Granted I live in a small city and work across the street (from our home) but it never crossed my mind to "need" a car for a kid. Especially babies! Buy a babyBjorn and you're set!
― I GOTTA BRAKE FREEEEE (stevienixed), Saturday, 6 June 2009 12:31 (thirteen years ago) link
with all due respect I wouldn't buy a baby bjorn, spend a little bit more and get a carrier that's better for your baby's hips and better for your back, which you'll be able to use for a lot longer than a bjorn.
Bjorn's have been nicknamed 'crotch danglers' by some babywearers, as the baby hangs straight down and a lot of the weight is suported by their crotch. More traditional carriers, such as Mei Tais, wraps, ring slings, soft structured carriers (including the Ergo) etc. spread the weight much better, and if the baby is vertical then the baby sits in the carrier with their legs spread and knees higher than their bum so the weight's not on their crotch. Sure they're better than nothing but there are so many better carriers on the market.
― Vicky, Saturday, 6 June 2009 19:16 (thirteen years ago) link
it just struck me, reading the "traveling with kids" thread, that one of our biggest problems in traveling is that the kids get carsick easily. (we don't own a car, but rent them for vacations.) i guess if a kid's in a car every day they get used to the motion, but if it's only a few times a year it's pretty disorienting. we do ride buses a fair amount, but there's so much stopping and starting in city traffic that i don't think you get the kind of sustained motion that produces sickness.
anyway, that aside, i'm happy to be able to live without a car, and to not have to put my kids in them. it's true that getting around town can be a logistical challenge sometimes, but we manage. i've hiked strollers up and down a lot of stairs. and for our youngest, we have an ergo carrier, which my wife mostly wears as a front carrier and i wear as a backpack, it works well both ways.
― would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 06:05 (thirteen years ago) link
I too could not figure out how to load a baby into the back of the Ergo. Tricky stuff...
― schwantz, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link
i finally did it with no help last week. but usually my wife's there to help.
― would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:33 (thirteen years ago) link
It really is just gaining confidence and practising, and watching different youtube videos of people doing it in slightly different ways...
― Vicky, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:09 (thirteen years ago) link
We have a baby and no car and so far (14.5 months) have found it to be quite manageable.
But! Ivy is going to outgrow her infant carseat in the next few months or so, which means we need to buy a "convertible" car seat. I can't find anything anywhere on the whole wide internet discussing the relative merits of convertible car seats for people who don't own a car.
Does anybody have any suggestions? In addition to the standard safety features, we are looking for something light and easy to install (without a base, obviously).
― about a dozen duck supporters (carl agatha), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 16:48 (seven years ago) link
We're in exactly the same situation but all I know is rear-facing is a zillion times safer in the event of a crash.
― Madchen, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 17:44 (seven years ago) link
There's this thing called the immi go that they use in Ubers. It's light and collapsible. Don't know about the safety rating.
― walid foster dulles (man alive), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:56 (seven years ago) link
Oh wow the Immi Go would be perfect but it's only front facing. I wonder if we can just keep Ivy out of cars between outgrowing her infant seat and turning two...
― about a dozen duck supporters (carl agatha), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 19:04 (seven years ago) link
I might be wrong but I think there just isn't any way to keep them rear facing past a certain age/size. We had to turn k around pretty early because she was so tall.
― walid foster dulles (man alive), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 19:23 (seven years ago) link
The recommendation is a rear facing seat until they are 24 months, but there are height/weight limits for rear facing seats. Ivy's short and slim so she probably won't outgrow the seat before she turns two.
― about a dozen duck supporters (carl agatha), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 19:44 (seven years ago) link