Got Twins? Let’s Talk Strollers
If you have recently been gifted with twins, congratulations. Enjoy this precious gift. As you probably realize though, there is going to be a lot of work ahead. One of the first things that you have to think about is strollers.
You basically have two choices when it comes to strollers. You can go with a side by side or an inline stroller. Both have distinct benefits and disadvantages. Here is some food for thought.
These strollers place one baby in front of another. Pretty simple, right. If you are going with car seats that can move to a stroller, inline is usually your only choice.
The advantages of the inline stroller are many.
First and foremost, it will give each baby it’s own little space. This means that if one baby is sleeping, the other one will not wake it up. That is a huge plus as twins are not always on the same page when it comes to sleep times.
Second, an inline stroller is much easier to navigate when you are out and about. It will fit through doorways much easier and will be less awkward to move around, although the turning radius will be larger.
The main disadvantage of this type of stroller is the fact that your babies are separated and twins like to be together.
Side by sides.
A side by side, as the name implies, places the babies next to each other or side by side.
The main advantage of this type of stroller is that the babies get to interact with each other. Ideally, it will help them sync up as well. Eating at the same time and, fingers crossed, sleeping at the same time.
In addition, the side by side makes it easier to tend to your babies. You can get in front of both of them at the same time to comfort feed, etc.
The downside to the side by side stroller is the width. They can be awkward and you will find that they are sometimes a tight squeeze through doorways. Most commercial doorways will be passable, although tight. Residential doorways may require you to remove the babies to pass.
Which One Is Better
The answer of which one to choose, depends on you. What do you value more, convenience or mobility?
The ideal solution would be to have one of each to pick and choose. Yes, that adds to the cost but you could always shop the used market.
What I did with my twins was have both. I bought a brand new inline stroller that worked with my car seats. That was great for shopping. Then I bought a used, side by side jogging stroller. When space was plentiful, the side by side was a dream. In addition, the soft suspension on the jogging stroller was fantastic for babies and me.