It’s never an easy task for any parent to bring a baby or toddler out. Not to mention if you’re the parent to a baby AND a toddler. Which strollers suit your needs of keeping a sleeping baby and a fussy toddler together?
A double stroller works great if you have a pair of twins, or if the 2 little ones are within 2 years apart…
But what happens if your baby and toddler have a wider age gap of 3 – 5 years?
This is when you need a sit and stand stroller! Or what some would call, a one and half stroller.
Your baby will probably need a stroller or infant seat to sleep in while your older toddler should be eager and able to walk well by now. However, the older toddler do get tired occasionally and need a rest, or risk turning grouchy.
Yet at the same time, it would probably be very hard to get the 3 – 5 year olds strapped in a stroller for a pro-longed period of time. It’s the age where they are trying to exercise independence. Moreover, like all fussy and fickle toddlers, one minute they want to be walking on their own and the next minute they want to be in the stroller (just like their younger sibling).
- What Options Do You Have?
- What Is A Sit And Stand Stroller?
- What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using A Sit And Stand Stroller?
- What To Look Out For In A Sit And Stand Stroller?
- The Good News…
- Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
- What’s Great About The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Sit And Stand Stroller?
- Features That We Like About This Joovy Stroller
- What Accessories Can I Get For The Caboose Ultralight Graphite?
- What Are The Colors Available?
- Important Specifications Of The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller:
- What Other Sit And Stand Options Does Joovy Offer?
- What Are Customers Saying About Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite?
- Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Ultra
- What’s Great About The Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Ultra Stroller?
- Features That We Like About Sit N Stand Ultra
- What Are The Colors Available?
- Important Specifications Of Sit N’ Stand Ultra by Baby Trend:
- What Other Sit and Stand Options Does Baby Trend Offer?
- Some Of Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Ultra Customer Reviews
- Should I Buy The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite or Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Ultra Stroller, And Where Can I Get One?
What Options Do You Have?
A double stroller would be too bulky and heavy, considering that the older toddler will not be spending so much time in the stroller.
Using a standard stroller along with a lightweight umbrella stroller only works if you have another adult along to help you.
The GOOD NEWS is that the stand and ride stroller is here to satisfy your needs:)
What Is A Sit And Stand Stroller?
In essence, this type of tandem stroller has a regular stroller seat at the front, which is also compatible with an infant car seat. The rear of the sit and stand stroller is a standing platform and a small bench for the older child to hitch a ride by either standing or seated.
It gives more freedom and independence to your older toddler, while reducing the bulk (and weight) of a full-fledge double stroller. Your older child will enjoy the ride better as he has the option of sitting facing dear mommy, or standing (facing forward or backward). They will feel like a big kid, compared to being strapped onto a stroller along with their younger sibling.
Before we go into the review of the various models, let’s first review the pros and cons of this type of strollers in general.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using A Sit And Stand Stroller?
- Lightweight and compact
This category of strollers are generally lighter and more compact compared to a full-fledged double stroller as you’re missing one extra seat after all.
Hence it is easier to maneuver and haul it into/out of the car boot. It’s much easier navigating through crowds in shopping centers or theme parks, compared to a full double stroller.
- Perfect for carrying a baby and older toddler together
Most stand and sit strollers have 1 main stroller seat which is compatible with infant car seats so that they can be used for newborns.
The older toddler remains independent and enjoys the freedom to walk, stand or sit. He/She can walk alongside the stroller until the little legs get tired, or when his or her tantrums swing by, which isn’t uncommon… You can also avoid losing your child in crowded places as you can easily ask your child to scoot up for a ride, for fear that the highly distractible toddler strays off.
- Large storage baskets
If you have kids, you will understand just how much gear you need to pack along, even for a simple outing. Hence you will be pleased to know that the storage baskets are generally large for these stand and stand strollers.
- Not an all-terrain stroller
The wheels of sit-and-stand strollers are usually smaller and has little suspension (which is a compromise for most lightweight strollers anyway). It works well if you are a city dweller and using it for everyday activities including running errands around the town and walking on concrete sidewalks or shopping centers.
However, it is definitely not designed to handle off the beat road and rough terrains, (grass, gravel) especially when it’s weighed down by 2 kids.
- Less spacious for the rear seated child compared to a double stroller
When using an infant car seat in the front, it eats into the space at the back for the older kid. While it is ok if your older kid is standing, it may be too tight for the rear rider to be seated comfortably when it’s used in conjunction with the infant car seat.
If your older child needs to be seated comfortably for longer periods of time, you might want to look out for models with an optional full-fledged stroller seat.
- Typically no sun protection for the rear rider
Your youngest one will be well protected by the attached sun canopy of the stroller, but there is no sun protection for the standing child.
What To Look Out For In A Sit And Stand Stroller?
Here’s a list of factors for you to consider when choosing the RIGHT stroller:
- Weight and size – How easy it is to haul into/out of the car trunks or use it on the public transportation?
- How is the maneuverability and how smooth the push is?
- Combined weight capacity of over 70 Ibs, as you need to carry 2 kids.
- Fabric that can withstand spills and is easy to clean.
- Safety – Sturdy design, well-constructed, functional braking system and harnesses for both the front and rear riders
- The standing platform should have enough room to stand steady, with a place for your child to hold onto while standing up.
- Sun protection – Is the sun canopy large enough to provide sufficient coverage? Does it have one or two canopies?
- Ample storage space such as a large basket, parent console and cup holder.
- Is the sit n stand stroller travel system compatible so that you can start using the stroller as early as a newborn? Can it be fitted with infant car seats easily?
- Comfort and space – Will both of your children be comfortable in the stroller? Are the seats padded? Can the seat be reclined to accommodate a napping baby? Is there an adjustable footrest? Does the stroller wheels have a suspension system to smoothen the bumps?
- Price – With such a huge range of strollers available over a wide price range, it is best to first set your budget and shortlist the strollers that best fit your needs and budget.
The Good News…
We’ve researched and analyzed ALL the sit and stand strollers from different brands, and identified the 2 BEST ones, so that you don’t have to!
The rest of the article will be about our reviews of the 2 best sit and stand strollers, and why we think they deserve to be the cream of the crop among so many other different options.
The reason we’ve selected 2 models is because of the different price range, so there’s always a best option no matter which budget you’re on.
Here they are:
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is 2016’s latest update to the all-time favorite Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller. The main upgrades include a lean graphite-colored aluminium frame, which shaved off 10% of the weight from the previous Joovy Caboose Ultralight version.
This latest version includes a rear canopy extension from the parent console to provide some sun protection for our little rider at the back.
What’s Great About The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Sit And Stand Stroller?
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite is more pricey but it is probably the lightest, most maneuverable stroller in the category of stand and ride strollers. Their strollers are well designed and constructed, and offers many trendy colors.
Features That We Like About This Joovy Stroller
- Lightweight and compact
At only 22 Ibs, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite weighs far less than most double strollers. Even with the snack tray, parent organizer and sun canopy attached, the total weight is just 24 lbs. It is also far shorter than other brands, and is barely larger than a single stroller.
This extremely lightweight and compact design makes it so much easier to maneuver compared to others. It navigates easily through crowds and tight spaces, which is great for running errands around the towns, shopping at busy shopping centers or even a family day at a crowded theme parks.
This Joovy stroller makes use of lightweight metal (aircraft grade aluminium), which makes it more sturdy compared to the plastics used by most others.
- Smooth push
This stroller features a 4-wheel suspension system and sealed bearing wheels to offer your kids a smoother ride. However, there’s been complaints by some customers that the wheels occasionally squeak. A silicon spray will probably fix this issue.
- Easy and compact fold
The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite folds up to a size of 10.5 x 21.5 x 41.5 inches, which is as compact as a single stroller. It will fit into smaller car trunks such as the Chevy Malibu or Toyota Prius and wouldn’t give much trouble if you’re using the public transportation.
The fold is very easy but it is a 2-hand fold though.
Simply collapse the canopy and push it forward, put the front seat in the most upright position, lock the front wheels and brakes, unlock the safety latch on the lower left side of the stroller, then pull upwards on the two white levers (folding mechanisms) just below each side of the handlebar and push the handle forward. Finally latch the fold lock on the right side of the stroller to hold everything in place.
You can remove the sun canopy to make it more compact. The stroller can also be folded with the seat adapter connected, but that will add another 4½ inches to the folded length.
- Comfort and safety – padded seats with harness
The front seat, rear sitting bench and standing platform have a maximum weight capacity of 45 Ibs each (combined 90 Ibs weight limit for the stroller). Both the seat and bench are padded to make the rides comfortable for both of our little riders.
The front seat has an adjustable 5-point harness, while the rear bench also features a 3-point harness so you can have a peace of mind when your older child is seated.
When your little rear rider is seated, the rear bench should be pushed all the way in (hence closing the access to the storage basket) and there is a locking strap velcro’ed to the bottom of the bench to prevent it from sliding. For safety, both of the child’s feet should be fully perched on the standing platform and both hands should be holding onto the stroller frame.
- Reclining front seat and adjustable footrest
The front seat features a 3-position recline. You can recline the front seat to the lowest position when your baby is napping, and there’s still sufficient space for your older child to stand on the platform at the back.
However, you probably won’t be able to recline the front seat beyond the 2nd position in order to let your rear rider sit comfortably on the bench.
The front seat may not be the biggest seat, but with the seatback at 16½”, it is probably around the average size. What’s nice is that the footrest is adjustable so that smaller babies still have the leg support even when reclined for a nap.
- Convertible to a tandem double stroller
If your older toddler is less than 2.5 years old and not quite mature enough to be standing at the rear platform, it is recommended that you purchase a second seat known as the Caboose Too.
The Caboose Too rear seat is installed on top of the rear bench to give you 2 full-sized reclining seats. This is great if you are using the Joovy Caboose stroller for long excursions and need the rear rider to sit comfortably for a long period of time. Without the Caboose Too seat, this Joovy Caboose is more of a hop on/hop off stroller.
The Caboose Too seat has a weight capacity of 45 Ibs, a 5-point harness and is able to recline (though it can’t recline as deeply as the front seat).
However, the downside of using this as a full double stroller is that the parent console will just be a few inches above your rear sitting child’s head. You will have to think twice about putting ANY hot beverages or spill-able drinks into your parent console. Bottles and sippy cups are fine.
Also note that the child at the back won’t have his own cup holder or snack tray like the front seat. Not a real deal breaker to me though.
- Car seat compatibility
You can easily turn the Ultralight Caboose Graphite into a travel system so you can start using the stroller as early as from birth (with the infant car seat). Otherwise, the front seat is suitable for babies from 3+ months and rear bench/standing platform for toddlers above 2.5 years old.
The stroller comes with a universal car seat adapter that clicks easily into the end of the arm rests of the front seat, where you can otherwise attach the snack tray. When not in use, the safety straps that secure the infant seat in place can be kept neatly in the little pockets on both sides of the seat.
It is compatible with car seats including Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Combi, Evenflo, Graco, Maxi-Cosi, Peg Perego, and Safety 1st. (You can check out the complete list of compatible car seats on Joovy’s website).
With the infant car seat, there’s still room for your rear rider to stand on the stand-on platform. However, the infant seat takes up a lot of space from the older child sitting in the back as the front seat will need to be reclined to the middle position.
If your older child needs to sit for a long period of time while your younger one is in the car seat, you might want to consider the Caboose Too seat.
- Stable standing platform
The stand-on platform is built-in so that it is not wobbly and unstable (compared to strollers where you attach extra stroller boards). Your little rear rider can also hold onto the sturdy metal handles while seated or standing.
- Oversized sun canopy for the front and a new rear canopy attachment
This model features an oversized sun canopy and pull-out sun visor for the front, which is almost unmatched by other strollers. The sun canopy fits over both kids and can be adjusted forward or backwards to provide some su