As part of my “Product Spotlight” series, I offer this post to highlight the reasons why I chose the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller and list the pros and cons related to having one. Hopefully, my Baby Jogger City Select review will help you come up with a list of features that matter most in your own search for the perfect double stroller.
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Whether you’re expecting twins or searching for a stroller to comfortably accommodate both a toddler and an infant, the Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller is an option worth considering.
(Please note the Baby Jogger City Select, despite its name, is not intended for jogging. If you intend to run with two children in tow, I recommend the Bob Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller, but that is the subject of a separate post.)
Because we were living in Brooklyn and expecting two babies, we wanted to invest in a durable, versatile double stroller that would get us around city sidewalks, park trails, and bumpy side streets. Since I hadn’t paid much attention to any stroller before, I used my walks to and from the subway to begin my research on the various double strollers other moms used. Paying special attention to the features I liked and didn’t like, I started putting together my personal list of double stroller must-haves.
Since most homes and businesses are smaller in New York City, I knew I wanted to find a stroller that would be easy to navigate through doorways, grocery store aisles, and along crowded sidewalks. This led me to search for tandem strollers in which the seats are stacked one in front of the other.
Equal Viewing & Seating
I eliminated any tandem double strollers that did not offer equal viewing and seating options for both children, which is not necessarily bothersome when you have an infant and a toddler. For my twins, though, I didn’t like the idea that one would have a less interesting view or less comfortable ride.
With little storage space in our small Brooklyn apartment, we wanted a stroller that was collapsible and could be easily stowed. (This feature came in handy when we went to restaurants that lacked storage space for a large stroller.)
Based on popularity and reviews, my top three requirements left me to choose from the following four tandem double strollers.
You can click on any of the images for additional information about each model:
Both the Contours and Baby Jogger strollers offer a surprising number of comfortable configurations for twin infants, twin toddlers, and an infant and young toddler. You can check out additional information, including a video, about the Baby Jogger City Select double stroller here. Click here for more information and video about the Contours Options Elite tandem stroller.
Ultimately, what pushed us to choose the Baby Jogger City Select over the Contours model was the prevalence of the Baby Jogger stroller in the city. We figured a more popular model would not only meet our needs and expectations as city dwellers, but would also be easier to resell in the future. We were right on both accounts.
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As much as I loved my Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller those first few years, I do not believe a perfect stroller exists. As such, I thought it would be helpful to list some additional pros and inevitable cons I noted that are specific to this particular tandem double stroller:
- Durable frame carries a lifetime warranty and one-year warranty on small parts and fabric
- Large storage space supports the weight of many items (diaper bag, groceries, blankets, curious toddlers, etc.)
- Handle bar has dual settings to reduce strain on parents of varied heights
- Items in storage space are easily accessible while seats are upright in stroller frame
- Front wheels offer two different settings to allow for varied maneuverability
- Seats must be removed in order to collapse frame, leaving at least three parts to store
- One front wheel had the tendency to unexpectedly shift from its loose to fixed setting
- Items in storage space underneath are more difficult to reach when seats are fully reclined
- Seats must be facing handle bar in order for both to fully recline
For parents of multiples, a stroller is key to portability and accessing the world outside your home with young children. As such, a double stroller is one of the single most important pieces of equipment you will purchase as a parent of twins. I hope this post gets you closer to making that all-important decision. If you have any additional questions about the Baby Jogger City Select, please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
Your turn: What are the factors you considered before purchasing your stroller? What model stroller did you end up purchasing? Are you happy with your selection?