When I found out I was pregnant with my second baby, and that I would have two under two, I knew I needed to invest in a solid double stroller. At this point, we had already gone through three other strollers, so I wanted to make sure this was a long-term investment. I did as much research as most people do when they purchase cars, but in the end, I am so satisfied with our ultimate decision to go with the Cybex Gazelle.
The Cybex Gazelle has been a great double stroller for me to be able to stroll around London with both of my babies. I can walk long distances with it, and it fits in the back of a Black Cab while remaining open. It is definitely quite heavy, and can be difficult to lift over curbs or steps, so I usually need some additional support for this. But I do think that is in the nature of having a sturdy stroller that can hold BOTH my 20+ pound kids. All in all, I am happy with it. But because of its size, I usually avoid taking it on our international trips. Our trip to Paris was via train, so I thought it was a great opportunity to experiment with it – and so glad I did! It enhanced my experience, as I was able to push both kids in the stroller, rather than pushing Faiz in his single stroller and baby wearing Lyla. Similar to most other baby products, there were pros and cons.
- Smooth Drive: The stroller drives around smoothly, the wheels are strong, and there is a break. Sometimes the break gets a little stuck, but you just have to step on it an additional time to unlock.
- Storage: There is great storage underneath the seats (and you can get a basket that consolidates all the gear). I usually store my diaper bag or all the contents of the diaper bag in that basket.
- Adjustable Seats: The seats are easily adjustable. You can swap the positions of the seats to face the front, rear, as well as fully recline both seats.
- Folding: You can fold down the stroller with both seats attached to the stroller.
- Covers: The canopy covers over each seat can be fulled so far down over the child, that it helps with keeping the shade while they nap or further protect them from the rain. There is an extra rain-cover you can purchase to add on to the cover, as well.
- Buggy Board: You can purchase a buggy board that the older kid can sit on. Attaching this board to the stroller will also provide a bar at the bottom of the stroller to be able to step on to help manoeuvre over a curb.
- Bassinet: The bassinet that comes with the stroller was a life saver for our babies naps! We used this on the stroller and as a separate tool for our newborn to sleep in.
- Foot Muffs: To protect the kids from chilly weather, the footmuffs that are additional accessories with the stroller are thick and high-quality material.
- Car seat: The Cybex carseat and base are long trusted, and can be attached to the stroller easily.
- Weight: Not going to lie, this stroller is heavy! That being said, my two kids add quite a bit of weight to the stroller as well. I generally need help lifting the stroller up and down steps, when both kids are inside. Luckily, I have no shame in asking for help from anyone in sight. I am hoping that once I attach our recently purchased buggy board, the bar that the board comes from will allow me to manoeuvre it more easily over a curb.
- Both Front Facing Comes with Challenge: One of the reasons I picked this stroller over the Uppa Vista or iCandy was that I felt the the child in the back could see over the front seat. Although this is true, when both seats are facing the front, it is not as comfortable experience for the bottom child, because we cannot recline it further back and the top child’s feet might dangle over the bottom child.
All in all, I love this stroller for city life, especially when the roads are wide enough to be able to push it easily, if I know that I don’t have to worry about loading it onto public transportation, and if I will have help lifting it up and down steps. I am, overall, very pleased with this decision! Future blog post coming soon on all the research I did on the different double strollers 🙂 Do you have any other questions or thoughts related to the Cybex Gazelle?