DD is 2.4 and prefers to walk rather than going in the pushchair. I want to encourage her in this, as I'm expecting DC no2 in June and really would like her to stop using the pushchair by the time I need it for the baby.
The problem is it's just soooo slow trying to walk anywhere. Mostly because she has to examine every tree, stick, blade of grass etc etc. Any tips for speeding her up, or should I just get into the habit of allowing much, much longer to get anywhere?
Been there with my ds1. He is now 3.4yrs and is getting better. I think you just need to allow it, let her enjoy her surroundings and learn about what is around her. When you can, try to leave home earlier and talk to her about all the trees, insects, sticks etc and when she starts to doodle, say something like "yes, look at that ant running around on the ground. Shall we see what else we can find over here?" She is still very young to be walking all the time, so just stick with it, lots of gentle encouragemet and she'll get there
Thanks all. She obviously is just a typical toddler, but it's reassuring to think that she'll improve with time! I just find it a bit frustrating, my natural walking pace is quite fast. I will try to adjust my expectations and allow more time.
When you are heavily pg in the summer you will be v grateful for toddler meandering steps (speaking as someone who is normally a strider). I'm going through this with DD atm (just 2) as she loves to walk, but just can't keep up with me and DS. When DS is back at school I'm looking forward to some nice slow toddler walks gazing at every beetle as I know it doesn't last long.
Oh and on the scooter front DS got one for his 3rd birthday and it revolutionised being able to get places in a hurry, a great buy.
My DD is 2.6 and also inspects every bit of rubbish / garden wall / crack in the pavement when she is walking. Have just got a mini micro scooter for her as I am also expecting DC2 (in May) and don't want to get a double buggy either! Although I expect that sometimes when he / she is small DC2 will be in a sling and DD will be in the pushchair.
One thing which seems to be working at the moment is to say to her "can you touch something blue / wooden / a bus stop / the letter E" etc, that is, some object a few meters ahead of us. She races towards whatever it is (once she's worked it out). She is also really into reading individual letters and some numbers at the moment, so asking her to spot some letter or number on a parked car a few meters ahead also works.
Doesn't always work of course, but does at least sometimes!