Moms, it’s time to invest in a new set of wheels — and, no, we aren’t referring to a new car (sorry). While a stroller or two is an essential buy when you’ve got a tiny tot on board, they aren’t always the most convenient mode of baby transportation. Once your little one grows out of infancy and into toddlerdom, you’re granted a little wiggle room to get creative in how you cart your child around, and we highly suggest checking out the best wagons for kids to do just that.
Wagons are ideal for mamas in the market for a form of transportation big and safe enough to maneuver precious cargo through places such as the farmers market and the park. On the one hand, kids feel cool riding around in a brightly colored wagon (bonus points if they feature canopies that block the sun and compartments for juice boxes and snacks). On the other, your child will only take up a fraction of the wagon, which means there’s a ton of free space for the five million things you have to carry on your person at all times — diaper bags, kids toys, even shopping bags. Plus, when you aren’t using your kids wagon to chauffeur them here and there, you can park it in the backyard for playtime.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a classic red wagon or a modernized take on the toy that’s more or less a contraption of convenience, these are the best wagons for kids out there.
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1. Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon
The Radio Flyer 3-in-1 EZ Folding Wagon was designed to carry your precious cargo (starting at age one) plus all their stuff. Use it as a two-seater wagon with a sun-blocking canopy, a bench, or to haul bags and toys, then collapse and fold when you’re all done. It holds up to 150 pounds and, when collapsed, easily fits into the trunk of your car for convenient safe-keeping.
2. Mac Sports Utility Wagon
The Mac Sports wagon might not be the plastic contraption you were envisioning, but just because it’s a modern take on the classic doesn’t mean it’s any less authentic. Available in nine different colors and prints — including camo and Americana patterns — this utility wagon is especially unique because unlike the solidly built original, this model folds down to a mere eight-inch thickness. Now how’s that for compact?
And don’t let its lightweight build fool you: This mode of transportation can hold up to 150 pounds of weight. It also boasts parent-friendly features such as an adjustable handle for maximum comfort and two mesh cup holders. While the wagon isn’t meant to hold your child, it is made to transport his or her stuff to and from sporting events, picnics, trips to the park, the beach and beyond.
3. Berlin Flyer Sport Wagon
Backtracking to a more traditional model, the Berlin Flyer Sport Wagon for kids probably looks similar to the wagon your parents would pull you around in. Exclusively Amish-made and painted with non-toxic colors, the wagon features detachable hardwood rails and four ten-inch foam-filled tires that are guaranteed to never go flat. What’s more, the underside of the wagon is secured with steel and hardwood planks to ensure optimal safety for your child.
4. Little Tikes Lil’ Wagon
The Little Tikes Lil Wagon wasn’t made with parents in mind. This set of wheels is exclusively for tiny tots who like to pull things around the backyard or from the playroom to the living room. It’s perfect for your child to store and transport toys and use their imaginations. But don’t worry: It’s made for both indoor and outdoor use, with tires made using protective material for floors.
5. Step2 Wagon for Two
Whether you have two kids to cart to and fro, or your child just has a BFF they’re never without, the Step2 Wagon for Two is especially perfect for pairs. The wagon features an easy-latch door that opens to reveal not one but two comfortably contoured seats. Although it was designed to seat more than one, the wagon holds a maximum of 75 pounds, so you might want to be wary of big-kid riders.