As we wait patiently for baby girl to arrive Rob and I have been busy getting the house in order and the last few items on our list purchased. I have been able to score some amazing deals on swap groups for an adorable wardrobe for her and the nursery is coming along nicely. Since we were team green with Parker most of the gear we received was all gender neutral and will be used for baby girl as well. That left us with one rather large and important purchase, a double stroller. I had some pretty specific features in mind so the search was a little more intense that I thought it would be. Eventually I looked to one of my favorite companies, Joovy, and came across the Caboose VaryLight Stand-On Tandem Stroller.
Since baby girl isn’t here yet I decided to break my review up into two parts in order to really showcase its versatility. Below highlights the configurations of the Caboose VaryLight with two toddlers and next month I will review the configurations available using the car seat adapter with a newborn and toddler.
One of my must have features in a double stroller was multiple configurations. I wanted a stroller that could be used immediately with baby girl’s Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat but also after we transition her to a convertible car seat in a few months. The Caboose VaryLight has just that with 13 “Vary-able” configurations when used in conjunction with one of 4 car seat adapters. In addition, the Caboose VaryLight maneuvers like a single stroller when adjusted to the short frame (42″ H x 43.5″ D x 24.25″W) but has the comfort of a double stroller when adjusted to the long frame (42″H x 49.75″ D x 24.25″W).
- The recommendation for front seat with car seat adapter is Birth+, without the car seat and adapter is 6+ months with a maximum weight of 55 lbs and height 40″.
- The back seat is recommended for 2.5 years+ with a maximum weight of 55lbs and height 44″.
- Assembled, the Caboose VaryLight weighs about 33 pounds, which is about the weight of my 2 year old.
- The short frame is approximately 42″ H x 43.5″ D x 24.25″W.
- While the long frame is 42″H x 49.75″ D x 24.25″W.
- Folded, it is 50″L x 24.25″ W x 12″H
I love how comfortable and roomy the front seat is. The Caboose VaryLight is very similar to the Joovy Scooter Parker has been using over the last year so he didn’t notice much of a difference. The extended canopy keeps the sun away from his face and the 3- position recline seat gives Parker the opportunity to take a cat nap on long outings. The 5-point harness gives me piece of mind when we are in a busy location. You can also adjust the straps to make it a 3-point harness as they get older. The swing-away tray is a feature we aren’t used to but will come in handy as he gets a little older and wants to get in and out of stroller more often.
The back is extremely versatile with the car seat adapter and option to sit or stand. Joovy currently has the adapter for the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 35, the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 32, the Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 available for purchase. Without the car seat adapter the child can sit or stand as they like without needed to move or reconfigure anything. The rear bench has a 3-point harness and the swing-away tray can be secured to the back for snacks and/or drinks. The extra-large storage basket, with extendable storage, provides more than enough room for all the gear we need for two, even on a long day at the zoo.
Easy to Fold, Transport & Store:
The polyurethane tires and sealed bearings provide a smooth ride and easy maneuverability while the quick-release wheels make it easy to store. The one-hand fold and lightweight frame, about 33 pounds, also makes it easy to get in and out of the car.
We also discovered that you can add the Joovy bumprider to the back if you have a third kid that want to hitch a ride. The bumprider is a universal stroller board designed to fit any stroller. The construction allows you to adjust the width, length, and height for almost endless possibilities.
- Quick-release clamps allow for easy mounting and removal.
- Non-slip platform.
- Wheel suspension system.Suitable for children ages 2 to 5 years.
- Maximum weight limit of 45 pounds.
- Product weight is 4.5 pounds.
- Product dimensions are 22″L x 11.75″W x 7.50″H.
- No tools required.
The bumprider is also available for purchase on the Joovy website for $119.99 and comes in black or white.