Parents of 2 kids separated by 3 years, talk to me about strollers. My daughter will be a month shy of 3 years old when the new baby is born. She currently rides in the stroller a lot still because we walk everywhere. It’s also helpful to have when we go on outings to the zoo and other places with a ton of walking. So what should I do when the baby is born? Should I do a double stroller or is it a waste because she really won’t be riding much at age 3? When do kids stop using a stroller for good? I know some people get those little boards on the back of their stroller for older kids but my daughter likes sitting in the stroller to eat her snack and rest so I don’t think the board is going to be a good substitute.

  • Lacy
    Feb 20, 2018

    I love my bumbleride indie twin. One of the few side by sides that fit through doors. Light jogging approved and great on all terrain. I have one that will be 3 in April and a 5 month old. Love it

  • Andrea
    Feb 20, 2018

    We have 2 options depending on where we are going and what means of transportation we will be taking to get there. We have the City Select for when we are going somewhere in the car or walking and we don’t need to navigate small turns or crowded stores or restaurants - zoo, park, walks, places like that. I will say that I found it online used, which was great, because we definitely don’t use it enough for us to have paid full price for it. It’s great, but definitely more of a special occasion stroller if you live in a big city. The other option we do is to use a smaller single stroller (that we already had from our first kid) with a Lascal roller board attached for our daily needs when we take public transportation. It’s much more compact and the 3 year old loves to ride on his board. We have the ability to attach it to our maclaren or our daily use mamas and papas stroller. One of these 2 options typically works well for us.

  • Dani
    Feb 20, 2018

    If we have a second, we totally plan on a double stroller. Sometimes our 3 year old just needs that break, or a safe place to be in so we know she won't disappear in a crowd.

  • Adrienne
    Feb 20, 2018

    We got the joovy double stroller. Super lightweight and I have the same age difference kids. There is an option for the 3 year old to sit or stand and he likes both.

  • Angela
    Feb 20, 2018

    I was in that exact predicament. I wasn't sure how much my 3 year old still needed a stroller. But I decided I really wanted a simple double for day trips and things like Disneyland. I picked the Zoe V2, and so far quite like it- it's super lightweight! If I had the girls closer together, I probably would have gone with something sturdier, but for a travel/ day trip stroller it's great. Downside is that you can't really use it for a newborn. I bought ours when the baby was about 3 or 4 months. We have the attachment board for the single stroller which doesn't work that great on a City Mini. There's also the option of wearing the baby in a carrier.

  • Erin
    Feb 20, 2018

    My friend has a 2.5 yr old and a newborn and they only have the rider board on their stroller and after seeing her try to manage all that I would absolutely recommend a double stroller.

  • Jess
    Feb 20, 2018

    We got the Graco Ready2Grow and it’s been very convenient. We have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 month old, her car seat/carrier clicks right in and my son sits in the front. When my daughter gets big enough she’ll sit in the front and my son will ride on the bench behind her or he can stand while we stroll.

  • Megan
    Feb 20, 2018

    We have the joovy double stroller, we don’t use it much at all yet. We added a rider board to our britax which we use more. We also put our infant in a carrier and our toddler in the single stroller.

  • Jess
    Feb 20, 2018

    I have 2 children 2 years apart and I bought a double stroller. We used it a hand full of times because it’s huge (very wide) and heavy with both children in it. We mostly used it to go jogging but my daughter now walks. What I used to do when my son was an infant and my daughter was 2, was take a baby carrier to put him in just in case my daughter got tired. Once she started PreK (at 3) she stopped using the stroller. On occasion when she falls asleep in the car we carry my son home if he’s also asleep. We don’t use it at all now and she just turned 4.

  • Ava
    Feb 20, 2018

    Even though ur daughter is 3, she may want to rest or like being pushed still so I'd say go with the one that give you an option for double stroller and the board. I have the Uppababy vista because I know I want 3 kids. I love that stroller so much.

  • Jaime
    Feb 20, 2018

    I think the City Select is a good choice - that’s what I have. Or some equivalent where it’s optional to take a seat out and have it just for one kid, and have a board attached for the older kid to stand on. Otherwise, I think that first year you’ll be kicking yourself for not being able to push both of them!

  • Mariah
    Feb 20, 2018

    I have a graco click connect it has a seat facing you and a seat facing the street. The seat facing you can hold the click connect infant car seat and it comes out so there's the sit and stand part. I love it. I've taken it to the aquarium several times and it's really great with alot of storage under and easy to maneuver once you're use to it. It's quite a bit long though when folded up so you need a wide car to carry it. only con I have is the cup holder for me is really small.

  • Lolo
    Feb 20, 2018

    Wear baby number two

  • Sarah
    Feb 20, 2018

    I have a sit and stand stroller. By oldest like to walk so it work great for when she gets tired she can just crawl in and sit

  • Tiffany
    Feb 20, 2018

    Baby carrier for the baby and stroller for your 3 year old until she is a little older.

  • antigrav_kids
    Feb 21, 2018

    I love having never had a stroller, so I'm of no use on the two-seat vs. single seat part of the question :) As for the 'when are kids done with strollers?' part, I think the age for being done with the stroller for good largely depends on what the parent and the kid want to do. My really short answer is the kids here were done with the wrap when they turned two. Between two and three I occasionally had to hip carry or put them on my shoulders while I had the younger kid in the wrap, but for the most part they were down on the ground, and walking with the rest of the gang. Now for the longer answer just because I’ve had so much fun not having a stroller and walking around with the kids. :) As each of the kids learned to walk, I took them out of the wrap as often as they wanted—which was most of the time they were awake—so they could walk with me. It was really slow going at first, but by the time they were two each of them could walk a mile. While they were coming up to speed, (pun totally intended), even when they were a little too big for it, I wore the wrap because I could still use it to support a hip carry if they were too tired. I’ve loved the advantages all of this bought. I think the kids are more engaged with our neighborhood and the people in it because they’re down on the ground interacting with everything and everyone. They’re all best-buddies with the gentlemen who own our neighborhood package/convenience store. We have to warn each new nanny that the gang is going to drag them into a package store to make introductions :) The gang are also best buddies with a woman who retired a few blocks away, and walks her dog through the neighborhood at the same time they’re out. The kids all know how to get places on foot in several San Francisco neighborhoods. No. 2’s (who is now five, but was two when we moved here), version of ‘toddlers prefer routines’ was to insist that nannies follow the walking routes he was used to down to the side of the street.. We were very careful with making sure each kid learned about intersections. San Francisco’s ADA provisions made this super easy. All the corners have wheelchair ramps that have a set of grooved lines about four feet behind them. All the kids have learned that that’s where they stop and wait for us. Oh! Also, as long as I’m espousing the beauty of SF for kids, all the street names are etched into the sidewalk at intersections, which is a huge plus for learning letters! Anyway, since they’ve all learned to stop at every intersection, it’s been so nice to have them running up to a block ahead of us where we can keep an eye on them easily without having to worry if they’re keeping up or where they are behind us. It also gives the kids time to look at things in windows and interact with passersby without having to stop the forward progress of the whole group. And now, having summed up what I love about not having strollers, I’ll go quietly beam for a bit, and then get back to work :)

  • Katherine
    Feb 22, 2018

    I thought we wouldn’t use our double stroller much since William loves to scoot/bike/etc. But we still use it often and he’s almost 4. We live a 12 min walk from a good playground, across from a busy, dangerous street so I prefer for him to be in the stroller when we go there. My boys both like the glider board attachment too so I’ve been thinking of getting rid of the double and just using our single plus glider board