Many expecting triplet parents search for the answer to this question: Which triplet stroller should I buy? Here is my humble advice. Unless you are an avid neighborhood walker, don’t go for the expensive triplet stroller. There are only a few manufacturers who make triplet strollers, and they are all expensive. Not only are they expensive, but more importantly, they are cumbersome. Most can only be used for the first year of triplethood, which is precisely the time you will be the most sleep deprived and not up for long excursions. Of course, every family has different needs, so this advice may not apply to you. Here’s a systematic approach to figuring out what type of stroller you need.
First, how often do you hope to use it?
Are you going to only use it for doctors appointments, or do you live somewhere that has nice weather where you could be taking daily walks with it? If you are only planning on using it for doctors appointments and the occasional outing, there is really no need to get a very expensive triplet stroller. You can save a significant amount of money getting three car seats and a universal car seat stroller base. There are twin stroller bases (we have this one) and single ones. If you are going to a doctors appointment, you likely will want to go with a friend/family member/helper, in which case one person can push the single stroller and one person can push the double stroller base. If you are alone, you can also put one baby in a hands free carrier (like an Ergo) and use a double stroller base. Remember, most infant car seats only last until the baby is about 30 pounds. After 20 pounds, the car seats are heavy for you and uncomfortable for the baby. The first year goes by quickly, and before you know it, you will be unable to use the baby bucket seats. The triplet strollers with a car seat base, such as Peg Perego Triplette, are very expensive. Unless you are going to be using that stroller weekly, it may not be a wise investment. Before you know it, you’ll be moving on to non-bucket seat strollers.
Second, how big is your car trunk?
The triplet strollers are very big. It is hard to lift them and put them into cars. Many trunks are probably not large enough for triplet strollers. Make sure your trunk can accommodate a large stroller before you purchase anything. Most stroller websites will list dimensions of the stroller when closed.
Third, do you have other kids that need strollers?
There are quadruplet strollers that can be for your triplets and an older kid. But most quad strollers are harness/chair setups that are for older kids. If you have other kids with stroller needs and are going to have to change the stroller setup as soon as the triplets are better sitters, don’t go for the expensive triplet strollers that will only last a year at most.
Fourth, does your local mom of multiples group have a stroller for sale or a mom with a stroller you could check out and test drive?
Test driving a triplet stroller could help you easily make your decision. Many triplet moms sell their triplet stroller after a year, so make sure to see if anyone is ready to part with theirs. The strollers are often only lightly used and will be significantly more affordable when purchased used. Better yet, if someone has one for sale, you could test it out before you commit to buying it used or new. If you don’t see a triplet stroller up for sale, go ahead and post a request to see if anyone is getting ready to part with their stroller. This may give someone the push they needed to post their stroller online or finally part with it.
What are your thoughts and questions about triplet strollers? Post a comment or email me at typeamomofmultiples at gmail dot com.