Poll: When Are Kids Too Big for a Stroller?
Ever see a child in a sitting in a stroller and think, “He’s way too old for that stroller”? (I sure did, last weekend.) In a funny coincidence, ABC News recently featured a story about kids too big to still be using a stroller. The story highlights a photo blog started two years ago that posts pictures of kids too big (because of their age) for strollers. Titled “Walk,” the blog can be found at TooBigForStroller.com.
Started as an inside joke, the blog’s rising popularity has lead the blogger, Laura Miller, to be berated by defensive parents who see Miller’s blog as a cruel critique on the difficulties of parenthood. While some parents still find it convenient to put kids in strollers, most experts agree kids should start transitioning out of strollers around age 3.
By 4 or 5 years old, kids should showcase their self-reliance and confidence by walking on their own. Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and advisor for Parents, shared with ABC News: ”By this age, kids should be able to follow directions, listen to you and hold hands when you’re crossing the street,” she says. “In this day and age when our children are becoming more sedentary, you’re sending the wrong message by chauffeuring them around.”
However, strollers can still be beneficial when parents are in crowded, public places and need a way to keep tabs on their kids. While the American Academy of Pediatrics does not have specific guidelines for when kids should stop sitting in strollers, there are benefits to getting kids out of strollers sooner than later: kids will learn how to exercise, develop motor skills, and be more independent.