Thanks to the same infertility treatments that gave us Octomom, multiple births are becoming almost as common in the U.S. as The Snuggie. A corollary of this uptick is a new array of tastefully mammoth strollers designed to accommodate triplets, quads, quints, or the alto section of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I have to say I admire the moms who push these things around town. What upper-body strength! What cheerful willingness to cause backups on major thoroughfares! But which bloated stroller is best? The Perfect Baby Blog rates some hot contenders:
THE CENTIPEDE TRICYCLE: This model lets you give a giddy older child the illusion that he is transporting all his younger siblings through sheer pedal-power. On the downside, it allows the triplets to drag their six clumsy feet along the pavement, producing considerable resistance. Grade: C-.
THE "STARING CONTEST" STROLLER: This model, while graced with swoopy lines, requires your quadruplets to face each other, confronting the fact that they look almost as interchangeable as matching Jonathan Adler placemats. It also compels the mom to get herself a Dame Judi Dench haircut and regrettable square-toed boots. Grade B-
THE MEGA-WHEELBARROW WITH STADIUM SEATING: This molded-plastic transporter, with its neo-Flintstones aesthetic, may lack the delicacy of the other models, but its sloped design allows you to charge the children in the (more desirable) front seats premium prices—offsetting your physical therapist bills. Grade: A