As I stated in this post, I’m doing a series to compliment the one I started last year around this time on Motherhood Realities. I will cover the same topics as they pertain to us now, with a toddler. This post is reviewing transportation.
I am still very glad we never got a bucket seat. Anastasia still uses the same carseat she did as a baby. She still doesn’t sleep in the car, but she has gotten much better about travel. She doesn’t start screaming and/or crying in the car unless she is overtired, and even then she is usually consolable. We took her on a long car trip to St. Louis this summer and it went so much smoother than our cross-country trip last year. She loves books and will look at books in the car and or play with toys for a bit. She loves looking out the windows now, or just spacing out and thinking. I’m actually able to sit in the front seat with my husband now, which is huge. On longer car trips when my husband is driving, I will usually sit in the front for about half the time and sit in the back with Anastasia for about half the time.
Anastasia seems to like the carseat now too. She is very good at climbing into it by herself (and is very insistent that we allow her to do this). She has also become very good at buckling the chest belt by herself. (She loves to do things by herself). We have long since removed the extra infant padding that came with the carseat (safe because it was part of the carseat). She fills the carseat so much more now than she used to!
I still use this occasionally but I prefer to wear. Now that I use the Mei Tai, it is only in extreme heat that I feel too hot to wear. When we were in St. Louis this summer it was actually too hot and humid to wear outside. We ended up buying a cheap umbrella stroller when we went to the zoo because we hadn’t brought our regular stroller. Ana loves that thing and always wants a ride when she sees it. It looks very uncomfortable to me so it seems strange but oh well. We also take Ana for a nightly stroller ride (in the regular stroller) to calm down for bedtime. She likes it and it is a nice wind down time for us too. Otherwise, the stroller (like the baby carriers) is being used a lot less now that she is so mobile. Now that Ana is in underwear, we don’t really need anything to carry the diaper bag anymore. Because of this apart from bedtime walks, I’ve only used the stroller to walk to the library so that I don’t have to carry all the books home while wearing.