Recommend a buggy and car seats please!'(28 Posts)
So, 8 weeks or so out and it's time to commit. Advice on the best buggy to get and car seats for twins please!
Looking at the icandy but not sure
Also if you know of any websites/groups to get used ones from that would be great.
Time to bite the bullet and buy!
I had an icandy to start with and really disliked it, i wouldnt personally recommend it.
Got a Nipper 360 and loved it. The majority of twins mums I know have either a Nipper or Mountain Duet.
I got a Vista. It's great for us. I believe only the 2015 onwards model takes two newborns in carrycots though, so finding a used one might be tough. My second choice was the Mountain Buggy Duet.
Our mountain buggy duet has served us very well for over 4 years, very robust, easy to push and was great with the carrycots. We decided against the I-candy as thought a side by side would last us through toddlerhood better and duet was the only one out at the time narrow enough to fit though out front door. I-candy might be good if you think you will use a lot as a travel system though. The couple of times I used our duet with the car seats found it quite fiddly. I happened to push a friends nipper recently and that was very easy to manoeuvre too and I think a bit lighter than the duet, which is quite heavy to lift in and out of the car although isn't too much of an issue for me as don't need to do it that much. I think the current version of the nipper is a bit narrower than the one that was out when had to buy so think I might prefer that one of had to choose now.
Had a mountain buggy duet - really easy to push and turn, could walk for miles with it. And it's very narrow for a double. Main disadvantage is that it folds to almost exactly the same size as it is when it's up! You'd need to check it'd fit in the back of your car.
From age 2 we also had a £35 umbrella folding pushchair from Kiddicare, really useful for public transport etc.
We had Maxi-Cosi car seats - Pebbles, then Pearls, on their isofix base. They were really good, washable covers, easy enough to take in and out - a bit heavy but I suspect they all are these days. You just need to check they fit in your car - all the manufacturers have lists on their website. TBH the baby car seats are less of a problem than the toddler ones, which are bloody enormous (and the kids end up huge too!) We just moved our kids to their "big girl seats" (Maxi-Cosi Rodifix) and the car looks about twice as large
For used buggies ebay's pretty good, specially if you can travel to pick up. I'd offer to sell you my Mountain Buggy except we're in Germany!
Do you guys have issues getting in and out of shops or the front door with a wide buggy?
The duet isn't much different to a lot of single buggies, we've never had any problems.
Yeah no problems here either - the duet looks like it was made to fit in a standard shop door actually, as it's got about 2 inch clearance on either side.
I had a donkey and it was great while the babies are small, it fit through doors when they were in the seat units but once you add teh extension bar for the maxicosis it was too wide.
I was really glad to get rid of it in the end, folding it up, taking the seat units off etc was a royal pain in the arse and the chassis is huge.
Got the Babjy Jogger City Mini Twin in the end and it was brilliant, and I think although I may be wrong that you can now get car seat adapters for it.
I had an iCandy, my biggest problem (it gave me RAGE) was that any debris like mud, grass, twigs, stones etc picked up by the front wheels got trapped in the suspension housing / mudguards, to the point that the front wheels jammed and I had to stop and find twigs to pick the muck out. This is especially bad in Autumn when the leaves are down.
Look out for it on any model - I'm sure it's not just iCandy. Basically you want wheels which can spin freely and don't have anywhere that stuff can get trapped
Btw this wasn't for a twin buggy, it's just part of the iCandy design
Love my donkey - used it with twins then had a singleton and didn't need to buy another buggy because it collapses into single mode (with a huge shopping basket). Fit through doors fine in twin mode but not with the car seat adaptor on.
I'm 25 weeks with twins now and we've been considering prams- think I'm set on the Out n About Nipper. It's suitable from birth to 4, <£400 (some of the others you look at are £1400 and I just can't justify spending that much to be honest).
It's only 72cm wide so will fit through most standard doors. The only thing I have to do is measure my boot, as there are no dimensions online for the Nissan Note boot which is annoying!
We've been looking this week, and have been round the shops trying out various models. Thought I was sold on the idea of a Bugaboo Donkey, till I found that a) it wouldn't fit in the boot of my car (and my car is not small) and b) it's very heavy to lift. We also thought it looked a bit "cheap" somehow, given the enormous price tag. We were very impressed by the Uppababy Vista in its twin incarnation - easy to manoeuvre and fold and just felt better made than the Bugaboo.
I think most tandem ones don't last throughout as one in front of another becomes very heavy if you have two 2 year olds in them. Hence the nipper and mountain buggy duet popular.
We're looking at the icandy, nipper and the duet and all the reviews are split with positives and negatives for both.
Thanks for all your help.
Shamelessly place marking as I was going to ask the same question about double buggies! Will google all the suggestions later.
Is the mountain duet compatible with isofix car seats?
If you don't use your car much then the donkey is great but agree it's a pain to get in and out of the car. Mine is still going for child 3, 3.5 years later but I live in SW London and walk MILES with it (wore out the tread on the back tyres from so much walking!). The flexibility to drop it down to a single with basket and then put a buggy board on is brill and I can balance 1 or even 2 scooters on it if someone gets tired. Can even get 2 (small) 3yos on the buggy board provided I use dropped kerbs which has been a lifesaver on occasion.
We got the bugaboo donkey twin, helped out by both sets of parents or we'd never have managed. Also got the car seat attachment for it and the maxi cosy pebble plus car seats. Sign up for TAMBA if you haven't already, we got £150 off the pram with it. Lots of places advertise that they do discounts but some shops like the one we went to will only tell you when you say it's twins or if they notice you're buying double.
UCH our duet was compatible with maxi cosi pebble seats (which are used with a separate isofix base). You need adapter kits costing 25 quid each. The positioning is slightly odd looking, one higher up the frame than the other. We had all that stuff but never used it as it is a faff to put the adapter kit on - we had the carrycots too, used them till 5 months or so then switched to the seats.
We love the nipper, the best thing is not having to remove any bits to collapse it, I can push with one hand so I can hold my bigger boys hand too and it's narrow. My two 6lb twins went straight in the seats as we were going on the tube up to town and I wanted it as small as possible, they were fine. Only drawback is no parent facing. We've taken it camping, to festivals, on the beach. Love it!
Root I hadn't even thought about the lack of parent facing with a Nipper until a very helpful person in John Lewis mentioned it yesterday...... Have you found it an issue for you?
We are leaning towards Nipper or Mountain Duet and would ideally like to save by not getting the carry cots- but I'm now unsure whether I'd be daft to have tiny babies facing away from me.
I'll be having the twins in November I imagine, so when we're out and about I imagine there will be a lot of times they'll be under the rain covers too! I just don't know if it's an issue or not.
I actually didn't mind, they looked quite comfy in there and the way the hood goes right back you can still see them anyway. We got Phil and ted cosy toes, super snug.
You can get some comfy sheepskin footmuffs for those in winter. Most unzip so can you just the sheepskin liner in summer
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