Double Strollers for Infants and Toddlers
Getting the Right Double Stroller
If you have twins, or an infant and a toddler, you're probably searching for the best double stroller for them. Purchasing the best double stroller is important because let's face it - they're not cheap. Many parents put up with having strollers that aren't that good because returning them (particularly if you bought them online) is a lot of hassle. We have a number of great tips to help you avoid the common pitfalls when buying a double stroller.
Types of Double Strollers
There are two main types of double strollers. "Side by side strollers" and "Inline Strollers".
Side by Side Double Strollers
If you have twins, the side-by-side double stroller is probably the most suitable type. Both seats are the same height, allowing both twins to enjoy the same sights and sensations.
The best side by side strollers have double canopies which can be adjusted for each occupant. This is good because frequently one twin may be awake and active, and the other sleeping in the stroller. Another important feature is the recline option. If your double stroller can recline flat it's possible to use them when your infants are just a few months old.
The disadvantage with these types of strollers is that they are overly wide. This makes taking the twins into crowded areas like supermarkets, malls and public events a troublesome task.
You also need to consider how well the stroller compacts. This is essential as you will be collapsing it a lot with twins on the go. The quicker and easier - the better! If it's big and bulky it also might take up too much room in the trunk of your car. It's also a workout getting a bigger stroller into the trunk as well!
You should read through a lot of the online reviews to check the handling. As side by side strollers are so wide, you'll want to keep them on the sidewalk and avoid bumping into things (and risk waking up a sleeping baby) as much as possible.
Double Inline Strollers
A double inline stroller is the best design if you have a toddler and an infant.
With many inline strollers, the seats are the same height. However, the better ones allow you to adjust the height which is perfect for toddlers and infants. Sometimes this is referred to as "Stadium-Style Seating".
The obvious disadvantages is the child at the rear is tucked away. They have less visibility and it's not the ideal solution if they're a bit of a fidgit.
Another problem is frequently the seats don't have the same features. One may recline more than the other or have a cup holder and tray. They might also share a canopy or have their own. This causes more problems when your babies are around the same age and have similar temperments.
The obvious advantage with inline strollers is they are narrower. This makes them much more maneuverable Generally speaking, they're much easier to get in a standard trunk then the side by side designs.
We hope we have given you some things to consider before you splash out on a double stroller for your infant and toddler.