Well, we have just returned from our wild, cross country road trip. We drove for a little over 15 hours, from Albuquerque to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri last week in a giant RV with 3 kids, 1 teenager, 2 in-laws and ourselves. Think that would be pretty exciting for us, right? Well, we like to go hard or go home, so myself and the 3 kids got the stomach flu the day before we left, you know, to liven shit up. I was so sick that I forgot most of my clothes in the dryer while packing my suitcase and ended up with only 2 pair of pants for a week. The baby threw up (or blew up – EW) every single night of our trip. Every. Single. Night. Turns out he was teething on top of having a stomach bug, so fun. I also managed to make it through our entire trip without a jacket. Everyone else in our crew had several – mom had none. I’m amazing, what can I say.
Our trip was off to a rough start, but there was something that was super helpful while we spent two days on base catching up with our Soldier and that was the Joovy Caboose Graphite. Having two little terrorist toddlers is hard enough without having to struggle with a stroller that is a pain in the ass. If there is one gadget that I can’t live without it is a stroller, and this Caboose Graphite is the most useful and convenient double stroller I have ever had the joy of owning. The Caboose is one of the baby gadgets that are an absolute necessity if you plan on leaving the house happily with your children.
I am happy to say that I have found the best dang stroller for hauling multiple kidiots – of course Joovy Caboose – and here’s what makes it so amazing:
Joovy Caboose Graphite is hella convenient and has amazing value for a tandem stand-on stroller. The best part is that it folds much flatter than any other double stroller I’ve used. I have in the past been known to contemplate why I am able to (probably) fit at least two bodies in my trunk, but getting a double stroller and a couple bags of groceries in there is next to impossible. With the Joovy caboose, I can easily stick it in the trunk and still have room for the fruits of my shopping expeditions.
The front seat has a tray for with a couple of cup holders, and it reclines so that little Man can nap while we are out and about – although he prefers the college standard of face-plant napping – if he ever wants to relax he can. The canopy is very big and has excellent coverage to keep the sun (or in our case, Missouri rain) off baby.
The rear is set up where the Little Mean Pink One can either sit or stand. This is super convenient because when we are strolling through the neighborhood, she can jump on and off and do her thing, but when we are on a mission I can strap her in and she can enjoy the ride. The rear platform seat also faces me, so she can yammer all she wants without saying “mom, look” every 15 seconds. You can also purchase a rear seat that attaches to make it forward facing – however Madeline loves being able to hop on and off, so I don’t see us needing that. The Caboose Graphite comes with the cradle attachment needed to adapt the stroller to accommodate an infant seat in place of the rear seat. It is easy to install and is very secure.
When the Caboose Graphite arrived, I had to assemble it – I mean, Whole Assed Honey had to assemble it. It looked like it was pretty easy to get assembled – and he barely said any cuss words, so I think it’s safe to say it is a simple deal. There honestly was not much to do – Attach the rear platform and handle bar, and snap the wheels into place. The most difficult part of the whole ordeal was keeping an eye to see where the kids were hiding all the parts while dad wasn’t looking.
All joking aside, it only took a few minutes to get together before each baby claimed their seat and demanded a ride.
Steering a double stroller with two fat babies in it can sometimes be a task, but the Joovy Caboose steers really easily. Even while a 2 year old is hopping on and off the platform in the back. The handle is perfectly formed like a monkey bar to make their entrances to their seat fantastic, also, you know, if that’s something you are looking for in stroller. That being said, the stroller is very sturdy and my kidiots are certainly the ones to test the durability of anything. I am not 100% certain that I birthed these maniacs, but am sometimes convinced that they were raised in the wild and delivered to me under the cover of night and guise of cuteness.
The frame is durable metal yet still light enough to lift easily. Stroller lifting is an integral part of my mommy fitness routine, so it’s important that I’m not worn out after just one rep.
Joovy makes some seriously adorable baby gadgets, and the Caboose is no exception. Three kids into my parenting adventure and I have managed to determine what is worth skimping on and what is worth going all in – a good stroller is worth it. Bonus that this stroller is super cute. We have the “Amber” and black, which is a yellow/orange (my absolute favorite color ever) with black trim… or vice-versa. It’s a fun and vibrant neutral color that isn’t a pastel – hooray! I am totally over pink or blue and this design and color scheme is modern chic. I feel a little more put together pushing this sucker through the mall, to be honest. It’s the little things.
The only complaint that I have is that the base model Joovy Caboose doesn’t come with a cup holder, so when we are on our morning jog there is nowhere to put my water bottle and phone. You can purchase it separate as an add-on accessory, which I am definitely going to have to do!
We are planning a lot of travel this summer and we will not be leaving our Joovy Caboose behind! This is a really well-priced tandem, stand on stroller that is perfect for hauling multiple kiddos. If you’re into making shit easier on yourself, you need Joovy in your life.