Parents are warned about the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in their prenatal classes, from their OB-GYN, their hospital nurses, and their child's pediatrician. It's a parent's biggest fear, so they put their baby to sleep on the back, avoid smoking, and limit bed-sharing, especially if they've been drinking or taken medication. But, until recently very little was explained to new parents about SIDS car seat risks.
I adored my children's car seat carrier. I actually mourned the day when they outgrew it and had to move into a regular car seat. I loved that I could pop the carrier out of the car and into the stroller in one fell swoop. I loved that my baby always had a comfortable place to sit when we were out. It was a life saver when they started eating solids and I didn't have access to a high chair. But, I must confess, what I loved most was not having to wake up a sleeping baby to get him out of the car.
But, years later, I learned that I may have been putting my kids' lives at risk all along. Here are some SIDS risks for car seats that parents shouldn't ignore.