Do you leave the infant seat in the car?

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Do you leave the infant seat in the car?
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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 12:35pm

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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 4:24pm

It completly depends on where we are going and what we are doing. If we do leave Simon in his car seat when we get out he stays buckled into the car seat. We use one of the carriers or stroller when we can but there at times when it is just me that it is easier to just leave him in the car seat. Even more so when he was small and didn't have the head control yet. He does stay in it on our way into the house or day care. We do not leave the seat itself in the car for long periods of time if we can help it just cause I know the heat and cold affects the plastic.


We do use it from time to time in shopping carts and when going out to dinner. Like I said though,

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Wed, 07-07-2010 - 5:57pm
*sigh* Why do they have to come out with these reports that make you feel bad for doing what they say NOT to do? When Ethan is in his car seat, he's always strapped in. But besides the car, the seat has been in the shopping cart (in the actual cart, not the top part, it doesn't seem secure there and I can never see over it anyway) in the stroller, on the countertop, out on the patio, and on the table in a restaurant. I see what they're saying though, strap them in the same way you should when they're in a bouncy seat or swing, because you never know when they'll work their way out.
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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 9:28am
At first I used to take the car seat out a lot, as that's what it seemed designed for plus it was so handy when Teddy was asleep, I didn't have to wake him. Then we had a physiotherapist attending at one of my postnatal classes and she had a very strong opinion on these infant carrier car seats - she said if we value our backs, we shouldn't take them out of the car! Which made a lot of sense to me especially as I'd been struggling for a while, Teddy was at 17lbs before he'd even reached his 3 month birthday. So from that point on I'd really only take it out when he was fast asleep and we were going out somewhere (not into the house).
And as for the strapped in thing... who would NOT strap their baby in, even outside the car??

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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 12:04am

Like the others, for us it depends where we're going and if Selin is asleep or awake. If she is asleep, I usually take the car seat with me, otherwise if she is awake, then she goes in my Ergo baby carrier or the stroller. I never put the seat on a raised surface (table, countertop) unless I am putting her in the seat and taking it right away. If she is sleeping, I always put the seat on the floor.


It should also go without saying that she is obviously always strapped in - whether it's the car seat, bouncy chair, swing, carrier, stroller. I try to remind DH of this too because anything can happen in a split second and I'd rather be safe than sorry.


As for extreme temps, I try not to leave the car seat in the car but this summer, I try to park in the shade or at least face the car so the sun is not coming in on her side. We also have the sun shades on both sides of the car and the back window.


The shopping cart thing makes me nervous. I put her car seat in the big part of the cart, not on top, but I have seen so many people put the seat in the top and I just worry, if someone bumps into you or whatever, won't the seat fall out? Worse yet, I once saw a guy lay a baby down in the top part of the cart on a few blankets - no car seat at all!!


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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 4:17am
I purposely got a car seat that is good from the newborn phase to about 4 years so that I wouldn't have to ever take it out of the car. Teddy doesn't like those bucket seats anyway so unless I wanted to listen to him cry there wouldn't be much point to taking him in it anywhere. He is also just way too heavy. I wear him when we do things like grocery shopping.
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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 10:00am

With DS we did take out the infant seat when he was asleep in it and we needed to go shopping. We would put it in the main part of the cart, since I had heard horror stories about the danger of putting on the top of the cart, plus it didn't fit there well anyways. I think I used his travel system and put the car seat in the stroller once, and that was on a walk when he was 4 weeks old, actually that was the only time I used that stroller at all until I gave it to my Mom. We didn't take it out of the car often, but it did happen a couple times a week.

With DD we never took the infant seat out of the car. To be fair we moved her to a convertible when she was 4 weeks old, because she hated the infant seat. It stayed in the car for the few weeks we used it with her though. When we have a third we are just going to start out with them in a convertible and not even use the infant seat.












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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 1:15pm

I used to work at this daycare and there was this one Mom who, often enough, wouldn't even strap the baby in IN the car. :-O

The daycare owner talked to her (sensitively) about it a few times, but it was one of those things where the Mom just couldn't see that it was that big of a deal. Some people are crazy, man.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sat, 07-10-2010 - 4:40am
OMG that's awful. People's stupidity just gets my back up so much, especially when they're endangering others :-/ My youngest BIL is the same, he never used to use the seat belt as he said it was safer without. WTF? I think he only started using it once he'd got a girlfriend and she told him to. But I think there's no excuse for a mother not to strap her baby in!!

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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 11:30am
Evan hated his infant seat too! He did fall asleep in it from time to time, but always woke up within 10 minutes of the car stopping, so it was never worth it to bring the seat in aside from keeping it from getting too hot. I always just wore him when we were shopping and, depending on how much we were buying, threw the seat in the cart or put it in the trunk. We're in Las Vegas and most parking lots don't have much shade because most places have been built relatively recently and the trees aren't big enough yet. My car gets so hot -over 120 degrees easy- and the trunk doesn't get quite that bad, so that was our best option.

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 12:46am

Ha, I think Julie said it best: "Why do they have to come out with these reports that make you feel bad for doing what they say NOT to do?" I think it's like everything else - just let common sense prevail. However, sadly a lot of people in this world don't seem to have much of that.


Whenever Elena was in her infant seat, she was strapped in. And I never placed the seat on an elevated surface and walked away. My BF thought I was nuts for strapping her in all the time - even when she was in the stroller for cripesakes - but I didn't care. I once read that the most common accidents with babies happen because you aren't ready for their next stage of development. IOW, you never know when they will suddenly learn how to wiggle out.


And besides that, they could just slide out under their own weight. Someone on my EC once posted a horror story about someone she knew (or at least knew of) having left their newborn baby sleeping in



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