If you have three children under five, sometimes you dread the idea of leaving the house. If dragging multiple strollers and managing sippy cups and snacks is beginning to feel like an intense workout, it’s time to pick a side and choose your ultimate ride.
The question is: Triple Stroller vs Stroller Wagon?
So what’s the difference between the two and which one is better for your family? Here are some factors to help you decide. I’ve included a comparison chart at the end of this article because I love a pro and con list. It helps me make informed decisions! My husband rolls his eyes at my pro and con lists because he thinks it’s silly, but I tell him my method is foolproof because it’s why I agreed to marry him. (He was a clear winner – the only con being his painfully slow driving.) Now, here we are: happily married with our three kids- a four year old boy and twin girls, seated in our favorite stroller wagon.
Whats’s the difference between a triple stroller vs stroller wagon?
A triple stroller is a stroller that is designed for triplets or three young kids. Some triple strollers are wide with three seats side-by-side, while others are narrower and have three seats in tandem.
A stroller wagon, on the other hand, is a wagon that is designed to seat multiple kids. Think of it like a tiny bus for little people.
Just like a stroller, they’re full of features like a canopy, foot wells, storage space, and removable 5-point harness seats. However, most stroller wagons can be pushed as well as pulled.
At what age can you put a baby in a stroller wagon?
Stroller wagons like the Familidoo W4 Wagon and the Wonderfold W4 Luxe Fold Stroller Wagon are recommended for babies older than 6 months. If you want a stroller wagon for infants, you need to choose one that comes with an adapter that can then be attached to an infant car seat.
Some triple strollers like the Zoe XL3 Trio+ are suitable for babies as young as 3 months.
Can a baby sleep in a stroller wagon?
Most wagon strollers are designed to fit multiple kids in a seated position. But kids get tired and need a nap.
That’s why wagon strollers like the Wonderfold W4 Luxe Fold Stroller have removable seats that make enough space for a toddler to take a nap. Infants and babies under 6 months should never be placed in a stroller wagon without an infant seat.
Is it easier to push a triple stroller or pull a stroller wagon?
There’s no right answer to this question. We love our Wonderfold W4 Luxe Fold Stroller Wagon and while my husband prefers to pull it along using the pull-strap option, I prefer to use the adjustable handlebar and push the stroller. I also like to keep an eye on the kids, so it depends on what you prefer.
Ease comes from the all-terrain wheels. Whether you choose to push a stroller like the Zoe Trio+ or pull a wagon, it’s all about the strength of those durable wheels. If your day involves inclined slopes and rough terrain, Wonderfold W4 wins. That’s because it is a breeze to pull through sandy beaches and push through uphill inclines.
Triple strollers may be great for parks, but when it comes to sand, they become as stubborn as a toddler having a meltdown in the candy aisle.
Triple Stroller vs Stroller Wagon: Pro’s and Cons
When it comes to choosing the right ride for your family, you need to consider your budget, your children’s personalities, your traveling style, and your needs.
All in favor of the triple stroller, raise your hand!
Here’s what I love about triple strollers. It gives each child their own space, is light and easy to use, and has ample storage space. Some manufacturers of triple strollers have thought of everything, and I mean everything! Take the Zoe XL3, for example, which is designed for three children under five. It is lightweight and has rear seats that can recline 165 degrees, so babies as young as 3 months can take a nap. It also has a max weight capacity of 45 lbs, which means you’ll get plenty of use out of it.
My favorite part about the Zoe XL3 is that this stroller downsizes to a double stroller, so you can switch from a triple stroller to a double when you need it.
While in-line strollers are narrow and work well for tight spaces like the subway, many side-by-side triple strollers may be too wide and bulky. You need to weigh up where you’ll most likely be needing to visit with your little ones.
And Team Stroller Wagon?
Stroller wagons are great if your kids get along and like playing with each other. They have more storage space than triple strollers, and features like snack and toy compartments allow children to eat, play and move in and out at ease. It’s like a playpen on wheels. Since the maximum weight limit is 300 lbs, even older kids can get some rest.
They’re great for picnics, beach trips and trips to the zoo but may not be so ideal for grocery runs, subways, narrow paths and even travel. In fact, some tourist destinations, like Disney Parks do not allow stroller wagons.
Once you know the features you need, it’s easy to pick the winner of the Stroller Wagon vs Triple Stroller debate.
For reference, here’s a copy of my own decision making process below… good luck!
|TRIPLE STROLLER*||STROLLER WAGON**|
|Max Weight Limit||45 lbs/seat||300 lbs|
|Number of Seats||3||4|
|Age Range||3+ months||6+ months|
|Fits Standard Doorway||Yes||Yes|
|Easy to fold||Yes||Yes|
|*ZoeBaby Trio+ XL3 Stroller||**Wonderfold W4 Luxe Quad Stroller Wagon|