I'm hoping that my DS (who will be just under 2 and a half when dc2 arrives) will either walk with the baby in the pram (he hardly uses it now at 20 months) or he can go in it and the baby in a sling. Either way, I'm not forking out for a new pram
28 months between my 2. I got on great with a buggy board. Every child is different, but a double would have been a waste of money for me as DS was happy to walk and just jumped on the board when he got tired.
Quite hard to call... DS (2.9) does walk quite a lot now but if I'm in a hurry I'll want the double buggy (he was 1.9 when DD was born). You'd possibly be OK if you could manage with a sling and a buggy for a little while.
One friend of mine downsized when DS 3.6; saw another recently with her son who was walking and DS2 in buggy; former must have been similar age.
I'm 36wks & my DD is 2.5yo (just) and I will probably buy a cheap tandem for 2 reasons - a) handling a toddler & a baby when out shopping is tricky, and at the moment I NEED her in the buggy as I can't physically carry all the baby stuff & shopping etc and b) it will be cold when baby is due. If it had been summer, I wouldn't bother with the double. I fully expect to only get 6mths out of the double/tandem & then sell it on. As it happens, have also bought a buggy board that's compatible with my DD's pram & a carrycot for her pram too (there was an incredible offer in Boots as I walked past one day, otherwise wouldn't have bought that either I suspect).
Have a look on the Pushchairs forum for further advice. Oh and, www.bestbuggy.co.uk is a great website for comparing doubles & tandems.
My DS will be 2.4 when new baby arrives. He is still in a sling a lot now with a pushchair occasionally. I'm planning on putting new baby in a sling I I need to use the pushchair or DS, and getting a board for the pram when I want to use that.
Doubles are just do bloody massive I can't be bothered with it hanging round the house!
It is massively variable. I have lots of friends with this gap, some had a double and some didn't.
I think, if you have one, you think you couldn't live without it. In some cases that it true. In some cases you probably wouldn't miss it if you hadn't got used to having it, IYSWIM.
I think the main consideration is the personality of your child. DD1 would stand nicely on the buggy board, didn't run off into the road, etc and had quite a lot of stamina (plus was still napping, so had lots of daytime energy). She was also good on the scooter. If you have a child prone to bolting, or who likes to nap on the move, you'll fine it more necessary.
I have a tandem ready for DS who will be 2.4 when the baby arrives. He can't ride a scooter yet and wouldn't stay very still on a buggy board. Also, I want him strap-in-able and not have to carry the baby when I'm doing stuff in town. I fully expect to be able to sell it by the time DS reaches 3 but til then I'm happy to have the tandem.
folks round here my family are quite snotty about buggy boards and I have no idea why. maybe they think making a tired & whining preschooler walk two miles is character-building? aaaaanyway. BBs are ace.
My DS1 was 2y 9m when DS2 was born 5 wks ago. I didn't get a double to start with; had hoped DS1 would be walking reliably by then, plus had the sling / single buggy combo. I did end up buying a 2nd hand double a few weeks ago. I hope it will hold a lot of value and I can sell it on in 6 months or so. It wasn't essential but it does make life that bit easier. It is quite large but I keep it in the car boot. So I guess I am saying you could wait and see!
I had a double with my first two with same age gap as yours and it was a waste of time. Found it much easier with baby in baby Bjorn and ds1 in pushchair. It does depend on what you need it for. I just found mine so cumbersome and hardly used it.
I didn't and then wished I had and got one (smaller gap though). I did get a second hand one when DD2 was about 5 months old and I really wished I'd had it earlier! For me, slings are not v comfy (big boobs) and DD1 was going through a big tantrum phase and sometimes when they were both screaming it was great to be able to stuff everyone in the pushchair and GO.
I didn't have one. I walk a lot and mostly used a sling for the baby at the start, then had the baby in the pushchair but always kept a sling handy so if DS was really tired or stroppy I could plonk him in the pushchair and baby in the sling. DS scooted nearly everywhere from about 3. Would have liked a buggy board but the pushchair I had wouldn't fit one. I'd see how you go without one.