How old were your DC when you stopped using a pushchair?

(56 Posts)
IWillOnlyEatBeans Tue 22-May-12 13:42:28

Not a judgey thread, I am just curious. DS will be 2.10 when no2 arrives and I'm not sure whether we need to start saving for a double. He is a fairly good walker but deos still whinge to be carried after a while.


IWillOnlyEatBeans Tue 22-May-12 13:42:51

*does! Sorry.

SydneyB Tue 22-May-12 13:45:26

I'd certainly recommend something at that age as there's nothing worse than a hungry baby and a screaming toddler that won't move when you're hurrying home. But why don't you start with a sling for the baby and then perhaps a buggy board rather than investing in a double buggy straight away? My DD was out of a buggy at about that age but only because she had no choice when I went back to work and she was being looked after by a CM with 3 kids and one double buggy! Also depends on how often you'll need to go longish distances.

daisydoodoo Tue 22-May-12 13:45:34

2 and half ish for all 4 of them. I would say a lot depends on how far you walk, but at 2.10 i'd say they should be able to walk most places without a buggy.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Tue 22-May-12 14:00:33

Thanks. He's been walking less than a year (late starter!) so I guess his legs will strengthen loads over the next few months...

FlipFantasia Tue 22-May-12 14:00:35

My DS was 2 a week before DD arrived and we haven't bothered with a double buggy (so expensive plus our flat is tiny). I use a sling with DD (now 8 weeks) and encourage DS to walk/scoot/ride his likeabike as much as possible but we still use the buggy with him. We'll get a buggy board for when DD is old enough to go in the buggy (it's one that isn't suitable from birth).

Labootin Tue 22-May-12 14:00:39

Ds was 20 months (18 months between ds and dd) so for first two months baby dd was in a sling.

But ds was a very ahem lively child who thought nothing of a three mile hike ...

forevergreek Tue 22-May-12 14:02:05

I would use sling/ buggy/ board combo if needed

Have 10 monh old and 2.3year old, eldest has been walking to most places now for 6 months for the simple reason a double is just not practical for us with buses, in and out house etc..

Main thing is that you start walking with him now as much as possible to get used to it. And take no buggy so no option of getting in. So I would start just a 5 min walk to shops for milk or something and yes it will take longer but they will speed up. Then walk somewhere further maybe and jump on bus back etc until he's used to it.

Buggy board was handy last month when it kept threatening to rain as I could speed home if needed.

Also means you can get out without buggy if you sling baby and walk toddler, perfect if just poping to friends or something

Methe Tue 22-May-12 14:02:26

3.5 for them both but they we're both premature. There is no way we could have managed without from 2.5.

Eglu Tue 22-May-12 14:02:39

Both DSes were about 2.5. It does depend on if you need to walk miles or not.

molschambers Tue 22-May-12 14:10:16

I had gaps of 2.5 and then 3.3 between mine and didn't bother with a double buggy. Always seemed big cumbersome things to me.

Used to walk everywhere with them. I had a buggy board and they would hop on that when they wanted to.

Notinmylife Tue 22-May-12 14:12:18

I think DS was about 2.5, but he was, and still is tiny, so easy to carry. I still give him a piggy back on the odd occasion when he is not feeling well, or very tired, and he's 4.5 now.

iseenodust Tue 22-May-12 14:21:33

DS was 2.9. We went on holiday without one and it just never came out of the garage again.

Indith Tue 22-May-12 14:22:25

Dd is 3 and a half and we still use one at times. She has walked around 3 miles so far today and has another 2 and a bit to go when we get her brother from school. I don't use a double though, I swap her and the baby around between sling, pushchair and buggyboard.

Karoleann Tue 22-May-12 14:36:09

Ds1 was over 4 when he stopped. Ds2 was just under 3, but he's an amazing little walker. I'd be tempted to get a double.

jellybeans Tue 22-May-12 14:37:07

Singletons were 2.5 to just before 3. Twins were 3.5 but we had 6 miles a day school run at that point!

GobblersKnob Tue 22-May-12 14:37:41

Ds was 3 and a half and dd is 4 and a bit and still uses hers (we walk alot).

Sirzy Tue 22-May-12 14:38:32

Ds is 2.5 and uses his pram a lot, he has asthma though so isn't physically capable of walking for more than 5 minutes

Greeata Tue 22-May-12 14:40:27

It depends on how much walking you do. Dd was nearly two when we had ds and I never had a double buggy. But then I never had to go very far in a hurry.

mommabee Tue 22-May-12 15:35:49

My ds was 2.3 when dd arrived and I just got a buggy board and he's been fine with that. Depends how far u walk and if he's well behaved my cousin had children very similar time to me & she got a double buggy as her toddler wouldn't walk nicely and would have tantrums so at least with a double buggy she could just strap him in!!

DeWe Tue 22-May-12 17:11:46

DD1 was about 4.6yo. We didn't have a car so sometimes we were walking ridiculous distances, so having the buggy at times was essential.
Dd2 never really used a buggy. She went in the sling at first, then progressed at about 12months to the buggy board (her and dd1 preferred that way round with dd1 in the buggy).
Ds used it until just gone 4yo mostly because his sleep time coincided with time to pick up from schools-which was a 90 minute round trip which I preferred to walk usually.

butthatsnotfair Tue 22-May-12 17:54:11

Once she turned 3 we only used it v occasionally, usually on a day trip out when we knew she might need a nap.

suburbandream Tue 22-May-12 18:01:42

It really depends on how much you walk/if you have a car for the shopping etc. And it depends on the child! DS2 was a brilliant walker as soon as he could walk, but DS1 would moan about walking to the end of the street - many is the time that DS1 would be in the buggy, with DS2 walking beside grin

MissCoffeeNWine Tue 22-May-12 18:04:05

8 weeks, but that probably doesn't answer your question.

Voidka Tue 22-May-12 18:06:37

DS1 was 4.
DS2 is 5 and still uses his (SN) buggy.
DD was 2.11

HaplessHousewife Tue 22-May-12 18:08:20

DD was 22 months when DS was born and had only been walking for 5 months so we had to get a double and it was invaluable for quite a while. They are now 18 months and 3.4 and I can't remember the last time DD went in the buggy (other than mucking around), certainly not since she's turned 3 and probably a while before that but we do have a buggy board for when we need to move fast/she's tired.

seeingstars Tue 22-May-12 18:10:23

DD is 3.2 and she is murder at walking ie she won't. She just crys and sits on the ground refusing to get up! So I shall be having a double buggy for when no4 arrives.

Agree with SydneyB

Although we had a double and I thanked god for it when DD broke her leg...

seeingstars Tue 22-May-12 18:11:29

She will be 3.8

rhetorician Tue 22-May-12 19:03:24

our dd was exactly the same age as your ds when no. 2 arrived; we initially went with baby bjorn and buggy (for toddler), then dd2 needed pavlik harness so then we used (different) buggy with buggy board. Both worked well. She is now 3.4 and we try to make her walk whenever possible - we often go out with baby in carrier and no buggy!

ViolaCrayola Tue 22-May-12 19:06:31

We will have the same gap and have bought a cheapy old Phil and Teds off ebay. I know you can do loads of other combos but I have a bad back so will really need the chuck em both in and push option! Not very nicely put but hopefully you see what I mean...

OTOH my friend is super fit and active with no dodgy back and manages fine with a buggy board - depends a lot on your circumstances i.e. how much you drive etc too.

yakbutter Tue 22-May-12 19:06:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Adversecamber Tue 22-May-12 19:09:57

DS was about 20 months but was a giant toddler so could manage a decent stretch of the legs.

rhetorician Tue 22-May-12 19:25:45

pushing buggy + baby + toddler (even a petite one) = about 45lbs+ to push. And if you are at the wrong height it does takes its toll if you are going long distances or going up hills

Pozzled Tue 22-May-12 19:34:39

We had the same gap and I managed without a double. I used sling + buggy at first and gradually got DD1 to walk further. I did have to carry DD2 a lot though, and at 3.9 DD1 still goes in the buggy very occasionally, such as if we've been out for a long day out.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Tue 22-May-12 19:47:15

similar age gap (DD 2.9 when DS arrived) she coped fine without a double, but needed a buggy board to speed up journeys (I don't drive). I'm planning on ditching the board permanently at 3.5 because DD is pretty stonkingly lazy given the option!

mamij Tue 22-May-12 19:52:39

DD1 was 24 months when DD2 arrived (now 30 months and 6 months), and I couldn't have coped without the double.

Tired toddler after toddler groups does not make for a quick getaway to home! DH and I also used it for lovely walks during their lunchtime naps at weekends. DD1 loves walking, but sometimes easier to put her in the buggy if DD2 is crying and I'm needing to get somewhere to feed her!

bebemoojem Tue 22-May-12 20:00:00

used sling pushchair combo myself with dd's until dd2 was 6m and dd1 was just shy of 3yo. Dd1 would and could walk a lot of places, but we used it as back up until dd2 needed it.
We started out getting longer and longer walks in so that it was easier, and when we 'gave it up' and she was tired I often used a treat/bribe to get her back to the car. Like -you can have two jelly beans (which are in the car) so lets get there quick without any whining. Or -you can have a juice when we get buckled.
3m on I don't really need to bribe any longer but still 'dangle a carrot' (suggest something fun we're going to do at home) if she's getting tired. And of course we spend a lot of time making walking a game (like walking like a dragon/dinosaur/astronaut/dog/cat/fish/monkey/princess/knight/pirate).

Jubileap Tue 22-May-12 20:01:29

around 2.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Tue 22-May-12 20:29:54

Thanks everyone. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be walking as we're moving (London to Durham!) next month, so I can decide once we have a new weekly routine. I have a baby bjorn from DS1 but he HATED it as a tiny baby (loved it once he could face outwards though)...let's hope DC2 is more compliant wink

Indith Tue 22-May-12 20:36:26

To Durham! You'll have to come eat cake with us! We love cake. We have a Durham meet ups thread in the meet ups bit.

Got to say, took pushchair for afternoon school run (3 and a half year old dd already having walked morning one and nursry pick up and we live in the next village along so it is a good walk). Started off with ds2 in pushchair to encorage dd to walk/use buggy board but 2 mins in realised we'd be late at that speed, dd was in a grump. Put baby in sling, dd hopped in pushchair and went to sleep. Sometimes you just can't make them walk and you have to actually get places! I was sooo sweaty and horrible though with her to push and baby in sling. Urgh.

LynetteScavo Tue 22-May-12 20:44:17

4 with all of mine.

I like to get places when walking, and getting a 3 year old across town can take time if they are walking. It depends on your life style, I guess.

DS1 was 4.3 when DS2 was born, and I would take the sling with me under the pushchair so I could let DS1 have a ride if he was tired at the end of a long day out.

Going by threads on here, I'm obviously some kind of freak though

Clary Wed 23-May-12 00:47:45

Mine were all about 2 and a bit.

Gap between DS1 and DD s just 2 yrs, between DD and Ds2 22 mo. Never had a double as I hate them (bulky, expensive, heavy to push, won't go into shops) so used sling/buggy board.

DS2 could stay in longer but in fact by the time he was 2 and a few months DH was walking home with him from the childminders 2 miles away.

I recall taking the buggy (a Nipper) on hols when he was 2yrs 4mo and never even putting the wheels on, so I think we more or less ditched it after that.

I wouldn't bother with a double for a 2.9yr gap. And they are a bother. Also hate the Phil and Teds thing where one child is looking up at their sibling's bottom.

AngelDog Wed 23-May-12 09:08:59


I'm planning to use a sling when DC2 arrives (DS will also be 2.10).

DS will often walk, but he's so slow that we'd never get anywhere - he walks at half my pace. We walk for 40 mins to 3 hours (my pace) every day. We have some seriously steep hills here too.

I will also need the pushchair to carry stuff (I do all my shopping on foot).

I want to try him with a bike or scooter to see if he can get around under his own steam a bit faster than walking.

Moving sounds very exciting - Durham is lovely. smile

MrTumblesCrackWhore Thu 24-May-12 11:39:29

I have a double buggy (ds1 is 2.9) but he rarely goes in it - however, it has been invaluable as he was a bolter and i could strap him into it when i was going through busy places or when we needed to march him to nursery in a straight line.

I have used mine more for safety than for anything else. He is much more compliant now but for about 6 months after dd was born, it allowed me to leave the house with the two of them, knowing if anything went wrong, i could use the restraint method as he would have regularly run off if I had sat down to feed dd.

bruffin Thu 24-May-12 11:52:57

DS was exactly 2 when dd was born and i couldn't have managed without a double. I tried a sling for a few days and it was a nightmare. We used it for about a year then sold it on. I don't drive so walk everywhere and the huge basket was brilliant for shopping.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 24-May-12 13:31:29


Indith I'd love to come and eat cake with you! Will have a look at the meet ups thread. I don't know anyone in Durham so it will be nice to have a chat and a cuppa.

AngelDog DS has a scooter. He loves it, but would much rather push it around than scoot on it - so it hinders our progress if anything. I often end up carrying DS and the scooter home from wherever we have been! Hopefully now that the weather is nicer we'll be able to do a bit more practising!

MrTumbles DS is not a bolter (he spends most of his days wrapped around my leg or trying to climb into my lap) so I don't need to worry about that too much!

Thanks again for all your replies!

Indith Thu 24-May-12 13:50:39


dd is like that with a scooter. She has a bike and a scooter and can use both perfectly well but she insists that she can't hmm. She gets on, does about 2 metres to the end of our hard standing then pushes it the rest of the way to the park where it sits on the grass looking all neglected.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 24-May-12 14:17:52

...until another child expresses an interest in it, then suddenly it becomes desirable again? wink

Indith Thu 24-May-12 14:22:36

You must have met my dd grin. Nooooooo! That's MINE!!!!!!!

Hulababy Thu 24-May-12 14:22:45

Kept pushchair for longer but she rarely used it.
Did take a stroller on holiday with us when she was 4y (Disney) as hoped she might nap in it or to rest during busy hot days in the Florida parks. She hardly used it, got rid when we got back.

Biggest thing I noticed was how much stuff I used to cart around - that quickly stopped once the buggy was gone and I had to carry it!

OhChristFENTON Thu 24-May-12 14:24:16

I got a Phil & Ted's tandem double when DS2 arrived, DS1 was 2.9 - it was perfect for us. I only had it about a year then sold it on ebay for only £50 less than I paid for it !

After that I had a basic chicco stroller and Lascal buggyboard.

I miss the stroller days sad

Wells2009 Tue 07-May-13 19:45:06

My daughter is 3.5 and in investing in a larger stroller for her as we don't walk a lot which means when we do walk further she gets tired really quickly, I'm all for trying to encourage her to walk but need a pushchair as I learnt the hard way after she collapsed after walking about a mile! Luckily for me she literally only sits in the pushchair on long days out when she needs some shade and a rest then when she feels ready again she gets out and trots along!! Don't let people judge you for putting you children in pushchairs, I will use it until she is able to walk around without needing to rest even if she's 25!!! I never want to see a child collapse again!!

Bumpsadaisie Tue 07-May-13 21:21:47

DD was 2 years 5 months (she stopped going in the buggy when DS arrived)

BabiesAreLikeBuses Wed 08-May-13 22:33:30

20 months... I abandoned trying to crowbar unwilling dts into seats... Single buggy and buggy board was great for doing distance until we were safe on scooters!

OneLittleToddleTerror Thu 09-May-13 09:29:44

DD has just given up on the pushchair at 2.1yo. She started refusing about 3 months ago. But only when DH is around. She would happily sit in the pushchair for the walk to nursery. This monday, she started refusing to go in it even for the trip to nursery suddenly. I wish she wouldn't insist on walking. She's can walk a long distance, but she stops often and gets side track a lot. I really wish she would still want her pushchair.

If I were you, I'd save up for one but not buy it yet. A child can change a lot in a few months.

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