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Double buggy dilemma
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Loopylala7 · 05/09/2013 19:21

My dd will be around 22 months when dc2 is born. I still have about 6 months to think about this, but will dd still need a buggy? Shes just about starting to walk now, but still falling over a lot. I thought yes she would, and have been looking at double buggies, but mentioned it in work and my boss said he had the same age gap with his children, and they would get dc1 to walk everywhere. This threw me as I wasn't sure if she'd be ready to fully forgo a buggy, but I was wondering about those buggy boards too. Could you lovely mummies advise me please? I told mil and she scoffed it would be ridiculous for dd to forgo a buggy at 22 months, really unsure what to do?

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Tiggywunkle · 06/09/2013 12:55

I had a similar age gap and used a double for well over a year. As someone else says, treat a double pushchair like a rental. Buy well, and sell well and TBH it may not cost you anything to use ;)

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Locketjuice · 06/09/2013 06:48

I have an 18 month gap and my city mini double is a must! Couldn't cope without! Ds is more than capable of walking but he does get tired when walking too long and its impossible to sort a tantruming toddler and newborn with out one IMO

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PeanutPatty · 05/09/2013 22:25

Get yourself a Houdini Stop for the car seat/buggy straps. Brilliant invention for escape artists.

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Loopylala7 · 05/09/2013 20:01

Peanut patty, you made me laugh with the comment of sometimes needing to hold DS hostage! Thanks for the advice ladies, the pole is overwhelmingly for the double buggy it would seem.

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Salhal · 05/09/2013 19:56

My DD was 2.3 when we had DS, we got a phil and teds and I thought we wouldn't need it for long. At 3.5 she still jumps underneath it now. We do have a dog though so walk long distances and I can't always dawdle at her pace. Before we had the baby she would walk miles but seemed to undergo a bit of a walking regression after the baby arrived. One of the best things we've bought. We also had a buggy board and that was great, I used to bribe her to stay on it going round the shops etc and was really good for keeping her in one place. Good luck!

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SoonToBeSix · 05/09/2013 19:56

I have a 18 month gap oldest is 2.7 now and still needs her buggy.

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Babouche · 05/09/2013 19:52

I got the same one as gingerpig and had an 18m gap,then a 23 m gap and it has been indispensable.My now-4yr old still likes perching on the front with his brothers sitting in the seats!

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runningonwillpower · 05/09/2013 19:46

I suppose it depends on your lifestyle but what 22 month child can walk far? Or happily? Or in a straight line?

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PeanutPatty · 05/09/2013 19:45

My age gap is 21mths and I got a Mountain Buggy Duet. My dc1 was walking from 13mths and by the time dc2 arrived he would walk but not necessarily in the direction I wanted and, for me, he could easily escape a buggy board and I needed him held hostage sometimes and walking through town or a large shop I preferred to know where he was and reins weren't an option. He'd lay on the floor for hours. Costing me a fortune in car parking fees! Even now at almost three I still used double. He gets tired still and he is strong minded and quite frankly I'm bored of having to run after him when he bolts which he does often. He won't hold my hand, won't hold the buggy so I've no choice.

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Thegingerpig · 05/09/2013 19:45

I have a 21 month age gap and really wouldn't be able to cope without a double buggy. DS1 aged 2.3 years still has a daytime nap and if we go out all day, needs the buggy to sleep in. Is also really useful in busy shopping centres where I would be a bit nervous of him running away. 22 months is really young so I would say that you will definitely need one. We got ours (nipper 360 out & about) for £50 from ebay so you really don't need to spend a lot.

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OneLittleToddleTerror · 05/09/2013 19:40

I mean wouldn't sit in a buggy anymore. She says it is for babies Hmm

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OneLittleToddleTerror · 05/09/2013 19:39

DD would go on a buggy from around 2yo. Doesn't mean she can walk though. She wants to walk a bit, then get carried a bit, then walk a bit more. The only thing she would sit in is a trike. A complete pain tbh!

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niffernaffer · 05/09/2013 19:36

Get one from ebay and then you can sell it back on there for pretty much the same money when you're done with it. I have got one as an insurance policy as DS1 will be 2.6 when baby arrives, and whilst his walking is fine, his listening and willingness to follow my instructions/ requests is not. We also have a buggy board which we are practicing with. Lots of people recommend slings but I am small framed and already achy and don't fancy getting boiling hot with a baby attached to me, trying to control toddler and carry change bag/ shopping bags all at once.

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Loopylala7 · 05/09/2013 19:29

Sounds to me like a double buggy is a must then! Thanks

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Liveinthepresent · 05/09/2013 19:26

Think you will get a range of views as they are all so different in terms of development and a lot probably depends on your lifestyle. We have a 26 month gap and opted for relying on sling and buggy board. So far it's a total PITA and I clicked on your thread because I am trying to make a decision whether to cave in and buy one!

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