(Closed) Are strollers necessary in the first year of life?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

A stroller is by far something you will need. I would recommend a stroller big time. My kids are older now but I remember how important a stroller is. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Personally, we didn’t use the stroller much with our first because we preferred putting her in the baby carrier.  Now that we have two kids, we do use the stroller more often, but I still prefer to use the carrier.  I think you could always buy a stroller, if you decided you wanted/needed it later on!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I couldn’t imagine not having one. LO isn’t here yet but going for walks and outings, I will need a stroller. LO’s get heavy and if you are carrying your LO as well as a diaper bag you might get tired and not have any hands left. What if you are just going to the mall?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ms.melli- Sorry, didn’t realize it was your post.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

For young babies, some parents like strollers, some prefer baby wearing.  And some babies only want to be held, and some hate carriers. Why not get an inexpensive snap ‘n go and see how often you use it?  They’re pretty cheap, lightweight, and can be used with your carseat.  Then you could decide later if you need a stroller or not.  Although, in my personal opinion I would want a stroller once they’re in toddler age – heavy to be carried by me, and squirmy. 

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

babies get heavy! I would definitely recommend a stroller for walks and stuff even if you don’t use it at the grocery store.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You probably could wait and see how the baby-wearing goes the first few months. If you find yourself wanting a stroller after 1, 3, or 7 months, you can always buy one then!! There’s no reason that you *have* to have it before the baby is born.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Look at your lifestyle.  Do you go for a lot of walks?  Do you like browsing the mall, going to festivals etc?  Make a list of the places you think you will be with the newborn and then go down and see if you need a stroller at each.  If you stick to grocery stores, restaurants, church etc where you can get away with bringing in the baby carrier you probably don’t need one right away.  If you go to a lot of places where you tend to be walking around/on your feet for more then 5 minutes at a time, and they don’t have something like a shopping cart to put the carrier in then you are definitly going to want a stroller. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

My sister didn’t buy a stroller at all. I think she still doesn’t have one and my niece is over 2 years old! She wore her everywhere.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A baby carrier kind of ties in with the snap and go.  Its the piece that looks like a rear facing car seat.  They make sets now where you have a plastic base that stays in the car.  Then you have the “baby carrier” with the handle on it, and you have a third piece which is a stroller base (looks like a stroller without a seat. You put the little one in the carrier, and it locks into place on the base thats in the car.  When you get out, it locks into the stroller base.  The advantage is when your little one has just stopped crying/fallen asleep, you can transfer from car, to stroller etc without having to unstrap and pick them up.  The carrier can be set into shopping carts, set next to you in a restaurant booth, etc. 

http://www.google.com/search?q=snap+and+go+car+seat+stroller&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=q1YpUNbiM8i20AHMxIGwDA&ved=0CDAQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=672#biv=i|38;d|6eigkV74WvRMdM:

This llink shows a picture that should give you a decent idea of what it is.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Just to be clear, when I referenced a “baby carrier” in my previous post, I meant a sling, wrap, or other child-wearing device.  We have a Moby Wrap, a Baby Bjorn, and an Ergo; three different types of “baby carriers” that are specifically designed so an adult can “carry” the child without using his/her hands.

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