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pushing a double buggy (maclaren)

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giraffescantdancethetango Mon 15-Sep-08 22:19:19

Hiya, Have a very silly question!! Am prepared to be told that this is just how it is but thought I would ask on the off chance Took kids out today in the double buggy for first time, am used to single maclaren, single mamas&papas, single jane or double phil and teds. All of them I have no bother with. But my god the double maclaren was so difficult! I have really hurt my back (am prone to back problems anyway) and now have shooting pains down my legs. So I will describe the bits I found difficult and if anyone has any tips then I'd be delighted to hear them...if not the join in with the moaning lol.

Usually when pushing buggies if your going down the kerb on to the road then you just need to put the front wheels down and the rest rolls on, well this was only working 50% of the time. The rest of the time I would have to tip the buggy back and bump it down on its back wheels.

Then going back up on the kerb usually if it was quite a small one then with the other buggies I would just keep going, but with this then the slightest bump and it would stop so Id have to tip it back and bump it over.

This will sound silly too but bumping it back was hard I felt like cos my arms were so wide apart it was hard to pull it back, and sometimes id have to push it forwards then quickly pull back and tip.

Is this just what a heavy double maclaren is like to push? And if so is there any tips for making it easier? <hopeful> It was my first time so Im sure it will get easier

LouMacca Tue 16-Sep-08 12:10:28

The double maclaren is a bloody back-breaker! I wish i'd looked into buggies more when I was pregnant.

I put up with it for a couple of months and demanded that my DH get me another double buggy! I got an Instep Nipper which was lightweight and fab! I got it second-hand off ebay and saved a fortune.

I cried the day that we pased that buggy on!!

Nemoandthefishes Tue 16-Sep-08 12:15:31

I had a double like a maclaren at first when dd2 was born and it was horrendous. I begged and pleaded with dh to buy me a P+T and never looked back on those dark daysgrin

mankyscotslass Tue 16-Sep-08 12:23:23

I had a double maclaren at one point, I used to have to stand on the middle bit and tip it backwards to get it up a kerb. Hated it. Sold it and got a Jane Powertwin which I loved and cried over when dd got too big. Now have the nipper 360 double for emergencies, easy to get up and down and manouvre, but won't go through my front door. Happily my days of double buggie pushing are numbered!

bellabelly Tue 16-Sep-08 12:31:34

I hve a twin techno aclaren and yes, you do have to tip it back to get up kerbs. (and for going down BIG kerbs.) It's the only buggy I've ever had so am used to it - doesn't seem to me to be a problem but maybe that's just cos I don't know any better! Are you especially tall? I am only 5'2" so maybe if you're tall it hurts your back more?

annoyingdevil Tue 16-Sep-08 13:38:21

I got the Mothercare double buggy and although it can be cumbersome, I've never had any problems like that. (quite pleased I didn't buy the Maclaren) Just counting down the days until DD will walk everywhere

annoyingdevil Tue 16-Sep-08 13:39:50

Yes, I'm only 5'3 so maybe that's it. Double buggies not designed for tall people!

moshie Tue 16-Sep-08 13:42:52

I think it's due to the size of the wheels, anything with bigger wheels makes kerbs easier to deal with.

pgwithnumber3 Tue 16-Sep-08 21:31:13

Glad I have seen this thread, put me right off getting the Maclaren! grin That strikes one buggy off my gigantic list for what one to get when DD3 comes along.

DisasterAreaIsOffToCostaRica Tue 16-Sep-08 21:33:09

i loved my double maclaren - although was a hundred years ago.

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