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Does your hospital check your child restraint before you can be discharged? Are the people who do the checks knowledgeable?

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Neither the hospital nor the birth center checked the seat. The only thing they did was make sure one was in there. Other than that it wasnt mentioned.

 
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They checked that we had a seat, but the nurse was completely clueless, wrapped DD up such that she couldn't be buckled into the seat and told me "oh, it's more important for her to be warm than buckled. You'll drive safe."

Then she was pissed that DH and I sat there and undid all her dumb swaddle nonsense to buckle the baby into the seat!

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I birthed my first at the hospital and the nurse checked the straps on him to make sure they were snug and below his shoulder, and then she checked the base in the car to make sure it moved less than 1" and she also checked the angle.

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Ours did. We had the seat in way too loose so she fixed it and showed us how to do it. We didn't even have the seat until the day DD was born when I made DH leave the hospital to go get it so there was no chance to get a tech to do it. I'm incredibly glad the nurse knew how to get it in right.

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They make sure the baby is leaving in a seat, but do not check to make sure they safely installed.
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For my first 3 babies it was checked and looked over- but no one really looked at the base in the car to see if it was right. Then with my 4th my HUBBY put the seat in (roll eyes here lol) and the base was buckled, but no clip or mighty tight on it or anything! AND- this kills me- the nurse said Oh, that's ok it will be fine. I heard what was going on and got out of my car, back into my wheel chair (i wasn't walking) and had to fix the seat because I was NOT leaving until the baby was in right. DH and the nurse got a lesson in propper car seat safety

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Yes, with all 4 kids. The checked that we had it snug against baby where it needed to be, they even informed us how the 'extra' padding was not necessary and to use rolled up receiving blankets. They also had a class on how to install it with our local police and car insurance companies. Very helpful, thorough and useful.
Although I always wondered what happened if you choose not to drive therefore bypassing a car seat????
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Not the seat installation or the way we had her strapped in. We needed to have one to leave, but they said during the hospital tour that they could not check the seat b/c that would open them up to liability.

However, DD was a slight preemie (36w) and they did a "carseat test" in the ICU to check that she could breathe properly while strapped in. I think they do this for preemies or those under 6 lbs. Luckily, she passed. (If you don't pass, I think they try again or you rent a car bed.)

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The nurses here are trained as CRST's (there were some in my course) and they only check how the baby fits, not the install in the car.

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I've always wondered: Do hospitals require babies to leave in a safety seat if they're going home via bus, subway, or stroller/carrier?

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When we had dd almost 5 years ago, they checked that we had one and that it was installed RFing. Apparently they had had a couple parents who knew they should have a car seat, but installed it FFing or just set it on the seat FFing.

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our hospital made sure that we had a seat, but that was it. they made it perfectly clear at the l&d tour that the nurses couldnt install or check the install of seats for liability reasons. the hospital did host regular seat checks though, and we were encouraged to go to one to get the seat installed before baby was born

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Yes, they do check. Before we left we had to go to the front desk and show a RN our baby strapped in her bucket.

I haved no idea how knowledgeable they are.
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Does your hospital check your child restraint before you can be discharged? Are the people who do the checks knowledgeable?
with my two hospital births the nurse escorted us to the car, and made sure the carseat was installed properly.

with my homebirth, the local fire dept came by to make sure our carseat was installed properly.

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Not mine. They actually can't because they would be held liable if they missed something. They do make sure there is one and that the straps are tight enough but they cannot check the installation.
I have heard of some with CPSTs though

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I've always wondered: Do hospitals require babies to leave in a safety seat if they're going home via bus, subway, or stroller/carrier?

They do here, and it's absolutely ridiculous. I knew a couple who lived ACROSS THE STREET from the hospital and they STILL weren't allowed to leave unless the baby was in a carseat.

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Ours just checks off that you physically have a seat. There is no inspection, no help, no correction. I've had parents come in that didn't understand how to use the seat, and said the nurses said they couldn't help. I've also had parents that said, "Well, the hospital said it was OK! Why are you saying it's wrong?" To which I have to explain that the hospital only checks to see if you HAVE a seat, not how it's used!

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Yes, my kids were born at a small community hospital and the OB nurses are certified car seat technicians.

They checked the fit inside and went out to the car to check also. They give away new seats to anyone who needs a seat too.
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For my first 3 babies it was checked and looked over- but no one really looked at the base in the car to see if it was right. Then with my 4th my HUBBY put the seat in (roll eyes here lol) and the base was buckled, but no clip or mighty tight on it or anything! AND- this kills me- the nurse said Oh, that's ok it will be fine. I heard what was going on and got out of my car, back into my wheel chair (i wasn't walking) and had to fix the seat because I was NOT leaving until the baby was in right. DH and the nurse got a lesson in propper car seat safety
I just want to point out that in the majority of cases you don't need a locking clip and we never recommend the Mighty Tight. Mighty Tight's cause more harm then good, they damage seat belts, put too much strain on car seats, and will void the warranty of your car seat should it fail. All seat belts have been required to lock in someway since the 90's, so unless you have an older vehicle your seat belts will lock, even lap only belts. Check in your vehicle owner's manual to determine if you car seats lock at the retractor, by pulling the belt all the way out and "switching" it into locked mode, or at the latch plate, where a piece of the plastic/metal, swings/slides into place to "pinch" the belt and hold it in the locked mode.

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They do here, and it's absolutely ridiculous. I knew a couple who lived ACROSS THE STREET from the hospital and they STILL weren't allowed to leave unless the baby was in a carseat.
Unfortunately, there are parents that say they are going to take the bus/train/taxi, and leave in a car instead, without a car seat. It would be safer to assume that if the parents leave the hospital with a car seat, they will use it, as opposed to assuming that the parents will get one later if they leave the hospital without.

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My first was born in a hospital and they asked us to bring her seat up, but it wasn't a bucket so we told them we couldn't. They didn't even look at the car when we left.

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I just want to point out that in the majority of cases you don't need a locking clip and we never recommend the Mighty Tight. Mighty Tight's cause more harm then good, they damage seat belts, put too much strain on car seats, and will void the warranty of your car seat should it fail. All seat belts have been required to lock in someway since the 90's, so unless you have an older vehicle your seat belts will lock, even lap only belts. Check in your vehicle owner's manual to determine if you car seats lock at the retractor, by pulling the belt all the way out and "switching" it into locked mode, or at the latch plate, where a piece of the plastic/metal, swings/slides into place to "pinch" the belt and hold it in the locked mode.
GREAT INFO! And so very true.



Our hospital just made sure we had one,looked at it from across the room. I actually walked out holding DD. No one ever said anything.

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honestly, i thought it was kinda rediculous... our hospital did check it, but the baby HAD TO leave the labor floor in the car seat. we were like 'well, we have a convertible car seat that's already in the car, we cant take it out', but they told us we HAD TO...
so we ended up bringing a bucket seat that we borrowed from someone, buckle him in there, have the nurse check (that part was actually ok, she knew what she was doing, and helped my husband to make sense of it). and then we carried him to the car, unbuckled him and moved him to the convertible...
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Each time (two different hospitals) they checked to make sure there was a seat, but they did not check the straps or the seat itself.

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Ours just checked that we had a seat period. I am fairly certain that the volunteer helping us to the car had no idea whether the baby or the seat were properly installed.
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both babies were born in the same health region, different hospitals, so the same rules apply, but had different expereinces,

first baby checked that we had a seat, and checked how the baby was installed in the seat (they don't change it if wrong, just tell you and watchyou, they can't touch it, liability issue) no one comes to the car ever, there is not extra staff for that.

Second baby, they could see that the baby was in the seat as we walked by in teh hall, nurse behind the nurses desk, I said we are ready to go, and she said, okay bye, we left.
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4 babies, 2 hospitals and yes, they somewhat checked. They made sure we had an infant seat, 1 I remember checked the straps a bit, and 3 times (I think) we were escorted out to our car.

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