When should you put a carseat in the car?

How many weeks pregnant should you put the carseat in the car?

Anytime between 35-37 weeks is a good time to install your infant (or convertible) seat in preparation for the big day. If you go into labor before 35 weeks, your baby will probably spend some time in the NICU, so you’ll have plenty of time to figure it out in the meantime.

Should a car seat go behind the driver or passenger?

Install in the Backseat

The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.

What side should the car seat be on?

The safest place for your child’s car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child’s head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

When Should I pack my hospital bag and install car seat?

When to Pack a Hospital Bag

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It’s between 37 and 42 weeks. You can try to naturally induce labor by walking every day and eating spicy foods, but that may just give you sore feet and heartburn instead of making your baby arrive by their due date.

Should a pregnant woman sit in the front seat of a car?

The safest place in a car for a pregnant woman is in the back seat with a seat belt on; make sure the lap belt is tucked under your belly for maximum safety. If riding as a passenger in the front of the car, push the seat as far back as it will go and do not turn off the air bags.

Can you put car seats side by side?

The left-side and the right-side of the back seat are both appropriate positions for the second car seat. Many people have opinions on which is the safest position, but highway safety reports show that there is no statistical difference in terms of safety.

When can kids go forward facing?

While parents are legally able to turn their children’s restraint to forward facing at six months, there are studies that show that it is far safer to keep them rear facing for longer.