The majority of times that a family will need to the children will be of different ages. Usually in this case there will be one very young infant and another older toddler.
While a typical double tandem would work fine there actually is a design that is suited perfectly for this situation, and fortunately there are a couple of strollers from different companies to choose from.
A Sit N Stand (or Stand On) stroller has a unique design to it in that one toddler aged child can stand on the platform in the back while another child (typically a younger infant) rides in the front seat.
The rear child also has a seat that they can use should they become tired from standing. It’s an innovative design that works well in keeping an active toddler occupied without having to strap them into a seat.
It also keeps both children securely under the control of their parent.
Popular Stand On Baby Strollers
A couple of the more popular of these types of double strollers include the Joovy Caboose twin, the Joovy Ergo Caboose double, the Joovy Big Caboose triple, the Mia Moda Compagno, and the Baby Trend Sit N Stand.
They are among the most versatile type of baby stroller today and are among the fastest growing category for new parents.
As you research them more and more you will see that they do indeed have a big advantage over a standard tandem, provided your children are of the correct ages.
Which One Is Right For Your Family?
That question is not always an easy one to answer because each family’s needs are different. If you have three or more children then you should be looking at the Big Caboose.
Otherwise you need to look at the specifications of each model and compare them with what you need in your household.
Some are lighter weight while others have more storage, but which of these features is more important really depends on your personal tastes.
The choice may also come down to price, so it always makes sense to comparison shop before you buy.
Tandem Vs Side By Side Double Stroller
The topic of “Tandem vs side by side strollers” has been talked about and debated by people in many different arenas in the baby product industry.
If you have been looking for a new double or triple stroller for your growing family then this is likely a question you have thought of yourself.
Really the best way to figure this out is to look at the main features of each type of baby stroller and then compare it with your situation.
Your family has different needs than other families and this needs to be taken into account. This will help you make the right decision which is important since 1)quality strollers are not cheap and 2)the one you choose should last you for several years.
Main traits of each type of stroller
For the side by sides many parents like them for a variety of reasons. It’s usually easier to get the babies in and out and if you need a jogging model you will have many more choices than in the tandem style.
Side by side double strollers also tend to be lightweight and quite easy to fold up but they take up a larger footprint when folded so this is a consideration.
Many come with larger wheels which can handle a variety of terrain and are easy to spin around when needed.
With a tandem stroller, some parents feel that they can maneuver them easier in tighter spaces. If you like to walk on sidewalks and in parks you will have more room to get around other people without “bumping” them at all.
If you need a travel system where you strap in an infant car seat then a tandem is the way to go too. Plus these strollers tend to be cheaper with more options.
You can even find a sit n stand configuration like the where the older toddler can either sit down in the back or stand up. This is a very popular choice today.
So how do you decide?
Our recommendation is that you decide based on the primary function of it within your family. Will you use it for shopping trips or other places where a side by side would be too wide for the door?
Do you have an infant where you need to strap the car seat on? If so then a tandem is the choice for you. Obviously there are other considerations like storage options, price, and availability.
There are many makes and models of tandem strollers available today. It’s best to read the reviews to see which one has everything that you need in terms of features, durability, and of course price.
Once you have done the research you can buy your next stroller knowing you put in the effort to make the right choice for your children.