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Stroller or chariot

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Mamama13

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future (Sept 2019)
Finalizing purchase for my 6 year old. He’s weighs 38lbs. We’re carrying extra light packs so won’t be used for our cargo. He’ll be riding on long stretches and climbing inclines (at his pace). Trying to decide what’s will handle trail best: Bob Sport Utility Stroller, Burley D’Lite, Thule Chariot Cross?? Any thoughts?
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
My thought is that my six year old walked.
That said, we were a hiking family and she was accustomed to walking.
I would be inclined to cover a shorter distance and let a six year old walk, than to go "the whole way" pushing any contraption.
I do remember one day that was unexpectedly (because I had written a distance down incorrectly) more than 20km and daddy helped the last little bit: 2012-09-12 Joe Spain 020.JPG

But mostly she walked, and often in front of everyone else or in step with a family member (she has seven siblings and Grandpa also went)
Spain Sept 19 Ferreiros (8).JPG Spain Sept 19 Ferreiros (12).JPG Spain Sept 12 Cacabelos (25).JPG Spain Sept 15 O Cebreiro (17).JPG
She was good at taking breaks when she was tired: Spain Sept 10 El Acebo (7).JPG JnJ Spain 2012 005.JPG

And was very engaged with exciting things to do and look at along the way:
Spain Sept 9 Rabanal (17).JPG Spain Sept 17 18 Sarria (35).JPG 2012-09-10 Joe Spain 2012 102.JPG (and journalling)

I do not share these things to say your six year old should walk - just to show something you may not have considered - what might be possible.

Buen camino
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Thank you @Kiwi-family .
I'm not a parent so am not qualified to comment. But chiming in to say that I so appreciate the way you walk with your kids, Rachael - and love the photos.
@Mamama13 , I wish you and your son a buen camino - and hope you take up @Kiwi-family 's suggestion seriously. What a confidence-booster for any child, to have done this! And plenty have.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Finalizing purchase for my 6 year old. He’s weighs 38lbs. We’re carrying extra light packs so won’t be used for our cargo. He’ll be riding on long stretches and climbing inclines (at his pace). Trying to decide what’s will handle trail best: Bob Sport Utility Stroller, Burley D’Lite, Thule Chariot Cross?? Any thoughts?
For what it is worth, when we walked the Frances we ended up for several days in the same albergues as a Korean familiy whose children (ages 5 and 7) walked. So it may be doable without having to worry about a stroller. You know your child best, of course.

We were surprised that, having walked for 20 or so km during the day, the kids were in such good spirits (and had so much energy to run around!) at the albergues in the evening. Of course, the parents told us we weren't seeing the full story and during the day and the walk the kids were as prone to grumpiness as any other kids that age,
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
Couple of nice photos in there.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
I would also suggest neither to take a stroller nor a chariot. A healthy 6-year-old child should be able to walk at least distances of 12-15 km a day and you should plan your stages accordingly instead of bothering you with buying and carrying things which you may need only occasionally or not at all. I guess, even calling a taxi if your son is not willing to walk on sometimes, may be cheaper.

My parents took me and my sister for walks every weekend and my mum told me that at the age of 5 I was already capable of walking distances of 20 to 25 km.

I did part of the CF from Astorga with my nephew (then 9). He carried his own backpack and was able to do daily distances of up to 28 km without problems. Even though there is a bigger difference between a child of 6 and a child of 9, you will see that they recover very easy. So if you allow for a longer lunch-break, your son will be willing to add some additional km, even if he told you that he was tired before.

Only thing that I would suggest, is to arrange for private accomodation as my nephew did not like the lack of intimacy in the bigger dorms of the albergues. If you pre-book accomodation this will also allow you to walk a relaxed day with breaks whenever your son demands them.

BC
Alexandra
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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The topic is a recommendation of which device to acquire not whether or not their child should or should not walk.
Well, obviously so far none of us could recommend a device.... Sorry.
All the advice above is to suggest a child of six could walk.....
And I thoroughly agree with it. When it gets too much, you carry said child on shoulders. I have done it too, albeit not on the Camino.
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
The topic is a recommendation of which device to acquire not whether or not their child should or should not walk.
And the responce is - neither - a healthy 6 year old is capable of walking. It's not cruelty it's a matter of our natural ability as we have evolved to walk and throughout history children have walked. In my case up and down hills and mountains carrying my own pack. Likewise my daughter and nephew grew up with this approach and have all have very fond memories family tramps.

It may mean you stick with 20km days but attempting to do more per day with a kid is probably a bad idea. My concern over a child sitting and being pushed day after day is the bad affect this is likely to have in their spine. Where as walking is not only more natural it will build confidence and a sence of achievement.
 

Jean Ti

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Camino Portuguese november 2019
I would consider something like this with big weels that would help on any terrain.

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