Can my baby sleep in a car seat, bouncy seat, or swing?

Sheree Young, RN, CPLC explains safe sleep for babies in car seats, bouncy seats and swings. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Can my baby sleep in a car seat, bouncy seat, or swing?

Babies sleeping in car seats and bouncy seats and swings, it’s okay for baby to settle in a bit to get a little sleepy in those devices but then the recommendation is they be moved from those devices to their own crib or separate sleep space.


Car seats, swings or bouncy seats are not suitable sleeping areas for babies and are not recommended, according to the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon. Babies may sometimes fall asleep in these seats, but should be moved to a safe sleeping area after they go to sleep, according to the AAP.

Babies who spend lengthy periods of time in swings, car seats and bouncy seats are also at risk of developing a misshapen head, so limited use of those devices is advised, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon.

Talk to your doctor about safe places where your baby can sleep.

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