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post #21 of 41
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Lola that totally helps. It's just good know that I only need one carrycot. Wow, ladies you guys love the MBUD, that makes me feel good. I have to admit, the idea of having them in a carrycot -- it's adorable.

All of you have really helped me googling insanity. Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by L.A.Mamma View Post
Help!!! I'm so tired of researching strollers.

This is what I want: one stroller that I can use from infant to toddler for my twin girls. I can use this stroller when shopping or hiking (obviously I can't hike with infants). The stroller can be easily carried and put away in the car or wheeled into the subway.
I understand your list of wants perfectly, but I don't think you are going to find all of them in one stroller.

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Originally Posted by Gena 22 View Post
So, sadly, I think it may be hard for you to have one stroller you like for jogging type uses and can still put in and out of the car. It'd be hard on the stroller and on you.
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I have a Teutonia Team Alu 4 (similar to MBUD) for most of my use, and a second-hand Maclaren Twin Traveller for shopping. The Maclaren is much smaller, and it's still too big if you try to get into any store that isn't a mammoth-aisled Walmart/Target/Home Depot, etc. When we go to the mall, I hate going alone with the twins. It works much better when my husband accompanies and can park outside the store entrance with the babies. This, obviously, makes the shopping less enjoyable and more complicated if I want his opinion. Something else to remember is that in addition to the bulk of the stroller, you will soon have little hands reaching beyond that perimeter and swiping at merchandise. I think you are going to find the MBUD or the Bob very unwieldy for shopping.

Do you really need a smaller in/out of car shopping stroller that much? We have not used our Maclaren as much as I thought we might, because for shopping errands we usually use carts. Even when babes were little, it was often carts b/c I could wear one and put one infant seat on the cart, or lay babe inside on a blanket and put shopping around him or pull along a second cart.

I vote against the Snap-n-Go simply because we really tried hard to not have the boys in car seats more than necessary for driving. Not sure about USA publicity, but there is much more awareness and government recommendations about this in the last year or two. The position of an infant carseat is optimal for crash protection - not for airways for regular breathing. It's long been recommended that infants under 3 months should be in strollers that have a full recline.

Just to add more agony to the mix, have you considered a Chariot trailer system?
  • If folds up very easily and the rear wheels clip off instantly, so it would be easy in/out of car for shopping. Not tiny, but not really bigger than the two strollers you are leaning toward.
  • You could get the stroller wheel kit for shopping and the jogging wheel kit for rough terrain.
  • For infants, they sell an infant sling that goes over top of the permanent seats. There is room to install two slings side-by-side (we did).
  • Since it's designed for sporty use, the trailer is well-enclosed. This is great for weather. It would also prevent grabby hands from swiping at merchandise when you are shopping.

The build quality of Chariots is excellent.
post #23 of 41
Another MBUD fan. I did have a Double Snap & Go & used that when I was alone with the babes, otherwise we just carried/wore them. Sadly, I was alone a lot. It's easy if they're asleep in the car or something and you don't want to take them out of the car seat and into a sling or a stroller and wake them.

If you live in LA, you can probably find the carrycots on Craigslist. They're on SF's craigslist all the time. Or at a local MOTC garage sale type thing.
post #24 of 41
As far as I know, Mountain Buggy makes a "single" carrycot and a "double" carrycot. Both are the same size, but one is able to fit onto a single stroller (only) while the other one can go on a double stroller. Two of the "double" carrycots can fit onto a double stroller, as well. Basically, they all look the same (like single cots) but they are named for the size stroller that accomodates them. Or alternatively....there's a "twin" carrycot, that fits a double stroller and can hold two babies. It is wider and accommodates.....twins! You only would need one of those on a double stroller.

If your babies are small enough, very young, or else don't mind nesting & squishing each other, it's possible two infants could fit in the "double" carrycot (the single sized carrycot that fits the double stroller.) Or you could get one and assume that you could carry the other baby if needed.

Just thought I'd offer that as clarification. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

I didn't really use a stroller during the window of time that the carrycot might have been a good option.

Also, I found that relying on a carrier or carriers during the earliest months really was unwieldy for me. I did this all the time with my first child and I assumed I'd do the same with the twins....wearing one and having the other in the carseat (in a shopping cart, for instance) or else in a stroller.....but the logistics never worked out. Not even at home. No sooner would I get one into a sling or carrier, but the other would wake up or else start fussing and want to nurse.

I found the logistics of two babies, and needing to nurse so frequently, really made using a wrap/sling/carrier perplexing to me. Now I will wear a baby on my back if he is fussing or whatever while I'm fixing dinner. And I can more easily anticipate their needs (ha! well, more easily, yes...) and wearing them when out is becoming more tenable.

Really, I've only been to the grocery store a handful of times in months.

And I do keep the MBUD in the back of our van, routinely. It's there if I need it when we're out, and I also can pull it out if we need it for a walk at home. I recently learned how to fasten it closed, so that's even more of an improvement.

We are planning to travel with it next month.

I found this issue (stroller) was an area of big change for us. With my daughter, I had an umbrella stroller. A nice-ish one, but very simple. We started using it after she could walk. Things were a lot different with the twins, and I ended up investing in the stroller that we could use from infancy that would (should) stand up to years of use and would be EASY to use. So I made the kind of purchase I'd seriously have rolled my eyes at, before. (I also bought "baby gear" this time, when I hadn't found a "need" for a baby swing before....)
post #25 of 41
Oh the buying of strollers...I have 4 strollers. 1 duoglider, 2 single Maclarens and a SBS Maclaren. I all of my Maclarens. The singles are nice when dh and I are walking together, and the SBS is good in public places (like the zoo) and when we are walking a dog. The duoglider is a joke. It worked okay when the girls were infants but they hated sitting in it so we had to buy a new one before they were even a year old b/c they hated it so much. They love the Maclarens. They are a bit more expensive then other strollers but worth it, IMO.
post #26 of 41
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who faced this issue of stroller mania. I think for now I gotta hold off on buying a stroller. If I know we'll be in DC most of the time and I won't be in the car and basically just getting on the elvator and hopping on the metro, it'll make a difference on what kind of stroller I get. I really hope the MBUD fits through the metro doors, could you imagine the horror!!!
post #27 of 41
my boys are two months, have been home one month, and i've already gotten so much use out of the double snap+go - just for doctor's appointments and stuff. if i can park close by then i'll just carry their car seats (not so fun, i'm 5'2 and the seats are HEAVY), but if i have to go any sort of distance with them and i'm alone, the snap+go is really great to have. i call it the baby train IMO for the price, it's worth having.

we just bought a valco trimode twin and set it up last night - can't wait to use it, but it is definitely not lightweight. my main thing with the main stroller was to have inflatable wheels for a nice smooth ride...
post #28 of 41
I think I mentioned it before, but I have taken the MBUD on the Metro in DC. It's about the same size as a wheelchair. Goes through the doors just fine. But you are better off at stops with elevators working, and it can be tough at rush hour!

Makes me realize how challenging getting around is for handicapped folks.
post #29 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thanks Gena, I do remember that! Ooops, my memory clearly isn't that good=)
post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by Gena 22 View Post
Makes me realize how challenging getting around is for handicapped folks.
This is why I like the idea of universal design so much. You never know when you're going to need accessible features in a structure in the course of your life. For me? So far twins has required a lot of accessible features that had my children been born one at a time, I wouldn't have needed. We're out of that phase now (double stroller) but anything can happen to anyone at anytime and it sure would be nice to know that you could continue on with many of your usual activities/habits and not have to worry about where you'll fit, eh?

I spent my grades 6-12 years in the Fairfax County suburbs so I definitely wasn't on the Metro a lot, but enough to agree that it would be a nice system for using a stroller compared to what we have in Chicago...
post #31 of 41
I would, however, never use the Mt. Buggy w/o a carrycot.
Firstly the backs don't recline to flat, nearly, but not flat. And that's not good enough imo., and our physiotherapist would never say that was ok. They need to be flat as infants and small babies. That's also why we never used a "Snap & Go" stroller, car seats in cars and never outside. Their backs needs to rest and be flat when they have been in a car seat to go somewhere.
Secondly, w/o the carrycot they don't face the parent. And I'd never in my life put a infant or baby at all in a stroller who didn't face me.
We've used the Mt. Buggy from they where around the age of 2, and then it's great.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Novella View Post

I have a Teutonia Team Alu 4 (similar to MBUD) for most of my use,
droool - i liked this one a lot, but couldn't find second hand
bonus over the MBUD is the parent facing facility, and it seemed to handle really well in shop. i think it's wider though??

MBUD really fits through places you'd never imagine :
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by AmyC View Post
As far as I know, Mountain Buggy makes a "single" carrycot and a "double" carrycot. Both are the same size, but one is able to fit onto a single stroller (only) while the other one can go on a double stroller. Two of the "double" carrycots can fit onto a double stroller, as well. Basically, they all look the same (like single cots) but they are named for the size stroller that accomodates them. Or alternatively....there's a "twin" carrycot, that fits a double stroller and can hold two babies. It is wider and accommodates.....twins! You only would need one of those on a double stroller.

If your babies are small enough, very young, or else don't mind nesting & squishing each other, it's possible two infants could fit in the "double" carrycot (the single sized carrycot that fits the double stroller.) Or you could get one and assume that you could carry the other baby if needed.

Just thought I'd offer that as clarification. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Mountain Buggy actually does sell a double-wide single carrycot to use for twins. Here's a picture: Mountain Buggy with Twin Carrycot

They ALSO sell a single-wide carrycot for the double stroller, I think for families with kids of different ages (who want to put the baby in a carrycot while their toddler sits in the regular seat). I don't think it would make sense to ever put two single-wide carrycots on the double stroller.

We love our MBUD too, but didn't get it until our twins were 2.5. They HATED strollers until they were about 5 months old, though we never had a flat seated stroller to try them out in (all we had was the twin maclaren, which was "suitable from birth" but didn't lie completely flat; and the babies would only last about 5 minutes in it).

HTH!

Lex
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by lexbeach View Post
Mountain Buggy actually does sell a double-wide single carrycot to use for twins. Here's a picture: Mountain Buggy with Twin Carrycot

They ALSO sell a single-wide carrycot for the double stroller, I think for families with kids of different ages (who want to put the baby in a carrycot while their toddler sits in the regular seat). I don't think it would make sense to ever put two single-wide carrycots on the double stroller.

We love our MBUD too, but didn't get it until our twins were 2.5. They HATED strollers until they were about 5 months old, though we never had a flat seated stroller to try them out in (all we had was the twin maclaren, which was "suitable from birth" but didn't lie completely flat; and the babies would only last about 5 minutes in it).

HTH!

Lex
Yes, that's the pic of the twin carrycot I mentioned! It fits (and fills) the double stroller. I assume you might be able to use it with a triple MB stroller, too, but perhaps it will fit only on the double.

And yes, it definitely makes more sense (moneywise and logistics) to buy the twin carrycot rather than two "double" carrycots (meaning, the single-sized cots that fit the double stroller.) I just was trying to clarify the language, so someone didn't buy the "double" carrycot thinking it was going to be twice as large as a "single" carrycot. They are the same thing, in terms of size, with differing attachment hardware to fit different strollers.

If you want a wide carrycot suitable for two infants, get the twin carrycot for the MBUD.

If you think you'll often be wearing at least one baby, maybe the double carrycot (which would take the place of one seat on the MBUD) would suffice, and cost a little less than the twin carrycot. But don't shop for a double carrycot thinking it'll be twice as big as a single. (I assumed that for awhile, and was amazed that you could get a "double" priced the same as a "single." Then I noticed the distinction, and that there was a "twin" carrycot, and that it wasn't the same price! surprise, surprise! )
post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by pixiekisses View Post
I would, however, never use the Mt. Buggy w/o a carrycot.
Firstly the backs don't recline to flat, nearly, but not flat. And that's not good enough imo., and our physiotherapist would never say that was ok. They need to be flat as infants and small babies. That's also why we never used a "Snap & Go" stroller, car seats in cars and never outside. Their backs needs to rest and be flat when they have been in a car seat to go somewhere.
Secondly, w/o the carrycot they don't face the parent. And I'd never in my life put a infant or baby at all in a stroller who didn't face me.
We've used the Mt. Buggy from they where around the age of 2, and then it's great.

Really? I guess I always assumed the reason for a full recline had to do with the head and neck, with head stability, while in motion in a stroller. There being a potential of stress & injury while being in motion, I guess. I hadn't heard it was related to needing to be flat because they'd been in a carseat. What about other times (at home, in arms, etc.)?

And how long does this need to be flat as infants/young babies last? It sounds like you are making a distinction beyond "newborns," and I am wondering how long it's important, for safety, to keep them reclined.

For instance, what about after babies actually are sitting up on their own? That's a lot earlier than 2 years.

I am seriously asking, not trying to argue or anything. Does anyone have any info or feedback?
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by AmyC View Post
Really? I guess I always assumed the reason for a full recline had to do with the head and neck, with head stability, while in motion in a stroller. There being a potential of stress & injury while being in motion, I guess. I hadn't heard it was related to needing to be flat because they'd been in a carseat. What about other times (at home, in arms, etc.)?

And how long does this need to be flat as infants/young babies last? It sounds like you are making a distinction beyond "newborns," and I am wondering how long it's important, for safety, to keep them reclined.

For instance, what about after babies actually are sitting up on their own? That's a lot earlier than 2 years.

I am seriously asking, not trying to argue or anything. Does anyone have any info or feedback?
Actually, I'm gonna send theese questions over to our physiotherapist, and you can get the answers directly from her.
post #37 of 41
We used a Mtn Buggy Terrain Double from the start. You can set it (or the Urban Double) up with either 2 single carrycots or one double=twin carrycot. The only disadvantage of the double=twin carrycot is that you have to remove the central vertical support bars, which means that switching between carrycot & seats is a PITA. We had a double carrycot which worked well for us as the babies slept best when touching one another. We also used the carrycot as a portable bassinet when we went out to friends' places for dinner etc. As others have pointed out though, the carrycot is not a necessity as the seats recline to almost flat (170 degrees). Our MB went everywhere including hiking trails, & is still going strong with a friend's twins.
post #38 of 41
I bought a second-hand Graco Duoglider right before my boys were born. I used the stroller for my oldest son (1 1/2 at the time) and put one of the babies in the stroller with their car seat. I used a sling for the other one. It probably wasn't the easiest way to do it, but it worked for us. I wish I had been able to sling both babies, but I had a hard enough time with just one. I saw someone in a DC Metro station a few weeks ago with a Bob stroller. I loved the fact that it was the same size as a regular stroller. I didn't really like the bottom seat though. I think it would be hard to use with infants.
post #39 of 41
has anyone used the MBUD with 1 carry cot and 1 regular seat as a triple stroller? i was wondering if i could put the twins in the carrycot and my older ds in the seat, atleast when they are little.
post #40 of 41
I went through three strollers before I finally found our City Mini double stoller. I love it. It is not an actual "jogger," but it goes nicely over various terrains. Maneuvers easily with one hand. It fits through normal doorways and it folds up in one super easy step and fits in the very back of my suv (other double strollers didn't fit). Nice canopies with lots of coverage. I'm not sure how young the twins could be for this stroller, but the seats do recline fully. We didn't use strollers when the girls were really young -- we used our Ergo baby carriers everywhere we went, including walks and family hikes. Our twins are 2 1/2 now and they are very happy in the stroller on the occasions that we need one.
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