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Double pushchair for 9 mo & 6 mo in London(7 Posts)
I'm returning to work soon & we have found a nanny with her own child to come look after our LO. We need to get a double buggy she can use so it needs to fit on London buses...
She mention the P&T but I just don't like them as I want her to have our LO facing her for as long as he wants so that they can interact. I hate the fact one child goes underneath anyway - they can't see out, they get wet with the puddles & rain splash. Plus these 2 kids are close in age so it's not like having a toddler & sleepy newborn!!
I'm also hoping that if we get the right double buggy this will be the one we also use if we have a 2nd child...,
I like the look of the First Wheels but is it too big for London buses? Ditto the baby jogger city select.....
Any experience or suggestions would be appreciated
Can I just say that in the P&T the back child doesn't 'get wet with the puddles & rain splash.' at all - if anything the child behind is much more protected from the elements than the child in front. - doesn't get wet when it rains, or the wind in their face.
I do think parent facing is better and had a Loola Up for my DS until I needed a double, then got a P&T sport - he was about 10mths old then and seemed happy enough to be forward facing then. There aren't really any parent facing double buggies I can think of though that'd fit on a London bus (its even hard getting a p&t on sometimes!).
The ABC Adventure buggy can come as a single with a 2nd seat that sits on the handlebars facing the adult. You can sometimes find them on ebay, or it'd need to be imported from Australia - it can also become a triple though, so could suit you if your family grows?
Oh gosh - you certainly dont want a First Wheels - they are absolutely HUGE! They are the last pushchair I would want on a bus. The quality is rubbish, the seats are small and I would not recommend one at all. In fact its the only pushchair I have owned that I actually refused to take out for a walk :\
The City Select is actually quite neat with 2 seats on - even in its longest state ie 2 seats facing each other, its shorter than a Phil&Teds and other tandems. But its quite heavy to lift up kerbs - and I guess onto a bus, and your nanny might find it hard to wiggle into position once on the bus? It would probably work ok for the two nanny children, but unless you have a small age gap, it probably wont work so well for your siblings to be. I would say, go and have a good look at it, lift it up a kerb or step and see how you get on. I would also take some extra weights - two x 12kgs and see how you fare.
As for the ABC Adventure Buggy - its definitely NOT a london bus pushchair. Absolutely lovely for walking with out in the country, but not one for a city or public transport.
The fundamental issue with wanting your children facing each other when out, is that they will interact in ways you dont wish eg kicking each other as they get older. The City Select and Oyster Max both have limits on the point at which a child would start to kick the other in the face. Fine now, but maybe not in 6-12 months time. Will they not have enough time to interact during the day?
The best tandems realistically to use and push, are the Britax B-Dual, the iCandy Peach Blossom 2, the Babystyle Oyster Max, the Jane Twone and the City Select.
However I am going to rule the Oyster Max out for you on the basis that you have two youngish babies who will want to sleep and the lower seat recline is not good enough for the lower child to nap.
The City Select I have discussed above.
The Jane Twone - would be quite neat for buses - its bigger than it looks though. However access to the lower child is very difficult. I couldn't even wipe my child's nose through the bars. But it would be easy for the bus.
The Britax B-Dual is notoriously wide and whilst it probably gives you the best option in seating positions, you may wish to consider whether the width will be an issue or not.
The iCandy Peach Blossom 2, to be honest is the best tandem out there for two small children. However you will have one underneath the other (my DC used to fight to get the lower seat because she loved it!) and its very expensive as a nanny pushchair - but may well be worth it long term for you personally.
One final one to consider is the side by side narrow, Mountain Buggy Duet. I personally don't like it for siblings because they can poke, prod etc each other, but the seats are very close and it lends itself better to children on the same age. I dont like the way the fabric bunches around a childs head after being sat up after a nap. The fold is also huge, so be aware. But it may well be a better option for your nanny children than a tandem.
I also would hold the thought that, it may better to focus on the here and now, and sell this double when you know your own age gap, and find something specifically to suit at that time. See this pushchair as a rental rather than a long term investment.
I have a b-dual in single mode atm (this blooming baby had better stay put in there longer than their sibling did) and I've had minimal bother getting it on public transport... both our local trams (which are generally very accessible anyway) and the absolutely geriatric boneshaker buses our local bus company ran (till they went bust leaving me in the lurch) - buses so old they'd just about heard of buggy and disabled spaces, but the probability of them making it up hills was a somewhat interesting game of chance when getting one... the width I've only really had problems with in terms of it going in and out of our back door (but that's partly because some plonker man decided to fit a towel rail behind the door so it doesn't swing open fully)... was nice in the snow as well while a lot of other buggies seemed to have turned into snow ploughs. I don't use the wheel guards though - they rack the width up a helluva lot.
The weight distribution had put me right off the city select - seemed so front-loaded and where we live has so many annoyingly sloped pavements I thought I'd be fighting it a lot of the time (plus the up and down kerb thing).
Thx for the advice ladies.
Tiggy that is a good point re buying one for now & treating it as a rental for the nanny..., will bear that in mind whilst looking at all the options.
Boy oh boy - how expensive are they? Still expensive on eBay!!!!
I saw a First Wheels on gum tree but it stank of ciggies so was not an option. Such a shame because it was half the price of the ones on eBay &, excl the smell, in good nick.
I have an icandy peach blossom for my twins, and its great on buses and in shops. Also it converts easily to a single so you could use it at weekends. They hold their value well and you should be able to resell for a reasonable price
Oh I would definitely recommend the new version of the icandy, not the first version, otherwise there is quite a difference in the size of the seats (the lower seat is much smaller on the original version). You can buy an original second hand as a single and pay £50 to get it altered then buy the new seat pack though
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