(Closed) Are strollers really needed?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: To use or not to use strollers
    Of course, it is essential! : (64 votes)
    93 %
    Bought it but rarely used it : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Didn't find a need for it and didn't get buy one : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Waste of money! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    It kind of depends on your personal preferences. My daughter was in a snuggly for the most part as an infant so I could keep my hands free during outings. As she got a little older I relied on the stroller a lot for things like leisure walks, walking across town to the playground, walking on the beach. She’d fall asleep during walks in nice weather all the time while I could sip an iced coffee from the cup holder.

    Now that she older, we haven’t used it in awhile. But from about 9 months to age 3 we used it constantly. Umbrella strollers are GREAT in the city too. They don’t clog up the sidewalk but they let you zip around without having to worry about your child breaking away suddenly in the middle of a chaotic street.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    lmao having just come from the leashing thread πŸ™‚

     

    IMO yes, but I don’t like those big bulky offroading things for my very own self, and when I have a child it will be a minimalist pram and chest/back carrying harness combo for me. I will fight with Darling Husband over this, but I will win.

     I see too many kiddies having the stroller being used as an outdoor playpen/restraint for hours on end and personally will choose to be an unresponsible parent and let them be overwhelmed with the world around them. When they are older and in therapy I will blame it on acid they didn’t take as teens.

    The more Fiance and I talk about having kids the more I realize I am a closet hippy when it comes to child raising Vs today’s society πŸ™‚

     

     

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KatyElle:  Hmm. I was kind of hoping then Darling Husband will carry said child – I shouldn’t rely on that method? πŸ˜‰

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think I would have gone crazy without mine! We walk a lot and being able to put her in the stroller and walk without having to carry anyone has been amazing my little one is 2 and if we are doing a long walk or a outing that requires a lot of walking or there will be a ton of people around I stick her in and we are ready to go! 

    Plus I love having the stroller basket (not sure if that is the right term) to have the diaper bag plus anything extra you pick up! It is very nice for mall trips!

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Snow00774:  My husband loved the backpack thingy we had for her! We used to take her to museums and nature walks and she was really content to look around, sleep, look around some more. He thought it was great!

    Strollers are nice when they get a little older to give them a break, even if they aren’t in it all the time. When my daughter was right around 2 we would walk to the beach together but she would almost always get worn out coming home so she’d hop in the stroller. She she would run along beside me while I pushed the empty stroller, we’d play on the beach, she’d conk out on the ride home.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Until my daughter was mobile, the stroller was a necessity for us. We had the travel system kind that you could put the car seat right into. It was awesome. We got an umbrella shoulder when she was big enough and got rid of that at about 4. She’ll be 6 in July and we’re done with strollers.  

    Just this past weekend we were at Disney and this family had piled their 5 children into a double stroller. I couldn’t help but laugh with them about the awesomeness of it. They were all passed out cold all sprawled out over each other. It was too cute.  I pointed out a spot for one more, and the wife said “OH NO! We are SO done!”.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @LadyX:  weird huh? I by choosing a lot of natural type things ( I say choose but we’re not there either yet, so plan?) I feel like I’m going against the grain!

    @KatyElle:  I love those backpack and front pack things – I just think they are fantastic for getting around and not taking 30 mins to load a car etc.

     

    Glad to hear your Darling Husband liked it – I have a precedent to refer to now πŸ˜‰

    and of course we will have a stroller, I just want a very plain jane not heavy duty one. My Mom had us use it when we needed to – same thing – beach, parks etc. esp when we were a wee bit older and got cranky and a lot when it was just her and us. I have friends though that wont snugly their kid and take these off road hummer type strollers around downtown and the amount of sidewalk they take up they should nearly pay road taxes. and then insisting they need some massive van for one baby because how else will they get the massive stroller around. I was going to say don’t get me started but I guess I did!!

     

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I suppose it depends on where you live as well–I am not a parent but strollers seem to be an absolute necessity here in NYC, where you’re not driving around in your own car.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our little one is not born yet, but we just bought the travel system. It’s the Chicco, so its a full size stroller. I’ve dealt with kids for the past several years and not having a stroller would have sucked. I used them for walks a ton, trips to the mall etc. We will just leave it in my car and that way wherever we go we will have it. We will probably get an umbrella stroller once she is about 2 or so, but this one is nice because it has cup holders for me and baby (for snacks too), it has a sun shade, it leans back so baby can take a nap, plus it has the storage basket on the bottom for baby things or while shopping you can put your bags in it. I wouldn’t be able to live without it I don’t think πŸ™‚ I’m sure its all personal preference though!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had both my kids in slings as new borns, but found once they hit around 4 – 5 months they were too interested in looking around which made life with the sling difficult for me.

    From there I moved into a stroller.  My youngest is 2 and still uses a stroller when we go out.  Its good for long days because his little legs get tired, and he is heavy to carry.  Plus if he needs to sleep, I can just lay him down and let him dozz off.

    My 4 year old does not use a stroller, I think she got out of that faze at about 3.  So I am guessing my youngest will probably be the same.

    But for my vote, for those early years they are essential.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I guess it depends on your lifestyle and where you live.   Do you tend to rely on a car to get you places you need to go (shops, appts, meeting friends, restaurants etc)?  Do you live in an area that is not easily traversed by foot (i.e. no sidewalks, busy roads etc)?  Do you prefer more sedentary activities to active ones?   I guess if the answer to those questions is yes, then maybe a stroller isn’t essential for you.

    For me, whilst our little one has not yet arrived, I couldn’t imagine not having a stroller.  I tend to walk most places or hop on public transport as driving is too much of a hassle most of the time.  I also really enjoy going for a leisurely stroll on nice days (and not so nice days), so taking the baby out for a long walk is one of the things I am most looking forward to.  That’s just me though, so if that’s not your lifestyle, maybe you could get by without a stroller for the first few months and then just buy a cheapy stroller once the baby is too big/heavy for a sling.  

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