Originally Posted by Heavenly
That is ridiculous! At the amusement park you can wear an Ergo or wrap carrier. On an airplane I honestly do not understand how you think using a stroller in an airport is EASIER than a carrier. Personally I don't like having to lug around a huge stroller when I could just put my baby on my back. Another example i live in the Maple capital of Ontario and there was a huge maple festival a couple of weeks ago. We were there for hours with Olivia either on my back or front in the Mei Tai. She was right up there with me, experiencing everything and involved in the conversation. Plus it was REALLY crowded and I was able to walk freely, not having to worry about guiding a stroller through the crowds of people. Everyone else was lugging around strollers and their child was totally out of all the excitement, just riding around staring at people's kneecaps.
Well, people CAN do anything they want if their ability allows.
I think you should be aware of those of us who have more than one child, have to spend all day with a baby in the sling on one side, the diaper bag on the other side, and have to also hold a 4 year old and 2 year old's hands, bend down to do things for them, possibly pick them up to show them things (like in teh National Zoo where NOTHING is eye-level appropriate for children), carry food or shopping... how on earth do you do it all? At least the stroller can be there to carry the STUFF for a while while baby is in the sling, and then if necessity dictates I can put somebody in a stroller as a seat, for a diaper change (please don't tell me to use the filthy bathroom changing tables), etc.
The carseat/bucket things make less sense to me because, like you said, they weigh a TON. Restaurants (which I almost never go to anyway) are the only time I even use the thing outside of the car, unless we have just come home from someplace and the baby fell asleep in the carseat, if I don't want to wake her up with the transition to bed, I carry the seat inside. Some people have babies who scream and cry a lot so I can understand not wanting to wake them up when they get to, say, the grocery store, and putting them on the shopping cart. My baby is very easy-going and will fall right back to sleep easily in the sling so I sling her in the grocery store, but if I were to take her out of the seat and then transfer to the cold surface of the bed she might not be so happy.
As for airports, I don't get what people are saying when they say they have to "carry" a stroller through an airport. If I'm not going to actually use it in the airport I check it with my luggage. Why would anyone have to carry it, I don't get it? All you have to do is roll it right to the door of the plane, where the flight attendants fold it up and take it fold it up and put it in the luggage compartment and then when I get off it's there again for me at the door of the plane. The only pain is having to take everythign out of it and folding it up to go through security, I wish it would be enough to just roll it through the metal detector but they want it on the conveyor belt in the X-ray thing. But actually they make me take the baby out of the sling then too and make me put the sling on the X-ray and if I'm carrying a child who can walk (no matter how young) they make me put her down and force her to walk through by herself. (Or is this all just because I'm Muslim and they think I've got a bomb strapped to me instead of a baby?)
But again, even if traveling with my husband (although I have also traveled with 2, and pregnant, alone several times... never again!) we have to deal with at least 2 carryons in addition to having to do hand-holding, ticket balancing, and speed-racing from one gate to the exit. Oh God, and when we fly internationally I can't imagine... a full 24-hour trip usually... I always take my babies as lap infants because we just can't afford a seat for them, but having any place to put them down for a bit while they're sleeping is SUCH a relief on the back, neck, and arms when you have to try to sleep through a 10-hour flight or a 7-hour layover in Amsterdam.
I agree with the rest of what you said, but I think you need to distinguish between the people who overuse and abuse the stroller and indeed DON'T interact with their children at all, ever, and those who make judicious use of it. I do love that the slings keep my kids at eye-level so that they can be talked to and interact like regular people, not talked "at" as somebody peers into the stroller and baby-talks a few dumb sentences to them.
Again, it's dangerous to assume things about people you don't know and of whose circumstances you are unaware. A blank-faced kiddo in a stroller may also just be tired. I have a baby already in sling and my 2 yo gets tired and can't walk in a straight line so I put her in the stroller where she zones out while I get to where I need to be without her walking into walls (literally).