So, with 2 under 2, the great search for a great double stroller commenced. I bought (before I was pregnant) an UppaBaby Vista stroller. That thing is awesomesauce. It has an extension handlebar for tall folks to not be hunched over, a HUGE basket underneath for all sorts of things (including, at some point, 2 bottles of champagne, OJ, baking items, and a few other Target essentials), and handled like a champ. But looking over their 2nd seat addition – the Rumble Seat – the reviews weren’t so hot. And what made me decide against that addition was the fact that Aubrey wouldn’t be facing out. She’d be facing the back of the other kid (or the face. depending how we had the main seat). Girlfriend loves to look out. She started using the stroller face out when she was about 4 months old. Depriving her of the outside world seemed mean.
So I started looking. And quickly got discouraged. I couldn’t comprehend dumping over 500 or 600 dollars on a new and decent double stroller. And if I went the lesser priced route, I’d be sacrificing all the things I love about the Vista. I still wasn’t sure what to do – keep the Vista and use my Ergo baby carrier with the newborn? But then what if they fall asleep and I have to do the dreaded carseat transfer? Also, this baby is due in JULY. In California where the temps in our town exceed 100 on a daily basis. Do you REALLY think I’ll want to sport a cotton carrier with a hot little heat radiating baby? No. Probably not the best decision.
So, one day I was checking out the local baby board for my town on Facebook and came across the photo of a really cool looking double stroller. It was for the Bumbleride Indie Twin. The color combination is called Seagrass. I loved it. I got in line for the consideration of it (there were about 4 or 5 people ahead of me) and I figured it’d go to one of them.
Slowly I kept getting notifications that the next one in line was up. Then the next. Finally – ME! The mom met up with me in the parking lot of my work and she took it out, told me about the features, and helped me put it in my car to see how much space it takes up.
A lot. But, I loved the design and you could have both kids face out, it still fit through standard doors, and the basket underneath is huge. She also had a lot of the accessories to go with it. I asked her if she minded me thinking about it – since it IS a huge purchase – and she said no problem! I talked it over with Jon and he knows how important a good stroller is to me. He didn’t like when I grabbed the UppaBaby, but after using it, he has grown to love it and appreciate it too. So I thought a lot about it, and decided that it was meant for us to have. It’s a great deal, and once we get closer to my due date I’ll sell our Vista and it will almost cover the cost of this new stroller. And I love that it’s still green 🙂
How did you handle multiples? Did you get a new, bigger stroller? Or was your oldest big enough to walk around most the time? If Aubrey had been older, I probably would not have upgraded the stroller. But she’ll only be 21 months. I think she’ll want to sit and hang out for awhile 🙂