Originally Posted by dsb76
I'm also trying to figure out if 2 chicco infant seats plus my britax convertible will fit along side each other in the back of my subaru. The seat is technically wide enough but I'm not sure about the installation process.
I tried to do three across the back of my Audi Allroad wagon (I think it's similar size-wise to Subaru). I had two Radians (narrowest seats I could find, about 17" wide) and then one Graco Snugride. (I have older twins plus new baby.) The seat was technically wide enough, but it barely fit. We couldn't use the base for the bucket seat--that made it too wide. Apparently I had less room than I thought I did because we needed to leave about 2" on each side for the side airbags. The car seat techs said I could try a really narrow convertible like the Combi Coccoro when the baby outgrew the infant bucket.
I don't know if that would have worked because we ended up getting a minivan instead. With three kids it was nice to have the room and I was thinking when they got older it would be good to have the space for carpooling/field trips.
Originally Posted by diana_of_the_dunes
After measuring the back of our car, it seems we'll have to go with a double. There's no way a triple tandem would fit, and we can't afford the fancier options where the toddler seat is up front above the other seats. So... Now I just have to figure out if a tandem or side-by-side would suit us better. It would be nice for the babies to be able to interact as they get older, but maneuverability is important too. I really can't spend more than $150, so again, some of the fancier options, like the strollers with seats that are reversible, aren't really an option unless I find one on craigslist.
I prefer side-by-side not because the kids sit next to each other and interact but because it was just easier to maneuver. Maybe my tandem wasn't very good. It was a bear to push and every time I had to make a turn it was like turning a 18-wheeler -- I had to swing out wide and then I'd oversteer and have to start all over. My side-by-side jogging stroller still fit in most aisles and doorways so for me it was fine. It was also much easier to do the "push stroller in front, pull grocery cart behind" thing with the jogging stroller.
I think your 2 y.o. might be able to walk more and not necessarily always need to be in a stroller. If not, a double jogger with a toddler board at the back might be a good option. I had a Mountain Buggy Urban Double and in a pinch I could actually seat a toddler across the foot rest bar in front (it's metal, wide and pretty sturdy). I see a lot of these come up on craigslist in my area. It was a popular double stroller a few years back I guess and now people are outgrowing them.