New York State requires any newborn infant to leave the hospital in a car seat. If your car does not have a car seat for the baby’s trip home, staff will request the mother and baby to sit in the back seat. If you need a car seat, the Onondaga County Health Department Auxiliary sponsors a car seat rental program. For a small fee, you can be certain that your baby will arrive home safely. Rentals can be arranged for up to six months, but it’s important to call several weeks ahead to reserve a car seat. Call 315/435-8485 for more information.
There are many different kinds of car seats, so it is helpful to know how yours works before the day of discharge. If you cannot afford a car seat and live in Onondaga County, call the Onondaga County Car Seat Program and Greater Syracuse Safe Kids Coalition at 315/435-8485. If they have available car seats available, they will provide you with one.
For assistance installing your car seat, the following agencies are available in Onondaga County:
Syracuse City Police Department
2109 Erie Boulevard, Syracuse, NY
Tuesdays: 4 pm – 6:30 pm
Fridays: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
315/442-5130 to make an appointment if you cannot be there on Tuesdays or Fridays.
There is no charge for this service and you do not have to live in Onondaga.
Manlius Police Department
Traffic Safety Program
Onondaga County Health Department
If you are hearing impaired or need a language interpreter, please notify the Admitting Office as soon as possible at 315/470-7361. Our free Language Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you. Also, it is very important to have an interpreter upon discharge and at follow-up appointments. Our TTY line is 315/470-7914.