Safety may be a priority but it's not always convenient or popular. Wondering how to keep the balance between safe and sane? So are some of our members. Listen in as they share concerns.
Concern: "His legs are so long. His feet are against the seat and knees bent up. I'm worried that he isn't comfortable."
Pregnancy.org Mom tink9702 shares that for her, "My 21-month-old son just folds his legs up and sits Indian style. He's perfectly happy to sit backwards and doesn't know anything else."
Concern: "I had a hard time finding a car seat that would fit rear-facing comfortably in a small car. My husband is tall so this was very uncomfortable when he was a passenger and it was hard to see around anyone in passenger seat because they were so far forward, making left turns dangerous."
Pregnancy.org Mom Lil Momma 1991 says, "I drive a Chevy Cobalt (a relatively small car) and the onSide Air™ Convertible Car Seat from Safety 1st (approved to 40 pounds and 40 inches in rear position), fits just fine in the middle and also behind me but I am on the short side at 5'3"."
Pregnancy.org Mom b525 shares, "There are the cutest, newish car seats that are lower-profile and fit beautifully into small cars. They can fit three across in a Jetta! Several of my friends used the Chicco Key Fit for its smaller size and high RF weight rating."
Concern: "Isn't forward-facing easier on everyone? I hate that I can't see and interact with my baby while in the car."
Pregnancy.org member, bcalkins says, "We use a mirror on the headrest and that is great, we have no problem looking back and seeing what she is doing."
Concern: "My daughter hates the car with a screaming banshee passion. It's horrible. I admit we avoid car rides."
Pregnancy.org Mom, reeveslady helps out with, "The siblings entertaining Eve (or at least popping her paci back in her mouth) is what gets us by right now."
Pregnancy.org Mist1006 offers, "He has a remote controlled baby Einstein toy that lights up and plays music. He also always has his blanket."
Pregnancy.org Potter75 adds, "We planned a LOT of our trips around bed or nap times when our babies were out of that newborn stage (when they sleep all the time) but not yet old enough to reason with."