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?