Double Strollers: Tandem vs. Side-by-Side?

Cynthia Dermody

Whether you're expecting twins or giving your toddler a new sibling in the next few months, you may be considering a double stroller so you can actually get out of the house once in a while.

There are no shortage of brands, styles, and features to keep you busy in the months ahead. But the really big question when upgrading to a double is always: What's better -- a tandem (front-to-back) or side-by-side?

You've got enough to do with a new baby coming. So I compiled a list of pros and cons from the many and frequent discussions across CafeMom:



  • Easier to push and maneuver for general transport
  • More storage underneath seats
  • Both seats fully recline
  • No fighting for who gets to sit in the front, and both kids get to see each other
  • Easier, more compact folding (some models)
  • Better choice for heavy kids


  • Harder to get through some doors, aisles in stores
  • Easier for kids to steal toys and fight



  • Fits easily through doors and down aisles
  • Can hold infant seats (some models)
  • Kids don't fight as readily
  • Seats may turn to face each other (some models)


  • Harder to push and maneuver (especially if you have heavier kids)
  • More awkward to store in the car
  • Potential for hair pulling


Another hugely popular alternative among CafeMoms is the Sit-n-Stand Stroller by Baby Trend -- here's a picture. Moms with infants and older children like this stroller because the bigger kid can sit or stand while the baby stays in front.

Get specific brand and model recommendations in these chats:

Which double stroller do you use?

Suggestions for an infant/toddler double stroller

Double stroller advice

Side-by-side or front-to-back double strollers?

Which style double stroller do you prefer -- tandem or side-by-side?

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