Study Warns Against Infants Sleeping In Car Seats
Infant sleep, like transitioning to solids, is a topic that comes up often among new parents. We are equally concerned about the amount of sleep baby is getting and the lack of sleep we are getting. When a new parent is fighting for their baby to take a nap they will try almost every product or suggestion to find the sleepy dust.
The problem with this method is that devices such as a swing, bouncers, and yes, even a car seat are not meant as a sleeping solution. These devices do not follow the AAP’s Safe Sleep Initiative, “Back To Sleep, Tummy To Play”.
The AAP also cites that improper use can be blamed for the death of 348 babies over the past 10 years. “When the devices are not used as directed, infants can fall, fall from an elevated surface on which the device was placed, or flip onto a soft surface and suffocate. They also can be injured or killed with improper buckling of car seat straps.”
That’s not to say that your infant should NEVER sleep in a car seat, as long as the base is properly installed, the seat will be at an appropriate angle making it A-OK to use, but only while traveling! Also, don’t forget to check on the baby every 90 minutes if you are on a longer road trip.