Is it okay to let a baby sleep in the car seat instead of the crib at night?

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2009 ( 245 moms have responded )

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I have a one month old and she doesn't like to sleep in her crib at night won't sleep in her swing but my husband tried putting her in her carseat in her room and she slept for like 6 hours. I really need the sleep so is it okay for her to sleep in there while she gets her schedule down?

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User - posted on 03/17/2009

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When my daughter was first born her doctor reccomended she sleep in her carseat because of reflux. She slept there until she started rolling over. She is now 5 1/2 and is very healthy.

Jane - posted on 03/17/2009

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You need sleep but the baby needs proper sleeping arrangements. Take the advice all others are giving...don't do it. The airway obstruction issue MUST be your biggest worry. If anything were to happen to your precious little girl you would spend the rest of your life living with the guilt of putting her in that seat....I know it's harsh but heed the terrific advice that is being shared with you. Talk to your doctor about your safe options.

Sonia - posted on 03/14/2009

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I just want to note that babies die of SIDS in their cribs too. I don't think its fair to say it is from sleeping in the carseat...plus I also dont think its fair to say that parents who let their babies sleep in carseats are abusing their children...because you wouldnt advise a mother to not use the carseat in the car...if a mother didnt use a carseat and you saw her with the baby in her arms while in the car you would say that is abuse or neglect..Im sorry but you cant have it both ways....from the way I'm reading it most of the arguments here have to do with the carseats being unsafe period has nothing to do with the baby actually falliing asleep. Your argument suggests using carseats at anytime would be abuse...Plus from the question I didnt get that the baby would be in tthe carseat all day or even all night...Im sorry to hear that babies are left in car seats all day...but honestly I do not see anything wrong with it for short periods of time...



 

Brooke - posted on 03/17/2009

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use a wage pillow in her bed i did that and my daughter slept all night long and snug her too like the hostpail does it works belivie me

Kristine - posted on 03/15/2009

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Recent studies show that sleeping in the car seat for over an hour can cause SIDS. Because their chin lowers to their chest, and their underdeveloped neck contracts, depressing the windpipe.

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Katie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Letting your baby sleep in the car seat at night is not good. A mom in my family let her son sleep in the car seat at night and now he has problems with his feet and must wear braces to correct his feet...try using a bassinet, swaddling, giving a bath before bed. They are used to the comfort of being in your belly for nine months and sometimes you need to mimic that.

Kimberly - posted on 03/23/2009

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my daughter slept in her seat all the time... it was the only way she would sleep, she is now 2, and sleeps in a twin size bed, so i say go for it as long as she sleeps and you have the seat in a safe spot!!!

Zojoho - posted on 03/16/2009

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Can I just ask..what type of carseats are you people using for your babies to be able to sleep in them??



The carseats that we use here in Australia wouldn't be something that you would take out of your car on a daily basis. I'm assuming you are talking about a seat that is in the shape of what we call a "capsule" over here.



With the style of carseats that we own (we have 5  of them as we have 2 cars), there's no way you would unhook them from the anchor point and then put them in the baby's cot...it's just way too awkward and bulk..let alone unsafe.



I'm just curious that's all. 

Angela - posted on 03/16/2009

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bad idea, so dangerous. your baby could stop breathing don't take the risk

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2009

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my daughter refuses to sleep in her cradle, but sleeps best in her carseat, bouncy chair or swing. I've heard it is bad for them but its how she she sleeps best.

I've also heard co-sleeping is bad and we do that also. Go with what your baby likes, but our carseat is super reclined so try and find one like that if possible so her head doesnt flop forward.

Sarah Weeks - posted on 03/16/2009

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babies should never spent more than 3 hours in a car chair as its bad for their spines. i used to wrap a blanket around my eldest son so his arms were down by his side like they used to in the olden days like swaddling. it worled for him when he was tinny and then he got into a routine.

Sarah Weeks - posted on 03/16/2009

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babies should never spent more than 3 hours in a car chair as its bad for their spines. i used to wrap a blanket around my eldest son so his arms were down by his side like they used to in the olden days like swaddling. it worled for him when he was tinny and then he got into a routine.

Trouble - posted on 03/15/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

Is it okay to let a baby sleep in the car seat instead of the crib at night?

I have a one month old and she doesn't like to sleep in her crib at night won't sleep in her swing but my husband tried putting her in her carseat in her room and she slept for like 6 hours. I really need the sleep so is it okay for her to sleep in there while she gets her schedule down?


not at all the baby needs to lay flat  for its back to form correctly

User - posted on 03/15/2009

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Hi. I don't think you should worry so much.



I think your child likes the car seat coz she's nice and snug inside. So, maybe you just swaddle your child with a baby wrap or towel, reason being that your child was very well cushioned and protected in you for the past 10 months. Now she's out only for 1 month, she would not be secure in a big crib.



I haven't really used a real car seat on my child, but I've used a baby cradle that can rock and double up as a 'car seat' sometimes when i need to have my son sleeping with me in the same room, eg whe i switch on the aircon and i close my room door. I can't tell whether he's crying. His crib is in the room next door.



As for co-sleeping, you've got to be very careful. I don't do it for children that are still very young, eg your 1 month old. They can't struggle when they are in trouble as versus my son who is already 7 months old. I only started it recently for my son, who is already 7 months old, coz I've noticed that he wakes up in the middle of the night and when i place him between us, he can sleep much better.............

Shannon - posted on 03/15/2009

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I did with my 7 yr old and now my 4 month old sleeps in his crip a few hours then in his carseat.

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They also sell things for cribs that you lay your baby in and it had them somewhat in a carseat postion that is safe!!

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My dr. had actually told me to put my daughter in the car seat at night to sleep instead of her crib!!! She was having problems sleeping on her back and stomach!! She had slept in her car seat up till the night I put her in her crib!! The night I put her in her crib she pasted away!!! It is up to you. Talk to you dr. and see what he says!

April - posted on 03/14/2009

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There has actually been a death of an infant that was a result of sleeping in his carseat.  Apparently the little guy would only sleep unless he was in his carseat.  His parents placed him in his carseat and left the carseat in his crib.  The baby's head flopped forward and as a result limited his airway.  The baby died in his sleep. 



I know it can be hard to deal with but I would definitely work on getting baby to sleep in the crib.

Karlene - posted on 03/14/2009

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I have 8 1/2 month old twin boys...we did that for the first 3 months.  It was the only way they would sleep; they slept like 12 hours when we did that.  Getting them to the crib was hard because  they never had to lay flat.  We did them one at a time and the first one had a real hard time with it.  The second one went right in with no problems.  I didn't agree with it when my husband suggested it but I was/am breastfeeding and needed the sleep.  Good Luck

Alison - posted on 03/14/2009

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When my son was around 3-4 months old he spent about 2 weeks sleeping in his bouncy seat...he absolutely would not sleep any other way.  I'd try getting one of those instead of the car seat.

User - posted on 03/14/2009

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I think there is no problem with that. My 6 week old was sick with broncitis and the doctor told me to have him sleep in the car seat. It really is no different than the baby sleeping in the swing. probably in another month she will have her routine and sleep in the crib. The first two months for my son he sleep everywhere and in everything but now he is 2 1/2 months and he sleeps through the night in the crib.

Jennifer - posted on 03/14/2009

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My pediatrician said he used to have his babies sleep in the carseat at night right by his side of the bed and they are fine. My girls love sleeping in the car and you know what, when they wouldn't sleep at night and I needed sleep I would put them in their baby carseat and do the same thing my pediatrician did! Do what you feel is best and what works. As long as the baby is safe, what harm can it bring.

Kayla - posted on 03/14/2009

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I don't think that would be good for the baby's back or body if it became a habit.



If it's a matter of you needing sleep, I totally understand (as most moms do, I'm sure).  When Aden was about that age, his dad would help out a lot.  See if your husband can take  her out for an afternoon or something -- send them grocery shopping, off to visit friends... whatever.  My boyfriend did that about once a week for awhile, and it helped a great deal.  He told me to go have fun with my friends or something, but I would use the time to sleep.

Kassie - posted on 03/14/2009

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My pedia dr actually suggests to have my son sllep in his car seat if he has a really bad cold to keep his body a little more upright,but personally I'm not sure if it is a good habit to start. Swaddling gave my son the most comfort while he slept. Also he would sleep better if I propped him with a blanket laid flat across his boppy and then him in it, but I never let him sleep like that unless he was near me because I was always afraid of suffocation even though he wouldn't even budge when he was like that.

Kassie - posted on 03/14/2009

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My pedia dr actually suggests to have my son sllep in his car seat if he has a really bad cold to keep his body a little more upright,but personally I'm not sure if it is a good habit to start. Swaddling gave my son the most comfort while he slept. Also he would sleep better if I propped him with a blanket laid flat across his boppy and then him in it, but I never let him sleep like that unless he was near me because I was always afraid of suffocation even though he wouldn't even budge when he was like that.

Tracy - posted on 03/14/2009

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IT IS PERFECTLY OK FOR HER TO SLEEP IN HER CAR SEAT.  ITS NOT HURTING ANYONE FOR HER TO SLEEP THERE.  MY FRIEND ACTUALLY HAD A DAUGHTER THAT SLEPT IN HER CAR SEAT.  THEY STARTED OUT WITH HER IN THEIR ROOM IN THE CAR SEAT, THEN PUT THE CAR SEAT IN HER CRIB.  FOR HER TO GET USE TO HER CRIB.  AND THEN THEY PUT HER IN HER CRIB.  AND SHE DID FINE.  THEY FALL ASLEEP IN THE CAR SEAT WHILE THEY ARE IN THE CAR AND DO FINE.  SO WHY NOT AT NIGHT.

Karen - posted on 03/14/2009

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My son SNORED as a tiny baby, and he didn't sleep well AT ALL until we put him in the carseat to sleep. It worked like magic, so he slept every night in the carseat until he was about 3 months old. Then we changed to the crib. He didn't have any trouble switching at that age. I wouldn't have any qualms about doing it again. You need your sleep.

Krista - posted on 03/14/2009

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Amanda, don't let judgmental people get you down.  Any mom should know what a tough job being a mom with a new baby is, and how emotional and sleep-deprived the first 6 weeks can be.  I agree that that fact you're asking for advise means you're a caring and careful parent. 



They say that sleeping in their carseat can lead to SIDS and children shouldn't be left in their carseat for more than 2 hours.  That being said, I understand the need for sleep, especially if you're nursing (rest=milk).  Although it's normal for a one month old to wake every few hours to eat.  I'd just make sure you're checking on her and waking her every few hours to eat.  And keep trying the crib: eventually she'll need to get used to it.  We used to end up taking our baby in bed with us part way through the night until we got a Fisher Price crib aquarium that lights up and plays music, he falls asleep watching that now.

Sonia - posted on 03/13/2009

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Amanda, The fact that your even asking for advice on this matter shows me that you absolutely love your baby. And do not intend on abusing your child. Plus, just because your asking I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that you intend on leaving your baby in the carseat for long periods of time....I posted earlier but I just want to say again that if you do decide to do this...make sure you are still checking on the baby often through out the night...I know every parents dream is to have their babies sleeping through the night...but babies still need their feedings and we as parents still need to be responsible, and check on them through the night so many things can go wrong in the night, many babies have died in their cribs as well...so no method is 100% safe in my opinion. I would make an appointment with your pediatrician and tell them your intentions and get the needed advice. Good luck, I hope whatever you decide it works out for you.

Zojoho - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Corey:

Personally I can't believe that these parents left their baby to sleep in a carseat!!! That is just pure laziness and lack of wanting to deal with a baby waking constantly. If you look at a baby in a car seat especially infants there head leans forward...this should put off a red light that it is not ok....unfortunately these parents found out the hard way.


I'm sorry but I have to strongly agree with Corey on this one..I have never heard such total crap in my life..!!



I am a Mum of 3 Kidlet's, (all of which have suffered varying degrees of GERD)..and not one of them has EVER had to sleep in a bloody carseat to be able to get adequate rest. What a load of bollocks.



Also, I don't believe for a second that Dr's. would avocate such behaviour. Some Parent's need to get a clue. Sheeshhhh... 

Bernadette - posted on 03/13/2009

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because my granddaughter had breathing problems when she was born the only place that she slept was in her strapped into her carseat in her crib. My dil put rolled up recieving blankets on both sides of her head and a rolled up washcloth loosly under her chin so her head wouldn't flop forward. She is now 5 yrs old and sleeping in her own bead very well!

Alana - posted on 03/13/2009

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I've resorted to this method a couple of times when my twins were 2 months old. However I found that the elevation was a little steep and the head supports didn't work that great. It may not be recommended, but what I did was placed the car seats in the crib (I've also added padding to the car seat under the covering as per my chiropractor suggestions) and then placed some rolled up towels under the front of the car seat in order to tip it back, allowing for their heads to stop from flopping forward. Of course I made sure everything was secure. Keeping the seats in the crib help them become accostomed to the environment. I've only used the car seats a couple of times. After that I moved on to a travel infant swing (that they LOVE). Bouncers don't work for my twins....Another thing I've done too is as soon as they've dozed off in my arms, or when they are super sleepy, I put them in their crib and then give them a worn shirt of mine to snuggle with. Works like a charm. Good luck!

Alana - posted on 03/13/2009

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I've resorted to this method a couple of times when my twins were 2 months old. However I found that the elevation was a little steep and the head supports didn't work that great. It may not be recommended, but what I did was placed the car seats in the crib (I've also added padding to the car seat under the covering as per my chiropractor suggestions) and then placed some rolled up towels under the front of the car seat in order to tip it back, allowing for their heads to stop from flopping forward. Of course I made sure everything was secure. Keeping the seats in the crib help them become accostomed to the environment. I've only used the car seats a couple of times. After that I moved on to a travel infant swing (that they LOVE). Bouncers don't work for my twins....Another thing I've done too is as soon as they've dozed off in my arms, or when they are super sleepy, I put them in their crib and then give them a worn shirt of mine to snuggle with. Works like a charm. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 03/13/2009

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My baby did the same thing. I was nervous about it so I asked her doctor and my pediatrician told me it was a wonderful way to let her and me get a good night sleep. She said that many babies like the way the seat hugs their shoulders - it makes them feel secure. She suggested putting the seat in her room so she was used to sleeping in her own room. She moved to her crib at 5 weeks and has slept there every night since. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2009

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No.  Having a child in their carseat for long periods of time can disrupt the child's blood circulation.  Have you tried swaddling her tightly and putting her in her crib?

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2009

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No.  Having a child in their carseat for long periods of time can disrupt the child's blood circulation.  Have you tried swaddling her tightly and putting her in her crib?

Heather - posted on 03/13/2009

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My pediatrician told me that when babies are that young, let them sleep wherever they will sleep.  It's not until they get older that you need to worry.

Jo - posted on 03/13/2009

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we used to have to let our youngest sleep in her carseat simply because of her breathing. She slept better when upright. It was our pedi that told us to do it

Jo - posted on 03/13/2009

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we used to have to let our youngest sleep in her carseat simply because of her breathing. She slept better when upright. It was our pedi that told us to do it

Stacey - posted on 03/13/2009

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hi my son always wanted 2 sleep in his car seat but i wouldnt let him i wrapped him up in a blanket instead n e slept fine

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Its really your decision,but I would strongly discourage it. babies need to stretch out and be able to wiggle. Your baby will never learn how to sleep laying down if you do this and when she out grows the seat she will be forced to change and you will have many sleepless nights.

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Its really your decision,but I would strongly discourage it. babies need to stretch out and be able to wiggle. Your baby will never learn how to sleep laying down if you do this and when she out grows the seat she will be forced to change and you will have many sleepless nights.

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Its really your decision,but I would strongly discourage it. babies need to stretch out and be able to wiggle. Your baby will never learn how to sleep laying down if you do this and when she out grows the seat she will be forced to change and you will have many sleepless nights.

Leslie - posted on 03/13/2009

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I think you just need to give the baby time. I have a 1 month old and he is up every 2 to 3 hours hungry or wet. It not the baby bed its just the baby until she get a little older . Just be patient. It will get better. Sleeping in the carseat is not a good ideal.

Katie - posted on 03/13/2009

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No way! It is recommended that babies shouldn't be kept in their car seats on long journeys for more than 2 or 3 hours so I would suggest you don't let her sleep in it at night. It's really important to get them into a good nighttime routine - so try and put her in her crib and let her cry it out if necessary. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have been following up on some studies that have been done about infant car seats. The car seats designed now are for convenience not safety, the arch that a babies back is in could become dangerous for periods of time longer than 4 hours. It can cause harm to the spine and as well as cutting off breathing, i don't even leave my daughter in her car seat in the stroller at the mall. Since birth she has whent to just laying in the stroller, and she is above average charted in strenght. look into it online,.

Leigh-Anne - posted on 03/13/2009

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A baby here in Edmonton died because it was sleeping in its carseat instead of a bed :( the head isn't supported enough and it can slump down and stop the baby from breathing especially if the baby can't move its head a lot.  My son will only sleep with us so I feel the pain  of no sleep! 

Gelaine - posted on 03/13/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:



Babies grow at an emormous speed, allowing her to sleep in a seat does not promote normal spinal shape and growth.  It does not allow for healthy digestion or for safe breathing. She may be inhaling less oxyen/air, making her drowsy, appearing sleepy. Airway obstruction is a major concern for longterm sleeping arrangements. 






Just imagine what sleeping in a curled up position must feel like, especially  when you wake up, nothing feels better than stretching out those muscles on a flat surface. 






I actually still prefer sleeping in a curled up position, also called the fetal position.  This could be a reason that she sleeps so soundly, because this is the position she was in while she was in the womb.  I would agree to make sure that she has certain head support as well.  But i don't agree with not sleeping curled up, cuz that's the only way i will sleep, and I know my baby slept curled up when she was an infant as well.  Also that swaddling feeling in the carseat is also like the womb, where it is confined.

Sonia - posted on 03/13/2009

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We kept our first born in a carseat to sleep at night. But I had her in the bed right next to me and I also propped it so she was tipped back a bit. It was the only way we could get her to sleep. We had gotten the recommendation to have her sleep that way from our doctor. I dont think its a concern unless you have the baby in the carseat all day as well as for at night...you're taking the baby out every couple hours for feeding anyway. I did have to wake her for her feedings when in the carseat...I don't recommend it if you r just hoping to get a full nights sleep. :) But I dont see anything wrong with it...As long as you r still checking on her and making sure she is waking up for her feedins and also not using it during the day...

Nicole - posted on 03/13/2009

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When my daughter first came home from the hospital, she would ONLY sleep in her carseat.  We would take her, carseat and all, and put her in the crib, and she would (amazingly) sleep thru the nite.  she'll be 5 next month, and we've had no problems with her.  sometimes, it just makes them comfortable. if that's where your child wants to sleep, let them.  they'll be fine.

Sonny - posted on 03/13/2009

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My brothers son slept in his car seat for a while and then he got older and tipped it over and almost smoothered himself. Very Scary!! I know that your daughter is still young but if you start the habbit now how you gonna break it later.

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2009

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I just finished reading an article that stated that this was really dangerous. They don't have enough neck support and their necks kinked downwards can actually cut off their air supply. They also documented cases that had happened with older kids when they fall asleep in the car.



 

Kimmie - posted on 03/13/2009

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oh my god girl yes it is! my friend sdaughter had the same problem first make sure your swaddling her then try the crib. my friend put her daughter in the car seat in the crib so she would get used to sleeping in the crib but still in the car seat. she will eventually grow out of it may take time but as long as shes sleeping safe its good plus u get sleep too

Ellen - posted on 03/13/2009

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That is not good for newborn baby to sleep in the car seat, it can affect her spine beside even she is sleeping longer you must feed her every 3 hours.

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