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#1 Cranky Kitten

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

So by the time the newby arrives DS will be 22 months. He's been walking since he was about 10.5 months old but at 14 months currently generally prefers to be carried or ride in the pram - I'm trying to teach him that if he wants to walk he needs to hold my hand but well, he wants to go exploring. So I may wind up using the pram or a carrier as a containment device as well. I do plan to babywear quite a bit with the newborn but with a September birth date will have summer to consider fairly early on as well.

So for those who've had similar age gaps, how long did your older child end up needing the pram for? Is it likely to be worth dropping the cash on a double or tandem pram or will the older one be predominantly wanting to walk by then?

#2 strawberry blondes

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:07 PM

I had an 18 month gap between my 2 youngest and ended up getting the strider plus. I'm so glad i did decide to get it because my middle DD needed to rest quite a bit. Even at 2 and 4 I used it for long walks. I would opt for a pram similar to the strider if i were you so you have the option of it being just a single. DD3 is 3 now and I will be getting a new strider plus for DS and her for long walks (I'm a bit of a speed walker lol) Most single prams these days are just as expensive as doubles so save your back  original.gif

#3 jen88

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:17 PM

I have a BJCS and love it. Have absolutely needed to have a double. Mine are 19 months and 21 months apart.
My almost 4 yr old will still go in the pram if tired.
I have a skateboard attachment now so it can be a single or can be for all 3.
I also have a bjorn to carry the baby when needed.

It totally depends on your child though (obviously) and the places you go etc.



#4 HeroOfCanton

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

DD was 24 months when DS arrived, and she was an 'explorer' too - still is. I often have the pram for her (BJCS) when we got out, with either the skateboard or second seat on it, mostly for containment. She's also a painfully slow walker unless she's running, so a pram is just easier for us to get around unless we're in a leisurely mood!

I imagine we'll be needing at least the skateboard for another 6 months, until she learns to stay with me if I stop walking for more than 4 seconds!

Edited by HeroOfCanton, 27 January 2013 - 11:19 PM.


#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

I'll have a 21 month gap between my two and have bought a Mountain Buggy Duet. It's one of the narrowest side by side prams on the market and fits through normal doorways.

I thought about wearing one child and having one in the pram and then  swapping them around, but in the end I think it will be too hard.

You can also buy a skateboard attachment at doubles as a mini scooter for when the toddler is older.

I think a pramis good for containing them and if you have to do anything quickly, or if you want to exercise sometimes it can be hard to carry and push at the same time.

#6 michie0moo

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

DD1 was 26 months when DD2 was born, we managed without the double for a little while but quickly decided it was worth it. She is now 31 months and still goes in the BJCS. Fantastic if I'm out and about and she needs a nap. Great in summer when baby wearing gets a bit hot.

#7 Lyn29

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

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Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:39 PM.


#8 bikingbubs

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

My DS was 19 mopnths when DD arrived.  Now at 22 months there is still no way he is anywhere near ready for me not needing a double pram.
I have a bjcs (which is great as i can use all different combos depending what kids i have with me).  I also have a MB duo that stays setup for walking at home.

#9 elle-M

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:21 AM

My DS was 17 months when DD arrived, I bought a Baby Jogger summit double pram which is for walking/jogging (not for shopping centres as far too big).

To be honest I hardly went to shopping centres when they were both that small, and I have an ergo carrier so that worked for DD and DS went in the pram if I had to.

My almost 2.5 y/o definitely still needs the pram for our daily walks (5km+), and I now have a buggy board for my city mini for if we go to the shops and he gets tired (rarely).

#10 Cranky Kitten

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Interesting to know - I'm not keen on the buggy boards (even though we already have one) because I'm quite tall and already kick the back of the pram that we have with just about every step unless I'm concentrating on it - which drives me nuts.

We've looked at the BJCS and it's looking like being the front runner so far, so good to hear a lot of people like them and we should get a good few years use out of it.

#11 Ice Queen

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

I had a double stroller.  My age gap was bigger than yours so DD did walk quite a bit BUT I would highly recommend having a double.  We walked a lot when DS was born (more than DD) as it was just easier with two small ones to walk than get them in and out of the car.  

Even now DD is nearly 4 and we still take the double stroller for big days out.  We went to the zoo recently and it is a lifesaver to have a seat for the older one to rest in.  My handbag sits in DD's seat most of the time but it is no big deal to have it.

#12 Feral timtam

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

I have a 23 month gap between my older two and an 18 month gap between the younger pair.
To be honest, I only used the double when I was pregnant with my third, I prefer to use a carrier when they are little.

My oldest turns 4 in April, often we don't use a pram at all these days. My middle child who turns 2 in March doesn't like being in the pram at all and I'm very rarely out long enough to warrant taking a pram for her to have a nap in.

#13 stardust81

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

I had a 22 month gap, and now they are 1 and almost 3, and I still use the double pram. Although quite capable and happy to walk, DS1 is still prone to running off at times so needs restraining. I just find it easier original.gif I have a BJCS too and it has been well worth the money.

Edited by stardust81, 28 January 2013 - 11:16 AM.


#14 Walkers

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

There is 15 months between my two youngest and I have loved my BJCS. I still get heaps of use out of it as my almost 3yo dd is pure chaos and still cannot be trusted to hold hands. My 20month old son is much easier to control and I would choose him to walk with on foot over the older one anytime. I have a surprise baby due in August so I'm praying that the 3yo settles down before then.

#15 Lucygoosey1

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I also have the BJCS which has been fabulous.  I have an 18mth gap and am still using it for my 18mth old & 3 year old.  My just 3 year old can walk a lot of the time, so am thinking I'd like a stroller now,  but still would use the BJCS a lot.  We also have a buggy board,  but my DD1 prefers the seat.  


#16 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

You will need a double pram.  No question.

I have a 16 month gap between mine and absolutely I still need a double pram.   I've also got my original single pram and a skateboard so can choose which will work best for what I'm doing.  My daughter is 3 in April but if I've got lots of things to do at the shops or want to go for a long walk, she's happy to be in the pram.

The skateboard is a bit of a pain as you have to kind of walk to the side of the pram but she loves it!  Not my favourite.

I have a single MB Swift and a double BJ city mini (had a BJCS but found it too long and flogged it on eBay).

#17 LoveMy3Kids

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

I had a 2yr 7mth age gap between DD1 and DD2 and then a 2yr 2mth gap between DD2 and DD3. We bought a Phil & Ted's for DD1 when DD2 was born and had to kick her out of it when DD3 was born. She was then 4 but still preferred the pram to walking. She was also a runner, so safer that way.

I ended up selling the P&T just so I could get DD2 walking more. She's now almost 5 and most of the time she's in the stroller and DD3 is walking. (DD2 has hypermobile joints so tires easily).

I think you will get plenty of use out of an inline pram that can be a single or double. I was told that the BJCS was heavy when the toddler was sitting at the front, so you might want to try that out when test driving prams. The woman who told me was the sales assistant who had sold her own P&T to get a BJCS and regretted the decision as it's not as easy to steer.

I had a 2yr 7mth age gap between DD1 and DD2 and then a 2yr 2mth gap between DD2 and DD3. We bought a Phil & Ted's for DD1 when DD2 was born and had to kick her out of it when DD3 was born. She was then 4 but still preferred the pram to walking. She was also a runner, so safer that way.

I ended up selling the P&T just so I could get DD2 walking more. She's now almost 5 and most of the time she's in the stroller and DD3 is walking. (DD2 has hypermobile joints so tires easily).

I think you will get plenty of use out of an inline pram that can be a single or double. I was told that the BJCS was heavy when the toddler was sitting at the front, so you might want to try that out when test driving prams. The woman who told me was the sales assistant who had sold her own P&T to get a BJCS and regretted the decision as it's not as easy to steer.

#18 sophiasmum

Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

I walk everywhere, I don't drive, & all of mine needed the pram until around age 3.




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