I took our Bugaboo Chameleon to Hong Kong for a few reasons. One is that I turbo around Central Hong Kong quite quickly on foot, at a speed that La Jolla Girl would never cooperate with. You just do a ton of walking, period.
There’s uneven pavement, a ton of people and stairs. And having lived there, I know exactly how to navigate the city with a stroller to minimize all of the aforementioned. Not to mention, when you don’t have a car and taxing in traffic doesn’t make sense, it gets tough to carry a morning’s worth of grocery and other shopping just by foot. I use the stroller hooks and basket to help.
La Jolla Girl is very tall for her age as she just turned 4 and wears a 6x. She’s almost a head taller than most of her friends in Hong Kong that are the same age. When we were in Hong Kong, I can’t tell you how many stares I got and whispers of “That child is too big for a stroller …” and similar. The people were from all races, but they were mostly Americans.
We never use a stroller in the US anymore. I am glad I held on to it, because she broke her foot a few months ago (yet another reason why I brought it to Hong Kong) and it was the only way I could run errands with her when she couldn’t really walk.
In the photo above, we’re at the MTR station waiting for the Disney Resort Line. I took the Bugaboo Chameleon to Hong Kong Disneyland two days after we landed, to try to shake the jet lag. We were totally exhausted and I could not have survived the day without the stroller. It was the only time we took it to Hong Kong Disneyland.
So I ask, how old is too old for a stroller? Is there a socially acceptable age or size? Would you ever criticize another parent for it?