Pear (luckily secondhand) before my second boy was born. I wanted BJ City Select in the first place but they were out of stock in my local shop (preorder was well past my due date). I was pleased at the beginning but after a while iCandy started to annoy me a lot till the point where I hated it and decided to sell it. I got BJCS last month and I'm in love with it.
I'll point out major disadvantages of Pear:
-very hard to steer and turn, BJCS is much easier to push
-Pear chassis is bigger - hardly fitted in my BMW and forget about putting some shopping together, with BJCS I can even remove wheeles in no time if I need more space
-I could never see my younger boy in the yellow seat when parent facing mode of pear, only my older who didn't want to look at me (lol), now when I use facing each other position my older can watch the cars and people and my younger can see me and his older brother and everyone is happy!
- Pear hoods are useless (even with flavour packs) and very loud, with BJCS you don't even need sun parasol and it's quiet
- yellow pear seat was too small for my toddler, blue wasn't much better I couldn't even use the harness as it was below my sons shoulders, BJCS are bigger and same size and it doesn't matter which child seats in the front or back
- pear carrycots are tiny - my younger couldn't fit in it when he was 2 months and I didn't have much choice if he's in the front seat or back cause they are not flexible at all
- pear shopping basket is a joke there's no way you could put anything inside with two seats on the chassis, BJCS has huge basket with easy access
- when single mode pear you can use it only parent facing (unless you unscrew adapters and put it the other way round) and my toddler hates it, he always used to scream in the end and say that he want's to see (not me)
- I don't know if you can get snack tray for pear (I've never seen one) and it's such a shame, now I have it with BJCS and my toddler can eat nicely something on the way
- I find reclining system of BJSC more handy (a pull on the back of the seat) than pear (two button on the side)
- the best thing is folding the chassis - it's a big challenge with pear, I had to master it when I was pregnant what was very hard cause you need to slam the handle with a lot of force and speed, BJCS is much much simplier as you pull two plastic parts on the sides of chassis
- many people say BJCS is very long but funny enough my friends tell me that my new pram is a lot smaller than iCandy
- child in the yellow pear seat can see only back of the blue seat in any combination, with BJCS even with both of them forward facing kid in the back seat can see everything (unfortunately not if they both fave forward)
- pear raincovers are a joke - blue one was too small when my toddler was in as it couldn't cover his feet so I used to use universal raincover on him and blue on my newborn (they could do bigger for both seats really)
I don't know about BJCS cause they are still in bag
- two sizes of car seat adapters are pain - couple of times I forgot to put yellow ones in the boot so we couldn't use it as a double (BJCS has only one size)
on the other hand BJCS could do with more extending handle
-I can't say much about bassinet cause I didn't buy one
I don't know much about using peach but I met a guy who told me that his boy didn't wan't to sit in it anymore cause he couldn't see anything in the back seat what put me off. It looks nice though.
It's a hard choice but go to the shop, put your kids (or your friends kids) in the pram, take them round the shop, check how you fold the pram, recline seats, change combinations
BTW I'm 5 feet 6 inches and I never had problem with BJCS
Wow. Just seen your reply now. Thank you SO much. I've been asking people about the iCandy even stopped someone in the park on Tuesday lol. They loved it but did say it was fidgety to use. I think I've got it out of my system. It's a lot of money if it's not the right one.
Im glad you said it was great having the kids facing eachother. Others say I wouldn't use it that way ( bjcs) but I thought when newborn is older they could face me and baby girl could face out and are everything. If I go for this one I'm only going to get the second seat and not the carry cot. I plan on using the seat facing me with a snug as flat as it will go. Even tho it's not advised for newborn I was told that's only because it's not 100% flat but is still safe. If we need the carry cot at the time we'll get it. My baby girl hated going flat and I always had to tilt her anyway lol. So it's £650. I do like the fact they both get a good view whichever way they're sitting. I need to go have another play but I still feel its very long
How do you find the bjcs getting up curbs? I walk loads and loads With the buggy so it has to be easy
Thanks again Really helpful x
You can get it with second unit for around £580 from preciouslittleone. It's only for 2011 model, 2012 is more expensive but differences between themare only cosmetic (different colour of lining of the hood, no rubber loggos on the side of the hood etc). They give you also 5% discount if you like them on facebook.
I got mine from them but second unit from Debenhams (it was on sale).
They don't show the prices you would need to ring them to order but they are very nice.
I don't know where else you could get it cheaper.
Going up the kerb doesn't really depend on the pram. It's the same with any double pram cause you have a lot of weight to lift. I usually just press with my whole body weight on the handle and it lifts front wheels of the pram which go on the kerb and then lift the rest - no issue.
About not getting carrycot I think it's ok if you walk for less that one hour a day but newborns need to lay flat so their spine develops properly. that's what I found:
'Keeping a baby in an unnatural curved position for long periods of time might prevent or delay the proper development of the spine. Devices such as car seats, infant carriers and baby swings should only be used for short periods of time. Keeping a baby lying on his back most of the time or using upright carriers that do not support the legs and spine might also be damaging to spinal development'
It seems that car seat is not a solution either and to be honest I don't know how Maxi Cosi but with my M&P Cybex Aton it's rather tight between seat unit and car seat facing each other. My toddler is very skinny so it's not a problem but I can imagine child with chubby knees won't have chances lol.
I have the iCandy peach with an imported USA blossom kit witch is a old bigger than the current uk kit.
I've been using it 7 mths for my 2 dd's and have found it to be the best double ever.
I've got 7 children so I've had a few doubles.
Have you seen the new blossom 2 is coming out in the uk this year, it's the same as I have now from the USA only they have new colours.
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