With Little Dude on the way, I've been obsessive with researching double strollers. The only conclusion I have made is that I'm more confused than when I started all of this nonsense. So I've got just one logical conclusion left: let the bloggers decide.
Here's why and when I'll use a double stroller:
- We are out and about nearly every single day. We just use our strollers a lot.
- The Sunbean loves riding in a stroller, and I prefer that over the snail-pace that I must assume to accommodate her tiny little legs.
- I'll probably wear Little Dude quite a bit, but I'll not be waking a sleeping baby from a carseat just to put him in a wrap.
- So, I'll need a double stroller that can accommodate a carseat and and 3-year-old.
- We use the stroller at the mall, the zoo, garage sales, on walks, at stores, and festivals/events during the summer.
- I'll be flying solo quite often, since MacGyver has one of those 9-5 job-things, so two umbrella strollers aren't really a great choice for us.
- We have a Maclaren single stroller than we love and will definitely hang on to, for when Little Dude is older and Sunbean isn't into the stroller scene anymore, or when I know I'll be wearing Little Dude.
Here are my top three choices and why I like and don't like them.
This is your basic sit-and-stand stroller. The reviews are way better on Joovy's version, which is why it is on my list. It holds a carseat, but the only seat for Sunbean would be by my knees. I can't see her loving that, since she still dearly loves her stroller. I don't think she'd be happy in this type of thing at the zoo or something. I kind of think a stroller with two actual seats would work better for us. Anyone have experience with a sit-and-stand?
This stroller has some pretty sweet seating options. The seats can be like this, both forward, or both backward. I know the Sunbean would get a kick out of seeing Little Dude, and it holds a carseat. The downside for me is that I think it would be like pushing a bus. The reviews are decent, but all say it is bulky and heavy, and kind of hard to fold. I think it would be great once it is all set up, but maybe not awesome for getting in and out, with two kids, in a Midwest winter.
Peg Perego Aria 60/40
How's that for a complicated name for a freaking stroller? This is probably my front-runner right now. It does hold a carseat, though it only claims to be compatible with Peg Perego's carseat. I'm sure just about any carseat would sit on there, though. The reviews are so-so, but it weighs less than 20 pounds, which is a big feature for me. The reviews say that it is easy to fold, and easy to heft in and out of a vehicle. My only worry is that it would be too tough in a store or in the mall. It claims to fit through a standard doorway, but I obviously don't really have a way to test that. Peg Perego does have an outlet here, so I plan to go test it out sometime (after we get this supposed 20" of snow this week).
So....what do you think? Am I crazy for wanting to contain (and push around) my three-year-old? We're just a few months away from Little Dude's debut, and she's not showing any signs of being the crazy kid running around everywhere (thank goodness!).
Please, oh please, make my decision for me. I'll take other suggestions, too. I'd like to keep this under $300 tops, preferably much less. I'm planning to use this puppy for the next 6-7 years, so I'm okay with spending a little more to get a quality product.