Originally Posted by lifeguard
We see it ALL the time down here. And scarier still are the people who bring their children& eve young babies on their motorcycles with no helmets. ....
Originally Posted by Shami
Hope the op doesn't mind me somewhat hijacking
I'm going to Sri Lanka for three weeks. My MIL told me not to bother bringing the carseat because it is not necessary to use in Sri Lanka. I was totally bummed by this. My mom says "when in Rome, do as the Romans do".
My mom also told me that I used to stand in the middle of the buckets seats up front in her VW bug back in the early 70's. She thinks it's a small percentage of a risk and not to worry.What do you momma's think?
I would take the carseat anyway and let everyone laugh at you. I would subscribe to the traditions of the culture only
in the cases that do not put my Baby at unnecessary risk, however small its percentage.Take the carseat.
in Rome, and although there are certainly Mammas here that would never put their bambino in a car unrestrained, too often I see babies being held, toddlers and kids scampering about in the back and even front seats with no seat belts. I see this at least once a day, minimum. It makes me very sad.
People will carry their kids on their motercycles, but they (almost) always have helmets. (Except in Napoli and other areas of southern Italy.)
People here always question why Eloisa's car-seat is still RF when she is already over a year old.
I have to explain that it is so much safer for her to be RF, people here .just.don't.know. I don't care if they think I'm odd to keep my LO RF, it's best for her. -- Especially here in Rome, the city of scary drivers!
(My parents used to put my playpen in the back of our big old Plymouth station-wagon and I was back there, standing up, hanging onto the side swaying back and forth, happy as a clam. We drove San Francisco to Portland, Oregon very often like this, in the days before car-seats (I was born in 1967
) Yes, I am fine, and many many of us Mammas who were left unrestrained in car during those days are fine, but we just don't know how many babies were injured or died because of this ignorance.)
Originally Posted by SweetPotato
....I would never have her unrestrained in a moving vehicle because I love her-- I want her alive more than I want her happy at every moment. While I strive for both safety and happiness, safety comes first. I'm glad that she'll be alive to forgive me for the inconvenience.
Originally Posted by pastelsummer
i had an old friend that buckeld the seat but not the baby! It breaks my heart to think of what would happen if the got in even a fender bender.
: I did this exactly ONCE and I was completely
mortified to realize that I had driven 20 miles and on the highway without having buckled her in. Eloisa was at work with me, she fell asleep and I put her into her bucket but didn't snap the strap -- assuming I'd do it once I put her in the car when it was time to go -- and then covered her with a blanket. Because of the blanket I didn't realize that I forgot to latch her strap. We were very fortunate that nothing happened, and I thank my lucky stars that all was OK. She was about 4 or 5 months at the time.
FWIW, I honestly don't care if people think that I am "Holier than Thou" if I want to keep my baby safe and I think that any
person, babe or grown-up, traveling in a car should wear a seat belt. I will be judgmental if Kids are not in carseats. So there! (Where is the smug smilie? LOL)