Learn about the line of Britax double stroller to find out if one of them is the right fit for your twins. Includes Britax B-Lively Double and Britax B-Ready G3.
Britax Double Stroller
There are several models of Britax double stroller but the two most popular among twin families are the Britax B-Lively Double and the Britax B-Ready G3. These are both budget-friendly and will last you a couple of years, but they will probably not have a very good resale value.
There are so many double strollers out there on the market today, all competing for the twin market. But not all Britax double stroller are good for twins. We've broken down the best features that you should be looking for in a twin stroller to make sure you don't have buyer's remorse!
Does Britax have double stroller?
Yes! Britax has two strollers that can be double strollers. The Britax B-Lively Double is a side-by-side double stroller and the Britax B-Ready G3 is a single stroller with a double seat accessory (sold separately) that can convert it to an inline stroller.
What double strollers are compatible with Britax B Safe?
All Britax double stroller will work with the Britax B-Safe car seat, just maybe not two at the same time. The Britax B-Lively Double can accommodate just one B-Safe car seat at a time, so that stroller is really better for your twins once they can sit up unassisted. Some double strollers on the market that work with the Britax B-Safe car seat are the Contours Options Elite and the Baby Trend Snap N Go Double.
What is the best double stroller?
As far as which is the best? That's hard to say because each family will choose one based on price, features, width, travel ability and other factors that aren't universal. What's best for a trip to Disney may not be best for a trip to the zoo. So (and I hate when people say this) there isn't a “best”; the best one is the one that's right for you.
Should I buy double stroller?
Are you having twins? Then yes, you really need a double stroller. Parents of twins rely on their Britax double stroller to get out of the house and into the world! If you just have one baby, well, we can't help you, LOL! But for twin parents, it's a necessity. Especially when it's one parent caring for two babies or toddlers; then your stroller is your lifeline to getting out into the world with your kids. You will definitely want to include the best quality double stroller on your baby registry for twins.
Features to Look for in a Double Stroller
A solid frame. Look for a twin stroller that has a sturdy, solid frame that was meant to safely hold two children for the length of its use. Many single strollers can convert into a double stroller by adding a second seat, but these strollers were made for two children of different ages and are not ideal for two children of the same age, height, and weight. These strollers typically have a lower weight limit for one of the seats because it's really been made for a baby + toddler. The stroller frame should be super sturdy!
A large basket. Storage baskets! Your stroller that's meant for two kids should have room to fit STUFF for two kids! That's another problem with single strollers that convert to doubles — the basket is meant to hold stuff for just one child. You'll also want to make sure there is easy access to the basket from different spots around the stroller so it's easier to get items out. Cup holders are great too!
A handlebar that reaches all the way across is key, and you can find that with the Britax double stroller. You're going to need that full handlebar to maneuver your twin stroller with one hand at times. Strollers with two handles are typically more difficult to steer. An adjustable handlebar will make life so much easier.
5-point harnesses. Yes, some strollers only come with 3-point harnesses (only across the lap) but you absolutely need a 5-point harness (which also holds them back at the shoulders) to make sure your babies don't fall forward out of the stroller when you have to make a sudden stop.
Independent reclining seats. You definitely need to be able to have each seat at a different recline. What if one baby is wide awake and wants to look around, but the other is sound asleep and could use a bit of recline? You'll also want to find seats that recline as far back as possible to allow for good stroller naps!
Canopies that extend far down. When you're walking towards the sun this is going to make a HUGE difference! The canopies should also work independently (not stuck in the same position together) such as the canopies on the Britax double stroller.
Peek-a-boo windows that are ventilated. These are on the back of each stroller seat so you can see what the kiddies are up to without having to peek into the front of the stroller. Ideally, these are mesh to allow for extra air flow, with a flap so you can keep it covered when it's too cold or windy. This will ultimately allow for a smooth ride.
It's easy to fold and lift up. If you're having a hard time getting it to fold after a few tries, take it back. If it's too heavy for you to lift into your car's trunk, take it back. These things will only cause you more annoyance as time passes.
It fits in your trunk. You should not have to wrestle with your stroller to get it to fit in your trunk. Bonus points if you don't have to take one of the seats off to fold it. Be aware that some strollers will fit better once you remove the tires, which typically can be popped back on in a snap. Always look for a good travel system.
It fits in your house. Measure all of your doorways and hallways to make sure that the stroller will fit inside your home, ideally without having to fold it up first. Side by side strollers are often less convenient for this reason. When you're coming home from a long walk with your infant twins and it suddenly starts to rain, you'll thank me!
Tips for Air Travel with Double Strollers
Strollers and all baby carriers will need to be screened by X-ray and or manually. If you have a stroller and car seat, only one can be checked at the gate. If you are not planning to use the car seat on the plane, you will want to check it at the ticket counter. On some airlines, strollers over 20 lbs must be checked at the ticket counter and strollers under 20 lbs can be used in the airport and then checked at the gate. Check ahead with your carrier to find out their rules for stroller weight. If you must check your double stroller at the ticket counter, plan to use baby carriers throughout the airport.
Be aware that some airlines have a weight limit to gate check a stroller. According to the American Airlines website (as of April 2017), their policy states, “Each ticketed customer is allowed 1 stroller. Only small, collapsible and light strollers (up to 20 lbs/9kgs) can be checked at the gate. Any stroller that weighs over 20 lbs/9 kgs, is too large, or is non-collapsible must be checked at the ticket counter.”
This policy does not take into account that the average double stroller weighs between 26 and 37 pounds. As any parent of twins knows, our double stroller is one of the most important pieces of equipment we have.
When you are traveling with multiple small children — especially if you are traveling alone — it is extremely difficult to manage an airport without a stroller that can be gate-checked. And the fact of the matter is that there are very few double strollers on the market that meet the 20 lb. weight limit.