This post on the best stroller for a child with Down syndrome is NOT sponsored but there are affiliate links in it. I’m not writing this post as an ad; I’m writing it because I really do want newer parents to know this is the best rugged, long-term, high-weight-capacity stroller out there.
When I was pregnant with Moxie, we went to a park to meet a mom of a child with Down syndrome, and the child herself. They were lovely people.
The child bolted – it was the first time I saw bolting in action – and I admit I thought the mom was over-reacting at the time (little did I know…). After the mom had raced and caught up with the child, the child was plunked in a stroller and strapped in. The child was 7 years old.
At the time, I understood plunking the child in the stroller, but I did not understand bolting. I also clearly remember thinking that stroller – an McLaren umbrella type – was too small for the little girl – she looked squished in it.
Fast Forward 7 Years
My own daughter is 7 years old now, and bolts occasionally. She also ‘flops and drops’ occasionally.
I also travel a lot with my kids, and get out, go. There is not a weekend that goes by in which we don’t go someplace, be it the beach, forest, river or just long walks down fun trails.
The Best Stroller for a Child with Down Syndrome
Given that my daughter with Down syndrome bolts, flops n’ drops and is not ready to ride a bike, I knew I needed a stroller with a lot of room to grow into, a high weight capacity, and rugged durability to satisfy both the exigencies of Ds and my own personal ‘get out and go’ needs. The BOB Revolution is the only stroller that I have found to satisfy both needs.
BOB Revolution Pro Duallie Stroller
The BOB Revolution Pro Duallie Stroller is like a steroid on wheels. I put my two youngest children in it (Moxie, who has Down syndrome, age 7 and Mack, who is typically developing, age 5), and zoom off.
I had a Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller for a while and really loved it while traveling in urban areas, New York City in particular. For 2 kids, that thing was awesome (moveable seats! a single streamlined carriage! huge underbelly for storing stuff! folds flat!). But the kids outgrew it pretty quickly – the seats are much smaller and can’t handle as much weight.
I turned back to the BOB Revolution, which I had used from the time my first-born (Micah) was born through till we travelled in Cambodia and it finally couldn’t take it anymore.
This time, I bought a Duallie, which can easily handle way more than 50 lbs PER SEAT with plenty of butt and leg room for the kids.
It’s not cheap. But it’s crazy-hella sturdy and lets me take the kids virtually anywhere: I can roll with it and let them walk (with strict rules for holding on to the stroller as they do so), then plunk them in when they’ve had enough. Micah rides his bike alongside me (I’m a fast walker).
My advice for any parent who really likes to get out and GO, and who has two little kids who are either kind of close in age or twins, GET THE DUALLIE. With the excellent build, the craftsmanship, the weight capacity, the bike tires and room for growth, you will be able to use it for a long, long, lonnnnnnnng time.
It even checks at the gate of an airplane (yes, really), so you can bring it with you when you travel by plane.
Some things to note:
- The single BOB is more sturdy than the double. But that does not mean that the double isn’t sturdy; basically, it means that the single is a tank and the double is a jeep.
- It costs a lot. You have to buy the snack trays and your own drink holder separately. If you get this when you are about to have your second/third child, you can put the baby in it AND the toddler and they will continue to use the stroller until they are both well past 5 years old. I fooled around with lower-cost options and ended up regretting it. I should have just bought this one (more expensive but far superior) stroller to begin with.
- It’s wide, but NO WIDER THAN A WHEELCHAIR. So if it’s a hassle getting it in somewhere, you don’t need to apologize; all pathways in the US should be able to accommodate it by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and if they are not, then they should. No excuses; this is almost 2020, for crying out loud.
- It folds close down and locks; the hand brake is good; the foot brake is the one I usually use myself.
- Make sure you get the Flex or Pro because the Jogger’s wheel does not turn.
The Duallie is a tool that you will totally think is worth it’s weight in gold when you encounter bolting issues – or flop and drops – with your child with Down syndrome (great post from Confessions of the Chromosally Enhanced linked here). It will last you for years, and years of hard wear and abuse. It’s a worthy stroller.
Meriah is the deaf, single mom of 3 kids (one gifted 2E, one with Down syndrome). A longtime career counselor, teacher and disability advocate, she loves helping to create community and empower parents, people with disabilities (and of course, parents with disabilities).