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Old 09-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Babies in topless jeeps

Hey all. My wife is pregnant and we are due to have our son in January. Being that it is currently the summer I have had my Jeep top of the past 2 months. With the new born on the way I was thinking about how I will handle the Jeep next summer. I want to still be able to take the top off but I know I will have to be driving around with the new born in the back. How do you Jeep owners with children deal with this issue? Am I able to take my Jeep top off and have a 6 month old in a car seat in the back? Maybe they make something to protect the baby from the wind.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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They do, it's the top. This is apersonal decision you will have to make.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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There are covers that they make for the carriers that are a mesh type of material. Maybe that could work? The baby will still be able to see out, but there will be a little added protection from small things flying in there...
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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This has been asked a lot on the web, most answers are from overbearing mothers saying how unsafe it is and how unsafe jeeps are. Along with that they start talking about the vacuum, and the baby not breathing when wind hits the face and so on.

Not all children are created equal, and most people have no experience and are only speculating.

I was unable to find one report or news article about a baby dying from riding in a topless jeep.

We did wait until our son was 6 months before taking the top off. And he was an infant during winter, so it worked out for him being of age around sprint and into summer

at 6 months I put him in the back with the top off, and had my wife ride back there.

We got on the interstate and started at 45 and slowly ramped up.. running each interval for atleast 5 minutes until we hit 70 (our speed limit on the interstate).

My Son wasn't phased in the least by the wind and I have no clue about any kind of vacuum created, infact, he went to sleep from the vibration and she had to keep waking him up and entertain him so we could get a good study.

We did this on 3 separate occasions, all 3 same results.. he enjoyed it.

I did get a shade put on the top and sides, but that was only to block the son and any debris so we wouldn't have to put the little shade on the top up. In fact it wavered in the wind but never collapsed or blew off.

That being said, I will not make any recommendations as I don't want to hold any liability for others children.

From 6 months to 1 year (turned 1 on the 30th of August this year) he has been riding back there without any harm. In-fact, when he is fussy or teething we take him for rides to knock him out.

The only downfall we experienced with the top off was him donating his toys to the interstate cleanup crews.

He loves the Jeep (YAY!) and now when we go outside he now walks up to it and bounces/cries to get in and play around, or go for a ride, instead of playing on the very expensive playground equipment I had installed in the back yard.
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I bought my 08 JKU when my daughter was about two and a half. The agreement between my wife and I was that I would get a hard top and keep it, and the doors on, when my daughter was with me.

I agreed and it really hasn't been a problem. I keep the doors on during the school year due to the number of vehicles that have been broken into where I teach. (I also take my daughter to preschool in the morning).

At this point my daughter (almost 4 now) has very, very long hair. (Parents of daughters with long hair know what kind of blessing/curse this is when brushing). When rolling the windows down, the hair goes crazy and goes all over. So, it's just a good idea for us to keep the removable parts on when she's in the Jeep.
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I have a fair skinned 2 y/o. The wife doesn't have an issue with the top being off but the rear doors have to stay on when she's in the Jeep. I got a spiderwebshade just to keep the sun off of her because she'll burn in a minute. (Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen...every single time!) She long hair and sometimes complains about the wind. ("Too windy Daddy!") She does better if she keeps a hat and sunglasses on. (Continuous battle with a toddler) Overall, she thinks it's pretty cool.
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Hey all. My wife is pregnant and we are due to have our son in January. Being that it is currently the summer I have had my Jeep top of the past 2 months. With the new born on the way I was thinking about how I will handle the Jeep next summer. I want to still be able to take the top off but I know I will have to be driving around with the new born in the back. How do you Jeep owners with children deal with this issue? Am I able to take my Jeep top off and have a 6 month old in a car seat in the back? Maybe they make something to protect the baby from the wind.

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I have a fair skinned 2 y/o. The wife doesn't have an issue with the top being off but the rear doors have to stay on when she's in the Jeep. I got a spiderwebshade just to keep the sun off of her because she'll burn in a minute. (Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen...every single time!) She long hair and sometimes complains about the wind. ("Too windy Daddy!") She does better if she keeps a hat and sunglasses on. (Continuous battle with a toddler) Overall, she thinks it's pretty cool.
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My daughter, who is just a year this past July, rides with the top off all the time. I would pick her up from school and she would be konked out sleeping by the time we got home. I just put a big floppy hat on her to keep the sun off her face and she is as happy as can be
The only thing is I just keep the back doors on, thats all

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