Topic: Double stroller for twins

Hi all

I have the chance to buy a 1 year old Britax B-Ready stroller, with the 2nd seat and one of the matching car seats for $395 (about 400 less than retail) from a mom in my neighborhood.

So I want your advice before I make a rookie mistake. smile

What we want in a stroller, ideally, in order of importance:

Holds both babies and their carseats
Sturdy wheels so we can go over curbs or on rocky/grassy terrain
Small enough to fit through a standard door & a grocery/shop aisle
Relatively compact/folds relatively easily
Multi-purpose (i.e. I really don't want to buy different strollers for different outings, if possible)
Grows with babies (again so I don't have to buy different strollers for different ages/purposes)

I think the Bob Duallie is too wide for general every day use in an urban area - but I"m not sure if we should just get a snap and go for the carseats, vs. a double stroller?

Or maybe a snap and go for infancy, and a MacLaren Triumph for when the kids are older?

I"m lost. Please advise.

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2 (edited by JayJay 2013-05-05 09:56:17)

Re: Double stroller for twins

I don't have any advice on the stroller itself, but I will
Say that I was told one time at a high end Baby store that specialized in car seat safety and installation was that Britax was by far the safest upright carseat, but they did not recommend their infant carseats at all, and in fact recommended the far less expensive Graco over them.  Granted that was probably about seven years ago, so things could have easily changed since then.  I would just say look into the safety ratings of the carseat first.  But even if you did go with a different carseat, often the carseats and strollers are cross-compatible.

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My thoughts:

Does the stroller already have the lower infant car seat adapter? That is 63.99 on amazon and could increase your cost. I found the stroller, extra seat, and car seat for $620 on Amazon, so while your savings is considerable, it's not quite $400.

I personally would go with the double snap and go and then a Maclaren, mostly because I can't imagine the B-ready being a pleasant ride for whoever gets stuck in the back with no view, and because it looks like you pretty much lose your storage area in the bottom with another child there.

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If it was me, I would buy the bob double with carseat attachments for a gracocarseat then buy graco carseats. I get that it is expensive but the convenience that comes with this setup is worth it.

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We've had lots of sets of twins with the double snap n go and then the Maclaren.  It is generally agreed to be a pretty easy set up.

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Pretty positive that the BOB Dualllie only accommodates 1 carseat. We looked into it bc we have a single BOB. We have a double snap n go that we picked up from Once Upon A Child. I also have a Joovi Big Caboose only bc we also have a 3 yr old...we have yet to use it. I am also going to buy a Baby Trend Navigator bc it does accommodate two infant carseats. The Navigator will probably be more everyday use for us.

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I used a graco dou-glider. While it was not my favorite it was 1. Priced right at the time 2. able to hold two graco infant car seats 3. would be able to be use after the boys were out of infant seats.

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I've pushed lots of different double strollers.  With that style, I find it forces you to to stand farther back from the stroller.  As a person with short arms, I feel like I am always bumping my legs into the lower seat.

Definitely "test drive" any stroller, before you buy!

Personally, I am a Mountain Buggy junkie.  It is a side by side, but much narrower than you would think.  It can take two car seats, or you can get the bassinet attachment.  I also live in an urban area, and had very few problems squeezing in places.

Speaking of urban areas...pay close attention to tire size.  I never thought about sidewalk cracks, until I had to push a snap and go.  They get stuck on anything!

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We have the britax b-ready. I've only used it a handful of times, but I like it so far. We have the lower 2nd seat (haven't taken it out of the box yet) and the universal car seat adapter for the top seat. We've only used it with our toddler so far, since baby has yet to arrive. It's a big hit with G since he sits up higher than his other stroller. It's a bit large for a single stroller, but I consider it fairly compact for a double stroller. And, you can fold it with both seats still attached (which was one of the selling points for me). It's definitely solid. Fits through doors (and crowds) easily. I think it'd be fine to use with both infant seats, however, the lower adapter can be pricey. They made a change in the wheels on the 2012 model where they upgraded the wheels to the foam filled rubber. If your neighbors model is older, I might suggest getting the wheel replacement kit. The rubber wheels make a world of difference.

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I didn't like the Britax stroller because one child has to sit below the other causing them issues with not being able to see. The double Graco also doesn't push very well so we didn't like it either. We have a double Bob and it's HUGE. There is no way I'd take that in to a store. It's more of an outside only stroller and it will not hold 2 carseats. If you want a tandem stroller we have and LOVE our Baby Jogger City Select. It can hold 2 carseats, 2 bassinets, 2 seats, or a combination of them. It is pricy but worth it IMO.

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Thanks for the all the advice, ladies. I'm still not sure what to do!

In summary, it seems like:

the snap and go difficult to navigate in urban areas
the Britax may not be fun for the kid that is in the back (though I think that child can face mom?)
Bob Duallie may or may not hold two car seats
I should check out the MacLaren Triumph, Graco Duo-Glider, and Baby Trend Navigator...

None of these sounded like ringing endorsements. Maybe I should have asked for favorite double stroller recs?!

Boy I am so clueless about what to buy for these babies.

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It comes with the second seat, and the car seat adapters, and I think it's the 2012 model with foam filled rubber tires but I'll double check.

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My twins are 15 months old and we used the snap n go stroller with their infant carrier then purchased the BOB double a few months ago. Hands down with BOB is so easy to use. I can push it with one hand, hold one baby, and still function (plus I am really small). My BOB fits through any regular door. All store doors must accommodate wheelchairs so the BOB fits.

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My favorite double stroller is the Baby Jogger City Elite, though it is a little wide and big, it's a lovely smooth ride.  As I live in the mountains, I need an all terrain!

The Baby Trend Navigator is also awesome.  One thing you need to choose is if you really need the car seat adaptors or not, I personally almost never used to carseat in the stroller, so I never bothered with the adapter bar for the Baby jogger.  If you think you will be using the car seats with the stroller more often then not, then the Navigator would be a better option for you (I have the single Navigator and love it, yes I am a stroller hoarder, I have 5 currently!)

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Okay, thanks for all this advice. I have what is probably a stupid question. Do infants need to be in their carseats in the stroller? Goobie, you mentioned not using the carseat w/ stroller, which makes me think it's not necessary? I guess I had in my head that I'd have to use a carseat w/ the stroller for 3-6 months - do people just use the carseat b/c it's more convenient than taking the baby (babies) out and putting directly in the stroller?

I would love to get one of the baby jogger strollers, b/c it folds up so easily. I was just nervous about getting through doorways with a double wide stroller (rather than a tandem one).

Thanks!

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I put the boys in the stroller as a newborn. You just need to recline the seat. I did have a carseat though for it and did use it some. It was nice to use but not needed. I also had a jogging stroller that I did not have a carseat option for and was still able to use it fine.

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Yes, people use the car seat for convenience. I used a Maclaren twin triumph from the time my kids were 2 weeks old (still only 36 weeks gestational age!) and it was just fine with the seats reclined. I used it for the last time when they were 2, and they walked everywhere after that.

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I loved the Snap and Go stroller. I am so upset when the twins grew out of the infant car seats. It was very compact and turned, navigated, rolled very easily!! You don't need to keep the babies in a carseat but when you have to go somewhere and both babies are sleeping, it would have killed me to move them from a carseat to a stroller and risk waking them up!

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I'm in love with my BOB. I'm not sure about the car set attachment as we started off with the baby trend snap n go stroller.  We also have the kolcraft contours and that also gets pretty good use. You can get car seat attachments for this one too. Look around I got my BOB for 428 brand new!!

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Re: Double stroller for twins

hopeful-in-seattle wrote:

Hi all

I have the chance to buy a 1 year old Britax B-Ready stroller, with the 2nd seat and one of the matching car seats for $395 (about 400 less than retail) from a mom in my neighborhood.

So I want your advice before I make a rookie mistake. smile

What we want in a stroller, ideally, in order of importance:

Holds both babies and their carseats
Sturdy wheels so we can go over curbs or on rocky/grassy terrain
Small enough to fit through a standard door & a grocery/shop aisle
Relatively compact/folds relatively easily
Multi-purpose (i.e. I really don't want to buy different strollers for different outings, if possible)
Grows with babies (again so I don't have to buy different strollers for different ages/purposes)

I think the Bob Duallie is too wide for general every day use in an urban area - but I"m not sure if we should just get a snap and go for the carseats, vs. a double stroller?

Or maybe a snap and go for infancy, and a MacLaren Triumph for when the kids are older?

I"m lost. Please advise.




I thought that about the BOB but I was even able to take the city bus and get it on the bus no problems.   I lean towards that one because its versatile.  Good luck

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CRWN - did you/do you like the Kolcraft Contours? Do you just think the BOB is 100X better?

I'm on the shorter size, so between the weight and how far out you have to hold the infant car seats, I can barely carry those things.  I can't imagine carrying two around and throwing them into the snap and go.  (Though we are getting one from a friend.). Did anyone else find carrying the infant seats just too dang hard? I don't know if it's something I'd work up to since I used to nanny and it was like a joke for me to lift those things.  Obviously I wasn't carrying them then as much as I will now, but I certainly never built up and endurance/stamina to actually carry them.

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aplusa wrote:

CRWN - did you/do you like the Kolcraft Contours? Do you just think the BOB is 100X better?

I'm on the shorter size, so between the weight and how far out you have to hold the infant car seats, I can barely carry those things.  I can't imagine carrying two around and throwing them into the snap and go.  (Though we are getting one from a friend.). Did anyone else find carrying the infant seats just too dang hard? I don't know if it's something I'd work up to since I used to nanny and it was like a joke for me to lift those things.  Obviously I wasn't carrying them then as much as I will now, but I certainly never built up and endurance/stamina to actually carry them.

I like them both for different reasons.  I don't like the fact that for the Kolcraft we have to detach everything to fit it in the truck (But DP did just stuck it in the bed once still open, seats attached, talk about tacky lol)  But I love the fact the seats can face so many different ways out, in, away from one another, towards one another.  Foam tires.  The BOB is light weight, it's not as wide as one would think and like I said I went on the bus with it, no problems.  We did just recently have a flat but easy peasy to get a new tube and a flat kit (Picked up three more since DP is training for a marathon)  I loved the Snap n Go when they were newborn because usually, it was just me and the babies and it was easy to set up and click the babies in it.  I will use it every once in a while but only if its going to be a quick trip because their legs are so much longer.

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