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I remember seeing the article that bike riding with kids is not recommended until 12m or so because of bumps - do not remember exact age.<br>
Now, my baby will be 9 month old and we are planning to go for a quick vacation to hilton head where bikes are primary form of transportation. I feel stupid to rent a car in the city where all distances are 2-3 miles. At the same time I do not feel like walking to the beach 1-2 miles with all that baby staff. Thoughts?
 

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My understanding is it's a no no. Basically they need helmets and helmets aren't safe under a year (too heavy since their heads are already heavy)<br><br>
-Angela
 

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The last time we were in HH, we drove all over the island -- shops, restaurants, bookstores, etc. None were centrally-located close enough to our resort for bike access. But not knowing where you're staying, I can't say whether that would be the case for you.<br><br>
Regardless, I wouldn't take a 9 month old on a bike, either. Sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I wouldn't feel comfortble taking a 9 mo old on a bike. I have also read that helmets aren't to be used before one year.
 

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I would not consider bringing a 9mo on a bike either; too much jostling for their necks muscles. Think 'shaken baby symdrome.'<br><br>
For walking, have you considered and Ergo with the backpack accessory? Or maybe one parent can ride ahead with your gear and set up while the other walks (were you think of a bike trailer for hauling stuff? because getting gear places on a bike can be a challenge.)
 

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I ride with my nine-month-old. He wears a helmet, he holds his head up, he LOVES it. We ride only on smooth pavement (mostly bike paths), but really there is no visible jostling, and none that I can feel. I can't think of anything that will be different in terms of my baby's experience when he is 12 months old as compared to now. (That said, he is in many ways physically closer to a 12-month-old than most 9-month-olds I know. He can stand up in the middle of a room, and he's very solid. He also has a huge head so it was no trouble finding a helmet to fit him).<br><br>
I don't think all nine-month-olds are ready for bike riding, but some might be. Trust your instincts. I tormented myself for a while and asked many bike "experts" for their opinions about whether they thought I could bike with Zeben yet or not. Ultimately, the decision was up to me, and I feel good about it. Clearly, biking is never entirely safe, but there isn't much in life that is.<br><br>
We have the I-bert bike seat and we think it's pretty great.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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One year is an "imaginary number", it's not better to ride with your child at 13 mo than at 11 mo.<br><br>
If it'll make you feel better err on the side of caution and wait. If you're OK with it, make sure you get a baby helmet. None of the bike shops around me carry them - I'd look online!
 

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The guys at our bike shop say that before 18 months it's unsafe because of the way their still-forming skulls can get crushed in a fall.
 

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It is, sort of, I would call it a 'guideline' vs. 'imaginary.' It is very, very similar to the guideline for turning children FF at 12 month, minimum. Their neck strength is still developing, and their heads are disproportionately large for their bodies etc. So I disagree that two months of growth and maturity will not make a difference, the same as if someone said "why not turn the carseat early?... it's not any better to turn it at 13 months than at 11."
 

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Thanks for your opinions. I was thinking of bike tralers rather than seat attached to the bike. However after reading the responces I realized that finding a good fitted helmet is a biggest issue. Since we are on that issue, Any links to the stores that sells helmets for infants? Even if I am not going to do it now, we are planning another vacations when baby will be 13 m old and I want to have a helmet ready.
 

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5th, any good sporting goods stores will likely carry the small, 47cm size helmets, Toys 'R Us also carries them. This is marked for 12mo and up; whether it will fit your one-year-old depends on his head.<br><br>
Helmets.org has two pages really worth checking out:<br><br><a href="http://www.helmets.org/tiny.htm" target="_blank">http://www.helmets.org/tiny.htm</a> -- on small helmets<br><br><a href="http://www.helmets.org/little1s.htm" target="_blank">http://www.helmets.org/little1s.htm</a> -- on biking with little ones and comparing trailers to seats<br><br>
Enjoy your riding when the time comes.
 

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This is a hard question for me, because I'm a proponent of carseats back facing till 18 mo.....<br><br>
.......and fine with people riding, as safe as they can with babies.<br><br>
We use our bikes for transportation and are planning on using it more often now once we get a carrier for dd (7 mo).<br><br>
We can't ride the bus everywhere, and for us, it's a green thing not to use our car so much....<br><br>
It's a hard question. If anything were to happen, I'd never forgive myself. But I feel the same way if something happened in the car.<br><br>
I think it's a personal decision.... one based on LOTS of research. And, to follow research, serious development / serious injury is more likely to happen under 18 mo....<br><br>
good luck
 
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