What is the best pushchair, pram or buggy for your twins, triplets or quadruplets? Read our parent's guide to help narrow your search for twin prams, double buggies, tandem pushchairs, twins travel systems, triple strollers, quad or 6-seaters that suits your lifestyle. We also guide you on the best twin prams with car seats and carrycots, otherwise known as travel systems, whether it's a side-by-side or tandem you're looking for and can advise which are suitable from birth (for newborns) and which will take a toddler on a buggy board.
Broadly, travel options for twins and multiples fall under one of the following categories :
- Twin Prams (Traditional/Modern Side-by-Side)
- Double Buggies (Side by Side)
- Tandem Pushchairs (Front and Back / Inline)
- All Terrain Pushchairs (ATPs) / 3/4-Wheelers
- Triple Prams / Buggies / Strollers (SBS/Tandem)
- Strollers (Umbrella)- Single / Double / Triple
- Quad Pushchair (Front & Back / Side by Side)
Pushchairs & Prams For Twins. Triplets & Quads!
You might be lucky enough to be having twins, triplets or quadruplets or you may have an expanding family and require a pram or pushchair that will be flexible for your needs. Whatever the case. your pram and buggy needs are going to be slightly different depending on your circumstances and lifestyle. Please also refer to our useful Checklist for information on questions to ask yourself when considering the purchase of a pushchair (this terms can refer to either pushchairs. buggies. prams or strollers).
Some pushchair manufacturers are beginning to really think about the needs of twins. triplets and the growing family. For multiple children. you can get tandem. twin. triple and quad buggies. prams and pushchairs and we have outlined the main aspects of each type below (this does not cover single pushchairs apart from strollers and special needs)
Twin Prams & Triple Prams
A Twin Pram generally has a traditional baby carriage design that is both sturdy and stylish and many twin prams are built with extra features to ensure they last. They typically convert from fully reclining prams for newborns to upright buggies for kids up to around 4 years old. Various features on double prams include carrycots, extra-large wheels, large metal storage baskets, suspension, dual wheel brakes and so on.
More recent designs have options for forward or rear facing seating. also referred to as pusher-facing or parent-facing seating. Most have independent reclining seats and generally convert from a newborn twin pram to a more versatile toddler twin buggy. A traditional, vintage style, double pram may be very eye-catching and become a family heirloom but is unlikely to fit in the boot! There are a few Triple Prams that offer the comfort, style and convenience you need with triplets, twins and/or siblings and multiple children of different ages. These triple prams are generally in the tandem style with one child behind the other and they usually offer both forward and rearward facing positions.
Twin Prams and Triple Prams provide the traditional cosy and comfortable environment for your babies but they are a lot larger than most twin pushchairs or triple 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 or triple prams and be sure to measure your doorways too to ensure it will fit.
Twin Prams / Triple Prams generally allow you to:
- Have a very comfortable environment for your babies first few months
- Many convert from a pram to a more versatile twin pushchair
- Great for walking or shopping but may have difficulties with doorways
- Heavier and bulky so measure doorways and check boot if it needs to travel
- Some limitations on using car seats and/or hard-bodied carrycots
Twin Buggies / Pushchairs (Double/Side by Side)
Twin pushchairs or double buggies generally have two front-facing seats side-by-side and most are suitable for newborn twins and toddlers or children of differing ages. They usually 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 shopping basket. They generally have four sets of wheels and are suitable for most everyday activities around town although not recommended for off-road use (see ATP All Terrain Pushchairs for 3-wheeler / 4-wheeler twin buggies suitable for town and country).
Twin Buggies or Double Pushchairs generally allow you to:
- Move twins or different aged children out and about from newborn to 4 years old
- Independently adjust the seats, fully recline both seats for newborn twins
- Suitable for everyday activities like shopping or walking around town
- Can be quite compact, generally will fit most doorways and into family cars
- Many more with options to fit car seats and/or carrycots onto the frame
Twin Prams and Buggies - All Terrain Pushchairs (ATPs)
ATPS (or 3 / 4-wheelers) are popular with families who enjoy country walking 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 (you will generally need a fixed wheel for rough terrain, so the buggy is more manageable on uneven surfaces). ATPs have excellent manoeuvrability and look for both swivel and fixed options on the front wheels as these are generally considered more versatile (fixed wheel for rougher terrain, swivel for smoother surfaces). ATPs are generally very robust and can be bulky than a standard twin pushchair (remember to check your doorways and car boot to ensure it will fit). Some are more difficult than others to fold but some have quick-fold (some even one-handed) mechanisms - a much needed innovation in the twin buggy market!
Some three/four wheelers have larger but softer, air-filled tyres and unlike the ones with gel, foam or solid tyres, they may puncture occasionally, so make sure you know 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 buggy on buses and trains, check out its back wheel width because some cannot get through the inner doors on train carriages or down thee aisle of a bus (although you will probably need to fold it when travelling by bus unless the wheelchair space is free). Many models have removable front or back wheels which help fit the bulky of this type of pushchairinto your car, home or public transport.
These stylish twin buggies are generally suitable for newborn babies although check carefully as some only partly recline and may only be suitable from 3-6 months. Most new models recline far enough to use from birth so are suitable for twins. Some are compatible with carrycots and/or car seats which can provide more flexibility.(Note: It is recommended that you should not leave a baby in a car seat for more than 2 hours as this may affect their postural development and their breathing as they are in 'crunched up' position).
The more popular development is for 'modular' twin buggies where car seats or carrycots fit onto the base frame of the buggy and effectively convert it into a flexible travel system or cosy twin pram when the babies are small. As they grow the buggy can then be used with the seats, which are generally suitable from 6 months - approx 3 years old. There are a growing number of pushchairs and prams for twins that offer both a twin car seat and twin carrycot option and most of these are currently tandem style.
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.
Tandem Pushchairs - Twins & Siblings (Front & Back)
Tandem pushchairs usually have two multi-directional seats (both forward-facing and rear-facing seats) but this choice is more limited for triplets. They are suitable for children of differing ages and twins. They have adjustable seats positions that operate independently although the front seat may have a lie-flat option, it may be restricted in the recline due to the one behind but the rear generally has a 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 twins or different aged children from newborn to around 3 years
- Some allow forward and rear facing configuration of seats.
- Some have "stadium seating." one baby is higher up so both can enjoy the view.
- Attach optional car seats or carrycots designed to fit onto the frame
Triple Prams and Pushchairs
Triple pushchairs and 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 very limited.
Triple Strollers are very popular with Nurseries and Childminders as well as the family with three toddlers but there are few Triple Pushchairs that are made for newborns triplets. 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 although generally are manufactured as umbrella folding type as this makes them relatively lightweight and more compact for travel.
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.
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 3 months, babies can be put into a partly reclining stroller like 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.
Transport for 4 or more! - Quad Pushchairs / Four and Six-Seater Kiddy Bus
Pushchairs for quadruplets are a rarity in the UK but we have a couple of tandem/side by side style options like the T4 Quad Jogger which will take two newborn-3 yrs children plus two toddlers on a specially designed front-mounted double seat - a flexible option when you need to add space for four children. The amazing 'kiddy bus' will take four or even six babies and children (optional baby sling seats required). These multi-child transport options are very popular with Nurseries and Childminders as well as larger families. Pushchairs for quadruplets are rare in the UK but the Kiddy Bus allows parents and carers to get out and about easily. The Turtle Kiddy Bus has room for four or six children aged 0-4 years.
Children and their gear make quite a load. so we have focused on the ergonomics of manoeuvring the Kiddy Bus around. The Kiddy Bus is made of plastic and aluminium. which keeps it extremely light and makes the vehicle very easy to push. The front wheels swivel. which makes it easy to manoeuvre and change direction. This also means there is no need to lift the Kiddy Bus to turn corners. The children get in and out via the side opening. Its fun for children. and saves adults the strain of repeated heavy lifting. The children sit in pairs opposite each other, making it easy to chat with their siblings or friends.
A great advantage for people who have a large family or provide child care services. It is also extremely useful for outings to places like the park. theme parks. the zoo and gardens - The Turtle Kiddy Bus - For a safe, easy ride !