If you’re a mom who has been looking for strollers to accommodate both an infant and a walking toddler or small child, you may have come across sit and stand strollers. A sit and stand stroller is perfect for moms who don’t have kids close in age, but still need to contain their kids in one location, especially when out in public.
There are two components to these types of strollers: in the front of the stroller is a regular seat that has the ability to hold an infant car seat. At the rear of the stroller there is a standing platform and a small bench, where you can place your older child who may want to stop walking and just go along for the ride. The child can either stand or sit on the bench.
These strollers are narrow, not too heavy, and can go in and out of your car pretty easily.
One of the biggest questions that moms have is how old is old enough for a child to use a sit and stand stroller. For the infant side of the stroller, you’d want to place a child that is still in its infancy stages, one that will either stay in the infant car seat, or an “older” baby that can sit comfortably.
The standing side of the stroller works best with a child that is old enough to stand or sit without having the be strapped down. This would truly depend on your own child, but most reviews indicate parents have the best of luck with children between the ages of three and six years old. Of course, you’ll want to check on the weight capacity of the stroller for final determination.
When deciding on which stroller you’ll want to select, you should carefully consider your budget. The last thing you want to do is to overspend on something that you may not need in a few years, especially if you don’t plan on having any more children.
Features to Consider
When considering the budget you have for purchasing the stroller, you’ll want to consider the features that you may need (or not). For example, there’s no need to pay for the added features that come along with traversing rough terrain, but it would be a good idea to make the investment if you’re one that likes to jog while pushing your children.
You’ll also want to consider the space that the stroller provides your children. Some models don’t allow enough room for your older child to sit or stand comfortable, so you’ll need to be sure that the infant seat you use does not cut into the standing area for your older child. It’s best to consider the age difference between the two children, meaning that a compact stroller will probably suit you if the age difference between the two children is less than two years.
Also, consider the weight of the stroller and the weight it can carry. A heavier stroller means more stability. Most strollers can carry around 45 pounds or so on both the back and the front. Consider your children’s’ weight and check the maximum weight on the stroller you intend to buy.
A sit and stand stroller offers convenience for parents with a baby and walking toddler that won’t mind being restrained for short periods of time. If your child is one that truly values his independence and may balk at being restrained in stroller, he may be too old.