So, I was visiting my sister’s house this week. With a pair of small children on hand, she stays awfully busy, and is always looking for ways to make everything more manageable.
One of those turned out to be the purchase of a double stroller travel system. While I’m a bachelor, I haven’t lived completely under a rock when it comes to these things. I certainly knew that there were strollers that had two or more seats. Still, I was quite fascinated by how the travel system actually works.
If you’re not familiar with these things, the concept is pretty simple: instead of permanent seats, the stroller comes with two car seats that snap securely into the stroller frame. My sis is camera-shy, and wouldn’t let me shoot a video of her demonstrating the stroller, but here’s a video of a single travel system by the same manufacturer as hers:
As you can see, it’s really very slick and easy to use. I was particularly struck by how easily the folding and unfolding process was for the stroller, as well as how neatly and quickly the regular seat could be removed and the carrier attached.
I can see both advantages and disadvantages to such travel systems. The obvious plus are that you can move the child quickly and easily from the car to the stroller and back with minimal disturbance. This would be especially important if they’ve fallen asleep, as you don’t want them to wake up and get fussy.
One of the downsides is that these things are quite heavy and, even with all of the built in conveniences of the Graco stroller my sister owns, it can still be a handful for her to deal with.
But then, so can two little ones!