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DD is terrified of riding in bike seat!

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For a lot of reasons, mostly amounting to laziness and a hectic schedule, I only have just now gotten a rear-mounted bike seat for my DD to ride in (she just turned 2). It has a little handlebar for her to hold on to. On the short ride home from the bike store, while she freaked a little at first, she calmed down and almost seemed to enjoy it. But a couple of days later I thought I'd take her for a slightly longer (gentle!) ride, and she. was. inconsolable. Kicking her legs so I couldn't get her into the seat. I finally coaxed her in, thinking that if I just walked her around in it she might start to enjoy it, but no. I only walked her about twenty feet and the whole time she was sobbing, saying "No mama! Down! I scared!"

 

I'm bummed because a)I would like to use my bike for transportation more and it would be nice to not have to carry/walk her everywhere and b)I remember having fun on the back of my mom's bike and had these idealized images of DD and I going for long rides in the beautiful weather. Not to mention the seat cost $$! But she was so upset I don't know if I can even get her back in it.

 

Anyone else been through this? Did your LO warm up to it?

 

p.s. If there's somewhereelse I should post this, let me know--I wasn't sure.

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I have a cargo bike so my LO hasn't been in a kids bike seat per se, but we bike a lot (started when she was about 1.5). From what I've experienced, if my daughter is tired, hungry, or not going where she wants to go (lol) she will sit there and cry the whole time! And she loves riding! I have a Madsen cargo bike btw.

Ask her if she'd like to take a friend along for the ride, a stuffy or doll, and make sure she's got a juice box for the road wink1.gif

Also consider the bike seat might be uncomfortable, so maybe look at it carefully in case there is something poking her.

There is an online message board called Bikeforums, and you might enjoy posting there too.

Check out this mama's blog: humofthecity.com
it's very inspiring!
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Originally Posted by FloridaBorn View Post

I have a cargo bike so my LO hasn't been in a kids bike seat per se, but we bike a lot (started when she was about 1.5). From what I've experienced, if my daughter is tired, hungry, or not going where she wants to go (lol) she will sit there and cry the whole time! And she loves riding! I have a Madsen cargo bike btw.

Ask her if she'd like to take a friend along for the ride, a stuffy or doll, and make sure she's got a juice box for the road wink1.gif

Also consider the bike seat might be uncomfortable, so maybe look at it carefully in case there is something poking her.

There is an online message board called Bikeforums, and you might enjoy posting there too.

Check out this mama's blog: humofthecity.com
it's very inspiring!


Hey, thanks for the tips and the forum/blog suggestion. I'll check them out! I think she's scared because she's not used to the motion and speed and doesn't feel very secure. She's only ever been carried in a baby carrier or in a stroller. I'm going to keep trying, but I don't want to force it--my sense is that she'll learn to like it, but I don't want to traumatize her in the process!

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