If you’re in the market for a tandem stroller for your twins, the stroller Zoe Tandem+ is a great choice to consider. It’s also a really great choice if you have two singletons of different ages. Learn all about the stroller Zoe Tandem+ features to help you decide if it’s a good pick for you and your family.
Features Stroller Zoe Tandem+
The stroller Zoe Tandem+ only weighs 19 lbs. This is a dream for twin parents and grandparents to lift into the trunk of a car with little effort. It’s also especially great for travel. Most major airlines will have no problem gate checking the stroller Zoe Tandem+ (it’s 1 lb under the American Airlines 20 lb limit) and since it’s so lightweight you’ll have an easy time going from rental car to hotel to shuttle bus.
A really cool feature of the stroller Zoe Tandem+ is that after you break down the stroller into two pieces, both seats fit into most airplane overhead compartments. So if you don’t want to deal with gate checking you can just bring the stroller on board with you. Just make sure the flight crew has enough overhead space before you do this.
Convert double stroller Zoe Tandem+ to a single stroller
Another great feature is that the stroller Zoe Tandem+ can covert to a single stroller (but just 1 single stroller, not two). Just remove the front seat attachment and you’ve got a lightweight single stroller. This is especially helpful if you have to bring just one twin somewhere, such as a doctor’s appointment, or if your children are of two different ages. Once your older child is not longer needing a stroller you can permanently switch to a single stroller. If this is your situation, I highly recommend keeping that 2nd seat attachment to use for visits to the zoo or theme parks, as your older child will probably use it when they are tired, and it’s a great place to store bags and snacks when you’re out on a day trip. The stroller Zoe Tandem+ is Disney approved.
But how does it maneuver? Most tandem strollers are going to be a little more difficult to maneuver than a side by side stroller, so keep that in mind, but with the stroller Zoe Tandem+ the push is really easy and the lightweight load makes it easier to maneuver than most tandem strollers. It’s easy to maneuver in aisles and on sidewalks and it does best on flat, smooth surfaces. Don’t plan on off-roading with this Zoe stroller.
Accessories for stroller Zoe Tandem+
The stroller Zoe Tandem+ includes two storage baskets to hold your gear. Please note that the baskets are on the small side so your twin size diaper bag may not fit in either of them. It also includes one belly bar, child snack and cup holder set, a parent cup holder, and harness comfort pads/covers.
Other accessories that are not included but would make for great add-ons are the stroller storage bag backpack (this is great for vacations), entertainment holders (will hold a tablet under the canopy), stroller parent organizer (to hold your keys, wallet, water bottles, etc.), and a rain cover.
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Does the Zoe stroller recline?
Yes, the stroller Zoe Tandem+ does recline in both seats, but it is not a full-flat recline. We recommend that you don’t use this stroller until your babies are sitting more upright. Between 3 to 6 months old would be a good time to start using this stroller.
Is a stroller really necessary?
If you have more than one child under the age of four-year-old, YES, a stroller is absolutely necessary. When you have twins your stroller will be your lifeline to getting out of the house. Most families with twins have more than one stroller for flexibility.
What are the best travel strollers?
The best travel stroller Zoe Tandem+ or the Zoe Twin+ because they are both lightweight, under 20 lbs., narrow, and they maneuver very well.
Do Zoe strollers go on sale?
Zoe strollers very rarely go on sale because they are already very low cost. Zoe only sells their strollers on their website to keep the costs low for the consumer. If the Zoe strollers were sold at retail stores they would have to bring the cost up a lot.
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.
Disney stroller rules
Disneyland and Walt Disney World announced new rules in regards to smoking and strollers, which went into effect on May 1, 2019. Strollers wider than 31 inches (79 cm) in width and 52 inches (132 cm) in length will be prohibited in both Disney parks. Stroller wagons will also be prohibited, which includes the Keenz and Veer wagons, two of the more popular wagons with parents of twins. Disney explains, “The reduction of stroller sizes is intended to ease Guest flow and reduce congestion.” Be sure to check your stroller’s dimensions when opened to make sure you’re bringing the right stroller to the House of Mouse.
Features to Look for in a Double Stroller
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.
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!
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!
A handlebar that reaches all the way across is key, and you can find that with the stroller Zoe Tandem+. 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.
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!
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.
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!
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 stroller Zoe Tandem+.
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.
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.