The Negative Side to Strollers

With the rise in popularity these days of the baby sling or baby carrier you’d wonder what brought on such a change.  The answer is simple.  More and more people are moving away from the post-modern stroller in favor of carrying their child via use of slings.  This provides people with a hands free alternative allowing them to accomplish a lot more than if they were using a stroller.

The Negative Side to Strollers

Strollers lack certain qualities leaving users wondering if they made the right choice in deciding to purchase the stroller in the first place.  They can be large and somewhat obtrusive in public places.  Handling and steering them properly takes a lot of practice and is therefore time consuming.  And when you need to be somewhere in a hurry taking the stroller out of your car, setting it up, placing your baby in the stroller, and then proceeding to where you need to be can be a bit of an extended process.  Let’s explore these areas in detail.

When you are operating a stroller, not only do you need to be weary and cautious of your surroundings, but your surroundings need to be cautious of you as well—that means teenagers on their skateboards, businessmen out for their afternoon lunch, dog-walkers, and everyone else.  Even if you’re the safest stroller operator on the face of the earth, you have to account for those who don’t pay attention to where they’re going.  And stairs are a stroller’s worst enemy when it comes to public spaces.  Do you run the risk of trying to carefully “walk” over each step or do you stop and take your baby out?  But if you do that, then you’ll have to fold the stroller up so it doesn’t get damaged because you opted to drag it up fourteen steps.  Public places and strollers are not a good match.

Another problem you will encounter with a stroller is learning how to properly navigate through obstacles—many of which move (people).  If you don’t have a high enough competency level in this, you’re going to have a bad time. Even if you do practice and are great at navigating though the traffic, operating a stroller can still be troublesome for you and your child.  Say you’ve gone to a theme park with the family and it’s a bit more crowded than you expected.  It’s guaranteed that the speed at which you can travel will be greatly reduced due to your stroller.  Constantly avoiding people and having to dodge those who don’t see you or your little bundle of joy can be a scary experience.

Finally, time—that elusive gem we all seek out.  Time is something that strollers seem to eat up as if it was the last slice of pizza in a pile of broccoli.  If you’re in a hurry your stroller can be your biggest adversary.  Taking it out of the car, fussing with the setup, locking it into place, placing your crying baby inside, strapping them in so they don’t twist, and then finally being able to depart is too much of a hassle when it comes to being in a rush.

Strollers do provide relief when it comes to going on walks with your child through the park, but it’s very important to consider all of the challenges you can and will face when it comes to operating on of these devices.

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