Your twins will need a stroller. If you already have an umbrella stroller (perhaps from another child) and don’t want to buy a big twin stroller, you do have some options. Stroller connectors are the magic ingredient that can turn two ordinary umbrella strollers into a double twin stroller.
The advantage of using umbrella stroller connectors is that you can create a double umbrella stroller for a fraction of the cost of an official double stroller.
How Stroller Connectors Work
To make your own double umbrella stroller, you’ll need two identical umbrella strollers and some double stroller connectors.
Stroller connectors will allow you to push both twins around, by yourself! This is a huge plus because you don’t always have someone to help with your twins.
These connectors work by connecting two umbrella strollers together at multiple points. They firmly keep the same spacing between the strollers. This allows you to push both strollers without their tires getting intertwined or having one stroller swerve off the path.
Prince Lionheart Stroller Connectors
Prince Lionheart stroller connectors are the only major product on the market. These connectors should work well, assuming you have two of the same stroller that you are trying to connect.
If you already have a stroller, try to buy another just like it. You could also buy two cheap umbrella strollers on sale for creating your own twin stroller.
The Prince Lionheart stroller connectors include three adapters made of sturdy plastic that link your two strollers together.
Challenges of Stroller Connectors
Depending on your type of stroller, the connector pieces might not lock securely around the stroller frame.
Some parents report that the front wheels of their strollers will swivel and interfere with each other. This can bring you to a screeching halt on your walk.
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Double check your fellow parents’ stroller connector reviews to confirm these connectors will work with your strollers.
Stroller Connectors vs New Stroller
The safest stroller for your two children is a dedicated double umbrella stroller. These are manufactured and tested for this exact purpose.
Stroller connectors, while functional, also depend on your installation and the stroller type to be safe.
Your cost is another option to consider. I’m assuming you already have a single umbrella stroller which is why you’re looking at attaching another. To save money, you might be better off just purchasing a new double umbrella stroller.
Let’s look at those numbers:
If you buy $20 stroller connectors and a single umbrella stroller for $80. You’ve spent $100.
You can buy a brand new, highly rated double umbrella stroller for just $70. If you sell your single umbrella to a consignment store or on Craigslist, you’ll cover some of this cost.
If you want to guarantee a safe stroller experience and not have to worry about whether a stroller connector will fit, if the wheels will crash into each other, or if the connectors are stable, just go buy a new double umbrella stroller.
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DIY Stroller Connectors
So you want to build your own stroller connectors? I admire your engineering skills. Even if you buy a Prince Lionheart connector, you may still need to modify it slightly to fit your strollers. As such, you could simply build your own double stroller connectors.
Remember that your twins’ safety is your top priority. If your stroller connector breaks, you may have a runaway stroller with one of your precious babies aboard!
That said, you can probably mimic a connector that you buy with any of the following:
- Gear ties
- Velcro straps
- Zip ties
- PVC pipes
Here’s how one mom created her own DIY double stroller with Nite Ize Gear Ties:
If you are really short on cash, DIY stroller connectors might be an option. However, the pre-made connectors are so cheap that you could easily get one of those and save time and money.
As DIY projects aren’t always perfect, I can’t guarantee you’ll create the safest stroller system for your kids. When in doubt, just buy a new double umbrella stroller.
I talk more about this and other ways to help with your twins in Chapter Eight of my book, the Dad’s Guide to Raising Twins: How to Thrive as a Father of Twins.