carseat

Toxic carseats? Is your carseat really safe? Ask the Green Mama.

Dear Green Mama: I just read a CNN article on toxic carseats. Really, isn't it enough that I religiously use a carseat for my child? Does it really matter that I also check out how toxic the carseat is as well? —Exasperated in Chicago

 

Can I recycle my baby's carseat?

Dear Green Mama: My friends and I swap, reuse, and hand-down everything from baby clothes, toys, and books to cribs, tricycles, and information.  What do we do, though, with our old car seats?  These days, the car seats come with expiration dates, yet I can't seem to find a carseat recycler.  Any ideas or connections that would help in this endeavor? --Distressed green driver

Just say “No” to strollers? Maybe.

A few other moms and I were walking in the park the other day and the subject of our strollers came up. “Ugh, I hate this stroller,” my friend complained as she kicked at its sleek, $800 dollar frame while trying to maneuver the tire out of the sand trap. The other moms sighed in agreement and cast disparaging looks at their own expensive strollers. I started to jump into my usual enthusiastic cheer for my Phil and Teds e3 (which converts to a double stroller and a jogger without taking up any additional footprint), but then I stopped.

Good green goods: a carseat on wheels

For part of my follow-up on the blog about taxis and carseats I thought I should let you know about one of those products that I feel makes life as a green mama easier. Or, at least, makes life as a car-free green mama easier.

If you have ever tried to take your kid on transit or in the Igo shared car you know what it feels like to be a camel: stroller, carseat, and diaper bag piled high and, somewhere in all of this, the baby.

Taxis, carseats, and transit... oh my!

It’s another day as a car-free mother of a toddler and I’m standing on the corner with Zella Rose in her sling and a huge, toddler carseat at my side. I called a taxi but it never came. So, I’ve dragged the carseat, the baby, and all the baby’s stuff to the corner. Empty taxis are swooshing by me. Some slow down, but none of them stop.

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