Tiny Tot, Plus One?
Double strollers for an infant and a toddler are designed to accommodate both infants and toddlers and are ideal for parents living in rural areas. Walking long distances, often a necessity in such areas, can be tiring for a young child, even when they are confident and comfortable walking.
These strollers are also great if you find yourself babysitting a friend’s baby or toddler, while your own child accompanies you.
Whatever your motivation for buying a dual infant and toddler stroller, you’ll want to know you’re making the right choice – that’s where our handy reviews come in.
Best Double Stroller for Infant and Toddler Reviews 2017
Baby Trend Sit ‘N’ Stand Phantom accepts a variety of infant car seats, and offers full multi-ride positioning, so you can ensure both infant and toddler are comfortable and secure. You can either place baby in the front, and give your toddler the thrill of standing on the back, holding on to the bars that flank the back board, or you can clip a car seat securely to the rear of the stroller, to offer double seating.
While the Phantom is a large stroller (one person has noted they struggled to get it to fit in a Tahoe SUV), it is remarkably easy to fold, for a larger stroller.
The Chicco Cortina Together offers one-hand fold down, and all-wheel suspension, making it both comfortable for its passengers, and easy-to-use for parents. It is fully adjustable to suit children across a broad age range, and includes a zip-fastening storage basket, although some people have observed that this is difficult to access when the stroller is fully occupied. The stroller itself is very heavy to steer, and, like many double strollers, difficult to fit in a car.
The Graco RoomFor2 Click and Connect fits in a small car, and also accepts all Graco car seats, meaning it can easily be turned into a travel system. The seats are both padded (front and rear), and the front seat has multi-positioning, with a full recline function, meaning the stroller can be used with a newborn. However, it is worth noting that having an infant under six months, who would need the front seat laid flat, and a toddler is not ideal, as reclining the front seat fully does compromise the amount of space available at the back.
The Joovy Caboose Stand On is the most compact and maneuverable tandem stroller on the market. It is ideal for parents whose older child is mostly walking, but may still need a stroller for longer trips – they can ride standing up on the padded back bench platform, so they can still feel grown up, whilst giving their feet a rest! The front seat offers three positions, and the Joovy also features a universal car seat adapter, making it ready to turn into a travel system.
While it will fit in the average family car, the Joovy is quite bulky when folded. It also doesn’t include a parent organizer, and the design of the handlebars makes it difficult to fit organizers that are purchased separately.
Finally, the Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop provides no-roll brake technology and all-terrain tires in a stroller that’s built not just for two – but four! This makes it ideal both for parents who have two toddlers and twin infants, but also for daycare providers. Bear in mind that the size of the Angeles does mean it can be difficult to get through doorways, and it is very heavy to steer.
Each seat has an individual, removable canopy, so you can cater to everyone’s comfort, and the fabric is water-resistant, and wipe-clean, which is a must when you’re on the go with a lot of children at once! Several people have commented that it is advisable to purchase additional padding for the infant seats, for peace of mind, and increased comfort. If nothing else, the Angeles means that parents of more than two children can take all of the children out on their own, at the same time, in the same stroller.
Why Not Just Make the Toddler Walk?
Of course, by the age of around three, most children are happily walking – or running – along on their own. But some won’t be, perhaps because they are small for their age, or because they have special needs, And even when your toddler is confident and happy walking, there will be times when it is better, or simply more convenient, to have them in a stroller – when you’re out in a busy place, and can’t risk them wandering off while you’re momentarily distracted. Or on longer walks, where they may get tired and fractious. An investment in an infant and toddler tandem stroller can help avoid tears and tantrums, which is always a plus point!