Choosing a Double Stroller
You might be wondering why a double stroller would be of interest to you? The fact is that double strollers aren't just for twins anymore and by trading in your clunky and varied system of carting your children around – you can streamline your errands and keep your kids close at hand.
Today's double strollers are made for any family that has multiple children. It is very common to be walking around the mall and see a 12 month old and 4 year old hitching a ride on one rinky-dink umbrella stroller. Not only is this unsafe, but it also will wear out a single stroller pretty quickly. If you happen to be one of the 2 out of 5 moms with twins, then a double stroller is your savior – giving you freedom to travel! Here are a few things to look for when picking out the double stroller that suits you best. Basically, you can opt for an all terrain double stroller, a tandem, or a side by side. There is also a jogging double stroller available for those moms who can't get by without their daily run.
The first thing to look for in any double stroller is maneuverability. They can be cumbersome and difficult to manage, especially when they are filled with children and groceries. Look for one that has 4 way wheels, that backs up easily and that can turn on a dime. Push the model around the store before just deciding upon one and make sure that it has a nice, smooth push. Some of the double strollers have a sagging feel in the middle, which can make it difficult to push. Also, while it may be perfect for newborn twins or very young children; make sure it appears durable enough for when your children are 3 and 4 years of age.
If you can't decide between a tandem or side-by-side – this might make it easier. Lots of moms opt for the side by side so there is no argument about who is in front. Most of them are no wider than a wheelchair, which means they can fit just about anywhere you would want to go. The tandems (one child in front of the other) are very easy to push and get around turns with however; they do make it harder to see both of your children. If you go with a tandem, make sure that the backseat both reclines all the way down, and is raised from the front so that the child in back can still have a good view.
The side-by-side double strollers are easier to load children in and out of, hands down. Once your kids can walk, they simply climb in and buckle up, while the tandems can require a little more assistance. As with all strollers, you should look for a double stroller that is approved by JPMA and has been put through stringent safety testing procedures. One of the chief complaints about strollers is that they collapse when children are in them. Good advice is to search your make and model number online before purchasing to make sure it hasn't been included in any recalls.
For the avid outdoorsy family, you can't go wrong or get better results from the various lines of all terrain strollers. Like the jogging stroller, they have big tires that give them a smooth ride and they are ultra light and easy to push. Most come with ample storage space as well, which can make family hikes and outings a lot easier for you and the children.
When it comes to certain features, there are those you shouldn't go without on a double stroller, whether for twins or just multiple children. The ones at the top of the list are as follows; umbrellas or shades, cup and snack holders (for mom too), comfortable and easy to adjust buckles and harness straps, EASY (one handed) folding options, locking rear wheels, storage areas and completely reclining seat positions. It is also important that you choose a stroller that is comfortable for your height. While most strollers are a standard height, there are some that may feel difficult to push if you are not very tall and vice versa. The other tidbit of information which many people don't consider is the size of the stroller when it is folded up. If you don't drive an SUV – a huge stroller can make it impossible to fit your groceries in the back of the car.
Double strollers are costly. While you may be tempted to buy one secondhand – hold off if you can. The problem with many used strollers and baby equipment is that essential parts are missing or they have been recalled without your knowing. Even looking up the make and model number of an older edition can be difficult. For super duper double strollers that have as many bells and whistles as your car, plus wheels meant for an all terrain vehicle you can expect to spend at least $400 – $600. However, Graco and Evenflo both sell exceptional double side-by-side and tandem strollers for around $200. If you are simply trying to accommodate two children of varying ages, you may do very well with a ‘sit and stand' double stroller that will allow your toddler to stand while the baby can sit.