Turn Your City Select into the Best Triple Stroller Ever [Reviews & DIY]

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.

So without further ado, here it is: The Modified City Select Triple Stroller

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)…

Pin and share our triple stroller review & comparison guide!

We’d love to hear from other families who’ve tried this and/or have questions about giving it a go!

42 responses to “Turn Your City Select into the Best Triple Stroller Ever [Reviews & DIY]

  1. This is amazing!! Do you know if it makes a difference if I buy the single with 2 additional seats or the double with one additional seat? Thanks!!

    1. Good question! It does not make a difference, as long as you don’t buy the single model with the permanent seat. Just be sure that whether it’s the single or the double, its the Baby Jogger “City Select”. Best of luck to you!

  2. It’s me again…I’m wondering what year model you have? Mine is a 2015 and I’ve just learned that the 2016 is a few inches taller so I’m afraid mine may be too short 🙁

          1. Congrats on the triplets!! One thought is use it as a double and wear the third baby on you until they can all sit in the seats without the car seat. I am currently doing that. I have 21 mo twins and used this stroller from the beginning and love it. Just had another last month and am wearing him for now until we can make this mod.

  3. This is exactly what I have been looking for!! The new 2017s are out and they are supposed to be lighter. I will make sure the seats are removable but do you know if this would work with the 2017’s? Thanks again for this amazing article!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing! I know you responded to someone else that you didn’t think 3 car seats would fit. Do you think 1 or 2 car seats would work? Did you use a car seat in the stroller after your 3rd was born? Thanks!

    1. That’s a great question! I’ve been wondering the same. I don’t think two carseats will fit with the 3rd child seat, but one may. I will test it shortly and let you know!

    2. TESTED and IT WORKS! We tried the stroller today with a car seat on the highest tier and and fit without a problem! I don’t think two car seats would work, however. Wishing you the best!

      1. What brand car seat was it? Just wondering bc of the adapters are different for different brands. We have the Chico key fit 30.

  5. This is just what I have been looking for! I will have 3 under 18 months and definitely need an easy way to get around. I am trying to understand what model years this would work for though as I would like to buy used if possible. I know yours was a 2015. Any idea on older models? Should I spring for the 2017 because it’s a little lighter and longer perhaps? Also to confirm when I put this in my truck I have to take off each seat or no?

    1. You will have to take the seats off to fold it, even as a double… I haven’t tested this with any other older models so I can’t be much help in that department…I can only assume that it should work just the same!

  6. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea! I’m a bit confused, lol. Where exactly did you drill the holes in and where did you place the third seat? I have twins and a three year old. I already have the citi select so I would like to try this!!

    1. The holes were drilled at the top of the frame, just below the break to create the third level! This will free up space for the middle seat to sit in the lower position , then the third seat sits at the base of the frame where it normally would.

  7. Have just bought the double and am struggling to get a second hand extra seat… but I will win! Have positioned the bottom two seats so far and I can’t seem to get the seat to fit with the bar across like yours does. It will be a life saver when I figure it out!

      1. Hi I’m expecting Triples and I just was wondering will 3 capsule fit or 3 bassinets fit as I am really looking at this idea thanx so much

  8. Hi I’m expecting triple too and I was wondering if you knew if 3 Bassinet would all fit easy as I’m considering this way thanx heaps

  9. So I love that I came upon this! I have searched for a couple years to a solution to this! I have a nb, 2 & 3 year old! I also have a standing board but for now I want to use my car seat and 2 seats! Going to drill holes today! Praying all goes smoothly! Question; WHAT SIZE DRILL BIT DID YOU USE? ALSO, DRILLING IS ALL THAT’S NEEDED? THAT WILL MAKE IT SO THE SCREWS HOLD? Thanks!!!

    1. You don’t need to notify to use 2 seats and a carseat, they fit just fine as is!! The car seat adapter lifts it high, so higher brackets may not work. I have 2 seats, a carseat and a glider board on minewirhout modifying the brackets or frame. Wish I could post a picture to share.

  10. Hi,
    I have 3 month old triplets- two boys and a girl.
    My english is not so good…
    I bought this stroller. Can you tell me if you can lay down the sit? Like if they are sleeping?

  11. I love this modification! Unfortunately, for me I’m having twins and will have a 20 month old and a 3 year old. So I’ll need a stroller that can hold 2 car seats with the 3rd seat. The best one I found was the Joovy one, but I was also concerned about how big and possibly bulky it would be. Maybe when my twins are old enough to sit alone in the seats, this will work better for me. *sigh* I’ll continue my search, hopefully I’ll find something! Thank you for giving me hope outside of using traditional strollers.

  12. Hi, great idea, thanks for posting. My first question: you said you’ve used yours from the beginning. then, even if not completely flat, the recline would still be comfortable enough for newborns? i’d rather avoid using car seats, if possible ( will have 2 newborn twins and a 20mo old). Second question: do you think the heavier kid, the 20month old needs to sit in the bottom two seats? would she be too heavy (relative to the lighter newbors) to sit on the top seat ?

    1. They will recline a bit, but not completely flat. I believe the stroller seats are rated for 6 months + though? You may be able to buy a newborn insert? I usually put my biggest kid in the bottom back seat just to bc it makes me feel better, but I’m not sure it makes a huge difference?

  13. we are going for it!

    Just ordered a citi select 2015 model , and an extra seat. we have triplet 4 month old boys. we will post a pic or send u a pic to post of the turkeys loaded up when we get this sorted out. thanks so much for this post. the triplet stroller options were just terrible and bulky

  14. With the three seats in, have you been able to use any rain covers? I would like to avoid buying 3 of the individual ones from baby jogger.

  15. Is there anyway to send me a picture of this with the middle seat removed, and the two seats facing forward and reclined?only have two children but would
    Love if they could both be reckoned at the same time. This seems like it would
    Be a good fix for that.

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