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Old 03-26-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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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.

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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 :

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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).

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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).

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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! )
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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?
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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I had a City Series Double that I absolutely loved. I took it on the metro without any problems. We used it from birth (nothing extra needed) and it's great for taking "off roading."

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