Marissa is the writer of "ThePracticalMommy" and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She's a former teacher and a stay-at-home mom to four.
Searching for the Right Stroller
Warm weather makes it perfect for taking a stroll with the kids in the stroller. When I had two children under the age of three, I began my research for a double stroller since I wanted to be able to bring both kids with me without bringing two strollers.
I needed something that was large enough for my tall toddler and a carrier seat, but small enough for a mom of the average build to maneuver, fold and store away. And of course, the price had to be right!
When looking for double strollers online, I came to find that I would have two options: side-by-side or streamlined. The second option seemed more appealing to me.
Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller
While doing my research online, I came across the Baby Trend Sit N Stand.
They offer the ability to have a regular seat in front sturdy enough to hold an infant carrier and a platform area in the back for a toddler-sized child who could choose to sit and ride or stand and ride. I liked the option for toddlers, since my son has recently become resistant to strollers and I couldn’t see wrestling him into a smaller seat offered by many of the other doubles.
After reading many actual reviews by parents, I decided to look further into this stroller. It seemed great for me, but I still had to see it for myself.
1. Two seats, one removable to access standing/sitting platform
2. Graco infant carrier fits
3. Easy to maneuver
4. Not difficult to fold or store
5. Handle height great for average size mom and tall dad
6. Makes moving around with two much easier
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Taking a Test Drive With the Baby Trend Sit N Stand
My husband and I decided to go to Babies-R-Us since we knew we could see a model of the stroller and actually try to use it. At first, we looked at the LX model of the Sit N Stand. We were easily able to attach our Graco infant carrier seat in the front seat (with my daughter sleeping in it) and it was very easy to maneuver for both of us. My husband liked that the handle is high enough for him—and he’s over six feet tall!
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The folding of the stroller wasn’t as easy as the one-handed moves I was able to do with my Graco, but it wasn’t a struggle either. As we placed that model back on the shelf, though, we noticed the next model up, the DX.
It was the same except that for a few dollars more it added a removable seat in the back just the same as the front that was strong enough for the carrier and large enough to accommodate my tall toddler. We decided to buy that model, the DX, and traded in our Graco to save some money.
Using a Double Stroller: Pros and Cons
I love our ‘roller-coaster-stroller’, as my son calls it. It’s been great to use, it fits in both of our vehicles (an SUV and truck…it probably wouldn’t be suitable for a compact car) and it has made shopping trips and walks a breeze. My son likes the removable back seat (he doesn’t know it is removable just yet) and my daughter has used the front seat with her carrier and now sits in the regular seat just fine.
My one dislike would have to be the placement of the storage basket. It’s under both seats and a bit hard to reach at times. For me though, it’s no biggie. I bought myself a smaller bag for diapers, wipes, and bottles that fits under there quite nicely.
I have taken this stroller everywhere: parks, malls, stores, museums, and even a muddy farm. It moves easily and fits almost anywhere, better than a double-wide stroller would.
1 Year Later With the Stroller
It has been a year now since I first bought this amazing double stroller. I am still as happy with it as I was the first time I used it. My son is older now and is able to stand in the back after the second seat was removed. It's nice because on occasion when he wants to get out and walk next to me, he is able to do so with ease. The times when he chooses to walk, I use the extra space to transport things I have bought at the store or the diaper bag.
The removal of the second seat was actually pretty easy. I needed a Phillips head screwdriver to remove two screws and the rest unsnapped out of place. It took me less than 10 minutes to complete, and that was without the manual. Pretty impressive! I'm storing the extra parts for when I have the next baby and need to use the stroller for the two youngest kids.
4 Years Later
It's been about four years since I bought this stroller, and I'm still using it.
Looking for a great double stroller? Give the Baby Trend Sit N Stand a try!
Do You Have a Baby Trend Stroller or Other Double Stroller?
Tell me about your experience!
Marissa (author) from United States on June 09, 2013:
Anna, I'm glad you like the stroller! Thanks for reading!
Anna on June 07, 2013:
After reading your review, I felt I was lucky to have this Baby Trend Sit n Stand LX stoller in Singapore. I have people in the mall coming up to me asking about it. There was once I even had one 5 year old and two 3 year olds in the stroller at one time.
Marissa (author) from United States on February 07, 2013:
Loni, I visited the Baby Trend site, and I don't think they sell the seat separately from what I can see. I'm sure if you give them a call they might be able to tell you about replacement parts.
Loni on February 07, 2013:
do you know if they sell the back seat seperatly?
Marissa (author) from United States on January 29, 2012:
Steph, yes, my toddler still had plenty of space, and he was two and a half when our second baby came. The seats are also far enough apart so that there'd be no way for a child in the back to be kicked in the face by an infant in a carrier. Thanks for reading and taking the time to ask the question! Lots of luck with the new baby!
Steph on January 29, 2012:
When your toddler was still in the back seat. Did you find he still had a lot of space with the infant carrier I front of him? My daughter will only be 18 months when the ext one comes along and I'm nervous about my daughter being kicked in the face from the infant. Did you ever run into this problem?
Marissa (author) from United States on January 28, 2012:
sunbun143, you won't be disappointed if you do buy the Baby Trend Sit-n-Stand! It's great for when you have to go out by yourself with the kids. Your Graco car seat should fit in the stroller just fine (I had a large carrier and mine fit) and your toddler will enjoy the ride. Let me know what you think of it if you do purchase one! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)
sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on January 27, 2012:
I've totally thought about buying this one...we instead just have a Peg perego si (lightweight stroller) for our 26-month old, and use our old graco snugride car seat/frame for our newborn. My husband and I each have to push one. So...I haven't gone out alone with them much, unless I know there will be a grocery cart (one in the seat, which I pray has a belt, and my newborn in the basket, still in his car seat). Not fun. Thanks for your review!
Marissa (author) from United States on September 13, 2011:
Chrystal Lee, that really is a shame that you can't enjoy yourselves as a family on weekends because of how other people are. What I really like about the Sit-n-Stand is that is is just as wide as a regular singular stroller, so it is manageable in crowds and in stores.
Sorry you have trouble because of your stroller, but thanks for reading and commenting! :)
Chrystal Lee from Singapore on September 13, 2011:
I never came across this while searching for a twin stroller. We're using a Maclaren Twin Techno, and in Singapore the pathways and malls aren't very stroller-friendly, so you can imagine how many times we've gotten rude stares from people who don't understand. As a result we don't usually go out as a family on weekends to avoid the crowd, and run our errands with the kids only on weekdays!
Marissa (author) from United States on April 27, 2011:
Great idea, Learn Things Web! The Sit n Stand would be pretty handy with even one child. The extra space could be used to hold the diaper bag or shopping bags. Thanks for reading!
LT Wright from California on April 27, 2011:
I have one of these strollers. It was so handy until my kids got too big to push. I wish I had known to buy one when my first child was born because I ended up buying two strollers. Just get a Sit and Stand first.
Marissa (author) from United States on April 17, 2011:
Thanks for the comment, ManuPria!
ManuPria from India on April 16, 2011:
Great tips to choose a stroller for my little daughter! I realise that I cannot buy a stroller straight away, but there are so many things to keep in mind while buying one.