My daughter had just turned one when I found out I was pregnant again. We only have one car and my husband uses that for work so I realised that I would have to get a pram that carries two little people - one toddler and one baby. I must admit it became a bit of an obsession. Do I want one in front of the other, but would that make it difficult to get up curbs?, side by side, but would it fit through doors? Decisions, decisions. I stopped loads of strangers pushing double prams to ask their opinions, (I didn't know about dooyoo at the time!) In the end the decision was made for me. I live in a small town and the only way I could purchase a twin pram was from a well known online shopping site but most were too heavy to post. Enter the Mama's and Papa's AriaTwin Stroller.
It is very lightweight, but getting heavier every day as the children grow!
At just 76cms wide it gets through almost every door I've tried and also up narrow shopping ailses. It is very easy to put up and fold away and fits in the boot of my car and my friends and family's cars that I have tried. The seats go up and down indepently of each other and can be laid almost flat, which is ideal for a newborn.The hoods are also independant of each other which is good if, like me, you have a bossy toddler who wants to leave it up. There and some nice little added extras like veiwing windows in the hoods so that you can see the children when they are down. Also trays on the front that are hinged so that you can open them to put the children in and easily click them back closed again. The trays are also removable.
There is a large roomy shopping bag underneath, however heavier items do tend to drag along the floor, especially going up and down steps. The front wheels can either be fixed or swivel, personally I prefer to keep them fixed as it makes it easier to get through narrower doorways. The straps are five point and the shoulder straps can be dteached from the side straps. I find this useful when taking the baby out because you don't have to try to manouver his arms through straps. They are not attached to the backrest. Sometimes I find this to be a problem because you have to spread them out before putting the children in. Also when the baby is in the sitting position he falls forward when I go down a step. The other problem I have found is that the brake is not very effective, infact it doesn't work at all now. I think this is because every time you go down a step it scrapes it and over the months it has just broken. I just have to remember not to park on a hill!
Overall I am very pleased with the Aria. It looks stylish, is easy to use, and the few niggles it has are liveable with. A good buy.
I bought this buggy as our second buggy when we had two girls - niether of which could walk yet. We were tempted to buy a second one as the first Phil n Teds was one in front of the other, and we thought our baby could benefit from also being able to see as much as our elder daughter once she started getting more interested in her surroundings.
This buggy is side by side, but is still reasonably quite lightweight and still only 76cm wide.
The pros: Still fits in to most door ways, is quite easy to collapse, gives them both a good view of their surroundings, has a MASSIVE shipping basket and it comes with the sun hood.
The cons: I can imagine that when it is collapsed it could be difficult to get in the boot of some small cars, the shopping basket started to tear at the bottom after about nine months (which is what I noticed must eventually happen to most as second hand ones on ebay all seemed to state this as damage), it is not very good "off-roader" due to the small wheels (also difficult on curbs), and the catches that keep it folded are plastic and look quite flimsy.
Overall, I am still quite glad we purchased this as having the girls sat next to eachother both looking out is priceless. However, the dragging of the shopping bag underneath now is a nuisance.
We purchased the Mamas and Papas Twin Aria when our twin boys were
around 11 months old. We wanted a second, lightweight side-by-side pushchair for holidays and trips to the park as our main pushchair, a Jane Powertwin, is a tandem, so great for the shops but not so good when you want both boys to have a good view!
We began by looking at the umbrella fold pushchairs, however we found
them to be too wide when folded for our car boot, so we settled on the Twin Aria which folds easily into a relatively compact shape. We paid around £200 for the puschair from a local independent baby equipment shop, including the raincover.
The pushchair has two seats, each with a five-point harness, both
of which recline making them suitable from birth. Each seat has its own removable hood with a viewing windown in the back, letting you keep an eye on the children whilst walking. The pushchair has a cross-bar style handle and a good size shopping basket underneath (crucial for trips to the supermarket!). At the front each seat has a tray (handy for snacks), which swings up out of the way to allow a toddler to climb in easily.
The pushchair was relatively easy to push with small children, however
it did become difficult to manouvre once the boys were approaching two, especially up and down kerbs (although this is probably a common problem in twin pushchairs). It also began to feel a little flimsy as the boys got heavier, although it stood up to all of the stress and strain without breaking. I like the cross-bar style handle because it means that on flat ground (such as around a supermarket) you can steer the pushchair one handed, leaving a hand free for a basket etc.
The pushchair is not too wide (76cm) so fits through most doorways-
this does mean that the seats are relatively narrow however so it might not suit large toddlers. The pushchair is easy to fold and folds down quite small. It is very light, and has a handle on the side so it is easy to carry.
In summary, this pushchair served the purpose we bought it for- a lightweight side-by-side for occasional use. I would not buy this pushchair as my main one, as someone who did a lot of walking with two
toddlers I needed something a bit more manouvreable, however for days
out and holidays it was great.
The Hauck Speed Sun - Hide N Seek Pooh is a Single Seat Umbrella.