When should you stop putting your child in a pushchair?

The last few days when collecting the children from school, I have noticed a few parent’s pushing their children in pushchairs. Now, there’s nothing new about that on a school run. But the children in the pushchairs are of school age and in school uniform? I can only presume they are of Reception age, so 4/5 years old.

But is that acceptable? Should you really be pushing your child in a pushchair at that age (unless of course there is a medical condition and they require this).

I have always stopped using a pushchair with the children by around 3/3.5 depending on how much walking they are required to do. By age 4, when they are in full time school, I would require them to use their legs to walk everywhere.

J turned 5 just before he went in to Reception Class and on occasion we did walk the 1 mile from school to home. Prolonging the pushchair phase and strolling them around when they are more than capable to walk long distance, in my opinion, breeds laziness.

Do you agree? What do you deem to be an acceptable age for a child to still be in a pushchair? Is it acceptable for a child clearly in Full Time education to be in a pushchair?



  1. April 19, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    My oldest came out at two when the second was born. I tried her on a buggy board but she preferred to walk so that was that. The youngest barely made it to two as she wanted to walk like her sister. She rode in the supermarket trolley for another year or so…

    • Confessions of a SAHM
      April 19, 2013 / 4:07 pm

      If they are more than capable and willing to walk at a young age, then why not? However, I do not think a child of school age should be in a pushchair unless there is a medical reason.

  2. Circusmum
    April 23, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    I think school age is too old. My daughter refused to sit in a pushchair from about 18 months and by 2 years old I gave up and donated her pushchairs to our child minder. I understand it might make things faster and more convenient for the parent to push their child but if there is no medical reason preventing them from walking, surely it’s better to let them walk and exercise?

  3. August 10, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    Ugh. This is a bugbear of mine too. I just don’t get it? If they can walk, make them walk!

  4. October 1, 2013 / 5:47 pm

    I was just thinking about this today, Cherry is nearly 3 (next month) but I do still put her in the buggy for longer walks as otherwise she gets tired and getting anywhere takes forever but I think I will have stopped within the next few months. School age does seem way too old! x

  5. March 3, 2014 / 12:01 am

    I will use a pushchair all the while Dylan needs a nap in the day, which at 2.5 he still does but he is rarely in it now so certainly won’t be at 4! There is also no chance that he will fit at that age too, people already comment on him in one as he looks so big but if we are out all day he needs one.

  6. Emma Whispers
    May 15, 2014 / 10:14 am

    Around London there were always SO many children in pushchairs who were at least 4. I cringed every time. I think it’s just laziness on the parents behalf. Those children aren’t going to do very well in PE now are they!

    I stopped using the pushchair when child turned 2. She got a micro scooter for her birthday and that was that. Her parents didn’t quite agree with me, because they were lazy. If they wanted to go out somewhere and she was having a tantrum, much easier to pin her down and strap her in than to try and persuade her to scoot/walk.