The Great Debate: Stroller or Wagon?

Are you a wagon mom or a stroller mom?

For context, my kids are almost 1 and almost 3. When I was pregnant with my first, I purchased the UppaBaby Vista knowing that I would eventually want to use it as a double stroller. At the time, it never crossed my mind to consider a wagon instead of a double stroller, and it was never suggested to me by other moms. When I found out I was pregnant with my second, I was gifted a wagon and explicitly told that I NEED a wagon for two kids.
Do you pull your kids in a wagon?

Well, with COVID life we weren’t venturing out and about often, and the wagon remained unopened, stored in the closet. As Spring 2022 crept up, I saw the discussion of festivals, outdoor adventures, and vacations increase. Specifically, in my groups with mothers of young kids, I started seeing discussions of wagons and seeing adorable pictures of parents toting their crew around in wagons. Somewhere between 2019 and 2022, I missed the wagon frenzy taking over the mom world. I then remembered that I have a wagon stored away! So with plans of us taking our kids to a picnic last month, I pulled our wagon out and put it together.

We used the wagon all day and at the end of the day I decided – I’m not a wagon mom. It felt like more of a burden to me than my double stroller. Maybe I’m just used to the stroller, but I didn’t love it. If you’re on the fence here are a few pros and cons for each that I’ve gathered.

benefits of having a wagon for your kids

Wagon Pros and Cons

  • Pro: Better for older toddlers/kids. The wagon feels less contained and more spacious for them. A wagon would likely be a win for a child that hates the stroller.
  • Pro: They can hold a lot! Unless you have a stroller with a large stroller basket you will be surprised how spacious wagons are. It was helpful to be able to hold my kids and fit our portable chairs also.
  • Pro: Can serve as a “bench” also. My wagon unzips on the side so the kids can sit with their legs dangling. This was nice for a quick seating option for the kids.
  • Con: Not suitable for newborns. Depending on the ages of your kids this can be a big con. Where strollers are easily adaptable for newborns and infants, many wagons are not and are best suited for sitters and up.
  • Con: Has to be pulled. I’ve seen some of the newer and pricier wagons that come with a push option (I see you over there Wonderfold), but the vast majority of wagons need to be pulled. For me, this was not comfortable for longer distances.
  • Con: More difficult to navigate. Unless you wagon has heavy duty wheels, it may seem harder to maneuver than a wagon, especially over uneven terrain. I also have no clue how I would navigate a wagon and stairs.
  • Con: Not as widely accepted. Everyone has not jumped on the wagon trend yet, and they are often restricted at festivals and places like Disney.

Stroller Pros and Cons

  • Pro: You push them. Strollers are easier to maneuver since they are only being pushed.
  • Pro: Good for reclining and sleeping. Very comfortable and easy for kids to lounge or nap in a stroller.
  • Pro: Age range. This can be a pro or a con. Strollers are well suited for kids from birth. On the other hand, depending on the stroller and size of the child, older toddlers may not be as comfortable.
  • Con: Not well liked. Many toddlers are not a fan of strollers.
  • Con: Can be too heavy or too lightweight. Depending on the stroller, some can be very heavy and are hard to fold and carry, while some can be so lightweight that it feels as if they might tip over.
  • Con: Side by side or tandem? For double strollers, choosing a style between side by side and tandem can be a difficult decision.

For now, I’m team stroller, but I’ll give the wagon a few more tries. 

why you need a stroller for two or more kids

Danielle is a native New Orleanian. She graduated from Ben Franklin and attended the University of New Orleans' undergraduate and graduate schools. She and her husband Abraham married in 2017 and welcomed their son Blaise in June of 2019. She balances motherhood with working full time as the Director of Finance and Operations at a local CMO. As a first time mom she is learning to embrace the chaos. Danielle’s current struggle is getting her little one to nap as well at home as he does at daycare and to utilize his sippy cup. This type-A mama can usually be found on the go with a to-do list and a plan. She enjoys gift giving, thrifting, watching tv and sewing. Additionally, she never turns down a happy hour or beach vacation. She is excited to experience New Orleans as a mom and is truly proud to call it home.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here