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How far can your two year old walk?

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MumOfTheMoos Wed 12-Mar-14 13:57:17

My DS is coming up to 2 and will walk the short walk to the shops etc but he still comes with us to walk the dog in the buggy - although I always get him out for part of the walk.

If you are a dog walker how old were your DC before you could take them out to walk without the buggy?

Last weekend we were visiting friends and went for a walk but after a while he didn't want to go in the buggy but he didn't want to walk either so I ended up carrying him.

I can't wait to get rid of the buggy tbh.

Artandco Wed 12-Mar-14 14:05:43

We don't have a dog but our 2 and half year old easily does 5 miles daily and can do more on days we are actually walking/ hiking if he can rest in between.

Ie normal day he will walk 1.5 miles to work with us. Dh might take him into Hyde park for a 2 hours (2-3 miles walking around plus running in areas), then 1.5 miles back home. Plus any day to day stuff like walking to and from shops etc

He hasn't used a pram since 18 months though. Although still naps but indoors/ at home/ on any sofa/ on picnic rug

fishybits Wed 12-Mar-14 14:09:13

We have dogs, DD easily does a mile/mile and a half but that's over easy ground. Over rough terrain it's more like half a mile then she needs to go in the backpack.

heymammy Wed 12-Mar-14 14:28:26

The main problem with ditching the buggy completely is having to go everywhere at a snail's toddler's pace. It takes aaaages to get anywhere and you can guarantee you'll end up humphing said toddler around.

(I have a nearly two year old as well)

MumOfTheMoos Wed 12-Mar-14 14:45:46

Wow, artandco - that all sounds lovely!

Yes, fishybits, I think a backpack might be the way to go - especially as we've just moved and the park is now about 400m away instead of 40!

Stars66 Wed 12-Mar-14 14:49:20

Wow artandco that's amazing.
My dd (18 months) runs around the house like a loon and will go about 100m at the park till she stops and starts on 'mummy up'. Buggy certainly not being given up on yet!

Sid77 Wed 12-Mar-14 15:00:27

When mine started doing "mummy up" I would pick him up but stand still. If he wanted to move then he would have to walk. I'd gladly hold him, but not walk while holding him. He soon got the message and is a brilliant walker (now 3.5) and has been since about 2.

MumOfTheMoos Wed 12-Mar-14 15:02:29

Sid77 that is a fabulous idea! A bit like stopping when a dog pulls on the lead; I will definitely try that.

Artandco Wed 12-Mar-14 15:22:01

Yes we did the same. Both ds's now understand that if the genuinely are tired we will carry, but after 15 min walk they aren't tired and have to simply walk.

matana Wed 12-Mar-14 15:23:17

Ds was terrible at that age. when he said "Mummy up" i'd say he could either walk or go in the buggy. We finally ditched the buggy about 6-9 months ago (he's now 3.3) and can walk quite a distance if he chooses to. The main problem is that he's lazy - will run around all day in a park, but gets bored walking from a to b.

Artandco Wed 12-Mar-14 15:37:07

Oh and I fully admit to bribery. Ie if we walk down here we can stop by the swings. If we walk back with the dog we will have enough time to climb the tree at the end/ read x book when home/ bake...

Usually something we were going to do anyway but they don't know that!

Lamu Wed 12-Mar-14 15:37:46

Dd 2.5 can also walk a good 2/3 miles over easy terrain and has done for the past year or so. She's tall for her age if that makes any difference, so she has little choice in walking lots of bribing involved.

YY on taking ages to get anywhere. There's usually something that distracts her from walking in the direction she's meant to be going in.

MiaowTheCat Wed 12-Mar-14 19:19:07

DD1 could do the distance of a short dog walk fine - but still struggles with balance on uneven ground. Since I don't fancy wrangling a greyhound who is whining that she's water soluble and wants her comfy sofa, a 1 year old and a nearly 2 year old along with something vaguely terriery... I use the second seat of the buggy as a fall back when needed!

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