It is amazing how easy it is to have one baby. Retrospectively, at any rate. Hoisting x2 children up the stairs, one eating your earring and the other staging a full body meltdown, the days of merely one newborn appear halcyon.
Still, there are advantages to second time mothering. One is an awareness of the difference certain pieces of baby kit can make. (As well as an understanding that much of it is wildly unnecessary. Moses basket, farewell.)
Transporting two offspring presents its own particular challenges. You will no doubt have a pram of which you’re fond. Now what? To double, or not? A stacking double, or a side by side? After way too much time in John Lewis and grilling friends, here are some conclusions.
Consider what you have. For example, if you’ve already got an Uppa Baby or an iCandy, and they work for you, then adding a baby attachment seems an ideal solution.
However, if you haven’t yet forked out for either of these spenny brands, starting now seems a bit late in the game.
What exactly are you needs? It is amazing how far you can go with a buggy board (go for a universal make, eg the Lascal. If you purchase eg a Bugaboo specific model and your child’s nursery / school etc demands a folding buggy you may end up having to buy a second one). Also consider the Ergobaby stowaway: a sling that folds away to nothing, it gives you options if you want to stick with one buggy, but two potentially tired children.
And your location. I was send a Bugaboo Donkey to try out. Expecting to hate it for its huge size, I rather fell in love. Although the children are side by side in a real behemoth of a buggy, it is surprisingly easy to manoevre. However, it was never going to be practical for the narrow streets of Clerkenwell nor likely to fit on a bus at rush hour.
To stack or not to stack. So many friends adore their Phil and Teds: slimline, practical. But I simply couldn’t get my head round the idea of one child staring at the back of a seat all day.
The terrain. Again, the Phil and Teds Navigator scores well for offroad (stacking seats) as does the Baby Jogger City Mini GT (parallel seats). I however fell for a REVOLUTION SE Duallie (see below).
What did I pick?
Finally I concluded that my single, Silver Cross Wayfarer, with a sling packed underneath was the answer for central London. But, we spend a lot of time with grandparents in Devon and Norfolk where we needed a solution for long walks (as well as a mobile ‘home’ for when mummy wanted to go surfing etc which was sun and wind proof).
The REVOLUTION SE Duallie by Britax is amazing on soft sand, up hills, down ramps, you name it. It folds small enough to live in the coat cupboard, and you can even – should you so wish – run behind it. A killer choice, I couldn’t recommend it too highly.
As your older child grow into a new car seat, which Stage 2 to choose..?
For maximum style, award-winning Diono Monterey 2 booster seat is in stylish red and black suede, it adjusts, goes in and out easily, and is generally fabulous.
For something heavy duty which your children can (do their best to) destroy, Maxi Cosi’s AxissFit is indestructible and swivels to face the car door, saving your poor tired back.
Our current solution is to place the baby on a towel in a drawer on the floor (*old school*), and Elsa, who is two, in a BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light. Like everything else from this label, it is marvellously designed.