graco travel system, travel system, stroller, carseat, graco stroller, graco carseatWe have gone on a few stroller-less outings before, most of them extremely short.  And, when we traveled for Shabbat, we decided to skip the stroller, too: We had a short bus ride, a short walk, and then we would be in a minibus until we reached our destination.  After Shabbat, it would be the same, just in reverse.  Since we were bringing a carseat for the minibus, it added a lot of weight.  Maybe it would have been easier to bring a stroller, since we could put the carseat on it, and put stuff under it.  But, on the other hand, a stroller just adds bulk and one more thing to carry.

Even though I was skeptical, I didn’t regret the decision, except for during about forty-five minutes (maybe an hour) when we had trouble with the minibus, and the company had to send another one – at night, after an adventure-filled (for a toddler) Shabbat, with a tired, cranky, overstimulated toddler, who was also a bit hungry.  We made it, though.  I changed him into pajamas in a bus shelter, we read a book, and we gave him a bit of food.  And we held him.  A lot.  But, then the minibus came, and life got easier.

That was the only time, during the whole 36-hour trip, that I regretted not bringing a stroller.

Today we took another stroller-less outing.  It was supposed to be a short bus ride, cross the street, do some stuff at the bank, cross the street again, pick up a few items in the store, get on a [light-rail] train (buses only go in one direction on that part of the street), get on a bus, arrive home.  The bank machines were not working, though, so we got on the train and went down to a different bank.  And since Yitzchak was worried I wouldn’t be able to handle Shlomo on such a long trip without a stroller, he met us and accompanied us partway, and went to the store instead of me.  So Shlomo and I went to the bank and went home.

I often don’t realize how much taking a stroller (or maybe taking a heavy stroller) makes me not want to go out.  When I left the stroller, though, and took the kid – by myself – it was amazingly refreshing.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want another one, though; carrying a baby in a sling and holding a toddler’s hand is also stroller-less, at least for a few months.  (In addition, it is also one of my ideas of bliss.  Yes, I’m crazy.  I know.  You are far from the first person to think that.)

But seriously?  Toddler + stroller = super heavy.  Infant + stroller = somewhat heavy.  I think the toddler can walk short distances, thanks very much.

3 thoughts on “Stroller-less!

  1. I was always the first in my playgroup to nix the stroller. I put my oldest in the stroller until he was about 16 months old, and then started leaving it blissfully at home. No WAY was I going to start putting a double stroller in the car!

    I really feel like it helped encourage independence and responsibility. I let him walk stores, on occassion (usually, I just put him in a shopping cart) and I taught him to stay in my sight. I kept my youngest in a stroller longer, but mostly because the oldest would push him or else take a trip in the stroller himself.

    My friends kept their kids in strollers until age 3 or 4. Not for me, but everyone can do as they like, of course!


    • I think I would keep the stroller if we had a lightweight one, but I see no point in buying another stroller for someone who shouldn’t need it in another six months. Plus, what on earth do we need three single strollers for? (One we got with our travel system, one was given to us for free – no reason to buy a third.)

      You’re right, it does encourage independence and responsibility. One of the downsides to stopping now is that he doesn’t want to walk for so long. Sigh.

      Kudos to you for managing that so early! (Or, kudos to you for not being lazy.)


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