This article, entitled "Going For a Not So Nice Stroll," comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday blogger from Central Wisconsin.
Shortly after giving birth, I was looking forward to taking my baby for walks. It would give her a new experience where she could see the birds and the trees and hear the sounds of the street. It would give me a nice workout, so I could try to get toned and get out of the house, where I’d felt like a prisoner.
I was ecstatic when my dad said he and his sister, my aunt, would like to buy us a stroller and I could pick out any one I wanted. We settled on a $200 Schwinn jogging stroller (not that I’d be doing much jogging with it.) My husband liked the big wheels and thought it would be more stable, that baby would be safer in it. I loved how chic it looked, and it was as smooth as glass. I barely had to push it and it glided effortlessly.
My dad wanted to go on our first walk together and I was delighted. It was still winter, despite what the calendar said, but the sunshine made it warm enough for a short spin. Baby was bundled up and we were all ready to go.
We made it about two blocks and she burst into tears. Oh no, I thought! Don’t all babies love going for stroller rides? She’s so young, I rationalized, and she’ll get used to it.
Reluctantly, I must admit she still doesn’t like going for walks in her stroller. She’s pushing four months and it’s definitely warm enough outside. I’m still taking her, because I need the exercise and it’s great to get out of the house. Sometimes she’s okay for about ten minutes, and then she starts to squawk. If I’m lucky, she’ll find her fingers, start sucking and then doze off to sleep.
After a quick Google search I see that my baby’s not the only one on a stroller strike. It seems some babies just don’t like the stroller, but most of them eventually change their tune.
For now I think I’ll try to dangle some fun objects from the top, to keep her distracted. I’m definitely going to keep taking her for walks, even if she doesn’t enjoy them, I certainly do! Because if mommy isn’t happy, no one is (just ask my husband).