My obsession began as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my second child. I was on a mission: A mission to find the perfect double stroller. I started with internet research and then I reached out to my friends who already had multiple children, hoping they could provide me with an answer. I still hadn’t found what I was looking for. Finally, in an act of desperation, I started quizzing complete strangers that I saw pushing double strollers. I would scan the crowds at the zoo and Sea World looking for moms of multiples. Yes, I was acting like a crazy person. Still, nothing.
There were so many options, so many unknowns. My Big Chick was going to be two and a half when the Baby Chick was born. The Big Chick was at a crossroads: too old to ride in a stroller for any significant length of time, yet too young to be expected to walk any considerable distance. What to do, what to do?
And this is how I ended up with three double strollers. Now, don’t go and get all judgy on me just yet. Here’s how it went down:
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Sit and Stand: Ok, technically it’s not a double. It’s more of a stroller and a half. I fully intended on using the Joovy Sit and Stand the most. I envisioned the Baby Chick strapped in her car seat, riding in the front, while the Big Chick was cruising on the platform in the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t anticipate how much the Baby Chick would loathe her car seat. So, the Joovy has been waiting patiently in the garage until the Baby Chick can sit up by herself in the front seat. I still have hope that this will eventually be “The One”.
The Zooper Tango Double Stroller: My mom bought me this one for me. I think she was trying to put me out of my misery. Plus, I think she was so sick of me debating the double stroller issue with her that she just wanted to put an end to it. I love this double stroller. My kids love it. I use it ALL the time. The seats completely recline and zip up at the feet to create a bassinette. It has a roomy and accessible undercarriage. The sun shades fold all the way down to the belly bar, completely covering each child. My tall Big Chick fits nicely in it. The Zooper Tango is lightweight (for a double) and easy to maneuver. Still, even though it fits through a standard doorway, it feels too wide to take to the mall or the doctor’s office. I hate bringing it to restaurants because there isn’t anywhere to park it.
The In-Step Safari Double Jogging Stroller: This one is left over from my nanny days. I used it a ton when we lived in our old neighborhood, but I haven’t used it since we moved over three years ago (don’t tell my husband). It was a great fit back then, when I would just step outside my door and walk everywhere I went, but now we have to drive everywhere we go. A double jogger just doesn’t fit my lifestyle anymore. I don’t jog. I don’t even walk for exercise because the Big Chick can’t stay seated for more than five minutes. Plus, the Safari In-Step’s size is substantial and it takes up a lot of valuable trunk space in my car. I don’t feel like pulling it in and out of my car several times a day.
So, that’s the short (ish) version of how I ended up with three double strollers. I never did manage to find the perfect double stroller. You know why? It doesn’t exist. There are too many variables. You have to consider lifestyle, budget, personal preferences, your physical traits (i.e. height) and millions of other minute details when deciding what is right for you. Plus, throw in a couple of kids who have their own ideas about how things should go and it’s pretty safe to say that you can’t make everyone happy all the time. But, any mother already knows that.
Sorry Moms. I wish I had the perfect answer for you. All I can say is- you better start making room in your garage now.
-Contributed by Morgan