Is it safe to put newborn twins in back seat alone? HELP!

Ayman - posted on 03/11/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )




I am supposed to give birth any day now! So starting to panic about an unanswered question. We got two Chico infant car seats and our car does not have any more room in the back after installing them. I am nervous that the babies will be unsupervised if they are all alone in the back for their very first car trip. Please let me know how you recommend handling this situation

- should I try to squeeze in between them in the back?

- should we split them up to take two trips home?

- any other suggestion?

Thanks for any suggestion you can provide from your experience!


Kaitlin - posted on 03/11/2012




Just ride in the front seat! They won't be trying to hit each other or escape from their car seats just yet. What are you worried about them doing back there? lol.

Try not to worry- they don't move much! Strap them in nice and cozy, don't give them a hood (just in case they get it off, lol) so you don't have to worry about that, and maybe hook up some mirrors to the headrests of your back seats so you can see them. It's okay! I was in the front for both of my boys coming home, and will be for this one too. I know the feeling though, you just want to keep watching them!


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Crystal - posted on 03/21/2012




when we took our boys home they were both around 5lbs and did not fit in the normal carseats well, we also used receiving blankets rolled up to give them extra support. It was only for the ride home to make sure they would have enough support if something was to happen. Although we also were over an hour away from home, and when we got home we basically only left when we had an appt, or need to go out. I am sure they will be fine back there on their own, dont worry most babies just sleep in the vehicle rides anyhow :) Good Luck

Kristy - posted on 03/21/2012




They will most likely be asleep on the way home. I sat in the front. We also only live 10-15 min. away from the hosp. If you are worried about not being able to see them, buy the mirrors that go on the head reast of the seat so you can see their reflection while in the car. One thing we did was we always put the same baby on the same side of the car (baby A was always on passenger side; Baby B was on drivers side) that way if one of them was crying, we could easily tell which one. My boys will be 4 in May. I wish you the best!

Jodi - posted on 03/13/2012




My babies were born early and had to come home in preemie carseats. We had to take two vehicles home since they could only be installed on the passenger side. So, they rode in seperate cars...and alone...and did great! Once they upgraded to "real" carseats, they had an hour long carseat test to ensure their vitals were strong enough to be in an upright position. But, I couldn't fit in the back with them, so they have always ridden alone back there and they do great!

Oh yeah, and I was advised by the nurses in the NICU station to not add anything to the carseats. Try not to worry *too* much! And congrats!!!!

Michele - posted on 03/13/2012




They will be fine as long as they are strapped in properly and the car seats are installed properly. I bought mirrors for the headrest in the back seat that allow me to see them from looking in the rear view mirror, they sell them in babies r us. My boys are 15 months, still rear facing and I love those mirrors!

Celeste - posted on 03/12/2012




Totally agree with Tricia. Babies will be fine! And yes, don't add anything that didn't come with the car seat (it should state that in the manual).

Tricia - posted on 03/12/2012




Ride in the front! They will be fine. You will worry and fret on your way home....all is to be expected. One of the best things to do is get the car seats installed by the police dept- most offer the service or a safe kids trained person. Most Car seats installed by parents are not installed correctly!

Also watch the add ons( the head rests etc Bc the seats are not always safety tested with most of the things the stores sell separately from the carseat. If you are worried about fit talk The hospital staff or someone certified to install carseats you can search - safe . I work at a children's rehab hospital and we install car seats free of charge. Best of luck:). This is such a nerve wracking time but also one of the sweetest:).

Kim - posted on 03/12/2012




My boys were alone for the ride home. I don't know if this is universal practice in all hospitals, but where I delivered all pre-term babies had to do a one hour car seat test. They took the boys into the nursery and observed there vitals to make sure they would tolerate the ride home ok. Don't panic! If your babies are healthy enough to go home, they Will be ok in the back alone. They Will most likely sleep the whole ride home! Good luck and Congrats.

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2012




When my girls came home I sit up front since I didn't have the room in my car. I have never sit in the back with them and they have always done really good. When they were born they were both 5lbs but still small and we had the nexk and body support but they still needed some more support so I would take the receiving blankets and roll them and then place them around them as well, that really worked for my girls.

Sharon - posted on 03/12/2012




Actually as far as the neck support goes, we were given these baby support "things" that go inside the seat before the infant. It's because the seats are too big and not supportive (head, neck) for some infants. Mine were both a little over 5lbs. The body supports can be found at Wal-mart, Target, Toys R Us, and Babies R Us, to name a few. Like I said, I wanted to get back there. They were fine without me, though. :-)

Ayman - posted on 03/11/2012




Thanks to both of you!! Very assuring!

@Kaitlin: My worry (lol - I know, I'm probably acting out from a first-time mom syndrome, forgetting how strong they really are!) was actually because of their unstable necks. Do the seats ensure (if fit properly) that their necks are in a steady and stable position?

Sharon - posted on 03/11/2012





I have 3-1/2 yr old twin boys. When we brought them home, and up until last November, we had a small SUV. I couldn't fit in between the 2 of them. So, we drove with the two of them in the rear by themselves. As my weight started to come off, I would occasionally ride in the back. It was not he norm, though.

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