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Baby Trend Sit N' Stand Double Review

Difficult to use inline with hard to use storage and lower quality materials
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Price:   $180 List | $165 at Amazon
Pros:  Accepts two car seats
Cons:  Poor sun protection, larger and hard to push, difficult to move
Manufacturer:   Baby Trend
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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RANKED
#20 of 20
  • Ease Of Use - 35% 4
  • Maneuverability - 25% 4
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Safety - 10% 4
  • Quality - 10% 3
  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 5% 4

The Skinny

The Baby Trend Sit N' Stand earned the lowest score overall in our review of double strollers. This simple tandem stroller can accept two infant car seats, but the standard seating arrangements sans car seat give children very different experiences that might have children arguing about who gets to sit where. If your goal is a stroller for kids of different ages, it might work somewhat better, but the quality and performance aren't as high as the competition, and for a Sit and Stand design there are better options in this review. While this stroller has a reasonable price point, it isn't low enough to make putting up with poor maneuverability and ease of use worthwhile. This is not a stroller we would recommend no matter what your goal or budget.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

For over 26 years, Baby Trend has designed a variety of baby gear from walkers to car seats. The company strives to make affordable products for babies. The company's innovations have led to the first Sit and Stand stroller and the first diaper pail that didn't require brand-specific refills.

Performance Comparison


This is a comparison chart of the overall scores for each stroller in this review with the Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand shown in blue.


The sections below provide details on how the Sit N' Stand performed compared to the competition during testing for each metric.

Ease of Use


The Sit N' Stand earned the second lowest score in the group for ease of use with a 4 of 10 in our tests.

To initiate the fold on the Sit 'N Stand you first need to slide the lock with your thumb and then squeeze the handle.
To initiate the fold on the Sit 'N Stand you first need to slide the lock with your thumb and then squeeze the handle.

Fold and Unfold


Folding and unfolding any double stroller has a size issue to contend with that can cause struggling. The fold and unfold here isn't difficult with one hand and 3-4 steps. It can self-stand and auto-lock but requires the user to bend to the ground. If you can't bend that far, you can fold this stroller with two hands and avoid it. To unfold requires two steps, two hands, and is easier than the fold. It can be awkward the first few times you do it, but with practice, it isn't the worst.

The double action brakes on the Sit 'N Stand are difficult to set and very stiff to release. Some testers bent over and used their hands to release as it was easier than using a foot.
The double action brakes on the Sit 'N Stand are difficult to set and very stiff to release. Some testers bent over and used their hands to release as it was easier than using a foot.

Brakes


The brakes are hard to set and even harder to release. The pedals are double action, requiring you to set and release both sides. They are so stiff we gave up getting them to release with our foot and used our hands instead. The roughness of the underside of the pedal, where the top of your shoe/foot goes will hurt your foot and scuff your shoe. When you set them it will feel like they are set with an initial push, however, this is not the case, and you will need to press them a second time to truly set the brakes.

The storage bin on the Sit 'N Stand is hard to access from any angle  and only carries up to 5 pounds. This isn't much for supplies for two.
The storage bin on the Sit 'N Stand is hard to access from any angle, and only carries up to 5 pounds. This isn't much for supplies for two.

Storage


The storage bin is smaller than some of the competition with access that is hard to use from the back and sides. It also has top access but depending on seat configuration, it will be harder to access the bin from the top. We were able to fit our large diaper bag in it, but it has an allowable weight of only 5 lbs. We question whether or not the bin is even designed with a diaper bag in mind.

The parent tray cup holders on the Sit 'N Stand are deep enough to prevent most items from falling out  but the covered portion of the tray is too small to be very useful.
The child's tray is virtually useless as it is very shallow and has bumps for car seat attachment. The cup holder however  will accept a baby bottle or sippy cup.

This stroller has a parent and child trays, but sadly not all of them are great. The parent tray (above left) has two cup holders, and they are compatible with water bottles, baby bottles, and sippy cups. The child's tray (above right) has a shallow tray and almost as shallow cup holder that accepts baby bottles and sippy cups, but nothing larger. While it takes a bottle, it is likely to fall out shortly after you squeeze it in there and it is probably more for looks than for actual use.

Neither sun shade on the Sit 'N Stand is that impressive  and while they have peek-a-boo windows  they really aren't necessary because the canopy doesn't cover baby and has trouble staying open.
Neither sun shade on the Sit 'N Stand is that impressive, and while they have peek-a-boo windows, they really aren't necessary because the canopy doesn't cover baby and has trouble staying open.

Sunshade


Baby Trend tends to prefer strollers with smaller canopies, and this one is no exception with canopies that are small and chintzy. The rear canopy is stationary and won't cover anything but baby's head, while the front canopy rotates forward to help keep out the lower sun, but it will be worthless if it rains. The canopies have small mesh peek-a-boo windows with hook and loop closures on the window flap.

The buckle on the Sit 'n Stand is fairly easy to use and can be managed by most parents with one hand to release.
The buckle on the Sit 'n Stand is fairly easy to use and can be managed by most parents with one hand to release.

Harness


The harness on each seat is a 5-point harness that is average to adjust and use. The shoulder height is only adjustable by two inches, so it might be hard to fit all children. It has a re-thread harness that is ok to use, but not the best. Managing the harness buckle can be done with one hand and is much easier with two. When you press the button the sides sort of pop out on their own, which is nice.

The front seat on the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand has limited recline opportunities thanks to close proximity of the rear seat  and it has an old school bar that rests in predetermined grooves.
The rear seat can recline further than the front on this Baby Trend stroller.

Seat


The photos above show the recline adjustment for the rear seat (right) and the front seat (left).

This stroller does not have adjustable leg rests, and in fact, the leg rest is pretty bleak. Both seats recline with the front being a one hand operation and the back requiring two. Reclining the seats is only average with the front being easier, but it only has two recline positions. The rear seat has infinite recline options, but it doesn't go very deep. The double child trays are swingable and removable.


Car Seat Compatibility


This Baby Trend accepts two infant car seats with a strap. We tested this stroller with the Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30, but it accepts other seats from Baby Trend, Britax, Evenflo, and Graco. We are not fans of any strap in installation because we worry that parents will forget or forgo the strap during installation.

Attaching the seats is some of the worst in the group with scores. While you don't have to remove the canopies to install the seat, it is easier. The rear seat is more difficult because you have to tuck the foot of the car seat under the rear canopy. The hook on the back of the car seat tends to get caught on the tray, which causes the car seat to tip back. We felt like we were going to drop the car seat.

Ease of Setup





The Sit N' Stand is pretty easy to set up with a time of 7 minutes. It only has average instructions in the assembly manual and is similar to those found in the Baby Trend Expedition Double. Everything snaps together pretty easily, and you don't need any tools to put it together.

Dual front wheels like those on the Sit 'N Stand historically have not performed well in our tests for maneuverability. The plastic wheels and rims wobble and the dual front wheels get hung up on items and easily divert the stroller off the intended path.
Dual front wheels like those on the Sit 'N Stand historically have not performed well in our tests for maneuverability. The plastic wheels and rims wobble and the dual front wheels get hung up on items and easily divert the stroller off the intended path.

Maneuverability


If you weren't disappointed with the Sit N' Stand yet, the maneuverability will probably seal the deal. It scored a 4 of 10 for maneuverability, which isn't the lowest in the group, but it is still not impressive. Many of the inline options are hard to push and turn, but the better ones have nicer wheels and tires than this one.

It takes more effort to turn this stroller, but the narrower design makes it easier to make it through smaller doorways. Pushing and turning on hard ground is tough, but it gets even harder on rougher surfaces and gravel. The dual plastic front wheels make the entire stroller wobble and gives the overall feel of a rickety mess. Single front wheels work better, and anything but plastic is the way to go for a smooth ride.

The Sit 'N Stand weighs over 31 pounds and measures over 21 000 cubic inches when folded.
The Sit 'N Stand weighs over 31 pounds and measures over 21,000 cubic inches when folded.

Weight and Folded Size


The weight is 31 lbs 5 ounces. This is below the average for the group which is 32 lbs, and far lower than the high of 37.8 lbs for the Baby Jogger City Select Double. The folded size of the Sit N' Stand is a little over 21,000 cubic inches. This is a relatively large fold.

The quality of the Sit 'N Stand is on par with other Baby Trend strollers  but failed to compare to the other products in our review.
The quality of the Sit 'N Stand is on par with other Baby Trend strollers, but failed to compare to the other products in our review.

Quality


The Sit N' Stand earned the lowest score in the group for quality with a 3. The fabric on this stroller feels flimsy and has little padding. The webbing on the harnesses feel cheap compared to the competition, and the canopies don't want to stay open. The whole thing looks frumpy and like you've owned it for years. The frame feels solid but looks cheap with several plastic components and it flexes making the stroller feel like it might fold up on itself. The overall fit and finish are sloppy and disappointing compared to the competition.

The wheels and tires are plastic with a dual front wheel design we don't like. It is hard to push, but the pushing gets harder the more weight you put inside. The

The overall fit and finish of the Sit 'N Stand is frumpy and has a sort of used feeling even straight out of the box.
The overall fit and finish of the Sit 'N Stand is frumpy and has a sort of used feeling even straight out of the box.

The handlebar is not adjustable, and it has very limited space for your hands thanks to the fold button in the center. The foam cover is fine, but that center handle will dig into your hands.

The Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand comes with 2 seats and will accomodate 2 infant car seats  but it still has enough variation in the toddler seating that it isn't the best for twins if you want to avoid bickering on who gets to sit where.
The Baby Trend Sit 'N Stand comes with 2 seats and will accomodate 2 infant car seats, but it still has enough variation in the toddler seating that it isn't the best for twins if you want to avoid bickering on who gets to sit where.

Twins


This stroller will work for twins thanks to the ability to accept two infant car seats. However, the difference in rider experience between the front and rear seat will probably leave older kids fighting over who gets which seat. The seat in the front has more legroom, while the seat in the back can recline further. Both have a child tray, but it can make the back seat feel cramped. The last problem is the sit and stand styling, which can cause a problem if neither twin wants to sit in the front seat, but would prefer the freedom of standing. We think this product is probably a better fit for families with children of different ages and abilities.

Also, we found that when a car seat is attached to the back seat that there is a significant issue with holding the handlebar as the seat interferes and leaves little room for hands. We aren't sure what they were thinking, but parents with larger hands will be rubbing knuckles on the infant seat every time they push.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team