However, now I am beginning to wonder what someone who bought a double-wide stroller for their twins would say about them, because I am starting to not like my Graco DuoGlide very much anymore. Here’s why:
– I feel like I am driving a boat around everywhere I go. This thing is LONG.
– The stroller itself is bulky and heavy, and when pushing two kids weighing over 22 lbs each it’s gets to be quite the workout.
– I can’t see the front wheels very well so I run into everything!
– Getting through non-automatic doors (my new pet peeve) means I have to get in front of the stroller, hold open the door, pull the front of the stroller in through the door, try not to run over my foot, squeeze past the stroller, push the stroller further, and then get behind it before I run the whole thing into who knows what…
– This thing squeaks, creaks, moans, groans, complains, and generally makes a raucous as I turn it and maneuver it through a store, embarrassing me to no end. It’s not too bad when we push it in a straight line, but that pretty much only happens on our way to and from the car to the store, or on a walk, which doesn’t matter since we’re outside.
– It is difficult to maneuver most of the time. I feel like I have to work extra hard to turn corners just right. Like driving a truck, I have to make sure I have enough space on the inside to complete the turn, otherwise I get stuck half-way and have to then pick up the whole stroller and get it unstuck. Which again is embarrassing! It definitely does not have hair-pin turning.
I am beginning to be seriously embarrassed and annoyed by this huge contraption that squeaks and groans and gets stuck in turns!! But, I love having a stroller for the obvious reason that my kids are with me, strapped down, seated, and happy (they actually get excited to ride in the stroller). Without a stroller they would run in opposite directions and touch everything in sight. It’s invaluable for that reason!
It is literally impossible for one person to hold both of their hands and walk in a straight line, or walk much at all. Trust me. I’ve tried many times. One will plop down on the ground, causing the other one to swing in front of me, and then she will plop down on the ground. And then I’m stuck pulling babies off the ground who for some reason have forgotten how to stand/walk. It’s only slightly frustrating. A stroller is very needed, especially when outnumbered.
So now I ask what kinds of stroller have you loved as a parent? Do you like simple umbrella strollers? Do you like the double-wide strollers? Do you like jogging strollers (even if you never actually jog with them)? Let us know! Some day we might swap this beast out.