Last Updated on September 9, 2021 by Creative Parenting
Looking for double strollers?
There are so many to pick from it’s hard to know where to start.
In 4 years of having two kids, we’ve gone through a wide range of strollers.
In this post, we share into our best tips!
These are insights gleaned from hours shopping for strollers, and even more hours hauling are kids around in various strollers of all sorts of kinds.
Let’s jump in!
How To Choose A Stroller
No two families are alike…
So choosing the right type of double stroller will depend on several factors:
- Who will be using the stroller
- The age and size of your kids
- How you get around town
- How often you use the stroller
- What activities you need it for
Now, this isn’t an exhaustive list.
In fact, when you’re thinking about your own priorities, yours will be much, much longer.
But this short list will help you get started.
When you’ve only got one kiddo to think about, picking a stroller is a LOT easier.
But with two?
You’ve gotta factor in:
- their comfort
- your comfort
- plus your ability to haul the thing around.
And if you’ve got kids of different ages?
That further adds to the complexity of your needs.
In a comfortable stroller, babies can ride cheerfully for a good stretch of time.
But if you’ve got older ones?
They can get fussy fast if they’re uncomfortable.
For example, toddlers will want to sit in all sorts of configurations depending on their moods…
Sometimes they’ll sit up.
Sometimes they’ll want to sit backwards.
And sometimes they’ll want to walk.
So when picking a double stroller, having a stroller that offers several different configurations will be a big plus.
You’ll be able to mix and match the setups depending on your mood (and theirs).
And, a stroller that balances both seats will make your life pushing them around much easier too…
A stroller that aligns both seats comfortably so that it’s not a pain to push around will be worth the money you invest in it.
For example, If you go for a standard stroller, it can be clunkier to push around.
So ask yourself:
- What are your stroller goals?
- Which type of stroller are you looking for?
- What terrain are you usually on?
- What’s your price range?
And that brings us to our next topic.
14 Questions To Consider
Let’s get more specific, shall we?
After all, when you’re searching for a stroller, you start to think about a lot of things in your life…
And what your routines, habits, and schedules look like, and what that means for your stroller needs.
- Are you going to be traveling a lot with the stroller?
- Do you want more weight capacity for your stroller, or is cargo space more important?
- Do you need a stroller that folds easily?
- Do you want a jogger-style stroller?
- Do you want to be able to open it with one hand?
- What types of features and safety concerns do you have?
- What safety features are common in popular strollers?
- Does weight matter much to you? Do you need something lightweight?
- What types of car seats fit in a stroller?
- How much space do you have in your car for a stroller?
- Do you need a U-turn handle?
- Will two seats be enough?
- What do you do when your babies are quite small, and you still want a nice-looking, compact stroller?
If you take some time to think about these questions, it’ll help you narrow and prioritize your search.
What To Look For
Before buying, there are several things to look for when shopping for a double stroller.
First, think about your stroller needs for your kids.
There are a few considerations to take into account, like if they are far apart in their ages, how you’ll need to get them around, and how often you’ll need to use it.
Different types of stroller will have different types of maneuverability.
Some will be easier if your kids are close in age (and similar sizes), and some will be better if you have kids a few years apart.
You should also consider the kind of stroller frame you have.
Each kind of frame is built differently.
We’ll discuss this in greater detail later on.
Some strollers fold to go in the car and stay folded there when not in use.
What To Avoid
There are a few mistakes to avoid when shopping for a double stroller and that’s what we talk about next.
When buying a new baby stroller, make sure that you buy a quality stroller.
Now, this might mean you have spend a bit more than you initially hoped.
But the investment in the short term will pay off in the long run.
That’s an important consideration we made when we finally settled on a double stroller (link below).
For example, some strollers fail to be good at navigating hills or navigating a puddle.
Most can’t fit more than one infant so you’re limited to a single infant and car seat.
And many fall short on features that will make your life easier – like reclining seats.
What to Look For
Look for features that are important to you such as:
The biggest question you’ll need to answer is – how comfortable will you be with pushing a stroller?
And, before you get your stroller, we recommend you take a few test runs.
How often do I need to check the wheels? It’ll depend on the type of wheel. Is it air-filled or foam? If the wheels are foam, you won’t have to worry about it much at all.
Do I need to check the wheels? If they’re filled with air, then yes. But if foam, other than glancing at it, you probably won’t have to worry about them. But don’t forget you’ll want to check other parts, like the brakes and safety belts!
Are there any little bits I should look out for? Look out for the side markers and side storage bins. Depending on the brand, you may have to buy some parts separately.
Is there any way to prevent my baby from falling out of the stroller? There are devices and mechanisms that can be added. If these are not included, there are others to consider.
What’s the best feature for my busy schedule? Think about your day-to-day schedule and how you’re actually going to use your stroller in most cases. Then, keep that in mind when looking at your top double stroller options.
Consider your current parenting style and needs before you choose a double stroller.
If you want your toddler to walk, a traditional double stroller may be the right choice for you.
If you want a stroller that doubles as an exercise machine, consider an umbrella stroller or a bike trailer.
For a larger family, a power stroller is better.
Disclaimer These are our recommendations! We make no medical claims. And we make no recommendations regarding your child’s condition, care, feeding, etc.