Jumping in here...
I also didnt read ALL the pages (hey, you guys posted 183 messages when I wasnt looking
I just got really interested b/c my just-turned 4yo DD rarely walks.
I actually find it disturbing, because I am a self-confessed anti-stroller-snob... though I do try to keep an open mind and assume that the multitude of strollers contain kids who really want to be there, are tired of walking and have parents who cant carry them for whatever reason...
Anyway, DD rarely walks, sometimes we get less than 100M before she flops on the ground and declares that her legs hurt and she cant walk any more. Honestly, we cant find anything physically wrong with her, she just doesnt like walking (though if its a game she can run till the cows come home
So I sling her most of the time, in a home-made wrap on my back. it works well, and she can sleep in there, but lets be honest, shes a 4-year-old, and I'm only human! after an hour's walk, I'm BEAT!, and sometimes find myself wishing for a stroller. Of course, I didnt bring one, because I'm a stroller snob.
So maybe all those mamas I see in the malls pushing their kids were smarter than me, as I stumble on sweating and lugging a big kid on my back and a bunch of groceries