Car Seat Conspiracy Theory

Last week I took Nolan to see Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, speak at a local assisted living facility. (I think Dr. Karp’s father is a resident there?) His book is a must-read for soon-to-be or new parents. He believes that babies really need a “fourth trimester” and that emulating the womb is most effective for calming a crying newborn. His methods definitely helped us with Nolan and I’m not surprised that his books and DVDs are so popular.

The presentation was in a long, narrow room at the Atria in Great Neck and was attended by about 40 people, half new moms with infants and half elderly residents. It was an interesting mix! Throughout the presentation, the residents interjected with “When I had my babies…” stories and some pretty funny questions. For me, nothing topped the question about car seats:

Old Biddy: I have a question! My granddaughter is having a baby in a few weeks and the hospital told her that she can’t take her baby home unless she has a car seat! (She seemed horrified by this.)

Dr. Karp: Ok, yes, that’s the law to keep everyone safe.

Old Biddy: When I had babies, we held them in our arms in the car! 

Dr. Karp: Yes, that was very common years ago.

Old Biddy: So why does she have to use a car seat?

Dr. Karp went on to gently explain that in a car accident an infant in your arms can become a projectile and babies flying through windshields is generally a bad thing.

Note: Babies flying out of windshields will not look this happy.

Old Biddy (muttering in her displeasure): I don’t know about that. I’ll tell you what it is, I’ll bet the car seat people are in business with the hospitals to make money!

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