Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
Sextuplet Stroller Roundup
You manage a daycare center. Or maybe your wife is just very fertile and gives birth to six babies. How do you corral kids during a field trip or other outing?
Maybe you establish a buddy system and have kids hold each others’ hands in a long daisy chain. Or maybe you tether groups of kids together by the wrist. Or maybe you purchase giant buggy strollers for $900 to $1000 each and rent a U-Haul truck to transport the strollers. Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Winther Turtle Kiddy Bus is my choice for a ride with style and dignity. Kids step into the Kiddy Bus (4 or 6 passenger models) through side doors instead of being embarrassingly lifted one-by-one by an adult. The Turtle’s cart-like appearance is reminiscent of a roller coaster car or maybe a ski tram, both symbolic of adventure. Two of the six kids face backward to allow for a lively chat among friends.
Negotiating curbs is assisted by a foot rail which helps the attendant pop the front swiveling wheels onto a sidewalk. Most importantly, if the attendant loses his grip of the stroller’s handle, a brake automatically engages. The six-seater Turtle weighs about 90lbs and has a carrying capacity of 275lbs for toddlers through 5-years-of-age.
Runabout Stroller by Berg Design is a head turner. I saw one at a street fair and it captured my attention… partly because it was my first time seeing a three seat stroller (the Runabout has 2 through 6 seat versions), and partly because the stroller was so… very… white. Industrial white.
The Runabout is tough, billed as an all-terrain stroller. You know it’s tough when the manufacturer’s web site includes a photo of a person taking a welding torch to its product. Each stroller is assembled by hand, with 3 or 4 produced each day. (OK, that’s not so much a statement about quality as it is a statement about the size of their workforce.)
Unlike the other options mentioned here, the Runabout is oriented toward the home market. Except for the six-seater, the Runabout is two-feet-wide, the narrowest of the three strollers in this roundup.
(Nod to Kevin of WebGoonies for identifying this stroller in his post about stroller etiquette as I hadn’t caught the stroller’s name.)
Angeles Bye-Bye Buggy is a four or six passenger red stroller featuring stadium seating, providing all kids, 5 to 36 months, a grand forward view.
Pivoting front wheels allow for 360 degree movement and a safety brake is available for use by the buggy’s attendant.
Plus, the six passenger version only weighs 140lbs! A fat tire version is available for smoother rides.