Tuesday, 1 October 2013

After yesterday's post!!

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Yes, after yesterday's post there was an article in Times 2 this morning about baby buggies (or push chairs as they were called in my day).  Not about which way round baby is to sit - it seems accepted that they will always face towards the pusher.

This article was about the 'in' buggies to buy and their price.  The world has indeed gone crazy.   While children in Syria, and many other places, are starving, have little or nothing and no prospect of ever returning to their homeland, the article listed the best buggies.
Prices were, respectively, £329.95; £405. 00; £699. 00; and the things which were deemed most important were three wheels (with a front wheel lock so that the pusher could also exercise by jogging at the same time); adjustable handle bars so that various folk can push (and a lock so that if you lose your grip whilst jogging the whole thing will lock); a handbrake; reclining seats, sun canopy; water bottle holder; folding is not deemed to be important.   But then, how many of the folk using these would ever need to fold it up to stagger on to a bus anyway?

Such buggy-pushing burns 75 calories a minute.   I ask but one simple question.   If mum/dad or whoever is busy checking their water bottle, notching up the calories  airing their swish buggy as they jog up the street - are they interacting with the occupant at all?

18 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

Watching today's parents unload/load their baby paraphernalia from their car is not unlike Eisenhower planning D Day.

mrsnesbitt said...

Don't forget the mobile phone holder Pat!

Cro Magnon said...

We had a s/h Maclaren (probably one of the first). It served for all three children, and was passed on. I think it cost about £5.

Willow said...

Being pushed in the pram use to lull me to sleep every time I am told ~ I must ask if there were ever moonlight strolls.

psobrien said...

We walk our dog every morning in our neighborhood and I am always amazed of the parent jogging with the baby stroller and oblivious to the surroundings because of some sort of electronic device stuck in their ears!
Sandy @ My Yellow Swing

Heather said...

I never had the energy to jog, never mind while pushing my infant in a buggy, though there were days when it doubled as a walking aid! All the gear 'needed' for modern day parenting has reached ridiculous proportions.

Em Parkinson said...

I think not Pat.

Cloudia said...

No, they are buried in their mobile phones....

Aloha

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

And recently people are beginning to notice that the jogging parents are moving at a faster pace than we used to push our babies and the heads of the babies in this spendy stollers are bouncing back and forth - with sudden jerks when a bump is hit, rather than a gentle bump if going at a walking pace. The faster the parent moves - the more chance of brain damage from sudden jolts - and heaven knows, we must keep to the route at all cost - even if it means bouncing and jouncing our poor babys' heads all over the place.

Same thing with those contraptions that attach to the back of a bicycle - bounce bounce bounce - watch the little heads - helmeted for protection - bounce violently back and forth - mom can't feel the bounce - she has springs on her bicycle seat - baby is trailing along behind, head flopping about all the more from the weight of the helmet - it seems a generation or two is going to grow up with more developmental disabilities (my husband works ikn that industry and is already seeing results from babies being shaken in jogging strollers) because of "shaken brain" - it is a pity - especially since mom isn't seeing the danger - and off she goes in her vanity attempt to look like she never gave birth to that bothersome baby that she is dragging along behind her - or pushing in front of her.

Often I see mom outfitted in her skimpy jogging outfit and baby with no shoes on - mom has shoes on - and baby isn't exercising - for goodness sake, put a coat and pants and shoes on that baby.

Ok - I'm done.

Elizabeth Wix said...

Ummm.......... times have changed a lot!
I offered to buy Kristin a light little stroller (that I could manage to push...!)
she said there would not be enough room in it.

She got a 'jogging stroller' at a garage sale but when she loaded both her 2 into it and tried to run, Henry yelled faster!faster!....and she gave up.
I do think modern parents make things more difficult than they used to be. (I now sound like a crotchety old thing....)

You can now but a thing that warms the 'baby-wipes'....
Oh well.
I am just glad to see happy healthy children whereever possible.

Yes, my heart bleeds for children in want of simple comforts.

sonia said...

I agree this is madness. I always feel bad for the babies in the jogging strollers being bumped rapidly down the sidewalk cracks as their mother runs.

Titus said...

And having read the last post, mine was a facer-out, and brilliant for an afternoon nap (I used to leave them in the front porch with the door open so they could watch the street) and it was second-hand. Never, ever, managed a jog with it: hard enough pushing it up the hills. Passed on once they could tolerably toddle.

Robin Mac said...

I am playing catchup again. My boys had a stroller which could be pushed from the back or front - I agree the children are better facing out, except when facing into very strong sunlight (plenty of that here) and no shade protection. I could pick up my stroller in one hand and the toddler in the other, but when my grandchildren arrived, I couldn't even manage to collapse the contraption, let alone pick it up!
Cheers.

Helsie said...

And the answer is probably "NO!" They wait till the alotted "quality time" for concentrated interaction for half an hour then sit the child in front of his/her own personal DVD player to watch someone else teach their child songs and rhymes!
We call them prams and strollers here in OZ.

Wiebke T said...

oh ich verstehe dich zu gut...wer spricht noch mit seinem Kind,wenn es einen anschaut, singt lacht., Es gibt keinen blickkontakt zwischen mutter und Kind.

.viele junge mütter sind nur am Händi..
Ich joggte damals mit uraltem Kinderwagen, gebaucht, bekam ich geschenkt..so simpel..und er genügte .
ebenso und simple sportkarre, dazu nähte ich den fußsack selbst

joggen geht auch mit einfachstem Wagen..liebe Grüße wiebke

Crafty Green Poet said...

jogging while pushing a buggy seems a bit weird to me to be honest,

The Weaver of Grass said...

I can only think it is an age thing as we all seem agreed that the new buggies are wrong way round! Thanksfor dropping by.

Gwil W said...

Whatever happened to the pram? Ours was so big that mum had a toddler (me) at the facing away end and a baby (my brother) at the other end looking towards her.