Babies in carseats
I think a lot of parents have heard of positional asphyxia and the risk to newborns/young infants, but many don’t really connect what they’ve heard to the everyday basics of carseats–especially those so-called baby buckets. I’m on an online messageboard where parents (mainly moms, but some dads) post about questions or concerns about their children, and recently when someone complained that the mattress in her co-sleeper was somewhat hard, someone else recommended just putting the infant carseat into the co-sleeper and letting baby sleep in it there. I wasn’t able to post a response that didn’t sound snarky, honestly, so I didn’t write anything, but it’s been bothering me ever since.
The short story is that it’s not a good idea to let your baby sleep in a carseat overnight: For more reading, this article reports on one effort to educate parents about the dangers of leaving infants in carseats for extended periods of time, and this site provides some clear, comprehensive information.
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