We finally bought a bicycle trailer to tow Sweet Pea. We chose the deluxe model, since we plan to use it a lot and for a long time. The one we got, the Chariot Cougar, has room and seat buckles for two children, a spot to stow gear that perfectly fits my new diaper bag, and can convert to a jogger or to be used with cross-country skis.
So far, we have taken Sweet Pea in it twice, and she has been happy both times! Average, who works in a bicycle shop, says that it's rare for a baby to take to riding in a trailer the first time so we really think we are lucky. She looks quite comfortable back there rolling along, playing with a toy or drinking a bottle of water. Of course, she got a helmet, too, and she likes it so much that she just wants to wear it around the house sometimes. Average usually commutes to work by bicycle, but I have only been on my bike a few times since I was pregnant. These first rides as a family felt so good I can't wait to do it again! The fresh air, the increased heart rate, and the feeling of having DONE something physical are so refreshing after spending so much time inside and in my car over the last few months.
Traveling by bicycle is healthy for you because you're getting exercise. You save money by not buying gas. Finally, you get to take routes that cars can't, saving time on some trips, depending on where you live. Read more about specifics of the benefits of traveling by bike at BicycleUniverse.
We are so pleased to now have the option to travel in a healthier manner with our baby, and have been inspired by some of our friends who do family bike commuting. Check out this awesome family, with four children and no car -- by choice, of course!