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Double stroller or two strollers?

I am debating whether or not to invest in a double stroller. DD is 18 months old now (26 months when LO arrives) and I'm concerned that she'll be the one who wants to be up and out, walking around, if we're out together and that'd have me pushing a larger stroller with only one baby in it while managing a toddler. Are there any moms of more than one who have experience with this decision? I use the BOB stroller for jogging and walks with DD, and I am open to running with two, but I want to make sure it'll be worth it over the time I'd need it. How old are your kids who will still ride in the stroller? Should we just get another stroller for when DH and I are out together? Or a wagon for our walks? Someone give me some advice for what worked best for you! Please?
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Re: Double stroller or two strollers?

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    deanna1313deanna1313 member
    edited March 2015
    I have no answer for you, but have the same questions since my 9 mth old will be 16 mths when this little one is born. I've pretty much decided on a double stroller since there will be times when my 16 mth old will not be allowed out walking around I'm sure. Curious about everyone's thoughts.
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    I've heard great things about the sit and stand strollers, but your kids will both be pretty small for the sanding part. DD will be 2 in May so I am planning on trying that out in the store as October gets closer.
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    We have two BOBs (single and double) Our oldest is 3 and he still uses it but much less than when he was 2. I'm so happy we have 3 because although our oldest is in and out of it on long walks, it allows us to be out for long periods of time because he can ride in it when he's over walking.
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    I have the same question since I like to take walks, and I don't think DS will be able to walk two miles at age 2, or that I'd be able to sustain wearing one while pushing the other in a stroller for long.

    But I've been advised against buying the brand that fits my infant car seat . . .

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    DD was 25 months when DS was born. I've been fine without a double stroller... either hubby pushes a second stroller, I use a baby carrier for DS, or DD walks. We also have a wagon but don't use it often. I plan on a double stroller now though since I will have 3 little ones. :) for just two though I never really needed one.
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    @ClaireBear90, have you taken long walks with one in the stroller and one in a carrier? Or done a mall or zoo trip?

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    I am a first time mom but have two siblings a lot younger than me I've had to take in strollers to the mall, park, museums and everywhere. It's a lot easier to have one they can both sit in. Even if one of them is wanting to get in and out. We preferred the front and back sitting stroller which was a lot easier to fit into most hallways, cars, up stairs etc. The two stroller thing is torture when you are on your own. And I'd also prefer them both sit verses having to carry (or corral) one and push the other. If you always have someone with you it may not be too bad.
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    @MamaOwl15 . . . depends on your definition of a long walk. ;) I don't think I've ever done more than a mile with a carrier/stroller. Zoos are a rare thing for us (none in our area) and I've never gone alone with both kids. We use both strollers and maybe the carrier for day trips like a zoo or public garden.

    I don't do the mall (not really my favorite place to go, especially with little ones haha) but I take them to the grocery store and the farmer's market every week. DS rides in the carrier, DD walks or rides in the cart or stroller. I honestly really prefer the carrier for a baby because it keeps baby so calm and content (usually, of course there are those days) and keeps my hands free. The extra snuggles are nice too! :)
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    DS was 25 months when DD was born.  We got a double stroller that I did use a bit, but didn't love.  It was a Graco one that had one in front and one in back.  I saw the ready 2 grow one right after DD was born and wish I had gotten it, but I never tried it so I can't speak to if it would have worked better.  Mine was hard to steer and big to put in the trunk of a car.  Until DD was about 1 I preferred to have her in the Ergo carrier and DS in an umbrella stroller.  We got a second umbrella stroller for when I was out shopping with DH and we would each push one.  We also have a BOB that we used around the neighborhood that I love, but as you know they are a bit large to fold and bring somewhere. 

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    I'm not so sure in your case. My son will be exactly 2 when bb gets here. My single stroller is fairly new and i already have a carrier. So I might try pushing 1 and carrying the other and see how convenient that is.
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    My two are 20 months apart so a little closer than yours will be. We definitely need a double. My oldest is 3.5 and still hops in and out pretty regularly. When weather permits we do a lot of walking and it's just easier with a double.
    We have the city select double which is great bc it accommodates a car seat and you can use it as a single too.
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    @MamaOwl15 . . . depends on your definition of a long walk. ;) I don't think I've ever done more than a mile with a carrier/stroller. Zoos are a rare thing for us (none in our area) and I've never gone alone with both kids. We use both strollers and maybe the carrier for day trips like a zoo or public garden.


    I don't do the mall (not really my favorite place to go, especially with little ones haha) but I take them to the grocery store and the farmer's market every week. DS rides in the carrier, DD walks or rides in the cart or stroller. I honestly really prefer the carrier for a baby because it keeps baby so calm and content (usually, of course there are those days) and keeps my hands free. The extra snuggles are nice too! :)
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    Totally depends on how much you use a stroller now. We aren't stroller people so I'm not getting a double, at least not at first. My toddler is either worn, walks, or rides in shopping carts. I've never taken a stroller into the mall or target type places. Works for us.

    My LO will be 28mo when baby is born and I think between the baby being worn in a wrap and my toddler wanting to walk that we will be fine. We have a BOB but don't run with it that much so for walks I can wear the babe. I walked a 10k with a 9mo on my back. Great exercise!
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    DD will be 26 months when LO is born, so we're planning on buying a double stroller. I've been looking at used BOB strollers on Ebay.
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    My 2nd and 3rd will be almost exactly 2 years apart (I'm due 2 weeks after her bday). We are planning on getting a double as we do a lot of walking. We are looking at the baby jogger city select. I like how it can be a double stroller or a single (for when dd#2 no longer needs/wants to ride). It has a ton of seat configurations and can take a car seat. Only problem I see is the price tag! Ouch! But we have so much stuff from our first two that we really don't have too much to buy this time, which is how we justify it ;-)

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    I love my double stroller it is a babytrend sit and stand with the dual canopies (They sell a version with one but I have seriously pale babies). My son just turned four and still sits in it sometimes when we hit long stretches at the zoo or if he gets tired on a walk. It has several ways to sit the kids. Such as you can have the baby in the infant carrier up by the handle and the bigger child forward facing in the front. You can put the carrier in front with bigger child in back or when LO gets bigger you can use the harnesses and have them both forward facing.  The canopies can be removed. We currently have ours in sit and stand mode with the 4 year old in back facing you and the 14 month old in front. Baby girl likes to get out and walk sometimes its really not that big of deal to just take her out and let her toddle. When the new one gets here I will probably wear the tiny baby on outings for about the first 6 months and that would put DS close to 5 and not really needing to ride in the stroller. Be careful if you get a wagon and check out the weight of the actual wagon, bc some of them are crazy heavy without kids let alone with kids in it. We were given ours as a gift and I would rather take the stroller any day, the wagon makes my arms crazy tired if we go farther than a mile or two.
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    We have a double bob and it is one of the best investments we made. Even if my oldest wants to walk a little, we can put extra stuff in her seat. We take it to the beach and have her walk and load it down with beach stuff. Bob went to Disney and was a life saver. My oldest can't go on long walks/jogs with me, so I wouldn't have been able to go for long walks with a single. My oldest never rides in a stroller other than that though, but she is also 4.5
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    We have a nice Graco jogger that fits our infant seat right now but will be getting a double BOB. #2 will be about 6 months when we want to start going on long walks so I will want the double for that. Until then we will be fine with the single and wearing one of them. They will be 20 months apart. We also want #3 about the same spacing if not sooner so we will want to have the double for that, and perhaps use both for long family walks.
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    I love my double stroller it is a babytrend sit and stand with the dual canopies (They sell a version with one but I have seriously pale babies). My son just turned four and still sits in it sometimes when we hit long stretches at the zoo or if he gets tired on a walk. It has several ways to sit the kids. Such as you can have the baby in the infant carrier up by the handle and the bigger child forward facing in the front. You can put the carrier in front with bigger child in back or when LO gets bigger you can use the harnesses and have them both forward facing.  The canopies can be removed. We currently have ours in sit and stand mode with the 4 year old in back facing you and the 14 month old in front. Baby girl likes to get out and walk sometimes its really not that big of deal to just take her out and let her toddle. When the new one gets here I will probably wear the tiny baby on outings for about the first 6 months and that would put DS close to 5 and not really needing to ride in the stroller. Be careful if you get a wagon and check out the weight of the actual wagon, bc some of them are crazy heavy without kids let alone with kids in it. We were given ours as a gift and I would rather take the stroller any day, the wagon makes my arms crazy tired if we go farther than a mile or two.


    On another thread someone said Babytrend double strollers are heavy and hard to steer. Do you not find that to be the case? Does yours fold up to fit in the trunk of a car? I currently have a Babytrend jogger, which I like, and primarily use for 2-3 mile walks around my neighborhood (pretty much my one way to exercise). I'm thinking in the short run I might be able to wear the newborn in the Ergo while pushing DS (will be 2.5), but once baby gets heavier, I don't know how long I could walk wearing one and pushing 31+ lbs at the same time.

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    @MamaOwl15    I have a baby trend jogger as well that I bought with our first baby it's the 
    https://www.babytrend.com/retired_travel_systems/TJ93412.html and the baby trend double that I have is 

    The baby trend website says the sit and stand is about 32.5 lbs and it looks like most of the single joggers are 25-30lbs. I couldn't find the weight for my exact one bc it came in the travel set and I think they combined the stroller and carseat weight. Yes it is a little heavier than my jogger but with all the kid junk I tote around whats an extra 5 lbs:) I don't know for sure that it would fit in a trunk bc I have a crossover but if your jogger fits I bet this one will too. At least in my case my jogger is not that much bigger than my double when they are both folded up. If I get a chance I can try to take a picture of them later so you can see what I mean. I don't think it's hard to steer either. I had two three year olds squish in on the sit and stand seat with the 1 yr old in the front and still pushed it around the zoo just fine. Granted it may not be be as easy to steer as like a $300 chicco stroller but the chicco doubles I have seen are only with the two seats forward facing. I feel like that might get tight on space for a toddler to sit in the back.  Graco has one similar to the baby trend and it is the "Graco Ready2Grow" Stroller which has numerous options on how to seat two little ones. It's pretty versatile and you can get it for almost the same price as the baby trend if you watch amazon prices. For me though I personally still don't like it as much as the baby trend design so I will stick with that until it wears out. I think the double stroller was my biggest purchase for the second baby.
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