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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

To Double Buggy Or Not To Double Buggy?!



With my due date for baby number 2 fast approaching, I've been finding myself panicking more and more lately about what is left to organise and what things we may need that I may have overlooked.

One of the main concerns on my mind of late has been the question of whether or not to purchase a double pushchair.

Tyne will be turning 2 at the end of this month, about a week before the new baby arrives.

But for around the last 6 months or so, he hasn't really used his own pushchair very much at all.

Usually he prefers to walk when we're out and about, or if we're going somewhere that will require a lot of walking we usually take his Smartrike and he goes in that when he wants a rest.

But of course, things are easier with just one child to consider...if we're out and he does get tired, he can ask for a carry and one of us will hold him....that won't be so easy to do with a new baby to push around too.

So I've been trying to decide if a double pushchair is an investment we should make, or whether it's going to be an unnecessary expense.

I find it hard to make the decision as I'm not overly keen on many of the double pushchairs on the market - I have been doing a bit of research however, and if we do decide to go for one I think the Bugaboo Donkey is the one that looks the most appealing - it seems compact and easy to fold up, and stylish to look at too...whereas so many of the ones available look excessively bulky and difficult to manoevre!

I'm not overly familiar with Bugaboo brand having never purchased from them before, but I've been reading up about them and they seem to have a very good reputation for quality and ease of use which is reassuring.

Of course the other options are to invest in a buggy board, or just to wait and see how we get on without a double pushchair once the new baby is actually here.

If you experienced life with a toddler and new born, did you go for a double pushchair or did you find it easy to manage without one?

As always, I'd love to hear from you!

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6 comments:

  1. Noooo! Like you I am also not fan of double buggies, dont do it! I have witnessed with my own eyes people struggling to fit the donkey through doors in shops and stuff too, so at its insane price there is no way I would ever consider it. How about a nice sling?! ;) xx

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  2. How about doing some baby wearing and then Tyne can go in the buggy?? That's our plan when we go for long days out (even though Darcie will be three then, she still tires on a long day out!). I love the bugaboo brand, I have my eyes on the buffalo!

    Kay xxx

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  3. Bogaboo has a good reputation, but it is a huge expense, especially seeing Tyne wont be in it for all that long, so I tend to agree with others that a sling or a board could be a good option. Otherwise, a cheaper pram would surely do the job for when you REALLY need it.
    I purposedly got a pram that could be extended into a double (icandy), and just had to get the attachment seat, so no huge cost, which is great seeing my little boy will also be two a few weeks after our baby arrives, and he using the pram less and less these days (although I will probably use it a bit more the next two months until baby arrives as it is getting harder and harder to carry him because of the bump)

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  4. My first was 2 when my 2nd was born. I never bothered with a double as couldn't afford it plus my son wanted to walk everywhere. We didn't do a lot of walking so had the buggy board for trips to pre-school. Odd days out to theme parks we had we took a spare foldable buggy to use when he wanted to sit having a pushchair each, came in handy extra handle hanging space. I remember a couple of walks around the village using a sling and the pushchair in early days but it was sweaty business in the summer! You just find a way to do it if your unsure whether to buy one. Even if I had the money I never 'cracked' enough to say to myself I wish I had a double buggy! Totally up to your lifestyle :)

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  5. There is only 14 months between my youngest two , my son is now 7 months and daughter will be two in May and i can honestly say the double buggy hardly gets used. Like Tyne my daughter wants to walk everywhere and i don't really like it when you see older one's getting pushed around in a buggy all the time. I too loved the Donkey and that's the pram i wanted, but it is so expensive! In the end we got the cosatto double as it folds up small and is cheaper and actually fits through doors but we very rarely use it. My daughter either goes on the buggy board or walks with her reins on if we are not going far or if i'm going out with her dad we normally just take her stroller with us and the baby in his pram as it is easier. I would say don't waste your money on a expensive one and if you are going to get a one just get a cheaper one like i did as they rarely get used xx

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  6. My kiddies are the same age gap as yours will be, we bought a Phil and teds which is BRILLIANT!! You can have them both in (baby from newborn) and if Tyne wants to walk it's cool as the seat underneath doubles up as storage or you can remove so the pram becomes a single again. We got ours second hand from eBay, worth a look 😄 Best of luck it's a fabulous journey! Xx

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