Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Carseat Sleeping

I'll keep this short and sweet because Emma is screaming in her bassinet and I need to go get her up from her nap.

I was told yesterday at my new moms group that babies sleeping in carseats has been linked to SIDS. Something about a decrease in oxygen. Oh dear. Carseat sleeping has been getting us about 5 hour glorious stretches of sleep at night. And Emma hates lying flat on her back in her bassinet. Oh, and by the way, apparently wedges for cribs have also been linked to SIDS. We just can't win.

Hence why Emma is screaming in her bassinet right now. Sigh...


  1. To help with the SIDS issue...my son slept on his tummy...he hated his back! When I grew up it was tummy to sleep because lying on your back was a cause for SIDS so we can’t win...it's all in what you feel is right. We always had a fan on in my sons room to help circulate the air around him...that is what is causes SIDS it’s the decrease of oxygen and too much carbon dioxide. Sleeping in a car seat is fine but put the overhead fan on to help move the air around. My son is 2 and a half and still alive and he slept on his tummy from day one even in the hospital! Wedges…I never used…never had one…I can see where a child would try and roll over and the wedge would block their mouth and stop them from breathing. Hope this helps.

  2. What?! My gut says fear-mongering unless it came from a reputable source like pediatrician or pediatric nurse. (Especially if it comes from someone who has had no trouble getting their precocious little one to sleep on their back in the crib. Phooey on them!)

  3. Really? I had never heard that. My new little niece prefers her carseat over anything. And I had actually heard that sleeping upright is best to prevent SIDS. So much information out there.

  4. I was under the impression that SIDS is not caused by anything we do per say just that breathing is an automatic response that the brain is responsible for and it somehow "forgets" how to do it therby resulting in death.

    Ugg..so frustrating.

  5. that is crazy, louise HATES her carseat. will she sleep in a swing or bouncy seat?

  6. Hey there, I just found your blog, Emma is so cute!

    Our little guy hates sleeping on his back also. He has some reflux so being flat on his back just makes it worse. He has been sleeping on the boppy newborn lounger in his crib for a few weeks now and it has made a big difference. I'm pretty sure it says not for sleeping, but we watched him pretty close at first and he was fine. We are up to 7.5 hours of sleep at night, yay!