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xposting here & parenting...<br><br>
ok-so i mostly wear dd2 when out & about. if we are doing our shopping or running errands, dd1 will ride in the shopping cart or walk-depending on how quick we need to be & i wear dd2. but in trying to do this to get exercise in, i am struggling with feeling tired quick & sweating-plus dd2 gets too much sun. and i am at a critical point & need to get moving asap-3 mos pp & instead of losing weight-i'm gaining! breastfeeding just doesn't seem to drop weight for me like it does for some.<br><br>
so i am trying to find a double stroller for exercising-i don't jog but i do a mean powerwalk-even while completely out of shape & heavy right now. so i would like it to have qualities of a jogger. it will mostly be used for daily walks & then maybe our family vacations & naps/hauling gear at outdoor concerts. we are also looking at used sienna's & odyssey's so as long as it folds up & can fit in a minivan-i am ok with size. budget is up in the air right now-we are considering asking fil to buy it for us so i want to consider options up to around $500.<br><br>
since i love our maclaren stroller, i bought a double maclaren on craigslist for $50 & was so psyched but i am really not happy with it. our sidewalks are awful here & it's kind of hilly...& it was a little more "used" than i realized-it just stinks compared to our single. i think i liked the girls being next to eachother though-although we really don't have much experience to be sure of that yet i guess. maybe some feedback on side by side vs not would be helpful too?<br><br>
oh-& it would be nice if it had a cup holder or ability to add a cup holder that fits my kleen kanteen!!<br><br>
i have searched threads here & am looking at some of the ones mentioned online-going to try to head out later with the girls to test a few out at the store. (baby jogger, mountain buggy, p&t, valco etc)<br><br>
i figured maybe i could get some more advice based on the fact that i don't see myself using it for the mall or shopping as much as outdoors.<br><br>
help!
 

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I have a Schwinn Free-wheeler double jogging stroller that I love. We ordered it on Amazon last summer in spite of some mixed reviews, but we have been very happy with it. Even with 50+ lbs of kids it in now it is easier to push than the single Graco we had before DD came along. It as a soft cupholder that fits my Kleen Kanteen and side pockets for the kids that their kk sippy cups fit in. There is also a built-in rain cover that unzips from the sunshade. I can put a blanket on the kids and put down the rain cover and they stay nice and warm on chilly days.<br>
It is a bit heavy to lift into a vehicle, but folded it squeezes into the trunk of DH's Hyundai Elantra and fits fine in the back of my Grand Caravan.<br>
Hope that helps!
 

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thx so much for your reply!<br><br>
question on the schwinn-how much coverage does your sunshade provide? i checked some out in person tonight & was really impressed with the Baby Jogger's sunshade but shocked at how little the the phil & teds gives.<br><br>
i'm looking at amazon now but can't quite tell from the pics if the schwinn will give good coverage.
 

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I have the p&t that I have used quite a bit. Dd3 is almost 5 yo and ds2 is 3 yo in Sept. They can still ride in it together if need be (for containment or if I need to maintain speed on the walk to school in the AM). The infant can fully recline but can only face you if the second seat is not in use. It has amazing cargo space (I can grocery shop with it) if only pushing 1 child, so-so if pushing two as the space doubles as foot room. I have run with only 1 child in it though that purpose is not "approved" by the manufacturer. The rain cover and sleeping bag are useful to me but I am out in all weather. The fanny pack thing that hooks over the handle bars for drinks and a small zipper pounch is pretty useless to me. It is my only stroller right now though over the course of five children I have had few from 20" baby joggers to umbrella and several in between. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I appreciate that I am not always pushing a double stroller, that it is all-terrain, and that it does work inside/smaller spaces.
 

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I think the sun shade is pretty good except for when we are walking right into the sun when it is lower early in the morning or late in the day. It's not usually for too long though and I figure they are getting some vitamin D <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It's funny-when we found out we were expecting #2, i was all about the P&T. I liked the company & it seemed like a novel idea. and most people rave about theirs...<br><br>
...but since i need something more for exercising/outdoors, i am now wondering about the comfort of that 2nd seat for my toddler? if i am understanding it correctly, dd2 (3 mos) would be in the main seat for awhile & dd1 (2.5) would ride in the double kit perched up top in front of main seat??? it just seems awkward???
 

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The older child always rides in front but the front seat changes; the front seat can be the main seat or the second seat. It only works to have the toddler in the front secondary seat over the baby while the baby is small enough to want to ride flat and under the older child. Ages 4-6 months is awkward and then the baby is in the secondary seat in the back. Later it is a bit off because I put the baby (now a toddler) in the front seat and the preschooler mostly walked but had the option of the back secondary seat if she needed. Does any of that make sense? The heavier child goes in front for balance reasons but I didn't have big problems because my 6 month olds generally weigh 20 lbs and my almost 3 yo generally weigh 23 pounds.
 

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I personally like the Hauck Freerider a lot. The canopy is quite big so it offers enough protection. The second seat can easily be attached when needed but it is also a great single stroller. It is very sturdy but not bulky at all.
I had to order it online on prams.net because I haven't seen it in shops around here yet.

 
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