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Although this is somewhat opinion-based as there are both minivans and SUVs which fit the bill, the advantages of the minivan over the SUV are: they are purpose built people carriers so they have features like sliding doors and removable and re-configurable seats that SUVs don't have, or at least not to the same level they are generally cheaper to own, ...


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There really is no substitute for taking the entire family, including rear-facing car seat, for test drives. Go to a crowded parking lot, park with cars on both sides, then get everyone out and back in. Think about groceries. Think about vacations. Think about if a friend or relative comes with you. Try all the seats yourself, because your 12 year-old ...


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We did this for a while. It highly depends on the public infrastructure that you have available. Easier in Europe than most US cities. Somethings that worked Twin stroller, we had one with front and rear seats Bicycle trailer (pulled by hand, not by bike). Groceries in the trailer, kids riding on top, sometimes tied to the handle. They can take turns. ...


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Assuming you're talking about a baby carrier, Yes. You can wear an 11 month old on your back. Some details: It is recommended by Babywearing International that you wait until a baby can sit unassisted or with minimal assistance before putting him or her on your back. This is because being able to sit indicates a level of neck & trunk control that ...


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We had both an Odyssey and a Pilot at the same time. I have to say, the Pilot was my dream car, but the back seat was only functional, i.e. not comfortable for long trips. Also, less room for said long trips. But the 4WD in the winter, the towing capacity, the visibility, etc., are a lovely memory. The Odyssey was a much more comfortable car to travel ...


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A sling is a traditional baby carrier made from a large piece of cloth and tied in a manner that secures a baby / small child to an adult. Carriers like the baby bjorn etc are modern or more engineered versions of a sling. They do the same job and may have some conveniences like plastic clips or may just use branding and advertising to make them seem ...


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I frequently front-carried my children (from newborn through toddlerhood) for hours at a time. However, we had a sling and so they were more curled up: no dangling legs until they were older (around the time they had neck control and wanted to be looking around all the time). I'm therefore making some guesses when I say it should be safe. I did read over ...


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The minivan, in my opinion (Joe), is the way to go. I agree it is not the sporty vehicle we aspire to drive but when it comes to hauling (four) kids around, it is the easiest, most convenient, comfortable way to go. I recommend the Toyota Sienna with seating for 8. It has three removable seats in the middle so you can remove any of them for the ease of ...


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This would be one of those situations where I'd suggest the use of a wraparound sling (like the Kari-Me) as an addition to your existing double-buggy. That way you can carry the youngest one comfortably initially and later when the eldest is walking more and further it is small and light enough to keep with you for when they get tired (or just need ...


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I think there are two aspects to your question which need to be considered: Carrying a baby in general (using any type of carrier) Your particular baby carrier Regarding point 1, carrying a baby using a baby carrier is thought to be good for the baby in many ways, especially for a newborn. It is especially popular in attachment parenting and often referred ...


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Family is in same dilemma we have a Traverse which is nice but with 4 kids cargo space is tight in the car and hard to have friends ride with kids. We are now looking at the Odyssey and Siena due to 8 passenger configuration, wish the T&C had 8 seats. Wife is now coming around that the mini-van might be more practical due to extra space and room for ...


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Investing in a carrying device is a good choice - it allows you freedom of movement without a stroller and most babies love being close to a parent's body. With regard to the grandparents' concern, if the head doesn't "flop around" when you move, you should be fine. If you carry your child in your arms, you probably do so in a (semi-)upright position anyway ...


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Women have been carrying newborns in a cloth wrap/sling since about... forever. Carriers are virtually modified slings, with some added safety measures. Both are deemed safe. Especially if you use them for only limited amount of time and from time to time, which is probably the case. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/...


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A one year old is too old for a carrying car seat, or will soon be. Most of those max out at 30 inches or less; in the US, a boy will reach 30 inches on average on his first birthday, with a 95% range of 8 months to 16 months, and a girl not too different from that, according to the CDC Growth Charts. We're talking about a sitting-up carseat here. The ...


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IIRC, we had a car seat that was also one of those carry things. I think it also may have connected to a stroller? Anyway I imagine they are expensive (Ours was gift), and while made things easier, not a need at all. I don't think we ever actually put him in a full on snow suit + carseat. That was more for in the stroller/walks/etc. If he's not ...


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I don't think you have any great options. I don't know of any convertible (toddler) car seats that easily double as a stroller. Options, however, may include: Trying to start/end your journey somewhere it can be stored, like luggage storage at public train stations. If you have set time away and use a regular company, can they store the seat for you? I ...


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I don't know what kind of carrier you had in mind, but these are definitely safe from 1 month onwards: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a559735/buying-a-sling-or-front-carrier


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I used the baby bjorn carrier with my daughter and never had a problem. I will say that in the summer time I just put her in a short sleeve onesie and that was it. All babies are different though. Your baby maybe a little bit bigger than my daughter was, when I used it and maybe his tummy rubs more on the the carrier while you're walking, causing friction ...


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When our son was that small we strapped his carseat into the trailer seat, to the trailer frame. Between the carseat and the trailer frame I was comfortable with his level of safety even without a helmet (e.g. had the trailer somehow rolled over, the trailer would keep him from dragging on the ground). We only rode on bike paths, not streets, but honestly ...


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I imagine at 14 months, your child's neck is pretty good but I doubt it's up to the weight of a helmet for any length of time. Add to it the helmet is poor fitting, and the cyclist in me cries. Even following all of the guides.. rim above the eyes, rear edge on the right above the neck...straps go around the ears etc, etc. a helmet even for the right age ...


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My wife and I worried about this with our son for his first winter at home. Mainly because only weighed 15lbs at 14 months (preemie), and the temperature was hanging out around 16 Fahrenheit. We tried bundling in winter clothes but he would overheat. If he was going in his car seat the most we could put on him was long sleeve onesie, some pants, and shoes....


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One thing worth pointing out is that children that young have the brilliant feature where if they are cold they will tell someone about it; they don't get as deeply distracted as older children do. You clearly care about your son and keeping him warm, which means you will respond if he's not happy. If he's ok with being transported to a warm car in a coat ...


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