It’s DOUBLE STROLLER WEEK on Mini Piccolini! (YAY!!!)
As we are expecting Baby #2 in August (!!), a double stroller is the biggest thing on our list of things to buy in preparation. Having a second baby relatively close after the first means that our shopping list is not actually that long. But we will be setting up a nursery to replace the little guest room we have now, and we will most definitely need a double stroller.
Alec will only be 20 months old when he becomes a big brother. What life will be like then, and how we will use our stroller, is of course just a guessing game for us right now, but here is what we think:
Alec will start nursery school in the fall and although it won’t be more than a few blocks away, there will be the logistics of dropping off and picking up to contend with. Probably my husband will drop Alec off before heading to work most days, and then I (with Baby #2) will pick him up in the afternoons. We might go straight home, but we might also head to the park, have a snack and play for a bit. There will also be those weeks when my husband is away or has meetings and I do drop-offs and pick-ups.
While Alec is at “school”, Baby #2 and I will be out an about in the city. Maybe not every single day, but most days. This will involve errands, shopping, baby check-ups, walks etc.
We live right in the middle of Stockholm and don’t use our car much on a daily basis (more on the weekends and holidays when we are out as a family). But we walk a lot, and sometimes we take the bus or the subway, although I am not sure how often I will do that on my own with both children. We live in a building with the smallest elevator known to man (as in, you could fit two adults in there, but you would want to know each other REALLY well), so we leave our stroller in the very cramped stroller room in the foyer and then take everything else up in the elevator (so if Alec falls asleep when I am out walking, I keep walking).
On the weekends we often buy lunch and bring it with us to the park for a nice long play. We run a couple of errands, we visit with friends (by car, bus, subway or walk). But on the weekends we are usually out as a family.
So, our criteria for our stroller choice are:
- relatively lightweight and compact (for easy maneuverability in and out of stroller room, buses, cramped city grocery store etc, and for easier packing into the car, air travel and so on)
- good comfort for both children (I want them both to be able to see out properly and move about as freely as you can in a stroller, so the versions where one child sits practically underneath the other, are out of the running)
- I would like to be able to have each child rear-facing (parent-facing) or front-facing, individually (here in Sweden they recommend keeping them parent-facing until around two years of age). Within a few months of our new arrival, Alec will want to sit forward-facing, but I would still like to keep the littlest one rear-facing until he/she is around two years old. My wanting to keep my children rear-facing means that we immediately had to rule out some popular double strollers like the Mountain Buggy
- ideally, I want to have something that can feel more like a single stroller for the part of the day when I will be out and about with just one child while Alec is at nursery school, but that converts easily (without necessitating a stop at home) into a double stroller for when I pick Alec up
So here are the strollers that we have considered (see picture above):
- BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT. In the US, ca USD 785 for stroller, second seat kit, bassinet kit, belly bar. In Sweden ca SEK 10 300.
- BUGABOO DONKEY. In the US, ca USD 1499 for Duo configuration. In Sweden ca SEK 14 800.
- TEUTONIA TEAM COSMO. Ca SEK 7800 in Sweden.
- BABY JOGGER CITY MINI. In the US, ca USD 400. In Sweden ca SEK 5800.
The Teutonia Team Cosmo was a given on our list since we are so happy with the Teutonia single stroller that we have now. I love the level of comfort that their double stroller offers the children, and I have a lot of confidence in Teutonia’s high quality and robustness. I also liked that it is possible to have the children rear-facing. The price is also very good.
But a number of considerations have led to us removing the Teutonia double stroller from our short list. It is very wide, and there is nothing you can do to adjust it into a single stroller. We would need to keep our old single stroller for walks with just one child (which would be an easy transfer since we could just lift over the entire bassinet insert from the double to the single), which would mean always having to head home in between to switch strollers, and which would not be really feasible in our already over-crowded stroller room. Also, you can’t have one child rear-facing and one child front-facing. So Alec would end up having to sit rear-facing for much longer than he will probably want to, and then Baby #2 will have to be front-facing much earlier than I would like (and than is recommended here). So the Teutonia is off the list.
For more on the strollers that are still on our short list – check in tomorrow!