We 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.