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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Carrie - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter did the same thing she slept in her carseat until she was 6months old. then we put her in the crib one night and she slept through the night. she is now a happy 6yr old. I don't think there is anything wrong with it as long as you transfer them before they are old enough to climb out. Hope this helps.



 



 



 

Danielle - posted on 03/10/2009

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Just letting all mothers know that a couple months ago a young couple living in B.C woke to find their daughter dead. They had let her sleep in the carseat and she had died due to the suffocation from the lack of oxygen.
I think that all mothers who are agreeing with the fact that letting your baby sleep in a carseat is safe need to use some common sense. It is not alright, it is potentially dangerous; not to mention that it will establishing a bad habit for your child when it comes to transitioning to a crib.

Jordan - posted on 03/10/2009

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my son now 11 weeks old was like this and wud not sleep in his crib wen he was first born. let ur baby fall alseep in ur arms i know they say it will make them cling to u but i did this only wen my son was goin to bed at NIGHT and now he sleeps from 11 pm till 7.30 am every night. only do this at night so she knows its not an all the time thing. hope this helps

Nikki - posted on 03/10/2009

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there was actually a story on the news about this where i live. an infant actually died from sleeping in his seat. because they don't have the head and neck control to keep their heads up, the baby ended up suffocating to death when his head fell forward. they recomended that if a baby falls asleep in the seat to limit it to an hour. now at the same time it's all up to you, for many months i left my babies to sleep in their seats during the day and they're still kicking around. use your best judgement is what i have to say.

Amy - posted on 03/10/2009

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I put my daughter in the swing next to my bed for 4 months just to get sleep, she had colic and this was the only way to get her to sleep. She is now 14 so no harm done.

Andrea - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter slept in her car seat which I put in the crib, until she was 2 months old and started wiggling out!

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009

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everyone thinks this is a bad idea but i disagree my first born did the same thing he went through a stage where he would only sleep in his swing or his carseat i think he liked the close feel since it holod him tight... i think its ok but put the carseat in the crib so they associate sleeping with the crib and hopfully she will breaqk it soon... you might also wanna try swaddling her real tight with a blanket and propping her up in her crib same feel as a carseat she might like it. GOOD LUCK lol

Emma - posted on 03/10/2009

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When my daughter was born she hated sleeping in her cot and for the first 5 weeks i was up most of the night.One night we came home late and she was a sleep in her car seat so we decided to wait until she woke up before we moved her,so we went to bed.7 hours later when i woke up she was still fast asleep.I talked to my doctor about it and he said it was fine but to grow normally they need to be layig down.It took a few more weeks but now she is 5 months and she loves sleeping in her cot,and she sleeps around11 hours a night..Whatever you decided to do ,good luck

Rachel - posted on 03/10/2009

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Acid reflux is a big thing that makes babies irratable and they can't sleep, also some babies like feeling in the carseat because it curls them up like when they were in your belly.

What I did with all three of my kids was swaddle them really good and I put a pillow under the crib sheet so that it would elavate them. I also gave them a little bit of water with kero syrup in it to help with the gas before I would lay them down.

my son christian had food allergies when he was a baby and that also played a big part in his sleeping, because of the milk based formula it made him very gasie and gave him bad belly aches so we switched him to soy. And that made a big differance!

I wouldn't recommend putting your baby in the carseat, not only because of the dangers but because you want the baby to have a healthy sleep schedule.

Asmaa - posted on 03/10/2009

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alot of people think cosleeping spoils the child but it just makes us bond better. my son slept in the same bed as me and my hubby till he was 1, we put him in the cot when he turned a year and thats where he sleeps now (next to my bed). somehow they sleep more peacefully when they are near u.  try giving her a warm bath and a good massage before her bedtime, it makes them so sleepy, ive been doing it since he was born and it still works. dont worry, u r not the only mother going thru this, we were all there, my son had a problem with letting out wind, so i used to sleep with him on my chest the entire night till he was bout 6months,eventually it felt like id been doing my whole life and i started getting a good night sleep!!! good luck

Ashley - posted on 03/10/2009

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try putting your baby in one of those U shaped nursing pillows with a blanket so she feels snug

Danielle - posted on 03/09/2009

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Our daughter slept in her carseat for almost three months.. She would not sleep anyway else.. We put a rolled up blanket or pillow underneath the carseat so that it was laying backwards more so that she wouldn't be able to slouch.. I also woke up a lot at night and checked on her.. Another thing that worked was, we put a change table mattress in the pack and play bassinet.. Our daughter felt nice and snug and slept like through the night since she was a month and 1/2.. I was prob just lucky to have a sleeper.. Oh and they did a big study on SIDS, and SIDS happens most of the time in the parents beds.. 90% actually.. Also just make sure your baby gets alot of Tummy Time and is not always in the carseat.. Goodluck with getting sleep :) It is worth it in the end..

Tracie - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would say NO...My cousin did this and now her baby has to wear a helmet ($3600.) to reshape her head.

Heather - posted on 03/09/2009

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I think it is just fine to let your baby sleep in the car seat, just as long as you make sure you buckle her in & there is nothing to choke or smoother her while she is sleeping. My youngest, Ayden who is 2 now, wouldn't sleep anywhere but his car seat! I would put him in his seat, buckle him up & he would sleep just fine. I think he was just more comfortable setting up a little while he slept. And if he got fussy all I had to do was rock the car seat, & he would be fine. Even now when he sleeps in his bed, he has to have a pillow to prop him up a bit!

Traci - posted on 03/09/2009

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put her in the carseat and place it in the crib so she gets used to the surroundings, and adventually will sleep there

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2009

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There was just a article in the newspaper saying that leaving a baby in a car seat is very hazardous because of the way their head sits it cuts off their airways. There have been cases where children have stopped breathing and died from this kind of sleep. Please dont do it

Lee Anne - posted on 03/09/2009

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I have 5 children and my first had horrid reflux - if he was laid flat on his back he would almost immediately reflux and I worried quite a bit about him choking. Our eventual solution was to place a firm, full pillow UNDER the crib matress, to elevate the matress at an angle tat really helped him be more comfortable. And honestly, he slept in his infant car seat placed inside the bassinet or his bouncy seat for pretty much his first 12 weeks of life. Yes, neck strength and head control is an issue, but not if you have the car seat inside a crib or bassinet, leaning slightly back so that the baby's head doesn't have the ability to fall forward.



I strongly suggest AGAINST co-sleeping if you aren't willing to purchase the actual co-sleeper bassinet/bed. Having a newborn in bed with you is not safe!



If your baby seems to spit up excessively or be very uncomfortable after feedings let your pediatrician know that at your next appointment. Once we started giving our son a dose of Zantac (perfectly safe for babies when prescribed dosage is followed) he was much more comfortable and we all got some much needed rest :)

Kelly - posted on 03/09/2009

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My pediatrian actually told me to do that w/my son.  He had reflux.  The nurses suggested raising the head of the crib w/a wedge, but he moved around so much, I didn't want to try it.  It's safe, especially if you strap them in.  I was so desparate for sleep, I slept on the couch w/my daughter in the bouncy seat (strapped in)  She only slept for a couple hours at a time. She was also pretty congested the the first month, and did better w/her head elevated. 



After that, I found that she did best swadled with her arms all tucked in.  If her arms weren't in, she would jerk more and wake herself.

Sharrel - posted on 03/09/2009

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NO!! This is very dangerous!!..I just saw an artical on the news where a baby died while sleeping in his/her carseat!! Babies are supposed to sleep in their crib on their backs!!

If you say she don't like the crib now you'll never get her in it later if you dont put her in now!...They do get used to habits very easily

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009

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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. 

Misty - posted on 03/09/2009

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this is a big no-no. not only is it a horrible habit to start, but it's bad for the baby's back and neck. it will cause long term problems. it would be better to use the crib and suffer through the first few nights of adjustment then cause your baby to have physical problems later.

Kerrie - posted on 03/09/2009

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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?


 

Richelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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My first was like this to. She may have a lot of gas, but my doctor told me it was okay to let her sleep in the car seat. You need to get sleep if you are over tired you will not be able to be an affective mom, and babbies sense when we are off and thing only get worse.

My second started to have the same problem, but this time I swattled him and he slept better. He enjoyed being cozy like when he was in the womb.Good luck it will all work out, have faith.

Jill - posted on 03/09/2009

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Being in the carseat for a MAX of only two hours at a time is suggested by most doctors and certainly not for sleeping all night. I agree that maybe she likes it because it is comforting and secure. So, I would also suggest she might like swaddling or cosleeping. Regards, Jill http://www.getwithitgogreen.com

Melissa - posted on 03/09/2009

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Both my sons had reflux right from birth. And the only way to get them to sleep without spitting up constantly and having the acid reflux bother them when sleeping was sleeping them in their car seats. Now they were either next to my bed in their bassinets or next to me on the couch/floor during the day. I think that your baby isn't going to forever be sleeping in her car seat. And do what you think will work for all of you to get some sleep. Still keep trying to get her to sleep in her crib/bassinet but I say if it works then use it till she more comfy in her other bed!

Kristy - posted on 03/09/2009

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It is always best for baby to sleep in his or her own bed. Try some soothing music on low volume in the room  to see if that helps. Never a good idea to get the baby to sleep in carseat as they will become depended on it. They will think that is the only way they can sleep is in their seat. They could fall over or something could knock it over. Try the Jolly Jumper pads that keep baby in one place while they sleep,worked great for me for like 6 months until she got too big for it. Even try her in a basinet in your room for the first little bit and get her on a solid sleep schedule before placing her on her own. Doctors will tell you it is safest for the child to sleep on his/her back completely FLAT for first 6 months until they've mastered rolling over (lowers the chances of  SIDS{crib death}) when lying flat.






That is about the best advise I can give you.






Hope this helps.



Dannielle - posted on 03/09/2009

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As long as your baby is safe I don't see a problem, for a short time. It's more important that you cope! My son wouldn't sleep on his back....EVER! So finally I gave in and we co-slept until he was 14 weeks and I let him sleep on his tummy, I was going crazy from exhaution. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 03/09/2009

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Don't ya just love babies??? I agree with most its not a good idea. The habits she forms now will last a LONG time. We made sure with our last baby to keep the sleeping to the basinet or crib and even if that meant a little less sleep then its best to be patient. In two months she was sleeping in her own bed and six hours a night. Not all are the same but, being patient is the way to go.

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My boys had colic when they were babies and our pediatrician RECOMMENDED that they sleep in their car seat. They slept more soundly and it kept them upright so it helped with congestion. If you have one of those padded headrests that also helps keep their head stable. And the newborn carseats don't make the baby sit straight up they recline slightly. My boys are now 7 and 9 and they have no damage from sleeping in their car seats.

Amber - posted on 03/09/2009

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I don't know about the "safety" involved, but I am thinking that it is a habit you probably don't want to start. It's going to be even harder to move her to her crib at a later time. Unfortunately at this age she doesn't have a schedule and it's all about you adjusting to hers. It sucks, I know, but it will pass.

Joanne - posted on 03/08/2009

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This is not a good idea because of the angle of the car seat. It put s a lot of pressure on their tummy. If your child also has acid reflux, it will cause it to occur more.

Ann - posted on 03/08/2009

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Ummm....to be honest I let my little girl sleep in her carseat til she was like 2 months old off and on. and she is fine just make sure you put blankets around her head so her neck gets support



 

Harla - posted on 03/08/2009

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My oldest had colic and refused to sleep. It is safe for a baby to sleep in a car seat during a really long car ride. Go to kiddopotomus.com and get the little cushion that goes in the car seat to support the baby's neck and body. That should make you feel better. I think that your baby needs to get some sleep as much as you do.

Tabatha - posted on 03/08/2009

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i had the same problem with my son...he would only sleep in the carseat and when he did he slept the whole night and that was a week after he came home from the hospitol, so i disagree when they need to get up every 2 hours thats only for breastfed babies and thats even a lot. my son only did that about 3 weeks then i moved him to the crib and he was fine because i know it CAN cause back problems in their future if it is constant and for a long time then its not ok to do...she just might be one who just wont sleep at night like my 10 month old...ugh

Angela - posted on 03/08/2009

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Both of my children slept in their car seats for the first couple of months and then when they had colds.  I've asked their pediatrician and he said it was ok.  We always strapped them in to make sure they didn't manage to work their way out and fall.  Then we set the whole seat into their crib.  Worked great and they would sleep for 5-6 hours at a shot.  Took about a week to "ween" them off it and into just the crib but they do just fine now!

Jeni - posted on 03/08/2009

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I let my now 4 month old sleep in her carseat for the first two months and it was absolutely fantastic!! She slept like a dream in there but would not sleep for long periods anywhere else. She now sleeps just fine in her co-sleeper and still sleeps for 5-6 hours minimum at a time and her sleep schedule is like clockwork. In fact, babies don't even have the ability to develop a true sleep schedule under around 3-4 months. Check out the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child book..it was recommended to me by several people and is great and talks all about sleep schedules. Also, I checked with my doctor and my lamaze coach (who is the Director of maternity services at our local hospital and a RN) and they both said it was totally fine to do...in fact my baby recently had a cold and it was recommended that I let her sleep in there so that she could breath easier by being in the more upright position. I put the carseat in the co-sleeper attached to my bed so I could see her though and had it reclined so it is just like the bouncy chairs and swings, etc. I also swaddle her so that may help too. Good luck and get all the sleep you can, while you can!!

Emily - posted on 03/08/2009

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We let our daughter sleep in her carseat the first month or two when we she came home from the hospital. I think it a feeling of security. I wouldn't let it go any longer than that. After the carseat she did go into her swing. Don't get that one started though. It took us till she was 5 1/2 months to break her from the swing. They get used to the swinging motions and start depending on it too much. Or at least our daughter. Good Luck...

Amie - posted on 03/08/2009

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i dont think she should sleep in a car seat because she will get ust to it and her bak wont be stright so she might get bak ake .. i had millie-mae in my bed since she was born and now she wont sleep in her cot so i dont think u want this 2 happen x

Margie - posted on 03/08/2009

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I am a mother of five. Three of my children slept in their carseats for the first couple of months because they had acid reflux and that helped them sleep alot better. As long as you recline the seat back a little with a rolled towel under the front of the seat so that it doesn't roll foward while the baby is sleeping. Just make sure that the baby does spend some time laying flat on his/her back during their awake time so that he/she can stretch.

Danna - posted on 03/08/2009

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Amanda.. The BEST advice I've read so far in the string of replies is, "talk to your doctor/pediatrician". I agree. Just a couple suggestions on feeding that might help the situation though. When you're feeding your daughter sit her up as high as possible during her feeding. Almost like she's sitting up. Stop to burp her after every 2 ozs that she drinks. If possible, also switch to using Ventaire baby bottles or Drop-Ins to reduce the amount of air she swallows while feeding. When in her crib, swaddle and lay her on her side, just in case of reflux. Just make sure to alternate sides. Hope this is helpful. Good luck!

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Try wrapping her in her blanket and then propping her in the u shape of a nursing pillow in the crib. My baby loves it and it helps for reflux if she has it. My sons specialist told us baby should not be in the carseat for more than 2 hours. Even to take them out and have a break on long car rides. Good luck!!

Rhiannon - posted on 03/08/2009

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yes! She is safer than using pillows and some newborns do so much better when they are propped up a litle bit.  I did the same thing with my son, as did some of our friends.  It gave us happier babies and happier parents!

Stacy - posted on 03/08/2009

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Hi I would for sure not have baby sleep in car seat. There little body is forming . What you should try to do is give some extra cushion and secure the baby. Babies need that sense of security when it sleeps. There are a lot of ways to set your baby in the crib with allowing them to feel secure.



The best person or people to ask is your parents maybe a way they used even your pediatrician. If you ask ten people around you with kids it is worth a shot.



Sometimes these weee little babies are fussy. LOL



 

Vicki - posted on 03/08/2009

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Sleeping in a draw of ya dresser,would u like to sleep in a draw? I no i woulndnt.Some people...

User - posted on 03/08/2009

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It's okay but only in extreme cases where you really need some sleep and someone will be there to supervise her. Try instead, tucking her into a lower drawer of your dresser or wrapping her snuggly in a blanket so she feels cacooned like she was inside. Like someone else mentioned, at 4 weeks old, she is supposed to wake up every 2 hours for feeding and changing. Mine did for 6 months. Good luck. If you're breastfeeing, try pumping some extra so someone can feed her so you can sleep for 4 hours straight.

Sherrie-anne - posted on 03/08/2009

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i had trouble getting my daughter to sleep in her cot but i found if i cuddled her up in her moses basket and then placed this inside the cot she slept for 5 hours had a feed then slept for another 4 hours. i found it so much easier the more they are cuddled in the safer they feel i would not recommend the car seat because even if it does not affect her breathing you have to think of her spine formation plus what happens when she gets too big for the car seat and she still wont settle in her cot. whatever you decide to do you have to think of the consequences now and in the future

Krista - posted on 03/08/2009

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The news is warning against letting your baby sleep in a car seat for more than 2 hours., A child just died, their head flops down blocking the air supply

Kim - posted on 03/08/2009

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I don't know it it is ok, but my son slept in his for the first 2 months!!! I would put the car seat in the crib!!  He is a happy, healthy  almost 9 year old now! 



Do what you have to do for you and your child to get rest!



 

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