Study finds car seats are an unsafe sleeping spot for infants

A lot of parents are putting infants in car seats — or letting them stay there — to sleep, but a new study shows that’s a dangerous practice.

Researchers from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, reviewed 10 years of data on sleep-related infant deaths from the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, and found that 62 percent of the deaths that occurred in sitting devices happened in car seats.

Bouncers, swings and strollers were also high on the list.

More than 90 percent of the sleep-related deaths in car seats happened while the infants weren’t being transported anywhere.

The study emphasizes that sitting devices such as car seats, bouncers and swings are no substitute for cribs or bassinets. Children need to sleep in a supine position — flat on their backs — until they’re at least a year old.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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