Double Stroller Recommendations - Crystal Lake,IL

Updated on June 11, 2010
M.L. asks from Crystal Lake, IL
6 answers

Ugh! I am so frustrated in trying to pick the 'right' double stroller. Here's my dilemma....

I have a 3 y.o dd who is tall (40-41 in) and weights 37 lbs. I have a new baby on the way. My dd does not care to sit in the stroller much, but she's a runner and doesn't stay by me all that well right now. I will need her to sit in the stroller when I am by myself with the new baby or when I need to have her strapped in so I can get some errand done.

I was so hoping the City Mini Double was going to work for us. I went and checked it out today and I was slightly disappointed. First of all, her head almost hits the top of the sunshade b/c of her height. It's also very narrow. She seemed a tad uncomfortable. Also, even when the seat is completely sitting upright, it is still reclined a bit. She wasn't a fan of that b/c she sat farther back in at a reclined angle. Also, doesn't hole my infant seat (Chicco). So....I'm a bit bummed about that.

Then I looked at the Joovy Ultralight. Loved the concept, but not sure about it. First of all, my 3 y.o would not really have a seat to sit in. Just a little bench that I can lock her into. Horrible basket - small and hard to get too. Also, the only way the car seat fits in the front is if the seat is reclined, leaving hardly any room for older dd to sit comfortable on the bench. Another negative - she would never be able to sleep in it if needed (like on vacation...the only time she would sleep in the stroller). Oh, and I didn't think the front seat looked all that comfy for an infant just learning to sit up. It was kind of hard. Not sure how that's going to work. Plus, it only reclines a little - not ideal for a good nap. I'm totally confused and not sure what to do. I wanted something lightweight, comfortable for both toddler and baby, less than $400, larger storage basket, larger sunshade, and a parent organizer.

I saw the new Chicco front/back double. Any reviews on that? It didn't seem too heavy, but I felt the sunshade was too small and that's very important to me.

I know the BOB strollers are popular, but they are so darn expensive. They're heavy. They're huge. And I don't want to spend the $ if my kid is never going to sit in it!

Any other recommendations?! TIA!

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answers from Denver on

Phil and Ted.
Craig's list is great place to find strollers.



answers from New York on

i have the valco, and i absolutely love it. i have 3 kids, they live in it, it is my freedom. they can even sleep on their belly in it. i can sit on the foot of it. it goes on grass, gravel, even sand a little. huge sunshades, individual. check to see if they have an adaptor for your infant seat. they do for many of them, and the baby faces you, very nice. it is big, and it is very heavy and awkward if you have to lift it, which i dont, i just lean it on the bumper of my minivan and flip it in and out. it doesnt look like it fits through a doorway, but it does, a standard doorway anyway. it turns on a dime, you can steer with one hand. sturdy as anything, can fold unfold with one hand once you get the hang of it. its also a small fortune, maybe you can get a used one? good luck.



answers from Portland on

I love my Bob! Have you tried craigs list for one? We got our there for way less than retail with some accessories.



answers from Fresno on

I would definitely recommend the Sit and Stand. I got it when I had a 2 year old and a newborn (both are very large in size). It worked great for the infant carrier and now is perfect for my 1 year old to sit in the front. My now 3 year old still loves to ride in it and she can get in and out on her own so I don't have to pick her up (38 pounds). I have the $400 City mini stroller and although it rides really smooth we use the Sit and Stand all the time for the zoo, vacations etc... Very durable and tons of room for storage underneath. It is also only about $150 or so.


answers from Savannah on

We bought our double stroller at Target ....I'd look around for cheaper strollers. Mine was only $250, brand new. Its nice and works well and fits the infant carrier I already had. You can find double strollers that are more adaptable to car seats you may already have. Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

My older daughter was 3 when my 2nd was born, and we bought a Graco Duo Glider. I liked it - big basket, nice sunshades, tall handles, smooth ride. But, to be honest, we didn't get a lot of use out of it beyond the first year. Once she was 4, she got too big & heavy to steer it well. My girls are now 5 & 2, we don't use it at all any more, and I would like to sell it! So, let me know if you're interested in a used one! I wouldn't invest a lot of money for the amount of time you'll have both kids in it!

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