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We had the same gap and I didn't get one, I just got a buggy board. But we're out in the country so have to drive everywhere and didn't need one for long walks, dc1 walks or goes on dh's shoulders. I think it depends on how many long walks you're planning to take on your own and whether your dc1 will wait nicely next to the buggy/ hold hands or if they're a bolter.
I am going to get one / my dd will be 26 months when baby arrives. She is very active and loves running around and I just can't imagine what it would be liking trying to make it round the shops with her on a buggy board! If you are out for a while you want both children to be comfy and I think a toddler would get tired having to stand and also no way of napping. I live in London though so am usually out with the buggy anyway. I guess if you live somewhere you drive a lot and aren't out with the buggy for hours at a time though then you could get away with a buggy board.
I couldn't have managed without a double, but I like to walk everywhere and most people most certainly do not walk more than about 10 minutes a day. Without a buggy or buggy board you'll rely on the car or getting lifts/bus/taxi more. It depends how you want to organise your lifestyle.
DS was 2.7 when DD1 was born. I had bought a chicco double, but it was too heavy for DM to push, she can push a single instead of using her walking sticks so she thinks she doesn't look so old! So ended up using 2 singles.
I had a buggy board but hated it as I was forever kicking the damn thing as I walked. When DD2 was born DD1 was 3.5 so I made her walk!
I originally planned to go without a double buggy (22 month gap), but caved and got a second hand one from gumtree after a couple of months. I was using my ergo for the baby and pushing the toddler in a lightweight buggy, or holding his hand if he felt like walking, but there were situations where it was really unworkable. Our Phil and Teds has been invaluable, even if only for a short time, as DS1 is walking a bit more these days. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the model we have though.
We didn't with a very small gap ( under 18 months). The buggy board and sling option work well. In fact we would go for a wander lots with baby in sling and toddler well.. Toddling!
We walk miles now 2 years on as has gradually got used to it. The way I see it you don't usually need to rush around unless you choose to, so take things slow for 6 months or so. 2.5 years means that by the time baby is born, you have all got used to new baby and life with two, it's 3 Months gone and eldest is already 2.8 years. Letting them wander to the local shops/ park/ ducks with you and another 3 months gone. Now almost 3 years..
I would look for a buggy board maybe and if your buggy is suitable from birth without a carrycot then you could let oldest ride if needed and baby in sling.
Worse case, buy one when you have had baby and tried without
I'd get a moby sling for the baby, and stick with the single buggy whilst trying to get the older one scooting/walking as much as possible. 2y9m gap last time and by that point we slung/scooted everywhere, didn't even use the single buggy except for day trips. We don't drive and walk a lot every day. This time will have a slightly smaller gap and planning on doing the same again. Not using a buggy makes getting on buses etc so so so much easier.
No double buggy here either, age difference of 2 years 8 months. Combination of buggy board for DD1 with DD2 in buggy or DD1 in buggy and DD2 in sling. Worked a charm and we had no space to store a double!
DS will be 2 years exactly when DC2 arrives in October and I'm not planing on getting a double. We walk everywhere (no car during the week) and I'm getting DS to walk more and more as practise. I'm planning on using a combination of sling/buggy/buggy board.
I didn't have one with a 2.2 year age gap; although there were times when I wished I had one, it wasn't enough to go out a buy one. Used combination of sling, buggy board etc.
If one comes your way freely or cheaply then go for it. Otherwise, wait until the baby is here and see how you get on. The winter was the time i wished I had one tbh, so that both children could stay warm and dry and I could pelt home.
Depends how much you walk and if the older one will need a nap when you are out. We walk at least 5 miles a day and have a long school run for DS1 and a newborn who wants to.feed a lot so the second hand P+T has been invaluable. We were fine with a buggy board for the first 2 though.
I defo agree with chika you can pootle much more with dc1 and 2 (usually, depends obvs on your life, where you need to be etc.) but I have had a lot more use out of a double with 2 and 3. Dc1 is a liability though, the whole training him to walk sensibly and reliably is STILL an ongoing process