Taking a charter bus w/baby? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 10 Old 08-01-2007, 07:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
LittleGriff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Republic of Cascadia
Posts: 187
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi,

I am starting graduate school in September and am required to attend a 3 day retreat to kick things off. My son will be 10 weeks old by then and luckily I have gotten them to let me bring him (and my mom for child care!) along too. The trick is that I am required to take a charter bus provided by the school. Is there any way to safely secure his car seat on the bus? My mom and he could drive separately but it would really be nicer for the 3 of us if we could all just take the bus together. (Chicago to Lake Geneva, WI, 1 hr 45 min according to Google) We have a Graco infant seat, presumably a SnugRide (got it from a friend so don't quite remember the exact model).

Any thoughts?

Thanks so much,
Jennifer

Mother of two since 2007 and 2009. Hoping third time's a charm in 2012.

LittleGriff is offline  
#2 of 10 Old 08-01-2007, 08:04 PM
 
nausicaamom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: babymooning
Posts: 1,766
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check with the charter company first - they may not have the liability insurance for a child young/small enough to require a car seat to ride the bus. This happened recently to a friend of mine - the shop sponsoring the trip had no problem with her daughter riding on her lap, but the charter company said no.
nausicaamom is offline  
#3 of 10 Old 08-07-2007, 11:23 PM
 
LucyJaynesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hi, I have to respond to this.

We just got back from a Disney cruise, and can you believe they wanted me to hold my 10 month old on my lap for the 45 - 50 minute bus ride from the port to the airport!!!! : : My husband and I were furious. I mean, Disney of all companies, to try to make us do something that I felt SO unsafe doing. We ending up paying over $300 in round trip taxi fare from Orlando to Port Canaveral and back. I couldn't believe it! There were ppl just getting on the bus with babe in arms like lemmings, looking at us like we were crazy. I need to write letters but just haven't had a moment yet.
LucyJaynesmom is offline  
#4 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 03:10 PM
 
ccohenou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,797
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The safety profile of buses is much different from that of cars.
I recently specifically chose to take a bus on a longish trip rather than drive, so that I could hold my baby rather than have her stuck in a carseat the whole time. And took the city bus instead of cabs while we were there.
ccohenou is offline  
#5 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 03:51 PM
 
thepeach80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,203
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Charter buses have no seatbelts of any kind. The chance that you'll get into a crash in that bus, let alone a deadly one are VERY low. If you choose to take baby on the bus, I probably would't blink an eye. For a trip that long though, I would probably have mom take him in the car. We are going to Disney next month and I was so worried about taking the Disney bus for the longest time, but now we're flying into Jacksonville so we have to rent a car anyways. Whew.

Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)

thepeach80 is offline  
#6 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 10:53 PM
 
LucyJaynesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccohenou View Post
The safety profile of buses is much different from that of cars.
Could you direct me to this information? I would really like to read about it. Thanks!!
LucyJaynesmom is offline  
#7 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 10:58 PM
 
ccohenou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,797
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is specifically about school buses, but applies to any large bus:
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/saf...us/safebus.htm
ccohenou is offline  
#8 of 10 Old 08-08-2007, 11:15 PM
 
thepeach80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,203
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The safety features on buses only work for a person who is at least 4 and 40#, it won't work for a baby. The safest thing about buses is their size.

Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)

thepeach80 is offline  
#9 of 10 Old 08-09-2007, 12:10 AM
 
Momily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ccohenou View Post
This is specifically about school buses, but applies to any large bus:
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/saf...us/safebus.htm
I'm not sure that's true. School buses are made very differently from "regular" buses -- the seat backs are much higher, and they're padded to provide "containment" in case of an accident. The add extra weight to the bottom of the bus to prevent roll-overs, and they paint them yellow and add lights to make them more visible. The result is that a child on a school bus, not in a seatbelt is 7 times as safe as a child in a seatbelt in a car.

I don't know what the statistics are for regular buses, but I do know that they aren't the same as school buses.

Having said that, I rode city buses with my son as an infant all the time, and felt quite safe doing so.
Momily is offline  
#10 of 10 Old 08-09-2007, 01:29 AM
 
intorainbowz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Crying into my Diet Coke.
Posts: 3,037
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We rode the shuttle busses with DD between our hotel and Disneyland. I put it in the same category as public buses... meaning no car seat required or even able to be used. I guess I don't see the big deal about children on buses as it is a fact of life. There is no way to restrain a child on a bus.
intorainbowz is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off