Re: [rootsradicals] Re: when to convert xtracycle from chick magnet to baby hauler?
- I started putting my 3 month old baby with xtra blankets/ small baby pillows on th sides to keep her from falling sideways and such on a trailer with her 2 year old brother next to her. Has worked fine for me thus far.....and my 4 year old sits on the snap-board holding onto the handlebars which is hooked up to my seta post. Just gotta ride cautiously and be alert as you ride along with your little precious cargo.From: todd <todd@...>
Sent: Friday, May 6, 2011 7:37 PM
Subject: [rootsradicals] Re: when to convert xtracycle from chick magnet to baby hauler?--- In email@example.com, "jessejessejesssejesse" <jesseleifert@...> wrote:
> We have a 5 month old and I'm dreaming about the day when he can go along for a ride...for the parents out there, how old was your child when you first felt they were ready to ride along on the xtracycle?
As soon as he can hold his head up, in a front seat. This is us in 2003: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleverchimp/3390730999/
Rear seats are generally much larger than front, and don't offer as much support to little babies as to toddlers. Besides, front seats are more pleasant, with babe between arms.
- That would seem logical to me too. At that age I can't see that a helmet makes sense and the better option is crash protection from the seat. (But getting that argument past my wife might be harder. So I do understand the emotional pressure).Most seats seen to be 9 months. But if you are going to insist on a helmet then waiting until they can support the additional weight is going to be necessary.
On 6 May 2011, at 13:36, "Matthew Brealey" <thelawnet@...> wrote:
It sounds to me like you might be better off with no helmet than one that is going to cause stress on a young neck. It might be more worthwhile to check out seats that provide good side protection. I fell off once with my daughter in this seat http://www.allterraincycles.co.uk/product/108761.html and there was no contact between her and the ground, no cuts, no bruises (and no helmet either).
Most pediatricians will say one year. And, if you search around the the internet, most official sources will say one year. The concern relates to neck strength. Although little ones can easily keep their heads up way before 12 months, there is the extra weight of the helmet and there is a lot of jostling on a bike. Us big folks do not realize how much jostling it is as we have way larger bodies to absorb the bumps, jiggles, etc.
That being said, I found the lightest helmet that met safety requirements and put my little one on the bike in a child safety seat at about 10.5 - 11 months of age. I did not have my extracycle at the time but had him in a front mount seat so I could monitor him while riding. If I had owned an extracycle at the time I would probably have still put him up front for the first 6 months to year or so of riding. Not for safety so much as just to be able to communicate more easily while riding.
On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 7:17 AM, jessejessejesssejesse <jesseleifert@...> wrote:
(just kidding about the chick magnet...in case my wife is checking)
We have a 5 month old and I'm dreaming about the day when he can go along for a ride...for the parents out there, how old was your child when you first felt they were ready to ride along on the xtracycle?
I'm thinking a year, but I've heard stories about 9 months and others who have waited multiple years.
Liz W. Durham