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Newborn’s First Car Ride

The most important item for the trip home (besides your new bundle of joy) is a proper child safety seat or car seat. Every state requires parents to have one before leaving the hospital because it’s one of the best ways to protect your baby.

Even for a short trip, it’s never safe for one of you to hold your baby in your arms while the other drives. Your baby could be pulled from your arms and thrown against the dashboard by a quick stop.  Practice installing your car seat before your baby is even born.  Some of them can be tricky and the last thing you want is to be fussing with the car seat while holding your newborn out in the hospital parking lot!

There are two kinds of car seats for babies: infant-only seats (which are rear facing, and fit most infants comfortably) and convertible seats (which must face the back until the baby turns 2) that accommodate both infants and older children.  And I highly recommend you buy a head support (sold in the car seat section of the baby store) to cradle your newborn’s delicate little head so it doesn’t bobble side to side while he’s so tiny.  Keep in mind that most hospitals require that you bring your car seat in so the staff can be sure it’s safe for your baby.

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