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post #21 of 37
I also thought it was a great article. We will be using an infant seat because I think they have a place and purpose. I'm sure we will use it to transfer DC inside and outside of our house esp if sleeping, but other than that we plan to sling. Slinging just has its conveniences.
post #22 of 37
I do keep DS in the baby bucket for somethings. If he is sleeping, I will leave him in it. In the winter, I left him in the bucket w/ a bundle me when we went places. In restaurants he is next to me in a booth and I am interacting w/ him the entire time.

But most of the time I am wearing him and leave the bucket in the car. I love wearing him. I took our stroller to the zoo last week but ended up wearing him most of the time because I missed him! And he was a foot away in the stroller!
post #23 of 37
"Every time I see a baby screaming/crying in a baby seat in a stroller or shopping cart, I'm so tempted to tell that mom how much easier it would be to use a soft carrier."
Finch-you should. I used to nanny for my sister and her youngest is very high needs. Sometimes she liked to be carried but often she cried anyway. If someone had told me about an easier way to carry her, I would have been grateful. Some people just don't know.



"Also, for me personally, I have pretty limited options as to baby carriers. I have a Snuggli carrier that we use from time to time but Evan is uncomfy in it, so we don't use it for long outings. I live in a town where it's IMPOSSIBLE to find any other carriers, and I'm waiting for my next trip out to the next city to us so I can buy a wrap carrier."

EvansMommy, if you can get to a fabric store and find some discount fabric, you can make yourself a wrap pretty easily and cheaply. That's what I had to do. If you find the right material, you don't even have to sew anything.
Look on Mamatoto.orgr for instructions. For me, it was a lifesaver.


I personally like my infant car seat for eating out. It gives them a clean place to sit while I eat. Dh and I would take turns holding her and when our food came, we could both eat. When she got big enough to sit in a highchair, we'd take a couple blankets to pack around her. We didn't leave her in it endlessly, but it was nice to be able to eat and talk tto dh without worrying about her hands getting into something hot. I also liked it for the shopping cart till she could sit up a little. The other thing I liked about the travel system was going back to church. Everyone thinks that since they're "family" they can touch all the newborns. We would put her in and close both covers while fellowshipping and then take her out and sling her during church then put her back when it was time to go. We did this till she was a couple months old. I felt like it kept the germs away since she was born in October and there seems to be more germs that time of year. People always assumed she was sleeping and didn't mess with her in there. I've had people reach into a sling (sometimes total strangers), touching my boob and mess with her. Even had one lady try to scoop her out and hold her. While she was asleep. But she much preferred tto ride on my back in a wrap till she decided her stroller was great fun, now it's walking. Just my 2 cents on the subject.
post #24 of 37
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Originally Posted by JoyofBirth
"Every time I see a baby screaming/crying in a baby seat in a stroller or shopping cart, I'm so tempted to tell that mom how much easier it would be to use a soft carrier."
Finch-you should. I used to nanny for my sister and her youngest is very high needs. Sometimes she liked to be carried but often she cried anyway. If someone had told me about an easier way to carry her, I would have been grateful. Some people just don't know.
You don't think that would be rude/pushy of me? I have people make comments and approach me a LOT when I have ds in the sling (positive comments always), so I talk to them about it when they ask, but I'd feel funny about going up to a random stranger.
post #25 of 37
This has been the disagreement between one of the BTDT moms at church and me. She thinks I hold/wear DD too much. If DH brings the baby in the church or whereever we are in the bucket, this mom will argue with me about why I should leave her in the seat. This isn't even when DD is sleeping! She thinks I should leave her in there when she is awake!

I really only use the bucket when we go to a resturant since DD is so little she can't sit in a high chair yet and it is hard to hold her and eat....but when she is crying that is what happens anyway.
post #26 of 37
nak

I LOVED the article as well we never use a car seat outside the car for either of the babies, I always found an alternate way to keep them safe (including at work) and when they were tired, they went to sleep in the sling/carrier or in someones arms and we were all happy and close my now 6 month old is probably our last, so i cherish all the extra cuddles i had and still get while holding my babes..... I shop alone with my 2 kids, eat out a few times a week (at least ) go on constant walks, meetings, etc...and love knowing the babies are up and out and a part of everything.

I never even bought an 'infant' seat, it seemed wasteful to me to purchase multiple seats when there is a safe convertible option....rather than one that was to be disposed of after a few months.
post #27 of 37
I didn't get a "bucket" because of all the AP stuff I'd read, and now I regret it! I just think it would be so convenient to be able to quickly swing into the store for something while dd is sleeping in the car seat! I also haven't really gotten the hang of any of the carriers yet (dd is only 1 month old), so maybe carrying her will get easier.
post #28 of 37
Finch, I think whether it is rude or pushy is not in the fact that you are doing it. It's in how you do it. I've found the best way is anecdotal (is that a word?) Like I say, oh poor baby and then ttell the mom about my sister's baby and how I wish I had known then what I know now about carriers and ask her if she knew about different options for carrying her baby. If they're not interested, they'll say so and you can just say ok have a nice day or something similarly friendly. If you don't have that experience, you could say something like my baby is so much happier in the sling. Just try not to imply that it's something they're doing wrong. Like don't say anything like you should try carrrying the baby. It's better to put it on the baby. A mom of an oft-screraming infant is probably already wondering what kind of terrible parentt she is that she can't get her baby to stop crying. I got to be this way witht my niece and often cried along with her.
post #29 of 37
I absolutely defend the buckets when they have their (limited) use. Stuffing a big, bundled baby into an ergo on a freezing day when he had just outgrown his baby seat was a huge pain. That said, it really pains me to see so many babies in carseats getting pushed around in shopping carts, crying half the time. It's the easiest stage to sling them, too. I also hate to see babies sitting in them alone in a room, with no one near them. It drives me bananas, actually.
post #30 of 37
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Originally Posted by Finch
Every time I see a baby screaming/crying in a baby seat in a stroller or shopping cart, I'm so tempted to tell that mom how much easier it would be to use a soft carrier.

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Ya know? I've never thought of this. But, you are right. I have NEVER seen an infant in walmart crying in a carrier. But, I see them screaming their tiny lungs out in their stroller/carseat all the time.
post #31 of 37
Okay, I loved the intent of the article - to promote the use of soft carriers instead of carseats for transporting infants. I am totally on board with that sentiment.

However, and I find this with a lot of Mothering articles, why do they have to add in the stupidest reasons why car seats are bad for carrying a baby around in? Like the comment that you might trip over them? Come on! There are so many good reasons why throw in silly ones like that?? That just bothered me, especially because I wanted to send the article to a pregnant friend and I wish it was better written so as to be sure of convincing her!
post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by Enudely
I didn't get a "bucket" because of all the AP stuff I'd read, and now I regret it! I just think it would be so convenient to be able to quickly swing into the store for something while dd is sleeping in the car seat! I also haven't really gotten the hang of any of the carriers yet (dd is only 1 month old), so maybe carrying her will get easier.
It will. I couldn't master the sling at first, so why not try a bjorn? Very user friendly, and ds loved it. You can pop 'em into it as you're walking into the store (which I'm now able to do with the sling).
post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by Enudely
I didn't get a "bucket" because of all the AP stuff I'd read, and now I regret it! I just think it would be so convenient to be able to quickly swing into the store for something while dd is sleeping in the car seat! I also haven't really gotten the hang of any of the carriers yet (dd is only 1 month old), so maybe carrying her will get easier.
I had trouble with my sling at 1 month too. so I got a wrap. which I also had trouble with. now my baby is 3 months and I have mastered the fcc in the wrap, am working on the bsc, and can efficently pop her in and out of my rs and pouch (useually in a t2t position, its easier then any kind of laying down way). I can also nurse in all of my carriers now, something that I struggled with at first.

I got the dvd from tummy2tummy.com I think that really helped being able to watch video instructions and pause or backup as I needed to.
post #34 of 37
popping in to add - when my baby was new, he would stay asleep when i transferred him from the carseat to the sling. i NEVER carried the bucket with my second child. what a pain.
post #35 of 37
I loved that they had this article! I nanny and the little guy is in a sling almost all day. I sometimes will pop the carseat on a cart to grocery shopp, but honestly? It's easier when It's all of us (3yo, 5yo, 2.5 mo) to have him in the sling. I can leave the cart to grab a wandering child easier than if baby was in the the cart!
post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by zinemama
There is no way I would ever have woken a sleeping baby by taking him out of the carseat once he'd fallen asleep. The ability to transfer them into the house without disturbing them, and then to be able to snooze on the couch myself, was priceless.
I really liked this article, too. I never had one of the infant carrier/carseats that you could remove. We used a convertible seat for both our girls. There were handful of times I wish I'd had a removable seat, but overall, it wasn't necessary.

I don't know how parents of more than one can haul one of those around, though. I don't think I could have survived without my wrap. Then I could hold my oldest's hand and baby was secure next to me. My back would be out of whack if I had to haul a carseat around!
post #37 of 37
I don't even have a baby bucket-style carseat. I opted to save my family some money and just bought a convertible car seat that stays in the car. If baby falls asleep I still pick him up and put him in the sling. Babies need and deserve to be held, awake or asleep.
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