T.K. asks from Oak Park, IL on March 29, 2010
How Long Did Your Child Use a Stroller?
At 16 months, 25 lbs, and 30-some inches, my son is growing out of his Graco stroller and his umbrella stroller. I'm thinking of "upgrading" but don't know how long toddlers actually use a stroller. I want to foster his independence and help him know how to get around and process the world on two feet. I also want to have an alternative that allows him to rest/sleep and be protected in trickier settings. And I'd like an option that's convenient for me when convenience is important.
MY QUESTIONS: How long did your child use a stroller? Was weight and height a factor in your decision? What was the indicator that told you your child no longer needed/wanted a stroller?
Thanks ahead of time, Parents!
V.B. answers from Chicago on March 30, 2010
My daughter used the stroller until she was probably 2, but that was only if we were going somewhere and there was a lot of walking. They do get tired fast. We travelled a lot and did a lot of walking. Most of the time she was pushing it around and it was holding the coats. She was tiny for her age and required a nap when it was her time also. My son on the other hand was out of the stroller by one. I did not do as much moving around and when we did he had to walk. If he got tired I would carry him for a moment. Both were able to ride in the umbrella, but by the time he was done the foot rest was broke. That is the problem when they get big because they step on it to get in. If he does not like to walk and 25+ pounds you might want to have an umbrella around just for times when you might be doing a lot of walking. Remember most places do rent stollers so I would not invest in another big stoller at this time. At most a new umbrella would be fine. They grow fast. Today he may want to ride tomorrow he will want to run.
B.M. answers from Chicago on March 30, 2010
Both my children used a stroller until age 3, mostly when I went shopping in the malls, which also carried my bags.
A.S. answers from Chicago on March 30, 2010
I have a 5 1/2 year old that still wants to sit in the stroller sometimes. We gave her a cut off date of her 5th birthday for stroller use, but when we are walking for a long time (we live downtown and walk most places) we will still use the sit and stand stroller. The stroller we bought for my younger son (2 1/2 now) is a Maclaren that allows for up to 55 pounds, so my daughter could sit in that stroller as well in a pinch. I think most kids will use it off and on until at least 4 if not longer. My 2 year old actually likes to walk more than riding in the stroller if it is a shorter trip. My 5 year old would happily let me push her anywhere if we let her.
L.M. answers from New York on March 29, 2010
I think my kids were around 4 when we stopped using the stroller, and they simply would no longer fit.
I think alot depends on the child and your lifestyle. I can remember most of the time the kids would walk and all the bags would be pushed arround in the stroller, however, when they decided they didn't want to walk any more, the stroller was a life saver for us.
D.P. answers from Gainesville on March 29, 2010
i quit using a stroller when my daughter was about 15 months old.but now dont get me wrong i still use it ocasionally when we go somewhere with alot of walking.i have a double stroller because i also have a 7 month old.my 4 yrs old weighs 33 lbs and is almost 4 feet tall.but if we dont use the double stroller we have a full sized even flo stroller got it at kmart for only $80.hope this helps
D.W. answers from Indianapolis on March 29, 2010
If this helps, we have 2 kids.
Our son is 3.5, 40 inches and 38 lbs. He still fits into both his Graco stroller, the Chicco umbrella stroller (plus the Graco Double Stroller and the Jogging Stroller).
Our daughter just turned 2, 36 inches, and 33 lbs (she is a BIG girl). She LOVES being in the Umbrella stroller. We keep it in the back of the car when we go to the mall so she doesn't whine.
I'd keep the stroller for a while depending on your son's interests. Our son is whiny and likes to sit in the stroller when he's "tired" of walking. Our daughter is getting better about being out of it, but depending on where we're going (are there shopping carts they can use?), we have it accessible at all times.
R.M. answers from Chicago on March 30, 2010
My niece used a stroller up to 5-6 yrs old when there was a lot of walking. Since I knew this I intentionally purchased a stroller (the BOB Revolution) that can be used for a long time. The BOB supports up to 70lbs. I use it with my daughter who is only 2 months and I plan to use it for a long time to come.
S.D. answers from Topeka on March 29, 2010
2 yrs was the max then they were able to walk where ever holding my hand
N.G. answers from Champaign on March 30, 2010
I actually bought a Schwinn umbrella stroller that my youngest used until she was 5. It's larger with bigger wheels than your traditional umbrella stroller, had a reclining feature, and was fairly lightweight. I bought it when she was two as she had outgrown her Graco Lightweight, but walking was not always an option for her. It had an understorage basket, and a wind/sun/rain protective shield. The stroller was about $75 6 years ago, has been well used, and is still in great condition. Many of my friends have borrowed it, and I use it in my home daycare everyday. I ordered it off the Schwinn website.
S.B. answers from Kansas City on March 29, 2010
It depends on where we're going. If we're at the mall with a bunch of other kids, we usually bring a stroller b/c she's tired after playing at the playground. We also bring a wagon to the state fair and the zoo, since that's a lot of walking. She's 3 currently.
L.B. answers from Chicago on March 30, 2010
My son is just over 2y.o. and he has always been big. He outgrew his infant car seat by 4 months and currently he is 35 lbs and 36", so I understand big kids. We bought an umbrella stroller that will hold up to 45 or 50 lbs ( around 120.00) so it would last a while and in a year and a half we have really only used it for traveling and the occasional shopping trip. He is a big fan of walking. If you know you will get your moneys worth I would look at uppa baby G-Lite umbrella stroller or at Maclaren.