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side by side twin stroller travel system...does it exist?

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Posted on Mar 29, 2010 6:46:56 AM PDT
N. Glynn says:
I bought the baby trend navigator 2 weeks ago. After using it twice, the front wheels wobbled. I'm going to exchange it and see if it still wobbles. I really WANT to love it - but there are a lot of little things I don't like. It will fit through a standard 36" door - but with a little wiggling. The reason I will not complain about the width is the room the kids have. I picked this stroller because I have an infant that I want the capability to snap his Graco Safe Seat on, and an almost 2 year old - but I also wanted something they could grow into. I put my oldest in several of the tandem seats, and they fit him NOW - no room to grow. The navigator had lots of grow room.

I want a snack tray for camping and outings like fairs, parades, etc - and it is the only side by side with "large" wheels (for off-road use) with snack trays.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 5:59:36 PM PDT
Shoe La La says:
They exist, but I would highly recommend a tandem instead - one behind the other! The side-by-side look cute, but are impractical when shopping with your children. I have a tandem and have used it since we first ventured out of the house with my twins. We still use it in our local mall and my twins are 3 1/2! I have met other twin moms who had the side-by-side and they had great difficulty getting the stroller down aisles and navigating it through tight stores, like most baby stores are, in fact! I find my tandem very easy to maneuver, fold down and pop into the trunk in our Toyota Sequoia, which is pretty high off the ground.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 2:59:09 PM PDT
Britni says:
I know that this thread is very old now, but it was actually helpful for me to see as I am now expecting twins and looking for a side by side travel system. Just in case there are others still reading this thread in search of answers: In addition to the baby trend navigator sonic and the stroll-air duo (both jogging strollers), I've also found the Bugaboo Donkey which is amazing. It is also ridiculously expensive, but I still want it. Looks like it grows and shrinks with your family needs. I have no experience with owning any of them unfortunately.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 3:40:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2012 4:22:39 AM PDT
I don't have twins, but when my son was born, I was in the market for a double because I also have a daughter who is younger...(3). She's very active so we thought we could get away with having her walk when we were out, but soon discovered how valuable it can be to have a double even with one child who's older, as she can nap while we're out with both for extended periods of time.
I too, knew I preferred the convenience of the side-by-side....and that it somewhat outweighed the con of the width-size issue people have. The other fact that not all people consider/mention when you are shopping for/trying to decide between is that the tandums are definitely harder to maneuver and steer. For me, based on my experience, that is a huge deciding factor. You want something easy and fun to push/haul cuz you're going to be doing it alot and its a little tougher doing everything with two as it is. Because where we'd likely need one most (amusement parks, zoos, etc) for extended trips & such, you're usually outside and its not as important to me that I can manuever my double between smaller store isles and racks. I tested out a bunch with my two at stores and considered a lot of other important factors that I already knew from experience with my the ease of folding/breaking down, space/how I could arrange it in my car to leave room for other things (groceries, etc), storage capacity, weight limit, canopies, and ability to add on/have cup holders, snack trays, etc.
I also checked out a lot of super helpful online videos by Baby Gizmo where they give reviews of the latest models of most things for baby (strollers, high chairs, etc). It was kinda tiring, like shopping for a car but important that you get what's best for you... And ultimately, for a good one, it's pricy, but a worthwhile investment.

My top picks were:
the newly/updated double BOB Revolution
(can't hold two car seats at the same time) neighbor has twins and she loves hers for when they are both already awake going in...they are only 2 1/2 months. Sometimes one will fall asleep while in it. Can't jog with them in it this young, obviously, but they use it for walks around the neighborhood and to the park. It's probably the double I also see most at Disneyland.
Pros: awesome/ best weight capacity
Super easy steering/mobility
Easy break down (and only one piece)
Huge canopies

Cons: bulky in car
Not great to use for newborns unless in the car seat adapter (it's a huge space and I felt like my son would get jostled around too much in it even while only walking... Seat can kinda sway side to side while reclined)
Can't use two car seats at the same time
Larger than wheelchair width

Bumbleride Indie Twin

Pros: nice design, more stylish, visually appealing
Nice quality material (water resistant, but soft and more padding)
Lots of zippers and compartments/ storage
Huge canopies
Wheelchair width, so it fits within most doors easy

Cons: tough to remember, but I think it's a little tougher to break down
Cant accommodate 2 car seats at the same time
If I wanted my son to face me, I didn't like how high the car seat adapter sat my son, it seemed awkward
Only average weight capacity (my daughter is older and tall for her age, so she would outgrow sooner than with a BOB)

And finally.......
Bugaboo's Donkey

Cons: huge price tag
Average weight capacity
Not as easy to break down, but with practice, not too bad
When broken down with pieces attached, it's very bulky
To maximize trunk space, you'll have 3 pieces

Pros: list goes on and on

As you may have already noticed, I started with the cons as opposed to the other two strollers. Im probably considered crazy and insane by people who know the price I paid for this stroller, but after months of research, test drives, thinking, etc, this was the one I knew I'd be happiest with. It was tough to convince my husband it might be worth that we have it, he always wants to push/use it and he says he's glad we went with it. He kinda hogs it at times. So far, I'm still happy and I'm only bummed I didn't buy it sooner so I could have used it when my son was 0-2 months.
Contrary to my daughter, at 3-5 1/2 months, he still liked being in the bassinet. So, if he was sleeping, we would just carefully take him from his car seat and lay him down. But what's awesome, is that this is the only side by side double that can accommodate 2 car seats!! And what's nice about the bassinets is that there's a lot of room ( it's long) for a thicker blanket to be tucked in down by the legs...... we kept teething toys etc down there and there's a velcro piece that fits over to keep them warm and from that stuff falling out. I only wished they made it zip like their other models, cuz my son would constantly kick/ push open the velcroed top with his feet.
At first, I didn't like how each seat/side was more narrow than their Cameleon. But for my kids, it doesn't seem to make a difference. And they made the space more narrow so that it could easily fit through standard doors/frames......and I can honestly say that it does. It's the same width as the Cameleon.
I don't have twins, but I can imagine that having 2 car seats able to attach at the same time is a must. (only works for the maxi cosi, but I had that car seat for my son and daughter and love it because the material is nice and its the lightest infant car seat out there)..I still carry my 12 month in it, in and out of the car seat bases of our two cars. He's recently outgrown the weight capacity on it and needs a new car seat.
With him, I didn't use the car seat adapter with the stroller b/c he liked the freedom to move and nap in the bassinet more. My daughter hated it as an infant in the Cameleon, so I used the car seat adapter a lot in the beginning and if they're colicky, or don't nap easily, it's a must for an easier transfer to the stroller. Because each baby is different and you have twins, you don't always know what to expect......but at least you have more options with this one.
For you, the car seat adaptability is huge, but for me, I was sold on the fact that this is the only side by side double that allows for the option of having them face out and/or face you. It makes the world of a difference for me to be able to easily see my son when I want to and interact with him as we're out while he's in there. For short trips, my daughter will walk and I carry him in a carrier, but if I can't do that, it's just nice to be able to bond still with eye contact, language etc having him face me while she's napping on the other side on longer trips/outings.
I love the fact that you can customize the colors of both sides and it's a super attractive stroller; we get stopped all the time. Mine is pink and blue and I had a place monogram their canopies for $30.
Bugaboo is supposed to offer a snack tray that can attach where the belly bar is...I haven't checked if its out yet.
Storage underneath is ok....better than the BOB's as far as capacity and keeping things in (there's netting and velcroed compartments down there too, but not as deep of a basket as I'd like. I use the petunia pickle velcro stroller clips and hang my bag for easy access and this leaves more storage for the bottom if I need it.
Even though we are now using the toddler/reg seats for both sides and that's the slimmest way to break down in one piece, (as opposed to two bassinets), I still pop off both seats first and stack them on one another, then place them over the folded chassis b/c that allows for the most trunk space. I am really fast at this from practice and don't seem to mind it when I think about all the other things my stroller can do that others still can't. Chassis is a bit heavy, but that's a good thing. It's solid and super strong/stable/safe/long lasting....
Fabric and padding is superb; it seems the most comfortable for them, pad for bassinet is very nice.
Canopies aren't huge, but they do the job fine. If I want more shade/ privacy for my son, I drape a large muslin blanket over part of the canopy and it stays in place pretty well.
It glides.....awesome steering and mobility, probably the best out there.
Tires are a good in-between....not too bulky as the BOB's can sometimes be for going in and out of stores, shopping, yet it can handle some tougher terrain if needed. Just wish that the tires were the foam kind that you don't have to sometimes pump. It's really not enough to list as a con b/c I only need to pump every couple months and I think it's b/c of the weight difference in my kids. I alternate the sides I put the seats to help keep the tire pressures more balanced.
Biggest bummer is that my daughter will soon outgrow this as she's tall and 3 1/2.......I anticipate one more year maybe, if she ever falls asleep while we are out. But what's nice, is that you can still use it as a single for my younger son. At first, I didn't like that mode b/c of the basket next to it, but I'm always needing more room/ space for things.
What I didn't know till a lady gave me a demo in the store, is that everything you do on the stroller can be done one handed if needed!!!!!! Except for the breakdown of course, reclining the seats to a sleep position, or popping off/reversing the seats even, can be done using one hand......super bonus feature for me and other busy moms who might need to hold something else in the other hand at times. Not only are side by sides easier to access your kids, and maneuver, you can push it right up to a table much easier to feed them if you cant/don't want to use a high chair.
Needless to say, we have a stroller lock for ours and never leave it for too long.
I know this post is sooooo long, but I had a really hard time deciding and b/c it's such an important buy/huge investment it took a couple of months.....I hope this helps others who read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 2:36:10 PM PDT
SCHWINN!!! IT IS AN AMAZING JOGGIN STROLLER FOR TWINS its side by side and oh my gosh i love taking my twin neice and nephew around it!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 6:20:40 AM PDT
Manda says:
The In-step jogger is nice, very easy to push

Posted on May 1, 2012 11:33:05 AM PDT
Jessica Fein says:
Look at the Bugaboo donkey plus the car seat attachment.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013 8:33:43 AM PST
What brand of car seats did you use for the frame?
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