It seems like a no-brainer; infants sleep, car seats are safe. Why would you dare wake them from their precious siesta once you’ve arrived at your destination?! … well, wait for it. Wait for it. Apparently, car seats ARE safe … for CARS, that is! And cars ONLY! That’s right, say what?! I know! And if you’re one of those persons who is guilty of leaving that precious little bundle of joy sleeping away in their car seat (out of the car), don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. In fact, I’ve done it before. I did it with my little booger boy when he was an infant. And I know I did it with my friend’s little one also (sorry friend! I didn’t know!).
Numerous deaths have occurred in infants due to improper use of car seats outside of the vehicle. What researchers have found is that “infants can experience periods of low oxygen saturation,” according to Medical News Today, causing obstruction to the airway. One explanation is that outside of the base, the car seat is at a level where the infant’s head deems too heavy for its more fragile neck, and tilts forward, restricting the necessary amount of oxygen into the infant’s system. So that’s why those little levels are important in car seats?! I always wondered. Well, need not wonder any further … according to this little handy Car Seat Safety Check (Mistake #4), infant seats must be at a 45 degree angle.
So, now that you know … it’s a no-brainer! That old habit of leaving those littles asleep in the car seat once they’re out of the car, it’s going to have to die! No matter how peaceful they look!
For more information on the latest Car Seat Safety and Regulations, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.