The best double buggies for a toddler and baby

Choosing a double buggy to transport two siblings of different ages? Don’t buy anything until you check out our pick of tandem and twin buggies...

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    Transporting a toddler and baby in comfort isn’t an impossible task. While your toddler and baby both have different needs, there are buggies on the market designed to meet those.

    Having a lie-flat carrycot and seat unit that reclines independently is crucial. Newborns need to be able to lie flat, which obviously isn’t ideal for curious toddlers eager to watch the world pass by!

    And your baby and toddler will no doubt snooze off at different times, so the ability to recline or raise their seat without bothering their brother or sister is key to a whine-free outing.

    Things to think about before buying a buggy for a baby and toddler:

    Weight: Having two babies in a pushchair can make even the lightest double buggy hard work when pushing it around, popping it up a kerb or carrying it up and down stairs. So make sure you're happy with the weight of the pushchair before you buy it. 

    Age range: It’s worth noting that although some tandem buggies are sold with a ‘suitable to and from’ weight range, it varies widely for each pushchair.  With tandem buggies if you add a second seat it often limits the weight you can put in the buggy over all.  For instance, a buggy can be advertised as suitable up to 25kg, but that’s not necessarily for each seat, it may be for both children, meaning each seat can only take a maximum of 12.5kg.  It’s best to check the manual of a pushchair to find out its maximum usage, as each model is different.   The great thing about a side-by-side buggy is that if it is advertised as suitable up to 17kg, both seats will be suitable up to 17kg.

    Width:  There's no getting away from it, a double buggy will either be wider or longer than a single pushchair, so before you pick the double buggy of your choice, measure your doors and hallways to make sure it fits and you have space to store it. 

    Lying flat: For a pushchair to be suitable from birth for a newborn, it'll either need a lie-flat carrycot or completely lie-flat seat.  

    Some double buggies even give the choice of attaching different seating option, such as a car seat suitable from birth. Others offer you the choice of having your toddler and baby facing different directions. One of the big decisions will be whether a twin or tandem style will be best for you. We have more straightforward advice on picking the perfect double pushchair in our buyer's guide.

    Whatever your preference – and your budget – there’s a double buggy out there to suit your lifestyle.

    See the best buggies for a baby and toddler

  • 1. BabyStyle Hybrid Edge Tandem, from £678 - MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £698 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £678

    With its unique convertible frame that simply swaps the rear axle when you want to transform from single to double, this buggy’s clever design made it a worthy gold award winner.

    Starting off with the main Hybrid Edge chassis and reversible seat unit (£499), the additional rear axle (£50) and second seat (£129) extend the life of this pushchair when baby no. 2 comes along.

    It’s got an easy compact fold, down to 71 x 60 x 30cm with the wheels attached, lockable quick release wheels, adjustable footrest and handle, and built in insect nets.

    It’s also available in a choice of 7 colours, and is suitable from birth with the additional carrycot (£149).

    And the Hybrid Edge doesn’t just convert from single to double – there’s also the option to swap in the City axle (£40), which has a narrower 55cm wheel base, for whizzing about town.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Hybrid Edge convertible system:

    “Lightweight for a double buggy and easy to handle (the steering is a joy) this is a great buggy for getting around town with two little ones in tow. It is easy to manoeuvre up and down kerbs, onto buses, up one or two shallow steps and doesn't feel like too much of a burden to push. As a double buggy, for example, it works well with a toddler in the upper seat and a baby in a carrycot beneath.” Mum of 2, Maeve

    “I love that you get a 'proper' extra seat, which isn't any different to the main seat. I also love that you can have it as a single with storage space in the basket but it has an additional frame for when you need a double. Nice wide seats that will suit a bigger child with hooks on the handle for extra storage and carrying bags. Very light and compact. Lovely and smooth to push!” Mum of 2, Lucy

    Read our full review of the Hybrid Edge convertible single to double pushchair here.

    You can buy the Hybrid Edge at Very, Precious Little One or Pramworld.

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  • 2. Britax B-Ready Tandem, £645, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner - Joint

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit):£770 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £645

    This flexible single-to-double from Britax scooped the silver award for its ease of use and robust design.

    Starting as a single package (£520) with reversible seat unit, extendable handle and taking a child up to 17kg (as well as a whopping 7kg in the shopping basket), it’s easy to add the second tandem seat (£125).

    The buggy can fold with both seats attached, and has a total weight of 15.5kg when in tandem mode. If you want to use it for twins from birth, simply add two carrycots (£125 each).

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Britax B-Ready:

    “Very functional, sturdy buggy with well thought through features like the zipped basket opening at the front for access but protects items from falling out. Been well designed for real families, easy to swap between single, double and carrycot.” Mum of 2, Magda

    “Great basket and storage facilities, which is unusual for a double. Second seat nice and structured so would be happy to put newborn in - and there is a nice recline on all the seats. The best double I've seen for a while and very easy to use! Does everything you need when with two children and is functional, sturdy and easy to use.” Mum of 2, Lucy

    Read our full review of the Britax B-Ready here.

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  • 3. UPPABaby Vista Tandem, £1,068.98, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner - Joint

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1068.98 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1068.98

    One, two, or even three children – the joint silver award-winning UPPABaby Vista convertible buggy has been designed with a growing family in mind.

    There are numerous combinations, from two carrycots, a toddler seat, two toddler seats, and more, plus the option to add the PiggyBack buggy board (£99.99) for travelling with three.

    The £849.99 basic price includes a carrycot and seat unit, plus two raincovers, sunshades, insect nets and car seat adapters, while you can add the second toddler seat for £219.99.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the UPPABaby Vista:

    “Great big basket, good quality.” MadeForMums Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

    “Fantastic carrycot. Suitable for overnight sleeping. Good design with huge basket.” Mum of 2, Sonali

    Read our full review of the UPPABaby Vista here.

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  • 4. Phil & Ted’s Dash Tandem, £648, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £787 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £648

    It’s sporty, light and can handle all-terrain – just a few of the reasons that Phil & Ted’s Dash inline tandem picked up the bronze gong in the MFM Awards 2017.

    And with the main seat engineered to take a child up to 25kg, and the second seat to 15kg, there’s plenty of longevity in this buggy.

    It weighs an easy-on-the arms 13.3kg when in double mode, and can even be folded with both seats attached. Costing £499 as a single, add the double kit for £149 to make an inline tandem.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Phil & Ted’s Dash:

    “Quite lightweight for a double and easy to convert from single to double. Good value, no compromise on quality. Easy to use, one hand operated hand brake, great for all terrain, simple good looking design. Second seat unit not very structured, but still quite sturdy. Smooth steering.” Mum of 3, Emma

    “High quality buggy at a great price. The bottom seat still allows room for the child underneath. Not too hard to push when both go in. It is long - but may need to be to allow for leg room at the bottom. As it's an active buggy, it handles well, with mud guards and easy to brake.” Mum of 2, Sonali

    Read our full review of the Phil & Ted’s Dash here.

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  • 5. Babystyle Egg Tandem, £958

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1137 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £958

    A distinctive single-to-double buggy, the BabyStyle Egg is super comfortable, travel system compatible and, at just 59cm wide, is pretty slim for a double.

    Our reviewer described as a “fantastic pushchair for anyone with either twins or a toddler and baby” and says it has excellent manoeuvrability and has a strong, sturdy frame. 

    Check out the full review of the Babystyle Egg Tandem here.

    You can buy the BabyStyle Egg Tandem buggy from Direct2Mum, and Kiddies Kingdom.

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  • 6. Cosatto Shuffle, £364.99

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £364.99
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £364.99

    Cosatto's very colourful tandem pushchair allows you to transport a baby and toddler in comfort at a very affordable price.

    Coming complete with rain cover, a cosy toes for the front seat and a baby nest for the rear seat. It has a compact umbrella fold, despite being a fairly long tandem (100cm) but its 51cm width means the Cosatto Shuffle is easy to get through doorways and onto public transport.

    The front seat unit is suitable for babies from 6 months and the rear seat is suitable from birth, when our MFM mum tested it found it to be sturdy on pavements and in the uneven ground of the park. 

    You can get the Cosatto Shuffle from Argos or Cosatto 

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  • 7. iCandy Orange, £875

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1180 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1040

    The Orange is a fruity fresh convertible buggy that has 30 seating options, which can be used with one child, twins or two children of different ages. 

    What sets the Orange apart from other iCandy pushchairs is the integrated ride-on board added to its frame. The ride-on board can hold up to 20kg in weight (around the weight of a 4-5 year old), while the seat unit is safety tested to hold a child up to 25kg. 

    If you can afford the initial outlay then this super stylish buggy, purpose-built for more than one child, really is the only pushchair you’ll ever need, unless you have triplets.

    Check out the full 5 star iCandy review

    You can get the iCandy Orange at John Lewis or Mothercare

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  • 8. Baby Elegance Cupla Duo, £708.98

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £708.98
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £708.98

    This lightweight double buggy (10.2kg) comes in a travel system package that includes a complete pushchair with two seats, a carrycot, car seat, rain covers and newborn insert all for under £708.98.

    The Cupla can also be used as a single pushchair for £599, but what we like about the double version of this buggy is that it’s great for parents with twins or two children close in age.

    It feels sturdy as it bumps amiably up and down kerbs and other rough surfaces; and despite being a tandem has more than ample space underneath to stash bags of shopping.

    Read the full Cupla Duo review here

    You can get the Cupla Duo from Argos

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  • 9. Mountain Buggy +One, £838

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £838
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £699

    An all-terrain, versatile tandem the +One has multiple different riding options, so you're sure o find one that will suit the family. 

    It has six different handle height positions and a detachable buggy board which converts into scooter for your older child. The Mountain Buggy +One Double also boasts a one-touch handle brake and easy fold mechanism.

    Read the full Phil & Teds Vibe Inline Double buggy review here

    Buy the +One from the Mountain Buggy site

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  • 10. Joolz Geo, £999

    • Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1099 
    • Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £999

    A sturdy frame, smart design, and comfortable ride all feature on this Joolz tandem, which is ideal for a baby and toddler.

    Our MFM mum gave this pushchair a brilliant 4.5 stars out of 5 for its user-friendly buttons and catches, adjustable handle height and smooth ride, and the fact it is very easy to manoeuvre with one hand in single or double mode.

    She also says “it takes away many of the little stresses of travelling with two.”

    Read the full Joolz Geo review here

    You can buy the Joolz Geo on the Joolz website

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Last updated on 20 July 2017

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