Atlantic Station: Station Stroll
This weekly program takes parents and their little ones on a one-mile walk through Atlantic Station, starting at Central Park. The morning begins early with coffee and social time. Free. Atlantic Station, Midtown Atlanta. 404-876-2616; www.atlanticstation.com
Chattahoochee Nature Center: Infant Walk
Find out what plants are safe to touch, learn great places to explore shapes in nature, and connect with other parents and their little ones. Pre-registration required. $15/family for non-members and $10/family for members. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055; www.chattnaturecenter.org
Oh Baby! Fitness: Stroller Workout
Each class offers the ability to get a great workout, enjoy the outside, and spend time with your baby. The stroller workout incorporates muscle conditioning, strengthening and stretching. There is also an abs portion at the end of each class where mom tones while baby plays in the grass next to her. Classes are offered three times a week at Piedmont Park. Pre-register. $90/6 sessions 678-528-1390; www.ohbabyfitness.com
Stroller Strides: Fitness Program
Stroller Strides offers power walking and interval weight training during a one-hour session. Stroller Stride workouts are available at Piedmont Park, Chastain Park and Perimeter Mall. Pre-register. $50/month or various multiple-class packages 866-348-4666;
Top 5 Places To Walk On Your Own
Arabia Mountain Trail. Johnson St. in Lithonia. www.pathfoundation.org.
Chastain Park. Corner of West Wieuca, Lake Forrest and Paces Ferry in Buckhead. www.chastainpark.org.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Off Johnson Ferry Rd. on Columns Dr. in Marietta. www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/columnsdrive.htm.
Piedmont Park. 10th Street and Piedmont Ave. in Midtown. www.piedmontpark.org.
Silver Comet Trail. Begins at South Cobb Dr. and the East-West Connector in Smyrna. www.pathfoundation.org
Stroll Through History
When you were a baby, you probably rode around the block in a baby “buggy.” If your mother was really old-fashioned, maybe she called it a pram. Today, baby can ride facing you, facing forward, or alongside his twin (and even triplet). He can go jogging with dad and sleep through the car-to-stroller transition thanks to 3-in-1 combo models. Take a look at the baby stroller’s history, and be thankful you’re not lugging a wooden pram around town!
1733: English garden architect William Kent constructs the first pram for the Duke of Devonshire, who wanted a means of transportation that would amuse his children. The original pram was designed to be pulled by a goat or donkey and was made of wood and brass.
1830s: Benjamin Crandall makes the first American baby carriages. His son, Jesse Crandall, is issued patents for improvements to strollers, including the brake, an umbrella hanger and a model that folded.
1848: Baby carriages with handles for pushing make their debut. Up until this point, most models were designed to be pulled by dogs, ponies or donkeys.
1889: William Richardson introduces the reversible stroller. For the first time, the bassinet was able to change from facing a parent to facing forward. Richardson also improved the maneuverability of the stroller by allowing each wheel to move separately.
1920s: By this time, baby carriages were available to most families. They now had improved safety features, such as bigger wheels, brakes, deeper bassinets and sturdier frames.
1965: Aeronautical engineer Owen Maclaren introduces the aluminum stroller and the first true umbrella stroller.
1980s: The jogging stroller is invented by Phil Baechler, who used bicycle wheels in his original model!
Today: Parents today have tons of options. Many models now feature “carrycots,” detachable infant carriers that strap into a base to be kept in the car. When attached to the stroller, the carrycot can face either a parent or the other way. Today’s models have features such as the five-point harness safety system, retractable canopies, shock suspensions, drink holders, safety bars and air-filled tires. Parents of multiples can find double, triple and even quad strollers to walk all of their babies safely and comfortably.
– Melanie Wagner