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Old 11-29-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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let your LO ride in the car outside of a carseat?? if so why??(emergency situation, no seat, taxi...)

just curious...my mom said she used to BF us while her dh drove and my grandma used to hold us and drive
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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Absolutely not, in a no way in hell sort of way.

I've paid fare to install carseats in taxis while traveling, and walk over taking a bus. I buckled the kids in when going to garage sales -- even if we're only gonig a block.

That said my mom remembers putting me in a carrier on the front seat-- having to break suddenly and me falling to the floor of the car.... where I just laid there, still sleeping....
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:12 AM   #4
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Yes. Once to the ER, it was at about 4am and in our town NO ONE is on the street then, so I wasn't worried.

Back when we were little I remember riding in the front seat stacked up on pillows so I could see out. And I rarely road in a carseat, my parents didn't have money for one. Back then it wasn't as big of a deal as it is today, with all the massive vehicles and faster speed limits, etc.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:15 AM   #5
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just curious bc dh wanted me to bf dd whilre we were stuck behind a wreck on 65...and i made him pull over!!!! i swear its stop and go traffic where most of the wrecks happen
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No way!

I do know, however, that "back then" things were different. Car safety, and car seat safety weren't really important!! (Crazy, I know!) My mom talks about how most people didn't really have "car seats". She used to nurse all the time while driving. She says there is no way she'd do that (knowing what she knows now), but they were different times I guess!
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Nope NEVER! My FIL wanted me to leave the carseat home last christmas (noah was 5 months) because if I used it someone would have to ride on the scooter. EXCUSE Me but sorry if I have to be the one riding the scooter then fine as long as my child is in a carseat I will freeze to ensure Noahs safety. Needless to say my IN LAWS never never never will drive Noah anywhere with out me there because I do not trust them!

Also this past week MIL, FIL DH, DS , and I rented a minivan it took me over 30 mintutes to install the car seat and FIL was really PO'd at how anal I was about it! GIVE ME A break if I was not then that would be the issue. OH and BTW he is retired Cop yup go figure!

sorry to hijack so no I would never ever not use the car seat but I believe they SAVE lives!
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Yes i have. My dd2 had severe colic for the first 7 months of her life. She screamed 24-7 and hubby and i had to take shifts. it was bad!!
anyway, when she was 3 month old we drove to idaho. 14 hours.... and if you can imagine if i stopped the car to nurse her everytime the trip would have been like 3 days.... so in the back country roads, in the middle of the night, i would hold her and nurse. Never in a city and never on a busy road, and never when thedeer were out.. But i had to do what i had to do to keep my sanity.. I know i am a bad mom... please dont flame i am just being honest...

a far as recent times. Yes, I dont strap in my 3 kids, ( only 1 of them) when we run up to samis freind house 7 houses away. They love sittin the the front seat. Emma is always strapped since she is only 2, but the older 2 think it is fun to sit nxt to me on my block..LOL
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Yes i have. My dd2 had severe colic for the first 7 months of her life. She screamed 24-7 and hubby and i had to take shifts. it was bad!!
anyway, when she was 3 month old we drove to idaho. 14 hours.... and if you can imagine if i stopped the car to nurse her everytime the trip would have been like 3 days.... so in the back country roads, in the middle of the night, i would hold her and nurse. Never in a city and never on a busy road, and never when thedeer were out.. But i had to do what i had to do to keep my sanity.. I know i am a bad mom... please dont flame i am just being honest...

a far as recent times. Yes, I dont strap in my 3 kids, ( only 1 of them) when we run up to samis freind house 7 houses away. They love sittin the the front seat. Emma is always strapped since she is only 2, but the older 2 think it is fun to sit nxt to me on my block..LOL
You are not a bad mom at all! I'm sure most of us have done similar things. Just this weekend on our 8 hour car trip home I took Whilder out of her car seat because she kept screaming randomly like she was in pain, as soon as I took her out she started farting like crazy. I guess she had gas and being in that carseat position was horrible for her. We didn't pull over because for one like you said our trip would have taken days if we stopped every time she cried, and after all day in the car we all just needed to get home for our own sanity. I know it wasn't a very safe thing to do but if I were in the same situation I'd do the same thing again. I just can't let my baby be screaming in pain.
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No way!

But back when most of us were little seatbelts were something people didn't use, and if they did, there surely wasn't a need for a carseat! just like most people didn't have insurance.

Now I've seen all kinds of interesting things. I had a friend when miranda was only months old, and we had to pick up her husband, well she had a van but it only had 2 rows of seats. so me and her rode Behind the last row of seats so I could get to my house. I've been in cars without wearing my seatbelt.. but very RARELY. So i was already nervous.. and then the kids started screaming. Well actually her 17 month old's screaming was waking up my 3 month old, So what did she do? she took him out of his carseat on the freeway going 70MPH so he could ride back with us. Now, it's bad enough we gotta ride back there, but put a child back there with us for no reason other than he was throwing a fit? She then asked me if I wanted to take miranda back here, that was okay...

I don't know what Planet she lived on, but here in this one we got a thing known as Gravity.. we get in a wreck on the freeway we aren't just going to go floating around.. we are going to be flying from our spots, and I would alteast like to know that my daughter isn't seriously injured because of my stupidity. lol

I don't mess around in the car. I buckle her in. She stays there in the middle of the backseat until the car is no longer moving. I don't care if she throws a fit. I don't care if she doesn't want in her seat. She gets over it relatively quickly, and if she doesn't then I wish we wouldn't of left the house, that that I wished i wouldn't of had to buckle her in. lol

My sister used to think it was fun to put her kids on her lap and drive around the block or whatever. I think it's the stupidest Idea my sister ever had.

That's my opinion. Accidents happen normally when you are close to home.. You know the roads so you don't worry.. But you never know when your choice to put her child in the car without thier belt on, or to BF on the highway or whatever might be the last choice you get to make with that child.. Well besides Funeral Arrangements. And that thought is what scares the hell out of me. it's why i don't take the chance.

I don't wanna scare everyone to death.. but it's the truth. Bad things can happen.. and do. I hear about it everyday on the news. wonder who will be next?
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