Walking with Two Kids



walking with toddlers

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It's a great day for a walk, and I don't get nearly enough exercise, so I might get brave and venture out with my 5-year-old and 4-year-old.

 Why would I need to get brave?

If you have to ask, you're probably not a Toddler Mom (but I'm so glad you're here!).

You see, going on a walk with more than one toddler at a time is like a box of chocolate (covered insects): You never know what you are going to get -- and whatever you do end up getting isn't all you planned it to be, and there's a good chance you'll even swear never to do it again.

But seriously, one kid might try to dart into the road while the another starts walking up to the front door of a random house. Or, one might fight to get out of the stroller, and then you're left in charge of the stroller AS WELL as wrangling two rambunctious kids.

michelle131 has a slightly different issue, which she and the gals were chatting about the other day in Toddler Moms. Her 3-year-old won't ride in the double stroller with the 15-year-old, but he walks way too slow. The event becomes not so much a "walk" but a "sidewalk stand." She was thinking a tricycle might speed him up.

How do you walk with your toddlers and keep them safe at the same time?

-- I use a sit-and-stand stroller for the two of them, wearing the 15 month old in a hop sling or hiking backpack while holding hands with the 3 year old, says one mom.

-- My son loves to push his big yellow Tonka truck when we go for walks (baby in stroller). He doesn't seem to lag because he's always looking for pine cones or other random things to put in it. I think a tricycle would slow us down, adds another.

-- My daughter got her first scooter at 2m but then she also got her first big girl bike with training wheels when she was 2, yet another CafeMom says.

-- A wagon! says a fourth mom.

And you?


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JenB1983 JenB1983

I just braved a walk with my kiddos yesterday.  Unfortunately I hadn't worked out in two weeks; and the friend I'm visting lives on the top of a mountain(seriously) at West Point, NY.  The 3 /4 mile down was ok.  LOL  2 year old in the (single) stroller, and my 4 year old walking next to me.  However; after we got our couple groceries and started the trek back UP, I realized that I hadn't through that all the way through.  LOL  I ended up with my 50lbs 4 year old in the stroller(his legs were tired, understandably); and thankfully my Ergo was still in the bottom of the stroller.  So my 30lbs 2 year old got strapped onto my back.  By the time I got to the top I thought I just might die.  LOL

I normally use the double stroller or wagon though.

aiden... aidensmomma508

It's hard enough with one... carrying an umbrella stroller and him walking is a juggling act LOL.

epoh epoh

I can barely walk my one 16 mo old! She does not differentiate between the sidewalk and the road. And she looooves to climb so she always tries to run up people's driveways to climb the steps to their house lol Or she finds bottle caps, cigarette butts, or other rEALLY INTERESTING THINGS on the ground she can't play with.

Normally I skip the walk lol

Jorda... Jordanplustwo

It's harder out here. I live in the country but near a protected wildlife park where we can just walk a 1/2 mile down the road, and walk the paths there. BUT it's getting my 4 year old and 16 month old there that's the issue. my youngest is only 22 lbs, and I can't remember how much weight my carrier holds and then... there's the issue of my 4 year old wakling unGODLY slow and THEN..... I like taking your puppy for walks with us... well... i like the THOUGHT... it doesn't always happen. the puppy is all over the place, my 4 year old gets in the way... the thought of a walk is so tiring, i'm exhausted just THINKING about it. and I worry about cars coming down the thin road at us... AGH scary. walks? what are those? LOL

Belli... BelliesMami

It is so funny that I am reading this! I saw a mom from my neighborhood walking back from the supermarket with her almost 2 year old twins! I told her she was one brave mama. Poor lady looked EXHAUSTED and she briefly mentioned they both ran off in different directions while in the Supermarket and she is grateful the super market staff is "so lovely". YIKES! I don't even take my One 2 year old on a supermarket walk with out a stroller and the above mentioned Mama and I live about the same distance (in different directions) from the Supermarket. I live in NYC and it was great out yesterday so everybody and their Mama was outside and the sidewalks were bustling-I really don't know what she was thinking-she had about three bags and 2 toddlers to hold onto. I honestly don't think I ever would have done what she did. I hate going to the Supermarket enough as it is-I need to make sure my daughter is in one place! I will however walk with her to the Dunkin' Donuts around the corner for our Saturday morning coffee-and that's really not too bad. I have no idea how I'll manage when #2 arrives this summer-the thought terrifies me. HE HE!

Tracys2 Tracys2

It's a challenge because my DH doesn't believe in the "leash", the kids are always pulling out of my hands- HATE to hold them, and neither the 2 nor the 3 year old wants to be in a stroller or wagon, but both are too young to be trusted not to run off. Plus, the baby (3 months, 16 lbs) is heavy and makes it hard to chase after the others or pick them up. And we can walk around our small neighbourhood, but it has no sidewalks and people generally drive fast. They stop often but do walk really fast for their ages

All we can do is (1) Go to a park with walking trails or (2) another neighborhood with car speed control and sidewalks or (3) go for walks with at least 2 adults, or walk when my son is in preschool (otherwise known as "do all errands time" since EVERYTHING is so much easier with just 2 kids)

Pauli... Pauline3283

I never got why this was hard but I am a toddler mom.  I walk with all 6 of my kids all the time.   I always wear my newborn(and I always wore my 2 year old before he was born).  My older kids are 10, 8, 7and 5.  We've always gone places and I've a walked with my kids even when they were 1, 2 and 3(every day then because we didn't have a car back them since we lived in a big city).  Maybe I'm lucky or just very used to it.  I used to use strollers and I taught them to always hold on.  I've since stopped and haven't in the last 5 years since my now 5 year old was a baby. 

fluud7 fluud7

i guess i don't see the problem either. i have a 4yo, a 3yo and an 18mo and while i don't walk regularly with them, i have no major problems when i do need to.

it's pretty simple, really. i'm mom and i'm in charge. they're kids and they're not. it doesn't matter what THEY want to do. it matters what they are SUPPOSED to do. since our kids started walking, we have always taught them that they MUST hold onto our hand when walking or hold onto the stroller if mommy's pushing it. (we use those baby links for them to hold.)

personally, it seems like all these moms have discipline issues - not walking issues.

kit2b... kit2boys1girl

when we have all kids we have 2 5 yr olds a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old.we are a big fan of the baby leashes.i get dirty looks and some congrats from people.it keeps them safe but also gives them some independence.worked for me!!

kit2b... kit2boys1girl

oh yeah...they love the leashes cuz they are like little backpacks...they can put a toy in it or something and it makes them feel grownup to have something of their own with them in their care...lol.

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