Hi! OK, so I have a child who will be 4 years and 1 month old when #2 makes an appearance (give or take a couple weeks). I am wondering if I need to get a double stroller? My son is 3.5 yrs old now and we really only use the stroller when I'm going for longer walks around our subdivision, and he prefers to ride rather than to walk. We don't do it very often but I figure once I'm back on maternity leave I'll be walking lots. What do you think? Is it worth it to buy a double stroller or can I just make do with what I already have (an older Zooper Buddy stroller system, as well as a Safety 1st jogger).
I think the answer maybe it depends on how much walking you do and the age of your kids.
Here is my experience. I had 23 months between my kids. We had a buggy/stroller that has a toddler seat that attached at the front.This is similar to the one we have.See here. We had bought this before we had our first child. This was great as I could go for longish walks (my main form of exercise). It was also useful when out shoppings or when we went to places like the zoo. But if my older one was walking then I could use it without the toddler seat. We used this until our son was about 3.5.
Now my older son is 4 and wants to walk. Also having the two kids on the buggy makes it too heavy for me to want to push it. This has put pay too long walks at a decent pace when he is with me. He is capable of walking when we go to places
So I would say Melanie with a four year old I wouldn't bother with a double buggy/stroller as you probably wont use it. Maybe use a sling or front pack for baby and then put your older one in the buggy/stroller on the few occassions that you might want to have your four year old in the buggy/stroller.
Tammy, I would probably look at a double buggy/stroller or one with a toddler seat as there will be times when you want both kids transported. Although the sling idea is also a good one.
Another suggestion is that some of my friends have swapped buggy/strollers with people where one person has one that can transport two but only one child and the other person has two kids but one that can only transport one. Then when it wasn't needed swap back.
One thing to allow for is possible regression on the part of the older child when the baby comes along. He may like walking now, but it's not great when you want to get somewhere soon and he's either dawdling or throwing a fit because he wants to be carried.
I can't quite remember now to be honest, but I think that for the first few months, I had the baby in a sling, which makes things easier.
Another idea is one of these, I've no idea what they're called:
answered 27 Aug '10, 09:19