Originally Posted by hip_mama
A nurse did fallow us to make sure we had a car seat. She was very perplexed as to why we didn't have one of those bucket seats. She even said that we needed to go get a bucket seat for ds. I told her that this was for infants up to toddlers and even pointed out the sticker on the seat. She then proceeded to tell me that he was to small
: What!? is the car manufacturer lying!? Not to mention DS was a little over 10 lbs. and the seat said it was ok for 7lbs on up.
Actually, even if baby is within the wieght requitements, he could be too small. The lowest harness slots in any convertibles I've seen would be too low for some babies. It's not even the overall legth of baby, it's how they are proportioned. I would guess at 10 lbs your baby was fine, though! Even some infant seats have the lowest slots to high for a very small baby or preemie.
Anyhow, at the local hospital here, you have to show that you have a seat, and strap baby in it. I wasn't allowed to carry her in it, as I'd had a c-section, so I couldn't carry her in it for 6 weeks. No wheelchair, and ti would have been nice, I could barely stand up.
Anyhow, once out of the maternity ward, or maybe before once they've checked out the carseat, I imagine you could take baby out & put her in a sling if it's that important.
Not sure what my hospital does if you're taking a bus home or using a convertible.