With a new baby and a toddler, you may be considering purchasing a double stroller. However, double strollers are expensive and bulky. Here are double stroller alternatives for parents with active toddlers.
When you have a baby and a toddler, a simple trip to the grocery store or the park may seem impossible.
You thought about investing in a double stroller, but your active toddler refuses to sit in the stroller for more than 2 seconds. Plus, double strollers are often bulky and expensive, and your toddler may outgrow it in a few short months.
Staying home in your pajamas all day and have your toddler turn the house inside out is not an option. Thankfully, there are several clever alternatives to double strollers that will make going out with a baby and a toddler less exhausting and save your sanity.
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Double Stroller Alternatives
There are many ways to skin an eggplant (come on, nobody wants to skin a cat!). Depending on the ages of your kids and your lifestyle, you can use one of these alternatives, or combine two or three or them to make your life easier.
Ride-On Stroller Board
If you already own a single stroller that you love, a ride-on stroller board may be the best option for you. You can turn your single stroller into a double stroller by attaching the ride-on stroller board to your ‘stroller’s frame.
Your toddler can stand and hold on to the ‘stroller’s frame while you push your younger kid in the stroller. A stroller board was great for my son because he could hop on the board when he is tired of walking and hop off when he feels like running around again.
There are universal ride-on stroller boards that are compatible with most stroller models, such as the
Englacha Easy Rider Trailer and the guzzie+Guss Hitch Full Suspension Ride-On Stroller Board. Make sure to check the list of stroller models and types before you buy to ensure that your existing stroller will work with the stroller board.
Ride-On Stroller Board with Seat
A ride-on stroller board is excellent for an energetic toddler, but your child may get tired and want to sit down from time to time. You may want to consider a ride-on stroller board that comes with a seat. The seat can easily fold down or detach when your child wants to stand and folds up or attach when he wants to sit and rest.
The Beberoad Glider Board and the Bugaboo 2017 Comfort Wheeled Board are universal stroller boards with a dismountable seat that you can install or remove within seconds. Please confirm your stroller model is compatible before purchase.
A sit-and-strand stroller is a single stroller with the stroller board and seat built-in. They are not as expensive as a double stroller but allows you to stroll with your baby and toddler at the same time.
A sit-and-stand stroller like the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Tandem Stroller offers you many options. You can have your baby in a car seat facing you while your older child sits upfront. You can have your younger child seated in the front and your older child sitting or standing on the stroller board in the back (let him choose!).
The Joovy Caboose Graphite Stand On Tandem Stroller even gives you an option to buy a rear seat so that you can convert it to a double stroller with both kids facing the front.
Instead of trying to get your toddler to stay in a stroller, you can opt to ditch the stroller all together.
There are many options for wearing your baby. You can use a soft-structured carrier like an Ergobaby Carrier or Lillebaby Complete Airflow 360 Carrier. Not only does wearing your baby fantastic for bonding and soothing him, but it also allows both of your hands to be free so you can hold hands with your toddler.
Many soft-structured carriers allow you to carry your toddler as well. So you can have your infant in the stroller and use your carrier to carry your toddler on your back.
For quick trips to the grocery store, you may want to use a ring sling instead for your baby. You can slip on a ring sling quickly, and it easily adjusts to give your baby the right support.
If you don’t feel like your baby is secure enough with a ring sling, you can use a wrap carrier instead like the Baby K’tan.
Backpack Hiking Child Carrier
For active parents or for dads who are too macho for a soft-structured carrier, a backpack hiking child carrier may be the best option.
The backpack carriers are lightweight and have ample padding to protect your back. Some great selections include the Chicco Smart Support Backback, the Luvdbaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier for Hiking with Kids, and the Clevr Premium Cross Country Baby Backpack Hiking Child Carrier.
There are many types of foldable wagons, but they have two things in common. First, they weigh much less than a double stroller. Second, they can carry a whole lot more (most has a weight capacity of 150 lbs).
If you have two kids who can sit stably, then you can use a wagon. A wagon allows your kids to play with their toys and interact with each other. They can face each other and have a conversation and share their snacks.
A foldable wagon with a canopy like the Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon with Canopy is easy to take or store anywhere. You can even unhook the side panel and convert the wagon to a seating bench. Parents love the canopy because it keeps your kids out of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
We have been using the Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon to pull our kids around in theme parks. We love how it’s easy to fold to only 8″ thick, and that it has two mesh cup holders for our water bottles. Also, my toddler could lie down in it comfortably and take a nap when tired. However, this wagon is not specifically made to transport children. It has no brakes, so make sure your children are not left alone in the wagon.
Recently, I keep seeing parents with the Veer Cruiser in the parks. It is a stroller-wagon hybrid, so unlike the other wagons, it is heavy duty and accommodates an infant car seat (adapter sold separately)! It even includes 2 cup holders and a snack and drink tray. However, at just a little under $600 per cruiser, one would wonder whether or not it’s worth purchasing the Veer Cruiser or go with a traditional double stroller.
Ride-On Toys for Toddlers
What happens if your older kid doesn’t want to be confined to a stroller, a wagon, or a carrier and demands something more fun?
With your baby in a carrier, you can give your toddler several options.
My kids both preferred the push car to a stroller. I think it’s because they feel less restricted sitting in a push car, and they like playing with the steering wheel and pretend to drive.
The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike is adjustable, and your child can use it to learn how to peddle. The only caveat is that it’s not easy to push and maneuver with one hand.
I just learned about the Mountain Buggy Unirider, and I wish I had known about this product earlier. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, your child can sit on the unirider while you push it with one hand. Since it does give your child a lot of freedom to move around, it’s best if your child wears a helmet while on the unirider.
If your toddler is able, you can also have him ride a bike alongside you while you wear your baby.
Do You Need a Double Stroller?
The short answer is no. There are lots of double stroller alternatives and ways to transport your kids without lugging around a bulky double stroller.
I did not use a double stroller until my younger kid was three and older one five and were able to sit in the stroller for a more extended period. Then we bought a used one, so we didn’t spend an arm and a leg getting one.
I hope this list of alternatives to double strollers give you options to go out with your kids and make your life on the go much more manageable!