My Baby Fell Asleep in the Car. Now What?
We've all been there – the car ride that magically puts your little one to sleep. While it's a parenting win, it can also leave you wondering what to do next without waking the snoozing beauty. We’ve got your back with tips on how to safely transition your sleeping baby from the car seat to their crib or bassinet.
1. Preserve the Peaceful Vibes:
If your baby has dozed off during the drive, maintain the serenity. Gently unbuckle them from the car seat and try to replicate their nap-time routine at home. Dim the lights, play soft music, or use familiar sleep cues to keep the tranquility intact. Keeping a small, portable sound machine on hand can help too.
2. Keep them Warm and Cozy:
A dramatic change in temperature will likely wake a baby right up. Our Car Seat Sleep Sacks let you keep your baby cozy warm from car seat to crib for a seamless transition. The unique zipper design allows you to safely buckle the car seat harness so you don’t have to take it off for car rides. This means they’re already dressed for bed if they fall asleep. Is it extra freezing? Try our Car Seat Blankets for extra warmth on top of their car seat harness.
3. Create a Comfortable Sleep Space:
Ensure baby’s sleep environment is cool, quiet, dark, and conducive to rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against any loose bedding, blankets or stuffed animals in the crib for babies under one year old. Safe swaddling or using wearable blankets like our Car Seat Sleep Sacks can give your baby the cozy feeling they love in their car seat, but without the safety risks.
Make the Move, It’s Worth It
While a few minutes of snooze time in the car isn’t cause for panic, babies should not sleep for long, un-observed periods in a car seat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleeping for prolonged periods in car seats can cause positional asphyxia. It is recommended that babies sleep on their back on a smooth, flat surface. As much as we can relate to wanting to celebrate that car-induced nap, it’s worth it to make the move to the crib.
Buckle Me Baby Car Seat Sleep Sacks are designed to make these transitions smoother for both you and your baby. Next time your babe dozes off in the car, make sure they’re wearing one so you don’t have to pull out your ninja-like moves to put them to bed.