Just after some advice and your experiences please. My son is just 21 months and already too big for his buggy. We have a Teutonia Cosmo and it's been brilliant so far. The only problem is that he is now so big that he's almost 1kg over the weight limit (which is 15kg) and that he won't let me put the hood up as it touches the top of his head and he hates it (he's 89cm). Not ideal in this weather and if it rains I can't put the rain cover on as it needs to have the hood over to hold the plastic off his face.
He walks a fair bit, obviously at snail's pace and stopping to look at things so a 10 min walk to the post office takes a good hour. At the moment, when I have time I let him walk but if he runs away from me I put him straight back in the buggy. Also in shops else he tries to clear the shelves. If I need to get somewhere on time (e.g. station or creche) then him walking is just not practical. (and I already have to get up at 550 to get to work, so getting up and leaving earlier is not going to happen)
We have another one due in March, so he will be 2 yrs and 3 months. The other half says that he'll be old enough to walk everywhere, but then he's never been to the supermarket with munchkin without me so really the only place he sees him walk is in the forest/at the lake/park etc when of course he'll walk as it's more interesting. (Even then my husband gets annoyed at the pace).
I have a carrier so that would be a possibility, but I know from last time I cannot carry the child all day and need the option to put it down if we're out and about. But then what to do with munchkin if he refuses to walk further. I cannot carry him for long! And if I start out with baby in the pram and then munchkin needs to go in it, I could carry the baby, but what to do with the carry cot?
What age did you stop using your buggy? or stop taking it out with you? What solutions did you use? How did you manage with a toddler and newborn?
I'm wondering whether to try and persuade hubby to buy me one now so munchkin can use it as a single and then add the seat when the baby arrives. Although I know it's supposed to be bad luck to get the pram before the baby...but if its for munchkin, I suppose it doesn't count...
We have 3 children, 18 months apart. My wife used a double buggy and one of those step-on things to keep them all under control until the youngest was ~2.5 yrs old. It was just easier. Do what's best for you rather than what you think others think you should be doing
Last edited by Carlos R; 26.08.2011 at 09:43.
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It depends on your first kid and how quickly they get tired. My son wanted a rest in his little sister's pram until well past 4 years old. My little one doesn't use her pram since she was around 18 months old. For safety reasons, having the two kids close to you and strapped into a pram or on a step between your arms makes sense. A few friends recently did a first aid course where the teacher told them to always have a hand on your kids when walking by the road - she said tie them onto your pram if you need to.
It depends on what your little one will be like in a couple of months from now. If you can start training your oldest about the do's and don't(s) while outside, you may feel comfortable with the fact that you only have one stroller to utilize. (and that might not be something they are willing to accomplish in the few months that you have until the next one is born! - Every child is different).
I'm in the same situation you are with my next one due in November and the oldest being 2.5 at the time the next one is born. I decided to finally go with the foot connector for when I need to hop her on and get to places fast and also have the carrier when I need to just throw the oldest one into the stroller if I'm late going somewhere.
I can't tell you what I may do 1 month before or 2 months after the baby is born, it's all up to how you feel, you need be sure that you aren't distracted and not pulling your hair out trying to figure out what to do with two of them in a public place.
From what I've seen, it's quite easy to get a used double stroller for around 200chf or cheaper depending on how desperate you are needing it - I've also seen tons of them at the Kinderbose (places that offer used children's clothes and items) and they are usually on sale as well. Good luck and congrats on the second one!
I found the Kiddy board great! And also he learns that he is growing up, and the pram is for the baby, but he is still small enough to ride along.
If you are interested I have a Mutsy kiddy board which you can take off my hands for a small fee, PM me if you are interested. The Mutsy board clips onto all brands of prams, even if you have the brakes in the middle of the pram and not on the wheels. I used it on my Hartan Skater, with no problems
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