I know this is a much different topic than usual, but a friend of mine is having twins in a few weeks and she had asked me if I knew of a place to get affordable car seats, I said I didn’t right off the top of my head but would look around and get back to her. I asked what her budget was ($125 or less) and in one quick google search I found several nice, convertible car seats between $39 – 70 and I send her the links. She then informs me that the hospital requires you buy infant car seats in order to leave with the babies.So I’m just sitting there wondering how the fuck a hospital can tell you you’re not allowed to take your children home if you don’t buy an expensive infant car seat, that will need to be replaced anywhere from 2 – 1o months. It is true that some convertible car seats don’t have much, if any, head support for a newborn but they’re rear and front facing and there’s a simply and affordable solution to that support problem, buy a body support insert or make one if you have the sewing skills.
This “requirement” brought up some other questions as well, for example, what if the parent(s) don’t even have a car and they’ll be walking home or taking a bus?
Does the hospital insist they buy an infant car seat too, or would a sling be sufficient?Will the hospital allow them to go home on a bus or will they tell them they must rent a car/pay for a taxi? What if the family simply cannot afford to replace a car seat in less than a year?
I don’t have children yet, not sure I ever will, but even I realize that having even one baby is extremely expensive, even if you don’t buy all the unnecessary crap that’s marketed to new parents, so I don’t understand why anyone would buy infant cars seats when there is a more affordable and practical long-term option available.
From my childless standpoint this just seems like some bullshit.
I’d like to know what some parents think about all this, but keep in mind I’m talking about average size newborns between 5.5 – 10 lbs and about 20″ long.
Is this something you were required to do? Did you comply with their demand?
Do you think it’s okay for hospitals to have requirements that would force parents to spend more money than needed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.