In the lead up to the birth of our daughter last Summer I spent hours cleaning the house, sorting out my hospital bag, going to NCT classes, and generally preparing mentally myself for the birth, as well as sunbathing as we were experiencing a really hot summer in London. My husband was also spending time sorting out the car seat, fixing the ISOfix base into the car, working out where we going to park, and collecting loads of £1 coins for the hospital car park.
Once our little girl arrived and enduring nearly a week in hospital we were really excited to be taking her home, and to be finally getting out of hospital. I had a C-section so I could barely move at all, and I remember carefully and slowly packing everything up in our tidy cubicle on the maternity ward. We had so much stuff to take home that my husband had to make many trips to and from the car. Finally we left late on a Friday night with a baby, loads of drugs and the hope that we would get a good night’s sleep.
I remember the walk to the car being one of the hardest things I have done, I could barely move my legs, or stand up, so I was walking bent over in half – I must have looked really silly. Getting into the car was incredibly difficult, we had recently got a new BMW 3 Series which is really low to the ground, and getting into that when I just had a C-section was hard without causing excruciating pain, it took a few deep breaths. The drive home was equally as painful as there were so many speed bumps between the hospital and our house, I was literally having to hold my stomach over every speed bump and I asked my husband to drive over them at a snails pace (I think we had a car tailgating us pretty much all the way home, which wasn’t too nice).
Looking back now at our journey from hospital to home it went with no hick-ups, apart from a very painful experience for me. However in the run up to the birth we were so pre-occupied with getting everything ready for the birth that we didn’t pay any attention to our safety and our baby’s safety coming home. Partly this was due to us having a new car, but you never know what could happen especially with loads of speed bumps and tailgating cars. As I said car safety was not our top priority but did you know that there are 700,000 newborns who will make their first journey home from hospital by car this year, that’s a huge number, and as many as 1 in 4 of these babies may travel home on illegal tyres. These statistics are really high, and could have massive consequences should there be any issues with your tyres whilst travelling. We only had a short journey on slow London roads, but I’m sure that many babies would be taking their first journey on motorways in cars travelling at much higher speeds.
To overcome any concerns or worries with your car, Point-S are offering free tyre checks throughout the Summer on your vehicle. It’s really easy, simply pop along to any Point-S tyre dealership and ask about their free summer tyre check, they will check your tyres for wear and tear, and show you what to look out for, as well as checking to make sure your tyres are correctly inflated. Brilliant, and it’s free!
I would recommend that for anyone preparing for birth and planning to have their baby in hospital, to not forget about getting your tyres checked. I found my nearest branch by entering my postcode into their branch finder.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Point-S.