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The Best Stroller for a Child with a Disability

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The Best Stroller for a Child with a Disability

The best stroller for a child with a disability is obviously going to need to be a fit for the child’s disability. For the purpose of this post, by “disability” I simply mean, “a disability that necessitates using a stroller for a longer period of time than is customary for comparative ages.” That may cover Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and so forth.

My Story:

When I was pregnant with my daughter with Down syndrome, I  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 how bolting would later shape my own life…). 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 – a McLaren umbrella type – was too small for the little girl – she looked squished in it.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Fast Forward 7 Years” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-angle-double-right” i_color=”turquoise” title_align=”separator_align_left” align=”align_left” color=”turquoise” style=”shadow” border_width=”6″ el_width=”60″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]My own daughter is 7 years old now, and she bolts. She also ‘flops and drops’ occasionally.

I  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 and Disability

[easyazon_image align=”right” height=”160″ identifier=”B019EZD7T2″ locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51PgKR9oXsL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”doozeedad-20″ width=”148″]We had the BOB Revolution initially with my (typically developing) firstborn. My (then) husband was a bicycle mechanic and the BOB was something that his bike shop sold. We got it at cost.

Now, the fact that bike shops sell the BOB says a lot about the BOB. It’s built like a rugged mountain bike, with the suspension, shock absorbers, etc. You can use bike tires with it, no problem. We used that stroller for SEVEN YEARS – in the end, it died after we were hauling it around Angkor Wat in Cambodia with all 3 kids on it.

I turned to the BOB double, which is called the “duallie”.

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B01BSPDOQM” locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51AcfN85NDL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”doozeedad-20″ width=”160″]The BOB Revolution Pro Duallie Stroller is like a steroid on wheels. My two youngest plopped right in – Moxie, who has Down syndrome, age 8 and Mack, who is typically developing, age 5. The stroller doesn’t blink; their weight is nothing, and I can easily use it for some time.

Other Strollers for a Child with a Disability

Other strollers will work of course. I’m not trying to say that the BOB is the only one out there!

[easyazon_image align=”right” height=”110″ identifier=”B01F7DWY9O” locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ROjkgjs7L._SL110_.jpg” tag=”doozeedad-20″ width=”110″]I had a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01F7DWY9O” locale=”US” tag=”doozeedad-20″][/easyazon_link] 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.

Why I Will Only Recommend the BOB Revolution for another Parent of a Child with a Disability:

Strollers are hella expensive these days. A good one is Pricey (yes, with a capital “P”). When you get a stroller, you want to make sure it will last a long time, especially if you have a child with a disability and know you will likely need it longer than you might if your child didn’t have the disability. It’s an investment.

The Best Stroller for a Child with Down SyndromeSince the stroller is really an investment, put it on your shower list or office/church/friend registry so others can help chip in, and make sure the stroller you get will be something that can actually carry your child comfortably past 8 years of age. I have not actually seen any stroller except the BOB Revolution capable of doing that, and I myself only own a duallie now.

 

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.

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Buy the [easyazon_link identifier=”B078XKRZXY” locale=”US” tag=”doozeedad-20″]BOB Single Pro[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B01BSPDOQM” locale=”US” tag=”doozeedad-20″]BOB Revolution Pro Duallie[/easyazon_link] (Pro is better because the sunshades are longer and the wheel is not locked so it can really go ANYWHERE)

Bob Revolution Duallie on[easyazon_link identifier=”B01BSPDOQM” locale=”US” tag=”doozeedad-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link]

REI sells the BOB too (if you are a member, this is a great option because of the co-op membership cash back)[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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