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Parenting Irish twins is a whirlwind that leaves your heart full and your life, well, chaotic. Right when you feel like you’ve gotten through one stage with your firstborn, you’re entering it with your second (remember my potty training post?!). My Irish twins were born 11 months apart, and while life can feel at times like a logistical nightmare, there are things I do to prepare and plan. One of those things is researching big-ticket items that we have to purchase, such as a double stroller.
When you have two or more children, buying a stroller should be an investment inconvenience. Choosing the right (or wrong) stroller truly impacts how well an outing can go, whether running errands, getting to appointments, or even going on a walk or jogging — and honestly, it can make or break it.
For a mom of twins or Irish twins, the stroller you have can even be the deciding factor in whether it’s worth it to take your kids out solo or not. This might all seem a little dramatic; I mean, we’re talking about a run-of-the-mill baby product, for crying out loud! But take it from me — having had a single stroller and then shortly after having to buy a double stroller, I can tell you firsthand that it’s essential to narrow your choices down to a stroller that fits well into your lifestyle and a typical day with your kids.
Through my experience trying out a few different types of double strollers (some things I liked and some things I didn’t), combined with a ton of research, I feel well versed on the topic and hope to take some of the guesswork out for you! Below I’ve categorized different types of strollers and chosen specific examples within those categories that I consider to be the best available for Irish twins and twins — taking into account both price and versatility.
Side by Side
Side by side strollers have a bit of a bad rap for being bulky and wide. While this can be true, they also offer the best options when it comes to how well a stroller “drives” and maneuverability on various terrains. They also allow your children to sit forward-facing and next to each other, promoting more interaction with their surroundings and one another.
In addition to having all of the benefits of a side by side stroller, this option is the best of the best when it comes to ease of use and drivability. The swiveling front wheel, top-notch suspension, and heavy-duty wheels allow this stroller to handle terrains spanning smooth to bumpy, whether walking or running. There’s also a handbrake, adding an extra element of safety.
If you want the main features of a high-end double stroller without all the bells and whistles that drive the price up, this stroller is a practical option.
It is an affordable, lightweight, and compact stroller. It can accommodate a car seat, so for parents of Irish twins, you can start using this when your youngest of the two is born.
Tandem strollers are more narrow than side by side, making them feasible for a parent of twins or Irish twins that is always out and about for classes, errands, and appointments. If it’s important to you that your children don’t fight with each other while in the stroller (and out in public…we’ve all been there!), the front-to-back layout of this stroller could be perfect for you.
However, their length can result in a reduced turning radius when you’re on a walk on the sidewalk and, adding to that; they can sometimes feel burdensome to push as your children grow.
With more than 20 different configurations, this durable jogging stroller accommodates a range of needs. It can hold two car seats or just one. Whether you have twins or Irish twins, and regardless of ages, this stroller’s versatility makes it a smart long-term option from birth and on. Tip: keep an eye out for frequent sales on this one!
Chicco is a leading baby brand for a reason — it’s durable and reliable. Though limited to Chicco car seats, this stroller still gives you a lot of bang (and versatility) for your buck.
Allowing up to two car seats, this stroller is a more affordable option. By removing the back seat altogether, you can even convert the stroller to a single — and can actually let your older child stand on the rear platform.
Other Stroller Options
Some families like to have a second stroller for specific outings, or maybe even a temporary stroller while they figure out what their long-term investment will be. I think it’s important to consider some of the other well-rated options available out there.
This stroller frame is incredibly convenient for twin parents lugging around two infants. It allows you to click-in your car seats into the frame, and quickly click them out when you get to your destination. This snap n’ go feature is also vital when going somewhere by car and bringing your stroller — click the seats in and out of the car and stroller seamlessly when you go to and leave your destinations.
This unique design can be pushed like a stroller or pulled like a wagon and can be used on various terrains. Your kids will love lounging in this roomy wagon — especially those who aren’t fans of being in a stroller.
Many parents’ go-to stroller is a classic umbrella stroller. Compact and lightweight, this stroller is easy to pack in and out of a car and fits through standard door sizes — perfect for a trip to the mall or tight spaces like restaurants.
A stroller is a determining factor of convenience. The right stroller for your lifestyle as a mom of Irish twins or twins can be the difference between a disorganized, stressful outing, and a calm, orderly outing. This post has narrowed down several side-by-side and tandem strollers at various price points — with some bonus options to finish it off. I hope this round-up of double stroller recommendations helps to make your life a little easier as you enter life as a mom of twins or Irish twins.