I can't believe people are actually saying those things to you!
My kids were walking when we were out and about by the time they hit a year. Earlier, in fact (DD was 11 months, DS 10, when they started wanting down while we were out). It may just have been that both of my kids are big (DD is very tall for her age, DS is just big) and they have always been mistaken for being much older than they actually are (people would assume they were about 2).
She "shouldn't get in the habit?" What, like they don't walk? Wouldn't you rather she be in the habit of walking than used to being ferried everywhere? To an especially b*tchy person I think I'd say something to the effect of gee, you should go back to your car, you might get USED to being out in the open and what would happen when you had to go HOME?! It is roughly equivalent - why spend all that time unhappy just so that you are "used" to it later, when it may be important for what, a couple of minutes? Like there's an issue anyway?
I don't even know what I'd say to those tourists. I'd probably give them a look to melt metal, though. Aside from it being none of their darned business, what on earth would they prefer? You staying at home all day with her in the baby bouncer? Probably. These aren't the people you want to listen to, anyway. I'm thinking, what, were they soap-opera queens when they had their kids? Suuure, that's soooo much better. ARGH.
OK, sorry, I'm PMSing. Life sucks. I'm mean. Sorry.
Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.