@NorthWestMommy I've got an idea for a future listicle. Have we ever done a list of things that are completely impractical? Could be fun...I'm a very practical gal. You can tell by my shoes: from May through September you'll find me in nothing but Birkenstocks. The rest of the year it's gumboots or runners. Sometimes flat boots. So I tend to gravitate toward things that are practical first, attractive second. Form follows function, right?
— Amanda (@lilahbility) July 19, 2013
So this Listicle topic baffled me a bit. Trying to think of things I have that aren't practical didn't get me very far. Guess I could just criticize things I don't have that are impractical--there's definitely a lot of baby stuff out there that is so ridiculous. Then I looked to a dictionary definition for inspiration. Nope.
Then on Friday I head a guy who was apparently put out by having to move out of the way for a stroller to exit the bus when he was getting on. He told the woman with the toddler in the little folding stroller, "Teach the kid to walk!". I glared at him, but he didn't notice. Anger at women daring to take up space on the bus with their kid's stroller is so commonplace & so frustrating. I was sorely tempted to give this guy a piece of my mind, but instead, I'll blog about it.
Ten reasons not taking a stroller on transit is really impractical:
- The bus rarely takes you to the door of your destination, you'll need to walk a few blocks. Doing that with a toddler is slooooow going.
- Toddlers often won't walk more than a few blocks. Or they'll do fun things like run into traffic.
- Shopping by transit, which is something that many of us do (shocking, I know), means lugging heavy bags which doesn't leave a hand free to cross streets holding your toddler.
- Toddlers sometimes fall asleep when you're out. Ever tried carrying that dead weight more than ten metres?
- Toddlers generally require a bag of paraphernalia to go with them: diapers, toys, extra clothes, food, water, potty seat, etc. Carrying that plus whatever you need on your outing is silly when a stroller basket will accommodate it without giving you back muscle spasms.
- Carrying your child plus all the stuff you need to take along is heavy, sweaty work. In the summer? Not realistic.
- Toddlers are wiggly & don't like to sit still on bus seats. Being belted into a stroller is much safer for them when (not if) the bus has to slam on the brakes.
- When travelling with more than one child under age four or five, strapping them into a stroller is pretty much the only way to keep them safe & yourself sane.
- Getting on & off a bus with a little person who has short little legs & only maybe a year's experience doing things like walking can be difficult.
- I'm all for babywearing & I normally do this a lot on transit, because it is easier in some ways, but it's just not possible when very pregnant.
Do you or have you taken transit with a toddler? Did you ever get people criticizing you for having a toddler in a stroller on the bus?
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