Too often, strollers for two are like little monsters in and of themselves. They are
heavy, unwieldy and feel like an SUV. They’re also not convenient for passing
through many doorways (or for that matter on the sidewalk either).
When selecting double strollers,
there are two basic styles – the
tandem baby stroller
which is a two-seater with the seats one behind the other and then the side-by-side baby stroller model. While the most commonly sold stroller is the
side-by-side double baby stroller model, there
are many benefits to the tandem unit, the main one which is size and weight.
A tandem stroller offers the parent the ability to seat their child one in
front of the other, preventing bickering, one child keeping the other child
awake, and of course the inevitable teasing that would take place between two
Tandem strollers are also narrower than a side-by-side stroller allowing easy
access through standard doorways and of course making them more practical for
taking into malls, on the sidewalks or in stores. Tandem strollers are typically
easier to store as well, whether it’s in a closet or a car trunk.
When it comes to pushing your infants or toddlers along in a baby stroller, the
side by side strollers tend to have a wider handle base making it feel slightly
awkward to push as your stance has to change to keep both sides of the stroller
steady. Because of this, the trend is going more and more to the tandem style
stroller. As parents spend more and more time out of doors, trying to remain
physically fit and still spending time with their children, parents are opting
for ‘jogging’ strollers which allow them to take their children
along with them. For narrow trails, parks, sidewalks in general, the tandem
stroller is typically a more sensible unit for most parents.
Tandem strollers also offer more flexibility if you have an infant and a toddler
in the stroller – while many side by sides today offer limited movement
of foot-rests and backs, a tandem stroller typically allows for a larger variety