Product Review: Wagon V.S. Stroller

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I know most of us MOMS, love our strollers…it’s our main form of transportation for at least the first year after our twins were born.   Because lets just face it, trucking around twins or higher order multiples, is not as easy as scooping up one baby out of the car and putting his/her car seat in a grocery basket or carrying one baby around in a baby carrier.

My first stroller for the twins, was the double snap n go, which was great, once i finally figured out how to use it correctly.  There was always a little thought in the back of my mind, that the baby seat would flip over for some reason.  The stroller itself was sturdy, but sometimes i’d struggle to pop the darn thing in right.  Oh how i remember times in the mall parking lot, sweat dripping from my head in the 100 degree temps, struggling to get the darn things popped in just right.  I’d pop one car seat in and then the second one would not pop in right…i’d have to pull it off and try to place it in the darn thing in a different way. Then a few times i’d hit a bump and not actually use the little strap that goes across(because who has time to strap those in when your sweating and have two crying babies and people are walking by staring) the car seat and it would flip forward or backwards(in a rocking motion).  We used the double snap n go until the girls hit 8 months and moved on to the big girl car seats.

Well, after we moved up to the big girl car seats i knew it was time to invest in another stroller.  I had already bought a graco duo glider when the girls were babies, in hopes of taking some nice quiet walks.  That didn’t happen and they HATED the darn stroller from the get go.  On top of that, i was always scared the one in the front was going to somehow slip out and i’d run her over with the stroller.  To me, the Graco duo gliders just aren’t made for small infants, unless you plop the whole car seat in and use it like a snap n go.  Maybe i didn’t have the baby put in right…not real sure.  But i know, the baby in front always cried the whole walk and it would break my heart.  It became so unpleasant to walk, that i gave that one up and decided to try another stroller.

After i bought the duo glider and parked it in the living room, i decided i needed a double jogging stroller(keep in mind, i have never went jogging, a day in my life).  I went to a local MOMS garage sale bright and early one morning and scooped up a nice one, for one hundred dollars!  I thought i had gotten a GREAT deal and was soo excited when i got home with it.  Who doesn’t love a great deal on a nice stroller, right?  We decided to use it for our first March of Dimes walk.  We cleaned it all up and never tried it out, till that day.  WHAT a day it was!  The girls cried and cried the ENTIRE 3 mile walk.  What a nightmare!  After that, that double jogging stroller made it’s way to the little storage shed in the back of our yard and hasn’t seen the light of day since then.

We had a lot of luck with our single maclaren for my first daughter, so we checked into a few of  maclaren double strollers.  We found a nice one on Craigslist for a great price, since it had only been used a few times and was in mint condition, we thought it would be perfect(i think we paid 125). I used it until they were about a year old.  This stroller was nice but didn’t have little snack or drink trays in front of them.  So in all reality, it was only good for short trips to walgreens or brief trips to mall.   Plus, it didn’t have a drink holder up top for mom and the handles were so far apart, it was hard to hook a diaper bag across it.  Later i found out, you can purchase some kind of hook at BRU and i’ sure on line, that hook on to the handles to hook your shopping bags on and i also found after the fact, a little mesh sort of organizer that hooks across both handles and has a cup holder, although the cup holder doesn’t look very stable(maybe more for water than a hot coffee or a can of coke.)  And water is NOT what a new mom of twins should be drinking right?  Well maybe, but it was never on my list of drinks, it’s usually coffee or some sort of caffeinated drink.  Otherwise how would we make it though the day?

The girls next new “ride” they received for their first birthday and Christmas presents combined.  I convinced my mom & dad to buy them a step 2 choo choo wagon and add the third caboose for my other daughter.  It looked nice, and i really thought the girls might enjoy being able to see everything around them.  We took it everywhere with us.  It was a bit of a pain, to load it in and out of my suburban, but the girls really loved the ride.    We have fallen in love with this wagon.  Now, at 18 months i actually take the choo choo wagon everywhere i go.  It’s not heavy and it has replaced my stroller!  Why, you might ask?  Well, because my girls love to look around.  When we had them in a stroller, they couldn’t see all around them, and they fought like cats and dogs on top of getting bored really easily.  I felt like they just didn’t enjoy themselves and i never enjoyed the trip myself.  Fighting and crying are not on the top of my list of exciting and fun journeys out with my girls.  On top of that, it was hard to clean if the girls ate food while sitting in it, and i couldn’t see what they were doing while i was pushing them.

So my point of this blog, is to really put some thought into what you really want when you purchase a stroller or wagon.  Most moms i know love their duo glider and most used the double snap n go, prior to that.   I, on the other hand, have gone through WAY too many different kinds of strollers, only to find out that my girls just aren’t stroller babies.  My girls love being able to see everything around them.  Too bad i didn’t figure this out prior to purchasing my duo glider, maclaren & double jogging stroller.  The double snap n go was perfect and fit our needs perfectly.  But we could have done without the other three strollers.  I finally sold my dou glider for 3/4ths of what i paid for it, since i literally used it twice.  The jogging stroller is still in my backyard shed & the Maclaren is now parked in the parking lot in our formal dining room!  My step 2 choo choo wagon lives in my suburban.  We take it everywhere with us!

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7 thoughts on “Product Review: Wagon V.S. Stroller”

  1. Thanks so much for this post! My girls are two, and although we’ve gotten great service from our Duoglider (and yes, we snapped the infant carriers into it until they outgrew them), I managed to damage it in a car accident. I’ve been trying to decide whether it’s worth buying another stroller now, especially since we have a wagon.

    I suppose I’ve never seen a wagon used except for outdoorsy purposes, but it would be so easy for us, not to mention economical. We have a Radio Flyer. I suppose it’s narrower than a side-by-side stroller, although not as narrow as the Duoglider. I do worry whether it’ll make it through store aisles. Won’t know until I try!

  2. We absolutely love our Mountain Buggy side-by-side stroller, it’s great for working out, for shopping, neighborhood walks and offroading at the beach or rocky areas. We also have our Peg Perego that allows the twins to look at each which I only use occasionally at the mall or doctors office. We do love our wagon though which we occasionally take to the park or outdoor concerts. It’s fabulous.

  3. I am not sure which I like better.
    I bought the Jeep Double umbrella when the babies were little and aside from the fact that it has NO basket and the canopys are terrible, it is very light-weight and easy to maneuver & was CHEAP! SUPER CHEAP!
    Both Emma & Will still takes naps in their stroller, so it’s something I need to consider when I take them places.

    However, pushing this stroller somewhere like a beach is ridiculous! So, I found an awesome “wagon” by Step 2 on ebay for $5! (and, the twin mom DELIVERED it to me, so I paid nothing in shipping!!! Just the right price!) We LOVE this wagon and take it with us a lot!

    http://bouffard11.blogspot.com/2008/03/day-at-beach.html

    I suppose as the babies get older, we will probably phase out the stroller and just go with the wagon.
    :)

  4. I have triplet girls – and I have a Step 2 Choo Choo Wagon with the additional trailer – I take it to Target, the park, Walmart, the mall – works great!!

  5. Thank you! We were just about to purchase the Safari Wagon for our twin boys first birthday until we discovered the Choo Choo wagon. Now our 3yr old can ride along. I hope there’s enough leg room; he’s very tall. Would you recommend a 4th seat for storage?

  6. Hi,
    your advice is so helpful Those who have twin children. I got a lot of information about my kids jogging in your post.Thank

    you for this unique post.

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