Ostensibly this blog is pretty divisive. But, honestly we all agree that mothers should always be extremely concerned about the safety of their infants.
You'd have to be mentally ill to be a mother who didn't feel that way.
The divisive part of the blog seems to be whether or not you are out to prove me wrong (for whatever reason). And that's cool.
I never try to be anything but honest. And I do my best to look up appropriate research.
The story of the car seat in the bike trailer:
I never would have been able to come up with such a contraption on my own: infant car seat attached to bike trailer by bungee cords. It was recommended to me by a fellow physician, who had used it with infants without any incident. It didn't occur to me that people didn't do this all the time until our near accident. And that day, the cloth top of the trailer had gotten caught underneath the car seat.
Interestingly people do talk about it on the internet (Berkeley parenting network, for example). It's just common sense that babies can't sit up in the trailer since they can't support their head. So the kidopotomus snuzzler (best product name ever) just isn't going to be safe when a baby is as young as The Bois (nearly 3 months).
And it seems very common for people to use car seats on the baby jogger (as Jeff mentioned... Jeff I found your comments quite humorous, by the way).
So, is there any safe option for infants?
Here is a statement from Safecycling.ca:
Some families have put their child in their car seat into the trailer. This practice has not been officially safety tested, but if the child is securely strapped in to the car seat and the car seat properly strapped in to the trailer, it may be the best option for transporting a young infant.
Trailers are not necessarily designed for this car seat adaptation, but bicycles also do not get up to the same speed as cars. Caution and care are paramount in this situation.
Here is the link: http://www.safecycling.ca/BetterBicycling/2001Summer/trailers.shtml
I'm the first to admit we weren't cautious enough the day we had the near accident. So if you are going to put a car seat in a bike trailer:
- make sure the car seat is snug in the trailer and can't move.
- make sure the car seat is level and there is nothing under the car seat in the trailer
- stay on flat or nearly flat ground
If any readers out there know of reasons or laws stating trailers should not be used in this way, please speak up... I want to learn. I want to do what is safe for Christian. And I think the readers would like to know as well.
Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.
"Children are fascinated by the ordinary and can spend timeless moments watching sunlight play with dust. Their restlessness they learn from you. It is you who are thinking of there when you are here. It is you who thinks of then instead of now. Stop. Let your children become the teachers and you the student" - William Martin