What Are The Best Options For Double Buggies?
It’s a big enough decision choosing a single buggy, but what if you’re looking for a double? It's such an important piece of equipment as it will help you safely move your two children from place to place. There are so many factors to consider when you're making your decision.
After a couple of Moms Queries on the subject, our fab community of moms offered up some suggestions on which double buggies are best:
"Hi Moms. I would like to ask about your experiences with double buggies? We’re at our wits end as this is our third and probably last baby who’s arriving any day now, and we don’t know whether to splash out and get the Bugaboo or go for something a bit more reasonable like the Phil&Teds or the Out'N'About? We shouldn’t have left it so late but now we’re really stressing! Is the double Bugaboo or the Out'N'About very wide? Would the skinny Phil&Teds be better fitting through doorways etc? I just never liked the idea of one child being on top of the other! Please help one very stressed out Mammy who’s due any day now!! Thank you."
Kelly: There is a 19-month gap between my two and I got the Out’N’About Double. I absolutely love it, and so does the toddler: So easy to use and not as wide as you think. It won't fit your car seat, but I just leave the car seat permanently in the car and transfer baby.
Elaine: I had an Out’N’About ‘Double Nipper’, and loved it. Easy to push (even with two kids of two different ages) and manoeuvre (even my mum who has extensive arthritis loved it) and not too heavy to lift in and out of the car. It fit through a standard door frame, but may not if you live in an older house, so just check that out.
Mary: I personally found an Out‘N’About fantastic, especially if babies are different weights. Just make sure you buy the new version.
Nicola: The Double Out’N’About is fab. 20-months between my two, and we have got huge use out of it. I've only come across one door that I couldn't fit through in my six months of using it so far.
Julieann: There’s only going to be 17-months between mine (due on Wednesday!) I bought the Out’N’About ‘Nipper’ with a newborn insert in it. It’s lovely and light. I’ll have three under four-and-a-half, so really wanted to have a double buggy so the two smallies can be strapped in for playschool runs and come September, the school run!
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Breeda: I found the new Phil and Ted ‘Dash’ great. It’s much lighter than the old model. I did research and tried out numerous ones.
Ciara We have the Phil and Ted ‘Navigator’ and find it great. Used it all the time: It’s been through alot!! Still use it from time to time (especially through airports and holidays etc) and we have a three-year-old and 19-month-old! Would highly recommend it as it's nice and narrow, easy to navigate in any terrain, and easy to fold down and put up, which is important when you have your hands full!
Nicola: I have an Uppababy Vista: Fantastic! It serves as a double or single. It’s expensive at €1,200, but worth every penny.
Jenny: We went with an Uppababy Vista, which can be a single or double, and babies aren't on top of each other! We love it, and our six-month-old is so comfy. The carseat clips in too!
Breda Uppababy Vista: You can get adaptors for most baby car seats to fit it. I’m using it now for my 19-month-old and 5-month-old.
Lynda Try looking on DoneDeal to cut down the cost. I have the Uppababy Double buggy. They are expensive, but I knew I wanted two babies close together so bought it for my first. I still use it (one year old, and two-and-a-half year old) as I love to walk, and little legs get tired easily.
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Margaret The Bugaboo Donkey is no wider than a wheelchair and gets through every door! It can also be manouvered with just one hand and turns on the spot! We loved ours til our kids grew out of it. Hell, I'd still use it if my kids weren't 6,5, and 3!
Lavinia: Same age gap, with baby number two arriving in a few months, and we're getting a Double Bugaboo. We have a single one and it’s great. We only need the base, as we have the crib and buggy parts.
Susan: I bought the cheaper Graco ‘Stadium Duo’ as thought we would not use it a lot. Used it a good bit for a year and it's still perfect.
Martina Joie ‘Evalite Duo’ is very good and serviceable. Baby is at the back and toddler at the front. Very light to push, with a good basket underneath. Front a wee bit tight for a big toddler but you probably won't need it for too long. And it doesn't cost the earth like some of them.
Eileen-Mai The Mountain Buggy Duet was a godsend. Narrow enough for normal doorways and easy to pop up or down. Great resale value. My guys were 14 months apart and it was a dream.
Marian The City Select Double is great, and it can change to a single buggy too. It's strong and easy to push. It's also narrow and easy to get around shops.
Niamh: Love my City Select ‘Baby Jogger’: So many different seat combinations, and got it with adapters for the car seat.
Katie Did you look into a Joovy 'Caboose Ultralight'? I have one and it fits the Baby Elegance car seat that I have. It also comes with a full second back seat.
Kimberley I am in the same situation: Couldn't find a buggy anywhere that fitted that car seat so in the end I got a Cossatto Double Buggy: Does both babies and I'm just going to get an ISOFIX car seat that will stay in the car permanently.
Linda: Yep I got the Cupla Duo which uses the Baby Elegance: Great system.
Karen The Mothercare Geini is a fabulous buggy.
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A buggy board
Amber: Congratulations! I just had my second baby who was born five days before my first's second birthday. Instead of getting a double buggy, we went with a Lascal Buggy Board. It's absolutely brilliant. Our little man loves it, and while it's moving he is very good on it. It only cost €80 and we also bought the seat for €65 but I think he might be a bit small for it yet.
Gwyn There is two years three months between my two, and we've managed well with the toddler in a buggy and baby in baby carrier (Ergo360), or baby in a pram and toddler on the buggy board. Toyed with the idea of getting a double buggy, but our toddler mainly likes to walk and the double buggies usually only go up to three years, so it would have only been in use for a few months.
Michelle I had my second when my first was just under two and I bought a double buggy and never ended up using it! Got a buggy board instead and have gotten so much use out of it!
Natalie 16 months between my two. I bought a double buggy and rarely use it. Probably best to wait a couple of weeks, and see if you’ll need it.
Have you used a double buggy? What are your favourites? We'd love to hear!