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I will be traveling to Boston in September for my cousin's wedding with ds and my parents (dh has to work, so he won't be able to come). ds will be 8 1/2 months old at that time. Do you think I would be crazy to not bring a stroller? We have one that we received as a present, but we haven't used it yet - I prefer to wear him, and I think it would be more of a hassle than anything else - worrying about the airline damaging the stroller, lugging it from place to place, maneuvering it around everywhere, etc. With my wrap I can just pop him in and out, easy as pie, and though I'm sure he will be bigger and heavier in 3 months, I'm sure I will have adapted to his weight and will have learned some different ways to carry him. We will be gone for about 5 days and most of our time will be spent at different family members' homes, the wedding, and a day of light sightseeing in Boston...not walking the John Revere trail or whatever it's called but more like going to parks etc.<br><br>
When I told my parents that I wasn't planning on bringing the stroller, however, they told me I was nuts.<br><br>
"Where is he going to sit when he goes to people's houses?" um, well, I hope he can sit unassited by then, in which case he will sit on a blanket on the floor, or on the couch, or who knows, if he is crawling by then he probably won't want to sit still anyway! Or, crazy concept, I know, but he can sit on my LAP!<br><br>
"Where are you going to put him at the wedding?" um, well, during church I think he'd be fine on my lap, and if he gets fussy I can carry him outside/in the foyer? I would just wear him in the wrap or just carry him in, right? Then at the reception, which will be at a country club I think, he will be able to sit in a booster seat, no?<br><br>
So what do you think? Am I crazy for not wanting to bring a stroller, or do you think I will be just fine?<br><br>
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Nope. I think you'll be fine. I think I've used our stroller maybe a total of 5 times.<br>
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I think you will be absolutely fine. If your baby feels too heavy in the carrier you have, maybe invest in a new one like an Ergo. My 7 month old is 22 pounds and I carry him almost all the time, so i think it would be fine to go on a trip with him without a stroller. It will definitely be easier in the airport. At that age, you can also just pick up a really cheap 10-15 dollar stroller and check it with your luggage. It isn't the best for a baby because they don't have a recline, but it would be fine in a pinch!
 

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Yeah, what she said........ a lot of times it's easier to go without the stroller. I don't even wear my DS as much as I just CARRY him, kwim??? And all those relatives will be passing him around anyway, and if he's sleepy he'd sleep better in the wrap than in a stroller anyway, in my experience.<br><br>
If you find you need one once you get there, you can buy a cheap umbrella stroller, like for any long walking.
 

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I travelled with my DS across country for 10 days when he was 5 months old without a stroller. It made it <b>easier</b>. The flight was easier (red-eye flight, we <b>both</b> got to sleep with him being worn), switching planes on my layover was easier.<br><br>
You'll do great without it. I wouldn't even bring it "in case" because then you'll just be dealing with the extra hassle of lugging it around for no reason when you don't end up using it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I think you'll be fine. Even if you get there and find you simply <i>can't</i> live without one, you can go to Walmart or Target and buy a cheapo umbrella stroller for 10 bucks (or less)<br><br>
ETA: I posted before reading all of the responses, and of course someone else already suggested this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Not sure what type of wrap you have - but if it's a stretchy you might want to consider investing in a woven by that point, or a MT (in other words, anything that could accommodate a heavier babe and back carries - which are my current favorite mode of transport with DS2, who is 6mos old - and 18+ pounds! great for housework, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)
 

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What they said. We travel often, locally and internationally. We've never brought a stroller and never regretted not having one. In the beginning we used a sling now (10 months – really since about 7~8 months) we’ve used an Ergo.<br><br>
The first trip we did happened to be back home to visit mom. (International trip) She commented on how tough it was traveling with a baby with all the extra stuff. We showed up with a baby and a sling and a car seat. We picked up our two checked bags (one for hubby and one for baby and I) and she said “THAT’S IT?!” Yea mom. That’s it.<br><br>
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I second (third?) not using the stroller. when we travel anywhere, I just wear the babe. its so much easier and one less thing to worry about. Ds is 1 and about 24 lbs, so I've upgraded to the Beco Butterfly from the Maya Wrap.<br><br>
Either way, wearing the baby, rather than dragging the stroller around is just easier and a great way to have the baby take a nap on the go!
 

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Ugh, strollers are just annoying. Do your parents actually expect your baby to just sit there anyways? I think it would be weird to park your kid in the stroller at someone's house but that's just me.<br><br>
We bought a stroller, I have no idea why, dh is the only one who's used it and that was 9 mos ago. What a waste of money!<br><br>
When I traveled alone with my kids back in October (they were 3 mos old and 3 yrs old at the time) I took a stroller. Know what? I left it on my trip back. It was such a hassle I didn't want to deal with it on my way back at all so I donated it. Good riddance.<br><br>
Also, try learning a back carry. I don't know what I would do without a back carry! It's so nice when they are getting bigger and heavier and great to have the use of both your hands when in the airport.
 

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if there's someone in your family in boston that has one you can borrow, that would be great. that way, you can use it without having to travel with it.<br><br>
grandparents seem to LOVE to to push the stroller, so maybe that's why they want you to bring one - so they can show off your LO to everyone!
 

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We did a week in Mexico with just our Ergo and it was perfect! Strollers are so cumbersome and if your child is used to being worn he may not take to the stroller very well anyway if you tried.
 

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One thing to consider-- I almost always carry my 1.5 yo (and she walks more often than not, now), but on a recent trip with my parents I brought the stroller and I'm glad i did. My mother and father are far from old, but toting 20+ pounds for long periods is uncomfortable for both of them, and they wanted to spend time with her, too-- I almost never used the stroller, but the two of them used it quite a bit. (of course, my daughter was 12 months, then, so a bit older than your son will be, so he will probably be almost entirely with you, anyway).<br>
The pp's idea of just buying a $12 umbrella stroller when you get there is great-- that's probably what I would do.
 

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Not crazy at all. I wouldn't bring the stroller, either. It's enough of a pain getting that thing out of the house, let alone onto an airplane. I think it's smart not to bring it and will save a lot of headaches.. your family just probably isn't familiar enough with babywearing to realize how much easier it will be. And while your babe will be a bit heavier in three months, it probably wont make much of a difference to you. I barely notice the weight difference changing with DD in the wrap... she's 19 months now and I still don't have a problem wearing her in it for long walks in a back carry.<br><br>
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I don't think you're crazy to leave the stroller at home, however I will offer some alternative views based on my practical experience.<br><br>
First, how much do you currently use your stroller? I hardly ever use ours alone, but Jake is a big fan of his car seat and naps very well in it. When we went to Disney earlier this month, we took the stroller and used it in combo with his car seat. That was *wonderful* for him because I could close both canopies and he was completely shielded from the world and felt right at home in his little comfort zone. It actually helped keep him on his nap schedule, which amazed me.<br><br>
Besides that, a day at Disney was too much carrying for all of us. He doesn't tolerate it that long, even in the Ergo. The stroller also gave us a way to transport his diaper bag and a day's worth of necessities.<br><br>
To that end, I actually find the stroller helpful for navigating the airport - that much less for me to carry because I can transport it on the stroller (and then gate check the stroller) - even IF I'm wearing the baby.<br><br>
If you're mostly going to be sitting around in various homes or at events on this trip, the stroller is probably superflorous and more hassle than it's worth. Especially if your babe naps well in a baby carrier and likes to be in it for long stretches.
 

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I think you should be fine. i've taken DS on some short trips (for up to 4 days) across the country, only taking the Ergo because I couldn't cope with the pushchair and the luggage on my own. It was fine. As for where he will sit, he was fine sitting on the floor or on people's laps. By 8 1/2 months he may even be starting to stand, etc. I would recommend a carrier like the ERgo, though - I could never have done it with a ring sling like the one I had before. The Ergo is great!
 

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Thanks all for your replies! I think that one of the reasons that my parents want me to bring the stroller is because they bought it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I picked it out, even - but I picked out a version that is more suited to an older child than an infant. It is like a fancy version of an umbrella stroller - Combi brand I think? I pretty much picked it out because I knew that if I ever did use it, it would be when ds was older and there would perhaps be a new lo in the picture and I would be wearing the new baby and pushing ds1 in the stroller when he got tired.<br><br>
MaterPrimae - I know what you're saying about grandparents wanting to share in the fun of pushing the stroller etc., so I am sure that's also a reason. My mom can't carry him too well, she's not old but does have some arm issues. So I guess I should take that into consideration. But I feel like they will have plenty of time to interact with him on other occasions when we're not going somewhere, too.<br><br>
I can definitely see the practical use of a stroller at a place like Disneyland where you're walking all day long, but since we won't be doing any of that, I just don't see the point.<br><br>
Thanks all for your advice!
 

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Yeah we went to Ohio and Va from Philly for the holidays and didn't bring a stroller, there was no room for one!<br><br>
My bff just went to Ohio with her little one and Grandma bought a cheapy stroller at Target while they were there and used it and I think broke it before they left!
 

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I wouldn't bring the stroller, I have yet to use the one I was gifted too. I flew with my DD back in April and even though she was much younger than your DC will be during your trip, wearing your babe is the best. I agree with Patchchild.... feel superior when you walk by overloaded stressed looking parents trying to pull luggage and push strollers! I know I did.<br><br>
I think that everyone will have plenty of opportunities to interact with your child without needing to push a stroller also. Many people just aren't used to the idea of wearing a baby, and think it's impracticable. I know my parents do, every week they ask me if DD is too heavy for me to wear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Who knows, maybe you will convert a few moms to consider baby wearing once they see the ease with which you move around without having a stroller holding you back.<br><br>
Enjoy your trip.
 
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