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To buy a light weight double buggy even though eldest child is nearly 3?

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GlitteringJasper Fri 08-Jan-16 15:49:14

Eldest will be 3 in a month.

Am I awful for not making him walk everywhere? He does walk a little bit is obviously much slower and gets tired and can throw horrific tantrums

I suffer lots of joint, arm, shoulder, hand and knee pain and we live in a hilly area.

Youngest child is 12 months.

Is it madness to buy a light weight double?

I will sell it on but what is the general view on a 'almost' 3 year old still in a buggy when they have no walking issues, other than convenience for mum?

liz70 Fri 08-Jan-16 15:52:26

Would a buggy board work for you?

crumblybiscuits Fri 08-Jan-16 15:53:24

I will have a three yo and newborn in April and I am wondering if I am silly for not buying a double buggy. I wouldn't judge or think anything of it.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 08-Jan-16 15:53:33

I think the people that scream about it generally drive everywhere grin DD was out of a buggy permanently at 18 months. But she was a walker. If yours isn't and you have to get around, you could. Would have been a waste of money for me. How long do you think you'll use it for?

GlitteringJasper Fri 08-Jan-16 15:56:38

A buggy board would be brilliant but apparently they can't be fitted to icandy prams. sad

Jw35 Fri 08-Jan-16 15:57:11

How have you survived this far without one? Yanbu

GlitteringJasper Fri 08-Jan-16 16:00:03

I think just as dd turned 1 she has a solid little thing. Ds is 3 almost and along with the weight of the double icandy, it's back breaking.

Am now wondering if there isn't a buggy board somewhere that would fit!

MuddlingMackem Fri 08-Jan-16 16:01:02


Two year 9 month between my two. Buying a tandem was a no-brainer as eldest alternated between bolting and dawdling. And he would still nap at times when we were out for long stretches, can't nap on a buggy board.

Used it until I could no longer push the combined weight when DC1 was around 3 1/2 - but I have heavy children. grin

Hihohoho1 Fri 08-Jan-16 16:08:31

Do what suits you op it's noones business but yours.

However double buggies are heavy to push. Will you manage it?

hazeyjane Fri 08-Jan-16 16:09:04

I found a buggy board a killer for my back.

Don't worry what other people think.

Get the double (anything too lightweight will be a bugger to push though - look for something like a nipper 360 second hand)

MuddlingMackem Fri 08-Jan-16 16:11:31

Ah, just seen your update and seen you've hit the combined weight problem already.

As your youngest is over six months I would look for a lightweight tandem, you might find the weight differential a problem with a side-by-side. And put the older one in the back, it makes it easier to push and get up kerbs. :-)

hazeyjane Fri 08-Jan-16 16:13:50

No No! A side by side with air tyres (like a nipper or mountain buggy) is much more light to push than something like a tandem (I have had both)

hazeyjane Fri 08-Jan-16 16:14:58

this was with a near 4 year old and a baby - and I have since used it with 2 much bigger kids!

redskybynight Fri 08-Jan-16 16:16:03

I would think that with your various joint pains , you really don't want to be pushing a double buggy up and down hills.

silverstreak Fri 08-Jan-16 16:17:13

Second the nipper 360! Just bought One (2nd hand, 80 quid) for my 2 who are exactly the same age as yours and it steers like a dream!! And I mean better than my single mountain buggy... I love it! smile We walk everywhere, including to do the food shopping (big shop delivered but everything else on foot) and tbf I'm buggered if I'm going everywhere at the speed of a pootling 3yr old - we've got places to be! And if they end up asleep at any punt can always duck into a cafe for an impromptu chillax.... Win-win! grin

And BTW - stuff what anyone else thinks?!?

Bambambini Fri 08-Jan-16 16:17:44

I bought a mclaren double buggy for my just turned 3 yr old and a new born. My yougest was still using a buggy sometimes till around 5 so you could get some use out of it yet. Depends on your children and your lifestyle. I like an easy life and if a buggy helps - great.

whatsagoodusername Fri 08-Jan-16 16:18:26

Go for it.

Can you take your DC to a shop and test drive some? Then go home and buy a secondhand one on eBay. They're usually pretty cheap and in good condition.

silverstreak Fri 08-Jan-16 16:19:42

And double second (??) the pp who said avoid an online buggy in your circs - I got rid of my Phil&Ted's for that reason, was a real struggle to wrestle it around corners and kerbs.... Don't do it!!

hazeyjane Fri 08-Jan-16 16:20:10

Ours was about £80 secondhand too, when we eventually sold it, we got £80 for it!!

I was surprised at how easy it was to push compared to the Phil and Teds and the singles we had, the narrowest of the side by sides too and easy to fold.

Hopefully it won't be needed for too long.

BikeRunSki Fri 08-Jan-16 16:20:17

I had a 37 month age gap and a Phil and ted's tandem double. My youngest was born in the October and the p&t was worth its weight in gold that first winter. I didn't need it for long, but for 6 months it was super useful for getting dc1 to nursery , he also still liked a nap in the day when we were out. I bought it on eBay and sold it a year later for £7 less than I paid for it. A buggy board would not have worked as dc1 is very tall, and it's very hilly round here. I borrowed one to try, not for us.

MrsAmaretto Fri 08-Jan-16 16:31:05

The large version of the buggy board (can't remember the make) fitted on my icandy pear. Icandy says no buggy board, but John Lewis advised smile

But personally I hated the damn buggy board & should have bought a double buggy!

minipie Fri 08-Jan-16 16:32:46

If you look on Lascal's website they have a buggyboard compatibility section. from a quick look it appears that their buggyboard is compatible with most icandys. Which is yours?

Jw35 Fri 08-Jan-16 16:33:20

I 3rd the nipper 360! I've got the single and it's brill, am getting the double as I will have a 19 month gap between my youngest. The single you can push with one hand, it turns on a sixpence (if that's a phase) it's so easy and loads of storage in hood and underneath. Also it's that string I pushed my 12 year old in it for a laugh blush if I can push her it must be good, she weighs 7 stone! Lol

CelestiaLuna Fri 08-Jan-16 18:04:53

I have a buggy board attached to my icandy Apple, works well. I also have a seat pod (forget the name) that attaches along side my pram but can easily be removed. It is quite hard to steer with it but my toddler loves it for when he wants a sit down/ or a sleep smile

FairyFluffbum Fri 08-Jan-16 18:10:20

I had a double buggy for my two but now my oldest just walks.
She's almost 3 but I would still happily put her in a buggy if I could

Nipper 360 all the way

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