STROLLERS FOR TWINS
When expecting twins the joy of having a new baby is double, but some parents might find it a little bit overwhelming. We think that with some good organization and preparation the new arrival of two babies together won’t be as scary as it sounds at first. Of course, one of the items that you need to chose and have it ready for the arrival of the twins is the stroller. That is not an easy task either, having in mind that there are so many different brands and models of double strollers that are suitable for twins, so how do you pick the right one for you?
First off, we will be talking about newborn twins, as any double stroller could be suitable for the needs of your twin toddlers. Most parents of twins start with one stroller when the babies are just newborn and then decide to change it with a different type of double stroller and usually they go for a double umbrella stroller that is lightweight, easy to fold and doesn’t take up a lot of storage space. However, at the beginning you will need a double stroller for twins that is able to fit two carseats. The car seats are shaped as little baskets and that results to be quite comfortable for a newborn baby. In a car seat, the baby feels secure and is not jiggling around as it might do in a bigger seat that is not suitable for a newborn baby. Besides, you need to have in mind that it will not only be easier for you to mount the two carseats on the double stroller’s frame, but also to carry the babies around, to the doctor’s office or to the grocery store for instance.
There are quite a lot of models of double strollers for twins that have the ability to fit two carseats, but they also come with cot baskets or two additional seats to be used when the babies are grown up and can sit on their own. Usually, the manufacturers call this type of strollers travel systems and they are a really good choice if you do not want to change the frame or the entire stroller, but just swap the different seats as your twins grow.
The travel systems are a great choice for families with kids with an age gap as they can fit a car seat for a newborn and a seat for a toddler at the same time. The best thing about going for a double stroller for twins like that is that you will be sure that the car seats and the seats for toddlers would fit securely and perfectly to the frame and if you are happy and used to the way your travel system maneuvers, you do not have to start from scratch with a new double stroller.
We haven’t mentioned the perfect and secure fitting of the carseats to the frame for nothing. There are only frames available on the market that have the ability to fit different types of car seats (say, the neighbours have borrowed you their car seat, so you cut down on all the expenses you have when twins are arriving), but sometimes the fit is not perfect and you feel like the babies are jiggling around in the seats. So if you are looking for a frame that can fit different brand car seats, always check the models of the car seats that it can be fitted with. In the reviews we have prepared of double strollers that can fit two car seats, we have always included the models suitable. However, if you have your eye on a model that you haven’t found in the reviewed by us, then your best way to find this information is to visit the manufacturer’s website.
When talking about car seats and newborns, you need to consider as well the size of the canopies and the harness the car seat is fitted with. Of course, the bigger the canopy, the better as it not only protects the baby from the sun, but also from rain and wind...just any different environment than the safe one at your home. The harness might be 3 or 5 point one. Even if it is 3 point one it is enough to assure the security of the twins in their car seats, as the newborns do not move around a lot, but what is important is to be made of soft fabric or to be well padded in order not to hurt the soft skin of the newborns.
Apart from the carseats and the way they safely attach to the frame, what you have to consider is space and how the double stroller for twins fits through narrow doorways, public transport and so on. There are some side-by-side double strollers that are not as wide (this is usually the double umbrella strollers, but they result to be unsuitable for newborn twins) and if you want to be sure you will be able to go anywhere with your twins, you will be better off going for a travel system where the seats are placed one behind the other. This type of double strollers for twins also give you the ability to keep an eye on both of your babies, but at the same time they will not disturb one each other as they would do when placed in a side-by-side double stroller for twins.
Another thing that will turn into your priority number one with time is how easy the double stroller for twins collapses. Not only that you have to carry the two babies, attach and detach the car seats of your newborn twins to put them in the car for instance, but you also have to fold and fit the frame in the back of your car or to store it at home. When you add up all the baby gear that you have to carry in double the amount, it results to be quite hard job, especially when you do not have anyone to help you and just a simple way to make your life easier is to choose a double stroller for twins that is easy to fold and is as lightweight as possible.
Last, but not least, is the storage space. Having in mind that you have to carry all the baby gear and multiplied by two, then you will need a lot of storage space. Usually, the double strollers for twins do offer big storage bins, but also consider side pockets, parent organizers, trays and any additional space that the stroller comes with, as you will need it.
Things are a bit easier when we speak about double strollers for twin toddlers. If you got tired of the stroller you had when the twins were just newborn babies and you want new stroller, the choice is as big as you can imagine. If you are looking for a great all-terrain stroller that is easy to maneuver and comfortable for your babies, that has great storage space and it will even help you to stay active and burn off some calories, then you can have look at the double jogging strollers. On the other hand, if you are looking for a lightweight stroller that is easy to fold, doesn't take up on a lot of storage space and you can quickly pop out to the grocery store with your twins, then it is a good idea to find out more about the double umbrella strollers.
You have to consider ventilation and peek-a-boo windows, especially if you live somewhere where the weather is hot almost all the year.
The wheels and suspension is another big feature to have in mind when looking for the best double stroller to suit your needs. There are all-terrain double strollers fitted with big air filled tires and there are double strollers for twins fitted with smaller wheels that are more convenient for smooth surfaces. So it comes down to the type of area where you live, if you are planning to travel a lot with your twins or you just want a stroller that will help you take them in the nearby park and the doctor’s office.
Every parent tends to be picky about the stroller, as this is sort of an investment in the long run and in the case of having twins to be arriving soon, you would even be double the hesitant and picky. We understand that, and we hope that with this post we have helped you overcome the initial panic of the thought that two babies are arriving at once and helped you with the basics and main points when it comes to the choice of stroller.
There are quite a lot of things you need to look for in order to find the best double stroller for twins and in the reviews we have prepared for you, we have covered all the main features of the double strollers, so that you can easily make a comparison and make taking the decision on which stroller or travel system that is right for you easier.