Finding a Sit and Stand Stroller
If you have a baby and a toddler at home, you may be looking for a better stroller solution. Here's what to look for in sit and stand strollers, and 7 of the best models.
In a perfect world, your first child will be ready to happily walk by your side by the time your second child is born. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Your options? You can get a tandem stroller that feels like it weighs a million pounds, but a sit and stand stroller may be a better option for your family. "Let's face it," says Susan Brian, the creator of Mom's Stroller Reviews. "A double stroller is overkill if one of the kids is almost 4 and can walk most of the time."
A sit and stand model can offer unexpected benefits, too. "Don't forget that a sit and stand stroller gives you special time with your older child," says DP Nguyen of My Pregnancy Baby. "When your older child is seated, she is facing you. This gives you time to talk and listen to your first born -- precious times after you have had a new baby." Which sit and stand stroller is right for you? Check out the pros and cons of these seven models to decide:
- Joovy Caboose
"I like the Joovy Caboose Ultralight," says Meg Collins, the creator of Lucie's List. "It's made of high-quality, lightweight components and holds up better than others in its class." At only 22 pounds, this lightweight model acts like a heavyweight. It has a universal car seat adapter, making it suitable for carting around your newborn. Your toddler can sit or stand in the back section, or, with the optional back seat, you can turn the stroller into a tandem. However, the car seat option is only available in the front seat, so your older child will always be in the back.
- Joovy Big Caboose
Expecting twins? Check out the Joovy Big Caboose. This stroller features two front seats that can accommodate car seats, and a sit or stand option behind allowing you to transport three children at once. The front two seats include sun canopies and trays. It packs a lot into only 34 pounds. Unfortunately, this stroller folds to a hefty 63 inches in length, so don't even think about transporting it in a compact car.
- Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra accommodates car seats in both the front and back positions. A one-hand fold and a foot-activated rear brake keeps at least one hand free. The removable canopy and swing away tray make it easy to keep your little ones shaded and full, and it even sports a cup holder for the rider in the back. The weight limit varies depending on how you configure your stroller and reaches as high as 50 pounds.
- Baby Trend Tag-A-Long
The Tag-A-Long features a front and back canopy and one-hand fold. Like its big brother, it has a parent tray with two cup holders. However, this model only accommodates a car seat in the front position and lacks a cup holder for the backseat rider. But at a feather-light 25 pounds, you may not miss the features.
- One Step Ahead Elite Sit n Stand EX
The Elite Sit n Stand EX features a one-hand fold, a foot brake and a flip-up standing platform. It also sports both front and rear sunshades. But it only holds children up to 40 pounds in each seat. Plus, at 37 pounds, this stroller will give your arms a workout lifting it out of the car.
- Graco Ready2Grow
This Ready2Grow Classic Connect LX allows you to change the configuration to fit your family's needs and can accommodate Graco car seats in both the front and rear positions. The front seat can hold up to 50 pounds, while the rear seat can hold only 40. It even adds a parent tray with cup holder for Mom. But the basic unit is 33 pounds before you add car seats, and it has a medium-size storage basket and a small canopy.
- Mia Moda Compagno
This newcomer has all the hallmarks of a stroller that will stay around. The Mia Moda Compagno features all-wheel suspension, one-hand fold and one-foot braking. It carries 45 pounds in the front seat and 40 pounds in the rear. This is one of the few models with an adjustable handlebar, extending up to 47 inches! It weighs 33 pounds, which some may find bulky and hard to maneuver.
Shellie Braeuner is an award-winning children's author. She earned an M.Ed from Vanderbilt in human developmental counseling and has worked as a nanny for more than 25 years.