my baby likes to sleep in the car seat overnight, is that ok?

Ana - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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he is a month old, and he doesn't like sleeping in the crib

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Melissa - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Tara:



Quoting Melissa:




Quoting Emily:

This is the internet. Not anyone's safe space.








Why comment if you actually don't want to help anyone?









Hi Melissa, I agree with you as I have read a lot of her comments as well. It is interesting however though, I read on another post about leaving your child in the car while running into a store and she had said she does that but leaves the car running and doors locked. Hmmmm isn't this unsafe as well? I personally would never ever do this as I could never forgive myself if something happened. Isn't that leaving them unattended and at risk?? The advice for the most part is good but exactly, no need to be so rude. She is the only one on here I have seen so far that is like that, otherwise the other mom's/comments have been really great!






Hi, on the news about a month ago in sydney a lady left her car running so she could leave the air con on for her 5 month old baby while she ran in to pay a bill- any way the car was stolen with the baby in it and when  the car theif realised there was a baby he/she abandoned the car on the side of the road with the baby still inside. The baby was fine, but just makes you think why its not safe to leave a baby/child alone in a car

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This has been a topic talked about on a board I belong to. I would never do it.

The 2 Emilys.. I *heart* you girls!
Although I'd be scared out of my mind to walk away from my kid in the car, anywhere, for any reason. I'd never do it. There are some kooky people out there, locked or not.

Geraldine - posted on 04/14/2009

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I don't care what people say or do but please don't belittle people we are all here to give help not criticize.  I think everyone should delete their harsh words and help anyone who needs it.



Shame on you all who decided this was a battle ground

Melissa - posted on 04/14/2009

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They sell wraps to help swaddle your baby to they are very helpful if you aren'y very good at it like me safety first makes one i loved.

Geraldine - posted on 04/14/2009

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Curved spines has been a result of children sleeping in a car seat for long periods of time.  Start off with a small bassinet or wrap your child in a blanket or recieving blanket like they did in the hospital.  Sometimes a bed is too big and a child wrapped feels more comforted worked for all my kid.  Also with the small bassinet if you cannot afford one get a big laundry basket and you can put this on a washingmachine the motion will act as a ride in the care believe me this works for colic or kids who just don't want to sleep  or who is having a fussy time.  Be patient for he will eventually get into a routine.

Amber - posted on 04/14/2009

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I let my son sleep in his carseat and it resulted in torticollis, his muscles in his neck got stiff from staying in one position and his head became deformed, he had to wear a helmet to reshape his head and attended developmental therapy 2 times a week for a few months.  Also had to massage his muscles every hr. to help them loosen.

Tara - posted on 04/14/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Emily:

Omg I totally said that I leave my baby in the car for hours at a time so i can go clothes shopping. How bad is that!?
No. What I said is that when I get gas, in the winter, I run in to pay for the gas, come back out and pump it. While my 15 month old is asleep in the car that is running with heat on (because its freezing here still) with the doors locked. Get a life people.






Hi, i hope you arnt pumping gas while the car is running- this is extremly dangerous as it can cause a spark in the tank. There are signs all around petrol (gas depending on where you live) stations saying to turn engine off before pumping.





YES very good point, nicely put!!

Melissa - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Omg I totally said that I leave my baby in the car for hours at a time so i can go clothes shopping. How bad is that!?
No. What I said is that when I get gas, in the winter, I run in to pay for the gas, come back out and pump it. While my 15 month old is asleep in the car that is running with heat on (because its freezing here still) with the doors locked. Get a life people.



Hi, i hope you arnt pumping gas while the car is running- this is extremly dangerous as it can cause a spark in the tank. There are signs all around petrol (gas depending on where you live) stations saying to turn engine off before pumping.

Rosy - posted on 04/13/2009

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My advice is no! even if doctors advise it, if something goes wrong you will blame yourself. my little sister died from SIDS at 14 weeks because she slept in a chair. I have a lil boy and i would never let him sleep in the chair no longer than an hour at a time i would move him to a crib when hes asleep he prob just wants to be in a confined space so try swaddling him

Natalie - posted on 04/13/2009

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well I have always been told that it is bad and that a baby should not be in car seat for more than 2 hours !!! especially so young as your little one, they need to lay flat as anything else is bad for there spines ! It may well be tough but you should really try something to get your son lying flat when he sleeps, if he doesn't like his crib is it because maybe it's too exposed, try a moses basket for a while, they are smalled and babies sometimes feels more secure in them.

I'm intrigued to see people are telling you this is fine, because i'm not sure where they are getting that information from ?

good luck

Candice - posted on 04/13/2009

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my daughter had reflux and wouln't stay asleep anywhere except in her carseat. i talked to the doctors about it and they said that temporarily, the benefits (sleeping on an incline and actually having her GET SOME SLEEP outweighed the risk (bad back, whatever else). once she is old enough to turn over, i wouldn't recommend it though, but then, once she's old enough to turn over she can sleep however she's comfortable. my daughter chose her stomach and sleeps fine in her bed now.



IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE: there are other marketed products that allow your baby to sleep on an incline while still having the SIDS reduction safety factors. we couldn't afford them though.

Megan - posted on 04/13/2009

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It's not good for them at all... You really shouldn't be leaving your baby in their car seat all night. I know it's great because they'll sleep in it with no problems, but it can make their head flat if they favor one side or the other of their head. A woman I know left her baby in her car seat all night for several months [she didn't own a crib] and now the baby has to wear a helmet occasionally to round her head back out.

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I lost a baby at birth 2 years ago - most awful moment of my life. Before that, my first baby slept on her tummy for the first goodness knows how long. Everyone was shocked, because it's such a huge SIDS risk. Would I do it again? Yes, despite having lost a child and knowing the risk. Why? Because there are times when a mother's instincts really are best. You know your child better than anyone else does. You, and only you, have a gut instinct about what is right for your child. Trust that instinct. God gave it to you for a reason.



I personally wouldn't leave my child in a car seat unattended - babies look so uncomfortable in there anyway! - so overnight wouldn't be great for me. I like the idea of letting them fall asleep in there (if that's the only thing that works), but then transferring them to a crib/ cot/ bassinet later on. Even better is the sleep comfort wedge thing - the one with sides that come up. That prevents the head lolling forwards, keeps the baby fully extended, but still allows them to have that same snug feeling.

Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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Carseats are not designed for sleeping especially at night when the parents are not watching the seat at all times. Here are a few links as to why it is a bad idea.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/621689...



http://www.examiner.com/x-608-Early-Chil...



This question wasn't asked but it goes with the original post-  the cramped position poses a problem and places undue strain on the infant's back. It is the safest means of securing a baby in the event of an accident- but not the safest means of transporting a baby when the child is not in a car. I hate when I see babies being carried around like buckets and plunked on the ground. Babies belong in arms.



http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/safety/...



http://www.babycenter.com.ph/baby/buying...



Do not let your baby sleep in his car seat for long periods of time, as it can place a strain on your baby's developing spine.



 



 

Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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Omg I totally said that I leave my baby in the car for hours at a time so i can go clothes shopping. How bad is that!?
No. What I said is that when I get gas, in the winter, I run in to pay for the gas, come back out and pump it. While my 15 month old is asleep in the car that is running with heat on (because its freezing here still) with the doors locked. Get a life people.

Tara - posted on 04/12/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Emily:

This is the internet. Not anyone's safe space.






Why comment if you actually don't want to help anyone?





Hi Melissa, I agree with you as I have read a lot of her comments as well. It is interesting however though, I read on another post about leaving your child in the car while running into a store and she had said she does that but leaves the car running and doors locked. Hmmmm isn't this unsafe as well? I personally would never ever do this as I could never forgive myself if something happened. Isn't that leaving them unattended and at risk?? The advice for the most part is good but exactly, no need to be so rude. She is the only one on here I have seen so far that is like that, otherwise the other mom's/comments have been really great!

Melissa - posted on 04/12/2009

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Quoting Emily:

This is the internet. Not anyone's safe space.



Why comment if you actually don't want to help anyone?

Melissa - posted on 04/12/2009

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Ana I really hope you get some information here that will actualy help you. Even if it is not mine just hope you and your baby have a great start.

Melissa - posted on 04/12/2009

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You know what the sad thing is is you are very smart. I agree with what you say most of the time but not the nasty way you say it. If you said things a little differant and not so hurtfull you actually have the abbility to help sone people, but who would want to say thanks for the advice when you are acting like a nasty b. You get through to people with compassion not criticism.

Emily - posted on 04/12/2009

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Yeah she deserved to hear it. I'm not perfect but I have common sense, and I do not willingly put my child in danger to get a good nights rest. If she is going to ignore everyones good sound advice and risk sids anyways, then good riddance and i dont want to hear about it when your child suffocates. There are so many ignorant mothers on here that will do what they want no matter what.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Sleeping in a carseat is dangerous because the infants head can fall forward and block their airways.

Duh duh duh a million times duh. But hey dont listen to your internet strangers if you dont like their sensible advice. If your baby dies of SIDS in a carseat, dont come crying to circle of moms.



Oh my god. Do you think you are seriously perfect you go from post to post and say mean judgmental and uncalled for statements . How could you possibly say what you just said above? Nobody deserves that especially because SIDS is something we all think about pretty much every day, how dare you. You totally owe her an apology. Car seat does have a risk but using it supervised and responsibly i don't see a problem with it. Crib/ playpen/ Bassinet are always best but that is a very cruel thing to say.



 



Best advice I could possibly give is use your instincts try to supervise it, and look for something more permanent as yo may be stuck when you baby out grows it

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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We let our son sleep in his car seat...that was the only way he would fall asleep. However, we were always in the room with him, and we would move him to his crib once he was sound asleep. We never left him in the car seat overnight.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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No it is not okay. Its a huge SIDS risk. People will probably come in here all like "yo i did it and mah babiez fiiine" Yeah, they were lucky! Have you tried swaddling him? He might just like the confined feeling of the carseat. Find a way to help him sleep in his crib, because sleeping in a carseat is dangerous!



I agree with this- i was told this same thing- they like the carseats because of the snug feeling, so swaddle the baby nice and tight and you may find he sleeps  better in his cot.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2009

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My son (now 3yrs) slept in his carseat when he was 2 months. I did not know the risks then that I do now and I now have a 4 month old and I would never let him sleep in his carseat. It was ignorant for me to do it the first time and I am glad that I am better informed this time. I really don't think it is work the risk. I lost a son 1 1/2 yrs ago when he was 1 yr old (he had a lot of medical problems) and I could not even imagine losing another baby. If there is ANY chance of risking your childs life I wouldn't do it. There are articles about babies heads falling forward and they suffocate. Try putting a wedge in the crib that inclines them and also has the side to make them feel snug. You can find them at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart. Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 04/11/2009

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Sleeping in a carseat is dangerous because the infants head can fall forward and block their airways.

Duh duh duh a million times duh. But hey dont listen to your internet strangers if you dont like their sensible advice. If your baby dies of SIDS in a carseat, dont come crying to circle of moms.

Tara - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Frances:

Sleeping In a carseat is not dangerous even doctors have recommended it, just go with ur instincts cause If we were to listen to everybody telling us what to do then everybody would be raising our children no offense to anybody.


I do agree with you as I have gone with my instincts with some things and they have worked or turned out to be right! even against what the doctor has said. 

Frances - posted on 04/11/2009

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Sleeping In a carseat is not dangerous even doctors have recommended it, just go with ur instincts cause If we were to listen to everybody telling us what to do then everybody would be raising our children no offense to anybody.

Emily - posted on 04/11/2009

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No it is not okay. Its a huge SIDS risk. People will probably come in here all like "yo i did it and mah babiez fiiine" Yeah, they were lucky! Have you tried swaddling him? He might just like the confined feeling of the carseat. Find a way to help him sleep in his crib, because sleeping in a carseat is dangerous!

Tara - posted on 04/11/2009

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After reading what everyone wrote I guess it is okay!! I just heard it somewhere and I never had to use it for sleeping so definitely don't listen to me then lol. I did also hear about the back thing though however if doctors are advising it's okay and a doctor even did it for 6 months with their baby then by all means whatever works then for you!!

Marsha - posted on 04/10/2009

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My baby wanted to sleep in his swing for the first 4months and I asked the pediatrician about it. He told me his 4th son slept in his car seat for the first 6mos! So, if a doctor is ok with it I think it will be ok. My son wanted to stretch out when he went to sleep at about 5months. He's been sleeping in his crib since. I wouldn't worry about it.

Keesha - posted on 04/10/2009

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its fine!! my lil one only sleeps in her baby swing for like 6 months!! shes 5 now and fine!!

Melissa - posted on 04/10/2009

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in the instruction manual for my baby capsule it says not to use it as a bassinette because it is bad for their backs in extended periods

Jocelyn - posted on 04/10/2009

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there is no problem with that, just make sure that he doesn't start getting a flat spot on his head (my friend's son got a flat spot from sleeping in his carseat; but it's not that big of a deal, i have a flat spot too lol)

Andrea - posted on 04/10/2009

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My baby didn't sleep in the crib for 2 months...she slept in her vibrating chair at an angle...which my Dr. told me was fine and it helped with the potential of choking if she spit up, etc. Good Luck

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2009

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My son was born early and had an extended stay in the NICU where the babies always sleep at an angle. He has gotten so used to it that he will not sleep any other way. He slept in his car seat for almost 4 months, untill he got to big for it. Then I had to get a sleep wedge to put in his crib. The Doc says that it is better for his breathing because lying flat puts to much pressure on his lungs. Hope this helps.

Tara - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi Ana, 



I know how bad you need sleep and how important it is however I personally wouldn't make it a habit. I have heard and read that due to the angle they lie in it, there is a possibility that they could have trouble breathing. Just a thought!! 

Chrissy - posted on 04/10/2009

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I don't see why not. Just make sure that no animals can get to him (if you have any). And of course make sure it won't fall off of anything if you put it up. I say whatever makes him sleep so you can get some rest...go for it. He's a cutie!

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