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Don’t Let Sleeping Babies Lie

It’s no secret that babies need a lot of sleep – as much as 12-16 hours of sleep, depending on their age.  And, many times, the movement of a simple ride in a car can quickly induce sleep. It is tempting to not disturb your sleeping baby, however, a recent study by the Journal of Pediatrics found that “sitting devices” such as car seats, swings and bouncers, slings and strollers may lead to injury or even death if babies are permitted to sleep in them. Car seats had the largest percentage of documented injuries and deaths.

Asphyxiation was the cause of death in 52% of the cases, due to strangulation from the device straps. To avoid injuries, parents are urged to never leave babies, awake or sleeping, unattended while in these devices.

  • Do not allow your baby to sleep in a car seat overnight. Many parents falsely believe that bringing a car seat inside and placing it on the floor is safe. Unfortunately, the forward angle of the car seat out of its base may cause your baby’s head to fall forward into a position that makes it difficult for your baby to breathe.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet with sheets that will not slip off, without toys, bumper pads or any other obstructions.
  • Parents should also be cautioned that devices such as car seats, swings, bouncers, etc. should always be placed on firm, stable surfaces, with extra caution to be sure that buckles are fastened correctly. Straps and buckles should never be left undone.
  • Limit time in car seats, bouncers, strollers, etc. to no more than 30 minutes when possible.
  • Do not allow your day care provider to use a car seat as a napping device.
  • Never use a car seat for anything other than its intended purpose, which is to keep your baby safe in the car.
  • Never allow a baby, asleep or awake, to remain in a seat when the straps are loosened or unbuckled, so your baby can't move into a position that compromises breathing.

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