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best pushchair for 3 years old

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margobambino Mon 31-May-10 22:54:09

Hi, We have Stokke Xplory but DS is now growing out of it. We are looking for something roomy for a 3 years old who looks like 4 and sturdy enough to carry him when he wants to run but has to stay in the pushchair. I'd appreciate any advice.

babboo77 Thu 22-Dec-16 09:05:33

i am in the same ish boat, my dd is 2y 2months and i need a pram that is big enough for her, i have started walking her but she gets tired quickly, i have her on reigns but when she gets tired she just dangles and i have hand and wrist problems so it hurts me, the buggy i have is a cossato pow and its awfull she sits forwards in it and hangs her feet down so i cant get it up curbs. i considered getting a back carrier but i have chronic bursitis in both hips so i cant carry her about either. i just need a one handled big pram that i can pop her in when she gets fed up of walking

Inadither Thu 01-Dec-16 21:12:06

My 2.5 year old turned her nose up at the buggy as did her sister. Now she's hit 3 she's in love with it again. The babyjogger city mini does have a roomy seat but the weight limit is only 18kg if I remember correctly. I sold mine as with a larger toddler it was a bugger to steer. We bought an 'out n about 360' and out of all my buggies it's my favourite as it's soooo light to steer, relatively easy to fold and great on rough surfaces. It also has a 25kg weight limit and (shhh) my 5 year old has been known to sit in it when she's been too shattered on a Friday after school to walk the mile home. So yes, we use it for our 3 year old, she walks plenty the rest of the time and the school run is not the time for tired tantrums as we're always in a rush. It's either that or use the car and I bet plenty of people sit their children in a car seat to go to school so what's the difference?

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Sun 27-Nov-16 12:24:06

Does anyone know the max weight for a Maclaren XLR pushchair? The UK website states the standard 15kg weight but US is 55lbs (25kgs). Even on Amazon.UK it says 15kg and 55lbs in the same product description confused

Are the US ones produced to be sturdier or will the UK ones also hold the same weight?

nephrofox Thu 24-Nov-16 20:05:46

Genuine question for those with 3+ olds on buggies: are they always the youngest (or only) child? Or do some of you have double buggies for a say 2 & 4yo?

I have a 2yr gap and everyone told me I wouldn't need a double buggy. Persevered but it was bloody awful, I wish I'd just had a double

TurquoiseDress Thu 24-Nov-16 19:53:42

Nah it's always been a bitchy place!

I've been on here since about 2009

The thing is, it doesn't matter what question is being asked on here...there is always someone who can put the boot in or make bitchy observations to ensure the OP feels like total shit.

I take it all with a massive pinch of salt!

nennyrainbow Thu 24-Nov-16 19:47:11

Interesting, from the perspective that the popular view is that MN has got bitchy all of a sudden. Looks like it always was. This was 2010.

smilingmind Thu 24-Nov-16 19:46:41

I had a very big 3 year old who had to be in a pushchair as he has ADHD.
He wouldn't use a wrist strap or a backpack with a monkey's tail to hold or even hold my hand (just lay down and screamed).
He was also very fast and would run away, across roads even if he got away from me for one second.
He's 11 and a very good footballer now as he is so fast.
I found the only pushchairs that would fit him were Maclaren. I tried him in an XT and then bought a second hand Maclaren from a charity shop. Not an XT but can't remember the model.
I got the impression though that all Maclarens were big.
We previous had a Quinny Zapp but he could drag his feet on the ground and stop it.

TurquoiseDress Thu 24-Nov-16 19:35:53

Have just realised that this is zombie thread!

Reading back over the old messages, what a horrible bitchy lot some of you are! shock

TurquoiseDress Thu 24-Nov-16 19:33:14

I'd say go for a Maclaren Techno or similar.

Very easy to get hold of second, do not pay the extortionate prices for brand new! They are very sturdy and hard wearing.

My LO does not turn 3 until next Spring but we use a pushchair as we need to get moving in the mornings so that LO is in nursery and I can get to work on time.

They are perfectly capable of walking but we simply do not have the time to meander in the mornings!

We still have the Stokke Xplory (love love love this pushchair!) and will use for all other times when we can stroll around at leisure grin

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Thu 17-Nov-16 21:42:04

Most pushchairs only go up to 15kg so she's a bit heavy now, she keeps disengaging the folding mechanism on her current one so looking for a more heavy duty one! It might have to be a special needs pushchair but they're very expensive.

ghostspirit Thu 17-Nov-16 21:24:59

bbq could you get her one of the disability type buggys? If not though I've old have thought a really basic buggy would be the best. I think the jive is ok. Although they don't have foam handles do not as comfy to push.

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Thu 17-Nov-16 21:18:17

I'm also looking for a buggy for a tall 3 yr old who weighs 19kg - 91st centile for weight 98th for height. I was a bit sad with all the judgey comments on this thread tbh. I realise people probably think dd is too big to be in a buggy as she looks nearer a 4-5yr old than a 3 year old sad we get looks anyway when she shouts and flaps so to think people are judging about her being in a pushchair too is upsetting.

My dd has autism, low muscle tone and cannot walk for more than about 10 mins unfortunately. I don't drive although I'm learning so I do the school/nursery runs on foot - 30mins each way , Dd would need to walk for 2hrs a day which she just cannot do!

Andormeda Fri 04-Nov-16 13:41:23

Honestly , I have never seen as aggressive judgmental people as mothers. They know all about it ! guess what, nobody does.
Mine is 2.5 (nothing is wrong with his legs, he is sporty, runs faster than me, and can walk for more than 40 mins continuously) and occasionally when we are going for a long day trip or travelling for few weeks, WE NEED A BUGGY!!!
he gets tired and he is not light to be carried especially if you have back pain or have your period. Even when his dad is with us, it is not easy to carry a little one comfortably for a long time , if you have no car !!!! and also have suitcases on you. Also what if he falls asleep and you still cannot or don't want to to go home/hotel !
please remember to be kind to other women and mothers, what works for you , might not work for others, or even might not work for you again with your second child !
Good luck

minipie Wed 13-Jul-16 11:28:59


(agree about the judginess by the way - horrid and completely unhelpful)

s88 Sun 03-Jul-16 20:50:42

It really pisses me off when people get all judgey about other people's kids in pushchairs !

OP didn't ask when was a suitable age to stop using one fgs!

My ds is 2.5 and he is in the joie brisk lx, he is quite big for his age (would easily pass for 3.5) and he has plenty of room still.

summerdreams Wed 01-Jun-16 14:37:08

This thread is mn at it's worst.

LauraMc1987 Tue 31-May-16 20:17:21

I googled this topic looking for some advice and came across this thread - I know it is very old now! But reading some of the comments, my god some of you need to think before you speak! Why is a 3 year old needing a buggy, they can use their legs etc?! How do you know their situation. My daughter will be 3 in July, she didn't walk til 22 months and now although she has been walking for nearly a year she still cannot run, jump etc & is still very clumsy and falls over a lot. We are actually waiting on a referral to a community peadiatrician to have her checked as there seems to be a delay in her walking development, therefore we still need to use a buggy often. I don't drive and due to there only being 24 hours in a day it would be impossible for me to have her walk everywhere. She can't manage. End of. So think before you air your views and give parenting advice, every kid is different!

mrsfab2009 Sun 26-Jul-15 10:09:31

Appreciate this post goes back to June, but just wanted to say thank you to those who gave sensible suggestions. I am also looking for a buggy for my 3 1/2 year old. She is perfectly capable of walking with me and does walk nicely, but gets tired at the end of a long day having fun running and walking! A buggy is also very handy when it rains! So once, again, thank you for the decent suggestions.

diwhit007 Sun 03-May-15 13:02:51

I am quite frankly disgusted at some of the censorious, critical comments of so many people on here. Come on mothers, let's support one another not add to the already overwhelming burden of guilt that's continually heaped on us parents (and mothers in particular). I am a mother and a grandmother and I came across this message thread because I am taking my three and half year old grand-daughter on a longish holiday very soon and wanted some advice about buying a cheap pushchair to take with me. My husband and I love walking, as indeed does our grand-daughter, but we worry she will tire before we do, and as neither of us is strong enough to carry her for any distance then we feel a pushchair or buggy will prove invaluable. I am also thinking of the long walks at the airport etc. I'll probably just look for a second-hand one on Ebay to be honest, but wanted to post something to those sanctimonious "perfect" parents out there. Get off your high horses and concentrate on bringing up your own kids instead of criticising how other people are bringing up theirs.

Jesstommy2012 Wed 18-Mar-15 18:34:33

I am currently looking for a good sized pushchair for my 3yr old, he is completely fine and no one would know that he suffers from cerebral palsy in his legs (until he walks of corse). I don't think people should have an opinion on seeing 3+ yr olds being in pushchairs as they do not know the full reason they are in them.

KennedyColeBailey Sun 08-Feb-15 09:55:41

Hopefully you got some advice around a push chair .... after sifting through all the negativity ..... If so did you get a push chair that did the job? I need one for my 3 year old .....


Caron xx

iamusuallybeingunreasonable Sat 03-Jan-15 17:16:58


mummyof22015 Sat 03-Jan-15 17:15:51

People on this post make me sick!

mummyof22015 Sat 03-Jan-15 17:14:59

People on this thread make me sick!

mummyof22015 Sat 03-Jan-15 16:34:41

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