Since Addie will only be just shy of 2 years old when the new baby arrives, it is important that I invest in a double stroller if I ever plan to leave the house with both kids. That's just how it is. I wish that a 2-year-old would have the discipline to walk next to me as I pushed a single stroller...but let's be serious here.
So I have done a LOT of online shopping and have read hundreds and hundreds of reviews about double strollers suitable for a toddler and a newborn and before I can decide which stroller to buy, I have to answer one very important question:
Do I want a side-by-side double stroller, or a tandem (front and back) double stroller?
Obviously, there are pros and cons to both strollers. My sister-in-law has a side-by-side stroller which is very cute and light-weight, but we were barely able to move through the isles at Kohl's the other day and that was a definite con in my book. But on the other hand, a tandem stroller has it's disadvantages too because although it is not as wide, it is twice as long, which can be difficult to maneuver as well. But what I like about the tandem stroller is that the kids will be separated. The baby will face me in his/her infant seat and Addie will get her own seat up front facing forward. She won't be able to reach her hand over the side and poke at the baby. They will each have their own space...if you will. This alone has me a little sold. So...I started looking into tandem strollers first.
When I had Addie, I decided to go with the Peg Perego infant seat and I LOVE IT!! It was super easy to get in and out of the car and it fit perfectly in my Peg Perego stroller (which I also love). This is the one I have...
So naturally, I figured I would look up Peg Perego tandem strollers because my infant seat will easily fit into it. Also, I already know from experience that I love the brand and quality. Here is the adorable double tandem stroller they have to offer.
Both seats can fully recline, there is a ton of storage space at the bottom AND the reviews were all pretty great. Sold right? Umm....yeah...this beautiful double stroller runs about $900!!!!!!!!!!! I mean...are you serious? Almost a thousand bucks for ANOTHER stroller? I have searched eBay, Craigs List and some other discount sites but the cheapest I can find this stroller is about $750 and that is in "used" condition. I am sure this stroller is worth every penny and those of you who own it may agree 100%. But I am afraid a $900 stroller is SO not in our budget. So I had to keep looking.
The only way I can afford to stay with the Peg Perego brand is if I opt for the side-by-side Aria stroller (which my sister-in-law has). Again, I love my Aria single stroller so I know it is good quality and I would be able to reuse my infant seat. Here is what she looks like...
Like I said, this is a very nice stroller and at around $300 new, it is within our means. But I would have to sacrifice my want of a tandem stroller and settle for a side-by-side. I am not sure that I want to do that though until I have explored some other options.
I decided to check out a few other brands of tandem strollers and while doing so I came across this Eddie Bauer All-Terrain Tandem stroller on Amazon. It doesn't have a single review yet, but I like a lot of the features (i.e. stadium seating so that the child in the back can see over the child in the front. It also makes it more compact this way). But what I like best about this stroller is the price. It is on sale for $170 AND free shipping! I am not sure that my Peg Perego infant seat will work with it though, which means I would have to invest in an Eddie Bauer seat. Although, the two together come out to roughly $320 and that is close to the price of the side-by-side Peg Perego anyway. What do you think?
It's not a bad looking stroller, but I always get worried about buying things without reading at least one good review. And even though the prices are comparable, I am not sure that I want to buy another infant seat when I have a perfectly nice one at home that I love.
So here is where I need some advice...what would you do in this situation (assuming you are or were a soon-to-be mom of two)? Does anyone own any of these strollers? Does anyone own a different double stroller that they love? I would appreciate any advice or input you have on this subject. In the meantime, I will keep looking :-)