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    Default WDYT: Too old for parents with prams parking?

    Just wondering what other people's thoughts are. Do you think there is a point when your children are really too old for you to use the parents with prams parking at the shopping centre, or do you think it is acceptable to use it so long as your little one still goes in the pram? New parents obviously need as much help as they can get, but what if your 4yr old still goes in the pram? I know there's no right or wrong answer on this one, but just wondering what others think.

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    I don't use parents with pram spots anyway. I prefer to park all the way away from the entrance where I can get the kids out without any cars nearby. (Say if one tries to take off while I'm getting another one out, less cars means less chance of getting hit. They always go straight in trolleys so I don't mind walking the extra distance.) BUT I wouldn't judge someone with a 4yo using it. You don't know if that kid has issues of any kind. Absconds or similar. Maybe those parents really do benefit from being that much closer.

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    I think it depends on the individual child. Some kids need to use the parks longer than others. No set age limit in my mind.

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    If you're using a pram I think it's fine. I stopped parking in those spots when we stopped using the pram as I figure it's easier to get my 3yo in and out of the car than it is for a parent with a younger child.

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    I think any age they are in a pram. Or perhaps also acceptable carrying a younger baby even though you may not be using a pram.

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    Default WDYT: Too old for parents with prams parking?

    I use the pram parking at IKEA because there's hundreds of pram spaces but in shopping centres, I never use them.

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    Default WDYT: Too old for parents with prams parking?

    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    I think any age they are in a pram. Or perhaps also acceptable carrying a younger baby even though you may not be using a pram.
    I still use it if I'm not using the pram but carrying dd2 as I plan to use a trolley.

    I personally think of it as not "parents with prams" but "parents with small children with no understanding of car park safety".

    Eta: the main shopping centre o use parking in general is not an issue and there's always plenty of spaces so nobody gets ragey. I hope not anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveLivesHere View Post
    I think it depends on the individual child. Some kids need to use the parks longer than others. No set age limit in my mind.
    I agree with this. I have 'pram aged' children but we don't always use a pram. That said I very rarely use the spots. And have used it without a pram.

    Some kids are runners. And IMO it is safer for a parent of a 6yo runner to use that spot if they need it (closer to the door/wider parks).

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    I've always thought they were for parents with young kids, regardless of if you are using a pram or not. Alot of the time they are wider parks, so a hell of alot easier to get kids in their car restraints.

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    I agree with those that have suggested they are for parents with young kids not exclusively parents with prams. So as long as someone is getting kids in/out of their car I don't fuss about their age or whether they're using a pram or not.
    They're normally a bit wider so makes it easier to open the door wider to get a child into a car seat and buckled in. And obviously closer so you have less distance to walk with child in arms/pram/trolley or have them run off etc.
    I use them when I put dd in the ergo carrier instead of the pram. I hope no one gets angry at me for that

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