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How to get around singapore with 2 newborns and no car

Postby taleske » Fri, 06 Jan 2012 7:21 am

Hi there

My husband and I are relocating to Singapore from Australia next month and are expecting our first baby (babies actually as we are expecting twins!) in June.

We won't have a car and Im a little concerned about how we will get around with the newborns. In Australia you can't even leave the hospital unless your car is fitted properly with car seats for the newborns, so how does this work in singapore?

What is the best way for us to get around with the new borns? Is there a driver service we could hire that would put car seats in for us when we wanted to travel somewhere or can we take taxi or how do we go about this!?? We will be living in a condo in Robertsons Quay so we will be in walking distance to a lot of places but getting to doctor appointments etc we will need proper transport. any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you :)

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Postby nutnut » Fri, 06 Jan 2012 9:19 am

There is no public transport that offers proper safe transport for babies in Singapore other than having your own car. Simple as.
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Re: How to get around singapore with 2 newborns and no car

Postby the lynx » Fri, 06 Jan 2012 10:21 am

taleske wrote:Hi there

My husband and I are relocating to Singapore from Australia next month and are expecting our first baby (babies actually as we are expecting twins!) in June.


Congratulations!

From my experience (with others' babies), Singapore hospitals are not really concerned about having parents leaving with the newborn in vehicles without infant seats/restrainers.

On contrary, taxi drivers are more bothered about prams/strollers than babies themselves as these items are very bulky and requires time for passengers to unload, fold and load. They do not concern themselves with child seat or infant restrainer :-|

Like what nutnut said, having own car for this situation would be the best.

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Postby gravida » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:07 pm

Congrats!!!

You could get two prams that allow to attach car seats, but then - you will never be able to travel with the kids by yourself. You will always need someone else around. Unless you are able to locate a twin pram that goes with car seats???

Car seats are not required in this country, so I guess you will have lots of problems locating a company that could offer you a car with appropriate safety seats...
We get funny comments and weird looks when we say that we actually bought car when our kid outgrew the car seat that could be attached to the pram...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 09 Jan 2012 1:36 pm

With effect of 1 January, car seats or booster seats have become mandatory in private cars. Not yet mandatory in Taxi's though.....

http://www.spf.gov.sg/mic/2011/111223_seat_belt.htm

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Postby gravida » Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:37 pm

Good that there is a change, but... restraints and booster seats do not give real protection. All the "good" car seats companies stopped to produce booster seats, as children should be placed in a proper car seat for the best protection.

Anyway, good to see that things are changing the right direction, even if the laws are not actually up to the current safety standards ;)

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