Babies and young children must always travel in an appropriate car seat. Never use a rear-facing baby seat in the front of the car when an airbag is fitted (unless it is switched off). If using a front-facing seat, position the car seat as far back as possible. Should the car have airbags in the rear, check the car manual or contact the manufacturer to see if it has been tested with a car seat fitted and get a copy of the research results before fitting the seat.
Your baby should not sleep in a car seat for longer than necessary. Car seats are designed to keep your baby safe while travelling, but they should not be your baby’s main sleeping place.
Your baby should not be in a car seat for longer than two hours at a time. Research has shown a link between travelling in car seats for long periods and breathing difficulties in young babies.
If you are driving for a long period of time, it is important that you take regular breaks (at least every two hours). This will allow you to take your baby out of their seat, giving them the chance to stretch and move around.
When you reach your destination, you should take your baby out of their car seat, and if they are sleeping, transfer them to a cot or pram with a firm, flat surface.
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Reducing the risk of SIDS - Sudden infant death syndrome (Cot death)
Sadly, this affects a number of families each year. Below is a list of things you can do to prevent SIDS.
- always place your baby on their back to sleep
- place your baby in the "feet to foot" position – with their feet touching the end of the cot, Moses basket, or pram
- keep your baby's head uncovered – their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders
- let your baby sleep in a cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- use a mattress that's firm, flat, waterproof and in good condition
- breastfeed your baby, if you can – see benefits of breastfeeding for more information
- smoke during pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby – both before and after birth
- sleep on a bed, sofa or armchair with your baby
- share a bed with your baby if you or your partner smoke or take drugs, or if you've been drinking alcohol
- let your baby get too hot or too cold – a room temperature of 16C to 20C, with light bedding or a lightweight baby sleeping bag, will provide a comfortable sleeping environment for your baby
For more information about how to choose baby sleeping products, please visit The Lullaby Trust website by clicking here.
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