When my child falls asleep in the car his head always falls forward. What can I do to prevent this?


Nicola - posted on 06/15/2009




hi ,, i went down a baby shop near where i live , they had a travel pellow which goes around the front of the childs neck,,, this shop was a second hand shop , but you might be able to get it from other shops as mothercare?..hope this helps..

Nicole - posted on 06/15/2009




hi, i don't know how old your baby is, but i bought one of the head supports that go around their heads. some car seats come with them, some don't. that was when he was a newborn. about 2 weeks ago, i took it out b/c his head was too big for it, but he doesn't have problems now. his head just falls to the side. he is now 8 weeks old. if you have an older child, i guess this won't be much help. sorry!!


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CoreyAnn - posted on 06/16/2009




When I was pregnant I took some baby classes and one of the guest speakers was someone who checked to see if carseats were installed correctly and she said that if you get a pool noodle and cut it and put it under the base against the seat it will help alot. I did this and it works great! you just have to make sure that your base level checker is right on mark, also rolled up towels will work too. After you do this if you want to get it checked out to see if its sitting correctly you can go to a fire station and they can check it out for you, although it's pretty easy. Hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 06/16/2009




Like Amanda said, make sure your car seat is installed correctly. When facing backwards it is supposed to have a good recline to it that will keep his head from falling forward. The seat should tell you about what angle. IF he is facing forward, turn him back around! A slumping neck is a good indicator that he is not ready to face forward and is in danger of being critically injured in the case of a crash. (even a miner fender bender)

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2009




make sure his carseat is facing backwards and installed correctly. It is suppose to be tilted towards the front seats, and check his belts like a PP had said.

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He just turned 7 months. We have to go on a 12 hr trip next week and I need to get this figured out ASAP. Thanks!

Marie - posted on 06/15/2009




You might also want to make sure baby is tightly belted into the car seat. Baby will always rock forward if the belts aren't tight enough - had that argument with my hubby all the time - you should only be able to put two fingers under the belt. Visit your local police services or children's suppliers for car seat clinics. They check to see that the car seat and baby are correctly installed.

Also, those cushions can be a respiratory hazard if used incorrectly.

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