I'm hoping that the parents on the forum might shed some light on this for me. Why are pushchairs now so big? A lady attempted to board my rush hour tube this morning with a device of a size that suggested it had an engine. The three (fixed hence laughably ungainly) huge wheels were smothered in tyres reminiscent of a mountain bike and the rear end was smothered in webbing containing provisons suggesting that the mother was out for a week. I am sure the child it contained was actually a normal sized kid but it looked like an embryo contained within this land battleship. I've just checked with my Dad and my pushchair was indeed a folding Mclaren job that appears to be about one eighth the size of the huge object I saw this morning but although I have no personal memories of moving around in it, seemed to do the job fine. So why have people traded them in for these huge, hard to handle monsters that don't really seem able to carry anymore children or child paraphenalia? Is this a diminutive take on the apparent desire of parents to surround their children with the largest object possible irrespective of practicality or indeed sense? Any thoughts?