Choosing car seats for twins can be tough. There are so many choices out there! That’s why I like the idea of car seats that both fit into a double stroller, also called a travel system. Most of the time, the stroller accommodates infant car seats when your twins are younger, but also has normal seats where the babies can sit when they’re older and too heavy to lug around in their car seats.
Twin Car Seat / Stroller System Features
There are a number of good reasons to invest in a travel system rather than buying mismatched car seats and a stroller that won’t hold them. If you read my double stroller reviews, you’re aware that I’ve owned 8 different strollers, so I’m getting to be a bit of an expert.
- Convenience. You take the babies out of the car while they’re in the car seats, and pop them right into the stroller. That’s four fewer bucklings every time you get out of the car.
- Maneuverability. Most twin car seat and stroller systems — certainly the ones I evaluated for this review — are a tandem-style stroller. It’s the same width as a regular stroller, just a bit longer. You’ll value this whenever you have to push them in stores, down sidewalks, and in other narrow spaces.
- Coordination. Just as you probably enjoy dressing your twins alike, having them in matched car seats with a coordinating stroller really brings the A game.
Graco Twin Travel System
The Graco DuoGlider Classic Connect stroller can serve as a complete travel system for twins when you pair it twin two compatible Graco car seats, such as the Snugride 30. At the time of writing, the Duoglider is the #2 bestselling travel system on Amazon.com and the Snugride 30 is the #4 bestselling infant car seat.
|The Graco Duoglider will hold two compatible “classic connect” car seats, including this model which happens to be one of the most popular. We had this for our daughter and loved it. This particular car seat is ideal for twins because it’s rated for infants as little as 4 pounds (which is what our boys weighed at birth).This car seat has a detachable base that you keep in the car — you can even get multiple bases, one for each vehicle — which is LATCH compatible and easy to install. The seat has a machine-washable cushion and I can verify that (we had an infant who got car sick); the belts and buckles can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
All-around this is a safe, comfy infant car seat that’s great for twins and preemies.
Chicco Twin Travel System
Chicco’s Cortina Together Stroller is another option for building your own travel system. It accepts one or two infant car seats, one in front and one in the rear. You can also use it in different configurations for a baby and a small child, or two babies without car seats. Compatible infant car seats include the Chicco Keyfit and Keyfit 30 models, which I review below.
|The Cortina Together stroller is much like the popular Chicco Cortina, but expanded to accommodate two babies, a baby and a toddler, or even two toddlers. It’s a sleek-looking stroller with an aluminum frame, making it 15% lighter. You’ll appreciate that on uphills!The “Fold & Click” system lets you fold down the front seat to accept a Chicco infant car seat without any crossbars or extra pieces needed. The rear seat fully reclines, either for a nap or to accept another car seat. And you can still reach the full cargo basket beneath with the rear seat reclined; that’s a good design.
Each seat has an adjustable canopy and cupholder; you can switch out the latter with a child’s arm bar if desired.
|This is a fantastic infant car seat; you can tell from the customer reviews on Amazon, where over 200 people have given it 5/5 stars. It’s comfortably padded and includes a newborn insert to accommodate preemies weighing as little as 4 pounds.Another feature I want to highlight is the weight of this car seat (15 pounds), 4 pounds less than the Graco car seat. That might not seem like much until you start lugging a couple of 12- or 15-pound babies around in their car seats.
There’s a detachable base, whose spring-loaded leveling foot, easy-to-see leveling bubbles, and LATCH tightener help make installation a breeze. And the seat has 7 different color combinations so that you can pick one to match your car and/or Chicco stroller.