Kids

THE GREAT DOUBLE STROLLER DEBATE

The Great Double Stroller DebateWhen we were preparing for Isla’s arrival we tried our hardest to buy things that were gender neutral and would last through multiple kids. So imagine my surprise when we started making a list of all the things we need for baby no. 2. Currently, somewhere near the top of our list is a double stroller. While I plan to do a lot of babywearing in our SollyBaby Wrap and Ergo for trips to the park, etc, living in the city means we almost never drive and our stroller is our livelihood in terms of getting out and about. The most important feature we’re looking for is a single stroller with a sibling seat add-on — a two-in-one or convertible stroller, if you will — so that I can easily remove the sibling seat and put Isla in the stroller and the baby in a carrier. The last thing I want is to be pushing a double stroller around with only one kid in it. Tied for most important feature is a tandem set-up as opposed to the side-by-side. City sidewalks and double wide strollers to do not mix, not to mention I have no idea how I’d get that thing in and out of doorways, including our own! Okay and price is really important, too. You can spend upwards of $1000 on these things if you want to, but we do not want to.

We currently have the Britax B-Agile single stroller (with the Britax B-Safe infant car seat) and it’s been very good to us. It’s lightweight (only 16 pounds), easily maneuverable, comfortable for Isla and easy to fold. I really don’t have any complaints, except that it’s eternally a single stroller with no option for a second child, which means if we love our new purchase, we might be selling it on Craigslist. We shall see.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on double strollers … the ones you love and hate and why. Here are the three we’re currently considering, in order of which one is winning and with some pros and cons for each I’ve found while researching.

Britax B-Ready ($399) w/Second Seat, ($120-150).
PROS:
Can be used as a single or a double
Agile and easy to maneuver (through the store at least)
Tandem set-up saves space and doesn’t feel bulky when pushing
Weight in the rear so easy to maneuver up curbs
Collapsable with second seat attached (most others require second seat to be removed first)
Stands on its own when folded
Can fit two car seats, a toddler and a car seat, two toddlers, or a toddler and a baby
Don’t need adapter for our Britax infant car seat; car seat can fit in either position
Rubber tires (no air filling necessary)
Canopy for both seats
Various positions for both seats possible (i.e. back-to-back, face-to-face, etc)

CONS:
Single stroller is heavier than most, though doubles weight is comparable (26 lbs as single, 34 as double)
One kid is looking at the back of the other
No space to hang groceries or bags on handle with carabiner
4 wheels instead of 3
Need car seat adapter for lower seat position

Phil & Teds Navigator w/Second Seat ($499-$650, depending on color)
PROS:
Can be used as a single or a double
Agile and easy to maneuver; 3 wheels, not 4
Tandem set-up saves space and doesn’t feel bulky when pushing
Weight in the rear so easy to maneuver up curbs
26 possible configurations
Large, rotating canopy
Auto stop feature so your stroller won’t roll into the street (especially good for people who live in hilly areas)

CONS:
Must remove second seat to collapse
Does not stand on its won when collapsed
Air-filled tires could require refilling and I’ve read they sometimes pop
Single stroller is heavier than most, though doubles weight is lighter (26 lbs as single, 31 as double))
One kid is looking at the back of the other
No canopy for second seat
Approx $130 more expensive than the Britax
Position of front seat cannot be turned around
Requires car seat adapter

Baby Jogger City Select w/Second Seat ($499 on sale)
PROS:
Can be used as a single or a double
Both kids get a great view
Can hang groceries/diaper bag on handlebar
Multiple positioning options; 16 seat combos, including two car seats
Second seat has its own canopy
Rubber tires (no air filling necessary)

CONS:
Bulkier and not as agile as the other two
Front heavy and harder to get up curbs (so say reviewers)
Must remove second seat to collapse
Does not stand on its won when collapsed
Heaviest single of the three (28 pounds as single, 34 as double)
Requires car seat adapter

Right now the Britax is our first choice. The price is right, we like the configuration, it’s easy to maneuver and we like the single stroller option just as much as the double. Plus, we already know and love the brand, so that’s a good selling point. I do love the Phil & Ted’s, but the air-filled tires are the main concern. I use our current stroller multiple times each day and the last thing I want is to end up with a flat tire.

Now it’s your turn? Tell me everything you know and love and hate about your double stroller experiences.

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Maternity Style

PEACHY LINEN + POLKA DOTS

Maternity Style: Linen Top

There’s this cute shop that opened up in the East Passyunk neighborhood of Philly called Miss Demeanor. I finally got a chance to stop in with Isla and try on some things. To my surprise, I found a few that actually work for the growing belly but aren’t maternity so I’ll get to wear them long after. This linen tank top is one of them, as well as a few of incredibly comfortable cotton t-shirts with cute little pockets (I’ll share those soon). This breezy linen blouse is a nice change from my usual uniform of jeans and t-shirts or simple dresses so I was really excited to find it. Also, how pretty are these moss-covered trees we found? Not something you see every day in the city.

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{Everly top (via Miss Demeanor Boutique); Anthropologie trousers; Coach bag (similar on sale!); Zara shoes (on sale!); Urban Outfitters sunglasses; NARS Satin Lip Pencil in “Lodhi“}

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Maternity Style

STRETCHY T-SHIRT DRESS

American Apparel Short Sleeve Ultra Wash DressAnother day, another great dress from the normal (a.k.a. not pregnant) people section. This one has some stretch to it, which makes it incredibly flattering and comfortable. Honestly, American Apparel is turning into my best friend during this pregnancy. I sometimes sleep in this AA dress because it’s so comfortable and I have a feeling I’ll be doing the same with this one. I might grab some of the similar tees, too, since that baby boy in there is growing like a weed and my closet is quickly becoming void of tops that fit!

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