Before your baby is discharged home from your birthing facility, an appropriate car seat must be available to take your baby home in. Ideally, your car seat will be properly installed and checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) before the big day of taking your infant home.
Unfortunately, most car seats are not properly installed and many parents do not secure their infant properly in the car seat. This could result in serious injury or death in the event of an accident. Be proactive and get your car seat checked. To find an inspection station near you, visit www.seatcheck.org and www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
- Car Seat 411
- Infant-only Car Seats
- Convertible Car Seats
- Car Seat Safety Tips
- Common Car Seat Misuses
- How to Install a Car Seat
- Apnea (cessation of breathing)
- Bradycardia (drop of heart rate below 100 beats per minute), and
- Desaturations (drop in oxygen saturation < 90%).
If your baby fails the car seat test, a retest will be done and if needed, arrangements for a car bed will be made. Learn more about Car Beds.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST