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post #121 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.
My almost 5-year-old still rides in the stroller at times. We don't have a car and walk a lot. I bring the stroller with me to carry groceries back home - he often hops in on the way to the grocery store. He's much happier letting me browse and run errands if he has the stroller to relax or play in. Trust me, he gets *plenty* of exercise. He often walks 2-3 km to a friend's house or playground, plays for hours and then walks the 2-3 km back.

We recently got back from a 3-week trip to Morocco and England and brought the stroller. I didn't want to - I also think 'geez, he's almost 5!!' and thought the stroller would be a pain to bring around, but it was a LIFESAVER. Now I'm wondering how long I can get away with using it!
post #122 of 172
we bought a really great stroller... love using but haven't really needed to

maybe in the spring.
post #123 of 172
I love the stroller when we go shopping, I put all the groceries on it. We don't have a car, so we have to walk, and I can't carry all the food. So that's the main use.
The kids mainly walk, or are in carriers on us.
But we've had the Bugaboo Cameleon for 5 kids, and even though it costs about 700 (usd), if you split it in 5, that's only 140. And there's no way a cheap one would last us all those kids and years. So we are really glad we choose that one. (And, besides, it's a really great stroller that we aboslutely love.)
post #124 of 172
I need it... really!!! It allows me to use public transportation for free (crazy rule, would have to pay if I only had the Ergo), so I don't go to places without it. Great place for my bag!

Seriously, though, I used a wrap, Ergo, etc. and loved it. However, I have such terrible neck/back pains that at this point (32 lbs) I am not able to carry dd at all. I am so glad, though, for all the closeness she got until she was about 2.5.

Now she walks a lot and asks to sit in the stroller when she gets tired.

If we are ever blessed with another, dd will be walking or using the stroller with the bag. Baby will be carried, assuming I am able to. If I am not able, we will not be going to places much, as I don't believe in forcing kids to sit in strollers.
post #125 of 172
Queen Jane wrote:
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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.
post #126 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.
Are you sure those children are 4-5? Last week DH took DS to the park; they were playing ball and someone said, "Oh, he's nearly T-ball age, is he?" No. 21 months. He is very, very tall, but he has the stamina of a 21-month-old, not a 4-year-old, even though he wears 4T clothes.
post #127 of 172
My 5 year old rode in a stroller a fair bit with her dad until about 6 mos ago. He walks long distances, he does not have a car, he likes to go quickly.

Remember before you judge older kids in strollers that a car is like a motorized stroller for the whole family. If you have one that changes your choices a lot. And every time you strap 'em in the carseat you are denying them exercise.
post #128 of 172
Good point.
post #129 of 172
No, I don't believe that you need a stroller. Wearing your babe is so much more simple!

When shopping, DD rides either in the cart or the sling. When we attend festivals, museums, or the zoo, DD either walks along beside us or rides in the sling.

We have received/purchased three strollers...and returned/sold all of them. They just weren't being utilized...all the while taking up too much space in our apartment or trunk!

If my LO ever loses interest in being worn, I may purchase a compact and lighweight umbrella stroller.

Sorry to hear that your parents choose to give you such a hard time about your parenting choices! :
post #130 of 172
I don't care for strollers.

My children are 19, 17, and 11 months. I thought that I had never used a stroller until I began scanning and enlarging the 19 year old's baby pictures prior to the eleven month old's conception, saw a stroller in a pile of clutter in the background, and remembered leaving the house one day pushing dd and carrying a diaper bag, returning ficve minutes later carrying dd in the (please don't laugh; it was 1989) snuggli and pushing the diaper bag, and left again carrying dd and the diaper bag and pushing the "other" donations in the stroller, which I left at the Goodwill collection site.

I think XMIL gave me the stroller.

I do sometimes need more than I can reasonably carry on an outing, since I am 43 years old and the eleven month old cannot tolerate cars, nor could I afford a car when the teens were infants. I prefer to push my inanimate objects in a shopping cart and wear my baby to pushing my baby in a stroller and carrying my diaper bag, library books, lunch, etc.

I did not injure my back with the teens. The snuggli was eventually replaced by a (don't laugh) Nojo ring sling and then an (okay, now you can laugh) SSC called a "Sara's Ride" in toddlerhood. The last time I can remember wearing dd was when she was seven and she fell and scraped up her kneew running for a bus.

I did injure my back between the time I stopped wearing ds1 and the time ds2 was born and ds2 is a bigger child, so I use German Style woven wraps with him and learned how to do back carries.

I was offered a stroller this week and turned it down. i wish i was more comfortable with the "homeless" connotation of pushing a shopping cart here, which I did not feel at all in San Francisco in the late '80s and early '90s (or maybe there was just less hostility towards homeless people then so i didn't care what people thought of me) but a shopping cart really is better suited for my needs so I turned it down.

ds2 is a big baby, but wearing him in the Girasol is very comfortable and pleasant and the Storchenweige is even more.supportive if i run into trouble down the line.
post #131 of 172
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Originally Posted by EnviroBecca View Post
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.
I wasnt speaking of a back carrier in that example, but in a front carry or even side carry...my baby is at an age right now where he loves to try to smack things out of my hand, and even at a younger age, it wouldnt be that difficult to spill something hot on him if he was in a carrier on my chest. That being said, i dont think that its *inherently* dangerous or the risk is that high...just saying that while there may be some "risk" to using a stroller there are also "risks" to using a carrier. And i think both types of "risk" are quite minimal. Therefore i personally dont think "risk" should figure into the equation of using a stroller, or carrier, or not.

Katherine
post #132 of 172
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i wish i was more comfortable with the "homeless" connotation of pushing a shopping cart here, which I did not feel at all in San Francisco in the late '80s and early '90s (or maybe there was just less hostility towards homeless people then so i didn't care what people thought of me) but a shopping cart really is better suited for my needs so I turned it down.
Thats what i would really love to have, a mini shopping cart, that would allow my baby to sit up top, facing me, while there would be a lower basket to put all our stuff in, that would fold up to put in the car....it would be at a much better height for pushing than most strollers. But alas i dont think they make such things. I love pushing the baby in a cart at the store though, he and i can talk, i can point things out to him, etc. The only thing close to this experience was when i figured out a front carry facing outward in the mobywrap, otherwise he was pretty much smooshed into my chest if facing me. I still hold out hope that eventually a back carry in the mai tei will work, and i try it occasionally, but its a no go.


Katherine
post #133 of 172
Naked Baby is 21 months, and no, we've never used a stroller. We've never said we NEVER EVER would or anything like that, just that it wasn't our default, and we have yet to need one enough to buy one.

We've worn Naked Baby everywhere, and it really works for us. Neither of us have major back problems aggravated by wearing him (I have friends for whom that's the case), and he doesn't have physical or sensory adversions to it (and he was worn every single day until just a couple months ago, so he's well used to it), so for us, it's the default.

Tonight for the very first time ever, he walked up the hill to the store with his dad (it's about 2 blocks). He'd always been worn before (and living on such a steep hill, I would be terrified to use a stroller!), but tonight, he wanted to walk. :
post #134 of 172
So far I've only used the stroller twice. The first time I wheeled the contents of my diaper pail over to my aunt's to wash while DD slept in a sling. The other time to go for a walk with the baby. She seemed to like looking around, but I could have used a carrier too. I walked her home in a carrier, actually.
post #135 of 172
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Originally Posted by *Aimee* View Post
I just started using a stroller for my baby. He's almost 9 months old and weighs 24lbs. He's heavy! I wanted to get an ergo but I'm too fat, even for their extender belt things, so I won't be trying one of those soon because by the time I lose the weight he can just walk. Oh and sometimes I bring the stroller even though I'm carrying DS2 and DS1 is walking because it carries all our stuff!!
There are lots of great carriers for more bountiful mamas! I have a Kanga X that I love, and I've heard great things about Nana's Jetpack EX and the ex Calyx. And there are more, I'm sure! And those are just the buckle carriers. There are also mei tais and wraps that are fabulously supportive for larger babies, and will work great for larger people. Don't give up if you still want to wear your baby!
post #136 of 172
I felt the same way about strollers but once ds was about 14 months I started to use the stroller more often, he's 18 months now and quite heavy (guessing 25-30lbs).

I have a jogger and I take him for runs a few times a week; its weird to me because he's such a high energy kid but he'll sit and relax in the stroller for 45 minutes and totally enjoy the ride! Also, I walk to get groceries about a mile away, so yeah, its helpful. Honestly, its probably one of the best 'baby things' I bought, but then again, I like to run.

I love my meitai (back carry) and still use it whenever we're going to a crowded a place that would be difficult to navigate a stroller (flea market, mall, airport, etc..).
post #137 of 172
I had a stroller, but used it less and less often over the years, until I just got tired of it sitting on the front porch gathering dust and we donated it. The last time we used it was Halloween 2007, the older kids were able to go much farther on foot than the littlest one (at which point she would want to be carried, which she is too heavy for, even with a sling.) So that's an example of where a stroller could come in handy.
post #138 of 172
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Originally Posted by orangefoot View Post
We have managed to get to 2 and 4 months with our 4th child without using a stroller. We have a purple trolley for when we were out shopping and a seat on the back of my bike if we were going further afield or needed to get somewhere quickly so we don't need a stroller.
Sorry, Ot....

Does anyone know of a source for these in the US? I fell in love with them when I was in Europe and I deeply regret not bringing one back
post #139 of 172
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Originally Posted by lolar2 View Post
Are you sure those children are 4-5? Last week DH took DS to the park; they were playing ball and someone said, "Oh, he's nearly T-ball age, is he?" No. 21 months. He is very, very tall, but he has the stamina of a 21-month-old, not a 4-year-old, even though he wears 4T clothes.
Yes, I'm sure...b/c these kids go to my daughter's preschool. My daughter asks why they don't walk when we walk all the way to school and I have to explain that they aren't doing good for their bodies. Not to judge, but otherwise DD begs for a stroller.
post #140 of 172
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Originally Posted by queenjane View Post
my baby is at an age right now where he loves to try to smack things out of my hand, and even at a younger age, it wouldnt be that difficult to spill something hot on him if he was in a carrier on my chest.
What about just avoid drinking anything hot while you have the baby in a carrier?
We never drink anything hot with a baby/small child in a carrier/on our lap, of course we don't.
That's just a really silly thing to drag into it.
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