Head supports aren’t actually necessary for car seats at all. Your car seat is designed to protect your child’s head in a crash on its own. The only reason they are included is to help your child’s head wobble less as they grow their neck muscles. They also provide a soft place for your infant to rest their cheek.
Do newborns need neck support in car seat?
We don’t need to immobilize them; their head can move toward the side. We need to make sure their airways stay open in the car though so they can breathe. Their airways are only the size of a drinking straw, so they require protection for several months.
Can a bumpy car ride cause shaken baby syndrome?
New parents are often anxious about inadvertently injuring baby, but for the most part you can relax. Jiggling baby while adjusting them in a carrier, seeing their head accidentally flop to the side as you pick them up or going over a bumpy road in the stroller or car seat won’t cause shaken baby syndrome.
Is it OK for newborn to sleep with head to side?
Most parents know that the safest way to put their baby to sleep is on its back. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies who always sleep with their head to the same side can develop flat spots.