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post #101 of 172
eh, I've used it on occasion. It came in handy when we didn't have a car and had to take VERY long walks with two kids. I actually wore the baby and had my preschooler in the stroller then, though.

No one NEEDS something like that, but a cheapo one from Goodwill or whatever might come in handy on occasion.
post #102 of 172
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Also wanted to point out, that you arent "spending a little more" by buying high end strollers you are spending ALOT more....anywhere from $100-$500+ for a stroller. No thanks. I saw a Peg Perego plikko (??) at our local thrift store for twelve bucks, it was kind of dirty, went home and discovered this little umbrella stroller cost $200-300 new (omg), went back to buy it (so i could pretend i was rich ) but it was gone. Darn. Dont really see how the design is so radically different that it would be radically safer though.

Hey Katherine....maybe the more costly strollers aren't that much more safe. I'll give you that one!! However, I have found that they are a lot more durable. So if you find yourself with a need to use a stroller on a very regular basis I would still recommend a higher end one. A friend of mine still has a Maclaren umbrella stroller and a Peg Perego Pliko from her first baby 10 years ago. Both strollers have been used for all 5 of her children. Would bet that you couldn't get a Graco or Kolcraft or any American brand to do that.
post #103 of 172
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Originally Posted by jul511riv View Post
No one NEEDS something like that, but a cheapo one from Goodwill or whatever might come in handy on occasion.
I'm not sure how you can state that with such certainty. You may not need one, but I certainly do.
post #104 of 172
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Originally Posted by soxthecatrules View Post
However, I have found that they are a lot more durable. So if you find yourself with a need to use a stroller on a very regular basis I would still recommend a higher end one. A friend of mine still has a Maclaren umbrella stroller and a Peg Perego Pliko from her first baby 10 years ago. Both strollers have been used for all 5 of her children. Would bet that you couldn't get a Graco or Kolcraft or any American brand to do that.
for real. No way would a cheapy plastic graco or otherwise hold up over 5 babies and 10 years, unless of course, you only used it a couple times.

My Peg Perego I got when #2 was a baby is holding up pretty strong (and we are rough on it) The fabric is the only place that really shows wear but if it was replaced, the frame itself is near new condition. We bought a new version this year, but that was just to have a 2nd. I could see both being passed on to my own children, TBH. And I bought them on sale, definitely didn't pay close to full retail price.

ETA: and yeah, I love to wear my babies. Much more than pushing them around in a stroller but there are times where strapping them into a stroller is just more convenient. Adding more small children to the mix, and that changes things up. I can totally see being stroller free if I only had one kid or a huge gap between them. Not that it's something I would have strived for or anything, I just think it would have been more realistic.

To the OP, I don't see why the funk your relatives care either way unless they themselves imagine long walks pusing your kid around... in that case, tell them they can buy their own stroller.
post #105 of 172
I dont use one, I wear my son. But it may come in handy when you have more than one child. But right now I don't need one. And when talking long walks, DS seems content with holding my hand. I LOVE to hold my baby
post #106 of 172
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Originally Posted by GuildJenn View Post
The difference between it and the cheap $20 stroller that we had inherited was: the handles were the right height for MY back, which is hugely important;....and the wheels were much better for going over snow and ice. ....Honestly it really was like night and day with the cheaper ones.


It really, really depends on your child and lifestyle. I think the OP should not get a stroller to make anyone else happy - but I would stay open to the idea and not get so bogged down in defending a stroller-less lifestyle that I then made my and my child's life difficult.
I wasn't open to the idea of a stroller until the very last moment when I realized I pretty much needed one. So you don't even need to be open to it...if you suddenly realize you can't go one more step with kiddo kicking your legs and you can't figure out a way to get kiddo to STOP kicking your legs, you're going to get there, LOL.

With the jogger, I went straight to middle of the road. A Schwinn/InStep swivel front wheel jogger that goes to 50 lbs, I believe. It's really good now, but at the time it was not right for our circumstances...I wanted to walk for fitness, but had to go on an unpaved sidewalk area to GET to walkable areas, and there were prickly bushes...combo of that with innertube tires was NOT good. Visited REI twice to get new innertubes.

Later for Disney, I first got a BabyTrend that I liked, but it only lasted one trip b/c the weight was too low! D'oh! It was nice and cheap, and only using it one trip meant it had a high resale value at my consignment store.

Then we got a Combi and it seemed fine inside, but as soon as I went to talk with it to our downtown farmer's market...as soon as I crossed one street, I knew it was going back. It was flimsy, too short FOR ME (5'3"!), and the wheels were awful. That got consigned too (too late for amazon returns) and I finally got a Mac Volo, which has been very excellent.

It's been an interesting journey for someone so against strollers!



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Originally Posted by riverscout View Post
I'm glad that worked for you and your son. But every kids is different. My daughter gets plenty of exercise and is quite healthy. She just gets tired sometimes and it would be a disservice to her IMO if I just told her to suck it up because I have a baby to carry now and she just needs to deal.
Absolutely. In our case, DS has inherited my awful tendency to leg aches, and he gets growing pains like hubby did as a child. So he can go go go, but when he hits his limit he needs to be done. If he pushes on, he will wake up screaming at midnight with horrid leg aches. When I was a kid, I was tested for juvenile RA b/c the pain from the aches was so bad. I still get them, on occasion, and it reminds me of the pain that DS experiences when he wakes like that. So we try to not make him go beyond his limit, and bringing the stroller for when we KNOW that limit will be reached has been great.

But we go out quite often without it. I will carry him every so often but he's over 40 lbs and 43+ inches and I just can't carry him long at all. He is a super-great walker until his limit is reached, and sometimes I'll take two walks in a day...once a walk for him, and once a walk for me with him in the stroller. It's kind of fun and funny when we do that, people must think we're pretty goofy!
post #107 of 172
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Originally Posted by Aleo View Post
I dont use one, I wear my son. But it may come in handy when you have more than one child. But right now I don't need one. And when talking long walks, DS seems content with holding my hand. I LOVE to hold my baby
Yes. I LOVE to hold my children too. Using a stroller doesn't mean you don't LOVE to hold your children!


Like I posted previously, strollers really can come in handy for safety in certain situations - like when my nanny has 3 three children 3 & under, crossing busy road to get to the playground, and its only possible to hold one in the sling, or when you have to maneuver through the airport with carseats, luggage, and two toddlers.
post #108 of 172
I use a jogging stroller when I go for a run; otherwise, almost *never*.

I've always felt really burdened when pushing a stroller. It cramps my style! Can't take the shortcut over the railroad tracks, hard to get in doors, tricky to navigate narrow shops, really miserable if traveling by subway, have to avoid stairs, etc. I feel so much *less* burdened when I'm carrying (as opposed to strollering) my little one that I've always found it ironic when friends/relatives have played the too big/too heavy card. Don't worry, Mom: I'm definitely doing this out of self-interest, not martyrdom!

FWIW, OP, no one's given me any flack about it the second time around. I guess the fact that I managed the first time has persuaded them that my crazy method works for me.

I wonder why discussions like this have to turn into battles? I think everyone's responses about whether and how they have used strollers are very interesting. We all do things differently, eh?
post #109 of 172
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Originally Posted by Ks Mama View Post
Yes. I LOVE to hold my children too. Using a stroller doesn't mean you don't LOVE to hold your children!

I didn't see the part where she said you don't.



Why is this becoming an argument over whether stroller use or not use is ok? If you use one and like it then great, if you don't use one and like things that way then fine. Different strokes, right?

The op was just asking about those that don't use one, not whether using one meant you were a horrible person.
post #110 of 172
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Originally Posted by lilylove View Post
Why is this becoming an argument over whether stroller use or not use is ok? If you use one and like it then great, if you don't use one and like things that way then fine. Different strokes, right?

The op was just asking about those that don't use one, not whether using one meant you were a horrible person.
Actually she asked "So those of you with older children, did you NEED a stroller? Anyone never use a stroller?" So people answered with different experiences, not just people who never used them...and the bickering ensued.
post #111 of 172
DS also doesn't really like being on anyone else's back but mine for some reason. So the stroller is good for when DH or another relative or babysitter takes him out somewhere.
post #112 of 172
We started using one when dd was around 14 months - prior to that it was the sling all the time.

It's super handy for the zoo/botanical gardens/our farmer's market - I particularly like the basket underneath the best

I do miss the sling though. DD just had enough of being tied to mama

I don't think it's absolutely necessary - like I said, we made it over a year without one ...it's just handy to have around.
post #113 of 172
We probably used it most between 2.5-3.5. My son is very healthy and active and loves to stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes one must get from point A to point B and there is not so much time to smell the flowers.

I was kicking myself for not bringing one to San Diego. He loved going up and down the boardwalk and checking out the scene, but wanted to be carried half the time.

Umbrella stroller with a shade is also a great way to get an overtired child to nap while on vacation. There's no way in heck my 3yo was just going to lay down on a hotel room bed and take a nap, no matter how tired he was.

Now when we are on fun outings, we prefer to bring the Radio Flyer wagon rather than a stroller.
post #114 of 172
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Originally Posted by seawind View Post
It is fallacious to compare the lives of urban mothers with those of their counterparts in rural, developing countries. Lifestyles are different, fitness levels are different. Besides, how do we know they wouldn't welcome the use of a stroller if it were affordable and lifestyle compatible? Their lives are hard.


It is just a point of view and something worth considering. While we are gracious to have so many modern conveniences, some choose not to use them. For instance, many here like to use cloth diapers, which do require maintenance. But, in the western world, we have the luxury of disposables, which require so much less work. And your right, there are many reasons that would stifle a person from getting the amount of exercise they need, such as living in an urban area.

To riverscout, while I don't take it to the extremes of giving up electricity and all modern conveniences, as they are a major help, I feel that some of them don't have to be utilized. If you choose to, that is cool. I'm not judging you for it. Boatbaby and I have differing viewpoints as to why we feel how we do. Everyone is allowed to view it as they wish. Blessings.
post #115 of 172
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Originally Posted by Deer Hunter View Post
It is just a point of view and something worth considering. While we are gracious to have so many modern conveniences, some choose not to use them. For instance, many here like to use cloth diapers, which do require maintenance. But, in the western world, we have the luxury of disposables, which require so much less work. And your right, there are many reasons that would stifle a person from getting the amount of exercise they need, such as living in an urban area.

To riverscout, while I don't take it to the extremes of giving up electricity and all modern conveniences, as they are a major help, I feel that some of them don't have to be utilized. If you choose to, that is cool. I'm not judging you for it. Boatbaby and I have differing viewpoints as to why we feel how we do. Everyone is allowed to view it as they wish. Blessings.
Sure, everyone is allowed to have the view they wish. But when it turns into people implying that people who choose to use strollers are turing their kids into fat, lazy, couch potatoes and that strollers are akin to microwave meals and disposable diapers, then I have the right to respond. You see, I use a stroller to make my child's life better not to make my life easier at the expense of her health or the environment or as a shortcut, so I find all of that a bit offensive.

And seriously, you both asked for tomatoes, so I am sure you knew what you were saying was controversial and possibly offensive. I don't see how it could be much of a surprise that someone took issue with what you had to say. I didn't respond to anyone who came here and just gave reasons why they personally don't use them, but only to those who made broad statements about why they are "against them" or how they turn kids into "luggage."

And please don't say you are not judging me or others that use them as your posts imply otherwise, but thats cool. I will continue to allow my very sweet barely three year old to ride in her now beloved stroller when she gets tired because I have her baby brother in a wrap on my chest and I can't carry both of them. If thats wrong, then I don't want to be right.

And that is all I will be saying here. Peace out.
post #116 of 172
My lo is 15mo and has never been in a stroller. I thought we would need one so registered for one but my family bought us $140 worth of bath supplies instead. So we said we'd get one if we ever felt the need. So far, haven't really needed one. LO weighs about 25lbs and was starting to get heavy for the big shopping days of hours in an ergo. I wouldn't say that it hurt my back, more that carrying the extra weight was a real work out for me. So that's when I started using the child seat in the grocery cart. So many stores now offer a child seat in their buggy that it really isn't a problem. I do have to keep moving though, he has a need for speed. But I suspect it would be the same if we used a stroller.
post #117 of 172
Interesting post. I only used it a handful of times and don't plan to at all with the next baby. I can't stand seeing parents with 4 and 5 yr olds in strollers...I mean, come on...kids need exercise. That's just one of my annoyances.
post #118 of 172
Well my 4.5 year old rides in a stroller sometimes because she is not physically capable of walking the amount of kilometres I do. Not only does she walk more than most adults, but she gets exercise besides that as well. She never even used a stroller until she was 2.5 and I had my second kid and I couldn't wear her when she got tired on long walks any more.
post #119 of 172
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Originally Posted by Raene View Post
Interesting post. I only used it a handful of times and don't plan to at all with the next baby. I can't stand seeing parents with 4 and 5 yr olds in strollers...I mean, come on...kids need exercise. That's just one of my annoyances.
And those same kids aren't adults, either. They have far shorter legs, and get tired in less time/distance. When we're out on a long walk or vacationing (our vacations usually involve a lot of foot travel), it is fair to DD to drag her on when she's tired, is it fair to all of us not to get to see what we'd ALL like to see just because we'd all have to keep up the entire time with a 4 year old's pace & exertion limit? A stroller can be really helpful & offer a 4 or 5 year old an opportunity to rest BETWEEN exercising, and still get to enjoy experiences with folks of various ages.
post #120 of 172
I used a stroller with my first 2 kids and may yet but dd who is 5 months has not been in one yet. It just seems easier to carry her.
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