What is the best infant car seat for twins? This was a question I agonized over for months while I was pregnant before finally settling on the Chicco Keyfit30. One of the most challenging parts of having 2 or more babies at the same time is figuring out how to transport them from one point to another. I’ve put together a list of car seats and strollers for parents who have twins or more. The criteria for choosing the infant car seat?
- Must have a lower weight limit of 4lbs specified by manufacturer
- Must have a separate base that stays in the car
- Must have at least one double stroller that can accommodate 2 of the seats at the same time
Infant Car Seats for Twins Best Bets
- The Peg Perego Duette will take 2 of their infant car seats but is not included in the list because the car seats are rated for 5 lbs and up
- There are several twin frame strollers. Some are only compatible with same manufacturer car seats
- Baby Trend Snap and Go: The most recent one in stores is compatible with just about every infant car seat according to their tag
Infant Car Seats and Strollers For Triplets
The options for triplets are a more tricky. All in all there are 2 options for moving around with infant triplets
Triplet strollers that will take 3 infant car seats
- The Peg Perego Triplette stroller
- The Inglesina Domino Trio
Triplet strollers that will fully recline for newborns
- Baby Jogger Summit XC stroller
I got the Chicco Keyfit30 seats because I thought my babies would be smaller and born earlier. I was however blessed to have my babies at 39 weeks and almost 6lbs each. With benefit of hindsight, I probably would have purchased the Graco infant car seat because it’s compatible with a lot more strollers. Plus I wouldn’t have paid the extra for a seat rated to 30lbs, the 22lb seat would have worked out fine because the kids have just about outgrown their seats by height and they are not close to 22lbs each yet.
With a few exceptions, all the car seats and strollers listed can be purchased Amazon.com. They’ll come with free shipping and a one year return policy – the best return policy out there.
I blog about life as a twin mom at mytwintopia. When I was pregnant, I had a million questions on raising twins and I didn’t always get my answer from Mr Google. So I blog about the mundane things: the best diapers in each size, best brand baby clothes, double strollers and who knows what else in this world of babies. My blog is my opportunity to share the results of my little research projects and random musings on parenting. It also prevents me from boring colleagues and family members with the intricacies of say diaper rash creams.
We skipped the baby bucket car seats entirely and went with convertibles that are good 5-65 lbs. from First Years True Fit. We brought our boys home from the hospital in them and they still ride in them at age 2. (my nephew who is 4 has also ridden in them without issue) we opted for a stroller that would recline entirely and used that from birth. That way we never had to throw out two perfectly good carseats after a year, instead ours should last until they no longer need car seats.
I used the Baby Trend Double Snap N Go when my twins were first born (together with the Britax Chaperone infant seats), and we hated it. It was like pushing a tank. The infant seats were good although we switched to convertibles (Britax Boulevard) early on at around 6 months because I didn’t like to carry the two bucket seats everywhere I went. The buckets ended up getting very little use when considering the cost…
I use the Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller when I’m alone with my girls, and 2 McLaren Triumphs when I’m out with my husband. Love both styles of stroller.
Great post, Olusola! I can see all the hard work you did in researching this topic. I wish I’d had something like this to read before we had our girls.
We skipped the pumpkin seats too, and went strait to convertible carseats 5-100 pounds. I’m glad our girls “cooked” long enough to make it over five pounds. In hindsight, I might have considered something different.
Great, great resource!
We used the Snap-n-Go stroller when our girls were in their carriers. It was incredibly handy for in-and-out of the car / running errands. I remember I once went to three stores in an hour! No way could I do that now, with buckling / unbuckling…car seats and strollers! 😉 That stroller frame is very lightweight, and it accommodates many different carriers. At least at the time, it didn’t accommodate the Chicco seats, though, which is what we really wanted. We actually went with a different infant seat in order to use the Snap-n-Go.
I agree with Julia…awesome resource, Olusola! 🙂
One more thing…we used infant carriers with the girls, and I LOVED them. At three years old, if the girls would still fit, I think I’d still be using them! 🙂 It was so incredibly handy to be able to load the girls in their carriers in the house, and then carry them to the car. Particularly with multiples, it cut down drastically on the time that one baby had to be left alone while I was loading / unloading her sister.
I finally figured out how to carry both seats at once. (It’s not easy, but it can be done!) That really cut down on my loading / unloading…and made it possible for me to run really quick errands without a stroller.
I used the Graco Snugride car seats and loved them. I got them because they were the lightest ones available. Since you’re carrying two, every pound counts! I used them with the Baby Jogger City Select (it’s a tandem stroller that accommodates two infant seats). I could not have been happier with my choices. It made getting out with newborn twins SO much easier.
We use Britax infant seats and loved them. We didn’t get a snap and go and went straight to a Kolcraft Contours Tandem stroller. That thing took a beating and is still in great shape 2.5 years later.
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