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What is a car seat newborn insert?

 

Almost all group 0+ infant car seats come with a newborn insert. These are either a 'head hugger' and cushion (which is under the baby to lift them up) or just the head hugger on its own.

 

Newborn Insert 1


The purpose of the car seat newborn insert is to provide additional support and padding to a newborn baby when they are using the seat. The inserts also help ensure that babies fit in the harness, so they can be properly strapped in. The head hugger helps support the baby’s head, and if your seat comes with a cushion, it will lift the baby up to allow them to lie in a more natural position and will help prevent them becoming ‘scrunched over’.

As time goes on and your baby grows, the newborn cushion and head hugger can be removed; this is generally between 5-6 months of age.


Caution

If you take the car seat newborn inserts out too soon, it can cause baby to sit too low in the seat and not fit in the harness (as seen below)


Newborn Insert 2


When you remove the cushion from under the baby, it will ‘drop’ them down in the seat, giving them more room to grow. When you remove the insert, make sure that the harness straps are still level with or just below your baby’s shoulders; you may need to re-adjust the straps to fit your baby properly.

Blog-Quick-tip

Some car seat newborn inserts state a weight limit on them, and your child seat instruction booklet may also give guidance on removing the newborn inserts from the seat.


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Comments 2

Guest - Martha on Saturday, 06 December 2014 18:28

My baby is two months old and seems to be growing out of his newborn insert already :/ it seems really uncomfortable for him, he seems squished. What should I do?

My baby is two months old and seems to be growing out of his newborn insert already :/ it seems really uncomfortable for him, he seems squished. What should I do?
Guest - Good Egg Safety on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:02

Hi Martha,

Newborn inserts are designed to give your baby a more natural lying position in the seat, and these are typically outgrown at 5-6 months. Without seeing your baby in the seat however, it is very difficult to offer advice on removing the insert. If you bought your seat from a retailer, we would recommend visiting them to see if they are able to give you advice on removing the insert.

Hi Martha, Newborn inserts are designed to give your baby a more natural lying position in the seat, and these are typically outgrown at 5-6 months. Without seeing your baby in the seat however, it is very difficult to offer advice on removing the insert. If you bought your seat from a retailer, we would recommend visiting them to see if they are able to give you advice on removing the insert.
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