Joovy Big Caboose: The Ultimate Stroller for Big Families

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We like

Easy assembly and easy to collapse for transport

It is very inexpensive given what you are receiving for the cost

The third seat is great for older children

Great for families with children born closely together

Huge storage baskets undeath

Removable canopies for sun protection

Comfortable and well made

Universal adapters to fit two car seats at once

We don’t like

It can be heavy to push around since it accommodates 125 pounds

It is 54” long when folded so it may not fit in small cars

How it works

The Joovy Big Caboose is a rare find for families with children of multiple ages. It lets parents take a walk with three kids in tow. The Joovy Big Caboose has two regular sized seats and the back seat has a platform for a bigger child to stand or sit on. The two regular seats of the stroller have canopies that can be removed, they also have child trays for each seat and two adapters for universal car seats. Both of the regular seats also recline into two positions and have adjustable footrests. The stroller is equipped with 5 point harnesses to ensure the safety of your babies that are occupying the seats.

The back portion of the stroller is a bench for an older toddler to sit or stand on. It also has a large rear canopy so that the older toddler can be shaded while they are sat on the bench. In the case that all three of your children were born close together and need three regular stroller seats then you are able to buy the Joovy Caboose Seat accessory so that the rear seat can be converted to full-sized stroller seats. This is an optional add on, however.

The Joovy Big Caboose is able to withstand a weight not exceeding 125 lbs. When fully loaded it may be a bit difficult to maneuver it but it has an ingenuitive design that helps parents push the weight of the stroller. In order to ease the process of pushing and maneuvering the stroller, it has wheels with sealed bearings. It also features a parking brake. The stroller is also equipped with a suspension system to make the ride as smooth as possible for all children aboard the stroller. The stroller is also quite compact given the amount it is able to carry. It makes parents able to push the stroller through doorways or tight store aisles and hallways. The stroller also folds up for easy transport and it is very lightweight, weighing just about 35 pounds.

The stroller folds up flat for storage and it is quite compact and lightweight. It is heavy for a jogging stroller but it is perfect for shopping as it can fit through tight aisles and maneuver around stores due to its design. It also has the mesh baskets underneath to carry your belongings and shopping bags.

Age Range

Age Range

The Joovy stand on stroller is very lightweight at just a little over 35 pounds. However, despite its weight, it is able to handle 125 pounds. That is a combined weight for all children aboard the stroller. The weight for each child should need to exceed 45 pounds even for the rear seat designed for your oldest child. That should be more than enough to support the weight of your three little ones.

For the front and middle seats, the age minimum is 6 months of age and up. Unless you choose to use your own car seats with the seat adapters. Then you can use the stroller for newborns. For the middle and front seat, the weight of each child should not exceed 40 pounds. For the child riding the bench seat, their weight should be under 45 pounds and not taller than 44 inches. The manufacturer does not recommend exceeding 125 pounds because it will cause damage to the stroller frame. However, on top of that, It can also make the stroller too difficult to push or maneuver for parents or adults.
Portability

Portability

The Joovy Big Caboose is very light weight. Alone it only weighs 34.2 pounds so it will be quite easy to lift and load when it is folded up. When it is collapsed and folded up it is 54 inches long still so parents with small cars need to take that into account when purchasing the stroller. The dimensions of the folded stroller without the canopy are 14″H x 21.5″W x 54″. So it is quite narrow but to reiterate it is long to store in a small vehicle. It is designed to easily collapse to make transport as easy as possible. When expanded the stroller is 44.25″H x 21.5″W x 55″L. This is quite compact given the amount that it is able to hold. It can support 3 children, up to 40 pounds in the front two seats and up to 45 pounds and 44” in the bench seat. It can also support your own car seats if you wish to use the universal adapters. There is also generous basket space under the seats. Even with all of that, it is still quite narrow to fit through tight spaces like shopping aisles and doorways. It is designed with a suspension system to assist in the maneuvering of the stroller and to make pushing it as easy as possible.
Design

Design

The Joovy Big Caboose is a rare find for parents with three small babies. The Big Caboose has two regular car seats in the front and middle. Each seat has a child tray, a canopy that can be removed, plenty of legroom and also car seat adapters so you can use your own car seats instead. If using your own seats however, the child trays will no longer fit. The front and middle seats can support children up to 40 pounds. The front and middle seats are equipped with a two position reclining option and adjustable footrests. The stroller is also designed with a rear platform bench. It is very versatile. Your oldest child can choose to face away from you and stand on the platform as you push the stroller or they can choose to sit on the bench and face towards you. They can also opt to walk in tune with the stroller if they wish. It is very simple to get on and off of the platform or bench themselves so that you don’t need to keep lifting your heavier oldest child. A large rear canopy is available for the rear seat so that the older kid sitting or standing there has coverage from the sun. Additionally If you have three children of the same age, there is an attachment you can purchase to turn the bench into a regular car seat for a small baby. Each seat has a 5-point harness.

The stroller supports a combined weight of up to one hundred twenty five pounds so it can be a little difficult to push or maneuver. However it is designed to make that as easy as possible for petite parents. It has sealed bearings so handling is made a bit easier. It also has a suspension system so the ride is as smooth as possible. The stroller’s dimensions when fully open is 14H x 21.5W x 63L so it is actually quite narrow to fit through tight spaces and doorways. When folded it is 14″H x 21.5″W x 54″ so it gets quite flat but it still remains a bit long if parents have a smaller car. It is quite compact at only about 34 pounds so it is not difficult to load and unload.

The stroller is also designed with handy storage baskets underneath the seats to provide ample room for everything you may need for yourself or you children, freeing up your hands and unburdening your shoulders from heavy bags while you push the stroller.
Versatility

Versatility

The Joovy Big Caboose is amazing for growing families because it is so adjustable. Everything can be adjusted to fit your needs as a parent or guardian. The front and middle seats are designed with child trays, canopies and they recline into two positions. These seats can support up to 40 pounds each. They also have safety buckles that are very comfortable. These two seats can also be used with your own car seats if you wish to use the universal adapters. These two seats are designed for your youngest children and since they can accomodate children up to 40 pounds you can have the seat for a good number of years. An added benefit to these two seats is that the two children in them are not able to touch or see each other as well. This can really be a bonus for parents with kids who have developmental delays or just for kids who tend to play rough and hit each other.

The rear seat can be a platform for your oldest child to stand on or they can sit if they wish. It really encourages your oldest kid to sit, stand, or walk alongside your stroller as you push the other two smaller babies. They can get in and out of the seat themselves easily without you having to go through lifting up your heaviest, oldest child. This seat can also be transformed to a full sized car seat should you need three car seats for three small babies as in the case of triplets. This attachment however is not included. It is an optional add on.

The stroller folds up flat for storage and it is quite compact and lightweight. It is heavy for a jogging stroller but it is perfect for shopping as it can fit through tight aisles and maneuver around stores due to its design. It also has the mesh baskets underneath to carry your belongings and shopping bags.

Conclusion

The Joovy Big Caboose Stroller is a great find for growing families with small children of multiple ages. It makes it enjoyable for parents so that they can take out their three little ones for a stroll. The Joovy Big Caboose has two seats in the front and middle and the back seat has a platform that a bigger child can stand or sit on. The two full sized seats of the stroller have canopies that can be easily removed for storage or transport, they also have individual child trays in addition to universal adapters for car seats so that you can use your own. Both of the full sized seats recline into two positions and they each have adjustable foot rests as well.

The rear sitting area of the stroller can be a seat or a platform so that a bigger child can sit or stand on. It also has a large rear canopy so that that older kid has a little protection from the sun while seated on the bench. If you have three children that are born not far apart or you have mutiple children and need three full sized stroller seats, then you are able to buy the Joovy Caboose accessory so that the bench can be converted into a regularly sized stroller seat. This is an optional add on however and will need to be purchased separately. All elements of the stroller are highly adjustable and versatile to fit all your family’s needs. It is a stroller you can keep for many years.

The Joovy Big Caboose is able to manage 125 lbs of combined weight. When fully loaded it is a little difficult to maneuver it if you are very petite but it has an ingenuitive design that helps parents bare the weight of the stroller. In all of the wheels there are sealed bearings to make the process of pushing and maneuvering the stroller as effortless as possible. It also has a parking brake so it remains in place if you need to take your hands away for a moment. The stroller also features a suspension system for smooth rides so your babies are comfortable while riding in the Joovy Big Caboose. The stroller is also surprisingly compact given the weight amount that it is capable of carrying. It allows parents the ability to push the stroller through doorways or tight store aisles and hallways. The stroller also folds up flat for transport and it is very lightweight, weighing only around 35 pounds.
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