Originally Posted by EnviroBecca
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 think that risk is pretty much nil though. I mean, when's the last time you heard of a baby or small child within arms length of a parent and choked to death? And to say that you can't feel or see movement when they're in a stroller is a rather ridiculous comment. I can see and feel them just fine TYVM. When they kick their legs, the stroller semi pauses then jolts forward. When they lean to the far left, the stroller leans to the left and it makes it harder to steer. And of course I can see the top of their head, torsos, legs, arms, hands and feet. And their face if (more like when) they turn around for whatever reason. There's also numerous strollers that can be positioned to face the person pushing the stroller.
Originally Posted by thismama
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.
For me, a stroller was definitely a necessity or we would have been house bound quite a bit. I have 2 children 16 months apart. No way could I have comfortably carried them the entire time, on say, a trip to the zoo. Especially the Kansas City zoo we visited when they were 4 months and 20 months old. I have never seen a zoo with so much walking and distance between exhibits before. We had lots of adults with us, so the kids were carried plenty without one person having to do a good share of the carrying and by the end, we were ALL tired and exhausted. So they rode in the stroller for part of the trip and we all lived happily ever after.
Now, realistically, had I been myself (all 105lbs of me), HOW in the world was I supposed to carry TWO children, plus our bag, for miles. All together it EASILY equaled 1/3 of my body weight or more. Um, it wouldn't have happened, that's what. And I saw plenty of 5-6 year olds in strollers. Didn't even make me blink.
So while I don't think it's fair to say "Strollers are useless, just use a carrier! Nobody really needs a stroller" that doesn't mean everybody will find one useful. If you've gotten by this long without one, odds are you're probably fine not ever getting one.