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Update on my baby girl in the trailer...(5 posts)

Update on my baby girl in the trailer...DT
Jan 27, 2002 9:07 PM
We had such nice weather here today that I decided to put together the bike trailer for my little baby girl, Abby, who is two and a half months old. I know, I know, she's way too young! But we live on an Air Force base, and there's very little traffic here, and the traffic that is here is great about bikes/joggers, etc. The max speed limit on base is 30 mph. I strapped her car-seat in the trailer (trust me...it wouldn't budge if an elephant hit us!), strapped her in the car seat (just as if she were in the car), and attached the orange flag to the trailer. We then hooked it up to our tandem, and rode a leisurely 12mph for 10 miles around the neighborhoods (speed limit of 15mph) and out by the flightline. She loved it!! We heard today about a Rails to Trails that's 39 miles long south of us, and we're planning a weekend trip down there soon when the weather's nice again.
re: Update on my baby girl in the trailer...Scot_Gore
Jan 27, 2002 11:11 PM
DT,
Glad you had fun. Now, please do me a favor and check with your pediatrician regarding if they think the repeative jarring of the cracks, curbs, potholes, expansion joints, and other road hazards pose any risk for a child this young. I'm no expert (I'm just a over protective dad, like you) but at two and half months I don't think the skull cap is done hardening and the brains place and attachment may still be "under construction". All the bouncing around may cause damage. This isn't the kind of injury that will make a child cry or cause specific symptoms. I'm thinking of long term development brain being imparied.

The suspension system on the best bike trailer I ever saw couldn't hold a candle to the one on the cheapest car I ever saw. Trailers pass allot of the road straight to the passenger, just like your bike.

Be safe, ask an expert.

Scot
re: Update on my baby girl in the trailer...xxl
Jan 28, 2002 6:42 AM
You really, really, should wait a few months for your baby girl's neck muscles to become more fully developed before you take her out in the trailer. Burley recommends not before 6 months/baby sits up, and I have to agree. If you're skeptical, here's an eye-opening experience: ride another bike, next to your daughter's trailer, and watch her head bob up and down on even minor bumps; her neck is just not ready yet. Play it safe, and take her for a walk instead, just for a few months.
Taking your daughter on the bike trail is one of the very best things you can do for her, especially at her young age. The visual stimulation, fresh air, and closeness to the parent give her just about optimal kid-raising conditions. Pack a lunch in the trailer, and that 39-mile RTC would be the perfect family afternoon. Plus, think how very cool it would be to blow by some pseudo-racer while you're shaking a baby trailer in his face (hey, it could happen; it is a tandem, right?)

One useful tip: Buy one of those "neck ring" pillows, to help support your daughter's neck when she falls asleep on your rides. Enjoy!
All good things to think about...DT
Jan 28, 2002 6:31 PM
We do have one of those neck ring pillows in her car seat...I think, given the suggestions here on the board, we'll ask our doc about it. The RTC is new, so it should be really smooth, and it'll be another month or so before we get down there. Thanks, all! :o)
Nice Job!Andante
Jan 28, 2002 8:41 AM
We started our kids in the burley around that age. Just put them in the infanct carrier, and lock that into the trailer. There is no stress to the child, and they either love it, or sleep. We never had a bad experince with either child. The kids are 18 months and 3 years now, and ride on our tandem (heavily modified as seen on http://www.precisiontandems.com/homepage.htm. The other posters are just afraid that your child will grow up and be able to drop thier kids!!!