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Old 11-06-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Double vs. Tandem Strollers - parents with multiple children!

Hello, I am doing a project for my engineering class, and we must come up with a justifiable problem and then follow the engineering process to work towards the solution.

Right now, I need your help justifying the problem.

Our problem statement is that strollers for two or more children are difficult to transport and maneuver.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd answer the following questions. Feel free to add extra input - anything would be helpful! The more details, the better!

I added bold tags to each question individually, so you should be able to quote and insert your answer in the spaces easily.

How many children do you have and what ages?

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?

Does your stroller fold up compactly?

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?

Thank you very much!
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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How many children do you have and what ages?
3 - 9,7,2

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How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
2 at a time

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What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
Sit n stand....one kid sits in front and the back you can either sit or stand on a platform.

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Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
Not at all

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Does your stroller fold up compactly?
Yes, for its size it does pretty well.

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Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
Yes

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Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
Yes

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What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
Make the folding part easier

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What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
A fold out adult seat
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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How many children do you have and what ages?
5 - 16, 12, 8, 20 months, 2wks

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
2

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
tandem

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
no

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
No. It's huge

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
Yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
The newborn, yes. He is in the "back seat" of the tandem. The 20 month, no she is upright in the front

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
Lighter. Folds more compactly

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
Full sized tandems that are light weight and fold into a more compact size
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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Hi - I dont have children of my own, but a problem that I see arise is when a family has a child with special needs who needs extra support and then one or more children who are still small and need a stroller - so that would be 3 things on wheels! but even if its just 1 child with special needs and their sibling, it can be rough.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:59 PM   #5
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We have used 3 strollers in the past. Each for a different reason.
a) a front/back type. b) a collapsable double umbrella, c) a folding jogging. Each has pros and cons, I'll give you each

How many children do you have and what ages?
2- 5 & 5

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
2

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
a) front/back double stroller.
b) double wide umbrella
c) double wide jogging

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
a) yes, very long takes up alot of room
b) not at all. very maneuverable even in stores
c) yes, but not too bad. only hard in crowdes because of the width.

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
a) No
b) Yes
c) Not bad given its size

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
a) Yes
b) yes
c) yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
a) Not great
b) yes
c) yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
a) great when younger. Just too long. front/back doesn't work when the kids get older.
b) Didn't stand up very well. Not sturdy
c) Front wheel was fixed, should piviot to aid cornering

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
pivioting wheel on cheaper models of jogging strollers
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:44 AM   #6
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How many children do you have and what ages? 3 kids 7years 6 years 6years

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.) all three were in strollers together

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.) I have a Mountain Buggy with the swivel wheels two seater side by side & Prenatal or a McClaren for the older one. When the older one could stand for longer periods I hooked a kiddy board to the back of the Mountain buggy. I also had a Roundabout triple tandem.

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town? I loved using the Mountain buggy with the kiddy board. I wished that the handle were taller so I could be a little farther away from the stroller because I would kick the buggy board. The roundabout was so heavy that adding three kids became very difficult to lift to turn since the front wheels didn't swivel. It was also pretty open to the elements. There was a sun shade but didn't cover the kids completely.

Does your stroller fold up compactly? The mountain buggy would fold flat but remained wide. The Prenatal ended up looking similar to a big ball. The McClaren folded up like an umbrella stroller. The Roundabout actually had a hitch that would go on the back of my SUV and it just hung out back there.

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller? Mountain buggy yes, very easy, loved it. McClaren very easy also. Prenatal was easier without the bar in front. Roundabout was difficult the seats were hard and the straps would get caught. If was also tight fit because it was tandem and there was much room between the seats.

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller? Mountain buggy, Prenatal, McClaren yes just move the sun shield all had a peek window. The Roundabout was so long that I always had to walk around to help the front two.

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller? Longer handles for all. If they offered the same stroller for taller people that would be wonderful!!

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future? telescoping handles? something that would make it easier for taller people. I am only 5'6" and I was still kicking the stroller often. My mother is 5'10" and she always kicks the stroller and has to lean forward to push the handles.

Thank you very much!
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:45 AM   #7
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How many children do you have and what ages?
2- 5,1.5
How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
2

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)Sit and Stand

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?the SnS is basically a big rig. you need to do a wide turn, so if there are many aisles making it difficult to turn, then yes. other than that, not so much. Its just long from the front to where I hold it.

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
pretty much.. as small as our Graco single rider
Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
yes
Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
yes
What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
bigger sun cover. Fully reclining front. LArger rear seat, and sliding back. Maybe a removable back for the rear jumpseat. Larger underneath storage or even EASIER to access. a COVER for the rear jumpseat.
What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?ability to fly. rockets or offensive weapons for use in a crowd.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:13 AM   #8
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How many children do you have and what ages? 5 children, 13, 11, 8, 6, 6

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.) For several years, I had 3

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.) Most of the time, double tandem

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town? I had trouble with my triple (seats behind each other) and my double with the seats behind each other.

Does your stroller fold up compactly? My first (I had 11 total) did not - it was european, with a large metal base and springy wheels, with a bassinet and seat attachment, but I had a minivan, so I just placed it in the back - it was awesome. My triple perego had removable seats, and was a PITA to transport (when I had 3 under 2). My combi twin savvy was so compact - one of my favorites. I had 2 double joggers (burned through the first with #1 and #2), but I just kept them on the porch for walks. I also loved my single and double snap and go's - very compact for holding the infant seats.

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller? yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller? yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller? I had so many, but I did like the 5 point harness on some of them. Built in snack holders for the kids, and water bottle holder for the mom, is great.

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future? I used to dream of a stroller than would move back and forth on it's own, when you're trying to put baby to sleep!
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:12 AM   #9
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How many children do you have and what ages?
8,6,3,1

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
2 now, but three when the babies cam along and I would have three on longer trips, WDW etc

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
1.single when I have only one riding, (other in a sling, or walking), usually only short distances (I have three singles that are used somewhat regularly)
2.Double wide- big walk, and running
3. Phil and Ted Vibe- a stacked tandem, is my everyday and WDW stoller

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
yes! But, that has a lot to do with overall accessibility issues, (door width, doors slamming)

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
1. Singles yes
2. double wides for sure are big
3. Phil and Ted Vibe, (and e3), are not that bad, though a bit bulky on transportation

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
all yes- otherwise I would not buy

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
Phil and Ted vibe a better fold overall- with a latch and maybe handle

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
two seats- stacked, storage, parent tray
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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How many children do you have and what ages?

2 children, ages 6.5 and 4.5

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)

2

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)

• Individual
• Traditional double stroller (kids sit one behind the other)
• Double combination bike stroller/jogging stroller

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?

Yes, I frequently had problems negotiating around crowded department stores with the traditional double stroller.

Does your stroller fold up compactly?

The single stroller, yes. Neither of the double strollers do, they're huge.

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?

Yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?

Yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?

Fully reclining front and back seats on double stroller. I spent a lot of time propping up little sleeping heads on blankets trying to keep them comfortable.

Also as my children are 2.5 years apart in age, I found it VERY difficult to steer the double stroller with the oldest child in the front, yet I needed to put the baby in the back as that was the only seat that fully reclined so he could nap.

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?

Easy to access storage, cup/water bottle holders for parent, snack/cup holders for kids are essential on all strollers. Adequate canopy/shade coverage for both children in a double stroller.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:38 PM   #11
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How many children do you have and what ages?
Two, both are 1 year old

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
Both of them

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
I have three:
1) A side by side umbrella (lightweight) stroller that I use for short shopping trips or day long outings (like Disney world or the zoo)
2) A side by side jogger that I use for long walks, the dog park, anything "off-roading" etc
3) A double tandem that I don't use very often anymore unless I'm doing major shopping (big basket underneath). It would take two infant car seats, so it got a ton of use when the boys were small.

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
They all have issues in some stores, especially clothing stores. The jogger doesn't fit through all doors

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
The umbrella stroller does, the other two do not

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
Yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?

In the umbrella, yes, the other two no

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
The umbrella needs a cup holder. All three need some way to attach bags (like shopping bags or a diaper bag). The umbrella has annoying and hard to use brakes. Snack trays on all three would be useful. All three recline, but none of the recline mechanisms are very intuitive or easy to use.

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
One hand open and close mechanisms. A handle to lift and carry the stroller.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:20 AM   #12
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How many children do you have and what ages?
3- 6, 3 and 1

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.)
Usually 2 at a time

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.)
Double-wide for longer outings
Single for shorter outings- just the youngest goes in

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town?
Occasional issues with fitting the double-wide through doors or aisles in stores

Does your stroller fold up compactly?
Yes

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
Yes

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
Yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
Lighter

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future?
Can't think of any

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Old 11-08-2009, 09:51 AM   #13
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How many children do you have and what ages?
2, ages 1 and 6

How many of your children ride in a stroller? (If your children are no longer stroller age, feel free to continue with the survey! Just tell me the maximum number of stroller-riders you've ever had at once.) the 1 year old, always, the 6 year old rides at outings like Disney, etc.

What kind of stroller do you use? Double-wide, tandem, individual, or other? (If you use more than one stroller, please specify for what occasions.) Individual for Mall trips and the like, a double jogger for Disney

Have you ever had any problems maneuvering your stroller through stores or around town? Yes!!! The 4 wheeled individual one can get stuck in tightly packed clothing racks at stores.

Does your stroller fold up compactly? Both are a bit bulky, but do fold somewhat flat

Is it easy to fasten and remove children from the stroller?
Yes, for both strollers

Can you easily reach your children when sitting in the stroller?
While pushing, no, due to sun visors, but when I am in front, yes

What improvements, if any, would you make to your stroller?
Higher weight limits and better cupholder, etc for parents

What design feature would you like to see available on strollers in the future? I really like a 3 wheel with front swivel wheel. I have a single jogger and a double jogger with this feature and have found it makes maneuvering a lot easier!


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