Originally Posted by EdnaMarie
People do what they have to.
Problem is, sometimes what people HAVE to do might not be what you'd LIKE them to do.
Like I said earlier, I rarely do this, but when I do I do it carefully and conscientiously. I remember one time when I had to make a run to the store because 1. I was completely out of thyroid meds and had been for two days, 2. I was out of diapers and 3. Baby had a bad rash and needed ointment.
Problem was, DH was working his 24 hour shift, my parents were away for the weekend and my regular sitter was nowhere around. So I took myself and my four children to the store, in the rain, threw them all into the basket with a raincoat over their heads and put the infant carrier in the cart, and limped to the door. I had a sprained ankle. I could BARELY get around.
Wearing the baby at that point wasn't an option because 1. My ankle was too weak to bear the weight for the trip 2. It was raining and I couldn't finagle the sling even if I'd wanted to without getting both of us soaked and 3. He didn't fit in my carrier at that point anyway.
So my ONLY option? Put the carrier in the cart and HOLD ON to the carrier. It's what I HAD to do.
But I'm so glad that you think there's always a better solution and that I failed to keep my child as safe as possible. I guess I should have just waited another day, till DH came home, and gone another night without my meds, wrapped cloths around the baby's bottom and told him to just "deal" with his rash.
I really have no more energy to spend on this thread. If YOU think it's so dangerous, then YOU don't do it. But don't condemn everyone else who does it if they are doing it carefully and safely. I think every mother here knows what works best for her and her child(ren), and every person here knows what warrants doing this and what doesn't.
It's not your
call to say they need to do better and try harder....honestly, if you are THAT concerned about safety, then you might really consider never allowing your kids in the car for a trip anywhere....car collisions being the number one killer of kids and all.....