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    Our kids came off early, but they had those balance bikes from 2-3 which I think made learning a lot easier.

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    We never did training wheels. She had a run bike, and then got this one last year. It is a lot heavier than her run bike though and she had a hard time balancing it. She is totally a kid who wont do anything that might hurt her unless she knows for sure she can, so she decided that she didnt want to ride a bike She almost had it last year, but then it was like starting over again this year. If I held on she would lean into me so I just told her to use it as a run bike and tada! She is super excited now, so hopefully it will be easier to get her out to ride it now.

    A bike for Christmas just seems like such a bad gift to me. Probably because it would be another 4 months before they could use it here

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    OK, I need to get something off my chest. That picture of the baby prince in his carseat is just awful. There, I said it! I try not to be a car seat **** and I hope that someone fixed those straps once they were in the car, and I know they couldnt have been driving very fast....etc, etc, but it just made me cringe. Talk about opening yourself up for criticism. These people know they are public figures, right?

    ETA: OK so the real reason I hate that pic, is not cause they did it (for the reasons above) but because other people all over the world saw it and there are weird people who use what celebrities appear to do to justify what they themselves do. Thats what bothers me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    OK, I need to get something off my chest. That picture of the baby prince in his carseat is just awful. There, I said it! I try not to be a car seat **** and I hope that someone fixed those straps once they were in the car, and I know they couldnt have been driving very fast....etc, etc, but it just made me cringe. Talk about opening yourself up for criticism. These people know they are public figures, right?
    Ha Ha I noticed that too.... I just thought it was kind of funny because it shows that they are just normal first time parents trying to figure it all out. Must be tough to do that in the spotlight trying to get in the car while everyone is watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    OK, I need to get something off my chest. That picture of the baby prince in his carseat is just awful. There, I said it! I try not to be a car seat **** and I hope that someone fixed those straps once they were in the car, and I know they couldnt have been driving very fast....etc, etc, but it just made me cringe. Talk about opening yourself up for criticism. These people know they are public figures, right?
    I thought this too, and wondered if maybe carseats in Britain are that much dfferent. Also when we left the hospital the nurse checked to make sure the baby was strapped in properly before we could walk out. Then I saw another pic from a different angle that showed there was another strap over his other shoulder, and it's just the way the blanket is tucked that makes it look so bad. I'll see if I can find it again....

    ETA: No, you're right. The strap *is* over his other shoulder but that is definitely his left hand poking out.

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    Oh gah this makes me crazy. The baby was in an armed escorted limo. Probably the safest baby in the world. To see people jumping all over these people- people who drive tiny cars and whose babies are probably statistically in way more danger make me a little zany. I hate public parent shaming- so lame and stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Oh gah this makes me crazy. The baby was in an armed escorted limo. Probably the safest baby in the world. To see people jumping all over these people- people who drive tiny cars and whose babies are probably statistically in way more danger make me a little zany. I hate public parent shaming- so lame and stupid.

    i am with you, which is why I wrote it here and didnt want to make it a debate or anything. Its just something that bothers me.
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    Can I just say how in love I am with Duchess Kate for walking out in front of the world with a flabby post-baby belly? I'm so glad that she showed what a post-partum body (at ONE DAY after giving birth, no less) looks like in such a normal, natural way.
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    The limo probably didn't even have seatbelts, and absolutely didn't have a latch system.

    We just took a stretch hummer limo from Orlando to cape canavarel. Though we had requested car seats the first limo didn't bring them- the second one did- but we didn't use them as the limo didn't have seat belts- so the kids would have actually been LESS safe strapped in but not belted in. Limos fall under the same classification as taxis and school busses- at least in my state and in FL- don't know how it works in the UK but I've heard that they don't even sell 5 point harnesses there so we can safely assume their laws are different. I saw two different people on FB making a big deal out of this and I just find it so so stupid. Like- yeah- you are really saving babies lives by shaming Kate and wills. You hero you. *eyeroll*

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    It wasn't a limo, it was the family's private Range Rover, a car which does have seat belts. I don't know if British cars have latch but it doesn't matter because seat belts are just as good. And the car seat *is* a 5-point harness but it doesn't have a chest clip, those don't seem to be standard on U.K. carseats.

    I've taken my kids in cabs without car seats, but I've always buckled them in with seat belts, and the limo we took last year had seat belts. I will NEVER ride in a car without seat belts. School buses don't require seat belts because they are engineered in a particular way, called compartmentalization, to protect the children. Compartmentalization is far better than having kids in seat belts that haven't been put on correctly or don't fit them well.
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