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scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 13:52:19

Do you need a car seat? What if you don’t drive?

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Findahouse21 Sun 22-Nov-20 13:53:45

You need a car seat if they are going in a car. How are you planning on going home?

ScotchBunnet Sun 22-Nov-20 13:54:50

They won’t let you leave without a car seat if you are driving. If you’re taking public transport you will need a suitable pram. I don’t think you need a car seat for a taxi (think a suitable carrier is ok) but you should check because I’m not sure.

110APiccadilly Sun 22-Nov-20 13:56:00

You need either a car seat or a pram, for our local hospital. So you can't just walk out holding the baby. I don't know whether a suitable sling would also fit the bill - I imagine so.

boarboar Sun 22-Nov-20 13:57:23

Depends on the hospital. At antenatal classes they told us we didn't need one (obviously if we weren't travelling home by car).

20wedding19 Sun 22-Nov-20 13:57:25

I had a baby 3 weeks ago and although I hold a driving licence dont have a car currently and we had to have a car seat leaving the hospital.
Took bolt (taxi) home and they wouldn't have taken us without a carseat either but other taxi companies might have different rules

PrivateD00r Sun 22-Nov-20 13:59:15

Yes you need a car seat if going in a car. I have honestly never seen anyone go home from my hospital without a car, but obviously that is down to location. Here, people get picked up by someone or get a taxi. We like to see the baby in the car seat before they leave, and currently we assist the mother to the door as her partner cannot come into the ward to collect them.

I would discourage the use of public transport at present but if you have no other choice, then of course you don't need a car seat. Obviously ensure you wear a mask and maybe keep the rain cover over the pram if it isn't too warm/long a journey and absolutely make sure you keep your distance from others. Good luck!

scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 14:05:57

Findahouse21

You need a car seat if they are going in a car. How are you planning on going home?

That’s why I said what if you don’t drive!

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DobbyTheHouseElk Sun 22-Nov-20 14:09:10

No one checked me. I did have a car seat, but no one was interested. If they had they might have noticed I didn’t have the newborn head rest thing on...ever. Must have missed that part of the instructions.

Ponoka7 Sun 22-Nov-20 14:10:29

If you go on the website for the hospital you are giving birth in, it should be on there.

At our local maternity hospital they do a discharge form and will let you leave without a seat if you aren't driving.

HollyBollyBooBoo Sun 22-Nov-20 14:11:05

You might not drive Op but you still might be going home in a car - someone could be giving you a lift!

How are you taking the baby home? What mode of transport?

CarlottaValdez Sun 22-Nov-20 14:13:10

I live about 10 mins walk from the hospital. We walked home - nobody checked if we had a car seat or if our pram was suitable.

scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 14:13:26

So if you weren’t going home in a car, would you still need the car seat? That’s all I’m asking! As I’ve heard hospitals won’t let you leave without one but I’ve been all head scratchy and wondering how that works if you aren’t driving!

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PrivateD00r Sun 22-Nov-20 14:13:28

That’s why I said what if you don’t drive

Most new mothers don't drive themselves home though yet most still go by car (in my trust anyway!). You not being able to drive is pretty irrelevant to the question the pp asked you.

scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 14:13:48

Thanks carlotta and dobby!

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PrivateD00r Sun 22-Nov-20 14:14:03

scoopingthewater

So if you weren’t going home in a car, would you still need the car seat? That’s all I’m asking! As I’ve heard hospitals won’t let you leave without one but I’ve been all head scratchy and wondering how that works if you aren’t driving!

Of course not! You need a pram or a baby carrier.

scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 14:14:26

So every mother who gives birth lives with someone who has a car? No one takes the bus or walks anywhere?

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Iwouldlikesomecake Sun 22-Nov-20 14:17:08

Despite what hospital ‘policy’ might be there is NO law that says you have to take your baby out of a unit in a car seat.

A baby needs to be in a car seat if you are travelling by car (not by taxi, although taxi firms can choose not to take you if you don’t have a car seat or if they don’t provide one). So you are quite within your rights to take your baby home in a sling or buggy although I think most people would rather err on the side of caution and borrow a car seat or use a taxi firm that can provide one.

scoopingthewater Sun 22-Nov-20 14:17:34

Thank you!

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sausagedoglove Sun 22-Nov-20 14:19:04

We bought a car seat but don't own a car. Got a taxi from the hospital when both DC were born.

lyralalala Sun 22-Nov-20 14:20:03

You don't need a car seat if you are not driving.

Be prepared for them to a bit odd about it if you tell them you are not as they will likely be very used to babies leaving in car seats.

BIL's gf had to speak to the senior midwife when she was leaving hospital as every time she said she wasn't having a car seat as she lived in walking distance they kept telling her she must have one. Once they actually listened long enough to realise you can see the hospital from her flat they were fine with it grin

RicStar Sun 22-Nov-20 14:20:30

No one ever asked me, and we only bought the car seat in for dc1, I think - we are in London where a lot of people don't drive.

AldiAisleofCrap Sun 22-Nov-20 14:22:22

So every mother who gives birth lives with someone who has a car? No one takes the bus or walks anywhere?
No they get a lift or taxi and borrow a car seat from a friend.

Mumdiva99 Sun 22-Nov-20 14:23:03

@scoopingthewater have you had a baby before? I walk loads, and walked right up to the day of giving birth....I would not have walked home from hospital.
After baby 1 I had had a CS and struggled to walk to the hospital door.
After baby 2 and 3 I had just passed a baby through my vagina and had stitches and it was sore. I wasn't walking home. No way.
I think most people feel like this. You also have bags to carry. Plus the baby is tiny and may need a feed or a change shortly.....for most people they just want to get home.

premiumhob Sun 22-Nov-20 14:23:09

So if you weren’t going home in a car, would you still need the car seat? That’s all I’m asking! As I’ve heard hospitals won’t let you leave without one

This is some bollocks that regularly gets trotted out on Mumsnet. Just wait, someone will be along soon to verify they were told they couldn't t leave without one!!

Realistically there is no law and the midwife has no power to stop you leaving, complete with baby, so long as there is no medical reason to keep you.

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