When B was less than three weeks old, it was time for me to venture out with all four girls by myself. Ack. I admit, I was very nervous. We had to take B to a follow up ENT appointment and the only time they did those appointments was in the afternoon, also known as the time that everybody is home from school.
I was trying to figure out how I would get the littlest two into the office and keep E contained because it wasn’t a pediatric only office. It was Graco to the rescue. I was ready for my first solo outing with the Graco Ready2Grow Stroller.
I was able to safely secure B’s carseat (Graco Click Connect seat) in the position closest to me (so I knew little hands would stay away), and also seat E in the front with a 5-point harness so she couldn’t escape.
Once inside, E thought she needed a little more privacy so she pulled her sunshade down and she couldn’t see us (which in toddler means we couldn’t see her, either). I didn’t feel like it was hugely obtrusive in their waiting area, either. I feel like the length of it isn’t that much longer than a single travel system. It was easy to push into their two sets of doors (at 90 degrees to each other) and get into the office.
And, it was even a good fit in the exam room (where the ENT actually examined B in her carseat, which was super nice). There was still room for the two other girls to move around as well as the doctor and me. (lest you worry, B is safely buckled in her seat under that blanket…it was super cold outside!)
Notice the pink jacket in the basket? You can get squishy “stuff” into the basket between the two seats, or you can access it from the back. It’s a huge basket should you need or want to put your “stuff” there. Also, that toddler bench seat lifts for easy basket access.
The Graco Ready2Grow comes in a version that accepts Graco® SnugRide® Click Connect™ Infant Car Seats and Graco® SnugRide® Classic Connect™ Infant Car Seats. It works for 2 children from infant to youth
In a few weeks, our niece will be visiting and we will definitely take advantage of the face that the stroller allows more Face Time™ in the rear seat for more interaction with baby.
Our 6 month old niece can go there and the infant carrier can go in the front. Or, E can go in the front and I can wear B.
The possibilities are really all there.
The stroller is even useful if I have two middle girls and one wants to have a seat in the sitting/standing spot. The removable rear seat allows for access to bench seat & standing platform.
The front seat has a multi-position, reclining seat that reclines flat for baby’s comfort (E is too tall at this point to use the recline underneath the other seat, but she also doesn’t take “on-the-go” naps.
Gone are the days of strollers without a capacity to hold kids, too. The front seat, bench seat & standing platform each hold child up to 50lbs, and the rear seat holds up to 40lbs (technically, my 5 year old could almost go in there).
The stroller is super easy to fold, too, only requiring one hand from a standing position.
And, once folded, it can actually stand on end by itself. (It stands on the end with the wheels with the canopies up.)
It is a double stroller, and anybody that has used one can tell you that they do take up some room. Here is the Graco Ready2Grow stroller in the back of our Dodge Grand Caravan. It pretty much takes up the entire cargo area. You can however make it take up less room by easily removing the canopies over the seats.
Some other key features:
- Parent tray with cup holder for on-the-go convenience
- Removable child’s tray helps get baby in and out of stroller easily
- Lockable front swivel wheels with suspension for superior maneuverability
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Length: 44″ Width: 24″ Height: 41”
- Folded Length: 53″ Folded Width: 24″ Folded Height: 20.5”
- A ton of seating options from two infants all the way through youth.
- Easy to maneuver.
- Works with the infant car seat.
- Lots of storage space
- Folds easily and stands up.
- It’s a double stroller, so it’s a heavy (33lbs) and bulky.
- It takes up some space, but that’s the trade off for almost any true double stroller I’ve used.
The Pros for the Ready2Grow outweigh the Cons for sure because of the functionality and ease of use!
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