I recently found myself in quite a predicament trying to get out and about with my son using a wheelchair and my daughter getting a bit to squirmy for the baby carrier I had been using.
I scoured the internet looking for a solution and was pretty bummed there weren’t many readily found options out there.
It took quite a bit of digging until I eventually came across The Random Tandem Connection and all of a sudden life got a whole lot better.
This bar/clamp solution has been a game changer for me by allowing me to attach my daughter’s stroller to the side of my son’s wheelchair, making a stroller/wheelchair “double stroller.”
(Since this picture was taken we have gotten his seat and seat back replaced, it was falling apart!)
This is what I use when we go on walks around the neighborhood and I have been loving it. (This makes it too wide to go thru doors so its best for outdoors. My next post I will share my solution for when we go to appointments and other places indoors.)
When I first got it and tried it out I was using an Uppa Baby Cruz and the shape of the frame of the stroller made it really challenging to attach, which made it really frustrating and time consuming so not as useful.
We decided to purchase this stroller instead and it has been pretty much seamless ever since. The smaller the frame of the stroller the less cumbersome and quicker it will be to attach.
This little contraption has seriously made such a difference for me. Before we had it and a stroller it worked well with, I wasn’t able to get out and exercise my favorite way, long walks around the neighborhood.
Being able to take both kids on a walk together has been such a treat for me and the kids love sitting next to each other and enjoying the ride.
Plus getting outside and going for a stroll keeps them busy when I need a break but can’t really get one. Also it calms them (and me!) and sort of “resets” us all when everyone’s getting a little out of sorts.
My son takes his big brother role of looking out for his little sister very seriously. When we first started using it I told him we needed to make sure she didn’t roll away and this was his solution :)!
How does the Random Tandem work:
The Random Tandem Connection consists of three bars, six clamps, and a safety strap.
To connect the stroller and wheelchair simply attach three clamps to the frame of the wheelchair and three clamps to the frame of the stroller, in spots parallel to each other.
Here’s a clamp on the stroller.
Here’s a clamp on the wheelchair.
Attach one clamp towards the bottom, one in the middle, and one towards the top of both the stroller and wheelchair.
Next line up the bars one by one and insert into each clamp and tighten.
Loop the safety strap between the stroller and wheelchair and there you go!
You’re all set, attached and ready to roll!
It does take a bit of practice at first.
The beauty of the Random Tandem is in its ability to attach at all types of angles. Once you get the angles down that work with the particular stroller and wheelchair you are attaching it gets easier the more times you attach and go.
I really hope this system helps you get out and about more if you’ve found yourself in this same situation.
It was such a breath of fresh air for me to be able to get out and, well get a breath of fresh air on my own with both my kids!
Let’s Talk: Have you found yourself in the same predicament? What tips or solutions do you have? What’s your favorite activity to “reset” yourself and/or your kids when everyone’s feeling out of sorts?
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