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<div style="font-style:italic;">My Penelope Leach book says that it is very difficult for children to follow or walk alongside their parents until at least the third birthday, not because of stamina but because of how their brains are at that age. They are designed to run around the focal point of a stationary parent, or be carried by a moving one-- not move along with a moving target. So after a minute or two it becomes too much of a mental effort for them to handle.</div>
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Cross-posted with you this morning, lolar. That's an interesting perspective.<br><br>
When she was younger, I was very much into the Continuum Concept (and I still am, to a degree). Do you think that this would be different if we were in a group? Or would she simply be carried?<br><br>
She does love running around in circles in our communal play area, and never seems to tire of that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I will try breaks, too. Maybe I just need to see our walks as an event, rather than as transportation.
 

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Wow, I have no advice because I have the opposite problem with my 3 year old. She won't go in a stroller for more than five minutes. We went for a hike the other day and she walked for 2.5 HOURS.<br><br>
So, it's definitely not AP that makes her like to be carried!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, I have no advice because I have the opposite problem with my 3 year old. She won't go in a stroller for more than five minutes. We went for a hike the other day and she walked for 2.5 HOURS.<br><br>
So, it's definitely not AP that makes her like to be carried!</div>
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No, I think that it was the fact that she loved to be carried that led me to AP, actually.<br><br>
Maybe if we mix both of them up, we'll have a good mix of walker and stroller rider?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This struck me as not very sympathetic. Some people don't have the money to replace a stroller, no matter it's cost.</div>
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I think she meant because people wouldn't bother to steal a less expensive stroller.<br><br>
However, umbrella stroller all the way. You can even just hook it on the side of the grocery cart, or have your LO push it with books in at the library.
 

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My 3 year old likes walking, hates the stroller. He is energetic, but he doesn't always move in a straight line to the destination. Sometimes I go bonkers and just carry him instead, but he's not to heavy for me to carry yet.
 

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I have twins (almost 6), plus a 27 mo. My twins, especially one of them, hated walking and didn't really like the stroller either. We have a park that's just 4 blocks away from our house and they were nearly 4 before they would walk all the way to the park by themselves. They couldn't even make it on a scooter!<br><br>
My 27 month-old dd, however, walked easily all the way there (and back) last summer and she was barely 18 months. She just preferred walking. She doesn't really sit in the wagon too long and I haven't used a stroller for her for probably a year.<br><br>
I think it's just your dd's temperament. There was certainly nothing wrong with my twins-- they were and are excellent athletes. I don't think you necessarily "create" a child who wants to be carried. It's who they are.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't think you necessarily "create" a child who wants to be carried. It's who they are.</div>
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Yep. I think so. She loves to be carried and she loves to nurse. She nurses more than most 1-year-olds I know! As I said above, that's what led me to AP, rather than the other way around, I think.<br><br>
Today I decided to go with the flow. She went in her carrier as I made breakfast and cleaned (30-40 minutes). We went for a run to get to a friend's house. I asked her if she wanted to run with me (sometimes she does), but she decided to sit in the stroller for 45 minutes.<br><br>
We stopped at the library, ditched the stroller, and I carried her for 15 minutes in the library.<br><br>
She used the stroller to get to the friend's house (10 minutes).<br><br>
She played at our friend's house for 2 hours.<br><br>
This is how it goes if I go with the flow - about 1/2 moving and 1/2 being carried in some way.<br><br>
I am getting an umbrella stroller off Freecycle this week, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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