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Twins, Strollers, and Decisions

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Choosing a stroller for twins is one of those insanely difficult decisions to make. While it might seem like a no-brainer (a stroller is a stroller, right?), when you’re looking at a stroller for more than one child it’s not so simple. There are lots of options: side by side, front and back or tandem, those that will accommodate two car seats, those that are easily foldable, and even strollers that separate. The stroller that you choose will be determined by your budget, by your lifestyle, by the ages of your children and by your personal taste.

Now let’s dig in and review your options. Below you’ll find complete descriptions of the kinds of strollers that are out there, including pricing of major brands.

Tandem Double Stroller

A tandem stroller is one that has the children in line with each other – one in front and one behind. There are several varieties out there, including umbrella style strollers and jogging strollers, and everything in-between. Stadium style means that the back seat is slightly higher than the front, for improved view.

Pros of a Tandem Stroller

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  • Fits through ALL standard doorways
  • Maneuvers in tight spaces
  • Generally come with cup holders, storage baskets and compartments
  • Some models can have kids face backward OR face each other
  • Individual removal trays for each child (generally)

Cons of a Tandem Stroller

  • Generally heavier than side by side strollers
  • Harder to see the child in the front seat
  • Back seat offers less view for the child
  • Front seat doesn’t fully recline
  • Double the length

Here’s a chart of the cost of three top tandem strollers, all with pricing taken from Amazon.

NameFeatures
Graco DuoGlider Classic Connect Stroller
  • Extra storage basket
  • Parent tray
  • Back seat reclines fully
Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller
  • 7 seating arrangements
  • Accommodates two car seats
  • Stands when folded
Joovy Big Caboose Stand-On Triple Stroller
  • Accommodates 3 children, one older standing
  • Accommodates 2 car seats

Side-by-Side Double Stroller

A side-by-side stroller has both seats right next to each other. These strollers come in all kinds of styles and colors, and just like tandem strollers you can get whatever level of design that you like – those that are great for hiking and those that are wonderful for getting around in the city.

Pros of a Side-by-Side Stroller

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  • Each seat reclines completely
  • Not as heavy and bulky
  • Both children have an equal view
  • Very stable
  • Easy to fold
  • Children are close to each other

Cons of a Side-by-Side Stroller

  • Hard to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Doesn’t fit through all doorways
  • Often doesn’t accommodate two car seats
  • Children sometimes argue
  • Lower and harder to get children in and out of

Here’s a chart of the cost of four top side-by-side strollers, all with pricing taken from Amazon.

NameFeatures
Kolcraft Cloud Side by Side Umbrella Stroller
  • Parent tray
  • Each seat reclines independently
  • Mesh seat backs for warm days
Baby Trend Navigator Double Jogging Stroller
  • Accommodates 2 car seats
  • Locking front wheels
  • Multi-reclining seats
  • Deluxe parent tray
InStep Grand Safari Swivel Wheel Double Jogger
  • Separate child trays
  • Adjustable handle
  • Front swivel wheels
Mountain Buggy Duet 2015 Double Stroller
  • Same width as a single stroller
  • Converts to single stroller
  • Seats adjust individually

Twin Prams

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The last option that we’ll discuss is the twin pram. A pram is for infants who can’t yet sit up, and is really only a viable option for those first few months. These strollers are quite expensive, but are very popular in the UK and Europe. They harken back to the Victorian area, and there’s no way around the fact that they’re high on style.

What many choose to do is to add a kit that converts a side-by-side stroller into a twin pram, which makes a lot of sense when it comes to the money.

Here are details about one of the top pram converters, including pricing from Amazon.

NameFeatures
Mountain Buggy Carrycot Plus for Duet Double Stroller with Sun HoodMountain Buggy Carrycot Plus for Duet Double Stroller with Sun Hood
  • Lie flat, incline and parent facing options
  • Includes winter liner
  • Included adaptors fit onto all models of the Mountain Buggy Duet Double Stroller

 

The Bottom Line on Twin Strollers

You’re going to have to go with what feels good for you and your family. Another great option is to look for these used from other moms – you might well save yourself a LOT of money. Many families use their strollers constantly. Having one that you really like will encourage you to get out and about with your children, which is always a great thing.

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