Hi, What are your thoughts on a baby sleeping in the car seat capsule? My baby will fall asleep in the capsule during a drive, so is it ok to leave my baby asleep in the capsule to finish off her nap when I’ve arrived home?
Red Nose Education
Red Nose has the following information.
It is required by law that you place baby in a correctly fitted infant restraint that meets the Australian standard AS/NZS 1754 for every trip in the car.
Once the car journey is over it is very important that you remove baby from the car seat or capsule, even if this means waking baby, because it is not safe for baby to spend long periods in car seats, capsules or infant seats.
Research has shown that:
babies left in a sitting position for a long period of time may be placed at increased risk for sudden infant death.
car or baby seats may cause baby’s neck to flex forward which may block baby’s airway not allowing airflow
falls from car seats used outside of the car as infant carriers are common, often involve children unbuckled in their car seats and represent a significant source of head injury for baby. Never leave baby in carriers on shopping carts, counters, or other high locations
Remember, a car seat is a safety device, & does not provide a safe environment for baby to sleep for extended periods.
The “chin on chest” position can pose a risk to baby, as their airways are very soft & small & can become “bent” (like a straw) if in this position for an extended period.