I am trying to figure out how to travel safely with my 70 lb. lab mix
and my baby boy (in his infant car seat). We recently got a crossover
SUV that's not too huge, but it has more room than a sedan.
now, we usually ride with our dog in the backseat unrestrained with a
seat cover which covers the whole backseat. The cover keeps our dog
from getting the car too messy.
Options I can think of of putting dog + baby in car:
One option would be to buy a very safe harness for our dog and allow
him to still ride in the backseat with the infant car seat on one side
and him on the other. In the case of a car crash, he at least wouldn't
be a projectile that could hurt the baby. Then again, is it safe to put a
car seat on top of a seat cover? I've seen some available online like (http://www.kurgo.com/car-seat-covers/kurgo-bench-seat-cover/
). We really like having a seat cover so that our car seats don't get destroyed, super wet, muddy, etc.
Another suggestion is to always put the dog in the trunk, but I think
with all of the strollers and other baby gear, that we would greatly
need that space. I also wouldn't be able to put the dog in a harness.
Put 70 lb dog in front seat with harness. It's not ideal for our dog
because he would get uncomfortable (he is too big to lay down) after a
4) Am I missing another option?? Besides not traveling together.
That's not an option for our lifestyle as we often go to my parents'
house for an extended stay and need a way to make an hour-long trip
safely with the four of us (me, husband, dog, baby).
My specific questions:
1) Is it safe to put an infant car seat on top of a car seat cover?
2) What is the best way to ride with my dog and baby that's both safe and semi-convenient?
so much!! I have been googling this all day and I really can't get a
good, clear answer. I'd love to hear what you all do and plan to do.
1st pregnancy - total surprise
DH & I married almost 2 years