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post #21 of 48
I have a stroller I use to carry shopping bags. The only reason I use it is because I already have it; I wouldn't buy one. I would have rather the money been spent on more carriers.
post #22 of 48

i have a stroller

Actually I have more than one. This is mainly because my family and my in-laws don't believe in babywearing. I have a graco system and it worked wonderfully well- I don't use the stroller anymore since it is quite large and I have a wagon to go to the grocery store now . It is awaiting the next baby. I use the smaller stroller while shopping since it has a tray and DS is able to eat a snack while shopping. I still like to wear DS but the stroller does come in handy.
post #23 of 48
I have a stroller and I use it all the time. I am 4 months pregnant and oh so tired. DS (19 mo) still likes the sling, but it gets very little use. He would rather walk or ride in the stroller, especially when it is hot. He is extremely hot blooded, and I am pregnant so the heat effects me a LOT. There have been times when I thought "Well I will bring the stroller shopping because DS may get tired of walking and I will get tired." and as soon as DS sees the stroller he starts whining and climbing in it. Or he will climb into my friend's strollers. Oh, the life of a toddler.

When DS was younger I had major back issues from a hard labor and I hadn't found out about slings yet, I had a Baby Bjorn... but I won't even start in on that thing. I started when DS was about 7 months but I was still glad to have the stroller. Especially when traveling from NC to CA with a 13lb diaper bag / toy bag. The airport in Phenoix is about 5 miles long... I thought I was going to die when I didn't bring the stroller. Also, those woman who take forever getting their strollers together, need some practice. LOL I move to the side and take maybe 30 seconds to strap DS in and put the 2 bags on the stroller.

With this baby I am planning on getting an double umbrella stroller. At first I wanted one of those travel systems where the baby bucket clicks into the stroller (since it will be freezing and I don't want to shift the baby into the cold if I can avoid it) however, I think now that an umbrell stroller would be a lot easier, and I could use it in the summer for getting to the pool and in the mall, etc.

So, I love the sling, I am so excited to get to use it from birth with this baby... however I think there is a definite use for strollers in the right situation. It is so nice to not have to worry about bringing too much stuff because you can just load the stoller down!
post #24 of 48
I have one and use it for long walks with my girlfriends (when we get a chance

We are out for sometimes 2 or more hours, and the kiddos like options. We usually have three mei tais, at least one pouch, and a ring-sling between us, as well as out three strollers. We look like quite a sight coming down the path, but in the strollers are kiddos can eat snacks and/ot lunch, and they nurse, sleep, or sight-see in the carriers.

Also, DH uses the stroller in the eveing after work to take Ds for a walk. His arms and shoulders are tireds at the end of the day, so he usually chooses not to wear ds at these times.
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by hunnybumm
With this baby I am planning on getting an double umbrella stroller. At first I wanted one of those travel systems where the baby bucket clicks into the stroller (since it will be freezing and I don't want to shift the baby into the cold if I can avoid it) however, I think now that an umbrell stroller would be a lot easier, and I could use it in the summer for getting to the pool and in the mall, etc.

So, I love the sling, I am so excited to get to use it from birth with this baby... however I think there is a definite use for strollers in the right situation. It is so nice to not have to worry about bringing too much stuff because you can just load the stoller down!
I have a double umbrella stroller and it came in quite handy and it folds up so well. My two are only 16 months apart and I couldn't have functioned without a stroller when they were younger. Actually, when ds was born I slung him and put dd in the single umbrella stroller. When ds turned two, I bought the double umbrella stroller since ds was getting so big and my back is not so good due to a car accident injury.

Now dd is almost 5, 3 year old ds is autistic (runs from me all the time.) and I am expecting #3 in just ten weeks. I need a new single stroller for the three year old that carries up to 50lbs (to keep him safe, plus he likes to ride in it.), several new slings for the newborn, and dd can walk. lol
post #26 of 48
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post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by gool0005
Honestly, you can't go clothes shopping without one
With my 20mo DS it's difficult to go clothes shopping period. :LOL
post #28 of 48
Yes, we actually have three strollers. And half a dozen baby carriers. Everything has its place!
post #29 of 48
i live in finland so i have a euro stroller. the bassinet kind, my baby sleeps outside in it. i live in a forest area and its really normal for babies to sleep outside in finland and my baby loves it.
post #30 of 48
I agree that everything has its place. Slings are great and I love my stroller. Get a sling (I love my pouch style) and a stroller free or cheap they come in handy. I have carried pumkins in mine.
post #31 of 48
I have 2 stroller. A jog stroller that I use when I walk and it is really hot and wearing my ds could cause him to have heat stroke, or when I go to the mall and I need to try on clothes and I don't want to take him off and on a million times. I also keep an umbrella stroller in the car for grandmas to take him for a walk and also for convenient seating when needed. I put him in that sometimes when I am working in the yard and can't wear him. I use my ERGO 95% of the time but sometimes my strollers are invaluable.
post #32 of 48
Us too! We've got severaal slings, a back pack carrier, one umbrella stroller and one double stroller. I love sling'n and have for years, but there are times when I need a stroller.

I would love to get a baby buggy board for the single stroller.
post #33 of 48
We have the graco metrolite travel system. It was great when Emma was tiny. It was cold and I could bundle her up snugly and then close up the canopy on the carseat and the one on the stroller and block her from the elements. Once we got in somewhere. she got carried a lot. Also, having a baby in RSV season, it was nice to be able to keep poky people's hands off her. If someone wanted to see her, I could open up the canopy for them to take a peek. But usually if the canopies were closed, people let her sleep in peace. I've had people mess with my niece while she was sleeping in sling. Now that she's bigger, Emma is quite an independant spirit and likes to ride in the stroller. She even cried to get out of the sling and into the cart at the store yesterday. It's also good for my mom who can't carry her much.
post #34 of 48
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Originally Posted by ZeldasMom
I am not a big travel system fan because they are so big. If you are getting an infant seat you could get a kohlcraft universal stroller frame if you want to have a stroller. The baby seat snaps into it. The down side is once the baby grows out of the infant seat you have no stroller. This is when we got our umbrella stroller.
That's what we did. I loved our Snap and Go cause dd hated the sling when she was a newborn. I could transfer her in her infant car seat from the car to the Snap and Go frame without waking her.

When she grew out of her infant seat we just bought a lightweight stroller. I mostly carry her in her mei tai now, but it comes in handy for trips to the mall, (just had to buy a bathing suit and wouldn't have had anywhere to put dd while trying them on), and really long walks - she'll sleep longer in the stroller.
post #35 of 48
Not a stroller but we will forever keep our pulk for winter and Burley for summer.
Simply amazing how convenient they are for hauling gear, etc.

So, I guess I'd say splurge and buy a high quality convertible like Burley or Chariot.

I mean, I use our Burley 3-4x/week in the summer and that thing is tough!
post #36 of 48
I most always bring a stroller when we go to the mall to hold packages and coats in the winter. I mostly just don't have places I go that I need to use a stroller. Like at the grocery store or target it just doesn't make sense to try and push the cart and a stroller. We mostly only use strollers (we have 2 really good umbrella ones) for major outings like when we went to a big convention and had the baby in a carrier and my 3 yr and 5 yr in strollers since it was a very long day of walking the streets and long lines everywhere. Plus my 5yr gets tired easy from walking. Also, it kept my 3yr pretty save since he likes to run off. I really love baby carriers so I always look for opportunities to wear them and spread the babywearing message!
post #37 of 48
I was just discussing this with someone. Stella's butt never hit the stroller in her entire first year but I always used it to go to the mall and carry the bags and diaper bag, etc. I could not have shopped without it!
post #38 of 48
Yep we have 2 strollers.One is the double Peg Perego and then a single Graco one.If the baby is sleeping I put his carseat carrier right into the back part of the double stroller and then my older son in the front.If the baby wakes up I always have a carrier to put him in from the carrier in the stroller.I mostly use the stroller so I can keep my almost 3yr old contained so i can do what I need to without him running off and to hold the diaper bag and whatever else I might need carried! We went to a home and garden expo and I had the stroller with drinks and snacks in it and the diaper bag and my huge purse(looks like luggage hubby says) and the boys were being worn.I had Ashton in the Moby and Aleksei was in the Kelty country on daddy.Some people looked at us like we were nuts but you know what? with all the samples and info they give you at those places our hands were free to do as we pleased and not drug down with bags upon bags of stuff.It more like a shopping cart to me.I use our single stroller for when we go for walks to the park.I put the baby in the stroller(a carrier is in the back of it though) and then we let the others ride their bikes.It gives Ashton freedom and plus there is a toy bar on his stroller too that he plays with.I always end up wearing him home though!
post #39 of 48
I love our strollers, but we were really careful about what we bought...waited til DS was born and we could see what we would really use. We ended up with a snap and go that my brother bought us, which has been great for the few mall trips we've taken and such. I find certain kinds of shopping hard to do with a sling because there is nowhere safe to put DS down. Now that DS is growing out of the infant bucket and the snap and go we are going to get a small lightweight umbrella stroller for the few times we need it that we can just keep in the car. The other thing we have though that I love love love is a mountain buggy all terrain stroller. Its perfect for the things we do that we might be out too long to make baby wearing feasible for the whole day...horse shows, fairs, etc. and I can actually take nice long walks on the roads near me (all dirt and bumpy) and DS won't outgrow it for a long long time. They are expensive if you can't get one used (we got ours on major sale because it was last years model) so if you don't need it you don't want it..but the point is that for US it was a lot cheaper to buy one expensive stroller that we could really use and not spend much on a cushy "mall" stroller that would get used rarely.

I don't think there is anything terribly wrong with the graco travel systems but you need to check that they actually fit your lifestyle, too often they are just sort of bought as "of course you need this" and they don't get used because they don't really fit your life. If you are a lot of places with reletively smooth terrain (malls, shopping centers, towns where they keep up their sidewalks) one might work great for when you don't want to carry the baby, but if you rarely go those places than a smaller lighter stroller that you can throw in and out of the car easily for the few times you need it might be much more useful. I know some people who love their travel systems, and others who never took it out of the box...it just depends on where you actually tend to go.

Aviva
post #40 of 48
Strollers.....um....yes!!!

I fly at least six or more times a year....and where else am I gonna put my luggage (or kids car seat) while I sling my babies???

I've had good luck with Gracos, too.
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