What I want it for:
- walking my kids to school (baby and 2 year old would probably ride, but needs to be able to handle the 5-year-old who sometimes decides he is "too tired" and sits down and refuses to move)
- going on walks with other moms
- going to the mall
- going to the zoo/ other outdoor activities
- handle curbs. I dislike walking in the street or having to use people's driveways.
- fit in my minivan
- keep using the old stroller until it breaks. Tell son to tough it out.
- front pack for baby, umbrella stroller for who ever else. This works OK. Hard on my back though. If I go this route, I think I'll spring for a new umbrella stroller that has higher handles. This only works for the first 6 months or so, then the baby gets too heavy for me to carry for any length of time.
- wagon. this is what I used this year. The wagon doesn't handle curbs gracefully. It doesn't fit in the van well. Also, the handle is a little low. I also prefer pushing to pulling since I can see what my kids are doing. But it does fit a bunch of kids. (for reference the bed of the wagon is about 34-36 " long)
- toddler board that attaches to my current strollers. Those I've seen on-line are expensive, seem to break,and make it harder to push the stroller.
- sit-n-stand stroller. This could be a good solution. Baby rides and older kid can ride or not as desired. Baby Trend appears to be able to fit 3 kids, but isn't rated for it.
- full double stroller. I'm not interested in going this route. I was interested in combi double side by side stroller, but I don't like the way it handles. I prefer the tandem models.
I've narrowed it down to 2 strollers: the baby trend sit-n-stand and the joovy caboose.
baby trend sit-n-stand
Weight: 26 lbs
folded dimensions: 36x18x12
dimensions: 21"W x 46.5"L x 42"H
max child weight: 40 lbs
- big stow bag
- parent cupholder
- could fit 3 or 4 kids
- one handed fold
- doesn't stand up when folded
Weight: 26 lbs
folded dimensions: 10.50 x 21.50 x 43.0
unfolded: 41h x 21w x 38d
max child weight: 45 pounds
- takes heavier children
- shorter than the parent trend (don't let the folded size fool you) by about 8 inches
- more expensive
- very small basket under the stroller
- no cup holders
- folding takes two hands
The Joovy Caboose is smaller, takes bigger children, and costs more than the baby trend. I haven't decided if the smaller size is a blessing or a problem.
I was able to look at the Baby Trend. The thing is a beast, but it has plenty of room and handles well, even when loaded with all my kids (yes, the six year old figured out how they could all ride, although I don't know how the poor stroller would take it.)
If anyone has personal experience, and has a recommendation, I'd appreciate it.
Here's a video comparison of the two strollers.