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I'm one of I'm sure many moms based in NYC (I'm in Park Slope) without a car. I'm wondering: how do you transport a baby safely in a cab? Do you need to find cab companies that provide cabs with carseat bases, or is there a way to safely strap in a carseat using just the seatbelt? What do you do when you have to travel with your baby in a cab? Thanks!
Re: How to safely ride in a cab with a baby?
I got curious and researched this. Apparently, NYC cab drivers are exempt from the car seat rules.
One of the articles I found online recommended getting a car seat that doubles as a stroller. I found a link to something like this here:
It looks like the thing, which can also be used as a booster seat in restaurants, weighs a ton, but maybe you could use it when you know you are going out in a cab.
I'm in Park Slope too
Supposedly if you call for a car service, tell them you need a carseat and they can include it (for a fee). I don't think the car service on 7th ave (with the smiley face stickers) has any, but I've heard the one way down on 5th ave (Arecibo I think?) does. They'll even strap it in before they get there.
Not sure what to do if you are catching a cab unexpectedly-- I've known people who just babywear, and dont use a seat, not sure how I'll feel about that when the time comes... suppose it depends on where you are going...
Some car services have carseats but you have to call in advance to secure one. Blue Car Service (1-877-800-2583, it's on the corner of Atlantic and Court Street kind of far from you) always has one available and it's an extra $5. However, you are required to strap it in.
I bought the Maxi-Cosi carseat (infant carrier) and used that with a snap and go as a stroller for the baby's first 6 months (then move to teh citymini). The carseat can very easily be installed in a car WITHOUT the base. I have used the carseat numerous times (in yellow cabs) and have become a pro at installing/uninstalling it quickly. It's usually hit or miss with getting a friendly and helpful cab driver but that's just part of living in the city.
You can also (legally) use a baby carrier (ergo, bjourn) and just strap yourself in with the seatbelt. I've done this a few times, too. It's not the best route to go but when your in a pinch, you do what you have to.
I don't know what will happen once my little one gets bigger! Hope this helps.