Since posting my first Stokke Crusi pram review back in February, I couldn’t wait to share with you all how the Crusi copes as a double buggy. Parker is now two-months-old and despite the chilly weather, we’ve been out and about with the boys as much as possible, from visiting the parks to quick scoots around the mall. So with several outings and one road-trip under our belt, I feel we’re now in a position to share our thoughts on how the Crusi adapts as a double pram.
Firstly, we finally got to use our carrycot, which is simply stunning. It’s to be used for babies from 0 – 6 months and like the rest of the pram the quality is excellent. I love how spacious it is, whilst also being a cocoon of sorts that is well protected and cosy. There’s a lovely padded mattress, which I tend to cover with a muslin for Parker to lie on (as we all know babies tend to dribble occasionally). It’s quick and easy to assemble, and simply clicks onto the pram’s adaptors making it easy to attach. I always think to myself when it’s all set up that this is the equivalent of babies travelling in first class!
The sibling seat itself is very sturdy and has secure buckles, but once it’s attached it only has one position, recline. This isn’t Finlay’s favourite pram position as he prefers to be upright, however he’ll sit in the seat happily when he’s tired or for shorter rides. I was worried he might feel claustrophobic, with the large carrycot above him, but he seems to have enough head room. Once Parker is old enough we’ll try switching it up again so that Finlay has the top seat and P can go below, as he’ll likely still sleep for longer periods than his big brother.
The sibling solution seat slots in where the basket is, using the Stokke Crusi Sibling Adaptor Kit. We found them a little fiddly to begin with, but after some practice we’ve managed to get the hang of it. Once attached you can then leave them on and still be able to fold the pram away. When setting up the Crusi as a double, you start by attaching the sibling seat and then place your child inside before adding the carrycot or seat on top. It’s important you do it in this order as otherwise, when using the carrycot, there’s no room to put your older child in. This is one of the drawbacks to using the Crusi as a double, you have to click the carrycot on and off whenever you want access to the sibling seat below.
Something we’ve really liked about using the Crusi as a double is that it still feels like you’re pushing a single pram! Despite the added weight it handles being navigated through the park and busy streets with ease and I love that you can still fit through doors and into lifts easily. Although you’ll still need a car that has sufficient boot space. We have a Golf and the Crusi, including the carrycot, only just manage to squeeze in! For times we’re tighter on space we use Parker’s carseat instead, which is the Stokke Izi Go. Currently this is the only carseat compatible with the Crusi.
The pros to the double pram:
– Excellent quality and sturdy
– Surprisingly easy to manoeuvre
– Neat double buggy option
– Stokke’s sibling seat is compact and easy to store
– Carrycot must be removed each time you want access to lower seat
– Sibling seat position cannot be adjusted
– Footrest and adaptors can be fiddly to attach (we tend to not bother using it, as it’s not essential).
Overall, we’re still big fans of the Stokke Crusi and personally find it fits our families needs perfectly. As a double, the Crusi possibly wouldn’t be the most practical option if you’re needing a double buggy to use everyday for lengthy periods. However, if it’s just for the occasional outings then it’s certainly up to the job! Saying that, we used it for a day trip to Edinburgh (check out our video here) and even along the cobbly old streets, both of our boys slept soundly in it.
Personally, we’ve found it handy to have Stokke’s sibling seat as an option to offer Finlay when he gets tired, but mostly he tends to prefer walking now that he’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for a double pram then we’d recommend testing out a few in one of your local baby stores, including the Crusi sibling seat solution, to see what style would suit your family’s criteria best.
We hope you found our review helpful and once again, thank you to Stokke for sending us this pram for review purposes.