Category Archives: Child-related issues

Carseats for the Carfree: Travel Vest vs. Backless Booster

A while back, we said we’d be picking up the Ride Safer Travel Vest (about $120 — careful, that link has really annoying music) for H and promised to report back. We got it, and then it sat around not … Continue reading

Posted in Car sharing, Child-related issues, Problems and issues | 7 Comments

Two-kid longbike advice, as requested

Our last post on child bike seats takes the cake for fabulous input from readers.  You guys are great, and all the feedback on different set-ups in one place is fabulous.  Keep it coming.  We recently got a comment there … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Child-related issues, How-to | 13 Comments

Getting off the ground with a child bike seat

We frequently get questions from parents seeking basic guidance on choosing a bicycle seat (and possibly a bike) for riding with a small child.  This seems like it should be an easy task, but it can be surprisingly difficult to … Continue reading

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Being Carfree Means Being More Visible

Americans spend an average of 15 hours a week in a car, at least according to this Arbitron study. That’s like two hours a day! Here at Carfree with Kids, we don’t spend any average time in a car — … Continue reading

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Toys: Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Flush ‘Em Down the Toilet

A friend recently asked us to make a post about how we simplify and de-clutter kids’ toys. My immediate response was, “If you’ve got an answer to that problem, I’d love to hear it, but I sure don’t!” But then … Continue reading

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Walker and biker ed

There’s been a lot of learning going on at our house.  Our kids are working hard on two of the most important ways we transport ourselves in this family: It sure beats waiting until they’re 16! Related posts: How to … Continue reading

Posted in Biking with kids, Child-related issues, Walking | 1 Comment

Four Helmet Family

After what feels like centuries, baby R is finally on the bicycle.  Here in MA, the legal requirement is that babies be one year before riding on a bike, and while we love seeing all you fabulous folks out there biking … Continue reading

Posted in Child-related issues, Going and staying carfree | 7 Comments

Not shopping with kids

One huge advantage of our carfree lifestyle is that we don’t shop very much. I believe being without a car means fewer shopping trips, but I don’t have any research to back me up. If you’ve seen any, please leave … Continue reading

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Carseats for the Carfree

Do you really need a carseat for your kid if you don’t have a car? Even carfree families need to drive or ride in a car sometimes, in a rental car on vacation, a cab to the airport, or carpooling … Continue reading

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On the road again

It’s official. I’m back on the bike. Wow, is it good to be back! I stopped biking somewhat prior to and during pregnancy, and while recovering from birth. Plenty of women, including one very impressive lady over at totcycle, do … Continue reading

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