Double buggy trouble

Double buggy with twins

Twin buggy

Well, it’s that time of year again. I love christmas and the build up to it. I love the excitement, the pretty decorations, the giving, the crafting and generally having lots of lovely family time. However, when you have young twins, there is one big issue that is made worse at christmas time……shopping with a double buggy!

I am very lucky, I don’t have a buggy anymore, but when I was christmas shopping the other day, I saw lots of poor parents struggling round the very busy shops with their double buggies and it brought back many memories of difficult times.

Shops are busy and difficult at the best of times at christmas, but when you have a very wide buggy you have to weave through the isles and people, without taking out legs and without the little ones pulling every item off the shelf en route, it can be extremely challenging!

I remember trying to squeeze through shops and people, desperately trying to be polite and careful, but it didn’t stop the looks of disgust, annoyance and thoughts of ‘why do you have to bring that thing in here?’! Well, the answer is, “I have no choice” I need to shop, just like you do and unless you are going to babysit for me, my babies are not big enough to walk, I have to bring the huge buggy!

When you have twins a double buggy is not a luxury, it is essential! How else can you carry 2 babies round?

There was 1 year I actually bought a cheap tandem buggy off eBay just to go christmas shopping, because I couldn’t face it with the wide double buggy.

How do you manage with double buggies, especially at this time of year? Do you have any tips for other mums?

I urge everyone to spare a thought for mums with double buggies and help them rather than scorn them.

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12 Responses to Double buggy trouble

  1. Jaime Oliver says:

    I think some people in general are ignorant to all buggies, even with a single you still get some looks of disgust .. i can only imagine how bad it is with a double x

    • karen bell says:

      It is true, I found my single buggy hard sometimes, so when I found out i was expecting twins, I was absolutely terrified of having to have a double buggy! x

  2. Dawn Frazier says:

    I totally agree that people should spare a thought for mums with double buggies. I’m so glad I don’t have to try and get around shops with mine anymore! I also lost count of the number of times I got stuck in shop doorways because some are not wide enough for a side by side, and I always used to wonder why it is that shops always put the childrens’ clothing on the upper floors?

    • karen bell says:

      Yes, that’s true, all the kids stuff is often at the hardest to reach part of the store. Our Clarks in town had the kids shoes upstairs, with NO lift!! I couldn’t use that shop!

  3. Aah I remember the days of pushing my twins around in a double buggy! I had to have two buggies. I had an easy fold up Maclarens I kept in my car which I used for shopping trips as it was the narrowest I could find to deal with shop doors (and my often crazy antics trying to keep the door open while I manoeuvered them through). I also had an Out n’ About which was perfect for walks in the countryside or parks over bumpy terrain but too wide for shopping!

  4. Orlena says:

    Great post! Thank you. Would you like to come and tell that to all the people in Spain? I have to confess that I’ve given up on shopping with a double buggy and now order most things online. There are so many shops that I can’t get into and then when I’m in, I can’t get out or between the isles. I think I’ll wait a couple of years before I venture into anything smaller than a supermarket again!

  5. Brilliant! This is OH SO TRUE. My poor Mum used to struggle so badly with a double buggy bless her. Thank goodness that is one thing I never had to cope with – a single was bad enough! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

  6. blueberetmum says:

    Ah – I struggle with a single buggy at times and I think I would never enter a shop with a double one…

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