Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Aug 10, 2010
    Mark from AL Asked

    Hi, Andi. Thanks for your answer to my other question. Got another one. Stroller situation. 5 adults. 6 DDs (ages 7,4,4,2,2,1) How do we work this out? Umbrellas? Doubles? Bring our own or rent from Orlando Stroller? Their double looks easier to fold.

    Hey, Mark! No problem...I love answering questions especially for my Alabama brethren! I have an idea. I'll just come down and be your family's tour guide! We'll zip through the parks like Mark Ingram through a Florida defense!

    My position on strollers is usually to leave the doubles at home -- no matter how easy they are to fold. They are cumbersome in crowds, on attractions and in the narrow aisles and lines of shops and restaurants. Plus, if you have different aged children or children with different temperaments, then it's sometimes easier to keep them separated -- especially when they are hot, tired and hungry. Therefore, my suggestion is to bring the stroller that the 1-year-old is most familiar with from home, and bring nice umbrella strollers for the 2-year-olds. Whether you're driving or flying, you will need these when you're traveling anyway.

    For the 4-year-olds and the 7-year-old, I would play it by ear depending on how mobile they are. For my children, two of them needed to be in strollers when they were 3-4 years old to keep them from wandering and the other two didn't have the stamina the "wanderers" did. More than likely, the 7-year-old will be able to keep up with the grown ups with needed breaks throughout the day.

    My suggestion is to rent a double park stroller for the 4-year-olds on a day-to-day basis knowing that the 7-year-old can swap out, too. You're probably not going to need the strollers everyday in every park for them. Yet, I know that every family's situation is different, and you have to be the best judge of how everyone will be most comfortable. I think that bringing from home is the best bet for the younger ones, and playing it by ear may best suit you for the older girls.

    Thanks for coming to visit me on the Moms Panel, and I hope you have a beautiful Alabama day and a a most magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

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