Car that is....
The weather here is getting nicer, and I am gearing up for the argument with my husband where I say "no, the baby CAN'T take a ride in the back of your mother's convertible because I don't think its safe."
Last summer I was able to avoid this argument all together because she was brand new, and everyone understood that I wasn't comfortable with her riding in any car but mine, but my mother-in-law has already started making noises about how she can't wait for the weather to get nicer so that we can all go for a ride with the top down.
Now, while my MIL is a very well meaning woman, her actions are sometimes questionable, AND she is rather sensitive to criticism. So, my husband doesn't want to hurt her feelings by saying no, and he thinks I am over reacting when I say that it's not safe for a baby barely a year old to ride in the back of a convertible. Especially with the top down.
So tell me, am I over reacting? I acknowledge that they have made adjustments in the body of the car to compensate for the fragility of the roof, but isn't that really for adult passengers? Or am I just biased because I don't particularly like my MIL, and will admittedly nit-pick her actions to death to find fault (in regards to her interaction with my daughter, nothing else)
I know you have posted links to crash test videos showing the effectiveness of extended rear facing carseats... are there any crash test videos involving infant seats and top down convertibles? Anything I can take to him and say, "See, I'm not crazy. Other people think this too, and I can prove it"?
Even on the off chance that it is completely safe travel wise, doesn't all that road dust get in your eyes??
As for just saying no, and leaving it at that- I'd be ok with that, even if it hurt her feelings. However, we live downstairs from her and see her on a daily basis, AND my husband doesn't like it when she sulks, so I'd most likely come home from class one day to find him on the roof cleaning gutters while MIL and the baby are cruising with the top down.
Anyway- anything you can help me find would be appreciated.