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Appropriate Age for riding in a Burley?

Old 05-11-15, 03:20 PM
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Appropriate Age for riding in a Burley?

Did a search but couldn't find anything good on this. Just had my first kid 4 weeks ago and thus have not spent any time on the bike since then. Burley recommends a year before taking a kid for a ride, which must be some silly advice to avoid a lawsuit. Anybody have thoughts on when it is actually safe for her to go in a Burley? Probably wait until she is able to hold her head up on her own and then strap her in there good? Obviously want her to be safe first and foremost, but given how much she loves to be rocked in the car seat I think she will love going for a bike ride.
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Do you have a Burley now? If so, why don't you see how securely you could strap the car seat in (like in a Bob stroller)? Otherwise I think it'll be awhile.
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Originally Posted by dtrain
Do you have a Burley now? If so, why don't you see how securely you could strap the car seat in (like in a Bob stroller)? Otherwise I think it'll be awhile.
My kids are in college now, but that's what we used to do. We would take one of those bucket style car seats and strap it in. Still, at that age, you have to be very careful and we would just do little rides around the neighborhood until they would wear a helmet.

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The biggest issue is neck strength. It's still required by law (at least in CA, unless I'm mistaken) that your daughter have a helmet while riding inside the burly. There's a lot of jostling that goes on in those trailers. It will probably be close to a year before your daughter has the neck strength to support a helmet without hurting her neck. Even when my daughter was 2+ years old, she'd sometimes fall asleep in the trailer and I'd look back to find her contorted into some uncomfortable positions.
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One of the hospitals around here has a program for free or low-cost infant (and older kids) helmets. Pretty much no shop will stock helmets for infants, even if they do have them for toddlers.

Holding her head up and being able to sit up are what you want to look for. I used to take my daughter for 3 hr nap/rides but I can't remember when we started. 4 months? 8 months? 10 years ago now...
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My son was about 8 months old when I started taking him out for rides.
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You may have better luck than I did, but none of my four kids ever liked riding in the trailer for very long. Pretty sure I never put any of them in there much before their first birthday, but I always had to keep the rides short, like 2-3 miles to the park or something like that. I think the longest ride I ever took with the trailer was 15 miles.
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yeah, like others said, the key is neck strength. I started at 1.5yrs old, and we do multiple rides a week when the weather is good. Took a whole summer to be able to get her to like the helmet. We have this saying:
"If we ride our bike, we must......wear our HELMETS!" Shes fine with it now, and a trip to icecream or donut shop doesnt hurt either
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Looks like about age 9 months for us

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