I recently bought Prince Lionheart’s stroller connectors to attach two umbrella strollers together (Chicco 0.6 umbrella strollers which I love). Bottom line: I’ll use them at the airport but they’re not for everyday use and definitely not a replacement for a double stroller. I tested them out on a recent day trip to Ontario Place and wished I hadn’t!
Here’s a little background: I have a sit and stand stroller (Joovy Caboose Ultralight stroller, which I also love) but my daughter can’t sleep in it (there’s no back part for her to comfortably lean back on) and I need a solution for long trips so both her and my son can conk out in the airport if they want to. The Joovy is also pretty bulky when folded and not cheap so I don’t want it banged up and destroyed in the cargo hold (I already somehow warped one of the hinges on the hood!). For some reason I can’t seem to find a cheap double umbrella stroller that reclines and is sold in Canada. (Why is it so hard to find stuff in Canada?? I couldn’t even get the newer version of the Joovy because the dealers told me they weren’t making it available in Canada anymore! But anyhow, I digress..).
A friend who was debating on a double stroller knew someone who was recommending the stroller connectors. The Prince Lionheart connectors got pretty good reviews on Amazon (4 stars, 24 reviews), so I thought this might be the perfect solution. The benefits:
- Both kids can sleep on the go.
- If my husband and I need to separate for a bit, we each could take a kid by simply disconnecting the stroller connectors.
- Getting through airport security will be easier since the strollers are very compact and lightweight (I’m assuming we’ll need to put them on the conveyor belt like we had to last time we went on a trip with just my daughter).
However after testing out the connectors, I found:
- It’s just too hard to maneuver the strollers, even with the middle front wheels locked.
- You have to make very wide turns, or to make a sharp turn, you need to lift up the back of the strollers and turn them yourself.
- The connector I had attached on the front of the strollers kept popping off so I just took it off.
- The front middle wheels sometimes get tangled if you reverse and go forward again.
I’m also not a fan of how much room you take up with side-by-side strollers. It’s much harder to get through crowds, walkways and doorways. (I’m so glad I got the Joovy for everyday use!)
I think my husband and I will end up pushing a stroller each and connect them together only if need be (i.e. one of us is pushing a cart full of luggage). Not the best solution but I think it will work okay.
What stroller(s) do you take on long trips for multiple kids? Did they work for you or did you wish you had brought something else?
Check out this article on Slate on a brief history of double strollers.