how old is too old for a stroller?
- “One [year old]. Wear ’em out. Otherwise mine run in circles in the living room…”
~ Katherine M.
- “Ditch the stroller, and get a wagon that they can climb in and out of after the age of three. Then you can put things you may need in it, too.”
~ Kristen M.
- “I think it’s important to teach your child to be independent at an early age. Being obese is an issue in the US and if your kid can walk, they should.”
~ Melissa A.
- “I happen to be a firm believer in [using a stroller], for a few reasons:
You know where your kids are.
It may prevent child abduction.
Little legs get tired of walking.
You can hang your bags on the handles.
You can continue shopping while they nap.
There are always going to be negative comments. Do what’s best for you.”
~ Susan R.
- “Once you’re going to Pre-K at four, you’re a little too old for a stroller. However I’d probably use a stroller for my five or six-year-old in Disney because that’s a lot of walking on some little legs.”
~ Kristin C.
- “It’s lazy not to teach your kids how to walk without a stroller. I still say bring it just in case your little one gets tired of walking, but every child should get to walk on walks.”
~ Lori M.
- “So I shouldn’t be putting my 10 year old in the stroller anymore? Just kidding. Depends on the stroller, child and where you’re headed (like how much walking you’ll be doing). I liked having the stroller when they still weren’t potty trained so you had a place to carry all the diaper changing things.”
~ Kerry L.
- “Depends on the child, the child’s physical ability, the need for security and the distance.”
~ Kayla D.
- “Just like every family’s needs are different, there is never any one age that is right for every family.”
~ Ashley C.
- “For a stroller, I say between two and three. After that, when you need to do a lot of walking (like at the zoo or amusement park) it’s time to get a wagon. It’s not just about the judging looks from others; it’s more about giving your child the independence they need. The wagon allows the choice of walking or riding but with the stroller they are strapped without much of a choice.”
~ Tonya R.
- “In 18 years of being a nanny, I’ve never had a kid willing to ride in the stroller beyond the age of two. Most of my charges have wanted out as soon as they could walk. If they want to walk, I let them. They usually build up quite a bit of stamina by the age of two if they’ve been walking for a year. I take the stroller in case they get tired for a while, but it becomes a pain.”
~ Brandy Anne L.
- “My son stopped using a stroller at one and a half. The rare times he does use it are when he’s sleepy or if we have amusement park fun.”
~ Jazha C.
- “Generally around four I drop the stroller, but always go with the parents’ desires.”
~ Lindsey R.
- “It all depends on the child. I would say if your child can walk, listens to you and doesn’t stray away from you often, he/she is too old for a stroller.”
~ Kayla B.
- “Three, maybe four…depending on the size of the child.”
~ Jackie H.
- “I would say when they first start walking keep a stroller and use it when they get tired (it also depends on where you are going). I personally think five is too old. My niece is four and has not used a stroller since she was three and a half… if you let the kid stay in the stroller too much, how can you let them learn to listen? Kids listen if their parents are putting the work in to get them to listen. Also if a kid uses a stroller too long I think it creates laziness.”
~ Ashley H.
- “One — It depends on the stroller. There are all sorts of sizes/models.
Two — A baby should not grow out of a stroller but a toddler or young child would. Three — Some kids require a stroller even if they are too old/big for them. Those kids usually are what we call runners.”
~ Corey C.
- “Three to four [years old]. If you’re going somewhere where there is a lot of walking and it’s going to be hot, I say let your five to six year old ride in one. It’s just for the day. But even a three year old wants to walk and explore sometimes. Don’t always buckle them in, let them feel the grass and look at stuff. Don’t rush!”
~ Megan P.
- “I think it depends on what you’re doing. Like going to Disneyland — I’m not going to make my four year old walk all day. Or going to the mall — it’s way easier to have one for those kinds of things. But to use a stroller every time you go somewhere, in my opinion, is not ok. My daughter loves to walk and that’s because I stopped using one when she was three. It’s not needed. She can walk; that’s what her legs are for.”
~ Shannon L.
- “Some kids get tired easy it is just the kid. A six year old may need a short break if it is a long day. No need to judge.”
~ Jilene L.