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I am on the fence about getting a double stroller & would love to hear thoughts from others who have BTDT.<br><br>
DS will be 2.9 when baby #2 comes. He is already not crazy about the stroller - will I really use a double? Or will it be easier to sling/backpack the baby & push DS in the stroller if need be? Aunt is offering to buy it for us as a gift, so the cost wouldn't be an issue.
 

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I bought a double stroller right before ds1 was born- dd was 23 mos when he was born. I didn't use it at all for the 1st 4-6 mos, as it was easier to sling ds. Once ds was about 4-6 mos, he started to enjoy the stroller and dd wasn't big enough to walk everywhere on her own, so I started using it more. I still use it, now that ds2 is here. Dd walks and ds1 and ds2 ride.
 

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We had a double stroller when ds was born. My children are only 18 months apart though and honestly we encouraged dd to stay in the stroller until she was like 2.5.... For us the stroller ( a graco duo glide from Sears in Canada) was a god send. Honestly the kids still beg to use it when we go to the local farmers market each weekend. (we live down the street from the market and they ride to the market and then walk around and walk home usually) And they're 2.5 and four....<br>
Now all of that said, we live in Canada, my son was born in the dead of a really long winter and for us in the first several months it was much easier for me to go out with the children (to a mall, a groccery store etc) if I could get dd out of the car, strap her into the stroller and then get the baby out, in his infant seat and put him in the back of the stroller and trudge through a slushy parking lot than have to figure out a way to sling my son and hold onto my daughter (who was very very fast, indepedent as hell at 18 months and completely non verbal), get into the mall, get all of our coats off, somehow carry them, hold her hand and sling the baby. It was madness for us.<br><br>
Depending on where you live and what your weather is like in Feb I might suggest a walk and ride....but I can't seem to find one online anywhere... generally they are single strollers with a little platform at the back where the older child can stand and hold on to ride....<br><br>
Slinging is lovely if you have nice warm weather while the baby is small but honeslty we didn't and it was brutal to try. He was slung at home (mostly by dh).<br>
Now one thing we DID find very helpful was a really good back pack carrier. We have a Kelty's Kids one, bought on Ebay and it ROCKED. It was especially good when dd wanted to go to the park and did start walking everywhere between two and three years old. The back pack was great, I could take the baby on my back and follow my dd up on a climber to help her on a slide etc and that really helped. With a front carrier I couldnt' see my feet (or my dd sometimes) and was less confident about where I was stepping.<br><br>
Honesty, if you can get a walk and ride used somewhere I hear they're AWESOME. The back pack was terrific for us (and honestly cost almost as much as a stroller) and we have a step two wagon that we used a LOT. The infant seat would fit into the wagon with my dd. (below is a link to a pic of this)<br><a href="http://charlotteanabelle.ca/gallery/data/43/1wagonapril28together.jpg" target="_blank">http://charlotteanabelle.ca/gallery/...28together.jpg</a><br>
As they got older and we had a lot of stuff to trudge, we've bought the trailer to attach to it. Honestly having the wagon and trailer has also been really really awesome but its not as handy for trips to the mall or parks you have to drive to as the backpack and stroller were.
 

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We got a Graco DuoGlider as well when Noah was born and did use it a lot. Jenna was 2. I did wear him in the sling a lot, too, but it was nice to have the stroller as well. Noah's 3 now, but I still put him in a stroller when we go out somewhere that it will be hard to keep up with him, like the mall (he wants to run off and look at other things, or will get mad when I don't let him do something he wants to and he'll lay on the ground and refuse to walk!). So, I think we'll still use our double stroller for at least a little while for Noah and the baby.<br><br>
If it's a gift, by all means go ahead and accept it - I'm sure you'll get some use out of it! And you can always sell it when you're done with it.
 

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dd2 was 2 y 7 mo when dd3 was born. We got an evenflo double stroller, and I think we used it about a dozen times. I got it because it had a bar that I could hook the infant seat onto the stroller - but it was so huge and took up so much room that I couldn't really do anything with it. It was bulky and heavy to lift in and out of the truck. It's been up in the garage attic for over a year not - I think I should probably sell it, but there is a small possibility that I may use it a bit with the new baby since dd3 will be 2 y 3 mo when he or she is born - but I doubt it. I'll most likey put the new babe in the sling, put dd3 in the umbrella stroller and dd2 can walk along beside us or help me push. I feel bad because I INSISTED that we buy the double stroller and we definitely didn't get our money's worth out of it. Thankfully dh isn't holding it over my head :LOL
 

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I think I want to get a side by side umbrella type stroller to keep in the car. I haven't actually priced these yet, but I saw a bunch of them in Boston last month when we went to the aquarium and did touristy stuff w/mil. They are narrow enough to fit through doorways, and then the kids can interact w/each other.<br><br>
As far as living in a cold climate and slinging babies....I actually have a couple of sweaters that are huge on me that I have specifically to wear over a baby in sling. I find cardigans and v necks work well for this. <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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