If the thought of grappling with a double stroller sends you into a panic, don't fear. Here are a few tricks to buying a stroller built for two:
- When you need maneuverability, a tandem stroller (with one baby in front and one behind) is your best bet. Of all the double strollers, it's the easiest to sneak through doors and around tight corners. Tandems can be heavy, though.
- Side-by-side strollers are lighter, but they can get caught in doorways, and you may struggle to fit them through tight supermarket aisles.
- Umbrella side-by-side strollers are the lightest weight, but they're often not designed for newborns. Check to make sure the seat reclines all the way and provides good back support.
- Whichever stroller you choose, make sure it's easy to open. Juggling two babies while wrestling with a stubborn stroller will quickly try even the most patient parent!
- Look for a stroller with a wide, sturdy wheel base, easy-to-operate brakes, and locking front wheels.
- Take the stroller for a test roll before buying it. The handle should adjust to your height, and the stroller should easily fit the length of your stride.