When Should You Stop Using Your Stroller?
Both parents and their children often have a ton of fun memories attached with their strollers because some of the best years of parenthood are spent while using them. However, all good things will eventually come to an end (unfortunately) and this is no exception. It is important to know when your kid has outgrown a stroller, although it may not seem so apparent…especially since strollers allow parents to keep their children relatively safe and under control with such ease. We will now take a detailed look at various aspects to understand what the stroller age limit is.
Why Should You Stop Using a Stroller in the First Place?
The answer to this one is more complicated than you would think. The popular consensus is that using a stroller beyond a certain age limit makes a child lazy right from the childhood. There might be special cases of course, where the child is suffering from some sort of an ailment which prevents him/her from walking for too long at a stretch. In such cases, parents often need to use a stroller or a push chair, even for big kids. Barring such exceptional cases, it is only proper that an energetic and fit child spends some of that bubbling energy walking on his/her own, rather than being carried around on a stroller that he/she had outgrown months ago.
According to pediatricians, walking is a necessary part of your child’s development, just like crawling on all fours was at an earlier stage. If a child is carried around on a stroller by his/her parents all day, he/she will not develop the physical strength and conditioning that is necessary in order to walk properly.
Psychologically, the impact of being dependent on strollers after a certain stage of development is even more serious. The child could become unable to function as independently in life as he/she should at that age. There is no denying that carrying a child around in a stroller is more convenient than having to keep an eye on him/her continuously, but as a parent, one cannot sacrifice the physical and mental growth of their children for the sake of convenience.
When to Stop Using a Stroller?
Experts agree that there is no universal standard stroller age limit as it varies, depending on a number of factors. Not all children reach the same level of physical or mental maturity at the same age and there are of course, special cases as mentioned before. However, in most cases, parents should stop letting their kids use a stroller at around the three-year mark. Take note of the fact that some older children might still fit in a regular stroller, but that does not always mean that he/she hasn’t outgrown it yet. The 50 – 55 lbs upper limit on most strollers is there to make sure that it can carry even the heavier toddlers around without an issue, rather than to accommodate a 4-year old kid under normal circumstances.
Surveys have found that parents who use strollers with kids older than 3 year often cite safety as one of the main reasons behind it. Now, there is no denying that a stroller is definitely a safer option when travelling in a crowded city, compared to just letting you children walk beside you. Nevertheless, I strongly advise that you pick him/her up or hold their hands if you are feeling particularly nervous about a certain crowded area while you’re out with your child.
Once cannot expect a child that is used to riding in a stroller to start walking willingly from the very first day. The transition from riding in strollers to walking on your own takes a little getting used to and must be encouraged by parents from an early age. I recommend short walks, accompanied by stroller rides to help those little legs get used to walking. Your child may complain about getting tired or it might become inconvenient for you to keep them under control (especially in public places), but it’s a necessary change, albeit a slightly difficult one.
This post was inspired by a video I watched a few weeks ago on “adult strollers.” Check out this video:
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