As soon as we found out we were having another baby, I started seeing this double stroller everywhere. It only just came out in the fall, and I had been wondering what the point of the basket on the side of the stroller was, not realizing that the single stroller I was seeing actually converts into a double stroller with a few easy clicks.
The Bugaboo Donkey is actually pretty brilliant. It comes in three configurations – Mono for the family who still has just one child (but you wouldn’t be investing in this stroller unless you were pretty sure you were going to have two stroller-age children in the future), Duo for siblings of different ages, and Twin for twins. We are interested in the Duo.
Basically you can use this stroller as a single stroller, either with a bassinet for a 0-6 month-old baby, or with a regular seat for an older baby/child. When configured as a single stroller you have the option of a handy storage basket on the side of the seat/bassinet. Alternatively, you could use that space to lie the seat you weren’t using if necessary. With a few easy clicks, the single stroller then converts into a double stroller. You remove the basket, and add the extra seat.
For us this would be absolutely ideal. I would have a double stroller so that I could easily bring Alec to nursery school in the morning. I should be able to then leave the extra seat at nursery school with Alec and continue on with just Baby #2 in the bassinet. Or if we are headed home, I could bring the extra seat back with me. Then during the day I could be out and about with just Baby in the bassinet without the extra width of a double stroller. When it’s time to pick Alec up we just add back the extra seat and we have a comfy stroller for two.
I love that this stroller allows total flexibility when it comes to which way the children are facing. Once Baby #2 has outgrown the bassinet, he/she can still sit rear-facing, and once Alec feels ready, he can sit front-facing. It also looks like they should be able to be in good contact, almost facing each other once they are turned in different directions. I also really like that I am close to both children and will be able to easily communicate with them regardless of which way they are turned.
On the downside, this stroller is wide, like any side-by-side double stroller. But it still feels very compact and easy to maneuver. Another minus is that the bassinet is big. So big that I don’t think it will fit in our teeny tiny elevator. Someone in the store suggested that we use a soft carry cot (of another brand) inside the bassinet so that might be a solution, but also kind of a pain. It is also very expensive. But we will undoubtedly get a ton of use out of it for the next few years…
We stopped by Bonti – which has all the strollers on our shortlist – for the second time the other day, and this time we brought along Alec so he could actually try out the strollers. He looked comfy in the Bugaboo Donkey, the seat back was super-easy to adjust to reclining with just one hand, the stroller felt very easy to push around, and I liked the close contact it gave me with Alec. He was high up enough and just right there in front of me.
As a bonus it comes in lots of fun colors, including some limited editions, and is highly customizable with different accessories including car seat adapters if we decide we want to be able to easily click-on the infant car seat.
I really like this stroller and think it would suit us very very well.