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can't take baby home from hospital w/o bucket seat?

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Please tell me this isn't true. I was reading a discussion on another board (Canadian, like me) and someone said that they won't let you take your newborn home unless you have an infant bucket seat. I'm not using a bucket seat this time around, I have a True Fit. I mean of course if baby is too small we'll run and grab a bucket.

Is this true? I hope not!!!
post #2 of 41
It's not true here. We have to check the seat against recalls and expiration, so it has to come inside but we send babies home in convertibles quite frequently. There's no reason to require a parent to have a bucket seat provided the child fits in the convertible of course.
post #3 of 41
They are trying to enforce the car seat rule. If your carseat is rated for newborns, you will be fine. Can you believe there are still people out there that don't see a need for a carseat? So they may have used bucket seat terms but they mean you must have a car seat. Or they will supply you one if low income.
post #4 of 41
At my hospital in Toronto you had to be able to bring the seat in for the oxygen test, but I don't think it had to be a bucket style seat.
post #5 of 41
I'm in BC. Here, before they discharge you & baby, they take a look at your car seat and compare it to a list of acceptable (ie no recalls and not expired) seats. It doesn't have to be a bucket seat, necessarily, just rated OK for an infant. The nurse here checked the way we had buckled her in, made some adjustments, and we were off. That was 5 months ago, so pretty recent. If you have doubts, I would just call the Labour & Delivery ward and ask directly. They're not unreasonable, they just want to make sure the infants are safe.
post #6 of 41
haha, my hospital didn't even check to see if our seat had expired or if we had her in it right, or do an oxygen test or anything. we strapped her in, they took a quick look and let us go. and, for the record, it WAS an expired seat, AND she was a preemie, so i'm doubly surprised in retrospect.

(in our defence, she was 5 weeks early, we didn't own a car and had been planning a homebirth, so carseats were not even on my radar. my MIL gave us the seat for an emergency, but since i didn't know anything about seats, i didn't even realize seats could expire. i knew it was old, based on what i saw other people using, but when i nervously asked the nurse about it when we were getting ready to leave, she didn't even blink... the darn thing was so old it didn't even have a 5 point harness! i'm mortified that i ever put her in that thing now... thank god for MDC!)

sooo, anyway, i think it varies incredibly from hospital to hospital. you could end up with a real PITA nurse who doesn't realize convertibles are safe for infants, or you could end up with someone a bit more "relaxed."
post #7 of 41
I'd take in the instruction manual which should show the weight minimums (mine is 5-45 lbs RF) so they can see the seat is intended for newborns.
post #8 of 41
i'd call where you are planning on delivering and asking them directly. i've heard that about one of our hospitals here but it turned out to be untrue.
post #9 of 41
When I had my fourth here (Ontario) they didn't even ask if we had a carseat when we left the hospital.
post #10 of 41
They may say that, but they can't actually stop you from leaving. They may ask you to bring the seat up to the floor to see it & see baby in it. If you don't want to do that, just request to sign the waiver form.
post #11 of 41
Thread Starter 
Well ok then. I hope no one wants me to bring the seat inside. The whole point of having it installed is so I don't have to go thru the hassle of installing it at the hospital. The True Fit is kinda a PITA lol. When I had my son we had a bucket and they didn't check to make sure it was installed correctly. And I wasn't the carseat freak that I am today, so I can't say for certain if it was or not . Anyways ty for your replies. I am stressed about having this baby in a hospital in the first place and the bucket thing set me off .
post #12 of 41
if they insist on seeing the seat, ask your hubby to drive the car up to the front door and then have them come to the door to see your seat.

truthfully though, i find it does depend a lot on the mood of the nurse that day. i remember when dd1 was born, we had to bring in her convertible seat to pass an oxygen test (she had put in the nicu for desaturations; this isn't standard practice for all babies at our hospital) so the nurse definitely saw the seat. when we were going to leave, hubby left a few minutes before us to get the seat installed in the car again and i was about to walk out carrying dd1 in my arms. the nurse was appalled that i was carrying my child in my arms! she was quite insistent that i needed to carry dd out in her carseat because i might drop her. i just looked at her, said have a nice day, and continued on my way.
post #13 of 41

Our Experience in Halifax

We walked home from the hospital with our youngest. It wasn't standard, but it was okay. We explained that we didn't have a car, but we had other children and plenty of carseats if we needed one to use in a rental or something.

We also had a convertible seat with our other DS. DH took it up the the unit to show them though. He didn't have any trouble re-installing it. It was our third baby and he was expert at installing the seat by that point.

I've heard of plenty of people in Canada just having a hospital stuff go down and check the seat in the parking garage though.
post #14 of 41
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by galincognito View Post
the nurse was appalled that i was carrying my child in my arms! she was quite insistent that i needed to carry dd out in her carseat because i might drop her. i just looked at her, said have a nice day, and continued on my way.
LOL. Too funny. My dh asked the (overbearing but well-meaning) nurse after we signed the paperwork "So, is he ours now?"
post #15 of 41
We also gave birth at a hospital in Montreal. No one mentioned that we needed to have the car seat checked, but we did anyway to make sure. They just verified that the straps were tight enough and sent us on our way. Little did we know that the base was installed totally wrong!!!! Serves me right for having someone else install it (whose baby was then 3 and past bucket-seat age) instead of checking how to do it myself.

Anyway, I'm sure we could have left without having the seat checked at all. In fact, in our pre-natal class HALF the couples said they had no car (we don't either, but my parents picked us up) and asked what to do if they were going home by taxi or bus. The teacher didn't even know how to answer that one...
post #16 of 41
the car seat salesman and babies r us tried to tell me that. I think it's a rumor. I called l&d at my hospital to confirm that a truefit would work.
post #17 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by galincognito View Post
the nurse was appalled that i was carrying my child in my arms! she was quite insistent that i needed to carry dd out in her carseat because i might drop her. i just looked at her, said have a nice day, and continued on my way.
That cracks me up, because at OUR hospital, it's the opposite-- you aren't allowed to carry them out in the seat. It HAS to be in the MOTHER'S arms. Even with the twins-- they made ME carry both of them, which was so wrong because I was only five days past a c-section, and it was so hard for me to manage both of them at the same time. The babies would have been WAY safer with one of them in a seat, or in DH's arms.
post #18 of 41
OMG, how weird. Mother's arms? Car seats??

I had my babies in France. For the first two, they didn't even mention car seats. We just went home.

For my third, I walked home from the hospital... across the street! It started to snow, which was strange as usually end of Feb. we're done with that.

But I think it's a good thing. I see children poorly secured here in France, or not at all.

I kind of like the idea that the baby should be carried by the mother out of the hospital. I really hate seeing people carrying babies around in infant car seats (I used to put the baby in a carrier and then carried the car seat, if I needed it, in my hand). But logically, they should make an exception for twins lol!
post #19 of 41
They checked our Britax manual and that was it. I said they could come see it but the manual was enough.
post #20 of 41
My hospital insisted on wheeling me out in a wheelchair, baby in arms, even though I was fine to walk.

All they did was look to see that we had a car seat (we have a bucket), didn't wait around to check fit or straps.
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