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Buying Guide - Pushchairs for Twins, Triplets & Quads!
What is the best pushchair for your twins, triplets or quadrulets? Read our expert guide to help narrow your search for a twin, triple or quad buggy, pram or pushchair from the following types:

You can also visit the TwinsUK Take Us Out department to see our wide range of twin prams, pushchairs and buggies for twins, triplets, quads buggies as well as travel accessories.

Broadly, travel options for multiples fall under one of the following categories :

Tandem / Double (Front & Back)
Twin / Double (Side by Side)
Triple Buggy / Stroller (Side by Side)
Quad Pushchair
All Terrain Puschairs (ATP)
Strollers - Single/Double/Triple

Pushchairs For Twins, Triplets or Quads!
You might be lucky enough to be having twins, triplets or quadruplets or you may have an expanding family and require a pushchair that will be flexible for your needs. Whatever the case. your pushchair needs are going to be slightly different depending on your circumstances and lifestyle. Please also refer to our Buying Guide for information on questions to ask yourself when considering the purchase of a pushchair (this terms can refer to either a pushchair. buggy. pram or stroller).

Some pushchair manufacturers are beginning to really think about the needs of multiples and the growing family. For multiple children. you can get tandem, twin, triple and quad pushchairs and we have outlined the main aspects of each type below (this does not cover single pushchairs apart from strollers):

Twin Prams
Prams generally have a traditional baby carriage design that is both sturdy and stylish and many double prams are built with extra features to ensure they last. They typically convert from fully reclining prams for newborns to upright strollers for kids up to 3 or 4 years old. Various features include extra-large wheels. adjustable padding. removable weather protection gear. large metal storage baskets. dual wheel brakes and so on.

More recent designs have options for forward or rear facing seating. some have independent reclining seats and most now covert from a newborn twin pram to a more versatile toddler pram although some may opt for the very traditional double pram that will have a limited life-span but may be very eye-catching or a family heirloom !

Twin Prams provide the traditional cosy and comfortable environment for your babies but they are a lot larger than most twin pushchairs and double buggies and weigh a lot more too ! Great for parents who walk a lot of the time but you will need a large car for most double prams and be sure to measure your doorways too to ensure it will fit.

Twin Prams generally allow you to:
Have a very comfortable and snug environment for your babies first few months
Some can be converted from a pram to a more versatile pushchair although will remain bulky
Great for walking &; shopping although you may experience some difficulties with doorways
Are much heavier and bulky so important to measure doorways and check boot if needs to travel

Twin Buggies (Twin Pushchairs / Double Buggy / Side by Side)
Twin pushchairs / double buggies generally have two front-facing seats side-by-side and most are suitable for two newborns or children of differing ages. They have adjustable seats with lie-flat position that operate independently. with a range of up to four or five reclining positions. swivel front wheels for manoeuvrability and one or two shopping baskets. They generally have four sets of wheels and are suitable for most everyday activities around town although not recommended for off-road (see ATP All Terrain Pushchairs).

Twin or Double pushchairs generally allow you to:

Move different aged children out and about from newborn to 4 years old
Independently adjust the seats . fully recline both seats for newborns
Suitable for everyday activities like shopping or walking around town
Can be quite compact. generally will fit most doorways and into family cars

Three/Four Wheel Buggies (All Terrain Pushchairs ATP Side by Side)
These stylish twin (or triple)& ;buggies are generally suitable for babies aged from three months because many only partly recline. although some models recline far enough to use from birth so are suitable for twins or triplets. Some 3-wheeler (and now 4-wheeler ATPs) pushchairs have compatible car seats which can be used until baby is strong enough to recline in the pushchair although these are generally only available for one baby.

The more popular development is for twin or triple carrycots that fit onto the base of the buggy and effectively convert it into a pram when the babies are small. As they grow the buggy can then be converted back to seats.

Three-wheelers are popular with families who enjoy country walking or even jogging or live in rural areas rather than towns. Take particular advice if you are looking to run/jog with your baby as not all pushchairs are suitable. Three wheelers have excellent manoeuvrability and look for a swivel front wheel as these are generally considered better than a fixed wheel. ATPs are generally very robust but can be bulky and wider than a standard twin pushchair (remember to check your doorways and car boot to ensure it will fit).

Because most three/four wheelers have soft tyres rather than gel-filled or solid tyres. they may puncture occasionally. so make sure you know or know someone who knows how to deal with a pushchair tyre puncture. Soft tyres do provide much better suspension if out and about and are best for rougher terrain.

And if you're going to be using your three-wheeler pushchair on buses and trains. check out its back wheel width because some cannot get through the inner doors on train carriages. Some models have removable front/or back wheels which help fit these bulky pushchairs into your car. home or public transport.

Generally speaking. three-wheeler buggies will be more expensive than a standard twin pushchair but the costs are falling as they become more popular. Adding optional extras like carrycots and car seats will add to the price but may provide you with the flexibility you require as well as the comfort for your babies.

All Terrain Pushchairs (ATPs) Three or Four Wheeler Buggies generally allow you to:

Move different aged children out and about from newborn to 4 years old
Independently adjust the seats . fully recline both seats for newborns (on some models)
Suitable for everyday activities around town and walking in country parks or across rougher terrain
Have excellent manoeuvrability particularly with swivel front wheel comfortable for babies
Can be bulky. heavy and wider than a standard double although some compact models available

Tandem Pushchairs / Buggies (Front & Back)
Tandem pushchairs / double buggies usually have two forward-facing seats (although some are available for three or more). one in front of the other. and are suitable for children of differing ages or multiples from around 3 months. They have adjustable seats positions that operate independently although usually only one lie-flat seat. They usually have swivel front wheels for manoeuvrability and one or two shopping baskets. Adding one or more baby car seat converts some models to a travel system although choice is limited. They are narrower than a twin or triple buggy but are significantly longer so you really do need to check its size when folded and remember the weight will increase as your children grow.

Tandem pushchairs generally allow you to:

Move different aged children out and about from newborn to around 3 years (depending on leg room)
Recline the rear seat fully for a newborn baby (only suitable for one baby / twins from 3 months)
Some allow forward and rear facing configuration of seats.
Some have "stadium seating." placing the baby in the rear higher up so both kids can enjoy the view.
Attach an optional car seat designed to fit onto the frame (limited choice for twins &; triplets)
Are available for quads and higher multiples but only from outside UK &; may not meet BSS

Triple Buggies & Pushchairs (Side by Side)
Triple pushchairs / triple buggies are a fairly recent addition to the pushchair family - but with the number of multiple births on the increase. triple pushchairs are a welcome addition to the range. Pushchairs for three children are available but brands are limited.
Triple Strollers are very popular with Nurseries and Childminders as well as the family with three toddlers and there are a few Triple Pushchairs that are made for newborns triplets. Some models have the option to remove one of the seats. turning it from a Triple to a Double pushchair.

All guidelines for standard pushchairs apply but most triple buggies have a weight limit of 50kg and recommend use up to the age of 4 years. They are wider than a double pushchair and can be difficult to manoeuvere around town. (See also ATP All Terrain Pushchairs for versions with carrycot options)

Durability. weight and pushchair robustness are key as well as ensuring children have room to grow. And check the guarantees available for these triple pushchairs as they're going to be working hard for you.

Quad Pushchairs & Quad Buggies
Pushchairs for quadruplets are a rarity in the UK but there is a tandem/side by side style pushchair that will take four children - rear seats from newborn and the front seats for toddlers. It has adjustable seats with lie-flat position that operate independently and swivel front wheels for manoeuvrability.

Quad Pushchairs are very popular with Nurseries and Childminders as well as the family with four children. We also have transport for four to six children in the mode of the amazing Kiddy Bus - although this does not fold, it is narrow enough to fit through standard doorways so is an option for larger families as well as nuseries and childminders.

Twin and Triple Strollers
Strollers are lightweight but robust in design for added freedom of movement. Some models are suitable for newborns if the stroller fully reclines flat. Newborn babies should not be put into strollers that do not recline flat. From three months. baby can be put into a partly reclining stroller and from six months baby can cope with one that does not recline but think hard about the comfort factor.

Sometimes called "umbrella" strollers (named for their hooked handles). they have the advantage of portability. Lightweight strollers are less sturdy than full-size baby strollers so you should avoid hanging shopping on the them but they are also very affordable. so having one in addition to a sturdier model won't break your budget.

Strollers are lightweight. folding and easily transportable. Most have swivel front wheels for manoeuvrability and some have adjustable seat positions. For twins/siblings use stroller connectors to make a quick double stroller. perfect for travel and short trips and a fraction of the cost.

There are a huge number of strollers to choose from dependent on budget. Most strollers fold up into really small packages so are suitable for travelling and take up less space in the home and car. Strollers are:

Lightweight yet robust.
Easy to operate - check out if the wheels can lock or swivel
Many models have lie-back adjustments
Available in single. twin or triple designs (although limited selection for triple strollers)
Stroller Connectors can link two strollers together. good for short trips &; travel with twins.

Accessories & Attachments
Although selection is limited you can find attachments to add on to your existing pushchair that will allow you to convert a single buggy into a double buggy or a double into a triple !

Here are a selection of current products :-

Swiss Strolli Rider a wheeled seat attachment similar to a bike saddle for toddlers
Buggy Pod buggy seat attachment for single or double pushchairs
Buggy Boards standing attachment for rear of pushchairs suitable for toddlers &; older children
Stroller Connectors simple system using 3 connectors to link two strollers
Double/Triple (G3 Voyager) removable seat attachment converting a double to a triple

Remember to check to see if any additional items are included or optional extras& ; such as Raincover, Sunshade, Footmuffs, Carrycots and Car Seats.

If you need any advice in choosing a pram or pushchair, call our specialist advisors who will be more than happy to help you with your requirements. Happy travelling!

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