Did anyone just use a convertible car seat instead of the infant seat? Are there any issues when leaving the hospital without an infant seat? I would like to baby carry when we are out and about as well as around the house. I don't care if I have to take the baby out if s/he is sleeping. That doesn't bother me.
I just want to make sure a convertible car seat is as safe as an infant seat for a new baby. Also, any suggestions as far as which seat is the safest/best?
A convertible is just as safe as an infant seat if it fits the baby well. Not all convertibles fit newborns, despite having a 5# minimum weight limit. When rear-facing, as a newborn must be (for several years!), you need to make sure that the straps are BELOW the child's shoulders. Convertibles that generally fit newborns include the Graco MyRide, Combi Coccoro, Cosco Apt, and Evenflo SureRide.
I asked ahead of time and again while there and the staff was fine with coming to car to check it. My husband ended up bringing it up and carrying her out in it but the staff walked us out anyway and waited with with me while he brought the van up. Actually pretty standard practice around here to be escorted to your car.
We did a convertible from birth for Bee (the Combi Coccoro) and it fit her 8 lb well and was easy for us. If we really did not want to wake her sometimes we took the whole thing out since it was so light.
Mama to Monkey (Jan '09), Bee (May '11), and Cat (August, '13)
I used a convertible at the start, and didn't have any trouble with the nurses checking. They just checked the seat in the car prior to discharge.
There aren't any car seat checks with a homebirth, so I can't help with that part.
We've had an Evenflo Momentum since DS was born and love it. It's rated from 5-65lbs, so he could be in it from the start and it'll last us a while. It's a big, sturdy seat, but well-padded and DS seems pretty comfortable in it - he falls asleep every time we go for a car ride! It also has the LATCH system which makes it really easy to install if you have the hooks in your car.
That's exactly what the nurse did where we delivered.
We've had DD in a Graco MyRide 65 since birth. She was born 7 lbs 3 oz, was 6 lbs 11 oz when we left the hospital. It's worked out great. She's not a huge fan of the in/out process but she probably wouldn't be in an infant seat, either, and she's getting used to it.
Newly single, chronically sleep deprived mama to my little wild thang , born 11/17/12
We aren't using infant seats, and we've been told that if the babes are early or have any breathing problems then we will have to bring the seats inside to do a breathing test in the carseats. Otherwise, DH can pull the van up to the front of the hospital and the nurse that discharges us will walk us to the car. The babes can be transported in a stroller off the hospital floor, but they can't be held in arms on the way down unless I ride in a wheelchair.
Here is a really good chart for figuring out which carseats have harness straps that are appropriate for infants:
Personally, I have small babies and I assume that the twins will be even smaller than my other two, so I wouldnt go with straps higher than 7'' (that's lower than most bucket seats).
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)