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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Review

Max is almost a year and a half, and at this point, I can't really blame the extra weight on the "baby" any more. To be honest, I have enough stomach flab to look like I am a few months pregnant, but luckily no one has asked me when I'm due! But I have a plan! Even though I have started back to work full time, and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, I really want to try to get Max out for a walk at least four times a week. He loves to go outside, even if he is stuck in a stroller, so I'm excited to get some exercise and some bonding all in one shot.

I was so thrilled to have to opportunity to review the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Double Stroller. I mean, I think I screamed, and maybe peed a little. But seriously, I was excited. I chose the blueberry color, and stalked my mail every day, until one day last week, when I got home from work, there it was! I had to wait until Max went to bed, but as soon as he did I ripped into that box like I was a kid on Christmas morning. Out came the frame, and several parts and pieces. I am not that handy, but I put the stroller together all by myself in less than twenty minutes, with only one small incident. (I'm a nerd who can't tell the difference between the front and the back wheel, but whatever.) It was super easy to put together, and no tools are required! That's my kind of project.

Isn't it gorgeous?! Previously, we used the stroller from our Baby Trend travel system, which is nice for a first time parent, but it doesn't even come close to comparing to the Caboose Ultralight! First of all, you can just tell that the quality is top notch. It's sturdy and can definitely stand up to my toddler. I love the bold, bright color options. I was a little apprehensive that there wasn't an attached cupholder/tray at the handles, because I always like to put my keys and phone there, but I felt better when I found the parent organizer. It stretches over the handle and secures with velcro. There are two cup holders, as well as a long pocket on each side, and one smaller zippered compartment on the outside. There is plenty of room for all the things I want to keep handy, and even better, it's machine washable.

I love that the Caboose Ultralight, is, in fact, ultralight. Weighing in at only 21 pounds, it's very easy to manage, pulling in and out of my car trunk. Which, by the way, it folds small enough to fit inside most compact car trunks. And the only reason I haven't traded my bulky stroller for an umbrella stroller is that I just can't part with my under-stroller basket. The Caboose Ultralight has an extra-large storage basket, but what I was most impressed with was the side compartments on the storage basket. (What can I say, I'm impressed by the small things.) The standing platform (more on that later) makes it a little harder to access the basket underneath, so I like that there are easily accessibly side pockets for toys, or whatever.

The Caboose Ultralight is great for a single child family, but it's a double stroller, so it's definitely going to be useful when we get around to having baby #2. It's compatible with about 18 different infant car seats. The front seat has three reclining position, to help make sure that the ride is as comfortible as possible, although Max usually gets mad when we try to recline him, unless he is very, very sleepy. I think he thinks we are trying to trick him into falling asleep. Hmmm... BUT, I really, really, really like the rear seat. It's just a basic seat, for an older child, which rocks. Perfect for that age where they think they can walk, but inevitibly get tired and need a rest. The best part, though, is the standing platform where the child can stand and hold onto the handles. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do. It's so neat! And you know a child is going to think it's so fun.
Well I think that just about covers it. Sorry for writing the novel, but there are just so many amazing features about the Joovy Caboose Ultralight that I love. Max loves it as well (though we are still getting to know all the features, check out his poor legs all scrunched because I forgot how to lower the footrest.) This stroller is absolutely perfect for our family of three, and absolutely perfect for when we become a family of four, or five. :o)

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