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I'm 23 weeks pregnant, and my son will be 2 1/2 when the baby is born. I was thinking about getting a double stroller, because my son really does get tired when we do a lot of walking and/or go to the stores. I'm definately going to get a mei tai for the baby. Should I still get the double stoller? I'm thinking I won't need one, because I'll be wearing the baby, and my toddler can get in the single stroller if he gets tired. But what if I'm in a store, and I need to try something on? What do I do with the baby? I can't put him on the floor.<br><br>
Has anyone gone through this, or am I just being ridiculous about this. It takes so much thought, but I just want to be prepared.<br><br>
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I dunno about the double stroller, but I always wear my son in a sling... so when I've wanted to try something on (once, in Target) I laid my sling down and put the boy on it - tried on my stuff and that was it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Honestly a stroller would have been easier... LOL... but I didn't think in advance. I rarely try on things in the first place <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'm another one that rarely tries things on but...after having a baby-you never know WHAT will fit you,lol<br>
I was wearing DD on my first trip to the mall-also with a 2yo<br>
and had a hard time both trying on clothes and chasing DDDs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I have both a single and a double and find it easiest to takethe single, put 2yo in it, if I need a break to try on things, etc (andhe needs to let off some energy, lol) I will switch em and let him stand or walk<br><br>
we haveused the double a total of 1 time and she is 6mo<br>
In the summer we walked to the library--but this was before I mastered my sling.<br><br>
doubles are also a bit more difficult to maneuver around those clearance racks!<br>
hope this helps,<br>
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I didn't get one at first when DS #2 was born, I didn't think I would need it. But then I finally got one when DS #2 was about 5 months old, and let me tell you - it was worth every penny at that point to have an hour of sane shopping! I have back problems (had back surgery about a year later), so I was limited in my ability to babywear for long periods of time.<br><br>
Some of the momma's at MDC seem to have bodies of steel, but I am not one of them! I definitely would have bought a double stroller earlier if I were again pregnant with DC less than 2 1/2 years apart.
 

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My girls are only 16m apart, and I found the double stroller to be indispensible. You might have less use for it since your children will be further apart in age.<br><br>
My kids were both little and took turns being worn, while the other one was in the stroller. Sometimes I'd keep them both in the stroller and have a little bit of personal space (which was in very short supply at the time!!) I generally found it easier to push the double stroller than to wear one baby and push the other in a single stroller. At the mall, the stroller is indispensable- if the kids want to walk or be carried, you can use the stroller for the purchases! Ever try to wear a baby AND carry shopping bags simultaneously? I don't recomend it!<br><br>
The double stroller can be quite convenient even with only one baby- more space to store stuff!!
 

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Thank you soooooo much! Your responses have been so helpful! I was truly undecided before reading all of your suggestions. I have came to the conclusion that I will be getting a stroller. I'd rather be safe than sorry. By the way, a woman that works with my husband has offered to give me hers since she's only used it a few times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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Glad you chose to get one. It's a good thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We didn't get one till our second was 6mo, and truthfully I didn't use it that often, mostly still wore the baby, but it was good to have when necessary. We're city folk, no car, and walk everywhere ... except when we use public transportation (buses, subways) ... and have found that that is the only drawback to the double stroller. When we're going out and planning to use a bus or subway, I will only take the single, because a double is just too much of a pain to close up and shlep in and out and up and down steps and all that stuff. If baby's already "tied on," then I just have the bigger one and a single umbrella stroller to deal with in the bus, etc.<br><br>
Just another thought.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I haven't used my double stroller as much as I thought (two kids 26 months apart... in some places it's easiest to wear the littler one and use an umbrella stroller for the toddler) but it definitely has been handy in various circumstances.<br><br>
If you leave the infant carseat in the car, then the fully reclined stroller seat that the infant uses also makes a handy "omg this bathroom is too nasty" changing table.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm glad you made your decision. I bought one when my 2nd child was born, but I bought one of the weird backwards seat ones. Okay, let me explain this. It has a regular stroller seat for the front. Behind that, it has a backwards seat that is just plastic. The handle is adjustable, so you can extend it out, thus creating a large gap between the back of the front seat and the handle. Therefore, the back child can *stand* on the back seat(remember it's just plastic, no covering) and look out over the top of the front seat. Or, when they get tired, they can sit down and be strapped in. I could not have lived without this stroller. First, when 2nd child was 14 months old, another baby came along. So I had a four yr old with foot problems, a 14 month old and a newborn. And dh deploys a lot. Yeah, I needed this stroller! It has held all three of my children on more than one occasion. Baby is sleeping and don't want to wake her to put her in the sling? The infant seat clips on to that large opening that usually is for ds' body...he can sit. So I'd have infant on the top of stroller, in infant carrier, dd(1) in the front seat and ds on the back seat. Or more recently, dd2 in the front, and ds and dd1 *both* stand on the seat and look out over the top. :LOL NEVER thought I'd get this much use out of a stroller that I found on the clearance rack!
 
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