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best pushchair for 3 years old

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margobambino Mon 31-May-10 22:54:09

Hi, We have Stokke Xplory but DS is now growing out of it. We are looking for something roomy for a 3 years old who looks like 4 and sturdy enough to carry him when he wants to run but has to stay in the pushchair. I'd appreciate any advice.

DanJARMouse Mon 31-May-10 22:55:44

Why is a 3yr old still in a pushchair?!

Mine were out of theirs by 3. DS is just 2yrs 6mnths and rarely uses his now.

TheNextMrsDepp Mon 31-May-10 23:00:53

What's wrong with his legs??? Buy a wrist-strap if you are concerned about absconding. I second DanJARMouse; dd2 demanded I sell the buggy when she was 2.5 because it was "for babies".

margobambino Tue 01-Jun-10 00:02:19

He uses it rarely but when we need it, we really need it. Wrist-strap is not a solution for my hyper boy. He sits on the floor or lays down refusing to go to right direction. We are going on a holiday soon and he will turn our travel to hell especially in the airport.

Clary Tue 01-Jun-10 00:06:06

I wouldn't dream of buying a pushchair for a 3yo.

If he looks like 4 and is growing out of his buggy that should tell you something.

He needs to start walking and understanding that he has to do what you say. 3yo seems like a good time for that.

Or when will you stop restraining him in a buggy and expecting him to do as you ask? All of a sudden when he's 5?

hester Tue 01-Jun-10 00:14:38

Hi OP. Everyone's going to tell you you shouldn't be putting a 3 year old in a buggy. I'll leave you to enjoy that grin All I can say is that you will probably struggle to find a buggy that is very roomy for that age, unless you want to pay a fortune and move into the more specialist territory of buggies for older children. Presumably you don't intend to get a lot of use out of it, so don't want anything too expensive? I'd suggest a Maclaren Volo. My dd is 4, is as tall as most 6 year olds, hasn't used a buggy regularly since she turned 3, but for particular reasons she used our old Maclaren for a few days recently, and seemed fine in it.

margobambino Tue 01-Jun-10 00:20:29

Thanks for the parenting lesson. I see lots of 3-4 years old children in their pushchairs in shopping centers or on the streets. Lots of people do carry a pushchair for even older children than mine when they travel as airports are very busy and young children get tired when they walk long distances or get distracted with lots of sitimuli. It seems we live in a different planet from your ideal world and super-ideal children. Thanks a lot.

margobambino Tue 01-Jun-10 00:24:14

Thanks hester for being considerate. No, I definetely don't intend to use it often and looking for something cheaper really. I'll have a look at McLaren Volo.

Clary Tue 01-Jun-10 00:25:01

Mine is not an ideal world and super-ideal chidlren, sadly, OP.

That's my point really. I imagine you will want yr DS to walk nicely with you when he is, say, 5 or 6. I am just trying to suggest that you need to start teaching him about that before then.

Just as I taught my DS1 about crossing the road safely somewhat before I actually wanted him to do it on his own (as he now does, in yr 6).

I see 3 and 4yos in buggies too. I see people giving small children bottles of coke. I see people smoking near the pram. None of this makes me feel especially happy.

You must do what you choose of course. I was just trying to give you some advice gleaned from my own experience.

Multimummy Tue 01-Jun-10 08:36:56

Fgs do we have to have the parenting lesson everytime someone with a child of 3 needs pushchair advice! The mother will know her child and her needs.
If i did not use a pushchair for my child (2y now) he would have to walk 8 miles a day like me while we take his siblings to school and that's before we add on the milage for trips to his activities or shopping for groceries! Not all of us drive or have public transport to use! Op i recommend a baby Jogger city mini or elite.

xkaylax Tue 01-Jun-10 09:46:29

What is the big deal i have a 3.3 yr old and he still goes in his buggy occasionally for big walks as we walk everywhere and never use busses

People need to stop being so selfish she was only asking for advice angry
And i hardly see how a tired 3 yr old being in a buggy is like a 3 yr old drinking coke or passive smoke!
Some people really need to worry about other things in life

And i just use the zapp occasionally as its very lightweight go and try one in store though as my ds isnt very tall

xkaylax Tue 01-Jun-10 09:46:29

What is the big deal i have a 3.3 yr old and he still goes in his buggy occasionally for big walks as we walk everywhere and never use busses

People need to stop being so selfish she was only asking for advice angry
And i hardly see how a tired 3 yr old being in a buggy is like a 3 yr old drinking coke or passive smoke!
Some people really need to worry about other things in life

And i just use the zapp occasionally as its very lightweight go and try one in store though as my ds isnt very tall

weddingseason Tue 01-Jun-10 11:36:07

My nearly 3 year old still fits in an urban detour when necessary - can often pick them up cheap on e bay.

Volo also a good suggestion except that they have little wheels. Big air tyres much easier to push a heavy child.

hazeyjane Tue 01-Jun-10 11:44:45

margobambino, I came on to the thread, because I knew you would get posts saying, 'FGS what is a 3 year old doing in a pushchair, mine was walking 5 miles a day when they were 2 etc etc'

All children are different, everyone has different lives, if you need a pushchair then you need it, you don't need to justify it - sod what anyone else says!

We picked up an Urban Detour on e-bay for £30, it is great for everyday and long walks, and is very sturdy for a screaming runner!

marmet2010 Tue 01-Jun-10 12:16:26

yes i have even seen older kids in coachbuilt prams even at fairgrounds

margobambino Tue 01-Jun-10 23:48:13

hazeyjane, do you know what the weight limit is for urban detour?

llareggub Tue 01-Jun-10 23:58:05

My 3 year old would refuse to get in a buggy. He is tall, sturdy and full of beans and yearns to be a big boy. He would be embarrassed by the buggy. Have you asked your 3 year old if he still wants it?

SchnitzelVonKrumm Wed 02-Jun-10 00:15:29

Get him a scooter

beagle101 Wed 02-Jun-10 00:36:53

We found the ABC take off buggy absolutely fab on holiday - folds up small and yet still huge for a tired toddler (doesn't recline though if you are looking for him to snooze) but our son loved it as it is less buggy like and more a chair on wheels so he felt like a big boy

If you are particularly worried about the airport as opposed to just wanting a buggy you might want to try getting a trunki - our kids use these when we travel - they absolutely love packing their little cases with their treasures then just scoot along in the airport - they have 'leads' so you can keep them close to you but with the trunki you can get from check in to gate with no hassle from little ones who are just happy scooting on a trunki!

hazeyjane Wed 02-Jun-10 08:54:52

margobambino, I'm afraid I don't know, but they are pretty solid - my friend uses one for her 3 1/2 yr old, who is quite big.

I had a look on ebay to see if there was one on there that said, and see that there are some going for as little as a tenner. You could have ours for free if you fancy it (cat me if you do)

The trouble with scooters is that if your 3 yr old is the sort that legs it across a busy car park then you are just giving them a 'getaway car'!

My 3 yr old dd is also full of beans and runs around like a mad thing (not so tall, but sturdy!), but we walk 3 or 4 miles a day (which she walks most of), up to school and back, then into town, and sometimes she is knackered and sometimes we are in a hurry to get up to school.

loonyrationalist Wed 02-Jun-10 09:47:55

My dd1 was out of her pushchair at 2.5 she is a good walker & crucially although we go on long leisurely walks we live rurally so have to drive when we go to school/shopping etc etc.

Those who say a 3 year old does not need a pushchair would be happy with a 3 mile time pressured round trip to collect from school? Or are able to walk home from the supermarket laden with bages & also able to adequately keep a 3 year old road safe?.... thought not.. then don't apply your circumstances to everyone else.

BigWeeHag Wed 02-Jun-10 12:46:51

DS1 is 5 in August, and still uses a buggy every single day. Nothing wrong with his legs.

I had someone commenting about it the other day, and just smile about it. Bless their judgemental wee hearts, still, at least they got to feel superior to me and my defective parenting for a microsecond, sure it made the rest of their life so much better. I didn't offer explanations, because I don't have to. I know and he knows that the buggy is necessary.

OP, try a Jane or a MB terrain, higher weight limits.

My 3.6yo still uses a buggy & I can't be arsed to explain why, I use a Maclaren XT which he fits into with room to spare. He's quite a big 3yo and I don't find it hard to push with him in. Volos have much smaller wheels, I don't imagine that it would be as easy to push. I got my XT off here for £40.
If you don't need something small that folds up etc I'd got for a 3 wheeler tho with air tyres, much easier on your back and bigger shopping basket! Or a baby jogger city mini, they're pretty fab but still not that cheap 2nd hand.

Multimummy Wed 02-Jun-10 13:50:05

Also - you could look on ebay for a mutsy - esp a mutsy with the fun seat - would make his ride fun, they can sometimes be got for a low price - if the seller won't / can't post - and if they're local enough for you to pick up! They're really sturdy - and the fun seat has a huge basket on the back - which can take 10kg of shopping/picnic/toys/beach kit! - so even if the seat is for 15kg - the frame/seat can obviously take another 10kg! Your kid won't look too big for it and it's way easier to push than one of those trike thingys! wink

Multimummy Wed 02-Jun-10 13:54:40
kizzy2010 Fri 16-Jul-10 14:39:13

i just wanted to say how judgemental i think you all are. i have a son of nearly 5 and a daughter who will be 3 in october. my son was out of his buggy before my daughter was born. my daughter on the other hand, although she loves to walk every where, tires very easily and needs a buggy.
i'm in the same position as the op now. her old buggy dies last week and i need to get her a new one. why you ask... my son starts school in september. he didnt get into our nearest school as its a catholic school and we are not catholic. the school hes at is over a mile away which would not only be a long way for my daughter to walk, but also very time consuming, especially at 8.30 in the morning. now i'm not saying she will be in the buggy for every trip. she will most likely walk home when there is no rush. but you surely cant expect a child of that age to walk best part of 5 miles a day with no support.
take care of your own children and leave others to worry about whats best for theirs

faddle Fri 16-Jul-10 22:14:15

OP - you know your own child best. I have just bought cosatto yo for DD who is 4yo. Folds up reasonably small, is light, and has a very generous seat and hood which reclines. Nice to push and a reasonable basket. She uses it around town if she gets tired, and for days out to carry all the crap when she wants a nap.
My mother was shock when she saw me packing the pushchair for our recent camping holiday. at the end of the week when she had seen DD fall asleep in it every single day, worn out by the excitement, she apologised and said I had obviously known best in this matter. I was then equally shock as my mother has never before said she was wrong about anything to do with parenting!

nicolamumof3 Fri 16-Jul-10 22:29:04

OP posted for advice about which pushchair, not 'advice' at what age her dc should be walking, how he should be walking, how far etc etc. Blah blah blah.

I have three children all very different but would never feel the need to justify at what age they need to be out of a pushchair.

Anyway...for ease of pushing an older child air tyres are best imo..mountain buggy, baby jogger all good sized seats. Otherwise for strollers, biggest seat sizes will come in Maclaren Techno XT and XLr. Tho my 4.5yr recently used a volo on holiday occasionally and was fine. (yes 4.5yr old, must be an awful parent grin)

iamfabregasted Fri 16-Jul-10 22:34:01

nicolamumof3 - I am a worse parent than you.

My DD is 8 (yes 8) and I intend to take the buggy to the zoo.

As I said on another of these threads, she's tiny, wearing age 3 clothes, and gets tired very easily, so the buggy makes sense and also I have torn rotator cuff muscles in my shoulder so I find carrying stuff hard, so it means we can take a picnic.

what IS the obsession with children being out of the buggy at a certain age?
it's like a bloody competition "oooh well mine was out at 6 months, i dragged him along on a lead"

ffs

does it really matter???
the OP wants a buggy for her son. maybe she walks a lot, maybe he still naps in it, maybe he is a "bolter" like my ds2... maybe it's none of your business why she wants one?

sleepysox Fri 16-Jul-10 22:37:35

My son was in a pushchair until 4. We had a Baby Jogger. The seat was so big it looks like it'd fit a 7 year old! I think it goes up to kids of 40lbs. Pushes like a dream.

Baby Dan had an umbrella fold one called 'Stockholm' which had a similar weight limit too- we've also got one of those. They've been discontinued, but some places are still them new- we got ours new on fleabay for around £40.

I knew you'd get the 'why can't they walk' responses too. I've remember reading other similar posts who got the same response.

Just ignore them. Every child is different. Go with what your child needs.

jellybeans Fri 16-Jul-10 22:37:35

3 wheeler Nipper. I pushed 3 year old twins in one. Don't care a jot what people think. With twins it would have taken all day to get the older ones to school and one had visual impairment and the other developmental delays. You can't judge by looking! 3 big wheels will be great.

nicolamumof3 Fri 16-Jul-10 22:42:50

my 3yo still fits great in nipper its still easy to push as well so deffo recommend that.

raindroprhyme Sat 17-Jul-10 10:26:52

haven't read whole thread can't be bothered with the ranting.
my DS was in a single nipper till he was 4 and weighed about 18kg and he is super tall too. Easy to push with him and loads of shopping. i have a volo too but it was difficult to push him in it from when he was about 3.
hth.

GirlofCadiz Sat 17-Jul-10 19:14:24

There is nothing wrong with putting a three year old in a buggy. We don't drive and have to walk very far and carry lots of things. I always brought my pushchair out when my ds was 3.

He walked most of the time but I needed to have that pushchair when we were in a hurry or carrying loads of shopping. Sometimes a three year old gets tired, grumpy, tries to run off and needs a break in the buggy.

Why is this some kind of crime?

gegs73 Sat 17-Jul-10 19:22:57

My 3yo DS2 still has a buggy if we are out for a really long day and also for the school run.

Its a 1.5 mile walk there and the same back. And yes he could walk it but we would be late EVERY day! He does walk back! I really can't see what the problem is.

He has a Maclaren Volvo which is perfect so I can second that one. Cheap, lightweight, folds easily etc.

gegs73 Sat 17-Jul-10 19:23:41

Maybe all the anti buggy for 3yos people drive everywhere wink

makeupmummy Sat 17-Jul-10 19:28:20

My gigantic two year old, 19 plus kilos and 97 cms, still has plenty room in his Baby Jogger City Mini; reckon that will see us through the buggy years. I agree by way; we walk everywhere, but always take the buggy for the "I'm sitting down/climbing people's steps/not appreciating you have to be somewhere 5 minutes ago/what, I have to sit still in this cafe? " moments!

makeupmummy Sat 17-Jul-10 19:29:34

O, and my tall (but slender) 8 year old dd also fits in it, when she really wants to wind ds up, or have a seat when out at races!

skidoodly Sat 17-Jul-10 19:40:44

Or maybe they walk everywhere but prioritise teaching their children independence over getting places quickly.

gegs73 Sat 17-Jul-10 20:56:19

Or they prioritise getting their child to school on time without getting everyone up at 5am hmm

skidoodly Sun 18-Jul-10 01:52:45

If you are doing a 3 hour walk to school every day you have a bigger problem than a non-toddler child needing a pram.

GirlofCadiz Sun 18-Jul-10 09:00:54

DH says that they used to put dss in a pushchair when he was 4. Dss is now at a top univerisity in the US studying chemical engineering and working very hard to support himself.

No problems with independence and responsibility with him as a result of going in a pushchair when he was 4.

skidoodly Sun 18-Jul-10 09:32:32

I once met a man at a top university whose parents beat him regularly.

FanjoForTheMammaries Sun 18-Jul-10 09:36:54

yes, putting someone in a pushchair is clearly equivalent to beating them regularly hmm

merryandmad Sun 18-Jul-10 09:56:57

"oooh well mine was out at 6 months, i dragged him along on a lead" thisisyestersay- that's so funny.

My dd nearly 4 went into town in her buggy on Friday to get her school uniform ready for September. shock We had shopping to do, then had to get back in time for her to go to nursery in the afternoon. She is too big for me to carry aswell as shopping. Plus she got to eat her packed lunch in the pushchair on the way home before nursery.

We have a Maclaren Techno- but it has survived dd1 and dd2 and now the wheels are slightly square. but the seat is plently big enough for her still.

skidoodly Sun 18-Jul-10 10:29:25

A man I know who runs a well-known sportswear company started smoking at 5. Maybe he smoked in his pram.

pinkgrapefruitjuice Sun 18-Jul-10 10:45:31

Maclaren techno xlr, roomier than the xt. You could probably get one 2nd hand.

I second the wrist strap idea and would take the pushchair on holiday to use as a packhorse for all the bags and stuff and as a time out zone. I hear you about containment - sometimes its just easier.

yeah, what gegs said. Everyone I know who boasts about binning the buggy when their prodigious DC was 18mo or whatever drives any distance over 1/2 mile. My 3yo hasn't been in the buggy for a while, but the last time I dusted it off we needed to get to doctors 1.5miles away sharpish. No 3yo I know ever does sharpish on request, never mind when unwell. I really don't get what the fuss is about.

We've an XLR and it's great for taller/heavier toddlers.

chibi Sun 18-Jul-10 12:19:19

Don't assume that everyone who bins the buggy drives everywhere

I am carless and my 3 yo has walked 2-3 miles a day since she was 2.5, without drama or hysterics, and at a reasonable pace

I thought this was normal, apparently not -she is some freaky otherworldly walking savant smile

FanjoForTheMammaries Sun 18-Jul-10 15:59:35

We have an XLR for my DD, who is 3.9 but easily the height of a 5 year old....she has SN but I hate that people have to justify why they have their kid in a buggy tbh, each to their own.

GirlofCadiz Mon 19-Jul-10 14:24:46

My three year old was fine in a maclaren triumph when we needed it. I pulled the old P+T out the other day to sell it and ds still fits into that. He is 5 now.

whatdoesntkillyou Mon 19-Jul-10 15:18:42

Can't you judgemental people calm down. IMO there are a multitude of reasons why a 3 year old child may need a buggy- most of which have been covered.

However, if none of those reasons are acceptable in your judgey world could you consider keeping your comments to yourself?

lynn7300 Mon 19-Jul-10 16:22:22

OMG I HAVE ONLY BEEN A MEMEBER OF MUMSNET FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND CANT BELIEIVE SOME OF THE NASTY COMMENTS I THOUGHT WE AS MOTHERS WOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF EACH OTHER THANK GOODNESS SOME PEOPLE ARE

I AM SO SUPRISED BY SOME OF THE COMMENTS WITH THERE IDEAS ON A FLAMING PUSHCHAIR ITS ONLY A PUSHCHAIR FOR A 3 YEAR OLD....

deedee24 Sun 15-Aug-10 21:16:05

i have just bought a mountain buggy terrain double off ebay for my 4.2 year old & 1 year old daughters.
read the reviews and they are fab at taking an older childs weight.
People will probably ask why ive only just bought a double...well we have a few long day trips and a holiday planned and it is a seat for my 4 year old for when she gets tired that i was looking for...whats wrong with giving your tired kids legs a rest??!!
she won't be in there much because she enjoys walking and exploring but its there if she needs it long walks,swimming and staying up late on holiday=tired 4 year old! and when she starts school and isn't in the buggy i can put my shopping in her seat whilst my 1 year old sits happily in the other seat.
i couldn't care less what others think if it makes our lives easier (not car owners) then so what!
i have a mamas and papas pipi stroller and my 4 year old fits in that fine if thats any help! dee x

Morena Thu 09-Sep-10 14:45:58

OmG! I in the same situation but now a bit scared! Am I doing something terrible?;) Anyway I saw someone pushing what seemed a gigantic buggy another day. I could see it was maclaren but I don't think is the xt. Any clues about that model?
It was light grey and silver.
It had 4 wheels.

nicolamumof3 Thu 09-Sep-10 15:22:36

It could possibly be the maclaren major which is sn buggy?

Eartha20 Thu 06-Oct-11 21:53:41

Absolutely shocked at the bitterness on this thread. Every child is different and it's up to the mother to decide, and NOT for other mothers to criticize or judge them. We are supposed to support each other. I'm not visiting mumsnet again.

Tiggywunkle Thu 06-Oct-11 22:18:07

Thankfully I have been away and have missed most of this thread...but whilst we were away my daughter who is now three, has happily scooted around or walked all day long, but by the time we had finished dinner, watched a show, even though it wasn't her bed time she was tired. After the first night where we had a long walk home, and she grumbled and cried because she was tired all the way home after being impeccably behaved all day (and quite rightly so because we were tired too), we took a pushchair with us on subsequent days. We do an awful lot of all day trips and again whilst she walks a fair bit it's extremely useful to have a pushchair, especially in shops where I not need helping hands or I want to browse. At this point in time I wouldn't even consider doing a food shop without the pushchair (double) because we walk by a main road plus it's quicker, easier and keeps me sane rather than juggling reins, basket, shopping and a single pushchair. There's times and places when a pushchair for a three year old are very appropriate.

Tiggywunkle Thu 06-Oct-11 22:20:12

BTW she fits great in the Peach, Noa, B-Agile, BJCM, BJ Elite and more.

Well MY DD was out of the buggy at only a few weeks old. Shed told me she didn't want to go in one so I never put her in one again.

Still carried her in a sling, asleep at times, when she was 2 and 3 and even 4. If she still needed it I still would, where is the problem?

this thread is 18 months old.... i wonder what the OP got in the end? lol

Haha good point. Wonder if it's still working for them.

AnxiousElephant Thu 06-Oct-11 22:45:00

None! They have perfectly good legs unless you walk gawd knows how many miles to take other children to school etc! shock A weight problem waiting to happen imo!

zakimum Fri 25-Nov-11 23:23:25

i dont understand what the problem is with you judgemental aggressive mums - witch hunting a mum like this!

Nic3473 Fri 23-Mar-12 11:49:04

I'm shocked at how some people think they are the best parents in the world because their child was able to walk at an early age and not tire as quick as some other mums children do, all I can say is be thankful your child can actually walk, my child is 3 and can't walk due to health and to hear some people saying your child should be out of a buggy age 2 1/2 makes me so angry!! Every child is different in the first place and to be making this poor woman who posted asking for advice on a pushchair feel like a bad mother because she still needs to use one, if I'm not mistaken she didn't ask you all to tell he when she should stop using one... Give your heads a wobble and don't answer peoples posts if you have nothing nice or helpful to say... If my boy needs a pushchair until he is 15 so what... The person that slates me for it will be the first one needing their own wheelchair....

Highheeledmum Sun 07-Apr-13 13:58:39

I very rarely use these sites (kind of scared of those righteous women who have those perfec kids and tell you you're a crap mother at the drop of a hat!) but I was just googling to see if I could find a light weight pram to take on holiday for my 3year old as we'll be walking a lot.

I couldn't believe the response from those hideous women, particularly the one comparing mothers smoking next to their kids as being the same as letting a 3 year old sit in a push chair.

Get. A. Grip!

Good to know there are plenty of you who don't think in this way.

ValarMorGoolis Sun 07-Apr-13 14:06:15

My Dad takes a buggy to the zoo just to carry his picnic grin

My DD will fit in the BJCM for a long time yet, (DS had a good loll about in it while the baby walked around the museum recently, and he was 5 smile) but it's pricey for the time you'll use it.

When DS started school I did a scooter training regime for the mile walk.

dillipickle Fri 19-Apr-13 10:40:53

Shocked and appalled by the judgemental and absurd responses on here. But I am truly happy to see these are by a minority and the majority are by kind, helpful and supportive human beings.

I realise this is an old thread but came across it as I am looking for a buggy that will help for my big 2yo when we travel and he will need a place to nap/rest when he is tired, I have decided to go with the baby jogger city mini 3 wheeler.

BangOn Fri 19-Apr-13 10:52:07

op, can't understand why everyone is leaping on you for putting your 3 yr old in a buggy. some people are so obsessed with what everyone else 'should' be doing, they forget that everyone's circumstances are different. If you never walk further than half a mile down the road, & you never have to get anywhere urgently you probably don't need a buggy for a 3 yr old. Ditto if your child rides aroud with you in the car all day. Everyone else id probably going to need to stick their 3 yr old in the pushchair at some stage. now unhoik those judgeypants everyone.

awkwardsis Fri 19-Apr-13 11:38:24

High heeled mum I am actually amused at your outrage considering this is a very very old thread you've brought back to life. You must have actualyl searched for this to find it. 3 year olds in pushchairs? Meh. I don't drive. Get over it.

Tiggywunkle Fri 19-Apr-13 21:07:30

I was about to say the same awkwardsis
Why dig out an old thread to comment on??
Believe me I could argue this one to death re why an older child should / needs to be in a pushchair, but I am not wasting my time.

dillipickle I bought a city mini this week after hating them for years! It's actually for my 15 month old but my 5yo had a go in it and, while she can't get the hood down over her head and her legs were slightly hanging over the end, there was plenty of room in the seat for her smile

Helenkenyon Fri 19-Apr-13 22:55:45

I fell so sorry for this lady she was only asking for advice, children are all so different some walk every where when they are 2 some hate walking and are in a buggy till they don't fit in them!!
My advice for this lady have a look at the maclaren xlr that's what my son is in who is only 20 months but its quite roomy and the hood is high so if your little one is tall might help, or maybe look at something with big wheels to make it easy to push.
Hope it helps. smile

Gemz31 Thu 13-Jun-13 12:35:13

Omg! I would rather my 3 year( although not in buggy) was safe! Baring in mind the heat and often long walks on holidays a buggy can come in very handy! Zeta vooom is perfect for this extra height lightweight and cheap I cant recommend this enuff, I dont think the woman was looking for parenting advice!!

milk Thu 13-Jun-13 12:45:52

Why is everyone bashing the OP?!?

mumofthemonsters808 Thu 13-Jun-13 12:48:48

My 3.2 year old still uses a pushchair and I also can't be arsed explaining why. I have a Mamma's & Papa's TRek and he still fits in it.

milk Thu 13-Jun-13 12:52:27

This thread began on Mon 31-May-10. I wonder how her 6 year old DS is doing smile

quodro Wed 03-Jul-13 14:24:00

omg.i was just searching on the net for auitable pushchairs for a three year old and come accross this my little one is nearly 3 and still naps in her pushchair sometimes we take it sometimes we dont who the hec do you lot think u are judging anotha mother on wetha her lo needs a pushchair  or not nowt to do wi u shes askin suitable pushchairs so if ya know of one say it if. yadontjog on a baby micro city micro is perfect by the way.

rachellanya Sun 07-Jul-13 17:25:36

wow well i have just been looking for a pram for my 2 year old who is 3 in october to see some horrible comments that pissed me off so much i had to sign up thought this was called mumsnet half of u act like kids get a life !!!!!!!! some people who go shopping round town and dont drive who have small children need a pram we dont all live in flowery field either were r kids run round with no shoes look at poor jamie bulger his mum only took her eyes off him for a split second !!! u horrible women some people need to keep there mouths shut or get some happiness in there sad lives if some one said that to my face id give them a slap!!

Seraphina11 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:15:34

Very judgemental - people's circumstances vary. I am a granny looking after large 2 year old and having to walk energetic dog for a good hour each day. Can't imagine grandson will be able to walk briskly for an hour when he's 3.

Fandsmummy Sun 03-Nov-13 13:50:19

Omg I just done a search on if a maclaren techno xlr would be any yes for my 31 month old son, came across this and can I just say, there are so e very catty mothers out there, who really cares if your children were walking everywhere at 2, you were not asked this, my son walks everywhere, but seeing as we have a 20 minute walk up hill to school at 8.30 every morning, I feel he needs something, he happily walks everywhere else but that walk exhausts him, also do you make your 2 yr old walk in pouring rain/snow etc, if so shame on you, there's no way my child would be made to do that, so yep, I am going to get my son a buggy, really don't care what others think

elfycat Sun 03-Nov-13 14:04:38

We're using a Graco - but they're big things. Still plenty of room for a child - occasionally with it in the flat position we get DD1 (4.5) in too for a bit. So loads of room plus a huge basket. Essential for a long day at the zoo - for carrying the picnic if nothing else.

DD1 has just about finished wanting to be in a buggy. I've had all of the comments but quite frankly don't give a stuff. Often she's walked a couple of miles to and from the leisure centre, active play for a couple of hours and I'm giving her a chance to rest before her karate class. Yes she does have legs that work. They work a lot. So do DD2's as we tend to walk everywhere. Of course I could just use the giant fossil-fuel burning 4 person buggy on a daily basis and fail to have the lack of leg usage commented upon.

Riccobena Fri 15-Nov-13 08:36:56

Hi I don't think there is anything wrong with having a 3 year old in a pushchair! My boy is 3 and a half and I use my pushchair a lot! We live near busy roads and walk a lot! I would never expect him to walk all the way to nursery it takes over half an hour the people who say they don't use them very often must drive there children everywhere! I'm also looking for a good pushchair as mine is far to bulky now could you let me know if you found a good one smile thanks

Capricex Fri 23-May-14 14:08:27

Lol I find these comments very funny ..
My child is 20 months he uses the Cosatto Yo which is amazing. I only use it if I go asda or to shopping centres or on the bus somewhere. Tbh I find mothers who push around 3+ kids are lazy.. Call me judgemental I understand everyone's situation is different but everyone Has legs just like everyone has a mouth. My child knows how to say 1-5 at 20 months old because I constantly taught him. Some kids are slow I get that BUT. If you stuff a dummy in your babies mouth all day and night their speech will be slow. Even if you teach them a lot, So therefore if you stuff your child in a pushchair all day long your child won't know how to walk or behave whilst walking. It's laziness and yes some mothers are lazy some are not. That's just a preference. Doesn't cause the child any harm so therefore it's none of our business BUT. I can't stand lazy moms. Lol! It's just annoying to see. Just like it's annoying to see a mom smoking around her child u just wanna shake her and say "your child is breathing that!" So I guess we feel the same when we look at big ass kids in buggys like wth somebody here said their kid is 8 in a buggy? That's appalling. 3 has to be the max for me. Unless ur going far yeah take the pram. But to the park or etc walk your child for gods sake you wouldn't put your dog in a pram would you lol
Nonetheless nobody is perfect it's not illegal but this debate is shocking and interesting at once!

Cazm2 Mon 26-May-14 09:34:18

Just for the record caprice my dd 2.2 has a dummy and sometimes in day and her speech is that of a 4 year old so take issue with the dummy stopping development it's crap it's down to each individual child

dodito Thu 12-Jun-14 13:45:14

Totally agree with you, I have a 3 year old that looks like a 4, he doesn't use a buggy anymore infact he loves walking however when we walk long distances he wants me to carry him and even thought I encourage him to walk and never carries him is a risk I am not willing to take when going on holidays. Better safe than sorry

Minipink1 Fri 01-Aug-14 08:36:39

We encourage my 4 year old to walk but if out all day on a day trip we know they'll be problems with tired little legs, so yes, we take a buggy. Maclaren fits him nicely. So throw me to the lions ladees ��

hayley27m Fri 01-Aug-14 11:31:22

Don't worry op there are plenty of people who use pushchairs for their older children. My ds is 3.5 and goes in the double with his 9 month old baby brother every day when we take my dd to school. We live too far away for him to walk there and back and I also have to get her there on time wink. I've got a baby jogger city mini which he fits in great, he even falls asleep in there still on occasion. It is a bit hard to push with him in now and I wonder if the 4 wheel version might be better.

MiaowTheCat Sat 02-Aug-14 16:12:04

My life was awful for a few months until DD1 finally learnt to walk as she was a late walker and very very tall for her age so looked a lot older than she was... oh the comments I had to put up with!

Just bought a baby jogger city micro cheap as chips second hand for DD2 but DD1 who's 2 1/2 but more the size of a 4/5 year old would fit in it just fine if required - she's just a pushchair refuser now she's cracked that walking thing though so I'm getting rid of my doubles totally.

mummykayjay Fri 15-Aug-14 18:52:58

Not all kids are the same. Those of you that are making judgment on someone for wanting a buggy for their child. Shame on you. My daughter is now 4 and we have just been on holiday, we would of been stuck without it. Some kids still need a sleep during the day. She walks everywhere but when necessary we take her buggy for her to rest. Saves fighting with a tired child while out, and helps when carrying lots of shopping. Not everybody drives. Some of us rely on public transport. There is nothing wrong with a 3-5 yr old using a buggy on occasion.

MyMelody Mon 18-Aug-14 22:57:52

can't believe this thread is still going over four years later! grin

xxxhayzxxx Sat 20-Dec-14 02:59:15

Thank you so much for someone askin this question. Mine son is nearly three and half and has talipes and slight hyper mobility but the macclarens was too small cause he's 3 ft. Thank you to the ones with a positive answers. The others. It's not your child you never gave birth too these people children so no reason too be so judgemental

britishbakeoffblues Sat 20-Dec-14 05:28:02

I'm so jealous that you can get your 3 year old in a buggy!
My son has flatly refused to go in his buggy since he was 18 months old.
Have you considered a trunki suitcase for the holiday? They can ride on it?
Sorry, don't have a suggestion of a bigger buggy --but I'm not judging you either!!--gringrin

gamerchick Sat 20-Dec-14 05:55:50

You can't stab this thread to death really can you? grin

4 years old.

larrygrylls Sat 20-Dec-14 09:28:32

You would not put a slow walking, unfit adult in a wheelchair for convenience, so why a 3 year old child? Of course there might be exceptions in the case of really tough journeys, but what will be the effect on the confidence and fitness of the child?

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