Originally Posted by GuildJenn
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!
Originally Posted by riverscout
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!