A concerned mum says that her three-year-old daughter refuses to give up sitting in the pram and becomes inconsolable when she is told to walk instead.

A mum has shared her frustration and asked for reassurance after admitting that her three-year-old daughter still insists on being pushed around in a pram.

Despite buying her daughter a scooter to encourage her, but nothing has worked and she feels that the little girl is now too old to be using a pram on a daily basis.

Whatever It Takes

The mum says that her husband has been insistent that their daughter needs to start walking or using the scooter as none of her friends are still requiring a pram.

“At the end of the day she is often too tired to ride the scooter and we have tears and tantrums and her demanding to be carried,” she wrote in her post. “I think we should reintroduce the buggy but my husband is adamant that our daughter is too old and points out that very few of her peers use a buggy now – they all walk or ride scooters (he is right).”

Even though the mum says she agrees with her husband’s feelings, she can’t help but think it would be easier to continue to use the pram until her daughter is ready.

“I honestly don’t know if I am being unreasonable or not to think that it’s ok to keep using the buggy for a while longer,” she said.

Not Alone

Other parents said they were completely in agreement with the mum’s feelings and that every child is different.

“Three is fine to use a pram for long distances or long days,” one comment said. “I can see ours coming along for jaunts until she is past four to be honest.”

“Why on earth not?” asked another. “She might not want it eventually, so you can use it to transport all the other stuff!”

We think this mum should do whatever she feels she needs to do to avoid every single preschool pickup being a battle. Three is still so young! No doubt when the little girl starts to notice that none of her friends are using the pram, she will follow suit.

Do you think three is too old to be using a pram? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I have 3, 4 and I have a pram with two seats and a skateboard attachment for the eldest. So I can fit all of them, lately though he walks as its easier for me and, he would much rather ride his scooter or bike if I give him that option.


  • Yeah I still use my stroller for my almost 3 year old. He’s used it more at this age than when he was younger but its more because he runs everywhere now and its not the funnest chasing a child everywhere.


  • I still used a stroller for my 3 year olds. It was easier to keep them restrained from trying to wander off, sit down when they were tired or keep trying to pick things off the shelves. Keep doing what you want. Not everybody knows your child or how you feel


  • My three year old daughter walks with me to school drop off and pick up, BUT if we are going on a day trip or a family excursion we take a stroller, just in case.
    You do what makes life easier for you.


  • It’s up to the parents to decide what their own child needs. A pram when out saves a lot of hassle for child and parents


  • It’s up to each individual parent. Walking to me is a form of growing and independence trying to encourage it as early as possible is positive.


  • Is this a thing? All kids get tired? Bit like me saying don’t drive the car walk!


  • My 3 year old sometimes asks for the stroller but is easily dissuaded.


  • Take the pram totally away, a bit like letting go of a dummy. The child will get used to it.

    • There is a wonderful freedom to not having a pram too – a chance to explore.


  • Opposite issue – never keen to be in a pram and out of it quickly!


  • If it’s a long trip/day, then pram/stroller is okay. For short walks, I would definitely encourage her to walk.


  • I use my buggy still regularly for my 5yr old. She has Down syndrome and an escapist and is often unwilling to either walk cooperatively or give me a hand when we walk. I have no problem with it, I know my reasons and keeping her safe is a priority.


  • I think it all depends on the circumstances – if she is tired, then yes; on long trips, yes … she will grow out of it in her own time.


  • I wouldn’t expect them to want to walk when they’re tired or during a long walk either, its understable


  • I agree, if it’s a long day and little one is tired, let them use a pram. By all means encourage walking, it’s good for everyone, but don’t make a big deal of it. Take it with you less often and not at all for small trips.


  • I’ve honestly been so confused about when you are meant to stop using a pram. My little one can walk but she just takes off and I feel more comfortable knowing she is in her pram and safe with me.


  • I think it’s fine, especially if the day is going to be long and hot, or even long and cold. It a little sanctuary for a tired hot or cold littlie and it helps Mum or Dad that they don’t have to carry said tired littlie. My cousin’s boy has just turned four and while he doesn’t use it every day it still gets quite a bit of use and I think it will continue to do so for a while yet.


  • If using the pram makes the life of them all easier, I wouldn’t have any problem in continuing using it.


  • We used it for long days out and stuff until around that age. But I was lucky that my son lost interest himself.


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