Ok so one thing I haven't really touched on on here.. is something I hold near and dear to my heart. MY BIKE! As a Green Mommy... and long before the Mommy part came along I have been riding a bike. Now I don't mean I ride a bike recreationly or for fun. Yes it is fun but my bicycle is my mode of transportation. My husband and I do not own a car. Partly because we don't have the money to afford upkeep and gas and partly because of the environment.
I ride everywhere! I love my bike like it's an extension of me. I could not imagine a day without it! There is something so amazing about riding. The wind in your hair, splashing through shallow puddles, the smell of fresh cut grass and flowers in the air, the adrenaline as you peddle faster and faster!
My bike is for our family a way to walk our dog, take our son places, get groceries...ect. When we knew we were having a baby one of the first things I did was look into bike carts. As soon as I could I bought one. I love it. Not only is it a great way to get out of the house with my son but it can haul quite a few groceries home too!
I really can not express the enjoyment I get from my trips around town on my bike with my little guy in tow. If you read this blog and enjoy the green tips I really must say, at least during the summer try putting your car in the garage and biking your little guy or girl around town. It's good for you, your baby, and the environment!
Here is a little how to on bike carts. There are many kinds, most are pretty similar. find one that's right for your needs. Mine is an "Instep Take 2".
It holds 2 children or with slight adjustments 1 child. It has five point harnesses and even trunk space. The passenger area is big enough for two children to play easily. Most bike carts state not to use before the child is one year old. My son is about 9 months now and we started using ours when he turned 8 months. However he is quite large for his age. He wears a size 18 months and weighs about 21 lbs. I believe it is up to the parent. If you have a child who is the size of a 2 year old and he is only 7 or 8 months old and you feel it is safe... go ahead. Just be careful. Don't use a helmet unless it is small enough for a 1 yr old. A helmet that is too heavy can severely hurt a small babies neck and head.
As far as the bike goes it doesn't matter much although I personally recommend cruisers. I am much more comfortable with foot brakes and the wide tires make for a smoother ride for baby. You don't want to use a bike built for speed when you are towing a small child. You want a bike built for transport and comfort and a cruiser is both of those. I personally own the Schwinn Windwood. It is a great bike!
Have you looked at the xtracycle? If I could bike (I have a broken tailbone), I think I'd get one. I've spent a lot of time just looking at the pictures labeled 'kids' on this site: http://www.xtracyclegallery.com/ReplyDelete
I just love the engineering of it.