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If you could have any double pram.....
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#1 Tilly007

Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

I am currently looking at double prams.

My husband travels to the USA a few times a month for work and will probably get our double pram over there as they are much cheaper.

I like the look of the Bugaboo Donkey.  Does anyone have any though on any other great double prams?  Cost is not much of an issue as I think they are much cheaper in the US and we are planning on selling our Emmalunja and putting the proceeds to a double pram.

Many thanks.

#2 premmie_29weeks

Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

I love my baby jogger city mini double...we bought it on eBay. Good wheels for all terrain, easy fold, as light as is possible, lots of space of a larger toddler and little one, good sun shades. My only criticism is there isn't anywhere to hang a nappy bag, so I bought a few hooks.

#3 lady lady

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

ph34r.gif Stalking ...

so far from my "research" the MB Duet seems to keep coming back to me with fabulous reviews.  Currently using a P&T Sport  but DD#2 is still only 3 months, I don't think she will tolerate sitting in the bottom once she is about 6+months which makes me lean towards the BJCS or MB Duet so they can both see and have room ...

The P&T  is starting to drive me bonkers I am unable to stear with one hand and the front wheel seems to make take off hard/ awkward.

#4 WinterIsComing

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

Oh God, how can you go past the Donkey?

The mere fact is that one child can face outwards, another towards you, while being at the same level, is reason enough.

Plus the typical design genuis that defines Bugaboo products...

#5 deejie

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

QUOTE (lady lady @ 20/01/2013, 03:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ph34r.gif Stalking ...

so far from my "research" the MB Duet seems to keep coming back to me with fabulous reviews.


We have the MB duet and love love love it. DS1 was 2.5 years when DS2 was born.

I did look at the Bugaboo Donkey (more out of curiosity). The biggest problem we found with the MB duet was that in order for a side by side double to be guaranteed to fit through every standard door, you have to compromise on seat space. The width of the seat is not quite the same as the MB Swift. At 3, DS1 couldn't square his shoulders. Not that it matters, he was never in it long periods of time (longer than half an hour) anyway. At 3.5, he can still easily fit under the hood so height is not an issue at all. It is easy to push one handed and steers like a dream. Nice big basket underneath. I never found the fact that both face forwards to be a problem.

The potential problem we had with the Donkey was not width, it was height. It looked as though DS1 would get more use out of it width wise, but it didn't look as though he would fit under the hood for much more than a year. I was never planning to buy it anyway, but was having a look because I wanted to know what you got for your $$$ original.gif


#6 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

I've ordered a MB duet! It hasn't arrived yet but I'm so excited for it to come.

It would be perfect if the seats could face me but I'm planning on having the bassinet attachment until the baby out grows it and then he can be forward facing next to his brother.

Most of the other double prams I looked at were too wide. Love the look of the donkey but could never afford it in my wildest dreams.

#7 chat

Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

I had a double mountain buggy for my twins who are 9 now. It was brilliant and never missed a beat!!

#8 mummy.to.one

Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE (deejie @ 20/01/2013, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The potential problem we had with the Donkey was not width, it was height. It looked as though DS1 would get more use out of it width wise, but it didn't look as though he would fit under the hood for much more than a year. I was never planning to buy it anyway, but was having a look because I wanted to know what you got for your $$$ original.gif


This is true DS is a short child and his head still reaches the hood, it fits under but I need to tuck it away.

I figure he only really sits in it while at th shopping centre so in time I will remove the hood from his seat. He also doesn't sleep in the pram anymore so I wouldn't need a hood to cover him.

#9 machine

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:46 AM

I've just bought a Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double but haven't used it yet as new baby hasn't arrived.  It's sitting in our house and DD1 (28 months) gets in and out of it and loves it, she has even chosen a side.  I also have a BJ City Elite so I'm familiar with the brand and that has been a fantastic pram.

It's very refined and very much user friendly unlike so many other prams I have tried.  You don't have to remove anything in order to get it into a small boot believe it or not - no, not even the wheels.  So many prams require the removal of the second seat in order to fold which when you have two babies to deal with just isn't practical.  I wanted a double, not a tandem because I was concerned that neither child would want to be facing the back of a seat with no view but I am worried about the width.  I did buy an ABC Adventure Buggy but sent it back because it was such a long fold, clunky and unrefined with awful cheap attachment mechanisms for the wheels and handlebar etc.

If I was to have any complaints about the BJ's I wish they came with basic accessories such as a rain canopy.  I also wish there was somewhere to hang a nappy bag - as someone above said, I will be buying a couple of Mummy Hooks for this purpose.  I also wish they folded in on themselves as opposed to their signature folding back on themselves.  It means you have to lift the entire pram off the ground to fold which you wouldn't have to do if it folded inwards.  I also wish the BJCM Double had the magnetic closures, lift up foot rest and mesh side panels of the Elite.  I would have bought the Elite Double but it is wider than a standard doorway.

The BJ's have the best canopies I have come across, lots of sun protection, an easy to use hand brake, wheels slide on and off with ease (the refinement I was talking about) - no need to worry about breaking a nail or catching your skin.  They are easy to push, have foam filled puncture free tires (why don't all prams have these?), nice padded seats, good height for taller kids.

If I could chose to create a perfect double pram it would be similar to the ABC Adventure Buggy but with a compact fold, less clunky, hand break and with easy to remove wheels like the BJ's have and foam filled tires.  It is a great idea having one seat directly above the other so you don't have the width or length or a side-by-side or tandem.  It is tall so seeing over it would become a pain, you would have to look round it when in tight spaces.

I didn't like the Phil and Ted's or the Bugaboo's as they were too long, not compact enough fold wise or easy to fold.  The Baby Jogger is by far and away the easiest to use and fold (in my opinion of course).

#10 MrsLexiK

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

If I lived in the city areas the Donkey, because of where I live the MB duet.  I considered the single BJ mini for a while but once your child gets bigger you need the bigger wheels otherwise the terrian gets really hard to push in (this is also why I left the swift sitting in the shop as well) I would assume the double mini would have the same issue with no handbag on the handlebar, and the same size wheels.  With 2 ones pushing give me those bigger wheels original.gif (again based on my area, if I was on flat ground I probably wouldn't worry too much about the wheel size)

#11 w-emma

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

Living in the inner city, the width profile of the bugaboo donkey is too great.  We've opted for the iCandy peach blossom, which has some flexibility in relation to rear and front facing as well.

#12 littlepoppet

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

I have the duet for my DD (3 in March) and my 14 month DS. It's a fabulous pram that will suit us well for as long as we need. Both my children fall asleep in it and appear comfortable. It's great to push and oh so narrow.

Edited by littlepoppet, 21 January 2013 - 09:23 PM.


#13 rokate

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

I have the donkey for 3yo (in march) and 1yo. I have tried every pram and I love it.

#14 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

Bjcmd - hands down the best.  Great fold, fits through a standard door, seats large enough for toddlers.  I love it.

I have also had a strider double - too chunky and wide, also I didn't like the second seat underneath as feet were in my shopping basket!

  I also had a BJ city select - good in theory but too long.  I found it a pain to take apart all the time as well.  Who wants to build their pram each time you get it out of the car?

#15 Bombom

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:46 PM

We bought a Mima Kobi for our little bub due on July, we would like to have another child straight after this one, so we opted for the Kobi. I looked at the donkey too but its just too wide, and looks funny when you have a single child on it, The Kobi on the other hand looks absolutely sexy, and so functional we just need to buy the second seat when baby no 2 arrives, the bassinet is also within the seat. Folds easily and quite tall as tall as a Stokke   so the baby can see heaps of things.

#16 w-emma

Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

The Mima Kobi is beautiful!  Their highchairs are amazing too!  However, there's just not enough storage underneath for me - boo!

#17 Bombom

Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:50 AM

QUOTE (w-emma @ 30/01/2013, 02:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Mima Kobi is beautiful!  Their highchairs are amazing too!  However, there's just not enough storage underneath for me - boo!


For one bub the storage is just enough for me, I don't think I'll be able to use the under storage though once I have 2 bubs. The Mima Xari has more storage but it is just for one child, and If I'll be spending heaps on a pram I want to use it for a long time. But the pram is amazing, so easy to push, it is high like stokke, easy to fold, it is very practical for me looking to have another bub straightaway,  looks absolutely beautiful, my DH even said "oh I wish I could have a ride in it too" haha biggrin.gif



#18 Madnesscraves

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:00 AM

I'd say bugaboo donkey.

My reasons are, easy to handle and I can have 1 child forward one resurfacing. I can also turn it into a single pram.

Secondly, huge thing for me is storage space. I don't drive so this bit is quite crucial to me!




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