Sleeping in carseat

Susan - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Our 6-week-old will sleep through the entire night if we leave her in the carseat. She seems resistent to sleeping in her crib, though she did just fine in the crib in the beginning. We have left her in the carseat the past couple of nights. I don't want to do it if it causes any harm--any thoughts or opinions?? Has anyone else dealt with this???

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Danica - posted on 03/24/2010

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Hey I know it seems really harmless in having your baby sleep in the carseat, but really it has been proven not safe at all. Babies are known to stop breathing while in their carseat as there head goes forward and they suffocate. I am telling you just to inform you, not to scare you. For naps where you can monitor your baby more readily I can see it being ok, but at night I would be really careful. Here is a bit more information http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safed... Hope this helps. All the best!

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Lillitu - posted on 03/27/2010

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melissa- that's really strange, as the carseat makes it easier for them to breathe than laying flat on their back or sides- there is no weight on their lungs when they are upright like that.

my pediatrician actually recommended my infant sleep in a carseat when he had a head cold to help him breathe...

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2010

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I would be careful about this. I have read a few reports about babies not being able to breathe properly when sleeping for lengths of time in a car seat. While it would be great to have your six week old sleep through everynight, I would rather have her wake and myself be tired than take the risk.
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Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 3 year old literally slept in a carseat until he was almost 4 months old. Then all of the sudden he wanted to sleep in his crib and did there after. It didn't harm him at all. And you need any rest you can get with young children. I think she'll sleep in the crib again when she gets too big or uncomfortable in the carseat.

Anna - posted on 03/25/2010

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I don't think this will cause any harm, but personally I'd only use it as a last resort. My suggestion is to keep trying the crib. I found with my daughter that she felt more sercure in tight spaces. You could try swaddeling himthen rocking him to sleep and then putting him in his crib. Gradually he should begin to feel more and more comfortble with this. After a while of this you could start putting him to bed awake, but swaddled and eventually the swaddling can be stopped.
This is what worked for my daughter, but remember every babys different.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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i dont think any harm but its not safe if not buckled in.. try a passant seat its cozy and soft vibrated withj the gentlest music my son now 5 months slept inthat for like first month, not he sleeps in his crib..

Lillitu - posted on 03/25/2010

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sleeping in a car seat is fine, and my pediatrician even said when they have a cold it is preferable- as they can breathe better...

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughters both slept very well in a their seat, its craddles n comforts them. I think its just fine to do it sometimes, but try having them get use to the bed also, so u dont have any issues with them wanting to sleep in it! like i kinda had with my new baby at first a little... but she still loves to sleep in her swing also on lil naps.

Randee - posted on 03/23/2010

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we figured out that our son had mild acid reflux because of all of the lquids children consome. we did prop him on his side with his head up before he was mobile as they taught us a childrens. Then the Dr perscribbed an acid reducer and the first night was noicely different. this is a stage he grew out of when he began eating more solid foods.

Lise - posted on 03/23/2010

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Just make sure his chin isn't near his chest - that can constrict his breathing. Any chance he has reflux? It may be uncomfortable for him to lay flat if so. Have you ever tried propping up his mattress?

Iysha - posted on 03/23/2010

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I actually just read about this in Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. It said that it may look like baby is uncomfortable but as long as baby is not sleeping in something that is moving (swing, car, vibrating infant seat) than it's fine and baby will get quality sleep. The book said that sleeping in car seat is not harmful but, break the habit if you can...try to get that baby in a bed! Lol.

Keeshea - posted on 03/23/2010

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My nephew slept in his carseat at times. I don't think that your baby would be harmed by sleeping in the carseat. However, you do not want to make it a habit. You might have to transition her to the crib slowly. For instances, you could put the carseat in the crib. Allow her to sleep like that for a while. Then slowly, put her in the crib (without using the crib) while she is sleeping. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 03/23/2010

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My daugher slept in her bouncy chair until she was about 12 weeks. We found if we laid her in her crib when she was a newborn she would keep waking up and spitting up everywhere. The bouncy chair kept her upright and all her food in her tummy and she would also sleep through the night. She is now 5 months old and has been sleeping through the night in her crib since 12 weeks. I don't think sleeping in her car seat at this age is a problem as long as you break the habit before they get too old.

Liisa - posted on 03/23/2010

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My little one (almost 4 months old now!) often naps in his car seat. He rarely sleeps during the day in his crib, not from lack of trying, but if we're out for a walk or drive when we come home he will stay sleeping in his car seat for an hour or so. I have not heard of any harm that can be caused by this, but I am certainly no expert. All I know is that it can be very frustrating when our little ones don't sleep and new mom's would be willing to do just about anything (within reason, of course) to get some rest!

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