Too old to ‘stroll’

I recently visited a friend living in New York. The streets of New York redefine ‘busy’ and it was no mean feat navigating the crowded footpaths and steep subway steps with her stroller in tow. This may sound unremarkable but I’ll add that the stroller was for her five-year-old.

My kids got turfed out of the pram around their third birthday – mostly out of necessity (make way for the next baby) and I also figured that long walks equalled tired kids which in turn secured afternoon naps! So I was somewhat surprised to watch my friend push her five-year-old up and down the streets of New York (not exactly a light load!).

After a few days in New York I could appreciate my friend’s need for the stroller – the crowds, the pace and the distances we covered would have been far more difficult moving at a five-year-old’s speed. Still, that didn’t stop her city pals’ gently ribbing her about the fact that a five-year-old is too big for a stroller.

And this was my introduction to the hilarious photo blog, Too Big For Stroller. As is the case with many photo blogs, it’s the witty captions that will have you hooked. Some of the kids pictured literally have their knees around their ears they are so squashed in and others are old enough to be reading a novel… yet not old enough to walk – go figure!

So, when are kids too old for the stroller? Thoughts please, Babyologists!


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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