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Old May 15th, 2017, 00:59 AM   1
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Double strollers


Double strollers, are they worth it? I've been browsing preloved ones and finding them mostly within an inch of their life. And a brand new one is so pricey I can't commit to buying one yet.

Mama's with two kiddos, one being older, are they worth it?

We don't use our current stroller all that much, I plan to wear new baby but if she's asleep when we arrive somewhere I'm not going to pull her out of the carseat to get her in a wrap. But on certain outings like going to the zoo, I would want baby in the stroller and the possibility to strap down my toddler to a stroller if she gets unruly or tired.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:46 AM   2
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I guess it depends on the age difference. When my youngest was less than 6 months old, I had a trial period of having my oldest walk while only the baby was in the stroller but it didn't work that well as she was still so little and couldn't really walk that long. We ended up getting a double stroller. The age difference between my little ones is 14 months.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:28 AM   3
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I recently bought a preloved baby jogger city mini double, I LOVE it. DS still fits but is hesitant to ride in in, so I have breifly switched back to my single for DD and let DS walk. I will keep using the single until new baby is old enough, then go back to the double. I love it.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 09:05 AM   4
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Depends on the age difference and how much you use a buggy? I had 15 months between my first 2 and 18 months between next two so it was needed!

I bought a few, one cost over £1000 and it annoyed me the faff of it and I always went back to the baby jogger city mini double which you can always pick up 2nd hand! So easy to put up and down and big seats which I found the main points with 2 young kids x



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 09:37 AM   5
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The age difference will be 31 months. DD1 loves to walk, the only time she willingly goes in the stroller is if I bribe her with snacks or if she's wanting to be held but I tell her mommy can't right now. It breaks my heart not to wear her but my belly is in so much pain I feel like my abdominal muscles are trying to rip apart.

DD1 is very curious and loves to be on the go, my fear is pushing baby in the stroller and not having a tight enough grip on DD1's hand. When we cross streets she knows to hold my hand, but places like the zoo she just wants to run for it and see everything. If she broke free from my hand and I was alone I don't know how I would get her while juggling the single stroller.

I have found them used for just under $100 but it's still a lot of money to commit to. My MIL thinks it's crazy for me to even be questioning a double stroller, that it's the only way to survive with two kids (she had 3). I swear pregnancy has made me the most indecisive person in the world!



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 09:47 AM   6
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Maybe a sit and stand type or a buggy board for your single? That would give your older one the option to sit and ride, in a more "big kid" manner, but still be secure and with you. Or a buggy board would allow you to have any single you wanted and still have a place for your older one.

You can also get handles for your older one to "hold on" to the single, and encourage that, although they always have the ability to run. I have an "anti-lost wristband" for DS when he walks in more "dangerous" places, it is a wristband on a stretch cord that keeps him close but allows him some freedom.

I also let him "help" push the single stroller, and he is VERY good about parking lots and streets just because we've reinforced it for so long. The problems I have are in stores and stuff.

That said, DS is 4 and will come when I call, stop when I say stop, etc. where when he was 3 I would not have risked it. Personally, with a 31 month difference I'd get a double if you don't plan to babywear, but....I still use the double occasionally but DS doesn't want to stay in it (can't blame him, he's 4!) I plan to babywear the new baby and use the single for DD (who will be 26 or 27 months when the new baby is born). She doesn't mind riding in the stroller "going for a ride" as we call it. May put the buggy board on for DS, maybe not. When the new baby gets bigger, I will probably use the double until DD is too old.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 10:35 AM   7
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I love my double (jogging) stroller. I bought a new one for $160 on sale at Babies R Us. I've had that one through the babyhood of my now-14-month-old and will use it again for the next baby. I use it for walks and all-day trips when I know my kids will all get tired/bored/sleepy at some point. I also have an in-line, stand and ride kind, which I HATE. I have big feet, and I step on the "stand" part all the time and trip over it. My OH will push that one, but I sure won't. That being said, my biggest age gap is 22 months, but the child who's usually in the stroller is my second-born (3 1/2) who is easily distracted and does not keep up with us most of the time. My third-born (turning 3 tomorrow) doesn't need the stroller, but she will climb in if we're at a really busy place and she's uncomfortable/overwhelmed. I don't always use both seats in the double stroller, but I really love having it. It really depends on the temperament/habit of your older child. If your 2-year-old hasn't used a stroller in a long time, there's no reason to think she will start using one again.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 13:29 PM   8
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We bought a preloved bugaboo Donkey with our first and we loved using it as a single and looking forward to using as a double (I'm not fond of the one in front and one behind options and this is side by side).

We love the flexibility of being able to use as a double or a single and being able to have toddler world facing and baby parent facing. It has lots of storage, big wheels that are great for all terrains and you can do an all in one fold without removing seats or take the seats off for a more compact fold if required. The preloved ones hold resale value well also.

Our son is nearly 2 (in 3 weeks) and I'm 38 weeks pregnant, definitely think we need the option of a double as toddler won't walk for very long and is prone to trying to run off and I don't think he'd stay on a buggy board. Plus he still naps so if we went out for the day he'd still want to sleep in it.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 13:36 PM   9
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We have a double stroller, but we very rarely used it. When DS2 was a baby, I primarily wore him and DS1 either walked with us or rode in a single stroller. When DS2 got to the age where he was out of a wrap, he was in a single stroller and DS1 was primarily walking at that point. I have a 25 month gap between my first two.

The only time we currently use a stroller is if we are going somewhere I really want them both contained and unable to run away, such as the mall. We actually just use a very small double umbrella stroller for that (but this obviously wouldn't work if you were planning to use it when your baby was still an infant and didn't have the head support). It's cheap, light, small, and easy.



 
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Old May 16th, 2017, 07:22 AM   10
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For us, absolutely need one! My son frequently falls asleep in his puschchair, and if he is holding my hand does that throwing himself to the ground refusing to move thing!



 
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