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Strollers for Twins - Tips for Making the Right Choice

Buying a stroller for twins is an absolute necessity if you have been lucky enough to be blessed with the arrival of twins. However, buying a baby stroller for twins can be a lot more difficult than buying a baby stroller for a single infant because of the additional needs of twins.

You will soon discover that there are two main types of strollers for twins, double strollers (or side-by-side) and tandem strollers, both of which come in different styles, quality, comfort and safety standards.

Here are some features to look for when determining which stroller to go for based on your needs and budget.
  • Tandem or side-by-side? If you’ve got newborn twins, you’ll need both seats to be fully reclinable, meaning some tandems won’t be suitable. Otherwise, it’s a matter of personal preference. Try different types in the store - with the children in them, if possible - to get the feel of which is best for you.
  • A five-point child harness is an absolute must, with the two shoulder, two waist and crotch straps being securely connected to the stroller frame. The straps should also be adjustable to allow for growth and the buckle locks should be childproof.
  • Most strollers have brakes linked by a bar, so that you only need to push down on one mechanism to activate them, while others have individual brakes on each wheel.
  • You will need to ensure that the handle of the stroller is at a comfortable height, otherwise you will need to look for models with a height adjustable handle.
  • Double strollers tend to be heavier and bulkier, so you will need to try folding and unfolding it in the shop to see if you can comfortably carry it, and also make sure you can fit it in your car boot.
  • Large inflatable wheels give the most comfortable ride and while swivelling front wheels make manoeuvering much easier, it is very handy if they can be locked for safer travelling at higher speeds or over rough terrain.
  • A basket or underneath the stroller that is spacious enough to hold a few baby essentials, deep enough not to allow items to fall out and easily accessible even when the seats are fully reclined.
  • You also need to think about how easy it will be to manoeuver a twin stroller through tight shopping aisles, standard doorways, and grocery lanes so try and take it for a little test run in the store before you decide.

Just to complicate matters even further, if you’re planning on jogging or power walking with your twins, then you should also consider a twin jogging stroller.

As strollers for twins are more expensive than standard strollers, why not get some more helpful advice and tips on the best, safest and most reliable strollers available at our website.

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