Double Stroller Recommendation

Updated on May 17, 2008
N.G. asks from Oak Lawn, IL
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I'm in the market for a double stroller. Can anyone recommend a good double jogger or double umbrella stroller. My kids love being outside but it's hard to for my 2 1/2 year old to keep up with us for our long walks.

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G.G.

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I have a gently used one if you're interested!!!I have been holding on to it afraid to just drop it off at a resale store. I would much rather find a need and fill it! My name is G. and you can contact me at:[email protected]____.com

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S.S.

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I have a friend who LOVES their Zooper. I saw it hadn't been mentioned here yet so I thought I would. I think she got it at some baby store in Northbrook, but you can probably find out where to get them online and can test it out before you buy.
http://www.zooper.com/tango.html

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D.H.

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We have a 3 year old, 18 month old & 5 month old. We bought a Jeep Wrangler All Weather double umbrella stroller at Babies R Us for about $70 & I love it. It works great with the younger to. The seats recline for the baby to be safe and comfortable. It pushes VERY nicely and is EASY to set up and take down and doesn't take up a ton of space. Although it is tight going through door ways, it will make through with no problems if you watch it. It even holds my 3 year old (who is big for her age) with no problems for times when she needs a break. Hope this helps.

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T.S.

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I actually do lectures and consultations for 'what to look for in a stroller' because I own a Stroller Fitness company. If you are planning on doing long walks, I would not recommend a "sit and stand" type as they do not hold up. The wheels oftentimes end up like a bad wheel on a grocery cart (very annoying...happens about 50% of the time with moms in our classes). I also would not recommend the side-by-side type since your children are not too close in age. Since your two and a half year old probably won't be using the stroller all of the time, but you have a long time of use with your youngest, the best option is either a single jogger with a jump-seat option (Valco Runabout or Phil & Ted's). These can be used for all purposes and the second seat comes off and on (terrific for later when your older may be in preschool and you don't need both seats). The other option is a single jogger with a swivel front wheel and purchasing a "hitchhiker" (Valco) or other standing attachment for the back. These can be taken off and on as you need them and the older child just stands on it when they need to. I have had the Phil & Ted's and loved it (as do all of the moms in my program who have purchased it), but I now have the Valco. On a single Valco Runabout, I can fit three kids. My infant will be in the main part of the stroller, my toddler in the jump-seat and my 4 year old uses the hitch-hiker when he needs to. These strollers are a little more of an investment, but you will never need another stroller. They also have terrific resale value. Unique Bowtique in Naperville carries the Valco products. Good luck!

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L.F.

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I have 2 boys, 2 1/2 an 6 months. Both on the big side, and I wanted a stroller that would last us awhile. We have 2 we LOVE. For traveling we have the Chicco Cita Double Stroller - the seats recline all the way and there is a flap that can be raised so little feet don't have to dangle, my infant could be in it the time he was 2 months, the hoods are a good size and provide coverage, great storage, and once you break it in it folds open and shut pretty well. The only draw back is that it is a wide side-by-side, so small doorways are tough to navigate. We also have the new Graco Duoglider- more expensive but wonderful. My 2 year old loves the Captains chair up front, he can get in and out easily himself. The back is great for a napping infant, storage is plentiful, and it opens and closes easily... the only negative that once it folds shut it is big and bulky, but the positives outway the negatives in my opinion. We had a really hard time finding strollers that could accomodate both and infant and a large 2 year old who sometimes needs a nice place to sit... I am happy with both our selections. Good luck to you.

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L.G.

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Hi N.,

I would suggest a sit and stand stroller, there is one by Baby Trend and one by Joovy. These have a jump seat on the back that your 2 1/2 year old can sit on or he can stand on the board on the back and the baby goes in the front part. I just bought one at a garage sale (a much older brand that turned out to have a safety recall on it unfortunately) but my 2 year old keeps insisting I take him for rides while he either stands on the back boogy board or sits in the rear jump seat. I just push it around the house since my new baby hasn't even been born yet. Anyway, he loves it and it still allows him the freedom to not be bound in a stroller like a "baby" but take a rest if he needs it when we start actually going out for walks with it.

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A.S.

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My 2 girls are 2.5 years apart and we got the Joovy Caboose (sit-n-stand) and it's fabulous. My eldest can sit, stand, walk, etc and it buckles in the infant seat for the baby very nicely and the seat is great now that she's older. I love how it steers. The only drawback is it's SUPER heavy, so in and out of the car isn't that great. But I have a double umbrella I've not even used at all since I just stick with the Joovy or my single Maclaren for the older one with the younger in a Mei Tai carrier. It's really worked out great. I particularly like the Joovy for long walks, again because it steers really nicely and is comfortable to push.

I do also have a Dreamer Design double jogger that I really love for running. It's not much wider than my single jogger, which is a great bonus, and has lots of great features (nice big sunshades, bottle pockets in the back, nice harnesses, etc.)

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C.K.

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Phil and Ted!!!!! Its lightweight, as compactas youre gping to get, and works as a sporty jogger. Kids sit tandem, so the view is not great for whoever sits in the back, however we have a one month old and we have the back in the bassinett position, so she just lies in there while the oldest sits up top. Super easy to use, and has lots of accessories! Not sold at Babies R Us. We got ours at Right Start at Yorktown Mall.

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D.C.

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We've had three double strollers:
Graco DuoGlider - worked great when I had two kids 15 months apart. However, after two summers of walking long distances, it fell apart. If you're not planning on using it longer than that, I'd recommend it. It held up well in the meantime, and worked pretty well, and it is not too expensive.

Valco double stroller - amazing!! This thing turns so easy and practically pushes itself. It also has a toddler seat that you can add to the top that helped me a lot when we had our third baby. It is, however, very expensive. We never break it down, only use it for long walks in town (which we do very frequently), so I cannot tell you whether or not it's easy to fold and transport.

Joovy sit-n-stand - also really great! I love that the child can sit or stand on the back, helps a lot with not having to buckle up the older child when he wants to get in and out so much. This brand is very sturdy and stable and has held up well, even when I had two light-weight older kids standing on the back with the baby in the front seat. Folds and transports easily. Worth the money.

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B.G.

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The Bob Duallie sounds like a great stroller. I am expecting our 2nd baby in june and we are going to order this stroller. I had a bugaboo with the first, but I am excited with how much easier to bob sounds to fold up, etc and it should hold the older child for longer than the bugaboo would have. I have friends who have the single BOB and absolutely LOVE it. Check out www.REI.com has 20% off all BOB strollers through May 11th.

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C.U.

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You should go to babies r us with both kids and put them in the different strollers.......thats how we decided on the joovy ultralight

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M.C.

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I just got the double BOB Stroller and I love it! I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old. It's on sale at REI.com right now, almost $100 off the regular price. The main drawback is that it's really big, and doesn't fold down very small to put in the car. But it fits ok into my small size SUV.

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S.B.

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We ran into this same situation when I became preggo with my 2nd son, and my oldest was about 2 and half when he was born.... we went with the side by side stroller by Combi. It was like $190 at Babies R Us....which may seem expensive but isn't bad comparable to other high name brand stollers. The biggest perk to the Combi strollers is that they are so much lighter and fold down smaller than regular strollers. They fold up very compact and have a shoulder strap for carrying. I have a double and a single Combi stroller and both of them together take up less space in my trunk than when I had a big graco stoller.
Here is a link to the Combi website if you'd like to check it out. http://www.combistrollers.com/ProductsList.aspx?CategoryI...

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E.B.

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We have the Phil & Ted's e3 buggy and although we haven't used it yet with our newborn, I am excited to have it. It's like 4 strollers in one, with lots of different configurations for kids of different ages. And in the end, it is still just a one-kid stroller. It has rugged wheels and is narrower than most outdoor strollers. Make sure to get the additional seat that lets a toddler and a baby who can sit up ride at the same time. It's a great product!

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K.B.

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I recently bought the baby trend double jogger from babies r us and we absolutely love it. It has a tray cup holders, good storage, the umbrella reverses, the seats recline enough. It also has a speaker to plug in your mp3 player too. I have a 20mongh and 6month old and they both love being in it. There is also little pouches next to them in the seats for thier drinks! It is a little on the heavy side and a little akward to carry when closed, but nothing that would stop me from recommending it to someone. Its a good stroller for the price. I almost forgot it was 179.99. Good luck

K.

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M.G.

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I have the twin Maclaren. It is great because it is slim and fits through all doorways, can hold kids from newborn until they won't sit in it anymore, good quality, folds up small and fits nicely in my Honda Accord trunk or a corner of a restaurant, good pockets & storage space, bottle holder, rain cover, etc. I like it a lot. It is easy to use, push, fold, etc. The only bad thing is that it is a little heavy. Not too bad, but made my single Maclaren feel like a feather. $400 at Right Start

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A.W.

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Check out onestepahead.com. I know that they sell a double stroller that looks perfect for a toddler and baby. Good luck!

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L.G.

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I loved, loved, loved the Graco Duo Rider, side-by-side stroller. Both seats recline, and since it's a side-by-side, there's no fighting about who gets to sit up front. Fits through virtually every door -- hardware, grocery, ice cream stores, restaurants, etc.
It has huge baskets under each seat for lots of storage. I used to take it to the grocery store with my boys and fit a ton of groceries in the storage baskets. We used a Graco Duo Rider for 2.5 years, took it everywhere, and when it was no longer usable, bought another one.
My kids loved it too. They napped in it, sat up in it. Nice big shady top to keep sun out.
It's also cheap -- don't know the current price if they're still making this stroller -- but I paid only $125 in 2000 -- a fraction of the cost of the McLaren, which many moms hate.
The Graco Duo Rider was also very easy to fold up and unfold.

We also like -- and still have although they're 7.5 -- the Baby Jogger double jogging stroller. It's wonderful too.

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A.G.

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We have an older Graco double stroller, and I love it. My neighbor also has a Graco, as well as a few other friends. My neighbor's (not sure what the name is, just know the brand is Graco) has the stadium seating where the back seat sits a little higher than the front, has straps like a roller coaster or baby seat rather than just the lap belt (which mine doesn't have but i wish it did!) and it has the removable umbrella for the front seat. I really like Graco, but I know Evenflo also has some good ones. We all got our strollers from Babies R Us

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A.A.

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Just wanted to say I have the Jeep Double umbrella stroller and HATE it. It is lightweight, but flimsy. Can hardly go over a bump, doesn't recline, and the sun visors stink. Its really hard to open and close. I wish I had a good one to recommend, but I just wanted to say don't waste your money on the one I bought.

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J.C.

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I have the double bob revolution stroller..it's great for the zoo, running, walking, anything outside. It is so easy and light to push. For airplanes and malls I like the maclaren techno double stroller.

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N.O.

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I love my BOB dougle jogger. It's pricey but worth the cost. Several stores and websites have free shipping and assembly on BOB strollers. I got mine at REI. Also, you can now order an infant carrier attachment, which was not available when my youngest(2y) was an infant. It's very sturdy and moves well on sidewalks, paths, and other terrain. It fits through all standard doors (just keep all hands on board!). I was much happier with my jogger than our JOOVY sit-and stand ~ just in case you are considering one of those.

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