When we found out we were having another baby, due when my eldest daughter would be 2 1/2,we figured we should start looking at what double buggies were available. This was to be an important purchase as I like to get out for lots of walks, and Ella (my big girl) wasn't quite up for walking as far as her mummy - or as fast!
Just as we began our search Mountain Buggy released the +one and it seemed to cover just what we were after - and here's why:
1. Baby could lie flat and if she was awake she could up at me, plus the cocoon (included with the buggy) meant she could easily moved inside and stay asleep
2. I didn't really want a wide double buggy! That left me with the option to have one child sat behind the other, with the +one both children are able to have a good view (instead of some buggies where the little one seems to have a view of the back of the seat in front and above them)
3. Sturdy enough to cope with a lot of different terrain and a lot of walking - apparently I'm not the gentlest person! My husband cringes at how roughly I bump over kerbs, but the buggy has coped admirably!
With a few small improvements the +one could be perfect. For instance my baby was very long (I'm almost 6 foot so I shouldn't be surprised!) but she grew too long for the cocoon by the time she was 4 months old, although I did squish her in there until she was 6 months old a bit more room wouldn't have gone a miss. I would also like to see the seats to have more of a recline so bubba could lie flat once out of the cocoon but on the whole I love my Mountain buggy.
I kept our old single buggy thinking I might use it when I'm out with just one of the girls, but I haven't used it once! While we mainly use the +one on easy walks around our home in Lower Hutt, we regularly go on forest walks too. We've even taken the +one on a road trip around the south island and on many camping trips. It's mainly used as a single buggy now that Ella is coming up 4, however Ella is still happy to sit in the back seat when we go on longer walks. When I use the buggy with just Abby in it, the back space is great for extra storage! Recently my husband put an odometer on our buggy and we've done over 1000km - not bad! And we plan on using it for a long while yet!