Queen Jane wrote:
|I dont care if someone wants to use a stroller, a cloth carrier, neither or both...whatever works....but i dont really "get" the quote above. I use an umbrella stroller with my 11 month old...it was less than $10 at toys r us, i cant imagine how he could "get hurt" in it (certainly it would be safer, for example, for him to be in the stroller while i drank or ate something hot
I'm puzzled by that last part because you seemed to be comparing with a back carrier, and how could your hot food or drink hurt a child in a back carrier?
My personal experience is with a forward-facing stroller vs. hip carry in a sling, and here's how a child could be more likely to get hurt in the stroller:
1. It's harder to maneuver stroller+myself than to maneuver just myself when, for instance, jumping out of the path of a car running a red light. This actually happened a couple of times in the short interval we used the stroller, and countless times in the two years we used the sling.
: Too many bad drivers around here for my tastes.
2. He could choke on his snack or something like that, and I wouldn't notice. This didn't happen in either stroller or sling, but it did happen in the car once when his dad was riding in back with him and saved him. Because I couldn't see him from the driver's seat and true choking makes no sound, I wouldn't have known. In a back carrier you can't see the child, but you might feel that something is wrong based on his movement, which you can't feel in the stroller.
I don't think strollers are so dangerous nobody should use them. I just felt a bit safer with the sling because I could supervise my child more closely.