When to Stop Using a Stroller

when to stop using a strollerWith our upcoming travels we have been in major purge mode to get our downtown condo rental ready. During this purging session I’ve come to part with quite a few of our baby items but one in particular was very hard to hand off. Over the weekend we passed on our UPPAbaby Vista (yes the same one that came to the hospital for the deliveries of both kids-sniff sniff) to another couple with a baby on the way and I near wiped a tear as we handed it to the mom to be. Little Monkey noticed the departure as well and threw a mini tantrum yelling at me “Why are we giving away our grocery stroller?”. Which had me thinking “when does one stop using a stroller?” I mean, we’ve all seen that really tall kid crammed in a small stroller and I definitely do not want my kids getting lazy or molly coddled.



We’ve owned many strollers over the past five years but one stroller has been with us from the very start. The UPPAbaby Vista was gifted to us a month before Little Monkey was born by the hub’s mom and it stayed close by ever since. I did my research and knew the UPPAbaby was what I wanted for many reasons. I’m thrilled to tell you that I knew what I was doing because that was the best stroller ever. It travelled with us to many countries, including Mexico and the U.S. None of our other strollers have travelled as well as the UPPAbaby has.


When Baby Boy arrived I wasn’t ready to sell our UPPAbaby and decided to baby wear for nearly the entire first year. I eventually had to switch to a double stroller and because we had the 2011 version, we weren’t able to convert it to a double the way I wanted (I like my kids to face each other vs. getting lost under one of the seats). That was the only negative thing about the old UPPAbaby Vista. Mind you the newer UPPAbaby Vista strollers have a great double option and anyone who asks me for advice on the best double stroller gets pointed that way. Yet, it was too late for us as we had already bought a side by side double (chosen by the hubs and never loved by me). Despite living in a downtown condo we kept both strollers and the UPPAbaby greeted every visitor as soon as they entered our place. Yes we live with strollers in our living room. However, like many things in life,  you don’t appreciate it until its gone – how did I never write a review of our UPPAbaby? From the sturdy never punctured wheels and the reclining positions to the amazing customer service and easy fold options, the Uppa was everything we needed as a city living family (yes it fits on the old TTC streetcars). One of the main reasons we kept the UPPAbbay around was because it has an amazingly large basket and that’s how we did our grocery runs. Honestly, there’s a reason Little Monkey called it our “grocery stroller”.

Now with a 3 and 5 year old at home, I know that TECHNICALLY it’s time to stop using the stroller. But… I’m not ready and I will tell you why.



Many advice that by age 3 most kids are ready to ditch the stroller but I can tell you that living in a city and not owning a car, we need the stroller and will need it for a couple more years. We walk everywhere and making the 3 and 5 year olds walk hours at a time is definitely not practical. My ears are already ringing with the potential whining. We also can be found exploring places all day long, especially during our travels and a nap is inevitable (and greatly welcomed). A stroller makes that possible and truth be  told, the hubs and I have enjoyed many a drink at a fancy spot while the two of them take a siesta.


When do you stop using a stroller?

The answer isn’t as simple as an age. It depends on the family’s lifestyle. I’m all for 60 minutes of activities and all that jazz but if you spend 10 hours a day outdoors and rely on walking everywhere, then you’re probably better off holding on to the stroller for just a bit longer!

best stroller for city

Having parted with our single UPPAbaby, I think the next step is to part with our double Mountain Buggy (yay!!) but we’re not ready to ditch the stroller life just yet. As we plan to explore Europe with two kids under the age of 6, we need a good sturdy double umbrella stroller. One that’s easy to take up a flight of steps with a whiny kid by your side and heavy bag on your shoulders. I have my needs and the search is on! If you have any recommendations for a good UMBRELLA double stroller, please do share!

I’m off to go fill the stroller void by shoving chocolates in my mouth.


  • Nikita Dighe
    January 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I love our Summer Infant 3D Two double stroller. Haven’t travelled further than Niagara falls with it yet but we will.

    • Yashy
      January 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Oh I’ll have to take a look at that!

  • Wendy Kam Marcy
    January 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Wow Yashy, you completely took the words out of my mouth! Hubby’s parents also gifted us the UppaBaby and we’ve had it for 3 years. CJ is quite tall so if he grows another inch, his feet will dangle BUT being a City Mom, I dread the day (probably will kick and scream like a toddler) when I have to part with my dear stroller.

    I LOVE it for all the same reasons and we also call it our “grocery cart”!!! Everything you wrote – about using it for napping during date night, all day adventures walking around the city, etc. is EXACTLY what makes the Vista the BEST stroller! For the next phase you may want to consider the Maclaren Triumph (double). We travel with the single version and it’s worked well. This summer we inevitably will have to let the Vista go and gosh, I’m going to miss that HUGE storage basket underneath the most!

    • Yashy
      January 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re in the same stoller boat as we are! I held on to it for 5 years but realistically once the kids turned 3 they were too tall for it.But we do have the double .. I’m eyeing the Uppa G Luxe but I’m going to test out a double Maclaren this weekend if I can!!

  • Julie
    January 27, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I agree that strollers are lifesavers in many situations. Like themeparks etc when you are literally walking all day, so much better than ending up carrying your child!

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I see the same thing when I visit my daughter in Sydney, Australia. They walk every where and a stroller is a must. It’s half an hour down to the city and that’s at a quick pace! Young children usually can’t keep up if they’re walking so that prolongs the journey, so a stroller is a must.

  • kathy downey
    February 2, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Everyone is different but when you live in the city and have no car the stroller is a must,i find the kids get tried after walking and it,s so easy to pop them back in and carry on.Honest i don’t have a strong back so carrying them was not an option for me.

    • Yashy
      February 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Totally agree with you.. I have back issues too

  • Calvin F.
    February 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Strollers for the win!

  • Raquel
    November 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Well, some parents may want to stop using stroller when they feel that their child is big enough to sit on it. But, it really helps, especially during the long trip. Babies or toddlers can fall asleep easier when they sleep on their stroller, right?

    • Yashy
      November 27, 2017 at 9:13 am

      They totally can. Our 4 & 6 yo will still nap in the stroller if we’re out all day long!

  • melissa holmes
    June 16, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Oh wow .. I feel the same way, my son is ready to give it up but I am not. I use it the same way as you and we walk everywhere. Some people have suggested a wagon but in and out of store is not practicable for us. It was the same with the bucket car seat, I know one day it will have to happen but not yet! Good luck on your search for a umbrella stroller that meets your needs!

    • Yashy
      June 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      We have some updates. This is the first summer we haven’t used our stroller!! We bought a Joovy double stroller for our trip last year (5 months in 2017) and this summer we’ve been walking shorter distances and using the subway more than we usually do. So far so good.. let’s see how the 4.5 and 6.5 year olds do!!

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