It’s so hard knowing when to lose the pushchair.
Anything that can keep his interest (largely anything out of doors, on the farm, with animals), N’s happy to wander without needing the buggy, but get him in a town, and he wants to get in and out all the time. Not forgetting the fact that he’s started liking hide and seek, so likes to put the hood up and hide underneath it.
It’s really hard to judge – I know that if we’re in town and park a way away, then I know he’ll need it just to get into the town, but if we’re doing a short stint, he’ll be fine without. Or should be fine without.
Obviously then time of day and general tiredness will take over. Sometimes when I least expect it, he’ll want to climb in.
And of course, not forgetting that if I need to buy anything or carry a bag, it’s be much easier having a buggy with us. Especially if all of a sudden N does his ‘pick up mummy’ around my legs wanting to be carried.
We were away last weekend for a christening, and popped to the beach and for a walk along the promenade. We didn’t have room for the pushchair in the car as well as lots of luggage, so decided to not bother. But I’d not anticipated such a long walk along the prom. If I’d have thought about it, we could have taken his balance bike or scooter with us, but then I just know that he’d still have wanted picking up which means trying to carry a child and vehicle!
What would be easier would be if someone could invent some kind of walking buggy board which could be raised from a standing level to a sit level, then I could just push that along. Although I guess that’s a smart-trike. I never really think of taking that out with us. Maybe I’ll try that next time we go to town, although I can’t see shops or the shopping centre liking that being pushed around.
So I guess, we’ll be sticking with taking the pushchair out with us for a while longer.