DD 1 will be almost 3 when DD2 is born in January.
At first we're just planning to carry DD2 and let DD1 ride in stroller for walks--
BUT: in summer: want to go on long walks/hikes, and right now we only have an okay but kind of annoying, uncomfortable-to-push, quasi-umbrella stroller that wouldn't work for rough terrain.
Just moved to neighborhood with EXTREMELY rough sidewalks--our current stroller needs a lot of coaxing and it's a pain.
Don't want to spend more than $400 max on new stroller. Want something above all that is maneuverable, not too heavy, and that can handle rough sidewalks and occasional hikes on gravel trails.
I'm trying to figure out if we should just buy a nice single stroller, like the City Mini, and rely on baby carrier through DD2's first year or so, or bite the bullet and get a double, assuming DD1 (a very slow walker) will still need to ride in it by the time she's 4.
I was all excited about the Joovy Caboose Ultralight, but then read it didn't do well on rough terrain.
I guess my questions are, when did your older child stop needing a stroller and be okay with mostly walking, even for longer distances?
Maybe we should get a single stroller we actually like for now and play it by ear about a double? Or get a better but cheap single (Chicco Echo?) plus a less expensive but well-rated double?
I'm also looking at the Joovy X2 side-by-side, but can't find much on how it is on rough terrain. Any experiences with that one?
TIA--I know this isn't a very focused question but I'm overwhelmed!