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help with a double pushchair!

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addictediam Mon 04-Jul-11 09:37:23

I currently have an 8mo dd and have recently found out I am 12 weeks pregnant [argghhhhhh emotocon!]

so talk to me about doubles, theres going to be around a 14mo agegap so a double is a must ive been through a few pushchairs with dd and love my quinny speedi so I guess i want something similar weight and size. (your laughing at me now arent you! i know its not possible)

I live in a very rural area and have to use my car which is a fiat panda so tiny boot, unfortunatly we cant afford to replace my car so need a puchchair that folds pretty compact/can take the wheels off to make it fit. (If i absolutly love the pushchair there is the option of swapping cars with my dh who has a nissan note, but its not ideal)

i dont even know where to start looking, mothercare seem to have a pitiful range and i'm not overly keen on a phill and teds (although i accept this may be my only option)

anyone have any ideas? i'm slightly stressing at cost of another child, where were going to put the child, general unpreparedness for this pregnancy, i have to go through child birth again sad.

i just need this sorted in my mind then maybe i can relax a little bit! please help me

Guildfordnanny Mon 04-Jul-11 10:11:31

The smallest ie flattest fold double is the Baby Jogger City Select. The seats are a couple of inches thick and the chassis is small and flat with the wheels off. But the chassis is square. I will have a measure for you. If you can get that in then I am sure the seats are no problem.

aswellasyou Mon 04-Jul-11 10:24:48

If you're a bit stretched financially, the BJCS might be too expensive although it's the perfect choice otherwise.
I have a Jane Powertwin which folds up really small once you've removed the wheels. The front foot plate tucks inside the pushchair with the wheel off so it's quite short. It fits in a Peugeot 207 boot with plenty of room for shopping.
The BJ City Mini was too big to fit in because it folds into a big flat rectangle that was too long for the car's boot. I measured my Mum's boot (the 207) and looked at pretty much every double we could find to see if they'd fit. Most others wouldn't have fit at all and some were debateable. The Powertwin was the only one we were sure would fit.

FriggFRIGG Mon 04-Jul-11 10:40:20

the kolcraft contours might be an option also....i couldnt believe it fit in my mums boot....i forget what make her car is (i'll ask) but its tiny
its similar to the city select,but cheaper!

Guildfordnanny Mon 04-Jul-11 10:41:13

The BJCS chassis with wheels off is 68x53x25cms. The seats are 83x48x9cms. You could lose some length on the seats by rotating the footrest upwards. The carrycot uses the seat frame so the dimensions are similar (a bit thicker) when folded flattish.

Guildfordnanny Mon 04-Jul-11 10:43:51

Hmm the main bulk of Contours is compact but it depends on the handle which sticks up and is fixed. It fits awkwardly into my car boot. The seats are very flat.

Guildfordnanny Mon 04-Jul-11 10:48:52

I've just bern looking at these photos of the Twinner Twist Duo in a mini boot and am wondering if you took your parcel shelf off whether a flatter folded pushchair may be better? Are you able to give us some measurements?

addictediam Tue 05-Jul-11 16:34:31

sorry ive been so busy i havent had a chance to come back!

thankyou for the suggestions, i'll have a look in more detail now

FriggFRIGG Tue 05-Jul-11 16:39:17

come to think of it,the contours would be no good,there isnt a carrycot option for a NB.

addictediam Tue 05-Jul-11 16:47:34

lol, thanks anyway frigg.

the bcjs is quite nice, i had breifly looked at it before, i might see if its anywhere local and see if i can have a play.

i also quite like the look of the twinner twist duo but cant find anywhere that actually sell it in england? or an english price for that matter!

thankyou so much i will definatly look at thoes in more detail.

Guildfordnanny Tue 05-Jul-11 18:22:40

I am out and about but will send you some Twinner Twist retailer names later. Which end of the country are you roughly?

BelfastBloke Tue 05-Jul-11 18:33:14

If you have a fiat panda and a nissan note, why not contemplate removing the front passenger seat of the panda? It would give you more storage space in the tiny car, more space to handle the kids when it's raining, and the nissan could still be the family car.

thisisyesterday Tue 05-Jul-11 18:36:11

you could use a sling when out and about?

get a double for when you're walking around home etc etc and when you go out in the car ust take your single and the sling.
baby in sling, toddler in buggy. or toddler walking and baby in buggy.....

naomi79 Tue 05-Jul-11 18:53:49

Are you specifically looking at twin pushchairs or would you get a tandem? I'm in a similar situation as just found out I'm unexpectedly expecting although my DD is 22 months so a bigger age gap but she isn't walking all the time yet, so I've gone for a phil and teds because once first born doesn't want to be in there anymore you can take one seat off, the second seat is suitable from 6 months old so would be ok for your first born, and you can get a cacoon to keep your newborn warm this winter, my other main reason is I too live rurally and an all terrain 3 wheeler was a must. I got mine on eBay for £205 including postage and got the cacoon with it too. Good luck whatever pushchair you choose and also best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy smile

addictediam Tue 05-Jul-11 19:10:23

I did consider a sling, but when dd was a few weeks old dh and I went on holiday and used one and I found it so uncomfortable, awkward and heavy.

I live worcestershire way Thankyou, I've spent hours googling and found one on an eBay shop but without any extras but is really like to play and make sure its right before handing over that much money!

My car becomes the family car espcially when dh is working away (quite often) and I need the passanger seat to help my mum out

Guildfordnanny Tue 05-Jul-11 20:40:28

The Golden Cot in Bath is probably one of your nearest Trends for Kids stockists. It might be worth giving them a call for at least a chat. But if they are too far, try phoning Mojo Distribution and seeing if there is anywhere nearer. Most of the shop names I have otherwise are further south or north. However the Twinner Twist Duo is only been stocked in selected shops, so there aren't lots across the UK.

MooM00 Wed 06-Jul-11 14:25:22

I had a 16m age gap between dc1 and 2 and got on really well with our Phil and Teds. Although I think things have moved on and there are some great new twin pushchairs about, the P and T has the advantage of becoming a single when dc1 grows up. I only really used my double for a year but I had 2 years more use out of it as a single and I now use it a a single with dc3.

DingleDangleDiva Thu 07-Jul-11 10:58:19

Nipper 360 - Folded with wheels: W77cm x D37cm x H90cm - Folded without wheels: W72cm xD 30cm x H86cm

The Speedi is Folded: H94cm x W65cm x D38cm

So the Nipper is 12cms wider, 1cm less depth and 4cms shorter than the Speedi with wheels on and 7cms wider, 8cms less depth and 8cms shorter without.

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