Getting Around With Two Girls — The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight

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When I found out I was pregnant with #2 back before Christmas, I began a search for the best double stroller to accommodate my growing nest! All of my close friends would tell you that I keep myself up to date and very much in the know on hottest baby and kid products on the market. I don’t know what the appeal is to me honestly, but I have this “need” to know the latest and greatest baby and kid gear!

I wish I could say that made my double stroller search easier – but only slightly. I was still torn as to whether or not I wanted a tandem stroller or a side-by-side or even an in-line (child in front seat is slightly on top of child in rear). A few things I knew I needed – two seats (duh), a storage basket, a sturdy cup holder, a removable canopy, the ability to attach a car seat, light weight, easy fold, easy maneuverability, and a decent price.

And truth be told, I began with a different stroller than the one I am about to show you. I won’t mention the name, but it was another well-known, high-end stroller that retails for about $700 brand new. (Y’all know me – I didn’t pay anywhere close to that.) Sadly, that stroller did not pass the test of time. I bought it used but in decent condition and since then the canopy has all but fallen off and the tires have gone flat multiple times. (I’ve had a stroller with tires for our walks before this and never had that problem.) So in this review, I may reference our old stroller for comparison sake. Let’s just call it “Junky Stroller #1.”

So let’s move on, shall we? I needed a new stroller desperately! And using that other stroller had actually shown me a bit of what I liked and didn’t like in a double stroller. So I continued searching the double stroller market and test drove several. I found a winner! And to my great delight, Joovy sent it to me in exchange for a review! Please meet the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight!

Okay first of all, don’t you LOVE this color? It’s called “Greenie.”

A great feature of this stroller is that it is a tandem, so Lilleigh will sit behind Adeline. (Right now she’s behind her bunny, for photo purposes.) Though I did like the idea of the in-line stroller, the older child wants to ride in the “cool” back seat, but since “Junky Stroller #1” was top heavy, the lighter child has to sit there. And you know those younger children mess with the wheels and such when they are that close to the ground. That was a major downfall. So I looked at tandem versus side by side. A few mommy friends told me they love tandem because the kids seem to argue with each other less than when they are next to each other. Plus a tandem can easily fit through doorways. Sold!

Also, as you can also see, the car seat easily straps onto the stroller. It has a sturdy support. Many car seats are compatible with this stroller. With many high end strollers, you have to buy the extras, such as the cup holder, parent console, snack tray, and infant car seat adapter, separately, but Joovy includes all of these for you! Huge plus in my book!

What I really love about this stroller is that Lilleigh has the option to sit in that back seat as a seat. Sturdy frame and all. And that seat can then be detached, revealing just a bench sit or a standing platform, depending on which she prefers. The bench seat is comfortable for her, even when the front seat is slightly reclined for the infant car seat. The bench seat also had a seat belt for if we are going somewhere quickly, which is nice. And whether she chooses to sit or stand, she has handle bars to hold for stability!

Here’s a close up of the infant seat strapped in.

Here she has plenty of room to stand, handle bars to hold onto, and a good amount of head room. On another stroller we tested (because you know we went to BuyBuyBaby and tested a ton!), the parents’ handle bar was in front of her face, leaving her to hit her face each time she road and also scream in fear as I pushed her. The other stroller didn’t provide any sort of frame around her for support or a great place to hold on, and that was a bit frightening both for her and me. I am so not exaggerating!! (Instagram evidence) So I love how confident she feels on this platform and the security the handle bars provide!

It is very easy for Lilleigh to get on and off the standing platform by herself, which is great to me. As we add another baby to the nest, I am glad for Lilleigh to increase in her independence.

The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight is super easy to maneuver! If you’ve ever test driven strollers, you know that this is not always the case. It has great steering, and I am confident it will make carting my two girls around a breeze!

Like I said, the fact that this parent console and cup holder is included is a huge plus! It’s actually a double cup holder and very secure. I’ve had problems with other strollers with my Tervis spilling a bit, especially in that “Junky Stroller #1” when my child was actually directly under that cup holder. Thankfully though that doesn’t happen with this one, which I know Lilleigh will appreciate because I really love my ice water with lemon. Love.

There is a storage basket underneath, and here you can see that there are also pockets on the side of the basket, allowing you to just slip in a few extra items that you can access easily.

 

When the bench is pulled forward as far as it can go, it is very easy to stuff your baby bag, camera, and even purse into this basket. The basket is a little difficult to get to when the caboose too seat is attached. However, “Junky Stroller #1” also had this issue, actually much more so, and it couldn’t hold nearly as much. The tandem strollers I tested that had baskets easy to access with both kids seated were actually so much longer than the Caboose that they were very difficult to maneuver, which wasn’t worth it to me.

Now let’s talk toddlers… As your kids get older, guess what. They both still fit! We had a few friends help us out with this part.

Two toddlers easily fit in the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight, and everyone was happy! Lilleigh does love the back bench or standing platform, but she has climbed into the front, all on her own, many times and loves that as well!

Also notice the snack tray (also included!) that attaches to the front seat. Cup holders and all! Love it!

We also absolutely love the canopy. It can shade both the back rider (without hitting Lilleigh in the face) and the front rider. It is easily detached if it’s not needed or if the infant car seat is attached. I can’t tell you what a relief it is for the canopy to be so easily removed. It is a well-made canopy! Both of these features were not the case with “Junky Stroller #1.” {Breathe a sigh relief.}

Finally, the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight also has an easy fold. And it’s light enough that my little pregnant self can put it in the car. This was a must have on my stroller list! Check!

I am really loving this stroller and oh so thankful for it! The one other thing I must mention is the price. Both Joovy and Amazon sell this stroller for just under $300, which I feel is a steal, as it is a double stroller that comes with a plethora of accessories that most high end strollers do not include. And this, my friends, seems to be a well-built, high-end stroller to me!

I am reviewing the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight, in exchange for the product. The opinions expressed are my own.

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