Don't get me wrong... there are some pretty awesome double strollers available these days. Easy to fold up, great for running, and, the best part, they carry more than 1 kid!
However, if you are looking for an alternative to the double stroller, I have your answer!
The Foldable Wagon
This wagon made its way into our family over a year ago, and we haven't looked back since! Check out all the ways we use our wagon.
1. Zoos and Amusement Parks
The zoo is definitely where our wagon gets the most miles. The Nashville Zoo is a favorite of my kids, so we are there at least once a month. The wagon makes navigating around the zoo with two kids and a bag full of necessities feel pretty effortless.
Why it works:
Carries multiple kids - You can easily fit 2 toddlers in the wagon... 3 if they are willing to sit crisscross and share their space.
Ride along or pull - Sometimes my 3 year old wants to get out and pull the wagon himself. Whether his sister is riding along, or he is pulling a wagon full of snacks and spare diapers, he thinks its pretty fun to be steering.
Carries the bags - Throw your diaper bag in the wagon and drinks in the cup holders, and your hands are free for the day.
Comfortable - My kids like to line the inside of the wagon with a comfy blanket, making it feel soft and cozy.
Add on layers during cold weather - On a chilly day, we throw an extra blanket in the wagon to help keep everyone warm.
If you are anything like our family, just getting into the community pool requires multiple adults taking multiple trips to the car. No child of mine wants to go to the pool without every single one of their pool toys. And towels. And snacks. And a bag with spare clothes, diapers, etc. I feel like the smartest mom ever when I roll into the pool with everything piled into the wagon... sometimes with a kid buried underneath it all.
Why it works:
Carries toys into pool - Easily transports toys, towels, coolers, and all other pool necessities from the car to the pool in one trip. You may even be able to fit a child in there.
Nap time - Line the wagon with a dry towel, and its perfect for nap time!
3. Farmers Market
Anytime you need to carry kids and a bunch of other things you are buying along the way, the wagon is a good idea.
Why it works
Carries the kids and the food - Great for carrying your kids and all the fruits and veggies you buy at the market.
Keeps the kids contained - Depending on the age of your kids, you may want a fun way to keep the kids from wandering. Instead of carrying them or chasing after run-away kids in a packed market, bring the wagon along. You'll be able to wander through the market and chat with vendors without worrying about the kids bruising fresh peaches or sneaking away.
4. Music Festival
We took our kids to the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN last year (which, by the way, was super family friendly). It was a long day with a lot of walking, so we were glad we brought the wagon along.
Why it works
Entertainment - There were times throughout the day when the adults were watching the music acts and the kids were looking for something to do. The wagon was a fun toy to pull around and climb in and out of.
Carrier of all goods - The kids rode in the wagon... the bag full of toys, snacks, sunscreen, diapers, etc. rode in the wagon... and the souvenirs the adults pick up throughout the day also rode in the wagon.
Naptime - Perfect place to lay down and nap, away from the other kids, and a little softer than napping on the grass.
5. Walk Around Town
When you know you will have tired little legs asking to be carried as you walk around town, be sure to bring your wagon along. Of course, this may not be ideal for a big city, but works great if you are in a smaller town where you can park the wagon outside as you browse inside a store or two.
Why it works
Carries multiple kids - Carries at least two kids. If you have more than two, you now have the perfect way to involve the older kids... pulling the little ones in the wagon.
Space to play - There is enough space for the kids to bring a small toy or two to entertain the kids as you stroll through town
Never say no to a nap! We totally lucked out here... but my son was so beat from a day at the beach that he actually asked to nap during dinner time. You better believe I found a way to make that happen. I pulled the wagon out of the car, lined it with a towel, and we wined and dined outside while my son caught some Zzz's.
Why it works
Portable - If you leave your wagon in the car, you always have it on hand for totally awesome spontaneous nap times
Great size for laying down - Anything that assists with a toddler nap is a friend of mine
Why else do I love the wagon?
It takes up minimal trunk space...
It is easy to fold/unfold...
Cup holders... need I say more?
In my opinion, the collapsible wagon this is a must have. Even if you have a double stroller.
Katie Ramirez, RN, BSN, CLC
Born Happy, Owner and Coach
Katie Ramirez is a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor. She has spent more than a decade serving patients at major university hospitals such as Vanderbilt University and Penn State University Medical Centers. Katie now spends her time supporting and empowering parents of babies and toddlers as owner and Care Consultant for Born Happy.
Katie is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Roberto (age 5), and Veronica (age 3). She has a passion for health, wellness, and happy children, and believes that, with the necessary knowledge and support, all parents can live happy.
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