Have strollers become too much?

Some Hoboken places become cramped with strollers

At what point do the massive stroller SUV’s become a general nuisance?

The other day – I was at Starbucks uptown, and this woman and her double-wide stroller was causing a helluva commotion trying to move within the tight confines of the shop. People had to move from where they were sitting, she was knocking things over and more. Not to mention she desperately needed the low-carb lifestyle herself.

But with these baby carriages becoming gargantuan enough to cause trouble for ordinary customers just minding their own business at a coffee shop – at what point should their presence be regulated in some way?

Frankly, I’d prefer that these people didn’t have the sense of entitlement to drag their stuff everywhere – and that common sense would allow them to voluntarily not cause a debacle wherever they went. But we know that’s not going to happen – and sadly, more “rules” will eventually be necessary.

Has the massive stroller movement reached a tipping point yet, or will it only get worse?

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24 Comments on "Have strollers become too much?"


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debra
3 years 7 months ago

Strollers and/or carriages, whichever you call them, should remain outside the store just as it was years ago. Put up stroller racks if they are so concerned of their stroller getting stolen. We never had this problem years ago worrying about our carriages being stolen. We would just leave them outside the store window and go inside to shop. Many of the new mothers today would never have survived having children before all these new inventions came about. I remember my aunt having a newborn in the coach carriage, a toddler in a coach seat and two smaller children in… Read more »

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animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

Come on ladies, get with the program and hire a body guard to watch those strollers so you can relax! And 411, fyi, the double strollers are oh so slimming to a wide trailer.[quote comment=”216131″]Strollers and/or carriages, whichever you call them, should remain outside the store just as it was years ago. Put up stroller racks if they are so concerned of their stroller getting stolen. We never had this problem years ago worrying about our carriages being stolen. We would just leave them outside the store window and go inside to shop. Many of the new mothers today would… Read more »

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

Given the issues affecting our town, such as parking, sink holes, taxes, etc. I find it to be completely comical that strollers and babies are on people’s list of major concerns.

Get a freaking grip people. [quote comment=”216169″]Come on ladies, get with the program and hire a body guard to watch those strollers so you can relax!And 411, fyi, the double strollers are oh so slimming to a wide trailer.[/quote]

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Mrs.H
3 years 7 months ago

I agree the moms, baby carriages, and the lack of respect for everyone else around them is a problem in this town.

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gt07030
3 years 7 months ago

I have to say these double wide strollers are ridiculous and should not be allowed in any of the stores or shops…Ever try getting down an isle at Kings when the caravan comes your way and they look at you like you are a moron because you wont move…Go to the burbs already or at least be curtious[quote comment=”216142″]I agree the moms, baby carriages, and the lack of respect for everyone else around them is a problem in this town.[/quote]

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3 years 7 months ago

I had no feeling either way about strollers that is until this morning. I went to watch my grand daughter at some sort of gymnastic thing . i pick a nice spot to watch and soon this stroller mom and her double wide stroller and double wide ass stand right sq. in front of me blocking my view. I said nicely you blocking my view, she look at me like i was nuts and stood there. So next I said ” do you fucken mind” boy did she move after that. So remember nice guys finish last.

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Mitch Ultimato
3 years 7 months ago

Sometimes you have to do that. I was at a concert in the city a few nights ago and these two women behind me were talking non-stop. Everyone else was quiet and listening to the music but these two kept at it even though my wife and I and other people around us kept shooting them nasty looks. FInally I turned around and said “Shut the fuck up already! No one paid to hear YOU!” They never said another word and left the show early, probably thinking I was going to kill them. [quote comment=”216156″]I had no feeling either way… Read more »

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mooshu
3 years 7 months ago

Given all the issues in town surrounding parking, sink holes, etc., we really don’t need more issues.

But I will say that since tickets are usually issued for illegal parking (some idiots are above the law), then they should be issued to inconsiderate stroller pushers for blocking exits. It’s common sense.

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

So a woman with a stroller is dramatically affecting your opportunity to grab a beer, a coffee, or shop for groceries? Seriously?

How do you deal with bad weather, traffic, or flight delays. Cry?

[quote comment=”216225″]Given all the issues in town surrounding parking, sink holes, etc., we really don’t need more issues.But I will say that since tickets are usually issued for illegal parking (some idiots are above the law), then they should be issued to inconsiderate stroller pushers for blocking exits. It’s common sense.[/quote]

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mooshu
3 years 7 months ago

No, *many* rude women who happen to push strollers with children in them annoy more people than you know in this town, and these women should be held accountable whenever they feel entitled enough to block entryways and exits. And, believe me, I don’t cry about this– I just do what I need to do to get by them. Perhaps it is you who is bothered by reality. Boy, is the crash down from the optimism cloud going to hurt your behnd… [quote comment=”216249″]So a woman with a stroller is dramatically affecting your opportunity to grab a beer, a coffee,… Read more »

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mooshu
3 years 7 months ago

And, way to go (!) comparing an entirely controllable and changeable behavior stemming from entitlement and arrogance with instances genuinely of our control.[quote comment=”216249″]So a woman with a stroller is dramatically affecting your opportunity to grab a beer, a coffee, or shop for groceries? Seriously?How do you deal with bad weather, traffic, or flight delays. Cry?[/quote]

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

Stereotyping mothers in this town with strollers as “rude,” is like stating that every person in Hoboken who partakes in some social drinking, is a “drunk.” Drinking is just as controllable, yet people get away with murder on weekends. Agreed, there are rude people in life, both with and without strollers. Deal with it appropriately. On a separate note, your little comment about “crashing down from the optimist cloud?” Guy, I’m the furthest thing from an optimist, I’m a realist. Hence the reason I noted earlier on this thread REAL problems in this town. I’ve lived here over a decade,… Read more »

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hobokenite0
3 years 7 months ago

Defending mothers in the first paragraph and in the third admitting that they’ll eventually “bail for the suburbs” kind of made me smile. This is in part what makes the tyranny of the strollers all the more irritating. It’s the self-entitlement, the lack of acknowleding other people exist and do in fact need to walk on the sidewalk, shop in the grocery store, etc. All to know, that in due time, they’ll move out to the suburbs and then the cycle will start all over again with another stroller-mom. Of course when we stereotype there is a bit a validity… Read more »

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

For the record, I defend stroller Mom’s because my wife is one, and damn good at it. If you read my post, I said PRIOR generations left for the suburbs, while now, families are choosing to stay. Hence the reason the entire north end of Hoboken is catering to families. Tuesday live concerts in the park for kids, waterfront jungle jims, ice cream shops, baby stores, etc. etc. You think the town has put this stuff in place for the post college 20 somethings? No. Additionally, the common theme of “entitlement” is getting old. News flash, the same rude and… Read more »

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joey maxim
3 years 7 months ago

2012 on the money…respect earned is respect given…as long as the nannys are pushing precious cargo aka your kids while on the cell phone paying no attention to what is going on around them…your not the only dad with kids..Hoboken is not dog walks and or bike carriage walks to patronize a certain few parents that have a long way to go in life..the town is a mile square..Many are rude and and lack respect for others…works both ways.[quote comment=”216263″]For the record, I defend stroller Mom’s because my wife is one, and damn good at it.If you read my post,… Read more »

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

Unfortunately Joey, another ridiculous generalization by this post. My wife stays home with my kids, works damn hard to raise the family, while I work damn hard to support all of us. And to be honest, if she needs to get out of the house to grab a coffee, she will grab a coffee. She will be polite and curtious doing so. And quite frankly, if that’s not good enough for you, I don’t give two sh+ts.[quote comment=”216273″]2012 on the money…respect earned is respect given…as long as the nannys are pushingprecious cargo aka your kids while on the cell phone… Read more »

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mooshu
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, had no idea that outdoor concerts, ice-cream shops, and baby stores were only enjoyed by Family.org. You guys keep acting all self-important and like you own the place. As far as I can see, more businesses are closing, and they won’t be the last ones. Which means that your little family paradise is suffering a slow, unpleasant makeover. But enjoy the remainder of your and others’ stay here, which I hope isn’t just a pretty code for “we can’t sell our place”. [quote comment=”216263″]For the record, I defend stroller Mom’s because my wife is one, and damn good at… Read more »

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billm2012
3 years 7 months ago

No, we don’t act like we own the place. But when ignorant posts on a Hoboken based website chastices families that have lived here for many years, you better damn well believe I am going to stand up and say something. Separately, I don’t own in this town, I rent. But you damn well better believe families staying in this town and buying higher priced real estate has single handidly supported uptown real estate, commerce, and half the aforementioned establishments you noted. You think 20 somethings are buying 800K one bedrooms uptown? Really. So honestly, if someone is rude, deal… Read more »

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joey maxim
3 years 7 months ago

mooshu…correct..let these dolts ask their parents what type of stroller carriage did their parents push them in..then they should ask grandma what they used to navigate their parents around with…did they plug in their laptops in at starbucks and sip on a flavored coffee spending 4 .00 a cup? mooshu its the sign of the times and so many with a well rounded educated dont have a clue olf what raising a family is about..give them their space,and allow them to enjoy what they think is wonderland. soon dot will order a lantern on the rear end of a wide… Read more »

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animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

Hobokenie0, you have indirectly hit the nail on the head. It is not the strollers per se, and I am sure your twins are spontaneous, but the soaring rate of multiple births due to IVF. IVF success without regard to health risks and societal consequences is one of the major concerns of Reproductive Medicine.[quote comment=”216263″]For the record, I defend stroller Mom’s because my wife is one, and damn good at it.If you read my post, I said PRIOR generations left for the suburbs, while now, families are choosing to stay. Hence the reason the entire north end of Hoboken is… Read more »

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animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

Yes you’re right we all have to get a grip, stroller Mom’s are comparable to an Act of God :).

The issue should really be addressed by the folks in Emergency Management. If it gets bad enough Hoboken might be able to get FEMA funding to expand sidewalks, doorways etc for strollers. [quote comment=”216249″]So a woman with a stroller is dramatically affecting your opportunity to grab a beer, a coffee, or shop for groceries? Seriously?How do you deal with bad weather, traffic, or flight delays. Cry?[/quote]

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HansBrix
3 years 7 months ago

Additionally, the common theme of “entitlement” is getting old. News flash, the same rude and entitled mothers, were rude and entitled in different ways pre-children.

Yes, but an over-sized stroller is a force multiplier. Think of it this way: a teenage boy might be irresponsible. Give him a bottle of whiskey and car keys and you have a problem.

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