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

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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.


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.

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!

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

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

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!!

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

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!

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

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

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 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 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

around 2.

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).

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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

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