I don't have one ,but I have seen people use a stroller that has a standing bar in the back. My DS is 3.5 and pretty much walks everywhere. I carry an extra mei tai with me just in case, but usually, if he's getting tired, we'll just sing songs or tell stories and that keeps him going.
Don't get a wagon. I've never found them very easy to pull for long periods of time.
What kind of double stroller do you have? We have the Mountain Buggy Urban Double and as long as the tires are nicely inflated, you barely even have to push it. I'm not kidding, it is the best stroller ever invented.
The cost of the MBUD may be prohibitive, but any jogging type double stoller would work *as long as the front wheels swivel*. Imo, a stroller without front swiveling wheels is useless (unless you are running of course).
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I would say make him walk, but my older 2 year old and almost 4 year old don't tire easily. Or at 37 perhaps I should say I tire so much faster than they do that it's not an issue for us. Maybe you gals in your 20s have a different situation
My daughter stopped using a stroller when she stopped napping as that's pretty much all we were using if for, when we were out for a long period and she needed a sleep. We live in a city and walk everywhere as I don't drive.
Do you guys have Buggy Boards (or similar things) there? It's a board with wheels that attaches to the handle side of a stroller. The older child can stand on it while the adult pushes. It's easy to pun on and lightweight.
Ah, found one on Amazon in the US:
I'm not sure if that is typical of price but I am sure you could find out with a search.
A wagon is good for a walking trip, like to and from the park. At the zoo or something it's okay, as long as it's easy for them to get in and out. Another advantage is that it can carry your stuff even if the kid wants to walk.
Now that I'm pregnant, I'm just not feeling like carrying myself, my belly, AND my three year old. Daddy's taken over on weekends, and during the week I just tell her (if it's farther than across a parking lot) that I need her to walk a little further. You can always stop and take a break to rest.
At the zoo, there're lots of places to stop: benches, tables for a snack, the merry-go-round . . . so we don't take on too long a stretch at a time, and I pretty well know my daughter's stamina so I plan to be at the zoo just so long.
I'm hoping to avoid getting a stroller with the new baby as it seems like such a hassle (and expense!). Since my dd is getting used to me not carrying her now, I'm thinking this could work out very naturally.
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if i go somewhere like the zoo (lots of walking, uphill and down) i take my single stroller, my ergo, and a wrap. this way i can easilly contain everyone if i need to and everybody has a place to go if they get tired.
what kind of stroller do you have? i have a maclaren volo as my single, and if both boys want to ride for a short time, i just put one on the others lap. it works great for the walk to or from the car, or if i'm in a hurry and need to walk faster.
My almost 3 yo can also walk around the zoo w/o a stroller and if it just us, I don't bring it (just the ergo, if she gets tired). However, if we are with friends, I do bring it, as dd1 likes to take off running with her friends, and I need dd2 in the stroller so I can keep up with dd1. I imagine that sometimes in the next 6 months to a year, dd1 will stop using the stroller all together.
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We never had any problems pulling the wagons, you get accustomed to it quickly. The ages of those in the wagons were between 2 & 4, 5 + up had to walk. Under 2 they don't always sit good in the wagon. The heavier kids went next to the handle otherwise it was hard to pull up onto the sidewalks that don't have wheelchair friendly curbs(which at this end of town few do)
A wagon would be much easier for trips to the zoo because they are easy for kids to get in & out of without much(if any) help. They can hold stuff by their feet & most have a compartment under 1 seat. My neighbor's has an addition to the back of it that holds stuff too.
if you visit zoo a lot i would reccamend a used dbl jogging stroller, it distributes weight and is MUCH easier to push, dds head touched canopy of regular dbl stroller at age 3, but at age 5 she still has room in jogging stroller....I got it for less than $100 at kids resale shop---and traded a few things in so it only cost me about 40....well worth it
My mother told me today that she insists on buying me a wagon. She picked out a Berlin Flyer 400, which is a wood wagon with rubber (not plastic) tires. Since she is buying I can't object. I think I'm going to try it and if it is too much to handle then I am going to get one of those buggy board things for the back of my Maclaren Volo single stroller.
But in the past, sometimes we would, for short stretches, stack two in the single, or let a third sit on the double. Just to make a break or take a little rest.
This depends so much on the family and the individual child. But for ours, we got by with just joggers.