Baby On Board – Only September is Baby Safety Month — 7 Comments

  1. Hee! Oh, yeah, baby equipment is just fraught with peril. We sleep with our babies in our bed, and my mother-in-law is constantly cutting out articles and mailing them to us about how unsafe and dangerous that is — meanwhile, attachment parenting experts believe that CRIBS are unsafe and dangerous. And don’t get me started on car seats! They are constantly being recalled. I’ve given up keeping track. When I was a kid, people rode in the car with their babies in their laps, and most of us survived it.

  2. I kinda figured from some of the comments I’ve read that you have some friends that don’t approve of your sleeping arrangements either.
    Heck, when I was a kid, we rode on the ledge in the back window! And the cars had metal dashboards with killer knobs sticking out.
    Did your mom ever do the “my arm will save you” move?

  3. Don’t forget ridin’ in the beds of pickups at 50-70 mph before the limit was lowered yrs ago. I can remember bein’ in the backseat of my parents convertible at the age of 3…ponytail flappin’ in the breeze, and NO seatbelt, carseat, NUTHIN’ while my Mom flew like a bat outta you-know-where down the highway. I’m STILL surprised I didn’t fly out the back like my kitty did on the way home from Grandma’s one day.

  4. Angela: Thanks for the reminder. My dad made us sit down, but my brother didn’t give a crap what we did. Great title for children’s book:
    Kitty Goes Flying.

  5. My mom STILL did that “my arm will save you” move until she stopped driving — if she came to a sudden stop, the arm came up instinctively. The same went if we crossed a street together; into my twenties, she would reach for my hand by reflex as we started across the street.

    As for seatbelts, remember the days when the seatbelts didn’t retract? Back in the ’60s, my dad got sick of it and cut all the seatbelts out of one of our cars. No seatbelt laws in those days . . .

  6. Ha! I remember the days before seatbelts! My dad bought those cheesy automatic seatbelt retractors that never worked. So we just tucked the belts down in the seat.

  7. Seatbelts! OMGosh! Remember the ones that were automated to strap you in and attached to the doors?! I just about got strangled when I jumped out of the car in a hurry one day to run back into the house to get something I had forgotten. Had DH dismantle that noose REAL quick!

    (Those penquins CRACK me up everytime I visit your blog!)