Babble Best Picks:
Raising children close in age sounds good in theory (built-in playmates and the ability to get through the baby stage in one chunk), but once the realization sets in that you somehow have to get around town with this crew, it's a different story. Suddenly you're in the market for every parent's worst nightmare - a double stroller - and you're clueless about what you're supposed to be shopping for.
Double strollers are notorious for being over-priced, hard-to-maneuver monstrosities, but stress not. We tested a slew of different double strollers in order to find the very best for each particular lifestyle and budget. And, delightfully, we came across quite a few strollers we could not only tolerate but actually really loved. Once you decide which features are most important to your particular needs (like whether you need a convert from one stroller to two or one that can accommodate as many kids as possible), read through our picks for the best of the best. Don't forget to check our Reader's Picks as well, since some of them might be better for your unique priorities.
Each stroller was tested with a 5-month-old, 18-month-old and 3-year-old. Besides testing the basics (ease of assembly, use, break-down and storage), we also tested each stroller in as many environments as we could: urban sidewalks, rural trails, hills and parks. Also note that we had our tester climb into the attachable second seat for each convertible stroller, just to check if any would tip; none did. We only tested them with the accessories that came with the stroller (we were sent second seats with the convertible strollers), so we didn't test any of them with infant car seats or bassinet attachments. No strollers were tested with newborns.
BEST PART-TIME | Joovy Ultralight Caboose
If you have an older child who won’t sit still in a stroller for long but still occasionally wants a ride, the Joovy Ultralight Caboose is your best option. It’s the same size as a single stroller except that there’s a small bench in the back for an older child (2.5 years and up) to sit or even stand. Plus, it’s exceptionally lightweight at 21 lbs., making it a breeze to open, close and push around. This stroller is perfect for parents who don’t use a double stroller frequently enough to warrant a bulky, oversized contraption taking up space. For those with an infant and older toddler, the front seat can recline all the way and still leave room for another child to stand in the back. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll have to flip up the rear bench for access to any storage.
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