My 8-year old has been selling Girl Scout cookies out of our plastic Radio Flyer wagon this month. I get a little hit of that delicious pride-of-parenting feeling each time she says, “Have a nice day!” to a customer. But there’s another emotion, too. I feel deep consumer satisfaction from having owned this wagon for ten years and gettingÂ so much use out of it. Everyone needs a wagon, and it’s a perfect first birthday gift.
A one-year-old can climb in and out of it as an activity that might occupy the better part of an afternoon. In and out. In an out.
A willful two-year-old can attempt to pull a favorite doll around. Yes, a doll stroller is more agile, but a wagon is for those who dream big. Like your toddler.
A three-nager who is SO OVER the stroller is more likely to concede to getting in the wagon. I’ve seen many preschoolers riding around the county fair in one with a sun-protection canopyÂ (evenÂ napping on-the-go!).
Foldable wagon of awesome capacity with canopy found here.
When they were little, I definitely put both my kids in the wagon to walk over to a playground. And at 8 and 11, they still tryÂ to convince me to pull them both in it.
Value priced wagon that holds two kids, probably through adolescence.
When I chose a wagon like the blue one above, I wanted a plastic one that would not rust and could be hosed down. It does fit into the trunk of my SUV, but would not be easy to take somewhere in a Prius. My children loved putting items in the storage compartments and climbing out through the door.
Newsflash! A collapsible wagon is the latest trend in wagons, and it’s strong, spacious, and easy to transport. It folds up like a pack-n-play when you pull from the center, and becomes slim, like a stroller. This fits in any trunk.
Costs more-wagon, but carries more, steers better, and stores like a stroller.
And it’s not just our family that uses it. Friends borrow our wagon for camping every year — a convenient way to carry a bunch of stuff from the car to a campsite — and our neighborhood association relies on it to deliver items around our block.
For the baby who has everything? Consider a wagon.
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