strollers..when is it too old?

Mercia - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My daughter is two and we have another one on the way. I'm debating if I should get a double stroller or not. When do you think a toddler is just too old to be in a stroller? Would love to hear some opinions! Thanks! Would hate to spend the money on a double stroller, and not put it to good use!

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Tia - posted on 03/29/2014

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This message and advice is directed to DEANNA..and to any other parents out there who are quick to judge other moms for their decision to use a stroller beyond the age 2... DEANNA , Its pathetic moms like yourself who unfortunately encourage your children to judge others and look down on people. YOU and your behavior YOU ENCOURAGE your children to exhibit is the making of a BULLY. Period.
Deanna,regardless of what "voice" or "tone" you use, it's still sending them the wrong message that its acceptable to judge others not knowing what their situation is. My child is almost 3 and has a deformity of his Tibia and is unable to walk for long distances.. So we are ALWAYS WITH HIS STROLLER. We are actually grateful he was finally able to walk at all. Maybe you should be more focused on being grateful for having healthy children. And teach your children the same lesson.
YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN should NOT ASSUME ALL KIDS ARE JUST LAZY., my son happens to wear a leg brace on his leg which is concealed if he's wearing pants, and what a shame it would be to imagine a child and ESPECIALLY A SO-CALLED RESPONSIBLE PARENT to tease, or judge him, or any child. Maybe take a stroll one day through St. Jude's CANCER HOSPITAL, or A BURN CLINIC, participate in a PEDIATRIC DOWN SYNDROME OR CEREBRAL PALSY WALK.. How would your children respond to a 2 or 15 year old being pushed in a wheel chair?..now don't you or others who share your view understand how ridiculous it is judging and teasing a kid just because they are 2yrs of age or older and still in a stroller! How pitiful. My advice to you is strive to be a better influence as a parent and try teaching yourself and your children to STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF and be thankful and blessed that they have the OPTION to be strolled by a parent or WALK.

Sarah - posted on 08/16/2010

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I would invest in one of the sit 'n' stand strollers. It has the option of two seats or as the baby gets older and your daughter wants a little more freedom converting to a jump seat where the older one sits looking at you or can stand up facing front. I have four kids, with one on the way. I just got this and don't know why I waited so long. I can actually get 3 kids on the stroller!!!! It's awesome! Good luck.

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I think it depends on the child, and on the situations you are in often. I would invest in the double if I had another on the way, but we spend a lot of time at festivals, in airports, and walking for errands downtown--places even a 4 year old would get tired. You don't want to have to deal with a cranky toddler who is just tired and an infant at the same time. Plus, there is the jealousy thing. She may like walking like a big girl at first, but before long, she'll want to have a seat and resent the little one for taking her spot in the stroller.

Steph - posted on 03/12/2015

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Tia, I wholehearted agree. I have an autistic child who is 4 and a typical almost 6 year old. It is very difficult making sure my youngest doesn't run off. The older of the two doesn't always listen (I'm probably a horrible mother for that too) so having a stroller I can strap them both into if they are getting a bit wild is a lifesaver. Especially if I'm alone. It is NEVER ok to judge.

Jessica - posted on 08/21/2010

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I am going through a custody battle. I have one of my children, but not the other. I wish that I would have had a chance to use a double stroller. My children are one year apart. Born on the same day. I say if you have it flaunt it!

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Kim - posted on 08/20/2010

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My daughter is 3.5 and she just gets tired sometimes of walking like if we go to a large park or long walk. I had to get rid of my good big stroller because she was too big for it and I'm stuck with an umbrella stroller which is great for the road but not dirt. She is my last so I dont' want to get another one. I also had my 1st daughter when my son was almost 3, he insisted on using the stroller which meant me using a carrier for the baby. And if we went on busy streets we ended up taking 2 strollers. I think a double stroller would be a great idea and very worth it, maybe a jogging one. I wish I had gotten one but back when I had my son they weren't around, then they were only used for jogging. And my first daughter finally got out of the stroller when she was 4 and I had my 2nd daughter.

Manuela - posted on 08/20/2010

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I cant imagine not having one my kids were 18 months part so i always had one since.Now they are 4 and 5 and i still have a double bob jogger that i take to park and places when they gat to tired to walk.I wanted to sell my double jogger but they wont lett me they love to sit in there after running in the park so i just walk them back home.It is way better to get double jogger instead of just a regular stroller.I had one of those at first and they are very heavy bulky and hard to steer,and they dont go over grass,sand,or snow.So good luck.

Donna - posted on 08/20/2010

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I got a phil & teds so I could use a double for the times that there was a lot of walking or I needed to confine DS2 (supermarket for example) The doubles kit means I have a great single or double, and the back can also be an extended shopping trolley.
I was on holiday last week, and late at night Mattie was in it with Euan (baby) otherwise it was used for buckets spades and picnics.
If you need a new one anyway then this is something to consider as it is an amazing single and a competent double.

Heather - posted on 08/20/2010

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Depends what if your are going into an over crowded area say a fair or flea market airport something like that you'd probably rather have your 2 yr old in a stroller than carry her, she'd get lost on the ground you know.
I just bought 2 light weight strollers on Amazon for 38.00 each ( First years) each has all they good stuff like cup holders small basket underneth etc... then I bought the clips that hook them together from diaper.com (Prince Lion Heart brand) for about 12.00 I can hook the stroller together whenever I need a double stroller it was a chep way to have a double b/c I knew I wouldn't need one all the time! Plus the stroller are up to 50lbs. I have a 1 yr old and 4 yr old so easy to travel with too!

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2010

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i stopped putting my 7 yr old in a stroller at 5 or 6 cause he can walk by himself and he wasnt getting tired as much so my 2 yr old stepson and my 4 yr old son have a seat in the stroller and if my 7yr old gets tired we sit until hes ok than we walk again..

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ok. I am sorry but I just HAVE to put my 2 cents in.
I am a mother of 4 girls. I a 4 year old and almost 3 year old. When my girls were younger I would allow my 2 year old sit in fomt of my 6 mos. old infant while we were at the zoo but ONLY if we were doing a lot of walking that day. That is the only place my 2 year olds are allowed to use a stroller. Even now that my youngest is not quite 3 I do not allow any of them in the stroller now when we go to the zoo unless we are walking the whole zoo. I save the stroller for the cooler and whatever else my friend and I feel we need for our 6+ kids. My 2 and 4 year old make a habit of commenting on kids that are still in a stroller and obviously older than them. Sad to say I don't help much. Yes I tell my girls not to point and stare but I say it in a normal voice. When they then turn and ask why the big kid is in the stroller I tell them, in a normal voice, that the big kid is just lazy and their mommy lets them be.

Personally a child at age 2 should start learning to walk around on their own. By 3 years old there really shouldn't be a problem unless you are walking more than a mile and a half or 2 miles. That is about the time kids start wearing out and need little breaks. We stop and smell flowers, look at animals, site see, get a drink, and typically find a comfy spot to talk about something around us. I turn it into an educational stop since my kids are homeschooled and they love the talks too. It gives each of them a chance to make observations, and voice opinions in a group.
When I had my 16mos old and my youngest was almost here I actually bought a double stroller. 6 mos. later I sold it because my almost 2 yr old wanted to walk.
I say don't bother buying a double a single will work just fine.

good luck and god bless

Mercia - posted on 08/19/2010

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wow thanks for all the advice ladies....definitely some things to consider

Corinne - posted on 08/19/2010

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Do you walk a lot? I bought a LITAF buggy board which fixes to the back of your pram/buggy. It has two steps, the low one for standing on, the top one for sitting on. Your little one will be able to walk, and also rest her little legs without you having to negotiate shop doors with a double stroller. Just make sure the handles on the pram come out far enough that you're not catching your legs on the step! :)

Leah - posted on 08/19/2010

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I agree with Sarah, I have a 3 1/2 year old and a 9 month old. When I was pregnant last summer, bought a sit 'n stand stroller and its awesome! My 3 1/2 year old still uses the back of the stoller when she gets tired or she has the option to walk. She loves it because she stand and be pushed around. Also when she has a tantrum, I can easily strap her into the stroller instead of having to carry her while pushing a stroller. Would highly recommend it!

Megan - posted on 08/19/2010

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In my opinion a double would be good they can be used till age 4 it will be hard to keep track of a toddler especially after the baby is born

Christina - posted on 08/18/2010

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Depends... If you are very active and out doing lots of walking with your kids I'd say get the double stroller toddlers may have lots of energy but sometimes their little legs need a rest so even if you got one thats a stand or sit and ride it would probably be worth your money. But if know you wouldnt use it at all or very little then dont get it.

Cheryl - posted on 08/18/2010

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With a two year-old you will definitely use it. I always took a double stroller everywhere until recently, and my youngest is now five (he does have spina bifida though and has trouble walking). Even if both kids weren't sitting in it, I could use it to hold other things.

Maggie - posted on 08/18/2010

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Someimtes we still use the double stroller for our 4 and 2 year old. It's a lot easier than trying to wrangle two kids. We had the Sit N Stand stroller for a long time, now we have a double jogging stroller.

What you may want to do instead is use a sling/carrier for the baby and the stroller for the older child. That way you don't have to use the GIANT double stroller, it'll save you money AND by the time the younger one is old enough for the stroller the older one should be able to walk and stay with you.

Erin - posted on 08/17/2010

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I would think about getting a double stroller, it is going to be hard to manage a 2 year old and a new born when you are going places. I had one that didn't like because it didn't steer well but I found a side by side double stroller that I loved and I used it until my girls were 4 and 3.

Penny - posted on 08/17/2010

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my son will be 26mnths when our baby is due, i have got a double buggy to stop any stressful situations arising whilst out. my son still likes to
nap after lunch so would restrict me going out if i didnt have one. although my friend has went on and on about how she cant understand why i bought a double n thinks a buggy board would of done the job, but she doesnt have two kids. she has a 3yr old who still needs his pushchair when theyre out at places and even just to go to the shops. so im glad i have the option. it will make life so much easier xx

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I have twins, so using a stroller for them and their stuff was always easier for me. I used my Graco duoglider until their heads were touching the sun-shade! And I think I stopped using the jogging stroller (kept mostly for disneyland trips) just last year, when they were 5. For me, it just seemed safer to have my kids contained and with twins, I couldn't pick one up and not the other when they got tired, so I used a stroller as long as I could.

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have a 15 month old and a three and a half year old. I have a baby jogger double stroller. I did tons of research on double strollers because the first one I bought I hated. When my second child was born, I didn't think I needed one. So every time I went to the mall I ended up carrying one of my kids out asleep while the other one was in the stroller asleep or just about there. I still use it to go for walks. My three year old will walk with me, but on the way back she is usually tired and ready for her drink so I put her in the stroller and can walk faster or a slight jog. I would suggest having something in order for both of them. Sometimes I would but my baby in my sling on my hip and put my toddler in the single stroller. It really depends on your situation and how much you get out. But believe me!!!!! It is a lot easier to have one cranky two year old in a stroller than chasing her around while having to worry about a crying infant at the same time.

Medic - posted on 08/16/2010

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My son is almost four and my daughter is six months and we have both a double and a single. I use my double when we go places my older one has no intrest in going...ie the mall...or elsewhere that he would get tired eventually....amusement parks and fairs and what not. Most of the time I just take the single and if my older one just gets tired I sling my younger and let him sleep in the single. But then again my older one still takes naps in the afternoons and desprately needs it. He hits the sack as soon as he is home from school so if I need to go somewhere its great to just let him crash out in the double.....its also really useful if we are going somewhere that he could easily get lost.

Bonnie - posted on 08/16/2010

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I think it depends on the child and how often you would be put in a circumstance where you would truly need one. There are some children, like mine, who just won't sit in a stroller by 2. Plus you don't want them to get too use to sitting in a stroller as they get older because they may not wanna walk when they don't have a choice and that's why I have seen 4 year olds in a stroller.

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I think that by the age of 2 1/2 children should be out of strollers. The main reason for this is that here in the UK children go to nursery at age 3 and they should not be using a stroller at that age, plus it can make children more lazy if they rely on the stroller too much. Saying that every child is different and some disabled children need to be in a stroller. Whilst we want our son out of the stroller when he's between 2 and 2 1/2 years old, what everyone else does is their choice.

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I personally wouldn't buy a double if I was in your situation. My 23 month old has ZERO interest in her stroller so for us, it would be a useless waist of money. I guess it depends on your 2 year old? Does she enjoy being in a stroller and how much use will you get out it?

Lisa - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have a 2 year old and an almost 4 year old, and one on the way. I am planning on getting a double jogging stroller because my 2 year old still uses the stroller quite often, and when we go places with lots of walking involved the 4 year old still gets tired and cranky so i know he would get use out of it once in a while. We used to have a sit and stand stroller, and although the concept of it was a great idea (it also had the second full seat that you could remove to convert to a sit and stand)- it was super hard to push and maneuver so i sold it.

Lisa - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have a double stroller and find it extremely bulky and cumbersome. However, there have been times that it has come in so handy! We look at where we are going and decide if we'll need the double or single stroller. I did buy a bike trailer that has the option to be a push stroller and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that. The kids do too because they can stretch out their legs.

Look at garage sales, craigs list, thrift stores, etc. for a used stroller. We got ours at an auction for $10.

Candi - posted on 08/16/2010

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the sit and stands are wonderful. We had the side by side double jogging stroller for our first 2. They are 16 months apart. It was great, but b/c it was so wide, I could never get it to fold. I am small and couldn't reach down low on both sides at once to push a button to fold it. Very frustrating!! My youngest is now 5 and she still asks to ride in her umbrella stroller. It holds her, but she is too old for it in my opinion. I guess its time for me to get rid of them

Candy - posted on 08/16/2010

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I wish never.lol I would look for one of those that have the part for a big kid to stand or set in the back and the front for the baby. Umberella strollers go for 2 and up but you want have anywhere to put the baby unless you have a sling.

Heather - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have to agree with Sarah. I have 2 kids w/ one on the way and can't wait to have the extra cash to buy a sit & stand stroller. I did buy a double stroller (at a garage sale) when I had my 2nd one but not until after I needed it the first time....we went to the zoo with a newborn and a rowdy 2yo and it was miserable. So I would say that yes you need a double stroller of some sort. My daughter is almost 4 and just to walk around the block we take the double and half the time she ends up in it before we get back home. Good Luck momma!

Candice - posted on 08/16/2010

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Depends on the weight limit of the stroller. We had a pram for our son (who is 8 months) and it's so bulky but it will hold him till about 22kg (not sure what that is in pounds...so I bought him a stroller (less bulky) and it only takes to 17kg! So 2 should definitely be fine still for a stroller. Look at strollers by weight limits and you'll be right :-)

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