Double strollers can be double the pain as they take up more space and often weigh more than a single option. However, when you've got more than one tot, they are usually a necessary evil.
As I quickly approach my due date, I am eager to find the double stroller of my dreams. The Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller ($270) fits the bill so I was hoping this would be my golden carriage.
To see what I thought about the Joovy Caboose,
The most obvious argument for the Caboose is that even though it can seat two children, the width is the same as a single stroller, making it easy to push through doors and stores. I've seen some mothers scramble to hold a door open while struggling to get behind a double-wide before it comes slamming on them. The Joovy Caboose keeps that scenario at bay.
The Caboose is unique in that is comfortably seats one child in the front seat while the older child either sits or stands on the back seat. The design enables the stroller to maintain a light frame — weighing only 21 pounds. A simple latch provides a quick collapse and a simple assembly. Both are appreciated when you have two children running circles around you.
While the front seat is fine for a stroll or quick errand, it affords about as much comfort as an airplane seat. The attachable tray has cup holders that offer as much stability as an airliner would and the seat reclining capabilities are about the same. The reclining issue makes sense though as the second child is seated right behind it and hey, at least it has a removable tray! While on the subject, the second child's seat can move back and forth, making it an option to sit or stand for the ride. If you have a loose cannon, you may adore the seatbelt straps that both seats offer.
The biggest bonus feature for many moms is that the front seat is adaptable to hold at least 14 various infant car seats. While your older child cruises around on the footstool and handles, you can both keep your eyes on the newest family member securely fastened to the front of the Caboose. Now how your older child manages your second child is your own problem. I think tickling feet or tossing water bottles on the freshest babe is to be expected.
While I found the Joovy Caboose to be quite delightful and an ease to manage, there are a few drawbacks. The handle on its own is fine. However, I rely on mine quite a bit to hang my diaper bag, groceries and other items. If your first child is standing or even seated on the back, you will rarely have the opportunity to hang anything from the handles. In an effort to soothe that fear for parents, the stroller comes with a neoprene organizer that holds two drinks and a pouch for cell phones or wallets but it doesn't come close to fitting what I need for a day out on the town. The basket underneath can hold a few items (say one diaper bag) but you'll have to ask the bigger child to remove herself from the seat in order to access it.
Overall, I like the Joovy Caboose. It's practical and easy to use for a mother often on the go. The ball bearing wheels, although plastic, do offer a pretty swift and docile ride, especially for a double stroller. The ability to maneuver in and out of places with the ease of a single stroller cannot be underestimated. However, I do wonder if the double wides may not offer more ease in the overall grand scheme of things.
Children birth and up can use the front seat with an infant car seat. Otherwise, the limit is six-months-old up to 45 pounds for the front seat. To ride on the back seat or stand, children should be 2.5 years old and no more than 45 pounds.
Tell me what you think of the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller!
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