Where Can My Baby Safely Sleep?
Bassinets and pack and plays are both safe sleeping environments for your infant, as long as they meet the following Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines:
- Sturdy bottom and wide base
- Smooth surfaces without protruding hardware
- Legs with locks to prevent folding while in use
- Firm, snugly fitting mattress.
If you can’t afford a crib, find a Cribs for Kids partner in your area or talk with your doctor about possible alternatives.
Why can’t I leave my baby in the car seat to sleep?
Car seats are designed for travel in a moving car and not as a sleep surface. If a baby is left in a car seat for extended periods of time, when not in a moving vehicle, your baby can move into a dangerous position that blocks their breathing. Your baby should always be removed from the car seat when arriving at your destination.
Can my baby sleep in a bouncy seat or swing?
Bouncy seats and swings are not designed for a sleeping baby. If a baby is left in a bouncy seat or swing for extended periods of time, your baby can move into a dangerous position that blocks their breathing.
If your baby falls asleep in the bouncy seat or swing, remove them from the bouncy seat or swing, and place your baby flat on their back in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Bouncy seats and similar items should always be placed on the floor and never on a bed, table or other furniture.
Source: Sleep Safe Kentucky