I still remember the first walking trip I took with Peanut. The afternoon I arrived home from the hospital, after being sequestered for four days I needed to get out. I enlisted my mom, who had taken the day off of work to help me. I got the stroller prepared. I packed a diaper bag.
And I mean packed.
Two hundred wipes, three outfits and just possibly twenty diapers. Just on the off chance that we encountered a diaper explosion or ginormous spit-up or mid-March Typhoon and were stranded at Starbuck’s for three days.
Keep in mind that our destination was around, oh, four blocks away.
The prepared parent. The (over) prepared parent.
As time went on, I modified my routine slightly. But I’d always make sure to have clothes, snacks, wipes and diapers (later, undies). The possibility of departing with anything less seemed virtually impossible.
We left this house this afternoon with naught but a scooter and wallet. Peanut was determined on riding to the market (just over a mile away) for bananas. It was a gorgeous day and the timing seemed right for testing our our first long trip without a stroller. As I walked two feet behind Peanut, it occurred to me how much things have changed over the last two months, in particular.
I’m now the mother of a little girl.
Not a baby.
When I was in fifth grade, I was the third tallest person in my class. By high school graduation, I was the fourth smallest.
Obviously, I am petite. So, when I had children, I naturally gravitated towards lightweight strollers. Granted, every parent needs the heavyweight, heavy-duty stroller, but I found that a well made lightweight stroller, such as the Mountain Buggy Nano lightweight stroller, is as effective as their heavier counterparts, but far easier for me to carry and maneuver.
This stroller is so manageable that I am able to carry it up and down flights of stairs, even with my child sitting in it. It is also very compact; it easily fits into the trunks of taxis and other vehicles and takes up little room in our closet. The stroller’s storage basket provides ample room for keeping snacks, toys, the diaper bag, etc.
The lightweight stroller can also be folded onto itself and rolled around, with either the handles or a wrist strap for you to use to guide it. This is great for me, when my little one wants to get out and stretch her legs; the stroller is not at all cumbersome to navigate.
I like the independence the lightweight stroller affords me. I can lift, carry, and tote it on my own.
I love taking my baby out for walks. Spring and summer were perfect seasons for these long walks where I can tell my little guy about the world and feel like he’s really making a connection with it. By the time these strolls to the local green market or through the park are over he is always in full on nap mode. Frankly, I have come to rely on those times pushing his baby stroller to get him to nap.
So the coming bite of autumn cold is something I am not really prepared for. I am getting ready to bundle my baby up so that our time outside doesn’t have to end so soon. Sure as the winter sets in this habit is not going to keep going. But with the milder cold of the fall I think I can still share my love of the outdoors with my little boy.
With a few extra layers and some cozy thick blankets I think my baby will be able to withstand the next few months of outdoor activity. I’ve gotten him gloves a hat and an adorable scarf as well. With him in his baby stroller snuggled under those layers he may take even longer naps.
I love this season; it is the perfect walking weather. It is not too hot or buggy outside, so I can strap my daughter into her stroller and take her to the playground in the afternoon.
Although I ostensibly do this to allow her to interact with her friends and other peers, I also use this time as my own social hour. I met my now-best friend in a Lamaze class when we were both pregnant; our children were born two weeks apart, so they have been friends practically since birth. Luckily for my friend and me, they get along marvelously well, which enables the two of us to interact on a regular basis.
We have a standing Friday tradition: first a play date at the park and then a dinner date at our favorite pizzeria. We each have an umbrella stroller, which allows to pack all the essentials for our day out on the town. We will pack a picnic lunch; generally, we divvy up who brings what. For example, one week, I will bring the kids food and drinks and she will bring food and beverages for us, or vice versa. After lunch, we let the kids play for a while, and then we head off to dinner.
Our strollers allow us to easily transport our children and take full advantage of this lovely autumn weather.
Despite the warm summer weather, sometimes it was simply too hot out to go for leisurely stroll with my baby. I’ve always found that spring and fall are the best seasons for outdoor activities. With fall upon us (the season’s official start is in a few days), now I want to do all the fun outdoor adventures like apple and pumpkin picking and hayrides with my entire family.
I need a baby stroller that can keep up. The Graco FastAction Fold Sport Stroller is just such a stroller. It can handle rough terrain, i.e. the muddy covered trails of local farms. The full coverage canopy blocks out the sun and wind.
Naturally, I need plenty of storage space for all the apples I will be picking –one peck just isn’t enough for all the apple pies I plan on baking this season. Lightweight wheels give my precious baby a smooth ride the entire trip.
Although my baby might not be able to help me find the biggest pumpkin in the patch, at least I know she’ll be safe and comfortable in the stroller while my husband and I do all the laborious work. Autumn will be over in the blink of an eye, so my family and I need to take advantage of these perfect baby stroller days.