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to buy a double buggy for a 3 and 4 yr old.

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AmberSocks Tue 02-Apr-13 10:24:59

I have 4 children aged 5,two 3 yr olds(one was 3 last week one is 4 next week)ad a 6 month old.The eldest is at school full time now(was going to home educate but decided to try school,and he/we are loving it)my middle two go to the o site pre school 2 full days a week.

DH does the school run in the mornings as he drives past there at that time anyway,i collect ds from school and the the other two from pre school on the days they are there.

On the way back the younger two are so tired from a full day at pre school,they are so slow,which would be ok if they were only slow but the moaning!It is terrible and i the cold weather its taking us about half a hour to get home,which is about half a mile away!

I am thinking of getting a stroller type buggy for them,and putting the baby in a sling just for those days when they are tired,or possibly a stroller so i can put just dc3 in it and then the baby in a sling,or baby ad dc2 int he double?

Dc2 is getting a mini micro scooter for his birthday so maybe this will solve the problem?dc1 has one and he whizzes home on it.

OHforDUCKScake Tue 02-Apr-13 10:26:56

Do it. If it makes life easier, do it.

Get a second hand one.


OHforDUCKScake Tue 02-Apr-13 10:27:20

Or, get a regular stroller and buggy board.

I can get two 4yos on my buggy board - Lascal maxi. A neater solution?

crosspost grin

MammaTJ Tue 02-Apr-13 10:28:16

Single and a buggy board?
Single and swap them around?

LemonBreeland Tue 02-Apr-13 10:31:06

Maybe get both of the little ones scooters. It will probably really help. Or a buggy board for one at a time to use.

I bought the obaby zoom when my two were 3 & 4, It was a god send, school runs when they were tired, long walks out, days out at zoo/theme parks etc (long day, loads of walking) chucking my shopping in blush I bought a cheapy double stroller first but it didnt last five minutes, the zoom I paid about £400 for, but sold on ebay for £300 after 18months use! so I got i good deal really smile

Do it op, I always opt for making life easiest, and most enjoyable smile

FariesDoExist Tue 02-Apr-13 16:15:41

I had to re-read as I thought you were saying you had four 5 year olds (quadruplets) two 3yr olds and a 6month old!

Yes I'd get the double buggy. You'll be able to use it for the 3yr old and 6 month old. I briefly had the nipper 360 (side-by-side) it was great.

Do it. I would in your shoes.

BettyandDon Tue 02-Apr-13 16:24:02

I would get a scooter, balance bike or trike for both of them.

littleducks Tue 02-Apr-13 16:29:11

I would go with scooters pushing a 3 yr old, 4 yr old and carrying a 6 month old will do your back in!

BlueberryHill Tue 02-Apr-13 16:48:54

Is it hilly, I have 2.9 yo twins and I have to stop and rest up some hills, it is really hard work.

usualsuspect Tue 02-Apr-13 16:50:48

Do whatever makes life easier , I would.

mum1979100 Tue 02-Apr-13 16:52:27

Are you not worried the child in the buggy will fall asleep and ruin their bedtime?

anonymosity Tue 02-Apr-13 16:56:15

yes, do it - and you can probably pick up a 2nd hand phil and ted quite easily (I recommend them).

mum1979100 Tue 02-Apr-13 16:56:44

Didn't mean to sound rude there but that's what I would worry about. Think I'd do scooters/ trikes. Although might not be so great in bad weather. All sounds like hard work for you !

Omnishambolic Tue 02-Apr-13 16:57:21

I wouldn't fancy pushing a double buggy with two bigger children in it (by the way how much does your 4 year old weigh, would he/she be over the weight limit in any case?) with a baby strapped to me. You could put the four year old on a scooter and push the double with the three year old and the baby, but it might be unbalanced if it's a side by side one and would the three year old object to being a "baby" whilst the four year old had a scooter? Personally I'd get scooters for both and then bribe them with chocolate buttons if necessary to get home.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 02-Apr-13 17:00:04

No double will take their combine weight, though. It will be very hard for you too especially if there is a hill . Are you able to push them both? <guessing about 40 kg or more>
Before I say they should tough it up (<my mum got me walking everywhere at 15 months because I moved so much I made my 1month brother fell on the floor> <resentful me? no!>), how long is the school run?

Take a snack when you pick them up and make the walk back fun <forget the way, treasure hunt, street bingo, first to see a green car win...>

anonymosity Tue 02-Apr-13 17:01:12

Actually the P&T takes two kids of around 50lbs each - it has a 100lb maximum

toobreathless Tue 02-Apr-13 17:10:34

Personally I wouldn't but I feel very strongly about children walking when feasible and half a mile is not far. My 22month old regularly walks that home from nursery at the end of the day.

Could you not get a buggy board and get them to swap over so they each get a bit of a break. Or get a double, put bang in half and they swap over the other half? 1/4 mile should really be no problem for that age.

Or scooters?
Sticker chart ls for if they get home without moaning and in reasonable time?

alcazar Tue 02-Apr-13 17:11:51

I would get a buggy board (lascal maxi) and a good sling like an ergo/ patapum which you can use on your back for better weight distribution. Then you can do a combo of baby in sling, one in pram, one on buggy board or walking and baby in pram, it covers all your bases then as the four year old might want to walk more as the weather gets better? I feel your pain I really do. The people I know who sneer at older kids in buggies generally drive their kids everywhere anyway!

formicaqueen Tue 02-Apr-13 17:15:37

Yes if it's going to make life bearable. Maybe look on free cycle for a temporary fix buggy wise? Or get the scooter early?

formicaqueen Tue 02-Apr-13 17:17:48

My kids get very seriously exhausted too. Walking at the end of a long exhausting day is hard going. You could always try little treats at various points they reach - a fruit flake or what ever.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 02-Apr-13 17:18:18

Sorry I read the OP properly now, for half a mile you are joking! It is very close! And I am talking as a person without a car.
If it was 2 miles or more I might have said yes you have a point.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Apr-13 19:08:00

have just remembered i have a buggy board maxi so will use that,have ordered the spare part i need,which is why i havnt used it yet,they both fit on that,plus ds2 might want to scoot with his brother.

I used to have ds1,3,ds2,2 both in a pushchair,and dd1 in a sling on my back up until i fell pregnant with ds3,so am quite strong from all the carrying ad pushing so that wouldnt of been a problem,but am glad ive found the buggy board as it meas i dot have to fork out hundreds of pounds on pushchairs,ive had so many ow im sick of the bloody things!

Twattybollocks Tue 02-Apr-13 19:15:30

For half a mile I wouldn't tbh. Take high energy snacks and a drink for them, they will be so busy scoffing the food that they wot have time to whinge and will be home before you know it.

Yellowtip Tue 02-Apr-13 19:34:28

Do whatever makes life work, nothing in the least U about that. I had six DC under seven at one point and some had far less energy than others, so would go on sit down strike fairly often. I adopted the same policy about hoiking them into my bed if they cried in the night and none appears to have been especially scarred (eldest now aged 22). Don't overthink it and just go with what works.

Mumsyblouse Tue 02-Apr-13 19:55:10

Children vary as to whether they are great walkers, I had one brilliant walker who ran/walked long distances from the off, and another who was very sleepy after a day at pre-school and we still used a buggy with her when she was 4 and we went to London, we could have managed without but it meant we could go a long way round all the sights. She also used to do a sit down protest if tired, not something you want to be battling with after a day at school. But buggy board/scooters/bribery should see you right!

Solopower1 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:05:27

Do whatever makes your life easier! You have your hands full and don't want to arrive home exhausted too.

Snacks, stories, songs and frequent rests - what everyone else has said, really. Scooters are good, but scary, ime. The kids go so fast on them - this granny has to run her socks off to keep up with 2 1/2 year old grand daughter (while her mother just stands and laughs till the tears run down her cheeks).

JockTamsonsBairns Tue 02-Apr-13 20:11:28

You know your own Dc's best, do whatever makes your life easier.

When I only had Dd1 and Ds1, I would've been the first to scoff at anyone who put their older kids in a buggy as mine were brilliant walkers. Then I had Dd2, who has wiped all trace of smuggery off my face on pretty much every front.

lljkk Tue 02-Apr-13 20:12:08

do it, the 2x3yos will take turns as they get older & you need something to help you carry shopping, anyway.

Hurrah for buggy boards!

Meglet Tue 02-Apr-13 20:15:08

yanbu. Mine were both in buggies until well over 4yrs old. The P&T double was used until they were 4.6 and 2.8.

I loathe walking at child speed I'd have them back in the double these days if I could.

spidermanspiderman Tue 02-Apr-13 21:32:53

I still use my double for my ds 5 and dd 3.I have the out n about nipper 360 and it's fab and v easy to push. Ds is quite tall for his age too. Ds has hypermobility and asd. I am 39.5 weeks pregnant with dc number 3 and just want to be able to go round the shops without losing my marbles completely (and get some last minute bits for the new baby).

Don't think I could survive without the double pushchair. I can just drape a blanket over the front and the dc have a fab time in their little den (and I can have 5 minutes mental downtime).

Shelly32 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:38:27

My twins are almost 3 and a half and due to living in a very hilly area, It's too hard uphill so the buggy has been abandoned. If you're not on any kind of mad slope then go ahead if it's going to make life easier! smile

BoringTheBuilder Tue 02-Apr-13 21:43:53

I usually push a very good double buggy - Niper Out and About - with a nearly 3 and a 2,5 year old and it is heavy, very heavy.
And I am considered athletic, energetic and strong (not saying you aren't)

TokenGirl1 Tue 02-Apr-13 22:54:51

My two are 3 and 4, 15 months apart. When my second was born, a friend of mine who had 3 under the age of 2 said "don't make your life any harder than it has to be" and I often use that advice. Dd (4) does have some minor mobility problems.

Our nursery is a 10 minute walk for me but it can turn into a painstaking 40 minutes with two tired toddlers. I understand where you're coming from. If it's going to make life less stressful for you then do it!

We use the Easy Walker Sky Duo and I absolutely love it! Easily push one handed with both toddlers in and shopping. Ds is 18kg and dd is 14kg (although the buggy is recommended up to 15kg each child).

We don't always use the double, they often takes turns in a single when we're out and about but sometimes I just need them to be in the buggy especially when on a shopping trip. Sometimes we don't use the buggy at all but at least you'll have the choice if that's what you want to do.....

Ionasky Tue 02-Apr-13 22:58:42

I've only got one dd, 2.5 and she'd never walk half a mile after a day at nursery, so yanbu, they often spend all day running around...

TokenGirl1 Tue 02-Apr-13 22:59:56

I know exactly what you mean Spiderman!

Smudging Tue 02-Apr-13 23:00:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

treesntrees Tue 02-Apr-13 23:06:04

my four children were all born close together therefore the eldest was forced to walk everywhere from the age of two then the second eldest also from the same age when number four was born. They do manage if you keep them interested. What colour is that door? Look at the black dog etc and a treat when you reach home.

Primafacie Tue 02-Apr-13 23:27:31

I wouldn't do it. My rule is scooters from age two (we don't drive so they walk everywhere). Look for the scoot and pull handle that attaches to the mini micro (and I guess any other scooter), it sells for about £6 on Amazon. I would make them walk and pull them if they are too tired.

lljkk Wed 03-Apr-13 19:56:06

I don't like carrying scooters (coz we all know how quickly a 3-4yo can get bored of something) or when they crash the scooter into something & acquire a legfull of road rash, but YMMV.

ComposHat Wed 03-Apr-13 20:40:06

is the whole world mad but why on earth does a healthy four year old need to be pushed half a mile in a buggy? What are you going to do when the four year old starts school in a few months? drop them off in it and ask the teachers to wheel him around the school because he doesn't like walking?

Crawling Wed 03-Apr-13 20:46:16

I have a double for my autistic dd age 3:8 and my dd 2 aged 18 months its a god send I love it to pieces.

Clary Wed 03-Apr-13 20:56:24

I agree with those who say an NT 4yo can surely walk half a mile.

Even at dawdle toddler pace (which I quite liked but aybe I am odd - I loved the things that engaged my DC) that can't take more than 15 mins surely?

Anyway OP buggyboard sounds like a plan. They can take turns to hop on and off.

neunundneunzigluftballons Wed 03-Apr-13 21:06:47

I am going against the grain here but I would say no and say a 4 year old should be walking or scooting or cycling. By all means the 3 year old and the 6 month old could use the double buggy but I think the 4 year old will benefit from the exercise. My 2 dds 3 and 7 walk to school each day while their baby brother goes in the stroller. I had a fight on my hands with the 3 year old until she got into the routine but now she is great. The 7 year old has always been a great walker since she started school just after she turned 4. People leave our estate in their cars for school at the same time we're walking I think they are a bit mad as they get stuck in morning traffic for half an hour doing the drop off while we get some exercise. I also think walking to school sets them on a good exercise routine for life.

villagebird Wed 03-Apr-13 21:07:28

Do what makes life easier for you. You must exhausted. I put my 5 year old in a buggy. My sister said he looked like he had 'special needs' so had to abandon that idea! You have lots of children and you have to sometimes think of yourself. Tell you what would be good. Only joking but quite funny. A SHOPPING TROLLEY.

neunundneunzigluftballons Wed 03-Apr-13 21:09:16

ok I realise I missed the second page of the thread and it is only half a mile. The school is a mile and a half from our house YABU to buy a double buggy for a 3 and 4 year old IMHO.

KateShmate Wed 03-Apr-13 21:16:46

If it makes things easier for you, then why not? It's not like you are going to be still pushing your 3YO and 4YO when they are 10 and 11!
I have 3.5YO triplets and they still go in the buggy when it's a long walk. I am trying to get them to walk more, and scooters do help. I'm in the opposite situation and am thinking of downsizing from a triple to a single (1 of DTrips has a long term illness) so that they have no choice but walk.

AmberSocks Wed 03-Apr-13 21:35:04

he is capable of walking it,and does on the 3 days hes not at pre school as its not as tiring for him.but he doesnt want to on the other 2 because its a long day for a small child.

anyway,will use the buggy booard when the bits come.thanks for suggestions.

WakeyCakey Wed 03-Apr-13 22:18:21

I remember being picked up from school in my first year in a pushchair. I was a great walker and could go for miles, my mum just did it so when we crossed the road me(just 4), sis(5) and sis (just 6) would be safe.

I now go on walking holidays often and love walking long distances so that's proof it isn't damaging smile

lljkk Thu 04-Apr-13 19:26:01

DD still cadged pushchair lifts until past her 6th birthday (she weighed about the same as her 3yo brother, so why not let them take turns?).

She excels at cross country running now. Make it was all the extra rest she got back then. grin

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