There is no best double stroller in the world, one that fits all needs – there’s only the stroller that fits your needs best. Therefore, before choosing a specific model, there are some important questions you should keep in mind.
Will I be carrying twins?
And if so, is a double stroller really necessary?
Well, for some people it is a necessity, while others will prefer two distinct strollers that can be also used when the babies are older.
Double strollers tend to be heavier, with more moving parts. Parents can choose from two options: side by side and tandem strollers. The first option is the most popular, especially for twins, because the design offers better visibility for both babies, provides more stability and also storage room. However, they take up some significant space and this is why some people prefer tandem strollers.
They are narrow, easy to maneuver and some types provide the option to be converted into single strollers. However, keep in mind that most in-line models don’t offer equal options for both babies – which is why they are better suited for carrying children of different ages, rather than twins (who usually want the same things at the same time).
There are many other things to consider when you want to buy a double stroller and are concerned about making the right choice.
What is the age, height and weight of your babies?
How old, tall and heavy your children is definitely determines what to buy. Not all double strollers are suitable for newborns, and not all support heavier weights; therefore, always ask for information about minimum age recommendations and make sure the weight limit is large enough for both of your children – and also consider the entire time they will be using the stroller. Children grow (and get heavier) pretty fast!
How safe is it to carry your babies on the double stroller?
Double strollers – if they quality products, of course- are as safe as single strollers. Test a stroller before buying it, maneuver and store it properly, keep it clean, lubricate the wheels, perform regular check-ups, take all the safety measures when walking your babies and everything will be alright. If you want to buy a side by side double stroller, chose a model with a single footrest, to prevent the children’s feet getting trapped between separate footrests.
What is the Nature of the seats?
It is important how comfortable the seats are, so as a general rule, they must feel good to the touch, covered in quality, skin-friendly fabric. Your kids are different and have different needs, even if they are twins, thus it is also important that the seats are adjustable, providing good head and neck support. Also, it would be great to choose a model that has independently adjustable seats, so that you don’t disturb the other child when one of them wants or needs to change positions.
Some seats are able to recline,which is great, because they allow infants and toddlers alike to enjoy a nap or a relaxing walk. In some cases, there are zippered pockets on the back of the seats, which are great for additional storage.
Parents that want to be able to easily get two babies out of the car can choose double car seat frames. With them, there is only a very little shake as parents move the carrier from stroller to car and absolutely no other concern about waking the babies, taking them out of the car and placing them into another vehicle.
How does the stroller move?
A double stroller is obviously heavier than a regular one; you typically need both hands to maneuver it, so it must move, turn and shift around as easily as possible. It must be well-calibrated so that it can roll in a straight direction, without making the correction process difficult.
A double stroller must have strong wheels; some types are even designed to be suitable for all-terrain. Typically, parents agree that air filled wheels are better than other types. Last but not least, another thing to consider when testing a double stroller’s performance is a good suspension system able to smooth out the ride and protect your babies’ sleep.