When did you stop using a pushchair?(45 Posts)
Just wondered really. I have read a few threads recently about people who stopped using them before age 2 but I know people who still using a pushchair with 4 year olds. So when did you stop using a buggy? Also when did you stop using a buggy on the bus? Thanks!
almost 5 yo in ordinary life. Not a bus user.
I don't often get on the bus but both my dc have stopped needing the buggy/pushchair by around 2.4 ish.
At about 18months-2yrs they started complaining loudly every time they had to go in and I hated having to force them into it so as soon as they were confident and quick walkers they walked. They're now 4.4 and 2.10 and walk everywhere.
As I said, we're not regular bus users but I did find it easier on the bus without a pushchair than with it, especially the double buggy which was a bloody nightmare!
DD is nearly 2 1/2 and I've used it perhaps once a month for the past 6 months or so. We have dogs and she's walked them with me since birth so is a good walker.
That said, we also have a Rose and Rebellion toddler sling which is in regular use
because it keeps her contained
Mine are 2.10 and occasionally use the double buggy. I take it with me if we are having a long day out as carrying both of them is not fun.
Stopped using a buggy on the bus at 18 months, unless it was essential for wherever we were going in which case I'd generally fold it and have it under the seat.
Stopped using it for walking at 3, as I had another DC and didn't want a double pram. We don't have a car so it's walk or bus/train everywhere.
I've just recently gone to a signal buggy after having a double one for my 3 and 5 year olds. The 5 year old was getting a bit embarrassed.
It's handy for shopping, but at 1.10 my dd really hates it. I doubt I'll still be using it in two months time... Especially ås my 5yo ds has now started to ask to get in. Oh no you don't.
It also depends a lot on how much you need to walk and/or nap out of the house,
I don't drive, have long walks to get anywhere and my 2.5 year old is a happy but painfully slow walker - we don't use it for short trips as he walks and I sometimes take the sling for backup, but we'll use information longer journeys especially over nap time I imagine until 3.
With DD it was 2.8 when DS was born. She did then use the buggy board till she was about 3.6.
With DS he was about 2.8 and we just got rid completely.
Got rid of double when oldest was 3 but had a buggy board so cheated a bit. I go on several long walks so need something to hurry 3 year old along (trying to get him used to a scooter) 2 year old I reckon will need it for long walks for about another year
With ds1 about 3 but DS2 has just turned 2 and we haven't used it now for a few months. Not a bus user here though. It does mean we end up carrying at the end of a day out but I find that easier.
When DS turned three. We took it on holiday with us and never used it there so put it away when we got back and haven't missed it. New baby due Sept and now considering a buggy board just so I have somewhere to put DS if he gets tired.
Ds is nearly 2 and doesn't like his buggy, but he won't walk consistently without running off or tantruming, and he's bloody heavy to carry, so we'll be taking it with us everywhere for a while yet...
Dd is 3.5 and has to be got from nursery to ds's after-school club half a mile away in under 15 minutes, followed by a mile home. Over half the time she walks to ds's school, nearly half she walks much of the trip home, but no way could I manage without. I suspect I may be taking the buggy with me for much of next year even if most of the time it's just my handbag in it.
Just been on holiday and the buggy stayed in the back of the car most of the time, but was necessary for her after a beach trip where she went down then up nearly 200 steps and walked a few miles.
She didn't use to like it from the time she could walk, but now associates it with a nice rest and snooze (and will put herself in it at home when she wants a time-out!)
About 3 for the school run of a mile in total, before that for other bits. In slowed by other children though!
About 3ish, can't remember exactly - we still used it for town at 2.5 as he just ran off otherwise and I needed to get jobs done at an adult pace. He was a later walker though - 18 months, which I think made a difference.
With DC1 I completely stopped when she was 2.8, having endured several months of her absolutely hating being in it, but I was sometimes making her go in anyway (why?).
Then I suddenly had a revelation that we could just walk everywhere more slowly, and I ditched it. I had actually been phasing it out for about a year at that point, only really using it for shopping or long days out.
With DC2 it was 2.2, she started really not wanting to go in it, so we just stopped straight away.
I use the bus and train all the time, and it was a lot easier not having one.
I'm also a SAHM and I think that makes a big difference. I could usually plan my day to go at a child's pace.
Using it for what? We stopped using it to transport DC2 (3.5) a while back, but he still has/needs a nap of 1.5hrs in the middle of the day. If I want to be out of the house at any point between 11 and 3, I need to take the buggy.
It's a complete PITA. I could really do with him dropping his nap now! We had a day out in central London this week, I didn't take the buggy and he managed absolutely fine with the walking - but at 3.30ish he fell asleep on the tube on the way home and I then had to carry a sleeping child the rest of the way (two more buses and a stop-off via the pharmacy and newsagents). Couldn't wake him at all! DC1 had dropped her nap before she was 2 and we stopped using a buggy for her then.
At 2.4years after DP reversed over it. Dd was a pretty good walker, so we just said we'd see how it went. I can't carry her at all really due to a bad back and she walks much further with less whinging when it's me and her than with her dad who gives in to the moaning!
DTs are almost three now, haven't used the pushchair since they were two and a half. Far easier on a bus without the pushchair, don't have to worry wether there will be a space for it. They can walk for miles now, albeit rather slowly.
Dd1 stopped when she was 3ish, dd2 up until she was 4 ( a double with her brother when he was born, as she was a devil child who used the power of lying on the pavement like a corpse for the first year he was here)
Ds is disabled so although he can walk he still uses a sn buggy at 5, and will need a wheelchair in the future.
Have always used buggy on bus - with. A sling for ds when there were 3 under 5
DS stopped using it when he was 3 and started the school nursery, he didn't need it really and I didn't want him in school uniform in a pushchair, I was also 7 months pregnant with DD and didn't want to buy a double pushchair.
DD stopped using it at 2 and a1/2 as it fell apart and she was ok walking most of the time.
I have never used on on a bus or train, when I didn't have a car I only went places in walking distance, which was ok as I am only 40 minutes walk from town.
My youngest is 3 and we stint akd a buggy with us. He is ok walking, but sometimes we just need him to be contained (my eldest HS severe SN, and so sometimes we just need to have hands free to deal with her, and know that ds is safe)
We have just got a SN buggy, actually, so that on longer days out - we got to Legoland and Chessington a lot - we have space for the coats/jumpers, and the necessary bag (food allergies), and a buggy that all 3 fit into (one at a time!) when they need a rest/breathing space (eldest has severe ASD, middle has AS - both have hypermobility and low muscle tone so tire easily - and as above, sometimes we just need dc3 contained!)
Do what you need to do to get throught the day. Don't worry about what others do/did, or what you 'should' be doing.
We gave up our double when our two were 3.5 and 4.5. They scooter everywhere now. It was necessary for containment purposes and for full days out. We don't have a car (live in London) so it would have been on busses, tubes, ferries etc. right up until the end.
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