Do you need a stroller/pram?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a snap and go stroller which is basically just wheels to attach the car seat to. I can’t imagine not having it … the car seat is heavy, and it’s a pain in the ass to get the baby in and out of it all the time, so it’s MUCH easier to snap the car seat into the snap and go whenever I have to take her somewhere that’s going to involve walking around. I hardly ever use the cargo area in the bottom of it … I just need an actual physical place to set the baby down when I’m out and about!

Post # 4
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a Britax b ready and and a Bob sport utility. I’ve used both strollers combined maybe… 10 times? In almost 7 months. I could definately get away without a stroller. I use my carrier all.the.time. For grocery shopping, walks, everything. I love having a carrier, it’s so much easier and comfortable for both of us. I just got the BOb because I want to start jogging and you can’t really do that in a carrier.

Post # 5
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think this depends on where you live and how much space you have.  I can see more urban dwellers doing without, at least until the kiddo is much bigger.  It’s a must for me, but I don’t deal with public transportation, I look forward to walks outside using it, and we have a place to store it when not in use.

Post # 6
7192 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We usually just use our baby carrier. DD usually doesn’t last too long in the stroller without crying, and our stroller is kind of a PITA.

Post # 7
1395 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I vote 100% yes to the pram. Having one made it possible for me to get out every day, which was vital to my sanity–in those early weeks and months, getting out for a walk, little fresh air and maybe a coffee in the afternoons did wonders for my morale. I’m convinced it’s a large part of the reason I never suffered from post-natal depression.

I’m all for baby wearing; I wear mine a lot in lieu of putting them in the pram when we’re just going from point a to point b (we live in the city and don’t have a car, so I take trains, buses, trams, etc. to get around). However, it gets tiring wearing a baby for long stretches, and it’s good to have a proper lie-flat cot for the first few months anyway because it’s brilliant to basically be able to push their bed around on wheels. I managed a day-long outing to Ikea with my mum when they were just 12 days old because they were happy as clams being pushed around and napping when they felt like it! Also, it’s handy to have somewhere to put all the extra stuff you have to lug around for a baby (sooooo much crap), and if the baby gets cranky in their carrier, it’s nice to be able to unload them into the pram. 

I do agree with other posters, though, that it depends a lot on your lifestyle. Do you drive a lot? If so, you may be able to get away with just a carrier as you don’t have the added time of walking or taking public transport to get places, which makes trips a lot quicker and thus less tiring. The tiring thing might just be me, though, as I can only do 2 hours or so with the twins…  There would be no long afternoons with the latte set if I just had the carriers!

Post # 8
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lucyh2bee: I personally could not..carrying your baby in a sling or bjorn is ok for a short trip but I can’t imagine going everywhere like this and what if it rains or you want to do some shopping and put it underneath to carry it. Walking with a sling etc is also slower. But I guess if you drive lots then maybe you will be ok.

Post # 9
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We live downtown where it’s very walker friendly so we walk around local parks and to local restaurants at least 3 days a week so a stroller is a must have for us.  If you mostly drive everywhere you can probably get away without a stroller.  Shopping carts here in the US hold carseats so you might only need one if you shop at malls often and even then you can get away with not having a stroller if you plan to carry the baby in a wrap or sling.

Post # 10
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My daughter never liked the stroller. I used a baby hawk when we were out until she could walk. I won’t be spending the money on a stroller this time around. We will be wearing baby from the start

Post # 11
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, you ladies must be strong! I could never go more than a few minutes with the baby carrier / sling. We had a pram *and* a stroller. (The stroller was a lightweight thing which baby could only sit up in (so no good until baby can sit); the pram was much heavier and baby could either lie down or sit up). Plus, as the OP points out, you need somewhere for all the baby stuff anyway. Plus, if you’re out and baby is a asleep, I don’t see how the sling would work.

Post # 12
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lucyh2bee:  I don’t think you need one necessarily – I didn’t have one at all – we just used Ergo to carry her wherever we went. I also don’t think you need to bring a tonne of stuff out every time you leave the house.  We live in downtown of a city, so it’s a lot easier to maneuver around without one. Now that she’s older and a bit heavy for carrying for a long time we have one of those cheap light fold-up umbrella strollers for a day at the zoo or whatevs. 

Post # 13
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Wearing is an excellent option BUT depending on your body type and stamina it can get to be taxing after a while. Some carriers offer better lumbar support (or whatever) and can be work for longer walks and more aerobic activities.

Post # 14
277 posts
Helper bee

Yep, I definitely needed mine, and still use it everyday. I wore him a lot at home, but now he’s 30 lbs at 14 months and is not really cooperating. I second the poster who takes a lot of walks. I’m a sahm (well, mostly) and we go out every day.

Also, it makes trying things on at stores a heckuva lot easier.

Post # 15
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For me, I need a stroller!  My son is 25 pounds and I am 7 months pregnant so there is no way I could carry him in a carrier all the time.  Of course he does walk now so we use the stroller less, but it’s good to have somewhere to put the bags and also to confine him if he gets rowdy and I am having trouble holding his hand.  Also good to have it in case he gets tired and needs a break from walking. Before he could walk, we used it a lot when we went out for long periods of time.

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