Are Car Seats Safe for Sleep?

The recent recall of the Fischer Price Rock n’ Play has parents questioning the safety of all sleep on an incline, including sleep in a car seat.

 In a recent article, Consumer Reports addressed the question, is ok for a baby to sleep in a car seat?  

In short, yes. It is safe to allow your baby to sleep in a car seat for a short period of time when it is used properly. That is:

  •  The car seat should be installed correctly

  • Only approved positioners should be used

  • The 5-point harness should be buckled

  • Your baby should be supervised

  • Use the car seat with it’s approved stroller 

  • Do not use your car seat outside of the car or stroller

According to the article:

Infant car seats are designed to include a five-point harness system, which is key to maintaining proper and safe positioning. Infants don’t yet have the neck or torso strength to keep their heads up and prevent slouching. 'Infant car seats have been designed and tested not only to protect your baby in a collision but also to ensure that if your baby does fall asleep in the seat, the risks of slumping down, chin to chest and blocking airflow, are low. Still, car seats aren’t appropriate for extended, unobserved sleep.

The recent recall of the Fischer Price Rock n’ Play has parents questioning the safety of all sleep on an incline, including sleep in a car seat.

 

In a recent article, Consumer Reports addressed the question, is ok for a baby to sleep in a car seat?  

 

In short, yes. It is safe to allow your baby to sleep in a car seat for a short period of time when it is used properly. That is:

  • The car seat should be installed correctly

  • Only approved positioners should be used

  • The 5-point harness should be buckled

  • Your baby should be supervised

  • Use the car seat with it’s approved stroller 

  • Do not use your car seat outside of the car or stroller

 

According to the article:

Infant car seats are designed to include a five-point harness system, which is key to maintaining proper and safe positioning. Infants don’t yet have the neck or torso strength to keep their heads up and prevent slouching. 'Infant car seats have been designed and tested not only to protect your baby in a collision but also to ensure that if your baby does fall asleep in the seat, the risks of slumping down, chin to chest and blocking airflow, are low. Still, car seats aren’t appropriate for extended, unobserved sleep.

At home children should always be removed from their car seat and placed on their back in their crib for all sleep.

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