Originally Posted by KarenMT
Originally Posted by lyndie
I'm also not a fan of the snap in&out, leave the baby in the carseat 24/7 style, so baby will get used to be transfered from carseat to sling/carrier.
Yep, that always bothers me when I see people a foot away from their baby that is in an infant car seat and fussing and they just keep rocking the car seat. I'm usually like WTH- take your child out of the plastic bucket. We will use an infant car seat but only rarely let our babes stay in them. I am really petite and long before most people stop lugging their kids in the infant car seat I give up and leave it there. I do like that in the winter months you can bundle up the baby indoors in a warm car seat and bring them outside all covered up before placing in the car. Since they can't wear a snowsuit/thick jacket in the car seat it was always nice to get my daughter's secured in the infant car seat and then cover them with blankets before going out in the cold and wind.
while i totally agree that overuse of buckets is a problem (i even had a EI therapist tell me that she thought overuse was related to gross motor delays well into toddlerhood) they do have their uses.
-getting a newborn into the car during "weather." we have street parking including a march down slippery stairs (with a toddler in tow.) it was crucial during midwestern winters...which won't be an issue this time.
-keeping a sleeping baby sleeping. if my babe fell asleep in the car and then woke up, it was the end of that nap, even if it was only 10 minutes.
-not everyone can babywear, especially for extended time periods and especially right after birth when core muscles are shot. i needed that bucket for grocery shopping. i could wear her for short or relaxed stints at home but after my back going out several times with me ending up immobile literally on the floor, i knew i couldn't be the mom that wore the kid everywhere like i had planned
- helpful baby containment device. while this where alot of people really tend to overuse, taking that bucket into the bathroom ensured that i got a shower everyday during that postpartum phase where you feel the yickiest. and on top of that i think the shower noise relaxed her so much that she often fell asleep (she was a horrible napper.) a bouncy chair could do the same job but i was trying to be minimal on gear.