I know I know I know, you are probably thinking I am crazy for suggesting the purchase of a side-by-side stroller for us folks living in this narrow doorway-ed city, but I am serious. Tandem strollers, or strollers who seats are in inline, may be narrower, but this is not the only factor you need to consider when debating between these two styles of double strollers. So, hear me out. Side-by-side strollers offer so much in terms of ease when it comes to navigating the messy and often tantrum-filled days of life with two kids. If you can make one part of these days simpler, wouldn’t you do it? Sure you would because you are a smart mommy. OK here are my reasons for getting a side-by side double stroller…
+ LESS FIGHTING BETWEEN THE KIDS – I have had every stroller out there. And at one point in my parenting life I had the Phil & Teds tandem double stroller. It was fine. It was good. BUT when my littlest became aware that she was always being shoved underneath the stroller in to the lower seat, well she flipped her lid, and would every time we had to use the stroller (which was between 3 and 6 times a day) – NOT FUN! So lots of tears and fighting ensued between the two girls over who would sit in the top seat. So my solution to the whole thing…get a side-by-side. Everyone gets a seat with the same view. I’m not kidding when I say my life became 100% easier without the fights over stroller seats.
+ IT IS REALLY NOT THAT WIDE – The standard doorway width is 36 inches. The Bumbleride Indie Twin is 30 inches wide. Meaning, you can totally fit through doorways and navigate the city with this side-by-side beauty. Don’t let width be your fear factor when shying away from a side-by-side. In the end it’s just really not that wide.
+ EQUAL ACCESS TO THE KIDS – Lots of days I am feeding the kids while we are out. And when I have to feed them it’s nice that I can have equal access to both of their little hungry faces at the same time. When they are sitting side by side it’s so easy to feed them in the stroller. Trying to feed in a tandem stroller is just awkward. I know that many nannies who have two children or who do a nanny share require a side-by-side stroller just for this purpose. And we all know nannies know what they are talking about when it comes to the most efficient way to do something kid related!
+ EASIER TO PUSH AND MANEUVER – You know it’s true. Tandem strollers are laboriously difficult to push. I remember feeling like an an oil tanker lumbering down the sidewalks out of control at times and not being able to maneuver down a curb without losing a kid (And yes, I am looking at you Uppababy Vista!) With side-by-side you can push it easily one handed (Again, the Bumbleride Indie Twin is great for this as is the Mountain Buggy Duet.) These two strollers also have air-fill tires which only enhances the ease in pushing the stroller. So yes, completely and totally easy to push.
Are you convinced yet? Well, at the least, I hope you may have gotten a perspective of life with two kids that you may not have considered! And remember if you end up not loving your double stroller selection you can always resell it or buy a different version right here on WEEPEA!)
Want to keep reading? Check out my alternate argument for the Uppababy Vista stroller. I had this one for a long time before the double side-by-side, and I did love it…that is until I needed space for two toddlers. And if you say forget this and want to go small, the Babyzen YoYo stroller plus this Lascal scooter attachment is the way to go…