Sometimes big kids need a lift, too. When you have more than one child, though, entering the world of double strollers might seem daunting. There are several options and weight limits available, and you can find a stroller for your older child to suit your situation. Choosing the best stroller now will result in a comfortable ride later.
Older children have several options for riding in a double stroller with a younger sibling. All-terrain strollers and joggers have large wheels, which means a higher weight limit. Some models can carry children up to 6 years old, with a weight limit of 100 pounds, or even more.
Side-by-side strollers have different weight limits, but some newer models have limits of 45 pounds per seat. These models work best for twins or children close in age, though, to evenly distribute the weight.
A tandem stroller is a model that has one seat in front of the other. The bigger child sits in the back, while a baby of any size can sit in the front.
Though the Phil and Ted Dash does not identify itself as a jogging stroller, it has large wheels to help you maneuver. If you purchase the doubles kit, each seat can fit up to 55 pounds. For a less bulky feel, though, some parents choose the side-by-side. These fold easily, though the weight limit isn’t as high as the jogging and all-terrain models.
Consumer Search suggests the Combi Twin Sport for its ease of use and because it fits through doorways. It can also hold one infant car seat, though only the Combi Shuttle 33. The Combi Sport holds children up to 45 pounds in each seat.
A tandem stroller evenly distributes the weight of a small and big child, and most models can easily accommodate an infant car seat.The Graco Quattro Tour Duo can hold two infant car seats, but it can also hold an infant and a toddler. The front seat can hold up to 50 pounds. Though the stroller itself is heavy at 39 pounds, Baby Center says that it is a good choice for parents who don't need to lift it in and out of a car's trunk often.
While a baby or young toddler might seem big now, it is hard to anticipate how he’ll grow in the next few years. Some children even out as they grow, so buying a double stroller simply on the assumption of your child's weight in a few years could leave you with a stroller you don’t really want.
Also, while some double strollers have an attachment for an infant car seat, not all do. Most jogging and all-terrain strollers are not suitable for infants under six months of age, so if you need to haul a big kid and a newborn, search for a double stroller that can be adapted for small infants.
If you choose a side-by-side stroller, and your two children are not of the same size, one side could lean as you are trying to maneuver the stroller.
Always double-check your owner’s manual for your stroller’s specific weight limits. Never go over the stroller’s weight limit. Even though your child might be big, make sure he is always buckled.