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double buggy recommendations - possibly Jane Twone? How big can the 2nd seat child be?

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newmumwithquestions Sat 06-Jun-15 15:56:58

Hello all,

I'm confused. DD will be 15 months at new bean's due date so I need to get a double buggy. The more I read the more confused I get - I think I am coming to the realisation that none of them are perfect so it's a case of deciding what's the most/least important and living with the flaws. I'm looking at second hand but have a while so I can wait for the right one to come up.

I want an in-line rather than side by side. I'm looking at the Jane twone as I already have an extreme and matrix car seat/carry cot so I could use that on the twone and just buy a new car seat for dd which I'll need to anyway. So that's all good.

The recommended configuration seems to be that you put the heaviest child on the bottom seat, which is fine but then I have read that the twone lower seat is small (I read a review saying their 3 yo was cramped). My dd is currently bang on average size although we are both tall so I wouldn't be surprised if she has a bit of a growth spurt. Certainly the bottom seat looks a bit cramped to me. Does anyone have a twone? is it? Or are all in line double buggies a bit like this? Then I have no real idea when DD can go on a buggy board - what age does this happen, do you then still need a seat in case they get tired or could I then go back to my Jane extreme with board (and can you even fit a board on an extreme?)

Thanks! I thought buying a single pushchair was a minefield, this is far more confusing.

Ihateparties Sat 06-Jun-15 16:07:06

With a 15 month gap I think the smaller second seat thing is less likely to be an issue for you. Initially you put the matrix lite in the lower position and toddler in the main seat up top.

At whatever point the baby needs to come out of the matrix then technically the heavier child does go below with the twone. I had the baby in the lower seat quite a bit of the time when I had one because the seat went flatter than the main one.

A friend is using one for a 9m old and small 3.5yo, who is fine in the lower seat at present. One of my dds used ours till she was 3, her head possibly was right at the top of the seat (by 3 she walked much of the time) but certainly wasn't uncomfortable when she was in there. I'll see if I can find a picture.

Ihateparties Sat 06-Jun-15 16:17:45

50th centile 2.5yo in Twone lower seat, you can add a board etc. The twone was my favourite tandem but yes, it being somewhat cramped is definitely a valid concern if it's going to bother you or your dc.

Velvet1973 Tue 09-Jun-15 10:07:43

The July mother and baby magazine has a full review and testers feedback on it. It won their tandem buggy award.

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