Parents and caregivers should feel confident that using an infant car seat is essential in a car, but a baby shouldn’t be left unattended in a car seat, and it shouldn’t be your baby’s primary sleeping place, Thomas says. Neither a car seat nor an inclined sleeper is an appropriate substitute for a crib or bassinet.
Can a baby be in a car seat too long?
According to the study’s authors, having your infant in the upright position that’s created in a car seat for an extended period of time could increase the risk of suffocation—and they urge parents to avoid keeping their infants in car seats for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Why can’t babies sleep in car seats?
“The baby can easily slide into that unsafe C shape where they go chin to chest,” Hutka says. “When you don’t buckle a baby up, they can squirm and squiggle and even get fully sideways or upside down in that car seat and get themselves trapped and compromise their airway.”
Do car seats cause SIDS?
Only 10% of the car seat deaths occurred when a seat was being used “as directed,” that is, while protecting a baby in a moving vehicle, the study found. Colvin’s team did not investigate why leaving an infant in a car seat outside a vehicle increases SIDS and accidental suffocation risk.
Why do babies suffocate in car seats?
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.
Can a 2 month old travel by car?
When can a baby safely travel by car? Your newborn probably arrived home by car, so there are no real restrictions on road trips, other than the general reminder about immune-system development. However, everyone will probably need a break every hour or so for feedings, changings, and cuddling.