Because Oskar and Simon are only 15 months apart, it was bound to happen… a double stroller! It quickly became too heavy to carry Simon in the baby carrier while walking up the hill in the village, and Oskar couldn’t walk very far yet. On days when Tom or I are home alone with the boys, it’s nice to go for a walk, so the next step was to search the internet (because I don’t like shopping).
Different kinds of strollers
There are various double strollers available on the internet, differing in several aspects. There are different categories. Some have the seats facing each other, while others have the seats side by side or even stacked on top of each other. Some strollers are suitable for urban use, while others can also be used for walking in the woods, for example. There are also strollers with an interchangeable newborn option.
The Deryan Rolo X2
After searching extensively, I settled on the Deryan Rolo X2. Below, I will discuss various aspects of this stroller, share my experiences with it, and also include Tom’s opinion.
The stroller allows the boys to sit side by side and look forward. In terms of price, the Deryan falls into the mid-range. I found cheaper alternatives to look less stable, and the more expensive ones were way too costly, so I didn’t consider them. Despite the boys sitting side by side, the stroller fits through a standard door opening.
Use and maneuverability of the Deryan Rolo X2
Deryan claims that the stroller can be folded and unfolded in one move and steered with one hand. I found this to be a significant advantage. Our old stroller, which we bought at Prenatal in the Netherlands, couldn’t be steered with one hand. If I had Simon in the baby carrier and wanted to support his head, it was impossible to walk straight with the stroller.
With the Deryan, it is indeed very easy to steer the stroller with one hand. Even in the supermarket, I can easily hold a shopping basket and maneuver the stroller between boxes and crates when they are being restocked.
Folding and unfolding the stroller with one hand is not very convenient in my opinion, but since I haven’t been in a situation where this is necessary, it’s not a problem for me. I think that the stroller not folding and unfolding too easily is safer. This way, I can’t accidentally press the fold button and have the stroller fold while I’m still using it.
Comfort and ease of use
Oskar didn’t sit well in the aforementioned stroller from Prénatal. No matter how we adjusted the straps, he always slumped down and wasn’t comfortable. He allowed himself to be pushed around like a little prince, but it didn’t look comfortable.
The Deryan stroller is easy to adjust, and both seats can be adjusted separately. This is a plus since the boys are 15 months apart. If Simon wants to take a nap while Oskar is far from sleepy, one seat can be reclined flat, and the sun canopy can be lowered. The other seat remains upright with the sun visor open.
When the sun visor is closed, there is a small flap with a mesh window. This allows us to take a peek whenever strange sounds come from under the sun canopies.
Because the stroller is wider than usual, unfortunately, my old trusty mom bag no longer fits around the “handlebar” (if that’s what it’s called). Fortunately, there is enough space under the seats to store groceries, a diaper bag, and other items.
Actually, I can only think of one minor drawback. Tom has quite large feet (size 11.5) and occasionally hits his big toe against the brake. I don’t know if this is due to Tom or the design of the Deryan, but this is the only drawback of the stroller I could find.
Tom on the Deryan Rolo X2
At first, I thought it was pointless to buy a double stroller (that’s usually my initial reaction). But after going for a few walks, I’m completely converted. Even when Oskar is walking on his own (and we could technically use the “single” stroller), I prefer to take the Deryan. I find it very smooth and easy to steer, even with just one hand (apparently, this is also highlighted by Deryan, said Renée). So Oskar can walk hand in hand while I steer the Deryan with my other hand.
When folded, the stroller is very compact, and we can easily tuck it away in a corner by our coat rack. Folding and unfolding it is also very easy. Although sometimes it requires a little help to “stretch” the frame and click it into place with the second hand. I also love that Oskar and Simon sit side by side during our walks. One side note: as young parents, we find practically everything our boys do enjoyable.
The only (small) disadvantage compared to our old “single” stroller is the difference in wheel size. Our previous stroller had very large (air-filled) wheels. This made the stroller great for taking on uneven terrain, like in a forest (and off the beaten path, of course).
We absolutely love the Deryan Rolo X2 stroller. It offers great comfort for the boys, has ample storage space, and is easy to handle. It can be steered with one hand when necessary, and folding and unfolding is a breeze.
The only small drawback is that Tom occasionally hits the brake with his big feet, but this doesn’t spoil the fun. The Deryan goes everywhere with us and is currently our favorite stroller!
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