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My little one is 5 mos & my toddler is 20 mos..<br><br>
how I got this far without a double stroller I don't know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"><br><br>
I'm honestly tired of having the baby in the sling & the tot in the single stroller so... after weeks of wishing, DH has finally officially given me the ok to buy, yeah!!<br><br>
I am pretty sure I want this one based on good reviews with the only downside saying it is heavy:<br><br>
Graco LXI DuoGlider 7951MTR Metropolitan pattern<br><br>
I can't afford a $300+ double stroller & I like the colors on this one (simple black & grey) - ANYONE HAVE IT that can tell me if you are happy with your decision OR which one do you have that you love that works great for kids close in age? TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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we didnt have that exact one...we had an older model...but it was really great for big trips, like marine world and the zoo...<br><br>
can you go to a store and try one out? like put the kids in and walk around the store with it? see how it drives, how it feels, put some stuff in the basket and see how that works for you, fold it up and lift it...then maybe you can make a better informed decision on one that works for you...<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
peace...
 

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I don't have a double stroller (yet?), but just yesterday I was at BBB and asked a mom who had a Caboose stroller what she thought of it. She said she loved it and her toddler daughter loves it too, in fact her ds was the one that picked it out.
 

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I've struggled with this decision a lot - even before I got preggo with #2!<br><br>
I think I've decided on a Maclaren double. I have a single Maclaren right now and absolutely love it. I haven't found a single other stroller (single or double) that steers as nicely and that's very important to me, as is having a small size, both open and folded. I was considering a Phil & Ted E3 (even though it's pricey) but I think it will be important that my DD (who will be 3 at the time) be able to get in and out of whatever stroller by herself.<br><br>
I plan on using my single Maclaren Quest for the first 3 months of this new baby and slinging the new baby, then getting a double. I'm still keeping my single Maclaren for when the time comes that DD1 doesn't want to ride anymore.
 

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I have the duoglide in cental park and LOVE it. It has eating trays on both seats and one for the parent (which was hard to find), a big baket that you can get to even when th baby is in it laying down, and really nice high quality canopies. It even folds up smaller then my old single <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
p.s. Buy it online it was MUCH cheaper, mine was $180
 

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Our boys will be almost 16 months apart and we decided on the BOB Revolution duallie hybrid jogger. We have the single version, we love it and DS1 is used to it. I figure that we'll use the double for the active, outdoor stuff we do (which is most of our stroller use), and then, for trips to the mall and such, use the single for DS1 and the sling/Ergo for DS2 until he's too big and we have to use the monster stroller. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The idea of trying to navigate in Gymboree, babygap or Pottery Barn Kids with that thing scares me--regular strollers hardly fit as it is!<br><br>
ETA: I know this stroller is expensive, but it fits our lifestyle better than anything else out there, so we justified it that way. You can often find gently used ones on eBay or craigslist for lots less than list price.
 

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<a href="http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=6793&parentCategoryId=85184&categoryId=85219&subCategoryId=86216" target="_blank">Sit-N-Stand</a>
 

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i'mmykid$mom- do you have the sit and stand? Just wondering if you had it and liked it, or if you saw it online and thought it looked good. I'm in the market for a double too, and that one looks good. Just wondering how drives, etc. Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i'mmykid$mom- do you have the sit and stand? Just wondering if you had it and liked it, or if you saw it online and thought it looked good. I'm in the market for a double too, and that one looks good. Just wondering how drives, etc. Thanks!</div>
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I just saw the sit and stand at Target last week. They had one on display that you could take down and push around. To me it seemed a little heavy but I've heard they are actually a lot lighter than others? Its the first one I've tried out so I'm pretty clueless on them still!
 

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I have a 2 month old and a 4 year old and I dont know how I would survive without a double. My older DS loves to sit in the stroller still especially on long walks or at the zoo. We bought the Macklaren Techno and I LOVE it. I know its pricey but maybe you could find a used one somewhere. Totally worth it IMO.
 

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If you are thinking about a Graco this is their new double.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGraco-Quattro-Tour-Stroller-Ionic%2Fdp%2FB000LP3VAK" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Graco-Quattro-.../dp/B000LP3VAK</a><br><br>
I checked it out at BRU the other day. It is bigger than it looks in the picture but seems a little sleeker than the DuoGlide.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i'mmykid$mom- do you have the sit and stand? Just wondering if you had it and liked it, or if you saw it online and thought it looked good. I'm in the market for a double too, and that one looks good. Just wondering how drives, etc. Thanks!</div>
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I tested a Sit 'N Stand and talked to the employee about it. It steered about as well as other tandem strollers. It's actually *longer* than a double tandem stroller when you have the attachment on it for putting an infant car seat on the front. The employee told me this would not fit in the trunk of an Honda Accord, it is too big when folded.<br><br>
Most of the sit-n-stand type of strollers (there are a few different brands) either don't recline at all, or very little. There probably won't be very many babies napping in the stroller seat of a sit-n-stand.<br><br>
I tested a different brand of a sit-n-stand at BRU and there was very little room for my 2.5-yr DD on the little seat on the back. And she's kinda small for her age at 26 lbs.<br><br><b>IF</b> I were to consider a sit-n-stand, i would want the Joovy Caboose mentioned earlier in this thread. It's more the size of a single stroller. 'Course I've never seen one of these in person. Here's a Caboose sit-n-stand: <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboose.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboose.php</a><br>
Here is the "features" page: <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboosefeatures.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboosefeatures.php</a><br><br>
And here's an even lighter one at only 21 lbs! <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_cabooseultralight.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_cabooseultralight.php</a><br><br>
(Can you tell a small size is important to me?) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I'm considering one of these *in addition* to my double Maclaren.
 

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I hate the duoglider. Once you have pushed something better, you will never want to shove that beast again. Especially once the kids get bigger. I worked at a daycare that had one, and resolved to never get one for my own kids. The seats are way too small.<br><br>
That new Graco weighs almost 40lbs, FYI. I wouldn't get it for that reason. And the handle looks mega dorky. (/end Graco rant. I hold a grudge)<br><br>
The Kolcraft Contours pushes much better by all reports, costs $199 and has seats that can be reversed so the kids can face you. The seats are larger than the DG, so a bigger kid will fit longer. i think the wheels are also bigger. It weighs easily as much as a DG, but because you can pop the seats off before you put it in the trunk, you are actually lifting less weight<br><a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5223201" target="_blank">http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5223201</a><br><br>
If you want a side by side, i find they push a lot better than a tandem at all price points. If you find one that is 29" wide, it will fit through 99% of doorways, as that is wheelchair width. Maclaren is kind of the gold standard for umbrella strollers, and you can get a 2006 Rally Twin from specialtybaby.com for $219, no tax and free shipping <a href="http://www.specialtybaby.com/ma20twrastin1.html" target="_blank">http://www.specialtybaby.com/ma20twrastin1.html</a><br><br>
So, the pros and cons<br><br>
Tandem:<br>
pro: narrower<br>
-Can hold an infant seat<br>
-less fighting until you get to the hair pulling stage<br>
-basket that can hold everything, including the kitchen sink<br><br>
con: heavier,<br>
-steering kind of sucks no matter how nice of one you get<br>
-bigger fold means less trunk room. Sucks for grocery shopping<br>
-When the front seat is reclined, the kid in the rear seat will amuse themselves by kicking their sibling really hard in the head. At least mine would.<br><br>
Side By Side<br>
pro: Better steering<br>
-folds tiny<br>
-very lightweight (about 15lbs lighter than most tandems for the Mac)<br>
-nimble<br>
-less fighting overall because both kids can see<br>
-only about 4" wider than the tandems<br>
-When one seat is reclined, it won't get kicked constantly by the kid in the other seat. Seats recline fully flat independently<br>
-Much, much higher weight limit. 55lbs per seat instead of 35-40lbs per seat<br>
-Somehow, it steers better with 2 kids that weigh vastly different weights. A tandem forces the heavier child over the front wheels, making steering on anything rougher than tile floors at the mall a complete pain.<br><br>
Con: crappy basket space, but you can hang a ton of stuff off the handles<br>
-will have trouble getting through the 3" wide aisles at Babygap or Once Upon a Child.<br>
-Seats are slightly narrower, though taller<br><br>
I drive a BOB Revolution Duallie. I have absolutely no problem shopping with it, despite it being 2.5" wider than the Mac, and almost as long as the Duoglider. I simply have stores I don't shop in, and have no qualms about informing the owners why I don't shop there. I have to admit, though, that i am looking forwards to DS walking more so i can get a smaller stroller for just DD.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>IF</b> I were to consider a sit-n-stand, i would want the Joovy Caboose mentioned earlier in this thread. It's more the size of a single stroller. 'Course I've never seen one of these in person. Here's a Caboose sit-n-stand: <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboose.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboose.php</a><br>
Here is the "features" page: <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboosefeatures.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_caboosefeatures.php</a><br><br>
And here's an even lighter one at only 21 lbs! <a href="http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_cabooseultralight.php" target="_blank">http://www.joovy.com/pages/pd_cabooseultralight.php</a><br></div>
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I saw a Joovy Caboose in person and it is VERY compact and lightweight-looking. Size is important to me, too and I was really impressed by it.<br><br>
Now, the double stroller that I REALLY want is quite a hit on the pocketbook:<br><br><a href="http://www.babybungalow.com/nephandtespf5.html" target="_blank">http://www.babybungalow.com/nephandtespf5.html</a><br><br>
It fits a newborn, a toddler, a newborn and a toddler, or two toddlers, all with the same footprint as a single stroller.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now, the double stroller that I REALLY want is quite a hit on the pocketbook:<br><br><a href="http://www.babybungalow.com/nephandtespf5.html" target="_blank">http://www.babybungalow.com/nephandtespf5.html</a><br><br>
It fits a newborn, a toddler, a newborn and a toddler, or two toddlers, all with the same footprint as a single stroller.</div>
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Ah yes, me too. Except I want my DD to be able to get in and out on her own.<br><br>
Thank you <b>Throkmorton</b> for cementing in my mind why I want my double Maclaren! I keep doubting myself because of how wide they are, but I know I'm going to end up with one anyway, so I might as well save time (and money!) and just get it to start with! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i'm planning on getting one and am registered for a peg perego side by side. it is almost $300 but i collapsed it and like the size and the features as far as reclining, basket, toddler in and out ease. a friend told me recently though that she couldn't stand not fitting through doors with a side by side she bought. so i am now not sure that is the thing i should get.<br><br>
i really think for the most part we will need a double stroller for 'big' things like walks to the park, trips to the zoo, disneyland. if i'm going into the little boutique-y stores by our house i can hardly fit our single stroller as it is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
then i kind of want a jogger for going to the park and going offroad at the park. so i am really undecided about what to do. i don't like how huge the joggers are in the trunk....but it really seems like maybe i'll just use it mostly from the house for walks.<br><br>
i am so undecided. ds1 will be turning 3 when babe comes and i think he'll want to ride for a while yet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just saw the sit and stand at Target last week. They had one on display that you could take down and push around. To me it seemed a little heavy but I've heard they are actually a lot lighter than others? Its the first one I've tried out so I'm pretty clueless on them still!</div>
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Well, it's heavy with a 40lb toddler and a 20lb baby in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .<br><br>
I love it. I like the "Snap-N-Go" feature for the baby car seat. Dd used to sleep that way and now she falls asleep sitting up, then I recline the seat. It doesn't go down far, but it works. I had to have the "stand" feature because ds at 2.5 would not sit in the stroller anymore. There is plenty of room for ds to sit and stand.<br><br>
It is easy to collapse, and it fits into the back of my dh's Nissan Altima, but I have to take off the food tray. I don't usually travel with it but when I do I put it in my pick-up.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><br><br>
A SNS is a different type of stroller than a tandam, and the actual SNS I have I bought for $119 which is less than any other double that I looked at, and much less than other SNS types.
 

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I had a duoglider and IMO it's good for trips where you won't be doing a lot of maneouvering and stuff. It's nice because both kids have snack trays and it has a huge storage basket. It's NOT good for gravel or anything bumpy!! I got an almost brand new one on craigslist for 20$, seriously.<br><br>
I bought a used Baby Trend double jogger (side by side) and it's so much easier to use. The only down side is that the kids can hit each other and poke each other. There is also no snack tray. But it's much smoother for going for walks, and we're moving to AK where all my walking will be on gravel roads!
 

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I like the maclarens, I use one with my toddler and 5 month old and we are happy with it. We bought it used so it's an older model but seems the same spec as the traveller. I would definalty look into used ones if you are on a budget. I've seem quite a few nearly new ones. Toddlers will decide to walk only after you spend money on a double buggy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I find it easy to push with the two children in it and it's not too bad to stear with one hand when DD wants to walk. I prefer not having the bar or tray across the front as it means DD can climb in and out herself. It's great when I have DS to carry too.
 
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