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I am planning on using the bus some this summer with just me and my daughters. What is the safest way for us to ride? I know I will put DD1 in a seat w/ seatbelt if possible, but what about DD2 (6.5 monthes)? I will probably be carrying her, would she be safe in a carrier? What have other moms done with their babies on the bus? THANKS
 

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Do your buses have seatbelts? I've never been on a public transit vehicle that had seatbelts.<br><br>
I use the Ergo on the bus. We ride almost every day and have been in two minor fender benders with the baby safe and sound. It has worked well for us.
 

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I've never seen seatbelts on a bus before either (US or Europe). I've always kept dd in her stroller with wheels locked. We were never in a fender bender, but those drivers get crazy sometimes and we never had a problem.
 

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Yeah both of the instances we got shaken up a bit were because the driver slammed on their brakes. It's amazing how many motorists see a bus bearing down on them and think "I'll just slide in front of that!" Argh.
 

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Buses don't have seatbelts. Your options are limited <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Our buses don't have seat belts. Also, we aren't allowed to have an open stroller on the bus. (Sometimes they let you if it is really empty, but the rule is you have to close it)<br><br>
My advice is to insist the older child sits and holds onto a bar also. With the baby, wear her and try to sit yourself and hold on.<br><br>
2 hand-holds improves your stability immensely. (otherwise there is a tendency to swing around the pole in a sudden stop)
 

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I have taken public transit all over the US and have never seen buses with seatbelts, I say just have the kids sit in the seats and you will be fine.<br><br>
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In NYC there were no buckles, no belts ... not even really seats, unless you count very slippery plastic benches with tushie-shaped divets in 'em seats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
We were exclusively bus&subway folk and my kids were fine sitting in the seats or on my back/front in a carrier (wraps & ring slings). I let 'em sit by themselves on the seat once they insist on it, but the younger ones (say through the age of three) they learn fast that the rule is that I keep a hand physically on them at all times during the ride, either holding them by the tushie if they're on their knees looking out the window or with a hand in front of them if they're facing forward (aka sitting properly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br><br><br><br><br>
FWIW, my kids loved buses and trains. The people watching, the scenery ... nothin' beats it for entertainment value.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Try not to get too stressed about the whole car seat and buckles thing on public transport. You're not a neglectful parent for not insisting on a car seat on a bus. Trust me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Okay, I just remembered today that I had posted this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
They just started the bus service here, and actually my husband is the one pitching a fit (hence we haven't ridden yet) They have the smaller buses, like the ones that assisted living complexes have, which is why I think there may be seatbelts. He just doesn't understand why the girls have to have carseats in cars, but not on buses, so doesn't think it is very safe. He has never rode public transit before, so I think that is part of his problem.
 

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I don't know if I'll be able to get him to go by himself. Maybe I can have a riend watch the girls one day so we can ride it together.
 

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He has a hard time trusting strangers. He is very VERY cautious is towns, or anywhere near strangers.
 

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Wow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I wish you luck.
 

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Ok husbands issues aside (busses are made differently than cars. they are much safer).<br><br>
My babies stayed in strollers with seat belts on and wheels locked. They sat in the wheel chair space but we woul dhave to collapse the stroller and hold baby should someone in a wheel chair need that spot. These were the oppicial rules of having a stroller on the bus. Other wise I would have strapped them on in a carrier, or held them on my lap. My older kids sit next to me (there are no seat belts on any of our busses regardless of size) I was very firm with them about sitting on their bottoms and not playing around.
 

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You could try pointing out to your husband how few news articles he's seen about people on buses being injured, especially compared to people getting injured in cars. It all comes down to physics.<br><br>
You can take better care of kids while riding on a bus than in a car too, since cuddling is an option. And there are loads of other people to help distract and entertain them (maybe not a good argument with your husband).<br><br>
I've always ridden the bus with dd. She's either strapped to me, or sitting on my lap. Now she occasionally sits on a seat by herself. We've had crazy bus drivers, and some near accidents, but she's never gotten hurt.
 

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Def. no seatbelts in Chicago busses. Lucky to get a seat a lot of the time! Carrier worked great, but now DS gets a seat or sits on my lap. Soemtimes I sit and he stands between my legs (on a sidefacing seat). The bus really doesn't go very fast, and I've never even heard of an accident with a CTA bus with inuries short of a standing rider falling down. Which could happen on the sidewalk, frankly.
 

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I've ridden the bus in NYC and Chicago, so I'm not a bit worried about the bus here in our little town <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think DH may be okay with it now, but not willing to do it himself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I agree they are plenty safe on the bus.
 
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