When I found out I was pregnant with baby #2 when my first son was just 1 year and 2 months, I panicked a little. I was so looking forward to finally being able to go out with my friends when my baby turned 1 but when I knew I was pregnant again, I had to put off having a social life for the next year or so.
So before I gave birth to my 2nd son, I had to do something that would help me go out of the house with 2 little kids in tow. I had seen double strollers at the mall before but I always thought they were too tacky or they were for lazy moms who wanted their kids to just sit or sleep the entire time they were out. But when I got pregnant with baby #2, I realized that double strollers are actually heaven-sent for moms with 2 little ones.
So I bought the Graco DuoGlider Classic Connect in the Dragonfly pattern to meet the needs of my growing family. My older son is now 3 years old and my younger one just turned 1. I’ve used this stroller since the day my younger son was born and it works just as good as it did the very first time.
Why I like the Graco DuoGlider
First off, when I first laid my eyes on this stroller, I thought it looked pretty high-end. The fabric doesn’t look cheap, as well as the metal frames, and the wheels – they all look high quality for its low price. This stroller is one of the most affordable in the market but it also doesn’t compromise on function and quality so that’s always a major plus if you’re a frugalista mama like me. I mean, having 1 kid is already expensive on its own – what more when you have 2 kids? I spoiled my older son when it was just him but now that there’s 2 of them, I have to follow a certain budget.
So anyway, this stroller allows me to have a social life – finally! I was no longer afraid of going to the mall or going to the park – I can have some freedom in terms of spending time with my friends since I can bring my kids along without having to run after them every minute. I place my younger son on the front seat while my older son sits on the rear. The seats are stadium-style, which means my older son’s rear seat is slightly raised than the front so he has a better view.
Both seats also have trays so when I walk to the neighborhood park, I simply place their snacks and drinks on the trays and it keeps them busy. My 3 year-old gets bored so fast so having food and small toys in front of him for the entire 10-minute walk is just perfect.
And I love the huge basket underneath! It’s so easy to put my things inside. I can put a diaper bag, some drinks, a big blanket, and a few toys – it’s that big! And access is so easy, too – the opening is right below the handle and it’s huge!
What I don’t like about It
This stroller is almost perfect – except for the fact that the child tray on the rear seat doesn’t have a cup holder and is not deep. I don’t understand why this is so- I mean, the front seat tray is perfect – why make the rear tray different? My older son has dropped his sippy cup many times when he falls asleep ’cause there’s no place to put it on – it just slides off the tray while we’re moving.
I also don’t like the fact that there are only 2 recline positions for both seats – it’s either upright or completely flat and nothing in between. It would’ve been nicer if I could recline the front seat to a certain angle when my 1-year-old falls asleep without taking a lot of space in front of the rear seat – it really annoys my older son.
Compared to the Baby Trend Sit & Stand
At first I was so impressed with this stroller’s incredible ability to transform from a double stroller to a sit and stand – you can take out the rear seat and have the ability to have your older child sit or stand at the back. And I also liked the fact that the rear tray is the same as the one in the front – deep and has a cup holder.
However, the basket in this Baby Trend stroller is smaller than my Graco, and access is pretty difficult – my friend’s daughter’s feet always get in the way of the basket opening so that can be a pain. It’s also a pain to fold while my Graco is so easy to collapse even with just one hand. Overall, I’m pretty happy with my stroller ’cause it’s not as complicated as this Baby Trend model.
The Bottom Line
If you want to enjoy going out of the house with your two little ones in tow, get yourself a double stroller. And if you want something that’s high quality at a price that won’t break the bank, then this DuoGlider stroller is a must. Easy to maneuver, provides safety and security, and has plenty of basket space for you, it’s a pretty good buy.