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So, Now Im Going to Hell for Letting My Kid Sleep in a Car Seat? Oy

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Can we just let sleeping babies lie, no matter where they're sleeping?

I keep waiting for the Angry Parenting Gods to rain down on me because I just don’t chit chat much with my 10-week-old baby, Peony.

And now I’m doing double waiting duty. Who knew letting your baby sleep in the car seat was a cardinal sin?

I mean, when I told the pediatrician at one of our early visits that Peony wouldn’t sleep in the bassinet, she just shrugged and said to let her sleep in the car seat if that worked better (which it did). She’s since moved to the bassinet, but that doesn’t mean the car seat isn’t our constant back-up plan. Is that so terrible? Apparently it is.

We went away for the weekend last month and even though I brought the sleep positioners with us, Peony wouldn’t sleep in the Pack ‘N Play. But she would sleep in the car seat. Problem solved, right? Apparently not.

I’ve been reading lately about the perils of babies spending too much time in their car seats. From flat heads (which is not just about flat heads, apparently, which is news to me) to difficulty breathing — sleeping in car seats is a new no-no. It’s a wonder my daughter survived the 3-hour car trip, not to mention a few nights in her car seat.

Like the perils of crib bumpers, however, I’m also debating ignoring the new warnings on too much time spent in the car seat. My older daughter survived lots of time with both of them — crib bumpers and car seats — without incident. I feel like my younger daughter will survive them both, too.

Or do I really need to rethink letting my sleeping baby lie if she’s doing it in a car seat (and she’s happy!)? Please say no. Please say no.

Do you let your baby sleep in a car seat, even when you’re not in a car? If so, do you feel like you’re doing more harm then good?

Image: Meredith Carroll

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