My sister and her brood of 3 little ones usually spend their summer vacations with me and my family. As a preschool teacher, my sister almost always enjoys free summers and holidays so I always invite her and her growing family to stay with us. I’m a stay-at-home mom so I have all the time in the world to accommodate my sister and her kids whenever they come over.
I have 2 kids of my own – a 3-year-old and a 1 year-old, and just last summer, I decided to buy the Angeles SureStop Bye-Bye stroller that sits a total of 6 kids! Yep, that’s right- a stroller that sits 6 kids.
My sister’s daughters are aged 1, 3, and 4, so both our kids together are quite a handful. Just imagine 5 little toddlers walking and occasionally running in the streets to go to the nearest park – it’s just total chaos. So I finally decided to buy one single stroller that can seat all of our 5 kids and it was heaven-sent!
Why I Like It
I simply love this stroller because it has the ability to seat my kids and my sister’s. Although I don’t use it when my sister isn’t here, I can easily fold in 3 steps and store it in my garage. I only used it last summer so I don’t know yet if it’s durable enough to last for years but so far, it’s worked well for us.
The seats have the capacity to seat little kids up to 40 pounds each – which means our younger and older kids can all sit together in this huge stroller. The oldest one will still be 5 next year and she’ll still fit in this stroller by then – unless she puts on more weight than the average 5-year-old.
The canopies are separate for the kids in the front seats and the middle and back seats and I love the fact that I can fold them or remove them. I actually removed them when I used the stroller ’cause I want to know what my kids are doing while we take our walk to the park or just stroll around the block.
I also love the fact that there’s a provision for my things – there’s a huge basket underneath the seats where I can place my purse, some drinks, and a number of small toys and diapers.
The stroller’s main fabric is very easy to clean – it’s water repellant so spills and stains didn’t worry me at all. Though there were a few accidents, I found it so simple to clean, which is always a major plus for busy moms like me. I’d rather spend time playing with my kids than scrubbing off chocolate stains.
Overall, this stroller really worked for us and it gave us the best solution to getting out the door and to the park.
What I Don’t Like About It
The one thing that I don’t love about this stroller is that it’s hard to maneuver. The wheels aren’t the problem – they actually have a patented SureStop braking system that gives our kids the security that the stroller won’t roll on its own.
My main problem is the handle – you’d really have to hold it down to make the stroller go. Yes, it makes the entire stroller safer, but it also makes it harder to push. I’m a petite mom so I really had to exert a lot of strength to go over the cracks in the sidewalks. I think you’d have to have some muscle to maneuver this stroller with ease. Well, I guess that’s expected since I’m pushing a total of 5 kids but still, an easier to use handle mechanism would’ve been better.
Compared to Foundations Stroller
My only other choice for a 6-passenger stroller was the Foundations stroller in the Regatta fabric color. It actually looks like a cable car – the large sun canopy looked really off for me – that’s why I didn’t choose it. Although the seats look really sturdy and heavy-duty, something about it didn’t look “homey” to me. I really like my Angeles stroller ’cause it looks like your average single stroller that’s expanded.
The Bottom Line
Though I won’t be using this 6-passenger stroller frequently, I love the fact that I have something in store that can accommodate my kids and my sister’s whenever they come over. 5 kids is a lot to handle and whenever they’re here, the stroller gives me and my sister some bonding time that we so desperately need. This stroller may be huge, but it works, it’s convenient, and it makes life so much easier.