I don't like when people keep their babies in car seats like it's a portable bed. I see people have the baby in the car seat in the shopping cart, in the doctors office, at parties, in the weirdest strangest places.
I did it before. Before I knew any better. But, not that often. Not to places I see people having their kids in car seats now. When I have my next baby, I hope to always have him be close to me or Dad in a sling.
I think babies need to be held more. From my experience with Luke, they are always happier in arms, close with his mother. Close to where he was the nine months before. The soothing sound of my heart beat and the warm touch of my skin.
What makes it so difficult to put a baby in a sling when you arrive at a store? And, if you are leaving your baby in a car seat and when they start to fuss or cry, why do you do everything you can to keep them in that car seat. Just take them out and hold your baby! (ok ok, I know sometimes if they are napping, it's hard to take them out and I'm sure it's ok... but I'm talking about the people who over do it.)
I feel sad when babies are lugged around in the car seat. I wonder what it's like to be nuzzled against plastic instead of your Mommy.