As a family of five with three kids under the age of two we had a DESPERATE need for a practical triple stroller. After baby Harrison came into the World when our twins were just 20 months old, I found myself researching every single triple stroller on the market, which only left me with a handful of options (six to be exact)! I ruled out just about all of our triple stroller options due to various inconveniences. We already owned the City Select Double stroller, which I loved and didn’t want to part with…but I didn’t think it would work unless we continued using it along with a second single stroller. Then, after exhausting all of our options we came up with an amazing triple stroller solution that I still can’t believe!
Before I get into how we ended up with the best triple stroller EVER, here are my findings after researching and testing out the only other triple strollers on the market…
Triple Stroller Reviews (by a mom of three, who’s tried EVERYTHING)
- Valco Tri Mode with Joey Seat (approx. $700)– Impractical for child in joey seat, difficult to fold and transport. We already attract attention with three kids under two, and strolling around with one child propped up in the air is just made me feel very awkward and uncomfortable!
- Foundations Quad Stroller (approx. $500)- I spent a lot of time considering this option as it seemed like a comfortable option for the kids…the only problem was that it wouldn’t be comfortable for us to transport. The Foundations Quad weighs a whopping 84 lbs. and will not fit in many cars and small SUV’s. We could have fit it in our Volvo XC90, but it wouldn’t have left us with much space for anything else.
- Joovy Big Caboose Tandem Triple Stroller (approx. $450)- We actually purchased this and returned it. It has two permanent seats and a third option for sitting or standing in the back. We would have purchased the additional seat insert for the back to make the back seat more comfortable and practical. It was simple to fold and lightweight at just 33 lbs., but bulky extremely bulky and practically impossible to transport. At over 5 ft. long, we actually could not fit it in the large trunk of our SUV. We probably could have found a way to squeeze it in, but it would have had to rest on top of our children’s seat, which was not a possibility.
- BeBe Love Triple Jogging Stroller (approx. $700)– Literally one of the only options if you want a jogging stroller. This triple stroller does not get very good reviews, its labeled as “bulky”, “cheaply made”, “impractical”, and their customer service doesn’t have a good reputation…so this just didn’t seem like a good product to spend 700 dollars on.
- Foundations Triple Stroller (approx. $400)- I wasn’t crazy about the length and look of this stroller. It felt like another attention magnet, and at just over 60 lbs. I knew I would not be capable of transporting it alone. Its reviews indicate that its very heavy to push, and not suitable for long walks or frequent use.
- Childwheels Triplet Pram (approx. $900 with International shipping) – I wanted to purchase this triple stroller, it simply made the most sense to me. It seemed compact, yet spacious for three children, and simple to maneuver. The only issue with this triple stroller is that it is a bit heavy at 60 lbs. and it is difficult to purchase as it’s only available in Europe and would need to be shipped Internationally, otherwise, it seems like a beautiful triple stroller option.
Then, an incredible thing happened, after scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across some photos from a few brilliant parents around the World. They had figured out how to add a third seat to their City Select stroller, making it the most visually appealing and practical triple stroller EVER. My mind was beyond blown (insert prayer hands!). Since we already owned the City Select Double Stroller, all we needed to do was purchase one more seat for it ($180)! We purchased the seat and got to work modifying it right away. It was super quick and simple to do. My favorite part about this triple stroller option is that its extremely compact (the same length and width as a single stroller!!) and the seats are completely removable so if I wanted to go out with one of two of the kids I could just remove the seats! The only slight downside to this triple stroller is that its VERY compact, the seats can recline a bit and the kids have enough, but not a ton of room.
Isn’t she a beauty?! We’ve been using our modified triple stroller for about two months now and we absolutely LOVE IT! As I said above, it was super simple to turn our City Select Double into a triple stroller. I should note that City Select does NOT advertise this as an option, we researched the weight limits (45 lbs. per seat) and tested the frame (its very solid and well built) so we felt comfortable with the level of safety and making these modifications on our own. So here’s how we built our custom triple stroller…
First, you have to purchase the stroller itself along with two additional seats. This will leave you with everything you need to modify the stroller.
Basically, the third seat will stay on the bottom using the supplied risers, just like it would be if you were using the stroller as a double. Then the second seat will be placed on the next level up, in the same spot that you’d use if you were using the stroller as a single.
For the third seat, you’ll need to drill a set of holes. Detach the brackets from the highest spot, then place them higher up in the new desired location. We attached ours right below the brake brackets.
First, mark out the holes where the brackets will sit, then use a drill to predrill the holes.
Now, simply reattach the seat brackets in their new position and click in the third seat!
One additional modification I made was to remove the footrest on the middle seat. This enabled it to sit up slightly straighter. It takes about a minute to remove the footrest by simply pushing in the buttons on the sides and pulling it out. That’s all there is to it!
Here’s our City Select Triple Stroller in action!
We love taking it on neighborhood walks!
and on the occasional day trip (she gets lots of compliments too)…
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