After much shopping and agonizing, my lady friend, Leisha, decided to get the Yepp front mount bike seat for her almost 2 yr old Emmet.
Turns out, my 3 yr old (long and tall) Dexter likes it too! Auntie took him for a little spin the other night. They had a great tour around the neighbourhood, with a lot of running commentary on trees and parks.
I've always nixed the idea of a front-mounted seat for me, because I always knew I'd have two kids and thought the trailer investment was a better way to go. Now that I've seen a bunch of mamas with just the simple and light seat up front? I can definitely see the merits of a quick plop of the kid and then being on your way.
That being said, I am super short and the top of the kid's head is always right in front of my face. My arms are also short and I have trouble comfortably wrapping them around said kid so... I'm still alright with not having the front mount.
Though, there is still no denying the close contact with the child and being able to chat and talk and essentially snuggle them the whole time. Awww!
Speaking of riding with kids up front, Simply Bike just did a little blurb about her iBert seat and check out this fantastic little video I was sent, documenting Hazel's first bike ride.
Riding with kids. A pain to get it set up for infants and multiples (unless you do what I wish we had done in the beginning, which is just splurge on a bakfiets or nihola that could accommodate a car seat), but it's worth it. When you're a cyclist, being off the bike is like walking around without a limb.
I can't tell you how over-the-moon I am to have everything set up with both kids in one trailer now. I suspect this will be how we're going to ride for the next several years, with obvious modifications to Alice's side of the trailer as she gets bigger and stronger until she can eventually just sit in it as-is. Come next summer season, my Madsen will be good to go with both kids just sitting on the bench with the lap belt. So I'll have trailer and cargo bike to choose from when both are with me!
I also haven't ruled out getting a rear seat (this is the one I am thinking about) for when I only have one kid, but now I see I am getting ahead of myself again with all my permutations and combinations about biking with kids. Shall stop for now!
The main thing you need to know is there are lots of good options if you have a child that is one year or older, and if you only have one of them. If this is you, I congratulate you and encourage you to enjoy the hell out of it!