New shoes for the boy acquired, it seemed like we were ready to step this walking business up a gear... Walking outside. With no buggy back-up.
He seemed eager enough - for the first 20 yards until he stopped by the house on the corner and refused to budge. He had by then figured out the existence of the connecting rein, that annoying hold mummy still had on him. Boy, he was displeased. I scooped him under my arm for a block or two, and plonked him back down when we had reached the main road. Diversion and distraction. Look! A bus! A doggy! A flower!
POLICE HORSES. Look!!!!!!
The daddy of toddler distractions!
(Afterword: we managed about another hundred yards until the boy was again scooped up and placed in the back carrier. I'm ambitious, but not completely foolhardy!).