How long can a baby ride in a stroller?

How long can a baby ride in a stroller?

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Until what age can a baby ride in a stroller? When is a baby ready to be weaned off the stroller? Is it convenient for the baby or the parent? I suspect that the comments won't be clear about that, and the truth is that a lot depends on… the child and the parents. A preschooler doesn't need a stroller, but there are certainly moments when such stroller comes in handy. How long to push a kid around in a stroller, then?I have to admit that whenever I see a 3-to-4-year-old in a stroller, it feels like taking it too far, but then comes a reflection that it's absolutely not up to me to judge why a preschooler is riding in that stroller. Since they are, there must clearly be some reason. And there might be a lot of them: getting tired, not being used to longer strolls, younger siblings, parents' convenience, the necessity to get somewhere fast, fatigue, falling asleep in the car, vacation or a million other reasons :) Either way, the problem with a stroller for bigger kids is that most of the time it just rolls along empty.

Still, unless it's some emergency/convenient situation, it's a good idea to try teaching the baby early to walk on their own. BUT on their own doesn't mean that you end up carrying the child, a toy, the bike, the helmet and groceries :) If that's what it's going to look like, it's better to choose the stroller. Seriously. Don't rush it.

Baby stroller, how long – the theory

Most baby strollers go up to 15 kg, some of them up to 18 kg. Statistically speaking, although many kids weight about 12 kg after a year, their weight doesn't go up quite as fast from there, so they reach 15 kg between the age of 2 and 3. Which I think is a pretty neat determinant :)


How long in a stroller – the practice

In my view, there is a time when the stroller is mostly a convenience to the parent. Sometimes it's a good idea to suck it up and try to walk more and observe the child to see if they can handle it. Just don't force it and make sure you don't end up as a beast of burden :) I can tell you how it was with us (and I'm waiting for your own stories).

The bigger one had been riding in the stroller until he was more or less 2.5 years old, while the younger one until about 20 months old. Why the difference? First of all, the older one started walking at the age of 18 months, which is pretty late, then came the younger one (we all know how it makes the kids want to be like the baby). The turning point was a trip when it simply turned out that he could easily walk around all day and then he kept getting better day by day. The truth is that during all-day strolls the only problem was napping during the day, and the solution was to nap in a shawl or on a blanket :) Still, as recently as few months ago I would sometimes give the kid a ride along the car-to-house route, when we were back home late.

Sometimes I will jog with the Joovy Zoom 360 (you can find its review at babygeartested.com) – it gives me freedom, sometimes I will give my sleeping child a ride, I still keep testing strollers, because I like that, but these are things I do because I want to, and not because the child needs it.

The bottom line is: there are no rules :) Watch your child. If they have started walking late, they're not likely to quit the stroller soon, as everyone grows at their own pace and everyone needs to strengthen their muscles and perfect their achievements. On top of that, a child's spine needs to rest, too.

Hints that it's a good idea to quit the stroller

  • you mostly push air
  • the stroller's wheels go sideways
  • you only bring it along to carry groceries in it

Hints that you don't need to quit the stroller

  • you have a child younger than 2 years
  • you are a stroller addict (haha)
  • you come back from strolls burdened like a mule
  • you're going on vacation someplace with a lot of walking

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10 NFL Free Agent Signings, From The Ones I Love To The Ones I Loathe

Some teams made strides, others stumbled and face-planted.

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NFL Free Agency is always a crazy time. The existing power structure of the league shifts considerably based on the moves that are made with some teams pushing for the top, and others careening towards that bottom. Just because you make a move, however, doesn't mean that it will pay off. Some signings will completely sink a team, while others help them take flight. In this list, I examine five NFL free agent signings that I think will help teams soar, and another five that I think will destroy hope in their respective fanbases.

1. Love: Nick Foles to the Jaguars

The Jaguars have found their guy to replace Blake Bortles. A good quarterback with a great record of previous success, Foles will have pressure to succeed in Jacksonville right away.

2. Loathe: Landon Collins to the Redskins

Dan Snyder did what he always does: overpay. Collins is one of the best safeties in the league, but $84 million? That's a ridiculous amount of money for a safety. Needless to say, the Skins expect big things from Collins.

3. Love: C.J. Mosley to the Jets

The Jets continue to rebuild their defense. In doing so, they signed a player who can lead their defense on and off the field. Mosley will make an immediate impact fro Gang Green, and could turn this defense into a great unit.

4. Loathe: Earl Thomas to the Ravens

Another safety who was overpaid, Thomas is 30 years old and coming off of a broken leg. Despite this, they gave him $55 million anyway with $30 million guaranteed. This is a boom or bust signing; if Thomas plays well he can earn every penny, but if not there will be pain.

5. Love: Preston Smith to the Packers

The Packers are actually investing in free agency. Adding Smith along with Adrian Amos and Zhadarius Smith will really improve this atrocious defense, and with Aaron Rodgers on the other side of the ball, the Packers have a chance to reclaim the division and then some.

6. Loathe: Golden Tate to the Giants

The Giants signed Tate to replace Odell Beckham. Tate is not nearly as good as Beckham. Tate said he only wanted to sign for a winning team. The Giants are not that. This signing makes no sense for either team.

7. Love: Randall Cobb to the Cowboys

Dak Prescott has a new safety valve to throw to. When Cobb is healthy, he can be a very good receiver, and they got him at a bargain price of $5 million. This move could pay huge dividends for the Cowboys next year.

8. Loathe: Cole Beasley to the Bills

Josh Allen also got a good option in the slot, the receiver that Cobb is replacing in Dallas. However, Beasley is being paid much more money than he's worth, especially on a team that is still rebuilding and isn't ready for playoff football. There were cheaper options on the table.

9. Love: Trent Brown to the Raiders

Spider 2 Y Banana enthusiast and Raiders coach Jon Gruden is engaging in a full on reload in Oakland. Part of this was going out and signing the best offensive lineman on the market to protect their golden goose Derek Carr. Sure it was a lot of money, but this is a guy who can be a staple on that O-line for years to come. Another boom or bust signing, the risk and reward are huge.

10. Super Mega Loathe: Kareem Hunt to the Browns

The only position I'd sign this guy as is a kicker.

Fuck this guy.

With the season so far away and the draft still on the horizon, a lot can still change. However, whether I'm right or wrong about specific guys, some will inevitably fail in their new homes, and I can't wait to laugh at the ones that do.

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