In January we’ll be bringing our baby home from hospital. It is our second time doing this, four years ago we brought home our daughter. While it is a wonderful moment, loading the baby up into the car, there are a few things to think about before we are on our way.
1) The car seat base: It is a so important to have your car seat base installed in the car BEFORE you get to the hospital. There is no time for fooling around with it when you are in the pick-up line. To be extra safe take your car seat base to the fire station and a fireman will be more than happy to install the base correctly and make sure it is snugly secured in the car.
2) Practice the straps: Make sure you know how to adjust the straps for baby before you try and secure baby. It is not a bad idea to practice strapping a doll in a few times. You want to make sure your baby is secure but you will really need to fit the straps to your baby the first time you put him or her in. Do not do this quickly. Take your time making sure the baby isn’t pinched. Also, an infant can grow very quickly so you’ll be adjusting the straps quite a bit in the first few weeks. You’ll need to be up on how to adjust them as needed on a weekly basis.
3) Make room for Mom: This may not be for everyone, but I really like sitting in the back seat with the baby when we ride home. It is the baby’s very first time in the car. I think it is nice for Mom to stay in the back and watch baby while you take your first journey home together. It is also the best way to make sure that baby is safe and comfy while you ride!
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