When I became pregnant with my second child I obsessed with what stroller I was going to get. Seriously, no joke, I was OBSESSED. I talked about it constantly, stopped people on the street to inquire about theirs and was always going in stores and looking online doing research about new models.
Why the stress? I had a lot of variables. I wanted one double for everything—to take to the mall, to go to places such as Disneyland, to walk to the beach and to exercise with. And oh yeah, most of the models stop at $200.00 and then jump to $600.00—pretty stressful. And even better? Most of the high end ones aren’t sold in your local Babies ‘R Us, so it’s next to impossible to test drive it before plunking down that $600.00.
I was driving myself mad trying to figure out what to do—what was the perfect double for me which encompassed all of the above characteristics? And then . . . I found it. Bumbleride’s Indie Twin. What I call a “hybrid” model, the stroller has big tires so it can be used as a jogger, but it is compact enough to take to the mall. My three year old is comfortable in it but it also has an infant carrier attachment for my newborn. The best part? Although it averages at $589.00, the Bumbleride works out to be a bit cheaper because 1) it’s the ONLY double you’ll need, saving you the costs of buying others and 2) it comes with the aforementioned infant carrier attachment—no need to buy one separately. The attachment comes off easily, so you don’t have to have it on there permanently. The snack tray does cost you $40.00, but you get so many extras that I didn’t mind. Extras like a foot muff—basically a cozy covering that zips in around the seat so you’re kiddos are nice and toasty when you take it out on cold winter days. It also has a bumper bar for your child to hold on to, an air pump and cup holder. Bottom line, it’s fabulous. I knew I had made the right choice when I went to the mall with it for the first time—I was able to hold a cup of coffee, steer with the other arm, and navigate the store’s aisles. Incredible. Check it out here.
Breezy Tip: Can’t get friends and family to chip in the $600? Check out the $179 Joovy Caboose Tandem Stroller. Though it’s not a jogger, it’s great for everything else you’d need a double stroller for.