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post #21 of 60
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Originally Posted by Selesai View Post
I cannot imagine an event so important as to require this mode of transportation.
I see what you are saying, OP. But I usually evaluate such situations (and much more minor ones) as: "If something happened to DC because of this, would I be able to forgive myself?"
That's a great way to think about it. And the answer is no... so, we'll figure something else out. Thanks for the input, guys.
post #22 of 60
Good call mama... There are a lot of other ways for him to get there that wouldn't be so risky!
post #23 of 60
No. And my dh is a very experienced motorcycle rider and there's no way in hell I'd let my toddler ride on a road like that. It doesn't matter that he's safe, its all the other people out there. Do you know how many motorcycle/vehicle crashes there are? People don't see motorcycles as well as cars, they just don't. And even with a helmet, there's absolutely no protection.

I would never allow that. Ever.
post #24 of 60
Oh my. No.

No, no, no, no. no.

Sorry mama. I'm sure your DH is super safe. But accidents are accidents and can happen to the safest of safe drivers.

In your heart, you know what the safest option is: it's not the flaky break van or a baby strapped to daddy on a motorcycle. My vote is for staying at home.
post #25 of 60
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Originally Posted by riaketty View Post
He said if anything felt loose or slipping, he'd stop immediately and re-tighten. He's also used the mei tai numerous times and is comfortable with how it feels, etc. He knows when it's on right, when it's tight, how it feels when it loosens, etc.
When you are driving you are distracted and that thing could slip in a nano-second. Consider the attitude of the cop the pulls him over when he sees a baby strapped to his chest on a motorcycle.

No.
post #26 of 60
Have dh give you a ride to wherever it is going and pick you up later in the day. Or rent a car if the event is that important. I would not be comfortable with a kid on a motorcycle in a mei tai.
post #27 of 60
No! No way.
post #28 of 60
No way in hell. Motorcycles scare the crap out of me anyway, but with a baby? No no no. No matter how responsible and safe he is, there are elements he has no control over- drunk drivers, animals in the road, etc.
post #29 of 60
Hell NO! PP posters have pretty much said what I feel.

LP
post #30 of 60
When I was a toddler, my dad would take me on his bike strapped to his chest with a bungee cord. I think a mei tai is an improvement on that.

post #31 of 60
Several answers come to mind:

Not a snowball's chance in hell.

Never ever.

No way.

It's not worth the risk for me. You would be safer putting the toddler in a car with no car seat because then at least if someone else hits you, there's your car between toddler and the road.
post #32 of 60
Nope. No way. Maybe he is a safe driver, but who knows about the other drivers?

I am a safe driver and was still hit head on by another driver. There was nothing I could have done to avoid her, it just happened.

Is the event that important that he can't find a safer way to get into town?
post #33 of 60
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Originally Posted by riaketty View Post
That's a great way to think about it. And the answer is no... so, we'll figure something else out. Thanks for the input, guys.



I ride a motorcycle and still can't imagine taking a baby wrapped to me on it. Since my kids are older now, we're thinking of getting a sidecar because the kids might think it's fun. But no way would I consider an infant, legal or not.
post #34 of 60
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Originally Posted by tboroson View Post
When I was a toddler, my dad would take me on his bike strapped to his chest with a bungee cord. I think a mei tai is an improvement on that.
post #35 of 60
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
over my dead body
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post #36 of 60
I just wanted to mention that at 13 months, your toddler's head still very much is large for the muscles in her neck. (This is one reason bicycle carriers are not recommended under a year of age, and the reason rear facing is safer).

With a helmet on, her head will be even heavier, even with the lighter weight DOT helmets (which of course are essential). Going over bumps could cause injury, and a slip or an accident could result in spinal cord damage - this is why it's important to keep the straps tight in a carseat; young children's necks have a very hard time with whiplash. I don't think a mai tai is going to support her neck.

And not to add smarmy advice or anything, if this is really the route to the hospital - in case of, say, head injury or back injury or even vomiting - it's really not in my opinion doable. I think getting the brakes fixed on the van needs to be a priority (easy to say from the outside, I know).
post #37 of 60
Some (not motor) bike shops will rent bikes and bike trailers for the day. Five miles isn't that far for Daddy to walk or bike himself.

I recently saw the immediate aftermath of a helmetless motorcyclist versus car at 30 mph. It was the car's driver's fault (she was making a U turn and didn't see the motorcycle) but it didn't really matter since the motorcyclist was dead. Count me in the no way in hell camp.
post #38 of 60
I know you probably have seen all the responses you want to but I figured I couldn't read and not reply.


Umm.. NO way!

I lost an uncle to a motorcycle accident, and he had his 12 yr old son with him. Luckily the son lived because he was behind my uncle. But he will never walk again.


Why not take a bus, bike ride, or even easier! Call a Cab!

Good Luck!
post #39 of 60
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post


I ride a motorcycle and still can't imagine taking a baby wrapped to me on it. Since my kids are older now, we're thinking of getting a sidecar because the kids might think it's fun. But no way would I consider an infant, legal or not.
Me, too. I'm a biker girl, all my life. But no way would I let my little ones on one unless in a sidecar! My sons were 5 or so before I let them hold on and go for a very slow ride around the (very private and small) block.

IF he got hit, dumped the bike or other tragedy, a 13 month old strapped to his chest has pretty much no chance of escaping.
post #40 of 60
ACK! NO! I've seen some crappy stuff in my days as a nurse that were the product of motorcycle accidents. Not good. Like really yucky not good. Go with those awesome momma bear instincts that you have and give him the big ole' negatory on that one.
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