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am i really mad to get a twin maclaren?

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it turns out no double meets my needs but I definitely need one as dd will be 18 months when the new one is born and is not near walking at age 1.

people keep telling me they are awful to push but they are lightweight to lift, compact in the car and house and generally seem straightforward.

I had a good look at a mountain buggy yesterday and it takes up the whole of the boot of our large estate car. I can't see myself lifting it in and out most days.

so is the McLaren the easy option here?

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 04-Mar-13 08:23:47

Where do you live ( village/town/country ) & where do you currently go with the single buggy?

We looked at one, & I too thought it was the simplest lightest option.

But, it wouldn't fit through my front door, or even gate, so I'd have to leave baby parked on pavement, take toddler in, then take baby in, then fold buggy.

It wouldn't fit through any local shop doors either.

Frankly it didn't fit on most of our local pavements, well it did until you met a tree.

If it was just for keeping in the car to take out at airports, new massive shopping centres, supermarkets, it would have been fine. But it didn't work for what I actually wanted to do, which was school run, local shops, park, in and out of our house 6+ times a day.

givemeaclue Mon 04-Mar-13 08:24:13

I loved mine, but don't think are suitable for new borns as they can't lie flat? But good for toddlers and easy to push. Or maybe you are talking about a different model that is suitable for new borns?

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 04-Mar-13 08:24:51

I got a p&t in the end, but never folded it smile

givemeaclue Mon 04-Mar-13 08:25:24

Oh yes, didn't fit through my front door, had to take dcs out and into house then fold buggy and bring it in

I hoped there would be a lie flat one.

we have a fairly narrow doorway and nowhere to store a pushchair in the house currently. we are hoping to move.

would mainly used or out and about streets and local shops. rarely large shopping centres

so I might encounter the problems you suggest. what should I get?

it can't be heavy to fold.

MortifiedAdams Mon 04-Mar-13 09:13:57

Would you consider having the newborn in a sling for the first six minths then you dont need to worry about a double that lies flat.

I carry the one year old in a sling so I'm hoping to do that with one as much as possible but its not always going to be practical so I think I really will need a double too. but I want it to be as light and simple as possible.

the only other option I've thought of it one like the my child sienta and putting dd in the back if she needs to sleep and carrying the little one.. but thats not a perfect solution either.

MiaowTheCat Mon 04-Mar-13 12:23:46

The M+P stroller style one and the Cosatto ones DO lie flat (the M+P one was down to £99 a couple of weeks ago and is a nice small fold up - although struggles to fit in my mum's car boot when it's full of her usual boxes of crap she persists in carting around... she bought one to have available up at her house and save us lugging a buggy along with double-baby paraphernalia around up to hers). My arthritic mother who is befuddled by any new "modern technology" manages to fold/unfold it - as does my younger brother who wouldn't have a clue about anything baby-related if it bit him on the arse.

We've bought a second-hand Cosatto to leave in the car and generally be abused and covered with mud dog-walking - bought it second-hand off Gumtree - except all the flipping "bro and sis" stuff meant it was ages to wait for one to come up with the right combination of genders (and not utterly twee) for us! (We can't use one as a main pushchair because of a narrow access to our back door and the fact the front doors are so badly designed in these houses you need to climb up three stairs to open the damned thing if you get what I mean - but I like having a pushchair that's abandon in boot-able for when you decide to pop somewhere on the way home from doing a quick pickup etc)

Ihateparties Mon 04-Mar-13 13:39:13

Maybe it comes down to what are you most concerned about folding, lifting and boot/storage, pushability, fitting in shops/doors etc. or something else? I'm not sure why no double meets your needs because I can't remember the previous threads except to say there were some. I can't help feeling like there are at lot of things between a mountain buggy and a maclaren twin techno or triumph.

If you mostly walk places bearing in mind you will have two under two who will likely both sleep in the pushchair at least sometimes then personally I would prioritise being able to drive them into the house as oppose to having to load and unload outside.I go in and out a lot of times a day though so my own experience is inevitably affecting my opinions. Equally I would choose something easy to push, easier than an umbrella side by side but if you don't walk much i guess that matters less.

Doubles and tandems are tricky though, especially when weight and folded size are important to you. It's hard to get everything you need, sometimes impossible depending on your requirements.

Tiggywunkle Mon 04-Mar-13 15:00:05

I agree with ihateparties there HAS to be something between the MB and an umbrella fold to suit. I assume you have looked at the Baby Joggers, Bumbleride, Air Buggy Mimi, Nipper, Easywalker etc etc.
The umbrella folds in general are harder to push, not as manoeuverable and not as comfy for the child. But double pushchairs are hard to find one to suit TBH.

OK sorry, I'll start at the beginning!

we walk places and we go in the car. probably in the car most days and walks 2-3 days a week. at the moment I mostly carry dd or put her in the sling or latterly the umbrella fold. we also have an oyster which I love.

I'm not currently using the oyster as its a FAFF to lift in and out of the car whole and boring to put together and it has to be collapsed as soon as we come into the house as the hallway is too narrow to get by it. it would take up most of the sitting room too. we just just about squeeze past an umbrella fold in the hall.

our doorway is just 70cm as it doesn't open directly against the wall and it would be hard to fold any longer pushchair in the hall. I don't think a longer one would make the turn into the sitting room to be folded.

so basically I think I have to unload and load in the street.

but as I said we are looking to move house, one of my criteria is a larger hall funnily enough!

we have a big estate so that's not a problem, but I'm not a fan of lifting heavy things (and I know the oyster is light!) so I know I'd get bored of lifting a heavy pushchair and seek a lighter one.

I hope to use a sling and single as much as possible.

I prefer parent facing for both babies but know that is asking a bit much. ideally they both need to nap, one will need lie flat. we won't be spending hours and hours out with them in the buggys so it doesn't need to be the Ritz.

out of what I've looked at so far I think the mountain buggy is ideal but to heavy, bjcm too wide for house, out and about nipper 2 a possibility not sure on weight, Phil and TEDs bulky and maybe heavy, bduel etc too much of a FAFF, oyster Max could be lush but wont be any bargains to be had...
stroller cheap cheerful might just do the job.

so I'm stuck! please magic me the one, oh brilliant pushchair people!

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 04-Mar-13 21:48:30

How about a large porch, or big shed in front garden to store any buggy of choice smile ?

Can you store one in the house anywhere else other than hallway? Living room, futility, unused dining room, straight through house & into she'd in back garden?

When pushed I would put my P&T in the car whole, just one it's side, as I never worked out how to fold it. That and a dog ramp might work for your estate smile

nowhere else in the house to put it. house too small but going on the market tomorrow.
love the idea of putting the pushchair whole into the boot grin
does the p&t meet my needs?

LynetteScavo England Mon 04-Mar-13 22:01:56

I had a double maclaren for two toddlers. It was brilliant (I bought it as it was easy to put in the car, and narrow enough for shops - I had a big all terain double that was great for walking, but rubbing for the car or shopping)

But when I had a toddler and a newborn, I bought a Phil and Teds (We also had two single pushchairs, DH was a bit hmm) grin

I think a P&T full fills your criteria.

LemonBreeland Mon 04-Mar-13 22:06:13

What about a bjcm double? Lovely to push folds quite flat and lies flat.

barleysugar Mon 04-Mar-13 22:13:31

I don't know ifs they still make them but we had a Jane Powertwin for our two, also 18 mos apart. It was only fractionally longer than the single Jane Powertrack and not too heavy. It folded up so small I even fit it into my mums Polo boot!

What I really liked about it was using the car seat facing me for the newborn and the toddler at the front feels like they are the driver at the front! The car seat adapters fit on either front or back and if I needed dc1 to have a nap, I'd put the car seat on the front, recline the back seat and put the hoods together and she got a really good nap position.

Tiggywunkle Mon 04-Mar-13 22:17:40

I think if the single Oyster is a faff, then the double will be worse......much as it is lovely. Its wider for a start and the lower seat needs removing to fold, plus its bigger to fold.

The Nipper is lovely but thats pretty big folded too and has lots of steps to folding it. If you want a no faff pushchair, then the City Mini is the way to go, but then you have to unload the children to get them into the house.

Where is ihateparties?? She needs to tell you about her new purple creation thats light and simple and whether it would work for a newborn and toddler.......hmm..let me go a hunting for her.....

giraffesCantDateDucks Mon 04-Mar-13 22:20:29

I used one for 6mo nannying and I Hated it to push.

Also as they get older it is very very hard to get up on the kerb. When I used it I had it with 2yr old and 4yr old in it (was before I drove so very long distances had both in) and was a nightmare to get up, you had to stop, brace yourself, yank it back on to 2 wheels, then an almighty shove!

giraffesCantDateDucks Mon 04-Mar-13 22:20:56

Sorry I meant for 6months not for a 6 month old

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Mon 04-Mar-13 22:23:27

I borrowed one for a quick trip to Tesco once. The wheels wouldn't go round in the shop so it fell like I was pushing it with the brakes on all the time. Awful, never again

the power twin looks a possibility - thanks!! anyone know how heavy it is?

any what is the recline like on the front? is it too much to ask for a cabriofix to attach? just to give 2 sleeping options.

LynetteScavo England Mon 04-Mar-13 22:27:41

I've heard the power twin is heavy. I once saw someone at the bottom of the stairs in the underground with one.

I suspect she might still be there.

Ihateparties Mon 04-Mar-13 22:30:32

Not whole, you'd need to take the second seat off. Hmmm. Hmmmm.

Right, work with me a minute on a little speculation... I have a twone, which is light and lovely and I have loved it (most particularly with two main seats instead of the proper set up but also loved in proper set up too) light, v easy to push, fold, robust enough etc.) BUT for research purposes recently got one of these very very cheap in order to review it really. BUT turns out now my youngest dcs are that bit older I actually LOVE it. It's light, as it this morning my friend's very narrow hallway was blocked with tools, I just picked up the empty buggy and trotted over with it. I got on the scales with it and I believe it to be under 12kg. Which the twone claims to be but isn't, it's more like 14.5 in reality.

The fold is soooo easy, it folds with the top seat on, the lower seat is simple to take off. The top seat also parent faces in single mode and will do so fulle reclined in double mode if your lower child isn't too particular. I have done this for short periods and more so now my lower child is in there a lot less often but does still need the seat. The lower seat also doesn't recline so any sleeping has to be done sitting up. The seats do go in either position but the frame prevents the main seat from lying flat in the lower position.

I have spent the week trying to work out what you'd do with a newborn. It comes with Maxi cosi adaptors so that is the easy option. I am also waiting to get a go with a silver cross surf nest wedge thing (and a newborn to try in it) as there are adaptors that push the upper seat forwards so it can fully recline and not be in the way of the lower seat. In theory they could be wedged flat with a nest or smartmuff for a baby, the only downside would be they would be facing forwards and you'd only see them through the viewing window.

It's soooooooo many million miles better than it looks, than the price suggests, I could go on and on. To put this in context before the twone I have used a hauck duett, a peach blossom 1, a b dual, the twone, a graco tandem, a MB Duet and probably others I have forgotten... ie I have experienced other things in a range of price brackets and on impressions of the first fortnight this one is an amazing bargain if you can live with having one seat that doesn't recline. It's a true no frills sibling pushchair and genuinely works as a reversible seat single without looking daft at all.

I love it.

Can you tell?

AugustaLoveday Mon 04-Mar-13 22:31:51

We had one, and took it back sharpish as it didn't fit down our pavement. We got a P&Ts instead, which was brilliant.

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