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My son will be a few months shy of 3 when the baby is born. All we have right now is a nice umbrella stroller that won't work for a newborn baby. We have a Corolla, so not a ton of trunk room for a stroller. Do you have any advice for transporting your little ones at this stage? I'm thinking about...
--Babywearing the NB and using the stroller for DS1 when he must be contained. But will I wake DS2 up when transferring him from carseat to sling? Will he re-settle?
--Buying a suitable stroller for a NB and having DS1 walk. But how often will I have to quickly ditch DS2 to chase DS1?
--Buying a stroller that both kids can be strapped into. But will it fit in the trunk? Will one kid have a terrible view? Is it really necessary?
I will be babywearing and using a stroller for the bigger kiddo. They stir around a bit when you transfer but mostly go right back to sleep .:. My 2 year old has been worn his entire life and I can take him sleeping from the car; wrap him up, shop, and put him back into the car and he sleeps the entire time
~Em, Married to Matt since 7/3/04. Mommy to Layla 3/29/06, Eva 10/18/08, Zeke 2/4/11 and Jonah 7/28/13
I'm not sure what I will do. I think if you are comfortable with baby wearing that could be an option for you. I'm not big on baby wearing so I'm thinking I will either get a double stroller or I already have 2 strollers and could use both if someone is with me and if I'm by myself my 3 year old will walk.
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I would go with option 1 for the most part. Babywearing is definitely the easiest way to go! For a backup option, what about a sit and stand stroller? Your 3 year old could probably walk most of the time but could use the sit and stand option on long trips or when he gets tired.
I'm gonna babywear the NB and strap Megan in a stroller. She doesn't listen all the time when we are out and about now so I really want to work with her on that. But I think for my sanity we will do option 1 for awhile.
Cay wife to David mom to Megan 10/01/2010 and April 7/14/2013
It depends on how much you are walking. My son only got tired of walking at Disney World or the mall, and we had one of those double strollers they have at Disney for him to rest in. Since my daughter will still be quite young when DS2 is born, I'll let her have the stroller for a while and babywear. In my experience, babies do tend to settle back down quickly when moving from sleep to wearing.
For a while I used a single umbrella stroller for DS1 and had DS2 in the ergo. Once DS2 was a little older we mainly used our Baby Jogger City Mini Double. It can be used with a newborn too I just didn't since I was BFing and it was easier to have him in a carrier since we did on demand feeding.
Colleen proud mommy to DS (8/2009), DS (6/2011), and DD (7/2013)
Thanks ladies! I'm really encouraged by some of your positive experiences with baby-wearing. I wasn't comfortable with it when DS1 was a newborn (I never knew if his neck was too flexed), but I'm eager to try again, regardless of whether I also get a stroller for DS2.
I plan to wear baby first few months. Then push my dd in regular stroller. I will buy a double if we can have garage access to store it or a big enough trunk. I will probably buy an umbrella stroller for us too we used to have one but have zero storage at the moment so Ill buy gear later as I need it. I hated to clutter up our little place with my first with all the stuff.
Honestly, your 3 year old very well might not fit much longer or even want to "ride" much longer How about a sit and stand stroller, as well as possibly baby wearing? You could wear baby when you wanted (and always have your carrier with you), or have baby in the stroller and your older child could "stand" on the stroller or sit when baby is being worn!
My DD turns 3 a month before this baby will be born. She doesn't ride in the stroller a whole lot now, so I don't think I'll need a double. So it will be a combo of babywearing and her riding, or just baby riding and her walking. If we ever do a day long event where they'd both need a stroller, most likely I'd have someone else with me and we could bring two strollers.
I also think that since you like the option of baby wearing it could work for you. then like fearless said you could use the stroller when needed. |I guess it would also depend on how much you are out and the length of walking and things you do out and about.