Came back, did you? Yesterday I overviewed the intense, stressful, and expensive process of purchasing a stroller for our first child. Not once. NOT ONCE did it occur to us to consider the likely possibility of us having another kid in the not too distant future. So when young Miss Vivian was exactly one year and twenty-two days old when we found out we were expecting again, my mind almost immediately turned to MORE THINGS THAT WE NEED!
Viv is still very much a stroller user. While she loves to walk anywhere and everywhere, she is pretty agreeable to rides in the stroller for walks and at the mall. Since she would be about 21 months (that’s 1 year 3/4 in non-parent speak) when Baby Lafe #2 arrived, we knew we would be looking at a stroller built for two.
After narrowing it down to a Tandem stroller, we started looking at different versions. One of the more popular types (from what I can tell) is the Sit and Stand. The idea is fairly straight forward: one kid is strapped in the front, and the other (older) child has a little ledge seat where they can sit unrestrained (or stand, if they want). Joovy makes a great version which allows you to buy a second detachable seat to limit the “I have an unrestrained toddler on my hands” anxiety. I have a friend who owned Graco Room to Grow version. Fair to say that most of the major brands have their own version of the sit n stand.
The City Select is a single stroller, with all of these options available. First is the attachment for the car seat (which we had for our Jogger). Second is the adaptor to make it into a double stroller. And Third was a second seat for when both kids are out of car seats. You can also buy a glider board that attaches to the back for that “Stand” feature for older (or a third) kid! Yes, it’s pricey. But we were able to find a set which included the single stroller (mrsp $499.99), the double adapter ($19.99), and the second seat ($169.99), for the price of just the single stroller at Buy Buy Baby! Viv and I have test driven it at the mall as a single, and when my cousin came to visit a few weeks back, we had success with it as a double seater at the museum!
Best part so far: the storage! There was limited storage in the jogger (obviously), and it is great to be able to stuff all of our gear and jackets in the bottom. I imagine it will be tighter with two kids’ gear, but I’ll take what I can get!
Stat tuned to see how we do when baby Lafe arrives next month!!