Blogger I Hate Snaps is pondering the purchase of a doubler-stroller and wondering whether to go for the tandem (front/back) or side-to-side versions. If you are pregnant and have a toddler you might also be facing this dilemma.
I was, and as a result, I obsessively researched double strollers during the last six months of my pregnancy with my second. My eldest would be just over two when the baby was born, and as a city kid, was no where near giving up the stroller.
My mission (influenced by my beloved, 9-pound, easily-foldable Maclaren Volo) was to try and find the lightest, most easily-foldable double stroller possible for the most reasonable price. That was not an easy task and, despite my letter-writing campaign, Maclaren did not release a double Volo by the time by second daughter was born.
I would have loved to just be able to sling the baby and push the toddler in the single stroller, another one of those “in a perfect world” pieces of advice, but sometimes, you just want to go on a long walk without something attached to you. It’s bad enough that you have to push an SUV down the sidewalk.
Some key things to consider when purchasing a double stroller (aside from cost, how often you will fold/unfold it, and weight restrictions) are where you live and the age of the kids. If you live in a city, a double-wide doesn’t always work on crowded sidewalks or in small grocery stores that barely fit shopping carts down the aisles. As city-dwellers, that’s the main reason we opted for a “skinnier” tandem, even though it was heavier.
Side note: Is the Phil and Ted’s a happy medium? Maybe, but I always feel bad for the kid that gets the ass-eye view of the world. Plus you have to take it apart to fold it up. No, thank you, I already have two kids to deal with.
When choosing a side-by-side stroller consider weight, namely, your kids’. The baby will be much lighter than the older kid. You might feel that difference on flimsier models. However, as the kids got older and interacted more with each other, I wanted a side-by-side so they could chit-chat with each other and pass snacks back and forth. When the “baby” was about 16-months old, we ditched the tandem for a relatively lightweight umbrella side-by-side stroller (pictured).
Your needs may change, so be open to that. And that’s exactly the reason there are so many double strollers listed on Craigslist.