Going Home
- When can my baby go home?
- Preparing for discharge
- Transporting baby home
- Who will help at home?
- Adjusting to life outside
- Baby's health at home
- Feeding at home
- Follow up care
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Transporting your baby home

Where possible, you should always use a rear-facing baby car seat, even on short journeys. If you do not own a car, it may be possible to borrow or hire a baby seat if travelling by taxi.

Premature baby charity BLISS makes the following recommendations when transporting your baby by car:

  • Try your baby in the car seat before going home to make sure that he/she is safe and comfortable.
  • Use 'head hugger' supports which fix into car seats if your baby is still quite small.
  • Practice fitting the baby seat into your car.
  • Only use a rear-facing baby seat for a newborn baby.
  • Never use a baby seat in the front if a passender seat airbag is fitted.
  • Do not buy or use a second hand baby seat unless you are fully aware of its history.

Research has indicated that certain babies can have breathing problems if they stay in a car seat for long periods. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued guidelines in the use of car seats for premature and low birthweight babies:

  • Avoid keeping your baby in the seat for any longer than is necessary.
  • Recline the seat as much as possible when in the car.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the car seat.
  • Only use the baby seat in the car and not on an integrated travel system for feeding or sleeping.
  • Keep car travel to a minimum for the first few months where possible.