A heartbreaking new study reviewed 47 deaths of children under 2 from sleeping in a sitting position (such as in a car seat or swing) from 2004-2008 in the US.
I remember when we first brought X home he HATED sleeping in his bassinet and cried literally for over an hour. I needed to sleep with him on the couch with my arms blocking him from rolling off the couch or into the cushions. I caved once or twice and let him sleep in the car seat reclined so his head didn’t fall on his chest. My mom HATED it. She couldn’t tell me exactly what she felt was wrong with it, but strongly advised us not to let him sleep there. Even though I didn’t 100% believe her, I am terrified of SIDs way beyond a normal amount so I stopped.
As it turns out there is quite a few children (I mean 12 each year in the US is not statistically significant but scares me) who die in this position. A few days ago there was another reported death in the UK. There is seriously nothing I can imagine worse than being a sleep deprived baby mom, passing out and waking up to a blue lipped baby.
The study I mentioned suggests “Infants and children 2 years of age and younger should be properly restrained and not be left unsupervised in sitting and carrying devices.” They also say “Car seats should not be used as sleeping areas outside of the vehicle, and children should never be in a car seat with unbuckled or partially buckled straps. Infants in slings should have their faces visible and above the edge of the sling, should not have their faces covered by fabric, and their chins should not be compressed into their chests.” I know that last bit seems pretty logical/common sense, but honestly when you are running on often 30 minutes – 3 hours of sleep at a time in the first few months-year of your child’s life accidents can happen. They say “It’s better to be safe than sorry” but for me when I’m sleep deprived it’s better to be slightly paranoid and keep your infant alive.