This is a sponsored post thanks to Joovy. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand.
Today Ashley is gone and I am here to speak with you about my crazy little life with three toddlers. I am Ashley’s sister-in-law; you have more than likely already seen photographs of a few of my kids on social media as well as on the blog.
Life really changes when you start having multiples. It’s one thing when you have two toddlers, but adding a third to that mix really changes things. When baby number two arrived I was more than prepared for it. I knew what I would need in order to survive and that included a double stroller, but what I didn’t factor in a third baby. When my newest little one arrived I soon realized I was in for some struggles.
The first few months were only a learning curve while I tried to figure out caring for two toddlers with a newborn, but once the little one was old enough for outings I really started to struggle. My youngest, LuLu had to be in the stroller if she wasn’t in a carrier and honestly I didn’t want her constantly in a carrier. I wanted some time not being touched while we were out and about if possible. This meant mini-tantrums and fights between the two older kids because they both wanted the remaining seat in the stroller.
I just couldn’t handle all the fighting and that is why I knew I needed to find a solution and Joovy came to the rescue!
Joovy Big Caboose
I didn’t think it would be possible to get my three kids into one stroller and still be able to push it, but the Joovy Big Caboose is lighter than my old double stroller and I can push it with all three kids in it. (I do prefer when it is just the baby. Let’s be real here!) since we started using this stroller there have been no fights over seats and no tantrums because one of the kids had to walk instead the eldest wants to walk most of the time. Now that she knows that she always has a seat if she wants it she wants to walk. Child logic is the best sometimes.
It was easy to decide what configuration I would assign my children with this stroller. The two year old boy sits in the front seat because it is low and he can easily climb into the seat even with the activity tray on without my help. This also allows for him to climb out of the stroller without me needing to pick him up since sometimes my arms are full with the baby. The second seat is then left open for the 6 month old girl. Miss LuLu prefers sitting up now so she gets safely strapped into the seat and she gets the foot rest clicked up to help keep her from sliding around in the seat. There are occasions that I do attach her car seat, but it isn’t that often that I take it out of the car. (She’s in the back row of my Town and Country.). Then finally my eldest, 3 year old gets the riding board, little seat by me. She loves this! She thinks it’s so cool to stand and not have to walk while I push.
When we go to the zoo for half of the day it is nice to have a large basket beneath the stroller because we never buy lunch. We always bring lunch with us which means food for four people. I can’t get away with a small lunch bag anymore. I have to pack an actual cooler bag. With this stroller I am able to pack my diaper bag, my cooler, and a baby carrier all in the basket with extra room for any toys the kids decide are a necessity that day. I was nervous because the basket is a little smaller than my previous double stroller, but I’m not having problems. I can even access all of my stuff without having to move kids or seats around.
This Joovy Big Caboose is a Love/Hate Relationship.
I say that I have a love hate relationship with his stroller only because when it folds up flat it is as tall as me at 5’4″ tall. There is no way I can fit this in the trunk of my Town and Country. I can fit it behind my front seats where the foot space is for the captain seats as long as I take off the front canopy and the front accessory tray. While this stinks that I have to really tweak things in my car to make it work I am still in love with this stroller. I am willing to make sacrifices to make it work since it makes for such peaceful trips out of the house.
If you are shopping for this stroller I would highly recommend that you check to make sure that it will fit in your vehicle. Ashley had to lower one of her seats in her Ford Escape in order to fit the stroller in her car. It really comes down to how much space you have and whether or not you want to sacrifice ease in packing the stroller or not.
Edit: My husband was able to angle it and show me just how to fit it into the trunk of my Town and Country. I do have to remove the front awning and activity tray in order to fit it, but I am thankful that I can now fit it into my trunk.
Do you have multiple kids that you struggle with on the go?
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