It's recommended that babies not spend more than 2 consecutive hours in a car seat. Why? Well, there are health risks associated with babies spending extensive amounts of time in a car seat. The semi-reclined position of a car seat may cause discomfort, affect breathing, or reduce blood oxygen levels. Additionally, prolonged use of a car seat outside of the vehicle has been associated with a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
To ensure your baby's well-being during car travel, limit longer road trips, but if necessary make sure to take breaks for stretches, feeding, and diaper changes along the way! Just like adults, babies need stretch breaks too! Babies need frequent position changes for healthy growth and development, so it's crucial to avoid extended confinement in a car seat without breaks. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines for car seat usage and consult with healthcare professionals if you have specific concerns about your baby's car seat use.
Also, it's best practice to use your car seat in the car only - do not allow your baby to continue sleeping in the car seat once you've reached your destination. You can safely click the infant car seat into a compatible stroller, but limit those times for quicker trips. A bassinet is always a great idea for longer outings! A bassinet keeps your baby in the healthiest position - lying completely flat - and helps protect and support your baby's growing neck and spine.
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