I have a 2nd single stroller with an adjustable handle height that I like for walking b/c I'm tall and my feet hit the back of a regular stroller. It seems a smidge wider than my double. I don't use umbrella strollers b/c I'm so tall.
I don't go shopping much b/c of taking all the kids and b/c I can not fit down most isles in a department store with my stroller. Sorry, if I can't get to the clothes for kids in a standard stroller, you're not getting my business. Besides there are so many great deals on free cycle anyway and I like to sew for my dd. I can't even walk down the clothing isles without my body touch clothes on each side, it's rediculous how jam packed these stores are and nothing worth buying anyway by the time I find what I'm looking for -- I hate shoping.
I'm probably out of the loop on strollers, just as I am on carseats b/c I don't get out much How big have they gotten that strollers are in the way at a museum? I know jogging strollers are big, but I can't imagine someone using one for everyday use. As expensive as strollers are, maybe moms are buying 1 for multi-functions??? If I saw a stroller for the right price and I was in dire need, I probably would not even thing about the size other than if it fit in my vehicle.
When we've gone places with the kids, sometimes we use a wagon instead especially outdoor events, but generally the oldest walks, the next 2 ride in the double stroller, and the baby I carry on my back. It's a sight for sure. If I didn't have a stroller, we probably would not go to a museum, art show, out door craft show, or other events where the distances are just too much for our middle children to walk.
I also had 2 c/s and carrying my babes in the early stages of life was not medically recommended. Then my 4th baby at home ripped me up so baddly that I am still not advised by my GYN to lift my toddlers and baby is almost 6 months old! I get extremely sore if I wear him for too long. He didn't even want to approve me walking for fittness until 3 1/2 mo PP and then it was a reluctant okay.
I look fine, but I really can't be carrying babies for long. No one can see my damaged perineal muscle tissues. No one can see my c/s scar. Definitely do not judge the stroller moms, some of us are AP parents with some challenges. (okay that statement comes from the other thread, I haven't read any judgemental statements here, just wanted to make people aware that strollers are necessary for some women).
Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!
Umbrella strollers for the most part are pieces of sh*t. Every bump you hit they lock up. What a PIA.
I didn't sling my daughter much because of her back. So the stroller was the logical choice. I needed hands free to keep up with my toddler 9they are 23 months apart).
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
I have never noticed that people with larger strollers seem to be intentionally more rude than people with smaller or no strollers.
I have never been upset by the presence of strollers of any size at any place where I would expect a child to be. In fact, if it's someplace I'm bringing my kid, I would expect there to be lots of other kids and I will do my best to get into a kid-friendly state of mind before I get there.
1) It pushes like a dream and turns on a dime. NONE of the cheap strollers are nearly as manoeuvrable.
2) it has a full size carrycot (bassinet) which was fantastic when she was a newborn--it was January when she was born, cold and wet. The seat can face either front or back, which is nice.
3) It took me time to find a carrier that worked for me and to get the confidence to use it for longer trips. Even now, I still need the stroller if I'll be bringing back a lot of shopping (even if it's just to use as a shopping cart )
4) I don't drive. It's walk or bus (or DH driving us on weekends). Everyone in London takes their buggy on the bus (they don't have to be folded unless a wheelchair comes on). I can tell you from experience, anything bigger than an umbrella stroller (or semi-umbrella like the Maclaren Triumph) takes up about the same amount of room. The three-wheelers are actually the biggest because they stick out more in front.
Don't forget, the smallest thing you can use with a <6mos infant is a Maclaren Techno, and it's not really ideal (baby isn't enclosed, can't face mom which is best at that age).
I admit I did feel a little silly in New York, where you can't take the buggy on the bus so only really posh mums (I saw loads of them in Central Park) have Bugaboos and everyone else has Maclarens. In London it's not quite like that.
Anyway, with the amount of stroller pushing I do, I wanted something that was easy and could stand up to a lot. If i were doing it again, even with the wrap, I'd get it.
I WOULD like to avoid a double; it all depends on spacing I think.
Now, I have a friend with triplets, and her stroller really is huge. But I don't think she's got much choice!
DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011
However, I DO notice plenty of people with shopping carts being rude and oblivious. Why, oh, why do folks just park those things right in the middle of the aisle and not even care or notice that other people can't get by? Grrrrr!
We have a sit and stand stroller, which is quite long but not very wide. I use it when we'll have a lot of walking to do - the zoo, festivals, family walks, etc. I have a 5 yo son and an almost 2 yo daughter. My son has fatigue problems so he gets tired if he has to walk for a while. My daughter is a fiesty little thing so tends to run in the opposite direction of where we're going. I often carry her in the sling, and she is usually slinged for short outings, but sometimes she gets heavy so she goes in the stroller if she can't walk without running away from us. Sometimes, the stroller is only holding my stuff, sometimes it is holding one kid and my stuff while the other kid walks, sometimes one kid is in a sling and one kid in the stroller, and sometimes they are both in the stroller.
Oh, and I sometimes get looks when my son is riding the stroller, like I'm being lazy for keeping him in a stroller, because they can't tell that he has special needs. He LOOKS like he should be walking next to me but he can't do it for very long.
Plus, when I am hurting, a larger stroller gives me something to lean on. The umbrella stroller, when I used it, was a few inches to short and ill-balanced, so that if my child got out of it, it would fall backwards. I would often end up with a backache because I was leaning over to push it, and it was even worse for my dh who is a good 10 inches taller than me.
Mom to 10yo Autistic Wonder Boy and 6yo Inquisitive Fireball Girl . December birthdays.
My friend has children the same age as mine, and she spent a huge amount of money on some gigantic double jog stroller, and her 4 year old rides everywhere in it. The kid never walks! He is very chubby and frankly I think he could do with a bit of walking! (He has no health problems, just doesn't like to move much!)
I guess it works for her. I suppose people use them for situations where the child won't walk for long, or they use it as a restraint. Or if you are in the city and have to walk everywhere, you'd need it to carry stuff, too.
The big strollers can be a problem in crowded public spaces.
he is 14 months, 26 pounds and really doesn't like being in a sling or mei tie anymore (he NEEEDS to get done and explore anywhere new)
I actually have a very embarrassingly large amount of strollers
but in all fairness i used to babysit/day care and NEEDED them! i swear