A growing number of parents in America are now wheeling their children around in wagons instead of pushchairs or strollers – claiming that many children do not like to be ‘confined’ to strollers, but equally may not want to walk all the time.
These wagons are often stacked with pillows, blankets and toys, and it seems parents and kids alike are loving them. The only criticism from parents is that they can be hard to navigate in and out of busy crowds or tight spaces.
The wagons are nothing like your typical pushchair – they are big, wide and strong, and are often kitted out with cool bags, sunshades and many other items you may need during a day out with little ones. There are even options available with a special ‘cot’ section attached to allow even the tiniest members of the family to be transported too.
So, convenient? Yes. Cheap? Errrmmm….NO. Starting at around the $395 mark, they can cost as much as $2000 for the all singing all dancing models which include such luxuries as DVD players.
Many older children really hate the idea of sitting in a stroller, yet equally on a long day out they tire easily and don’t want to walk. Wagons seem to be a good compromise – the children have more space for sitting, lying or playing, and there is even room for parents bags and equipment too! Heavy duty wheels and handles make them easy to pull, but if you are intending to be in and out of the shops for Christmas it may not be the ideal ride. It is definitely more an open-space option.
With new customisable extras being made available all the time, they are certainly adaptable – but are they for you? Is it something you would like to see introduced in the UK? Can you see yourself as a wagon-puller?