Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates in the USA and Canada.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!


 

Sponsored Ads

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Carseat Crazy eva_luvs_dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    DFW, TX
    Posts
    123
    I'm torn. Dh thinks since my son will be almost 3.5 when the new baby comes...it will be pointless to buy a double.

    He does already not want to be in the stroller and would rather walk. However, that may change once baby arrives??

    I'm looking at getting the BJCMD GT and found it for $375. Even if I were to just get the single its only $100 less *correction, $150 less*

    90% of the time if I'm out with a stroller dh is not with me. Sometimes my teen daughters are though usually. I don't think a kickboard would be an option for us either. If we are in a store and he sees something he likes...he bolts.

    He is a tall almost 3 y/o...always 80-90% on height. Would I get much more use out of a double to justify?

    How old is your oldest in a double? Did them not wanting to sit in a stroller change when new baby came along??

    Once again, any input is super appreciated!!
    Last edited by eva_luvs_dave; 03-05-2014 at 12:53 AM.

  2. # ADS
    Sponsored Ads
    Join Date
    April, 2001
    Location
    Car-Seat.Org
    Posts
    Many
     
     

  3. #2
    CPS Fanatic
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,516

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    My oldest I am pretty sure never rode in a stroller past 3 1/2. I got a double for my twins primarily so I could walk with them which turned out to never work out so well because they fought so much but I used it for zoos and amusement parks and only let it go after last summer (they were 5) when I was actually using it as a make shift triple (the old style Bobs can hold kids on the nose which is awesome - I have also used my single bob as a double)

    I guess it depends on what you want to use it for?

    With a gap that big it's always possible to wear the baby and push the big one, or you could get something like an old bob that the big kid can hop on in some fashion if needed. I actually managed to not use a double for the first 2 years of my twins lives, minus amusement parks (we go to the local one twice every summer) - I preferred to wear one and push one for the most part.

    I hate hate hate ride-on boards personally. So awkward to me.

    I am a little nervous about this coming summer with no more double - even though my oldest never needed it, it's kind of nice at the end of a long day at the park to give tired little ones some means of hopping on so you can haul ass and get out of there.

    I think having a baby in a stroller is more likely to make a bigger kid want to ride but I really don't know.

  4. #3
    Carseat Crazy eva_luvs_dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    DFW, TX
    Posts
    123
    Quote Originally Posted by YinzerMama View Post
    My oldest I am pretty sure never rode in a stroller past 3 1/2. I got a double for my twins primarily so I could walk with them which turned out to never work out so well because they fought so much but I used it for zoos and amusement parks and only let it go after last summer (they were 5) when I was actually using it as a make shift triple (the old style Bobs can hold kids on the nose which is awesome - I have also used my single bob as a double)

    I guess it depends on what you want to use it for?

    With a gap that big it's always possible to wear the baby and push the big one, or you could get something like an old bob that the big kid can hop on in some fashion if needed. I actually managed to not use a double for the first 2 years of my twins lives, minus amusement parks (we go to the local one twice every summer) - I preferred to wear one and push one for the most part.

    I hate hate hate ride-on boards personally. So awkward to me.

    I am a little nervous about this coming summer with no more double - even though my oldest never needed it, it's kind of nice at the end of a long day at the park to give tired little ones some means of hopping on so you can haul ass and get out of there.

    I think having a baby in a stroller is more likely to make a bigger kid want to ride but I really don't know.
    I think the majority of mine would be for walks in the neighborhood/parks/track. I do plan to wear baby alot as well. I just sold my BJCE and now thinking that was a big uh oh lol. Also, next fall (2015) ds will start school.

    I don't plan on amusement parks anytime soon really...nor trips to Disney lol. I just want mine for walks etc....maybe even mall/shopping trips with my teen dds.

  5. #4
    CPS Fanatic
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    1,516

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    If you want to get out for walks then yes absolutely get a double. My logic with strollers is I always buy things I know will resell well... The baby jogger double will resell well.

  6. #5
    CPS Technician Pixels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Worcester county, MA
    Posts
    10,169
    I bought my double when #2 was on the way. #1 was 2y9mo when #2 was born. Yes, it got used, but not all that much. It got used more often as a ride for one child and stuff-carrier than as an actual double. #1 didn't care for riding in the stroller much, she would rather walk, so it really only got used as a double when I needed to have both fully contained and couldn't spare the corner of an eye to watch #1. I could have easily gotten away with no double.

    #3 came along when #2 was 16mo. Then I got my money's worth out of the double. Mostly it was because they were so close in age. Partly because #2 is more of a runner than a listener and has a communication delay that doesn't help any. I probably could have gotten away with just wearing the baby and using a single for #2, but it was usually easier to just double stroller them.

    My kids are 5.5, 3, and 21 months now. I haven't used the double since Halloween. I'm debating selling it.

    I bought my double while still pregnant with #2 because I found an awesome sale, but my plan had been to do all my research and decision-making ahead of time but not purchase until after baby was here and I determined if I really wanted it or not. That way, if I decided that I really did want a double stroller, all I would have to do is order it.
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

  7. #6
    CPS Fanatic MommyShannon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    2,727
    I only use the double for 2 kids if I will be running or walking for exercise where my current 3/4 year old can't just walk at their own pace. DD2 is newly 4 and rarely rides in a stroller. If I'm just walking, I also just use the Ergo for the baby and stroller for older child. I do like the double for tball/softball since I can put all their equipment on one side since we walk a ways. Then all the kids like it as a seat when they aren't playing.
    ~Shannon
    DD (11.5) Seatbelt; DS (9) Incognito; DD2 (7) Britax Parkway; DD3 (4.5) Graco Nautilus

  8. #7
    Senior Community Member SuzaBanana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Mass
    Posts
    913

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    I bought a double when expecting #2 & #1 turned 3 right before #2 was born. I rarely used it & sold it about 6 months later for what I bought it for. On the other hand, my friend who was in the same boat still uses her double for her 5 & 2.5 year old. It's very kid-specific. My older kid prefers to walk & is able to keep close.
    integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching

  9. #8
    Admin - CPS Technician LISmama810's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Chicago-ish
    Posts
    12,178
    My second was 2.5 when my third was born. I considered a double but didn't get one and never missed it. When the baby was very little, I tended to wear him while pushing DD in the stroller. Once he got bigger, he got the stroller while she walked, or I switched off wearing him while she rode, etc.

  10. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    80
    DD was 3 when DS was born and we never needed a double. For DS's first year or less, I wore him and pushed DD in the stroller. By the time he was 1, DD was able to walk pretty far. When we went to the zoo, I brought my Kindercarry (like an Ergo but slightly bigger) and wore DD, who is a lightweight, on my back when she got tired, which was rarely. If I were shorter, or I needed to take the kids on fast walks or runs, then a double would have made sense.

  11. #10
    Carseat Crazy kaharris83's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    547

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    My kids are 28 months apart. I got a few doubles before my second was born. My first started refusing to ride in a stroller while I was pregnant. I ended up selling all my doubles, except my Duallie which I use for exercise. I got a reversible single with a rider board when my youngest was 3 months old and lo and behold my oldest wanted to ride again if he was parent facing. So I just wore the baby and the oldest rode in the single. Or he'd ride the board if baby was riding in the stroller. He was a huge runner and I had no faith he'd stay on the board, but it turns out he loves the board and thinks it is so much fun he doesn't bolt for things when he's riding it so it's been great for us. However I did get a double for a trip to Disney World when #1 was almost 3.5 and #2 was 1 and I've been keeping it in my car and using it daily since then. Had we not gone to Disney where I knew I'd need a double, I would have been fine with a single and never missed having a double. I could have rented a double too, but I used the trip as an excuse to buy a new stroller since I have a bit of a stroller addiction.

    My daily double is a BJCM-GT and I love it. The reversible single with board I have is the Versa GT with BJ rider board. I love that too. With a 3.5 year old I think you could get away with just a single.
    Riding in a 2014 Honda Odyssey
    DS1 July 2010 40 pounds 43" FF in a Congo Frontier 90
    and DS2 Nov 2012 27 pounds 36" ERF in a Faux Hawk Foonf

  12. #11
    Carseat Crazy eva_luvs_dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    DFW, TX
    Posts
    123
    Thanks all for your replies!! I think I will probably just get a BJCM GT. I kind of regret selling my City Elite but something a little more narrow and light weight is ok with me!

    Thanks for all of the input!!!

  13. #12
    Carseat Crazy newyorkDOC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    619
    DD was 3y8m when DS was born and we had a BJCS bc I thought they'd be closer in age and bought it when dd was 1. She barely rode in it after DS was born though she'd stand on the frame occasionally. I found it to be a monster in double mode.

    Mainly I wear DS (now 18m) and dd (now 5) uses her scooter. A single was fine (we have a bee) bc I could wear DS when dd got tired. I also had a bibi strolli though which is like a bike attachment thing (it's offset unlike a buggy board).
    Mom to Caterina born January 12, 2009 and FF in a TWE and Julian born September 6, 2012 and RF in a Varioguard

  14. #13
    Admin - CPS Technician Emeritus UlrikeDG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    8,774

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    I would wait and see if you miss it. I liked having a double, but not until the baby got old enough to walk and didn't want to be carried all the time.
    Ulrike, mom to:
    Roman (3/98), Evalina (3/00), Nadia (3/03), and Kira (11/07)


    See an inappropriate post? Don't reply to it; report it!
    Thanks for your help in keeping this a safe, SPAM-free zone!

  15. #14
    Carseat Crazy
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    222

    Re: Should I even buy a double....??

    I have a baby trend sit n stand and it has been worth it. I bought it used for about $100, so not so high as you're thinking of. It converts from a double seater to a sit n stand. My two are 2.5 yrs apart. Oldest rode in front while I used the baby carrier in the back. When I no longer needed both seats, I converted to the sit n stand. They still both like to ride, for zoo trips, and are 3 and 5. I don't take it out as much now though.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •