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Leaving hospital with your baby

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NannyTee Thu 17-Sep-09 12:27:38

My daughter has been told she needs a car seat for her 5 weeks old son in order for them to let him home - seems reasonable enough only neither my daughter, her partner, myself, our close family or friends own a car!!! My daughter has everything she needs for her baby except a car seat that she doesn't need!!! What is the reasoning behind this? You used to be able to just wrap up a baby and walk out with him on the day of discharge - he's not even newly born - he's been in hospital for 5 weeks!!

LoveBeingAMummy Thu 17-Sep-09 12:29:16

HOw will they be getting home?

LilRedWG Thu 17-Sep-09 12:30:08

If they are walking home it won't be a problem, but if they are using a taxi they will need a car seat.

Rhian82 Thu 17-Sep-09 12:33:26

Oh, things just say that because they assume you have a car. If he's not being driven home they will be fine to let them leave without a car seat.

If, however, they're getting a taxi then they'll need one - can they borrow one?

Bathsheba Thu 17-Sep-09 12:33:55

We had a couple in my ante natal class who were the same - they cycled everywhere and didn't own a car.

If she is planning on walking home, that is fine, but if she is going to take any form of transport home, whether it is in a relative's car, or a taxi she will need to at least borrow a car seat for that trip.

NannyTee Thu 17-Sep-09 12:33:55

well actually after being in there for this long she was really looking forward to using the pram - I just think its a bit off that they have finally agreed to release him tomorrow and now I will have to go out and buy a car seat that will just sit there for ever more!!

lynniep Thu 17-Sep-09 12:35:28

a lot of hospitals have this policy. I understand it but it does seem excessive when many people dont run cars. is there any way you can borrow one from somewhere?

miamla Thu 17-Sep-09 12:35:51

why on earth are you buying a car seat for him? just tell them that you won't be using a car!

DaisymooSteiner Thu 17-Sep-09 12:37:06

Some midwives/hospitals seem to be under the mistaken impression that they can prevent someone leaving hospital with their baby because they don't have a car seat. Your daughter is perfectly entitled to just walk out with her baby unless they have a court order preventing them.

Of course if she is going to use a taxi it would be wise to have a carseat.

Rindercella Thu 17-Sep-09 12:38:10

Has your daughter actually discussed this with the hospital and told them that she is not transporting her DS home by car?

NannyTee Thu 17-Sep-09 12:42:48

Miamla!! my point exactly!!! I just said to her arrive with your pram - and go - she's panicking now - it's her first - she's young!!

Have put out feelers to maybe borrow a car seat - we'll see if we can come up with that first - just makes me so frustrated to assume that everybody drives!!!

DaisyMooSteiner - maybe we'll just have to go in disguise and bust her out!!!!!!!

Thanks guys!!!

StealthPolarBear Thu 17-Sep-09 12:44:51

where are you? If you're anywhere near me you can borrow mine - will kill two birds with one stone as no doubt I'll go into labour when car seat less!!
Has she asked why she needs a car seat??

Buda Thu 17-Sep-09 12:44:53

Just tell them that none of you drive or have cars so a car seat won't be necessary are baby will be safely transported home in a pram. If that is what will happen.

PlasticWoman Thu 17-Sep-09 12:45:03

The hospital cannot refuse to let your daughter leave without a car seat. If she is walking home, it doesn't matter how she gets there. With taxis, under the 2006 regulations, a child under 3 does not have to wear a restraint in a taxi if there isn't one available, so a baby can be worn in a sling, with the adult then seat-belted in.

lal123 Thu 17-Sep-09 12:45:26

How on earth would they stop her from leaving?

Pyrocanthus Thu 17-Sep-09 12:46:09

Just roll up with the pram. They're just trying to stop people from walking out of the hospital into a car with the babe in their arms, surely?

Ewe Thu 17-Sep-09 12:47:14

I have one that I no longer use if you're in London. Agree though, if he isn't going in the car, it isn't necessary!

StealthPolarBear Thu 17-Sep-09 12:48:23

Congratulations OP, btw, on the birth of your GS and hope his homecoming goes smoothly

miamla Thu 17-Sep-09 12:48:51

what about if you phone the hospital to double check on her behalf?

NannyTee Thu 17-Sep-09 13:03:22

I think I will ring them actually - Lewisham Hospital is where she is - we live in Blackfriars - personally I'd rather her come home in a taxi anyway, bless her she's itching to use the pram after waiting all this time - he was gastroscisis - now she's looking at cheap car seats just to conform!!!!!
Thanks for all this help!!!! will let you know how I get on!!!

tethersend Thu 17-Sep-09 13:05:24

Get a black cab- they are prebookable and you can roll the pram straight in, no carseat required.

tethersend Thu 17-Sep-09 13:05:50

And congratulations smile

LeonieSoSleepy Thu 17-Sep-09 13:09:26

Message withdrawn

Ewe Thu 17-Sep-09 13:14:52

Nanny, if you don't want to spend the money I have a barely used Mothercare one you can have if you could pick up from Waterloo tomorrow morning, email me on if you want.

girlsyearapart Thu 17-Sep-09 13:18:11

Or if she was part of an NCT group or similar surely one of her group has a seat she could borrow for that journey?

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