If you have two kids, especially kids with a significant age difference, managing both of them on short and long trips can get really difficult. The most suitable solution may be getting the best sit and stand stroller that suits your growing family and your specific needs.
What is a sit and stand stroller?
You may be wondering what a sit and stand stroller is? A sit and stand stroller is an in-line or tandem double stroller which has a regular stroller seat in front for the younger child and a small bench seat/stand-on platform in the back for an older child. Of course, this definition only applies to the basic seat settings of sit and stand strollers as there are other types of sit and stand strollers with different seating configurations. But the most important feature of sit and stand strollers is that they are a very special stroller for expanding families.
The three main types of sit and stand strollers are:
The Advantages of using a sit and stand stroller
On the other hand, the best sit and stand strollers which are suitable for children of close ages or twins usually have adequate sun coverage for both children as most times, each stroller seat is equipped with its sun canopy.
For any growing family regardless of the two children’s ages
The best sit and stand strollers for any growing family regardless of the children’s ages are strollers that can suit any family regardless of whether the children have a significant age difference or not. This type of sit and stand stroller is usually very versatile and the seating arrangements can be arranged to suit any growing family’s needs.
Comfort and Safety
Although the Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller is a very versatile stroller with various seating arrangements, its basic seat settings include two removable stroller seats. The seats are well-padded reclining seats that can also be easily replaced by infant car seats (Graco Click Connect car seats). Each stroller seat is equipped with a canopy for protection from the sun. And they’re both equipped with convertible 3 or 5-point harness belts that are designed to grow with your child.
If you have children with a significant age difference, you can immediately arrange the stroller to a sit-stand stroller by removing the second stroller seat and replacing it with the well-padded bench seat and platform.
Each Graco Modes Duo stroller seats have canopies, however, once the seats are removed, the canopies which are attached to the seats are removed as well.
To clean the stroller frame or seat, you can spot clean using mild soap and warm water.
For your little ones’ convenience, the Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller seat has a removable armbar with a cup holder. The stroller also has a parent cup holder that you can reach out to very easily on-the-go.
The Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller is sturdy, durable, and expertly designed to make every ride an enjoyable one for your kids. The stroller, whose front wheels are 7.5 inches and rear wheels are 8.5 inches, is equipped with locking front wheels which provide improved maneuverability. The stroller is also equipped with extra platform wheels which make taking turns extremely easy.
The hard plastic tires of this stroller means that you’d be better off using the stroller in the city on even terrain as it may not be able to handle some uneven terrain. The Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller also has powerful one-step brakes that makes parking and unparking quick and easy.
Weight and Size
The Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller is definitely not part of our best lightweight sit and stand strollers as it has a weight of 42 pounds which is quite heavy. Despite its bulkiness, the Graco Modes Duo has an advantage over side-by-side double strollers with its width of 25.5 inches which can easily go through most standard doorways. The full dimension size of the Graco Modes Duo is 46 x 25.5 x 45 inches.
The Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller also has a very convenient maximum weight limit of 50 pounds per seat which means both of your children can use the stroller till they’re 4-5 years old.
The Graco Modes Duo stroller has a quick and easy one-hand standing fold which can fit into the trunk of most cars. The stroller also has a storage latch that holds the folded stroller together which makes carrying the stroller easier for parents. You can also fold the stroller with the seats on or off.
The Graco Modes Duo Double Stroller has an extra-large basket that can be used to hold all your baby essentials.
Comfort and Safety
The front stroller seat of the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller is well-padded and comfortable with a five-point harness while the rear seat is typically arranged with a well-padded bench seat with a three-point harness and a stand-on platform. Along with the platform, the stroller also has ergonomic handles that your child can hold onto while riding on the platform. The stroller seat has only one canopy which doesn’t really provide any coverage for the child in the bench seat.
The seat can be cleaned with a sponge or clean cloth, mild household soap or detergent, and warm water.
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller is equipped with a child tray in the front seat with a snack area and cup holders. The child tray has an easy swing-away design which makes it easy for your little one to get on and off the stroller.
The stroller also has a parent tray with cup holders and a covered compartment where you can keep your wallet or phone.
The Sit n Stand Ultra stroller has a foot-operated rear brake that can be used for parking and locking your stroller in place while it is stationary. The stroller has plastic tires and all-wheel suspension for smooth rides on even surfaces. This means the plastic tires cannot ride uneven surfaces smoothly.
Weight and Size
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller weighs 27 pounds and has a full dimension of 49 x 21.5 x 43 inches.
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller has a maximum combined weight limit of 100 pounds with both the front and back seat having a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds each. The minimum weight limit of the jumpseat/platform is 2.5+ years which means that your little one younger than that age should not sit in the rear.
As our pick for easy to fold stroller, this best sit n stand double stroller has an easy one-hand compact fold that can be easily stored or transported. The folded stroller can also fit into the trunk of almost any car.
The Baby Trend Sit N Stand Ultra Stroller has a large storage basket located under the stroller seats where you can keep your baby gear and other essentials.
Children with significant age difference: One old and one young child
The most common seating format for sit and stand strollers is usually the “one younger child and one older child” type. Usually, the younger child is comfortably seated in the front stroller seat whilethe older child is seated on the bench seat or rides the platform at the rear part of the stroller.
The front seat for the younger child may or may not recline. And when it does recline, the younger child may not be able to sit comfortably anymore. The front seat usually has a five-point harness and a child tray or armbar with cup holders.
The rear seat for the older child would usually have an ergonomic handle, a padded bench seat, a riding platform, and a three-point harness.
There are also convenient features like sun canopies, storage baskets, parent trays, parent consoles, and so on.
Comfort and Safety
The Joovy Caboose Graphite stand-on stroller’s front seat has three recline positions. The back seat, on the other hand, is set to a bench-style seat with the stand-on platform. This becomes inconvenient for your older child when you put in an infant car seat in the front seat because it leaves barely any space for your older child. Fortunately, you can purchase the compatible full-size forward-facing Caboose rear seat for your older child to sit with at the rear.
The stroller stand-on platform is unique yet very stable and serves as a platform for standing or a footrest when your little one is sitting in the rear bench seat. The front seat has a five-point harness with shoulder straps for your younger child while the rear seat has a three-point harness to buckle your older child in when he’s not standing on the platform.
The stroller seat and padding can be removed and submerged in water for deep cleaning but you’d be better off doing spot cleaning since the stroller seat has a 500d nylon material that is both durable and easy to clean. However, the stroller seat fabric, can under no circumstances, be machine-washed.
The Joovy Caboose Graphite has a child tray in the front seat but unfortunately, isn’t equipped with a parent tray or cup holders for parents.
The Joovy Caboose Graphite stroller frame is constructed with lightweight metal and is extremely durable. The frame has a lean design and it is graphite-colored. Because of its compact size, this stroller is also very easy to maneuver through and around narrow or tight spaces.
The stroller also has a linked parking brake for safe stops whenever you need to park the stroller. It also has an excellent all-wheel suspension system that protects your little ones from bumps on the road and ensures that every ride is a smooth one.
Weight and Size
The Joovy Caboose Graphite stroller may not qualify to be on our list of best lightweight sit and stand strollers but it is not so bulky either with a weight of 28.5 pounds. With a full dimension size of 37 x 21.5 x 42 (LxWxH) inches, there is no doubt that the Caboose Graphite stroller is a light and more compact sit and stand double stroller, especially when compared with a side-by-side double stroller.
The Joovy Caboose Graphite stroller has a maximum child weight limit of 45 pounds per seat and a combined maximum weight limit of 90 pounds. The stroller seat can be used for children who are at least six months old and the rear bench-style seat can be used by a child who is at least two and a half years old.
The Joovy Caboose Graphite stroller has the same convenient two-hand trigger fold as the Too Ultralight. It can be folded even with the Caboose rear seat (sold separately) fixed to it. And the fold is compact and can fit into the trunks of most cars.
The Caboose Graphite has a large under basket with considerable space. However, the basket may be somewhat difficult to access when a child is sitting in the rear seat.
Comfort and Safety
The Graco Roomfor2 stroller has a multi-position reclining front seat with a near-flat recline position. The rear seat holds a padded jumpseat and a stable standing platform that your older child can either sit on or ride on.
The front seat has a five-point harness belt and the rear seat has a three-point harness belt and a single strap that snaps behinds your little one when he is standing on the platform. The stroller also has ergonomic handles on both sides of the frame which your older child can hold onto while standing and riding. The stroller also has an adjustable sunshade to protect your little ones’ sensitive skin from the sun.
To clean the Graco Roomfor2 stroller frame, you can use household soap and warm water (avoid using bleach). To clean the seat fabric, you can remove the seat cushion and wash it in cold water on delicate cycle and line dry it.
The Graco Roomfor2 stroller is also very convenient as it has a parent tray with two cup holders and a small storage pocket for you to keep your wallet, keys, or phone. Apart from being convenient for parents, the Roomfor2 stroller also has a child tray with cup holder pivots attached to the front seat.
The Graco Roomfor2 stroller has two 6.7 inches front wheels and two 8 inches rear wheels. The stroller also has locking front swivel wheels with suspension for easy maneuverability and greater stability when traversing uneven terrain.
The stroller is quite durable as it has a lightweight metal frame and it is designed the weight of two children with up to 100 pounds combined maximum weight.
Weight and Size
The Graco Roomfor2 can conveniently enter through any standard doorways and even some narrow doorways with its width of 20.9 inches. It is also not too heavy with a weight of 27.2 pounds.
The full dimension of the stroller is 40 x 20.9 x 34.6 inches and the folded dimension is 21.5 x 37 x 15 (WxHxD) inches.
The front and rear stroller seats can hold children with a maximum weight of 50 pounds each and the stroller has a combined maximum weight limit of 100 pounds.
The Graco Roomfor2 has a compact and easy one-hand fold with a storage latch that can fit into the trunk of most cars. With the release of the latch, the stroller can easily collapse to a compact fold and then all you need to do is push the fold closed till the storage latch locks.
The Graco Roomfor2 also has an extra-large storage basket that can hold much of your baby gear such as diaper bags, your kids’ favorite toy, snacks, or packed lunch.
Comfort and Safety
The stroller has an extremely comfortable cabin-like front seat with premium padding covered with deluxe fabric material. The bench seat at the rear is also well-padded and covered with deluxe fabrics. The front seat can also be reclined in multiple positions for comfort. Unfortunately, reclining the front seat reduces the space in the bench seat.
The stroller can also be used to create a travel system with the Baby Trend Ally 35 infant car seat that is delivered with the stroller. However, placing the car seat means that your older child may not be able to comfortably sit in the rear seat and may have to stand on the platform.
The stroller has a removable extra-long canopy with UPF 50+ protection. The stroller has 2 panels for covering both the front and back seat’s occupants as well as a sun visor.
The Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller is very convenient as not only is it equipped with extra-deep flex-grip cup holders for parents, it also has a parent compartment with a multi-directional cell phone positioner. The stroller front seat is also equipped with a child tray.
The Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller has molded plastic wheels which are not a great option for traversing bumpy terrains. It would be best for you to use this stroller on well-paved roads and even surfaces so your children don’t suffer from the jostling of bumpy rides.
The Baby Trend sit n stand shopper stroller also has a powerful brake system. And you can easily lock the stroller in place once you activate the brake.
Weight and Size
The Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller doesn’t fit into any list of the best lightweight stroller as it weighs 34.5 pounds. The full dimension size is 43.8 x 22.6 x 40.3 inches. And since the width of the stroller is compact, it is easy to maneuver and steer it around tight or crowded spaces.
Its folded dimensions of 36.5 x 20.5 x 23 (HxWxD) inches means the folded stroller can fit into the trunk of most cars.
Your children can only sit in the Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller front seat and jump seat/platform when they are 6+ months and 2.5+ years old respectively. The front seat has a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds and so does the rear seat. The infant car seat, on the other hand, has a minimum weight limit of 4 pounds and a maximum weight limit of 35 pounds.
The Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller has a quick and easy self-standing compact fold. The slim fold, which can fit into the trunk of most cars, makes it easy to carry the stroller around.
The Sit n Stand 5-in-1 shopper stroller has an extendable magnetec basket that can be extended to occupy the standing platform where your older child would stand. This basket can hold up to 30 pounds of essentials and other stuff. It also has strong magnets that keep the basket closed. As the name implies, you can take your youngest child shopping on this stroller in the “Sit and Shop” or “Car Seat and Shop” modes. In this two modes, you can only go shopping with your infant in the car seat or your toddler in the front seat and you can store your purchased goods in the extended basket.
Comfort and Safety
Like most of the best sit and stand double stroller, the Chicco Bravofor2 stroller has a well-padded reclining front seat for your younger child and a back seat plus standing platform for your older child. The front seat can be folded forward to accept the Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit30, or Fit2 car seat and it is also equipped with a 5-point harness and a removable child tray. The front seat also has a reversible mesh/knit insert for all-season comfort.
The back seat, on the other hand, is equipped with a comfortable and well-padded bench seat that can be folded away when not in use. The bench seat also has a three-point harness to strap your older child to his bench seat. There is also a wide and sturdy standing platform, easy-grip handles that your older child can hold onto and a padded backrest for extra support.
The Bravofor2 stroller front seat also has an extendable sun canopy with a rear section that can be pulled out to cover your child in the rear seat.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The stroller seat fabrics can be hand-washed in cold water and drip-dried (Avoid the use of bleach for washing). The plastic parts of the stroller can be wiped with a damp cloth but the metal parts of the stroller (frame) should be kept dry to avoid rusting.
Built with both you and your child’s comfort in mind, the Chicco Bravofor2 stroller has a child tray and a parent tray with two cup holders. The cup holder for parents is located on the handle which is padded. The plush handle also has a small compartment where you can keep your keys, wallet, or phone.
With its treaded rubber tires and all-wheel suspension, you can be sure that your little ones will always enjoy smooth rides even when you’re traversing uneven surfaces. And since the stroller tires are equipped with locking front swivel wheels, the stroller is much easier to maneuver and steer in tight or crowded spaces.
You can also park the stroller at any time and keep the stroller in place when stationary with its one-touch rear brakes.
Weight and Size
Although not lightweight, the Chicco Bravofor2 stroller is not particularly heavy with a weight of 29 pounds. Its full dimension size is 45.7 x 23.3 x 42.8 inches. With a width of 23.3 inches, the stroller can go through standard doorways with no problem.
The Bravofor2 front seat has a maximum weight limit of 40 pounds while the rear seat has a maximum weight limit of 43 pounds.
The Chicco Bravofor2 stroller has a quick and easy one-hand fold. Activating the integrated handle easily initiates the fold while rotating the front wheels inwards to enable a self-standing compact fold. Once the stroller is completely folded, the integrated handle can also be used as a handle for carrying the folded stroller.
The Bravofor2 stroller has a large storage basket with front and rear access for retrieving baby gear stored in the basket.
Twins or close ages
When you have twins or two children with very little age difference, you want to get a sit and stand stroller that can grow with your children. The most fitting option would accept two infant car seats, two toddler seats or one stroller seat/infant car seat, and a rear bench seat/stand option.
The disadvantage of the sit stand stroller suitable for twins or children with close ages is that the twins or the two children who are now old enough to ride standing on the platform would start to bicker over who sits and who rides.
The sit and stand stroller for twins also comes with extras like parent and child trays, harnesses, sun canopies and storage baskets among others
Comfort and Safety
The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite is one of the few sit stand strollers that do not compromise when it comes to the comfort and safety of either of your children. And this is reflected in the fact that both seats for the older and younger child have a five-point harness. The seat also reclines from 114 degrees to 143 degrees.
Even if you’re exchanging the stroller seat for the bench seat and standing platform, your little one can still ride in safety and comfort. This is because the bench seat is well-padded and built-in with added belt straps, the integrated stand-on platform is stable and the stroller has ergonomic and durable handles on both sides of the frame which your little one can hold onto.
Regardless of the seating configuration, the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite stroller’s extendable canopy is great at protecting your children from the sun. The canopy can be opened to shade both seats, however, if it isn’t enough, you can get the second canopy extension in the parent organizer and attach it to the rear of the first canopy. This way, your little ones are always protected from the sun.
For convenience, the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite has a parent organizer consisting of a small zippered pocket and two cup holders. The stroller also has a child tray with space for a cup, a juice carton, and snacks.
Similar to the wheels that can be found on rollerblades or skateboards, the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight stroller’s wheels have sealed bearings. And since the stroller is designed to carry the weight of two children close in age, the stroller is easy to steer and maneuver. The all-wheel suspension also ensures that every ride is a smooth and bump-free one.
The brake, located at the rear end of the stroller, is also quite powerful and they lock the rear wheels with just a tap of your foot.
Weight and Size
The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite is one of the few best lightweight sit and stand strollers as it weighs 23.5 pounds. It is also not overly bulky and can be pushed through standard doorways and maneuvered in tight spaces with a width of 21.25 inches. It’s full dimensions is 38 x 42 x 21.25 (LxHxW) inches. The stroller size reduces to 45.25 x 21.25 x 10 inches when it is folded.
It has a total combined maximum weight limit of 90 pounds where each stroller seat enjoys a weight limit of 45 pounds each. The stroller rear seat is built to accommodate a child of 6 months upward and the front seat is built to accommodate a 3-month child. If you have a newborn child or an infant, you can attach a car seat to the front seat to accommodate him or her.
The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite stroller has a two-fold design where you have to pull up two triggers on both sides of the stroller below the parent handle. And the best part is that you don’t have to remove the front or rear seat for folding.
The storage basket on the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite stroller is located underneath the stroller seats. It can get slightly hard to access when the rear seat is in place or the car seat is attached.
As the hybrid of inline or tandem double strollers and travel systems designed for older children, the sit and stand stroller is the best option for an expanding family. When you have two children with an age difference of 2-5 years, going out with both of them can get very difficult. If you buy a single stroller and let the older kid walk, then he or she will eventually get tired of walking or he may run or wander around.
The best stroller to bridge the age gap is the sit and stand stroller. Why? Older kids may not like to be buckled to a stroller seat, after all, they’re very active but they also get tired easily. Many of the best sit and stand strollers allow your oldest child to sit when tired or stand on the platform looking around without having to walk around. Most sit and stand strollers are equipped with ergonomic handles on the stroller that your little one can hold onto during every ride while standing. Your little one can also easily hop on and off the stroller without any problems.
Your younger child also has a place in the best sit and stand double stroller. They can either sit in the stroller toddler seat or an infant car seat since most of the best sit and stand strollers are car seat compatible.
Of course, there are sit and stand strollers designed for families with twins or children with little to no age difference. And they may work much better for you than other double strollers like the side-by-side double stroller.
Another advantage of the best sit stand strollers is that they are much easier to push and steer. They are also easier to push through standard and some narrow doorways, unlike side-by-side double strollers.
Of course, there are demerits to a sit and stand stroller such as:
Regardless, if you’re looking for a good solution to a situation where you have children with a significant age difference, then a sit and stand stroller is your best option. It helps you to manage your children while taking their safety and comfort into account.
According to stroller manufacturers and many pediatricians, children below the age of 3-6 months should not sit in a stroller seat, except the stroller is designed with additional head and body support which a newborn needs. Children below 3 months cannot support their head and neck and it is very dangerous for them to sit in a stroller without adequate support. Which is why most people use infant car seats with their strollers.
If you want to use your best sit and stand stroller for a newborn or infant and an older child or two newborns, you need to make sure that the stroller is infant car seat compatible.
To be able to easily use and manage your best sit stand stroller, you should look for one with the lightest weight you can find. Sit and stand strollers are usually bulkier but there are definitely lightweight models with weights within 20-30 pounds. You need to carefully choose these lightweight models because the weight of your sit-stand stroller determines how easily you can transport it.
The weight limit of a stroller determines how long your little one gets to use the stroller. It is the minimum and maximum weight capacity that your stroller can safely carry. Most sit and stroller strollers have a minimum weight limit of 20-30 pounds which means your child can only use the stroller seats if he is 3-6 months old. On average the maximum weight of the best sit and stand double strollers is 40-50 pounds per seat.
For the ride option, although there is no weight limit to determine how old your little one should be before he can stand and ride, the recommended age is usually at least 2.5 years. However, since children don’t develop at the same rate, you can allow your child to use the ride option when he or she walks steadily and has developed a strong balance when standing.
Although sit and stand strollers have an elongated design and limited maneuverability that cannot be compared to what can be found in single or jogging strollers, they are much easier to maneuver than many double strollers with a compact build as well as built-in suspension systems and locking swivel wheels. This makes the strollers much easier to maneuver and steer in crowded or tight spaces.
While choosing the best sit and stand double stroller for your specific needs, you will need to look out for your older child’s comfort. The seats for the older children are usually padded but you have to make sure the padding is adequate and that the stroller has a dependable 3 point harness.
For your younger child, you need to look for the stroller seat recline and padding. You want a stroller seat with adequate padding for optimum comfort during every ride. You also need to look out how fully the stroller will recline. Although it is nearly impossible for a sit and stand stroller seat for your younger child to have a completely flat recline, you should look for a stroller with a comfortable recline for nap time for your little one. You should also ensure that even if the stroller seat encroaches on the rear space meant for your older child, it does not affect your older kid’s comfort.
In a situation where you have to manage your stroller, bags, and your children with or without your car, you would find it much easier if your stroller has an easy-to-fold model. Whether it is a one-hand fold or a two-hand fold, the most important thing is that the stroller can be easily folded in less than thirty seconds without giving you any problems. Of course,if your sit and stand stroller has a one-hand fold design, that’s a plus.
When you have two little ones, there is no doubt that you’ll have a lot of stuff to carry around at all times. And it would be really hard for you to carry a lot of baby gear while also pushing your little ones’ stroller. Therefore, the issue of storage is very important and you must carefully consider it.
It would be best to get a stroller with a large basket that can hold your baby stuff as well as a small pocket compartment that can hold your keys or phone. Of course, you need to make sure that the storage basket is not a flimsy and low-quality basket that is easily damaged. And you also want a basket that is easily accessible either through the sides, the front or the back so you can take out things that your babies need with ease.
The convenient features in a sit and stand stroller are the accessories like the child and parent trays with space to hold your drinks and your children’s drinks as well as their snacks. Most sit and stand stroller seats are designed with child trays but only some have parent trays. Some sit and stand strollers like the Chicco Bravofor2 also have padded handles for parents to make pushing and steering easier.
Little children have delicate and incredibly sensitive skin. You need to get a sit and stand stroller with adequate sun protection for both children. The sun protection which may be a sun canopy or a sun visor may be detachable, adjustable or extendable.
The truth is that some sit and stand strollers don’t provide enough sun protection for the older child because of the elongated design of the stroller. Therefore, you have to carefully look for a stroller with sufficient sun protection that covers both children.
There’s something you should keep in mind when choosing your stroller: kids are messy. So spilled drinks, diaper leaks and other dirt getting on your little ones’ stroller seat is inevitable. Therefore, you want to get a stroller seat that is easy to clean. The best things to look out for when looking for a stroller that is easy to clean is stroller seats with stain-resistant and water-repellant fabric or material. Or one that is removable and washable (with a washing machine or mild water and soap).
Although sit and stand strollers are usually safe for your children. There are wonky and not well-manufactured models out there. To ensure that your stroller meets all the standards of stroller safety, you might need to check for safety features like the harness and the handle for your standing kid. Other features for safety include the stroller’s brake system which determines how much control you have over the stroller. A sit and stand stroller with reflective parts that make you visible under low lights is a plus and so is a stroller built with flame retardant material.
You can also look out for popular safety certifications for strollers like the JPMA certification and CPSC compliance as strollers with those certifications have usually gone through all the necessary safety test and passed.
Even if your older child may spend a lot of time standing, he or she will also spend a lot of time sitting in the sit and stand stroller. Therefore, despite how cumbersome buckling and unbuckling your older child is, he or she has to be strapped to the seat sometimes for safety. So you don’t just want to pick a stroller with a harness only for your younger child. You want one with two harnesses for both children, after all, you don’t want your child to tumble off the stroller seat in a misstep or mistake. Typically, most of the best sit and stand double stroller have a five-point harness for your younger child at the front and a three-point harness for your older child at the rear. But if you choose a sit and stand stroller with a five-point harness on both seats, that’s a win for you.
You should ensure that your stroller is not overly bulky or heavy. If you have a car, you want a sit and stand stroller that can be easily folded to fit into your car trunk.
And if you don’t have a car, you’ll need to carry your stroller (out of the garage, up and down the stairs, on or off a bus, etc) and you don’t want to purchase a sit and stand stroller that you cannot comfortably transport with or without your car.
A major and well-known flaw of sit and stand strollers is how hard it is to be steered and maneuvered on uneven or rough terrain like gravel, grass, sand, and so on. There is also the fact that no sit stand stroller is designed for jogging. Regardless of how old your kids are, the best sit and stand strollers don’t have the safety features and design that double jogging strollers have. As such, you cannot use a sit and stand stroller to jog with your kids despite how sturdy it may be or they may be dire consequences such as the stroller rolling away on its own or tipping to the ground when used on a hill or steep slope at high speeds.
To solve these problems, you can choose to buy a regular stroller or a jogging stroller along with your best sit and stand stroller.
For safety purposes, you should definitely ensure that your sit and stand double stroller has a handle that your kid can hold onto when he or she is standing. The best handle would be an ergonomic and durable handle designed for your older child to comfortably hold and release when he or she is ready to stand or sit. It is also essential that your older kid holding the handle while standing does not in any way obstruct your ability to push or steer the stroller.
Yes. Although not all sit and stand strollers are infant car seat compatible, there are sit and stand strollers that can serve as a car seat carrier for one or even two infant car seats. An example of a sit and stand stroller that can accept two infant car seats or one, depending on your needs, is the Baby Trend Sit and Stand Ultra Tandem Stroller.
The sit and stand stroller is one of the best stroller options for a growing family. It is the hybrid of a tandem double stroller and a travel system which is designed while considering the possibility of an older child late in the toddler stage.
The seating configuration and design of the best sit and stand double strollers are usually determined by the kind of growing family they were designed for. For growing families with twins or children with little to no age difference, the best sit and stand strollers are usually designed with two stroller seats that where at least one of the seats is car seat compatible. Sit and stand strollers for growing families with children that have a significant age difference of 3-5 years difference are usually designed with a front reclining seat with a child tray and a bench seat/stand-on platform in the rear.
And there is a limited category of the best sit and stand strollers that are designed for any growing family which can be customized depending on your growing families’ specific needs. This means that strollers belonging to this category like our top pick, the Graco Mode Duo Double stroller can be customized to have the features suitable for a family with twins or a family with children that have a significant age difference.
The recommended age for your older child to use the jump seat and stand-on platform is 30 months or 2.5 years.
However, children grow differently so the best-recommended age will be when your child can stably stand on his or her own without assistance and has gained a sense of balance. In other words, if your 2.5-year-old child can still not stand completely without assistance, do not put him or her on the bench seat/platform part of the stroller.