A guide to twin strollers
Double strollers aren’t all designed with twins in mind. We help you find the ideal mode of transportation for your beautiful bundles.
Preparing for the arrival of twins can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. When I found out I was pregnant with my set, I already had a feisty two-year- old to contend with and the thought of having three under the age of three terrified me. I had no idea how I would even manage to leave the house let alone cart them around from park to playdate. It turns out that the secret is in the stroller. Before you impulse-buy a sexy model with all the bells and whistles, make sure you’ve identified your needs. Do you want a high-performing stroller that will allow you to power walk with the other moms in your neighborhood, a compact model you can easily throw in the car for weekends away or an easy-to- maneuver one that will make shopping a breeze?
Whatever your lifestyle priorities, there’s a twin stroller out there for you. Our handy guide takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect mode of transportation for your precious double cargo.
Choosing your stroller style
The three basic stroller styles are tandem, side-by- side and jogging. We took a look at the pros and cons of each style.
The seats in a tandem stroller are arranged one in front of the other, so the stroller is no wider than a single but much longer. Tandem models are generally easier to maneuver in tight spaces than side-by-sides and they’re more likely to accommodate two infant car seats (a super-convenient feature in the first six months of your twins’ lives). They also tend to come with more bells and whistles such as large sunshades, cup holders, snack trays and large storage baskets. Some models offer different seat positions, including both seats facing forward, both seats facing backward and the two seats facing each other.
On the downside, tandems tend to be heavier and less compact than side-by-side models when folded up. Because they’re often designed for a baby and an older child, the two seats aren’t necessarily created equal. One is sometimes roomier to accommodate a bigger child and only the back seat fully reclines, which is very impractical when you have two young babies who need to nap. Some parents – and kids! – dislike the fact that the backseat offers a limited view and legroom.
As the name implies, the seats in this type of stroller are placed next to each other. Twin parents tend to prefer this arrangement because it offers both children the same view and allows both seats to fully recline. A side-by-side stroller is generally lighter, more compact and more stable than a tandem.
But side-by-sides aren’t without disadvantages. Because they’re wider than a single stroller, they can be more difficult to maneuver in tight spaces and squeezing through single doorways can be a challenge. While some models now come with car-seat adapters, generous storage space and a range of fancy features, most side-by-side strollers are still very basic. For some parents, the fact that their twins are on display is a disadvantage because it allows curious strangers to ogle them!
You can’t go wrong with the Bugaboo Donkey Twin Stroller. Not only does it easily convert from a twin to a mono stroller, it features bassinets that change into seats and it can accommodate one or two car seats. The Donkey Twin is only 5.4 inches wider than a single stroller and it offers an incredibly smooth ride as well as an impressive range of features and inclusions. This is the Cadillac of twin strollers.
Fit mamas who plan on doing a lot of walking or running will need a jogging stroller featuring three larger wheels instead of the standard four. The best models allow you to let the front wheel swivel when walking or jogging and lock it for more stability when running or going off-road.
You can choose between the classic design and the weather-proof pod that can be adapted to a range of sports including cycling and cross-country skiing. The price tag of jogging strollers is much heftier than regular side-by-sides, but they’re worth every penny for active moms.
Can’t decide between a traditional side-by-side and a jogging stroller? The Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller offers the perfect middle ground. This versatile model features four wheels like a traditional stroller, but its all-wheel suspension and easy one-hand push make it ideal for jogging and walking on any terrain. The backrests, footrests and handle are fully adjustable for a customized fit, and the fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic.