My youngest ds just turned 3. His ancient buggy collapsed two weeks ago and I have sold the phil and teds. Damn. I was sick of the tire punctures on it and the size of it.
Have been trying to manage the school run for my older 2 children without a buggy but 3 year old is running away, then complaining that he is tired etc. Yesterday I ended up carrying him home along with the shopping and school bags because he was going into a strop.
I don't drive because I love to walk but we do a lot of walking.
Is there a buggy out there that is actually suitable for a 3 year old. I will be having another baby in the future so I will get further use out of it anyway.
I was thinking about a chicco multiway or some kind of maclaren. Don't want anything too big and fancy.
The only criteria is that it needs to be sturdy enough for a 3 year old and a neutral colour for the next baby.
It depends if you want a 4 or 3 wheeler. I find the 3 wheelers best especially if you do a lot of walking what with the swivel wheel. I know they're chunky but I have a Jane 360 powertrack. They don't make them any more but you can pick one up on eBay. If it ever broke I'd get another one in a heartbeat. Only downside I find is the small shopping bag underneath. They're a lovely size for older toddlers. My very tall 2.9 still fits it with miles of room left. It also fits my 6 month old nicely, plus when he needs to sleep it's got a great recline on it.
I know, it is hard. My DD is 3.5, but the school run for her is about 1.5mile round trip and that is quite a way for her little legs! She can walk in one direction, but struggles to get all the way home without whinging! We have a MaclarenXT and it is great for her, tho you could prob go for a cheaper Maclaren if you are buying it now for your 3yo.
We have a Volo now collecting cobwebs in the porch, having been retired somewhere around the time DD turned 4. Despite it being very lightweight and minimalistic I never got any feeling that it was struggling with her weight (she's not tiny). The basket's not big for your shopping though, and it's not the best for lots of walking. That said, we did use it for some longer (urban) distances after selling the three-wheeler and it did just fine.
Our MB urban was fine for my niece when she was 3.5 - and we used it for ds from 5wks and didn't have anything else... Not particularly small to put in car - but if your are mainly walking with it it is a dream to push...
My micralite is still great for DS who is 3 1/2, and pretty big, it wins over the Maclaren as he cant put his feet on the ground in Micralite. Its also not a rigid seat, more like a sling so he is not squashed into it. www.micralite.com/fastfold.asp U can get a newborn carry cot with it, its a great buggy.
My very tall 2.7 DS (looks at least 6 months older) uses a Mamas and Papas Pulse buggy. Cost abt £90 (red or black) and also does recline if ever needed. I do not drive, walk everywhere in the city basically and needed something smaller for folding than the big buggy I got when he was a baby. Find it an excellent choice.