Post # 1
Hi Ladies! I have a question for you! I am not expecting or evening TTC just yet, but we plan to as soon as we get married. We are also looking at getting a new vehicle for me to drive that is more “family friendly” and “fuel friendly” than my truck. We are looking at a small SUV type vehicle. The middle seat in the back seat is sort of narrow, and I’m not sure a carseat will fit in the middle. A friend told me that you CANNOT put a baby near a door, and that the hospital will not let you leave if your carseat is next to the door… So I’m curious to know if this is true or not… (Sometimes she’s a bit of a know-it-all). I thought who better to ask than you ladies! Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
Here’s some information on car seats:
Pediatricians recommend having your car seat inspected before you have the baby.
You can google car seat inspection in your area, but know that you need to do it well ahead of time!
Post # 4
Taken from one of Mrs. DG’s sources:
In general, the single safest place in the car is the center rear seat, because it is farthest from the outside of the vehicle. In any given crash, however, a different seat may be the safest, such as a left outboard seat in a right side impact. There are several reasons the center seat may not be an option. Many small cars do not have center seats; it is sometimes not possible to tightly install a CR in the center rear; belt-positioning boosters require lap-shoulder belts, which may not be available in the center; and, if there are two children, it may be necessary to separate them for behavioral reasons or because two CRs cannot be installed next to each other. The left and right seating positions are very similar in injury risk, but the right side might be a better choice for one child with one adult. The child can see the driver and can be taken or get out of the car on the side where there is no traffic. Using the center or right rear seat will also minimize the chance of injury to the child from driver seatback collapse in a severe rear impact. Although most vehicles do not have LATCH anchors for the center seating position, CRs equipped with LATCH can still be installed in the center with the vehicle belt and a top tether, if appropriate.
I argued with my Darling Husband over this, and we ended up putting the seat in the middle. The only requirements hospitals have are that you have a proper car seat for your baby and that it be installed correctly. They don’t specify installation in middle seats because many cars now come with bucket seats or captain’s chairs in the back so there is no middle seat anyway.
Post # 5
I don’t have any kids, but what if you have twins? If you have a regular car at least one car seat will have to go next to the door. So, I doubt that the hospital will deny the baby’s release if a carseat is not in the center.
Post # 6
Well I have a mini cooper and there is no middle seat, so the car seat is going on the right side so I’d be able to see him a little bit better. I didn’t check out the other links, but I’m pretty sure you can put an infant seat by a door, people do it all the time when they have more than one kid/car seat in the back.
Post # 7
You’re right Lillindy. My friend with twins had each boy the door, there was no other choice, and she had the carseats installed by the person certified to do it. I don’t believe they can prevent you from leaving for that. If you want to find out some info on what car you are looking at and placement of specific carseat models try http://www.carseatdata.org – you input the make/model/year of the car you have or are looking at and data on the fit and placement of specific carseats in that car will come up. That way you can see what particular brands of carseat will fit well or badly in your middle rear seat, or whether all were installed on the sides. They only have as much information as has been submitted for each particular car and carseat, but it helped with my worry about our carseat.
Post # 8
See if the car mentions anything in the manual. You need to know which types of carseats fit that car and into which seat it goes.
Post # 9
I wanted to add that you should have your carseat installed by a professional. You can contact a children’s hospital in your area or a local fire station. Most of these places will professionally install the carseat and teach you how to properly install a carseat. Carseats these days are pretty complicated and not easy to properly install if you have never done it before.
This is the link to the Children’s hospital that I work for. There is some very good general information on there to look at! http://www.uhhospitals.org/rainbowchildren/ForParents/ChildPassengerSafety/tabid/2184/Default.aspx
Post # 10
When I went home from the hospital I shared a carseat with my twin! I guess that is no longer allowed. haha.