You wouldn't dream of driving somewhere without baby safely strapped into a car seat in the back seat, but consider this...when Daddy went home from the hospital, a car seat wasn't even required. The nurse just handed him to his mom who held him in the front seat on the drive home. Mommy rode in a hand-me-down car seat used by her older cousins.
On the left is Mommy, at 2 months, in her car seat
On the right is Jillian, at 2 days, in her car seat