How long can I keep LO in car seat while shopping

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: How long can I keep LO in car seat while shopping
    Only a couple hours at most recommended : (65 votes)
    86 %
    3-4 hours to run some errand through the day : (11 votes)
    14 %
    5-8 hours for a full day out and about : (0 votes)
  • Post # 31
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    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think baby can be quite comfy in their car seat for long periods,  but if you are out and about most days for long periods of time I’d look into a baby carrier, or a stroller where baby can lie flat and kind of alternate between those and car seat carrier.  A lot of newborns are in their swing between feedings and changes, the car seat is no different.  But, constantly being in the same space and position (meaning day in, day out, not just the occasional day spent out) isn’t good for an infant’s physical development, not to mention it is good for both you and baby to be in physical contact with each other.  If you plan on being it and baout most days, I’d get a baby carrier!

    Post # 35
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    5862 posts
    Bee Keeper

    pglt09 :  People are trying to help, not pick on you. Your blithe ‘all good, got it covered, y’all can move along now’ attitude is concerning. You may indeed have meant ‘to stay sane’, not literally but just as an expression, but there’s a lot of backtracking in your posts- you started off in your opening post with an OP who wanders around stores for hours just to get out of the house and, okay, 9 hours may have indeed been more than usual but I didn’t get the impression that having your son in his carseat for hours a day was not a one-off either. In fact it sounded pretty routine, especially when wondering about growth etc.  But now you feel criticized and stung and feel judged when what people were expressing was worry not condemnation. PPD is not something you ‘accuse’ someone of, as though they’re doing something wrong, people were concerned in seeing possible signs of it, but the responses were worried and compassionate not mean-spirited at all. 

    p.s. and yes, of course I do realize that some babies cry a lot or have colic, but categorizing infants as well behaved- or not- based on crying stuck out to me. Just as a crawling baby getting into everything is natural curiousity/ developmentally normal- not misbehaving. You may have simply meant your baby is easy to take out and nothing more, but ascribing behavioural attributes to babies that are simply exhibiting age-appropriate developmental behaviour can be an indicator that your expectations/ coping mechanisms could benefit from a chat with an experienced public health nurse or doctor. 

    Good luck to you, I hope you and baby settle into a routine that benefits you both, but please remember there’s no shame in asking for help whether it’s a nanny or relative for a few hours or a supportive professional. 

    Post # 36
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    9561 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    studies have shown oxygen flow to the brain significantly drops after an hour in the car seat.

    get a bassinet stroller or a baby carrier and you’re golden.

    Post # 37
    Member
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Wow.  Some of you are being really aggressive πŸ˜’.   I read absolutley nothing in OP’s post or responses that  screamed PPD to me, but that’s neither here nor there.  If she is indeed experiencing PPD, being critical, flippant and dismissive of what she is saying is not very helpful 😳.  

    Post # 38
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    3512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    pglt09 :  I just want to add, as a fellow person who gets cabin fever really easily, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND NEEDING TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR YOUR SANITY. People here are cray sometimes.

    Post # 39
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    358 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    pglt09 :  I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to get out of the house, not sure why people have such an issue with it. At least you’re out and active. 

    Like I said if he was asleep and I was just going to be quick I would just leave him but otherwise I put him in the carrycot. If he was still tired it didn’t usually take long for him to fall back to sleep once we started walking if he did wake up. Plus, the carrycot looks super cute and they grow out of it so fast so make the most of it! 😊 

    Post # 45
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    2166 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m a huge baby wearing advocate, do you have a wrap you can use to wear your LO while you’re out? It’s an amazing alternative to keeping them in the carseat and you can move around and do what you need to do. It is a little weird feeling at first but to be able to use both hands to shop, walk without pushing a stroller, etc is SO worth it. I usually kept my daughter in her car seat if I was going to one store and back home. If I was somewhere like the mall I would wear her. If you do that for a bit and want to get him back in his car seat or stroller, that’s fine too but definitely getting him out of there is good for him. Plus you get mobile baby snuggles πŸ™‚ 

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