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Our son, Luc, was born three days ago! My lovely wife performed this miracle with some laugh-out-loud coaching from her OB ("Push! And stop! More push! Wait - stop!").

Luc, I am your father ... (someone had to say it)

No family biking for him just yet ... I'm in high-level internal debates about when he can take to the streets, with the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) on one shoulder and a bikey Dutchman on the other. So far, with the bike setups we have, it's looking like at least 6-9 months of slings, strollers, and walking. I hate walking. Place your bets on when he gets his first ride ...

Here he is, at 14 hours old, already home from the hospital (it's a lovely place to be if you're sick, but it's the anti-sleep, otherwise). He's dressed in one of about four handmade hats my wife put together. Yes, the nesting force was strong with this one.

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Just make sure the little fellah gets some sunshine- We made our escape from the Women's Pavilion a day after birth of our son, and two days later he was back with jaundice.

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDadabean

Congratulations! Great name too...

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy in Germany

congrats! we had a son born within days of yours, and we too are having "discussions" around when he'll be allowed to go for a ride with dad, in the bakfiets (in his carseat) or in the trailer. Probably better safe than sorry -- I'm with you. Great blog, by the way.

- Fellow Seattle Cycling Family

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterghd

Congrats to you as well ... let us know when he goes for his first ride!

February 21, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

Yes, congratulations! IMO, two is 4 times the work, but 8 times the fun.

FWIW, our first son was born in mid-March. He took his first bike ride in May in a Burley trailer.We laid him on his back with a pillow and blankets for padding. I've seen lots of folks wedge car seats into trailers as well, but the seat we had at the time would not fit.

When our daughter came along we had a Bakfiets and there was plenty of room to strap a car seat into it. Though I can't remember how old she was when she took her first ride. Probably about 3 or 4 months.

The helmet zealots insist on waiting until the kid is old enough to wear a helmet which usually at least 12 months. I think that is overkill. If the baby is secured such that it can't go flying through the air, it will be safe in any crash that can be made safe against. Nothing is 100%, but you've already accepted that or you wouldn't be riding in the first place.

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllanF

My first child was strong enough to handle herself in our Burley D'Lite trailer (with a helmet) by about 9 months old, but wasn't really comfortable in there until around 1 year old.

My (much smaller) second child has been happily riding solo in the trailer in her carrier carseat since 6 months old (though she takes up both seats, which limits when and who I can take with me!) She only just rode "like a big girl" last week, with her older sister sitting next to her to help keep her tiny 13 month-old self propped up. I can already tell, there will be a battle of wills regarding her wearing a helmet for the full duration of any trip...

First time on your blog, btw - great stuff! I'm doing what I can down in Tacoma...Cheers and Congratulations!

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt in Tacoma

Thanks all! I really appreciate your thoughts/confessions on biking with infants. I do keep percolating on the idea that a car seat or custom foam seat with restraints in the Madsen bucket, bakfiets box, or trailer could work for short safe jaunts. Helmets and the trailer proved incompatible with our Drew as well, but then we got a front child seat and never looked back.

February 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

I have a few pictures for how-to integrate a car seat with a bakfiets at

The hardest part was getting myself to the junk yard to score a lap belt. Good luck with whatever you decide.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllanF

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