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When to install carseat

Keep trying to Google but i didnt find any answers. When is everyone installing theirs?

Re: When to install carseat

  • edited November 2015
    Not until just before birth if at all - last time with my 3rd I had it in the car from 38 weeks but didn't need it until 2 weeks after my due date. I'm not sure it needs installing before baby is here so this time it will stay in the house until I go into labour.
  • Probably not until baby is about to come home from the hospital.
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  • I'm going to have the base installed 2 weeks before my due date but won't put the infant seat in the car until I go to the hospital in labor.
  • I put base in car at 38 weeks with my first and had it inspected . Didn't put carrier on base til we left for hospital at 41 weeks for baby to be born after water broke
  • With my first we did it a few weeks before and took it to the fire department to get checked. With this one since we know how to do it and I will be in the hospital for a minimum of 3 nights, we know we will have time and we will wait until we bring him home, we did just ring the seat and base up from the basement and it waiting in the closet. :smiley:
  • We put the base in yesterday and will get it inspected as soon as we can get an appointment with the fire department. If the baby comes early we want everything to be set.
  • I'm not doing it just yet, but we have two toddlers in our car already. I figure if she comes early I can just have my husband bring the carseat (you don't need the base to install) to the hospital. If she doesn't come early, we're home birthing - so I don't really need it until we leave the house for the first time. I think the general "rule" for first time mom's is to install the base by 38 weeks.
  • Bases are in. Carseat is in the nursery and we'll pop it in on our way to the hospital for delivery. 
  • We are having a home birth so we don't need to install it until we go somewhere. But if we were doing a hospital birth we still wouldn't install it until we were at the hospital. We would have it ready to go before then but not installed. I would hate to, God forbid, get into a wreck and have to replace a car seat that had never been used.
  • I'm actually thinking about installing it about 2 weeks before my scheduled c-section so my DS1 can get used to the idea that there is another car seat that isn't his. We are moving his to the other side of the car as well, so I don't really want him to get all upset about being "replaced" by a new baby. We'll see...
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  • Bases are in as they don't really take up any room. Car seat is ready to go with the hospital bag!
  • We have already installed the bases in both our cars. It's a used seat. We really wanted to see if we could fit all three car seats in our cars and we can - even in the Honda Civic. I think we have always installed them a few weeks early. If the baby comes before 36 weeks, it will most likely require a hospital stay after you are released. But I wouldn't want to have to worry about installing it when I'm in labor.
  • I've already installed mine...
    But, I plan to take it out soon- I don't want to get used to it being back there and forgetting when the baby gets here.
  • Tommorow. Nothing wrong with being organized! ;)
  • Our doc recomended doing it 4 weeks before due date and get it inspected at the police station.
  • This is our first child. We installed on Thanksgiving. Our cousin is a NICU nurse and certified to inspect car seat installations. She was at Thanksgiving, so we wanted her to check everything over. Now the car seat is in the house, but the bases are installed and ready to go. I'm a planner and a preparer, so it would make sense that I already have this checked off my list. To each his own!
  • I took advantage of the warm weather on Thanksgiving and installed the base. I've had to install one with frozen fingers before and it wasn't fun. As it turns out, the LATCH system in my car is easy to access. So maybe at the very least you could be checking your car's manual for child seat placement recommendations and how accessible the LATCH system is.
  • I installed mine early due to being high risk, and have already had it checked. i would say no later that 26 weeks just incase baby decides to make an early appearance. 
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