Pros: compact easy fold, children like it, lasts longer than 2 stroller seats
Cons: accessries not useful
When we went from one to two, I bypassed buying a double stroller as the oldest would be big enough to walk most places. But when number three came, the middle guy would be just barely two. On one of our trips to Toys ‘R’ Us we just happened to run across the Baby Trend Sit n Stand on clearance for the floor model. Everything was still included in just happened to be already assembled (lucky us).
I had researched several different types of double strollers, the shear bulk always scared me away. Then there’s the designs of the double strollers that don’t really seem conducive to growing children. I had run across the Baby Trend Sit n Stand through reading reviews and figured this would be the way to go since the older ones could have more space yet the baby would fit nicely in either the front or the baby carrier.
I’m not sure how this comes in package as (like I stated above) we purchased it pre-assembled. The design of the Baby Trend Sit n Stand is that it has a seat in the front and a bench to sit on in the back. With the design of this stroller and the creativity of my children, I am actually able to put all three of them on the stroller and head out. We actually used this method while walking on Mackinaw Island a few summers back. I don’t recommend that on a regular basis as pushing an extra 100 pounds of kids is quite a haul. The specifications state you can use it with children up to 50 lbs - so I just took that as 50 lbs each and none of mine are that big.
The front seat is best for babies over 6 months at least as it is not as substantial as a regular stroller seat. The front has a 5-point harness to keep baby safe. The straps on the harness are pretty long. On their smallest setting, the straps are now just right on my 2 year old daughter. This seat does recline a bit by using a bar on the back to prop it or recline. Now that my daughter is older she likes to sit straight up but the bar almost always seems to fall into the recline position. This isn’t a huge issue for her, but the seat does lean back into the bench seat. When baby is still tiny, the stroller comes with a car seat attachment. Due to this being a smaller piece, and nowhere to actually put it, we never used the attachment as we could never find it when we needed it.
To sit or to stand
Now onto the bench seat, there is a platform to stand on as well as a small bench to sit on. The bench is wide enough for toddler tooshies and has a light pad (we seem to have lost ours though as it tends to move around easily.) For the back there is also a variety of straps to keep older ones safe. There is a lap belt for sitters as well as a strap that goes across the frame to keep little ones from falling off as easily. My biggest concern was that my stander would want to get on and off and on and off and run away. That fear was never realized as my children really enjoy the versatility of being able to sit when they want or just ride. Sometimes they want to walk and that’s alright too. When we were still using a baby carrier, I would place the carrier on the bench with the toddler in the front. The straps on the bench and frame kept the car seat in nice and secure for those times I couldn’t find the attachment.
Now with that description you may wonder how we get all three kids on the stroller. Simple... the baby rides in the front seat as she should, the toddler (then 2 when we figured this out) sits on the bench with his feet in the basket and the oldest stands on the platform. Since my oldest is now 6 he is no longer allowed to ride as he is way too big to push and way too able to walk on his own.
Sometimes it’s the extras that make the stroller... not so much in this case. The Sit n Stand does include a storage net on the bottom. This fits a lot but is a little difficult to get to when fully loaded. Also if little feet get into the basket, it tends to drag on the wheels and the canvass starts to wear. Parent storage is also available on the handle with a small compartment and two cup holders. The front sitter has a footrest, a snack tray and a sunshade. I have found all three pieces pretty worthless. The first time I folded the stroller, the footrest and snack tray were ditched as they stuck out like sore thumbs. My kids haven’t missed them. The sunshade positionable but is pretty small and also gets in the way a lot.
Fold it up
Since a double stroller by design is bigger, it’s important that it folds up decently. Baby Trend did well on this portion. The Sit n Stand has a release you push with your thumb and the a button to squeeze. Give a quick yank and it all collapses. Once it’s all folded up, there’s a latch to keep it all together. For its size, the Sit n Stand folds up pretty compact. It’s not going to fit in a Yaris or anything, but it does fit in the trunk of my Grand Am.
Baby Trend Sit n Stand runs around $130-150. I believe we purchased ours for $99 on clearance. Either price is worth it for families with multiple children. We have gotten two good years out of the Sit n Stand, and foresee we will get at least this summer of use out of it. It is still in great condition where I can also pass it on to someone else.