My first question (if you don't mind) is: will I need a stroller? Baby will be born in autumn and we probably won't take too long walks; the winter temperatures here are around -20. And when baby gets older (and heavier), I could just get an umbrella stroller. Is it really feasible? Do you have a stroller and do you use it often?
Mother of 3, welcomed a new baby girl July 2011
1 is a Bob revolution(given to us by DH's brother). I use it for loooong walks when I don't want to wear DD, I've also started babysiting so I push 1 lo & wear the other & this winter I used it when I walked to dog b/c the sidewalks were icy & it wasn't safe to wear DD. My DH also likes to push DD in the stroller.
stroller #2 is a hand me down maclaren volo. we just got it recently & keep it in the car. DH likes to push DD. I like to use it when I need to do a lot of shopping.
I do also wear DD a lot! She naps every day on my back in a mt or wrap
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The travel system was great when he was asleep and I didn't want to wake him up. We took the BOB to the driving range the other day and it was great to keep him off the wet grass while we hit balls.
-If I'm taking all three kids (4, 23 months and 3 months) for a walk by myself, then I use the double stroller.
-If I have another adult with me, then I wear the baby and the toddler rides in the umbrella stroller. Its too low for me push while wearing the baby.
-If its a situation where the toddler can run free, then I wear the baby.
(The 4-year old always walks.)
I do what works and when it stops working, then I do something else.
Other times I liked having a stroller:
When shopping if I wanted to be trying on clothes. Otherwise I'd take him in a carrier.
When we traveled - like when we went to Mexico when DS was 7 months old - it can help getting through the airport. We'd alternate between the stroller and the Ergo for getting through security, but the umbrella stroller was nice because it could be used for stashing stuff or to double up as a chair at places without high chairs. I was just learning how to use the Ergo as a back carrier, so I thought the stroller was easier for going through security than having to take him on and off my back.
I highly recommend a soft structured carrier like an Ergo. It seems to work better for wearing under big jackets, and worked well in hot weather too. Wraps are also nice, but I personally found slings awkward for doing much other than standing around with a newborn.
I'd also suggest planning to wear your baby *under* your coat, rather than bundling both of you up and wearing baby on top. Dress yourselves both warmly (sweater, hat) and put baby in carrier; then put your coat on over both of you and zip/button it up to baby's neck. This works great!
As for our data points, we do have an umbrella stroller that we have used only a handful of times. I've never enjoyed it at all. But every family is different!
We have a double stroller that I use for my older two (4 yrs & 24 months) when we go to trips like the zoo or the arboretum. Yesterday, my two year old napped for 1 hour in the stroller while we were at the arboretum. He fell asleep in the car on the way there and slept in the stroller. Woke up later and played until we left. It came in very handy to have the stroller.
So, if you are thinking of getting a stroller, think of it more for your older child rather than the baby.
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I'm car light and was car-free with his sibs, and it is so much easier and less hassle to put my packages in a folding shopping cart and cuddle the kid than to put the kid in a stroller and cuddle my purchases.
ds has a different father and is already bigger than his sibs so I splurged on some nice but not cheap GSW woven wraps.How funny to see people running after me with $10 umbrella strollers and "I'm doing my good deed for the day" smiles on their faces! I've found that the best way to handle it is to cut them off abruptly with a "don't have any use for it myself BUT" and then start raving about various local charitable organizations who could take it off their hands.
I took a mile long walk a month or so ago with dd in a front carrier and I almost collapsed. I couldn't even push dd1 in the stroller b/c I had to support dd2 with my hands as well.
My mom just got me a sit n stand (because dd1 is almost 4) and I have used it a few times and it is from heaven. I love babywearing and I am committed to it but you also have to do what works for you.
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I think my point is, you do not know how things are going to go when dc arrives. How will your older dc react to a new dc? Maybe a stroller with a place for older dc to stand would be a good idea. Will dc be big or small, want to be upright(this is how my ds is from day 1, no cradling in a sling), plus how will you feel with your carriers? When I go shopping for longer periods of time, I like to have a little freedom to bend over, look at things, etc. I feel like it gives me a little space as having 2 children needing me so much can be hard on me emotionally. I admire people who wear their babies all the time, I thought I would as well. But, I am so grateful I have a stroller.
Are you in any hurry for it? Could you wait to see if you need it?
Thanks for posting