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Do you use your stroller? I didn't start slinging my son until he was past 10 months old. I've never used a sling with a newborn before, and wonder how often I'd use a stroller with a sling.<br><br>
Maybe I should wait until after the baby is born until I buy a stroller?
 

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We rarely used our stroller with Thomas until he was old enough to use the lighter weight umbrella stroller (about 3 months). Even then, we still don't use the stroller often (maybe once/month). We still sling him everywhere we go. If I were to do it again, I would probably not buy the big bulky strooler that held our carseat in it...instead, I would invest in a couple of slings and wait til you can get a good umbrella stroller.
 

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i would wait on the stroller<br>
i have never used one yet and dd is 10 mos old<br>
the sling is just so easy,compaired to lugging a stroller. might be good if you go to a lot of fairs to hold your stuff while the baby is in the sling :p
 

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I use both. I'm actually in the process of picking out a double jogging stroller for taking walks because I can't sling ds for real long periods, especially hard walking.<br><br>
That said, I sling him when we go to the store or the mall and take the stroller or a cart for in case my 2.5yo wants to ride or to carry purchases. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I take the stroller when we go to the park too in case I need to set him down while I help dd play. With dd, we didn't use the stroller much but now that I have two kids I find I need it sometimes.<br><br>
I would suggest waiting until baby is born and see if you need it or not. Maybe go ahead and shop around a little so you have an idea of what you want and if you decided you need one later it won't take too long to decide on one and order it.
 

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I agree with waiting until after the baby is born to see if you will use a stroller. It all depends on your life habits. We sling but still use the stroller when we go for our long evening walks. I can't sling for that long. Also, as busybusymomma said, we also use the double stroller when I go out with both kids, that way I have a place to put dd down when I need to interact directly with ds (such as help him climb something, etc. which I couldn't do as easily with a sling). So it all depends on your habits and preferences.
 

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My MIL insisted on buying me a big fancy stroller before dd was born, even though I told her on several occassions that I would be using a sling as much as possible. She claimed it was a must-have baby item. Well, dd is 7 months and I still haven't taken the stroller out of the box. I wanted to return it, but knew that would upset MIL, so I'm holding onto it for now to see if we ever use it...maybe for long walks when dd gets too heavy?<br>
Anyway, as others have suggested I would wait and see before you invest.
 

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I just wonder how you carry all your stuff if you sling everywhere. I always seem to have this enormous diaper bag to lug around. I have a backpack now for both kids' stuff & it sometimes weighs about 20 lbs!<br>
Think I have too much stuff??
 

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I used my sling and stroller the first 6 mos od dd's life. DS was too little and walked too slow :LOL He rode ni the stroller, dd rode in the sling while I pushed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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ds is 7mo, 21#. i don't own a stroller and see no need for one (even when i imagine having 2 kids.) his diaper backpack is quite light, but i often swing a heavy grocery bag (canvas) over the other shoulder (counterbalance <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) i have no problem with long walks etc, but we do have a comfortable frame kelty backpack (dp prefers it for long hikes)
 

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I would wait on the stroller. Some children genuinely don't care for them. I have a bad back and ended up shopping for one when ds was around five months old, when his weight just got to be a lot for me (shortly later, I got the Ergo, which remedied that---but that's another thread!). Anyway, I was able to 'test drive' them in the store to figure out the he really liked riding in them and got a cheapie umbrella one.<br>
I don't use it often, but it's nice to have.
 

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I use both quite a bit. I often carry DS in the sling, and put his diaper bag/shopping bags in the stroller. We also use the stroller when he's getting cranky and wants to sleep, but is too distracted to rock. He's never been a sleep-in-the-sling baby - he's too interested in the world from that vantage point! A 45-minute walk in the stroller is just about perfect. I have one of the mega-strollers, which I actually really like because it has 2 positions, one reclined for sleeping and one sitting up. It was also useful when, at 2 months, he became too big for his car seat, but still wasn't anywhere close to sitting up. We would take the stroller to restaurants and hold him until our food came, and then he'd sit in the stroller and play for a few minutes while we ate.
 

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i did not get a stroller until dd was 17 months old. i had a sling, a bjorn, a hip carrier and a trekker. the reason i finally got the stroller was the oppressive heat! we were walking 1-2 miles a day in the backpack and would both end up soaking wet with each other's sweat. disgusting. so we got a jogging stroller and she loves it! i still use the hip carrier sometimes, like in the grocery store when she doesn't want to sit in a cart. she's 24 pounds.
 

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Wow! Thanks for all the responses! I think I'll hold on the stroller until the baby gets a bit older--I had some back issues with DS, but he was heavier when I was slinging him than the little newborn will be.<br><br>
I am LOL about using the stroller to hold packages...we did end up using it more for that kind of stuff than holding the baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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One alternate suggestion...next time around I will get one of those stroller frames that holds an infant car seat! I used the stroller (big ol' SUV thingie that I have since sold!) for when dd had fallen asleep in the car and I wanted to transfer her without taking her out of the car seat. But I just got a smaller stroller for plane trips and things bc we just never used the huge one once I couldn't do the transfer car seat thing...she's always in a carrier of some type.<br>
Good luck and peace.
 

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Both DH and I sling our 2 year old and our infant. as well as use a stroller. It is particularly useful at the mall or going for walks. My shoulder tends to hurt if I use the sling for really long periods of time, so if the baby falls asleep, I lay him in the stroller. Noah will sit in the stroller when it is time for a snack or if he doesn't want to be held. I like the various options.
 

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I used my Ergo today and wow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Now that ds is bigger, my back starts hurting with the sling after awhile (I had the same problem with the baby bjorn).<br><br>
Well, we walked many, many blocks and I was fine! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I liked how it fit and I'm so glad I got a good deal on it. I'm going to try taking dd for a walk tomorrow while using the Ergo and see how that works. Not sure how well I can push and carry. One of the pitfalls of being small I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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I own a stroller but for my older child. My son is 8 months old and he goes in the stoller only if we are eating (like in the food court) TO me it is much easier to sling the little ones. My DD who is 3 had not been strolled on a regular basis unti my youngest was born. she still asked to be in the sling occasionally.
 

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I agree with the poster who suggested a sling and an umbrella stroller. I didn't start slinging Mylo until he was about six weeks old, and it made our big honking graco obsolete. I discovered that there was no need for a huge and cumbersome stroller when I could just drop him in the sling and go. Once he got bigger, though, and it started getting uncomforatble to sling him for long stretches (more than an hour), a lightweight stroller was a great thing to have.
 
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