Bike seat and helmet for newborn...do they exist?

(39 Posts)
ODog Sun 24-Jan-16 16:57:36

Just that really. I have only ever seen seats for 6m+ or sitting babies but we would really like to be able to take our new baby out on bike rides when she arrives in May. Maybe not straight away but at some point before the weather gets bad again as DS loves going out on the bikes in the baby seat.

Would one of the little trailers be suitable for a newborn? Not sure I would feel comfortable with a tiny baby alone in a trailer though.... Just wondered if anyone had any experience? TIA

IWannaBeAPopstar Sun 24-Jan-16 16:59:25

Nonononono. Absolutely unsafe. Their necks aren't strong enough for a helmet, and they would e.jostled about far too much in a bike seat or trailer. I understand your desire to go on family bike rides, but I'm afraid you'll have to wait until baby is a year old.

KatoPotato Sun 24-Jan-16 17:00:15

This makes me feel anxious. What about a proper car seat inside a covered trailer? Or a proper sling? Gives me the shudders

MigGril Sun 24-Jan-16 17:00:33

I think you can get trailers that you can put the baby car seats in.

IWannaBeAPopstar Sun 24-Jan-16 17:02:42

The baby will get shaken around too much. Bikes and trailers don't have enough (or any) shock absorption. Babies are not big/strong enough to cope with it. Please just wait until next spring. It isn't worth it.

SmallLegsOrSmallEggs Sun 24-Jan-16 17:06:38

You can get a cargo bike and put a baby carseat in it but other than that as PP say no! Babies should be in a age appropriate buggy or carseat when travelling.

Even 6 months is IME a bit young for mist trailers. They will love it when older though - many a day out with dts in double trailer.

Piffpaffpoff Sun 24-Jan-16 17:09:40

I'm sure one of the really expensive trailers can take a special baby sling adaption for a young (not newborn) baby but it was mega expensive. I waited until DD was 12mo before putting her in a trailer and even then, she was surrounded by cushions. I know you are desperate to get out (I remember the feeling well!) but it's only one summer. Sorry, I know it's not what you hear.

Whatdoidohelp Sun 24-Jan-16 17:14:00

Are you series? Babies need to be flat, they can't support their heads. Even in a car seat there is a max time they can be in it due to neck compression. You'd be a fool to take a newborn out on a road on a bloody bike.

MigGril Sun 24-Jan-16 17:14:47

I think everyone being a bit alarmist. If a bike trailer is a bit bumpy then surely a pushchair is to. Maybe wait a couple of months, but a car seat in a good bike trailer I don't see why not. Often these can have an extra wheel added to be converted into pushchairs. Always wished if had one like that, just unhitch from your bike then off you go shopping. I bet the ducth have them, you see load like these in Cambridge.

IWannaBeAPopstar Sun 24-Jan-16 17:16:27

How fast do bikes go vs walking speed? IMO it isn't comparable. Why risk it?

Artandco Sun 24-Jan-16 17:17:30

You can use a trailer with a baby sling seat inside

A few options. If you have another child who is small look at getting a double options

Like this triobike mono. Add the baby seat and can have baby and toddler in at once

triobike.com/projects/babyseat/

NorthernLurker Sun 24-Jan-16 17:18:12

You can use a trailer and car seat but I would wait till they are at least 3 months. Apart from anything else you need to take it easy on your ligaments immediately post birth too.

SuperCee7 Sun 24-Jan-16 17:19:32

No. Just wait a few months. Get someone to watch the baby or have someone else go out with DS.

Gunting Sun 24-Jan-16 17:20:14

This is a crazy idea.

The comparison to pushchairs is silly. Bikes are atleast 4 X faster than walking and roads have potholes and cars.

Plus if you're putting a car seat into a trailer what are you going to secure it with? They need to be secured by isofix or a seat belt in a car.

Artandco Sun 24-Jan-16 17:21:35

Also Thule trailers do both a baby bag and baby sling to add inside to make it suitable from younger. Can get single or double options

Doublebubblebubble Sun 24-Jan-16 17:21:45

Are you series? Babies need to be flat, they can't support their heads. Even in a car seat there is a max time they can be in it due to neck compression. You'd be a fool to take a newborn out on a road on a bloody bike

^ this. It is 100 00000 % not something you can do with a newborn... If you want to go out take baby in a pram xx

Lolly86 Sun 24-Jan-16 17:22:42

No just no. please don't try it

IWannaBeAPopstar Sun 24-Jan-16 17:23:23

www.helmets.org/little1s.htm

Not being alarmist. Professionals state is unsafe before age 1.

madwomanbackintheattic Sun 24-Jan-16 17:25:03

Chariot carriers do supports for their trailers. Not sure what age from, though.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Sun 24-Jan-16 17:26:54

Fuck no
Are you crazy?

Artandco Sun 24-Jan-16 17:27:47

www.thule.com/en/za/products/active-with-kids/bike-trailers-and-seats/bike-trailer-and-seat-accessories/thule-infant-sling-_-20101000

They say this is for 1-10 months. You can see how it attaches in trailer if you slide pictures to next ones

elQuintoConyo Sun 24-Jan-16 17:31:37

Christ, just the thought of sitting on a bike with a newborn makes me wince!

But yes to pp ^ I would wait until child is 1yo+

mudandmayhem01 Sun 24-Jan-16 17:34:37

It is considered perfectly normal in the Netherlands, using an appropriate tralier BUT Their cycling infrastructure does allow traffic free cycling.

TeaPleaseLouise Sun 24-Jan-16 17:35:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ratherworriednow Sun 24-Jan-16 17:38:10

We took dd2 out in a trailer with her carrytot strapped into it when she was 2 weeks old (and beyond). Only on traffic-free routes though. She's 19 now.

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